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Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
by David J. Epstein

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English

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351

Publication Date

May 28, 2019

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<b>The <i>#1 New York Times</i> bestseller that has all America talking: as seen/heard on Morning Joe, CBS This Morning, The Bill Simmons Podcast, Rich Roll, and more.</b><br /><br /> <b>Shortlisted for the <i>Financial Times</i>/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award</b><br />   <br /> <b>“The most important business—and parenting—book of the year.” —<i>Forbes</i></b><br /><br /> <b>“Urgent and important. . . an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance.” —Daniel H. Pink</b>  <b><br /> </b><br /> <b>“So much crucial and revelatory information about performance, success, and education.” —Susan Cain, bestselling author of <i>Quiet</i></b><i> </i>  <br /><br /> <b>“As David Epstein shows us, cultivating range prepares us for the wickedly unanticipated… a well-supported and smoothly written case on behalf of breadth and late starts.” —<i>Wall Street Journal</i></b> <br /><br />Plenty of experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. If you dabble or delay, you’ll never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world’s top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule.     <br /><br />David Epstein examined the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields—especially those that are complex and unpredictable—generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see. <br /><br />Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, <i>Range</i> makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive.
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
by John Carreyrou

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

May 21, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BEST SELLER •  NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: NPR,<i> The New York Times Book Review</i>, <i>Time</i>, <i>Wall Street Journal, Washington Post</i> • The McKinsey Business Book of the Year </b><br />  <br /> <b>The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes—now the subject of the HBO documentary <i>The Inventor—</i>by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.<br /><br /> “The story is even crazier than I expected, and I found myself unable to put it down once I started. This book has everything: elaborate scams, corporate intrigue, magazine cover stories, ruined family relationships, and the demise of a company once valued at nearly $10 billion.” —Bill Gates</b><br /><br /> In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.<br /><br /> A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.
Non Obvious Megatrends: How to See What Others Miss and Predict t...
by Rohit Bhargava

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English

Pages

237

Publication Date

January 12, 2020

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<p><strong>ALL NEW 10th EDITION OF THE WSJ BESTSELLER!</strong> <br /><strong>FEATURING 10 BOLD NEW TREND PREDICTIONS</strong> <br /><strong>WINNER OF 9 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS</strong> <br /> <br /><strong>Introducing the highly awaited tenth edition of the Wall Street Journal bestseller and trend report featuring ten bold new megatrend predictions that will shape our world in the coming decade.</strong></p> <p><em>What if you could predict the trends that will change your business?</em><br /> <br /> For the past ten years, Rohit Bhargava’s signature annual Non-Obvious Trend Report has helped over a million readers discover more than 100 trends changing our culture.<br /> <br /> Now for the first time, Rohit and his team of Non-Obvious trend curators reveal ten revolutionary new Megatrends that are transforming how we work, play and live.<br /> <br /> <em>— How might the evolution of gender fluid toys change our culture?<br /> — What can the popularity of handmade umbrellas and board games teach us about the future of business?<br /> — Why do robot therapists and holographic celebrities actually demonstrate the importance of humanity?</em><br /> <br /> The answers to these questions may not be all that obvious, and that’s exactly the point. This completely revised 10th Anniversary edition of Non-Obvious also offers an unprecedented look behind the scenes at the author’s signature Haystack Method for identifying trends, and how you can learn to curate and predict trends for yourself.<br /> <br /> You don’t need to be a futurist or innovator to learn to think like one. The key to growing your business or propelling your career into the next decade lies in better understanding the present. The future belongs to non-obvious thinkers and this book is your guide to becoming one.</p> <p><strong>Winner: Eric Hoffer Business Book of the Year<br /> Winner: Axiom Award Silver Medal (Business Theory)<br /> Winner: INDIE Gold Medal (Business Business Book)<br /> Finalist: Leonard L. Berry Marketing Book Award<br /> Winner: IPPY Silver Medal (Best Business Book)<br /> Finalist: International Book Award (Best Business Book)<br /> Official Selection: Gary’s Book Club at CES<br /> Winner: Non-Fiction Book Award (Gold Medal)<br /> Winner: Pinnacle Best Business Book Award</strong></p>
That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life o...
by Marc Randolph

