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  • The Art of the Sale: Learning from the Masters About the Business of Life

    The Art of the Sale: Learning from the Masters About the Business of Life

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Philip Delves Broughton
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Penguin Press HC, The (2012, Apr 12th).
    Pages:   304

    A revelatory examination of the alchemy of successful selling and its essential role in just about every aspect of human experience.When Philip Delves Broughton went to Harvard Business School, an experience he wrote about in his New York Times bestseller Ahead of the Curve, he was baffled to find that sales was not on the curriculum.  Why not, he wondered?  Sales plays a part in everything we do—not just in clinching a deal but in convincing people of an argument, getting a job, attracting a mate, or getting a child to eat his broccoli.  Well, he thought; he’d just have to assemble his own master class in the art of selling.  And so he did, setting out on a remarkable pilgrimage to find the world’s great wizards of sales. more

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  • The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms

    The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Danielle LaPorte
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Crown Archetype; 1 edition (2012, Apr 17th).
    Pages:   368

    The Fire Starter Sessions is an apathy-kicking, integrity-infusing guide to defining success on your own terms.   As the creator of DanielleLaPorte.com--deemed “the best place online for kick-ass spirituality,” Danielle LaPorte’s straight-talk life-and-livelihood sermons have been read by over one million people. Bold but empathetic, she reframes popular self-help and success concepts:   : Life balance is a myth, and the pursuit of it is causing us more stress then the craving for balance itself. : Being well-rounded is over-rated. When you focus on developing your true strengths, you enter your mastery zone. : Screw your principles (they might be holding you back). : We have ambition backwards. Getting clear on how you want to feel in your life + work is more important than setting goals. more

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  • An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies

    An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Tyler Cowen
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Dutton Adult (2012, Apr 19th).
    Pages:   304

    One of the most influential economists of the decade-and the New York Times bestselling author of The Great Stagnation-boldly argues that just about everything you've heard about food is wrong. Food snobbery is killing entrepreneurship and innovation, says economist, preeminent social commentator, and maverick dining guide blogger Tyler Cowen. Americans are becoming angry that our agricultural practices have led to global warming-but while food snobs are right that local food tastes better, they're wrong that it is better for the environment, and they are wrong that cheap food is bad food. The food world needs to know that you don't have to spend more to eat healthy, green, exciting meals. At last, some good news from an economist!Tyler Cowen discusses everything from slow food to fast food, from agriculture to gourmet culture, from modernist cuisine to how to pick the best street vendor. more

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  • All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results

    All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Adrian Gostick
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Free Press (2012, Apr 3rd).
    Pages:   256

    To have any hope of succeeding as a manager, you need to get your people all in. Whether you manage the smallest of teams or a multi-continent organization, you are the owner of a work culturecongratulationsand few things will have a bigger impact on your performance than getting your people to buy into your ideas and your cause and to believe what they do matters. Bestselling authors of The Carrot Principle and The Orange Revolution, Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton return to answer the most overlooked leadership questions of our day: Why are some managers able to get their employees to commit wholeheartedly to their culture and give that extra push that leads to outstanding results? And how can managers at any level build and sustain a profitable, vibrant work-group culture of their own? These leading workplace experts teamed up with research giant Towers Watson to analyze an unprecedented 300,000-person study, and they made a groundbreaking finding: managers of the highest-performing work groups create a culture of belief. more

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  • White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You

    White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Simon Johnson
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Pantheon (2012, Apr 3rd).
    Pages:   320

    America is mired in debt—more than $30,000 for every man, woman, and child. Bitter fighting over deficits, taxes, and spending bedevils Washington, D.C., even as partisan gridlock has brought the government to the brink of default. Yet the more politicians on both sides of the aisle rant and the citizenry fumes, the more things seem to remain the same. In White House Burning, Simon Johnson and James Kwak—authors of the national best seller 13 Bankers and cofounders of The Baseline Scenario, a widely cited blog on economics and public policy—demystify the national debt, explaining whence it came and, even more important, what it means to you and to future generations. They tell the story of the Founding Fathers’ divisive struggles over taxes and spending. more

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