Start Something That Matters

  • Filename: start-something-that-matters.
  • ISBN: 9780753547403
  • Release Date: 2012-02-02
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Blake Mycoskie
  • Publisher: Random House



In 2006, while travelling in Argentina, young entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie encountered children too poor to afford shoes, who developed injuries on their feet that often led to serious health problems. Blake knew he wanted to help, but rather than start a charity, he went against conventional wisdom and created a for profit business to help the children who he met. With the help of a local shoemaker, Blake struck out to merge activism and fashion in the form of a local canvas shoe worn by farmers and gauchos alike, called the alpargata. Blake called his creation TOMS Shoes (which stands for "Tomorrow's Shoes") and promised to give a pair of new shoes to a child in need for every pair that he sold. Starting with only two hundred pairs of handmade shoes, optimism, and entrepreneurial charisma, Blake successfully launched TOMS into the high fashion world. They can now be seen adorning the feet of celebrities such as Keira Knightley, Scarlett Johansson, and Tobey Maguire. Blake's mission is to prove that you can achieve financial success and make the world a better place at the same time. In this book, he shares the six counterintuitive principles that have guided the growth of TOMS for the past three years: Make business personal Be resourceful without resources Reverse retirement Keep it simple Stay humble Give more, advertise less The result is an inspiring account of a young man whose entrepreneurial spirit was able to affect change in the world, and a call to others to be inspired to do the same. As part of the One for One initiative, Random House will provide a new book to a child in need with every copy of Start Something That Matters purchased.

Start Something That Matters

  • Filename: start-something-that-matters.
  • ISBN: 9780753540244
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 189
  • Author: Blake Mycoskie
  • Publisher: Random House



In 2006, while travelling in Argentina, young entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie encountered children too poor to afford shoes, who developed injuries on their feet that often led to serious health problems. Blake knew he wanted to help, but rather than start a charity, he went against conventional wisdom and created a for profit business to help the children who he met. With the help of a local shoemaker, Blake struck out to merge activism and fashion in the form of a local canvas shoe worn by farmers and gauchos alike, called the alpargata. Blake called his creation TOMS Shoes (which stands for "Tomorrow's Shoes") and promised to give a pair of new shoes to a child in need for every pair that he sold. Starting with only two hundred pairs of handmade shoes, optimism, and entrepreneurial charisma, Blake successfully launched TOMS into the high fashion world. They can now be seen adorning the feet of celebrities such as Keira Knightley, Scarlett Johansson, and Tobey Maguire. Blake's mission is to prove that you can achieve financial success and make the world a better place at the same time. In this book, he shares the six counterintuitive principles that have guided the growth of TOMS for the past three years: Make business personal Be resourceful without resources Reverse retirement Keep it simple Stay humble Give more, advertise less The result is an inspiring account of a young man whose entrepreneurial spirit was able to affect change in the world, and a call to others to be inspired to do the same. As part of the One for One initiative, Random House will provide a new book to a child in need with every copy of Start Something That Matters purchased.

Start Something That Matters

  • Filename: start-something-that-matters.
  • ISBN: 9780679603528
  • Release Date: 2011-09-06
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Blake Mycoskie
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau



The incredible story of the man behind TOMS Shoes and One for One, the revolutionary business model that marries fun, profit, and social good. “A creative and open-hearted business model for our times.”—The Wall Street Journal Why this book is for you: • You’re ready to make a difference in the world—through your own start-up business, a nonprofit organization, or a new project that you create within your current job. • You want to love your work, work for what you love, and have a positive impact on the world—all at the same time. • You’re inspired by charity: water, method, and FEED Projects and want to learn how these organizations got their start. • You’re curious about how someone who never made a pair of shoes, attended fashion school, or worked in retail created one of the fastest-growing footwear companies in the world by giving shoes away. • You’re looking for a new model of success to share with your children, students, co-workers, and members of your community. You’re ready to start something that matters.

Be a Changemaker

  • Filename: be-a-changemaker.
  • ISBN: 9781582704647
  • Release Date: 2014-09-16
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Laurie Ann Thompson
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



Presents information on creating problem-solving ventures, with advice on identifying a social issue, doing research, creating a business plan, soliciting support from friends and adults, planning an event, raising funds, and using social media for promotion.

The Book That Matters Most A Novel

  • Filename: the-book-that-matters-most-a-novel.
  • ISBN: 9780393253849
  • Release Date: 2016-08-09
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Ann Hood
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company



An enthralling novel about love, loss, secrets, friendship, and the healing power of literature, by the bestselling author of The Knitting Circle. Ava’s twenty-five-year marriage has fallen apart, and her two grown children are pursuing their own lives outside of the country. Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group’s goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them. Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood—one that helped her through the traumas of the untimely deaths of her sister and mother. Alternating with Ava’s story is that of her troubled daughter Maggie, who, living in Paris, descends into a destructive relationship with an older man. Ava’s mission to find that book and its enigmatic author takes her on a quest that unravels the secrets of her past and offers her and Maggie the chance to remake their lives.