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English

Pages

337

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<b>In the tradition of Phil Knight's <i>Shoe Dog</i> comes the incredible untold story of how Netflix went from concept to company-all revealed by co-founder and first CEO Marc Randolph.</b> <br />Once upon a time, brick-and-mortar video stores were king. Late fees were ubiquitous, video-streaming unheard was of, and widespread DVD adoption seemed about as imminent as flying cars. Indeed, these were the widely accepted laws of the land in 1997, when Marc Randolph had an idea. It was a simple thought-leveraging the internet to rent movies-and was just one of many more and far worse proposals, like personalized baseball bats and a shampoo delivery service, that Randolph would pitch to his business partner, Reed Hastings, on their commute to work each morning.<br /> <br /> But Hastings was intrigued, and the pair-with Hastings as the primary investor and Randolph as the CEO-founded a company. Now with over 150 million subscribers, Netflix's triumph feels inevitable, but the twenty first century's most disruptive start up began with few believers and calamity at every turn. From having to pitch his own mother on being an early investor, to the motel conference room that served as a first office, to server crashes on launch day, to the now-infamous meeting when Netflix brass pitched Blockbuster to acquire them, Marc Randolph's transformational journey exemplifies how anyone with grit, gut instincts and determination can change the world-even with an idea that many think will never work.<br /> <br /> What emerges,though, isn't just the inside story of one of the world's most iconic companies. Full of counter-intuitive concepts and written in binge-worthy prose, it answers some of our most fundamental questions about taking that leap of faith in business or in life: How do you begin? How do you weather disappointment and failure? How do you deal with success? What even <i>is</i> success?<br /> <br /> From idea generation to team building to knowing when it's time to let go, <i>That Will Never Work</i> is not only the ultimate follow-your-dreams parable, but also one of the most dramatic and insightful entrepreneurial stories of our time.
Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation ...
by John Doerr

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

April 24, 2018

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<b><b>#1 <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller<br /><br />Legendary venture capitalist John Doerr reveals how the goal-setting system of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) has helped tech giants from Intel to Google achieve explosive growth—and how it can help any organization thrive. </b></b><br /><br />In the fall of 1999, John Doerr met with the founders of a start-up whom he'd just given $12.5 million, the biggest investment of his career. Larry Page and Sergey Brin had amazing technology, entrepreneurial energy, and sky-high ambitions, but no real business plan. For Google to change the world (or even to survive), Page and Brin had to learn how to make tough choices on priorities while keeping their team on track. They'd have to know when to pull the plug on losing propositions, to fail fast. And they needed timely, relevant data to track their progress—to measure what mattered.<br /><br />Doerr taught them about a proven approach to operating excellence: Objectives and Key Results. He had first discovered OKRs in the 1970s as an engineer at Intel, where the legendary Andy Grove ("the greatest manager of his or any era") drove the best-run company Doerr had ever seen. Later, as a venture capitalist, Doerr shared Grove's brainchild with more than fifty companies. Wherever the process was faithfully practiced, it worked.<br /><br />In this goal-setting system, objectives define what we seek to achieve; key results are how those top-priority goals will be attained with specific, measurable actions within a set time frame. Everyone's goals, from entry level to CEO, are transparent to the entire organization. <br /><br />The benefits are profound. OKRs surface an organization's most important work. They focus effort and foster coordination. They keep employees on track. They link objectives across silos to unify and strengthen the entire company. Along the way, OKRs enhance workplace satisfaction and boost retention.<br /><br />In <i>Measure What Matters</i>, Doerr shares a broad range of first-person, behind-the-scenes case studies, with narrators including Bono and Bill Gates, to demonstrate the focus, agility, and explosive growth that OKRs have spurred at so many great organizations. This book will help a new generation of leaders capture the same magic.
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
by Simon Sinek

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English

Pages

247

Publication Date

September 23, 2009

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<p> </p><b>The inspiring, life-changing bestseller by the author of LEADERS EAT LAST and TOGETHER IS BETTER.</b><br /><br />In 2009, Simon Sinek started a movement to help people become more inspired at work, and in turn inspire their colleagues and customers. Since then, millions have been touched by the power of his ideas, including more than 28 million who’ve watched his TED Talk based on START WITH WHY -- the third most popular TED video of all time.<br />  <br /> Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over? <br />  <br /> People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers had little in common, but they all started with WHY. They realized that people won't truly buy into a product, service, movement, or idea until they understand the WHY behind it.  <br />  <br /> START WITH WHY shows that the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way -- and it's the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.
Radical Candor: Fully Revised & Updated Edition: Be a Kick-Ass Bo...
by Kim Scott

