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The Citizen’s Share

Reducing Inequality in the Twenty First Century

by Joseph Blasi
Yale University Press
November 2013

The idea of workers owning the businesses where they work is not new. In America’s early years, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison believed that the best economic plan for the Republic was for citizens to have some ownership stake in the land, which was the main form of productive capital. This book traces the development of that share idea in American history and brings its message to today’s economy, where business capital has replaced land as the source of wealth creation.

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Fewer, Bigger, Bolder

From Mindless Expansion to Focused Growth

by Sanjay Khosla, Mohanbir Sawhney
July 2014

By challenging the conventional wisdom about growth, Fewer, Bigger, Bolder is likely to ignite a vigorous debate throughout the business community. It’s a game-changing book that couldn’t be more timely. Or more needed.

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Mighty Midsized Companies

How Leaders Overcome 7 Silent Growth Killers

by Robert Sher
bibliomotion books + media
September 2014

While midsized companies—classified as those with revenues between $10 million and $1 billion—account for one third of U.S. jobs and nearly one third of the country’s GDP, very little has been written about the unique challenges that plague these organizations. In his new book, Sher elucidates seven insidious growth killers that can drive even successful midsized companies into extinction. With practical insight into how to detect and survive the silent killers, Sher offers a playbook for growing an organization from meek to mighty.

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Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work…and What Does

The New Science of Leading, Energizing, Engaging

by Susan Fowler
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
September 2014

Top consultant, trainer, and coach Susan Fowler says stop trying to motivate people! Motivating people is frustrating for everyone involved, and it just doesn’t work. You can’t motivate people—they are already motivated, but generally in superficial and short-term ways.

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Dirty Entanglements

Corruption, Crime, and Terrorism

by Louise I. Shelley
Cambridge University Press
September 2014

The entangled threat of crime, corruption, and terrorism now deserves high-level policy attention because of its growth trajectory. Using lively case studies, this book analyzes the transformation of crime and terrorism and the business logic of terrorism. Louise I. Shelley concludes that corruption, crime, and terrorism will remain important security challenges in the twenty-first century as a result of economic and demographic inequalities in the world, the rise of ethnic and sectarian violence, climate change, the growth of technology, and the failure of nineteenth- and twentieth-century institutions to respond to these challenges when they emerged.

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The Discomfort Zone

How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations Into Breakthroughs

by Marcia Reynolds
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
October 2014

Reynolds offers insight into how leaders can use difficult conversations to challenge and grow their employees. A clear departure from other books on breakthrough conversations, Reynolds’ approach is not about how to deliver a difficult message. Rather, she introduces what she calls The Discomfort Zone—the moment of uncertainty where people are most open to learning—and outlines how leaders can use The Discomfort Zone to interrupt and shift the receiver’s thinking, allowing him or her to see circumstances, challenges, and opportunities in a new light.

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My Battle Against Hitler

Faith, Truth, and Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich

by Dietrich von Hildebrand; Translated and Edited by John Henry Crosby with John F. Crosby
Image Books
October 2014

In this eagerly-awaited translation of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s memoirs, we join him as he abandons his beloved home in Germany to go to Austria where he establishes the premiere journal in the intellectual and cultural battle against Nazism. We watch him awaken slumbering minds and muddled consciences; we marvel at his immunity to the ideologies of his day, especially anti-Semitism. And we are moved by the fearless and serene spirit with which he endures the constant danger of assassination so that he may remain steadfast in his fight.

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Leading With Intention

Every Moment is a Choice

by Mindy Hall
Copper Bay Press
October 2014

The role of habit, with ingrained patterns of behavior both in our work and personal lives, has come under close scrutiny recently. Most agree that we all tend to repeat behaviors that have given us positive results, not stopping to look closely at these unchallenged patterns.

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The Conscience Economy

How a Mass Movement for Good is Great for Business

by Steven Overman
bibliomotion books + media
October 28, 2014

A generation of people around the world, from Boston to Bangkok, from New York to New Delhi, are making everyday choices in ways that defy traditional logic. They are judging where and how their clothes were made, not just how they fit. They are thinking global but buying local. They are spending their money and their time, forming loyalties, casting votes and even enjoying entertainment based increasingly upon their desire to make a positive impact on others and the world around them. This new generation believes they can and must make the world better, and they expect business and government to get with the program.

