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The Geometry of Wealth: How to Shape a Life of Money and MeaningThe Geometry of Wealth: How to Shape a Life of Money and Meaning
by Brian Portnoy

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In The Geometry of Wealth, behavioral finance expert Brian Portnoy delivers an inspired answer, building on the critical distinction between being rich and being wealthy. While one is an unsatisfying treadmill, the other is the ability to underwrite a meaningful life, however one chooses to define that. Truly viewed, wealth is funded contentment.


Creative Clarity: A Practical Guide for Bringing Creative Thinking Into Your CompanyCreative Clarity: A Practical Guide for Bringing Creative Thinking Into Your Company
by Jon Kolko

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Most companies don't know what creativity really is, so they can't benefit from it. They lack creative clarity. This book is primarily for people in charge of driving strategic change through an organization. If you are a line manager responsible for exploring a horizon of opportunity, the book will help you establish a culture of creative product development in which your teams can predictably deliver creative results.


Can Business Save the Earth?: Innovating Our Way to Sustainability Can Business Save the Earth?: Innovating Our Way to Sustainability
by Michael Lenox

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Increasingly, business leaders are tasked with developing new products, services, and business models that minimize environmental impact while driving economic growth. It's a tall order—and a call that is only getting louder. In Can Business Save the Earth?, Michael Lenox and Aaron Chatterji explain just how the private sector can help.


Burn the Business Plan: What Great Entrepreneurs Really DoBurn the Business Plan: What Great Entrepreneurs Really Do
by Carl J. Schramm

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"The evangelist of entrepreneurship" (The Economist) reveals the true stories about how a range of entrepreneurs created their successful start-ups: hint, many of them never began with a business plan. Business schools teach that the most important prerequisite for starting a business is a business plan. Nonsense, says Carl Schramm...


Stop Selling & Start Leading: How to Make Extraordinary Sales HappenStop Selling & Start Leading: How to Make Extraordinary Sales Happen
by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

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In the Age of the Customer, sales effectiveness depends mightily on the buyer experience. Despite nearly-universal agreement on the need for creating value in every step of the buyer's journey, sellers continue to struggle with how to create that value and connect meaningfully with buyers. New research bridges the gap and reveals the behavioral blueprint for sellers that makes buyers more likely to meet with them — and more likely to buy from them.


Being Boss: Take Control of Your Work and Live Life on Your Own TermsBeing Boss: Take Control of Your Work and Live Life on Your Own Terms
by Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson

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From the creators of the hit podcast comes an interactive self-help guide for creative entrepreneurs, where they share their best tools and tactics on "being boss" in both business and life.


Start a Successful Business: Expert Advice to Take Your Startup from Idea to Empire (Inc. Magazine)Start a Successful Business: Expert Advice to Take Your Startup from Idea to Empire (Inc. Magazine)
by Colleen DeBaise

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Let Inc. help launch your dreams! Makers, doers, and dreamers—for decades they have turned to Inc. for help in getting their businesses off the ground. The publication's keen advice clarifies the process, while startup stories fuel aspirations and spark action.


Servant Leadership in Action: How You Can Achieve Great Relationships and ResultsServant Leadership in Action: How You Can Achieve Great Relationships and Results
by Ken Blanchard and Renee Broadwell

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We've seen the negative impact of self-serving leaders in every sector of our society. Not infrequently, they end up bringing down their entire organization. But there is another way. Servant leaders lead by serving their people, not by exalting themselves. In this collection, edited by legendary business author and lifelong servant leader Ken Blanchard and his longtime editor Renee Broadwell, leading businesspeople, bestselling authors, and spiritual leaders offer tools for implementing this proven—but for some, still radical—leadership model.


Online Marketing for Busy Authors: A Step-by-Step GuideOnline Marketing for Busy Authors: A Step-by-Step Guide
by Fauzia Burke

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Fauzia Burke takes authors step by step through the process of identifying their unique personal brand, defining their audience, clarifying their aspirations and goals, and setting priorities.