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English

Pages

323

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<p><b>Featuring a NEW PREFACE, AFTERWORD and Radically Candid PERFORMANCE REVIEW BONUS CHAPTER, the fully revised & updated edition of <i>Radical Candor</i> is packed with even more guidance to help you improve your relationships at work.</b><br /><b></b><b></b><br /><b><i>Radical Candor has been embraced around the world by leaders of every stripe at companies of all sizes. Now a cultural touchstone, the concept has come to be applied to a wide range of human relationships.</i></b><br /><b><i></i></b><b></b><br /><b><i>The idea is simple</i>: </b>You don't have to choose between being a pushover and a jerk. Using Radical Candor—avoiding the perils of Obnoxious Aggression, Manipulative Insincerity, and Ruinous Empathy—you can be kind and clear at the same time.</p><p>Kim Scott was a highly successful leader at Google before decamping to Apple, where she developed and taught a management class. Since the original publication of <i>Radical Candor</i> in 2017, Scott has earned international fame with her vital approach to effective leadership and co-founded the Radical Candor executive education company, which helps companies put the book's philosophy into practice.</p><p>Radical Candor is about caring personally and challenging directly, about soliciting criticism to improve your leadership and also providing guidance that helps others grow. It focuses on praise but doesn't shy away from criticism—to help you love your work <i>and</i> the people you work with. </p><p>Radically Candid relationships with team members enable bosses to fulfill their three core responsibilities:<br /><b>1. Create a culture of Compassionate Candor</b><br /><b>2. Build a cohesive team</b><br /><b>3. Achieve results collaboratively</b></p><p>Required reading for the most successful organizations, <i>Radical Candor </i>has raised the bar for management practices worldwide.</p>
What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence
by Stephen A. Schwarzman

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English

Pages

385

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /> <br /><b>From Blackstone chairman, CEO, and co-founder Stephen A. Schwarzman, a long-awaited book that uses impactful episodes from Schwarzman's life to show readers how to build, transform, and lead thriving organizations. Whether you are a student, entrepreneur, philanthropist, executive, or simply someone looking for ways to maximize your potential, the same lessons apply.</b><br /><br />People know who Stephen Schwarzman is—at least they think they do. He’s the man who took $400,000 and co-founded Blackstone, the investment firm that manages over $500 billion (as of January 2019). He’s the CEO whose views are sought by heads of state. He’s the billionaire philanthropist who founded Schwarzman Scholars, this century’s version of the Rhodes Scholarship, in China. But behind these achievements is a man who has spent his life learning and reflecting on what it takes to achieve excellence, make an impact, and live a life of consequence.<br /> <br />Folding handkerchiefs in his father’s linen shop, Schwarzman dreamed of a larger life, filled with purpose and adventure. His grades and athleticism got him into Yale. After starting his career in finance with a short stint at a financial firm called DLJ, Schwarzman began working at Lehman Brothers where he ascended to run the mergers and acquisitions practice. He eventually partnered with his mentor and friend Pete Peterson to found Blackstone, vowing to create a new and different kind of financial institution.<br /> <br />Building Blackstone into the leading global financial institution it is today didn’t come easy. Schwarzman focused intensely on culture, hiring great talent, and establishing processes that allow the firm to systematically analyze and evaluate risk. Schwarzman’s simple mantra “don’t lose money” has helped Blackstone become a leading private equity and real estate investor, and manager of alternative assets for institutional investors globally. Both he and the firm are known for the rigor of their investment process, their innovative approach to deal making, the diversification of their business lines, and a conviction to be the best at everything they do.<br /> <br />Schwarzman is also an active philanthropist, having given away more than a billion dollars. In philanthropy, as in business, he is drawn to situations where his capital and energy can be applied to drive transformative solutions and change paradigms, notably in education. He uses the skills learned over a lifetime in finance to design, establish, and support impactful and innovative organizations and initiatives. His gifts have ranged from creating a new College of Computing at MIT for the study of artificial intelligence, to establishing a first-of-its-kind student and performing arts center at Yale, to enabling the renovation of the iconic New York Public Library, to founding the Schwarzman Scholars fellowship program at Tsinghua University in Beijing—the single largest philanthropic effort in China’s history from international donors.<br /> <br />Schwarzman’s story is an empowering, entertaining, and informative guide for anyone striving for greater personal impact. From deal making to investing, leadership to entrepreneurship, philanthropy to diplomacy, Schwarzman has lessons for how to think about ambition and scale, risk and opportunities, and how to achieve success through the relentless pursuit of excellence. Schwarzman not only offers readers a thoughtful reflection on all his own experiences, but in doing so provides a practical blueprint for success.
Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life
by Diane Tavenner