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Harness the Power of Word of Mouth Marketing to Drive Brand Growth

by Ted Wright
November 2014

A word-of-mouth marketing pioneer shows how to measurably impact the bottom line with a powerful WOMM campaign

In Fizz, Ted Wright teaches marketing professionals and entrepreneurs how to create and test a brand’s stories for maximum word-of-mouth impact; build the communications network to tell it; harness Big Data for WOMM; find and train influencers; and measure a campaign’s success. Along the way, he debunks popular marketing myths regarding the broadcast model, social media, influencers, and the idea that the medium is more important than the message.

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Your Guide to Building Powerful Brands in the New Heartland

by Paul Jankowski
New Heartland Group Publishing Company
November 2014

Identified by Jankowski in his first book, How to Speak American, the New Heartland is comprised of the Southwest, Midwest and parts of the Southeast. It claims 13 of the top 20 U.S. cities, ranked by population, and more than half of the U.S. buying population. This group is very brand loyal, and yet until now, has been largely ignored. Armed with new proprietary research into New Heartland consumers, Jankowski has solidified his position as the expert for national brands who want to engage this crucial buying segment.

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The Coder’s Path to Wealth and Independence

by Mark Beckner
Apress Media LLC
December 2014

The art of business is often hidden behind the corporate veil – but when running your own business, you will need to understand first-hand every aspect of this art. The Coder’s Path to Wealth and Independence outlines how to transform from being a skilled programmer to being a highly creative and effective businessperson.

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Meetings Matter

8 Powerful Strategies for Remarkable Conversations

by Paul Axtell
Jackson Creek Press
January 2015

America has become a nation “stuck in a meeting.” Between corporate boardrooms, all hands meetings, and conference calls, few of us can claim our time is meeting-free. Even fewer can claim every “mandatory session” was worth it. But Paul Axtell – a consultant with more than 30 years of experience in personal and professional organization – says meetings themselves aren’t the problem. In his new book, he defends the importance of meetings, explains how they’ve gone horribly wrong, and offers eight ways to fix our meeting problems so they stop wasting time, and instead build and boost valuable relationships.

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A Taste for Chaos

A Taste for Chaos

The Art of Literary Improvisation

by Randy Fertel
Spring Journal Books
March 2015

In A Taste for Chaos, literary scholar Randy Fertel explores the literary equivalent of the insight-in-the-shower moment: improvisations, or texts that claim spontaneous composition. Whether the authors claim to have written them in a dream, instinctively, off the top of their head, or when drunk, they have done so – so they claim – without effort, and their texts are more valuable because of it. And as Fertel points out, while self-styled spontaneous texts claim to be unlike anything we have ever seen before, they actually abound across genres and time, from the epic sung poetry of classical Greece to 21st century novels. In A Taste for Chaos, Fertel defines this unacknowledged metagenre of literature – improvisations – by presenting a methodology for talking about spontaneity, and then applying that methodology to landmark texts of the Western tradition. Woven throughout, demonstrates Fertel, is the lesson that we can ultimately know more of the world by accepting the limits of reason, and opening up rationality to more of life through spontaneity.

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The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If They’re Real People

by Rodd Wagner
April 2015

Employee engagement initiatives abound, yet the vast majority of the American workforce remains demoralized, frustrated, and uninspired. The reason, according to New York Times bestselling author Rodd Wagner, is that organizations have neglected employees’ human nature—treating them instead like widgets. Armed with extensive original research, compelling examples, and a no-holds- barred approach, Wagner ushers in a new set of rules for engaging employees by treating them like people.

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Every Gift Matters

Every Gift Matters

How Your Passion Can Change The World

by Carrie Morgridge with John Perry
Greenleaf Book Group
May 2015

Charitable giving is on the rise in America. Despite the lingering effects of the economic downturn, Americans continue to give generously of their time, talent, and money – more than $335 billion in 2013, a 4.4% increase from 2011. What’s more, the bulk of that charitable giving – 72% – came not from large foundations or corporations, but from individuals making small gifts. For those with passion for a cause and a generous spirit, it’s vitally important that they leverage their gift in the right way in order to have the greatest impact possible. In Every Gift Matters, philanthropist Carrie Morgridge shares inspiring stories of powerful gifts in action to show readers how to turn the act of giving into a vehicle for positive change.

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