Start

  • Filename: start.
  • ISBN: 1937077594
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Number of pages: 266
  • Author: Jonathan M. Acuff
  • Publisher: Ramsey Press



Offers advice on getting out of a rut and on the path to being awesome, explaining why the road to success in work and life has changed over the past century and how to start living and learning at any age.

Start Something That Matters

  • Filename: start-something-that-matters.
  • ISBN: 1503174352
  • Release Date: 2014-11-12
  • Number of pages: 78
  • Author: Patrick Lord
  • Publisher: CreateSpace



Entrepreneurship is the process of starting a business or other organization. The entrepreneur develops a business model, acquires the human and other required resources, and is fully responsible for its success or failure. Entrepreneurship operates within an entrepreneurship ecosystem. Contents: Preface 8 1 What Are Interpersonal Skills and Why Are They Important to Entrepreneurs? 10 1.1 What are Interpersonal Skills? 10 1.2 Soft Skills: A Topic of Study and Consideration Throughout History 10 1.3 How Does Developing Your Interpersonal Skills Make You a Better Entrepreneur? 11 1.4 Key Points From Chapter 1 12 1.5 Quiz - Reviewing Concepts From Chapter 1 13 1.6 Answers to Quiz for Chapter 1 15 2 Communication Skills That Set Business Leaders Apart 17 2.1 Why Are Communication Skills Important for a Business Owner? 17 2.2 Active Listening and How It Can Boost Your Sales 19 2.3 Common Barriers to Communication 26 2.4 Body Language: What People Are REALLY Saying 28 2.5 How to Communicate Effectively through Multi-Media Outlets 33 2.6 Key Points from Chapter 2 38 2.7 Quiz - Reviewing Concepts From Chapter 2 38 2.8 Answers to Quiz from Chapter 2 40 3 Public Speaking Tips for Business Leaders 42 3.1 Be Prepared 42 3.2 Stay Positive 43 3.3 Tell 'Em a Story 44 3.4 Don't be Self-Conscious 45 3.5 Seek Professional Help 45 3.6 Key Points from Chapter 3 45 3.7 Quiz - Reviewing Concepts From Chapter 3 46 3.8 Answers to Quiz from Chapter 3 47 4 Winning Persuasion and Negotiating Skills 49 4.1 Winning Persuasion Tactics for Business Management 49 4.2 Build Stronger Relationships as You Negotiate 52 4.3 Key Points from Chapter 4 55 4.4 Quiz - Reviewing Concepts From Chapter 4 56 4.5 Answers to Quiz from Chapter 4 57 5 The Assertive Entrepreneur: How to Be Heard in Business 59 5.1 Assertion vs. Aggression 59 5.2 Timing 59 5.3 Word Choice 61 5.4 Assertive Body Language 61 5.5 Clarity 62 5.6 Key Points from Chapter 5 62 5.7 Quiz - Reviewing Concepts From Chapter 5 63 5.8 Answers to Quiz from Chapter 5 65 6 Resolving Conflict 66 6.1 Conflict Resolution in The Workplace 66 6.2 Learn and Practice Assertive Communication Skills 66 6.3 Establish Healthy Boundaries 67 6.4 Seek First to Understand 67 6.5 Key Points from Chapter 6 68 6.6 Quiz - Reviewing Concepts From Chapter 6 68 6.7 Answers to Quiz from Chapter 6 70 Executive Education-170x115-B2.indd 1 18-08-11 15:13 7 Be a Source of Inspiration 72 7.1 Integrity 73 7.2 Empathy in the Workplace 73 7.3 Validate Emotions 73 7.4 Be Part of the Solution 74 7.5 Key Points from Chapter 7 74 7.6 Quiz - Reviewing Concepts From Chapter 7 74 7.7 Answers to Quiz from Chapter 7 76 Resources 78

Clay Water Brick

  • Filename: clay-water-brick.
  • ISBN: 9780679643784
  • Release Date: 2015-06-23
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Jessica Jackley
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau