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English

Pages

306

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<b>A blueprint for how parents can stop worrying about their children’s future and start helping them prepare for it, from the cofounder and CEO of one of America’s most innovative public-school networks</b><br /><b><b><b><br />BILL GATES<b>’S HOLIDAY READING LIST</b> • </b></b>“A treasure trove of deeply practical wisdom that accords with everything I know about how children thrive.”—Angela Duckworth, <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of <i>Grit</i></b><br /><b> </b><br />An educator and mother, Diane Tavenner cofounded the first Summit school in 2003. Summit Public Schools has won national recognition because 99 percent of Summit students get into a four-year college, and Summit students finish college at twice the national average. But in a radical departure from the environments created by the college admissions arms race, Summit students aren’t focused on competing with their classmates for rankings or test scores. Instead, students spend their days solving real-world problems and developing the skills of self-direction, collaboration, and reflection, all of which prepare them to succeed in college, thrive in today’s workplace, and lead a secure and fulfilled life. <br /><br />Today, thousands of educators, tens of thousands of students, and hundreds of schools across thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia have embraced the Summit model. <br /><br />Through personal stories and the hard-earned lessons of Summit’s exceptional team of educators and diverse students, Diane Tavenner shares the underlying learning philosophies and unconventional wisdom that lead to all children being prepared for school and life.<br /><br /><b>Advance praise for <i>Prepared</i></b><br /><br />“In a world filled with lots of parenting advice, <i>Prepared </i>cuts through the noise, offering a no-nonsense guide for raising curious, confident kids. Diane shares the secret sauce behind Summit’s success and how we can make sure that all kids can have the same opportunity.”<b>—Jon Deane, CEO of GreatSchools</b><br /><br /> “<i>Prepared</i> is compelling and actionable. It tells the story of why we all <i>must</i> do this work. We must prepare every child, not allow luck or circumstance to dictate their future—and ours.”<b>—Dr. Priscilla Chan, CEO of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, pediatrician, and mother</b><br /><br />“Diane Tavenner is one of the leading thinkers in education today—her energy and insights are infectious. There is no one better to think big about what kids need, and who can roll up her sleeves to make it happen.”<b>—Sal Khan, founder and CEO of Khan Academy</b>
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don'...
by Jim Collins

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English

Pages

315

Publication Date

July 19, 2011

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<p><strong>The Challenge </strong><br /><em>Built to Last,</em> the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the verybeginning. </p><p>But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness? </p><p><strong>The Study </strong><br />For years, this question preyed on the mind of Jim Collins. Are there companies that defy gravity and convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? And if so, what are the universal distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great? </p><p><strong>The Standards </strong><br />Using tough benchmarks, Collins and his research team identified a set of elite companies that made the leap to great results and sustained those results for at least fifteen years. How great? After the leap, the good-to-great companies generated cumulative stock returns that beat the general stock market by an average of seven times in fifteen years, better than twice the results delivered by a composite index of the world's greatest companies, including Coca-Cola, Intel, General Electric, and Merck.</p><p><strong>The Comparisons <br /></strong>The research team contrasted the good-to-great companies with a carefully selected set of comparison companies that failed to make the leap from good to great. What was different? Why did one set of companies become truly great performers while the other set remained only good? </p><p>Over five years, the team analyzed the histories of all twenty-eight companies in the study. After sifting through mountains of data and thousands of pages of interviews, Collins and his crew discovered the key determinants of greatness -- why some companies make the leap and others don't. </p><p><strong>The Findings</strong><br /> The findings of the Good to Great study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice. The findings include:</p><ul><li><strong>Level 5 Leaders:</strong> The research team was shocked to discover the type of leadership required to achieve greatness. </li><li><strong>The Hedgehog Concept</strong> (Simplicity within the Three Circles): To go from good to great requires transcending the curse of competence. </li><li><strong>A Culture of Discipline:</strong> When you combine a culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship, you get the magical alchemy of great results. Technology Accelerators: Good-to-great companies think differently about the role of technology. </li><li><strong>The Flywheel and the Doom Loop:</strong> Those who launch radical change programs and wrenching restructurings will almost certainly fail to make the leap.</li></ul><p>“Some of the key concepts discerned in the study,” comments Jim Collins, "fly in the face of our modern business culture and will, quite frankly, upset some people.” </p><p>Perhaps, but who can afford to ignore these findings? </p>

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