In the tradition of Kabul Beauty School and Start Something That Matters comes an inspiring story of social entrepreneurship from the co-founder of Kiva, the first online microlending platform for the working poor. Featuring lessons learned from successful businesses in the world’s poorest countries, Jessica Jackley’s Clay Water Brick will motivate readers to more deeply appreciate the incredible entrepreneurial potential that exists in every human being on this planet—especially themselves. “The heart of entrepreneurship is never about what we have. It’s about what we do.” Meet Patrick, who had next to nothing and started a thriving business using just the ground beneath his feet . . . Blessing, who built her shop right in the middle of the road, refusing to take the chance that her customers might pass her by . . . Constance, who cornered the banana market in her African village with her big personality and sense of mission. Patrick, Blessing, Constance, and many others are among the poorest of the world’s poor. And yet they each had crucial lessons to teach Jessica Jackley—lessons about resilience, creativity, perseverance, and, above all, entrepreneurship. For as long as she could remember, Jackley, the co-founder of the revolutionary microlending site Kiva, had a singular and urgent ambition: to help alleviate global poverty. While in her twenties, she set off for Africa to finally meet the people she had long dreamed of helping. The insights of those she met changed her understanding. Today she believes that many of the most inspiring entrepreneurs in the world are not focused on high-tech ventures or making a lot of money; instead, they wake up every day and build better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities, regardless of the things they lack or the obstacles they encounter. As Jackley puts it, “The greatest entrepreneurs succeed not because of what they possess but because of what they are determined to do.” In Clay Water Brick, Jackley challenges readers to embrace entrepreneurship as a powerful force for change in the world. She shares her own story of founding Kiva with little more than a laptop and a dream, and the stories and the lessons she has learned from those across the globe who are doing the most with the least. Praise for Clay Water Brick “Jessica Jackley didn’t wait for permission to change the world—she just did it. It turns out that you can too.”—Seth Godin, author of What to Do When It’s Your Turn “Fascinating . . . gripping . . . bursting with lessons . . . Jessica Jackley has written a remarkable book . . . so thoroughly well meaning and engagingly put it is too magnetic to put down.”—Financial Times “Clay Water Brick is a tremendously inspiring read. Jessica Jackley, the virtuoso co-founder of the revolutionary microlending platform Kiva, shares uplifting stories and compelling lessons on entrepreneurship, resilience, and character.”—Adam Grant, author of Give and Take “A blueprint for anyone who wants to make the world a better place and find fulfillment in the process, no matter how scarce their resources or how steep the challenge.”—Arianna Huffington “This book is inspirational. And honest and practical. . . . Well written, thoughtful: a selfless account of how to succeed by doing right and following your heart.”—Booklist

Pivot

  • Filename: pivot.
  • ISBN: 9780698406704
  • Release Date: 2016-09-06
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Jenny Blake
  • Publisher: Penguin



“Looking to make a career change? Pivot is a book you will turn to again and again.”—Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell Is Human and Drive If you've got the perfect job or business, congratulations. But if you are even a little bit uncertain that your current gig is the right one, it is time to start thinking about your next move. In the new world of work, it's the only move that matters. What's next? is a question we all have to ask and answer more frequently in an economy where the average job tenure is only four years, roles change constantly even within that time, and smart, motivated people find themselves hitting professional plateaus. But how do you evaluate options and move forward without getting stuck? Jenny Blake's solution: it's about small steps, not big leaps—and the answer is already right under your feet. This book will teach you how to pivot from a base of your existing strengths. Pivoting is a crucial strategy for Silicon Valley tech companies and startups. Jenny Blake—a former training and career development specialist at Google who now runs her own company as a career and business consultant and speaker—shows how pivoting can also be a successful strategy for individuals looking to make changes in their work lives, whether within their role, organization or business, or setting their sights on bigger shifts. When you pivot, you double down on your existing strengths and interests to move in a new, related direction, instead of looking so far outside of yourself for answers that you skip over your hard-won expertise and experience. It empowers you to navigate changes with flexibility and strength—now and throughout your entire career. Much like the lean business principles that took Silicon Valley by storm, pivoting is the crucial skill you need to stay agile, whether or not you are actively looking for a new position. No matter your age, industry, or bank account balance, Jenny's advice will help you move forward strategically. Her Pivot Method will teach you how to: · Double down on existing strengths, interests, and experiences. Identify what is working best and where you want to end up, then start to bridge the gap between the two. · Scan for opportunities and identify new skills without falling prey to analysis paralysis or compare and despair. Explore options by leveraging the network and experience you already have. · Run small experiments to determine next steps. Do side projects to test ideas for your next move, taking the pressure off so you don't need to have the entire answer up front. · Take smart risks to launch with confidence in a new direction. Set benchmarks to decide when the time is right to go all-in on your new direction. Pivot also includes valuable insight for leaders who want to have more frequent career conversations with their teams to help talented people pivot within their roles and the broader organization. No matter your current position, one thing is clear: your career success and satisfaction depends on your ability to determine your next best move. If change is the only constant, let's get better at it. From the Hardcover edition.

High Hanging Fruit

  • Filename: high-hanging-fruit.
  • ISBN: 9780399562143
  • Release Date: 2016-07-19
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Mark Rampolla
  • Publisher: Penguin



Grabbing the low-hanging fruit is no longer acceptable. ZICO Coconut Water founder Mark Rampolla argues that when you choose to reach higher, you can build an incredible business, be profitable, and maybe even change the world. In 2004, Mark Rampolla was successful by most standards. There was just one problem: He wasn’t inspired in his job and believed he had something more to contribute to the world. When he asked himself, "What do I have to offer that will improve the world?" Rampolla realized that his big idea was hanging right overhead. From his time living in Central America, he and his family came to love drinking coconut water, just like the locals. But no one was really selling coconut water in the United States. So Rampolla chased a very ambitious goal: introducing coconut water to the American beverage market dominated by a few big players. He wasn’t just starting a business; he was creating a whole new industry. ZICO Coconut Water brought a healthy beverage alternative to American consumers while also helping developing-world growers and suppliers profit from this resource. It was a win-win-win—good for Rampolla, his customers, and the world. So good, in fact, that in 2013 the Coca-Cola Company purchased ZICO and is scaling the brand around the globe. Rampolla wrote High-Hanging Fruit for others who want to succeed because of, not in spite of, their values. This book is for people who believe that it’s their duty to reach higher than just the bottom line to build businesses driven by passion, purpose, and integrity. Above all, it’s a call to arms for a new generation of entrepreneurs who want to disrupt the old model and do good by doing business. From the Hardcover edition.

The Power of Starting Something Stupid

  • Filename: the-power-of-starting-something-stupid.
  • ISBN: 1609070097
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Richie Norton
  • Publisher:



Presents advice on how to defy conventional wisdom and become successful through implementing original business ideas that are based on personal values.

The Power of Meaning

  • Filename: the-power-of-meaning.
  • ISBN: 9780553446555
  • Release Date: 2017-01-10
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Emily Esfahani Smith
  • Publisher: Crown



In a culture obsessed with happiness, this wise, stirring book points the way toward a richer, more satisfying life. Too many of us believe that the search for meaning is an esoteric pursuit—that you have to travel to a distant monastery or page through dusty volumes to discover life’s secrets. The truth is, there are untapped sources of meaning all around us—right here, right now. To explore how we can craft lives of meaning, Emily Esfahani Smith synthesizes a kaleidoscopic array of sources—from psychologists, sociologists, philosophers, and neuroscientists to figures in literature and history such as George Eliot, Viktor Frankl, Aristotle, and the Buddha. Drawing on this research, Smith shows us how cultivating connections to others, identifying and working toward a purpose, telling stories about our place in the world, and seeking out mystery can immeasurably deepen our lives. To bring what she calls the four pillars of meaning to life, Smith visits a tight-knit fishing village in the Chesapeake Bay, stargazes in West Texas, attends a dinner where young people gather to share their experiences of profound loss, and more. She also introduces us to compelling seekers of meaning—from the drug kingpin who finds his purpose in helping people get fit to the artist who draws on her Hindu upbringing to create arresting photographs. And she explores how we might begin to build a culture that leaves space for introspection and awe, cultivates a sense of community, and imbues our lives with meaning. Inspiring and story-driven, The Power of Meaning will strike a profound chord in anyone seeking a life that matters.

The Influencing Machine Brooke Gladstone on the Media

  • Filename: the-influencing-machine-brooke-gladstone-on-the-media.
  • ISBN: 9780393083545
  • Release Date: 2011-05-23
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Author: Brooke Gladstone
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company



A visionary and opinionated work of graphic nonfiction on the media and its discontents. Nearly one million weekly listeners trust NPR's Brooke Gladstone to guide them through the distortions and complexities of the modern media. This brilliant radio personality now bursts onto the page as an illustrated character in vivid comics drawn by acclaimed artist Josh Neufeld. The cartoon of Brooke conducts the reader through two millennia of history-from the newspapers in Caesar's Rome to the penny press of the American Revolution and the manipulations of contemporary journalism. Gladstone's manifesto debunks the notion that "The Media" is an external force, outside of our control, since we've begun directly constructing, filtering, and responding to what we watch and read. With fascinating digressions, sobering anecdotes, and brave analytical wit, The Influencing Machine equips us to be smart, savvy, informed consumers and shapers of the media. It shows that we have met the media and it is us. So now what? Owing to the graphic format, this book is readable only on larger screens and devices.

Sam Walton

  • Filename: sam-walton.
  • ISBN: 9780307763693
  • Release Date: 2012-09-12
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Sam Walton
  • Publisher: Bantam



Meet a genuine American folk hero cut from the homespun cloth of America's heartland: Sam Walton, who parlayed a single dime store in a hardscrabble cotton town into Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world. The undisputed merchant king of the late twentieth century, Sam never lost the common touch. Here, finally, inimitable words. Genuinely modest, but always sure if his ambitions and achievements. Sam shares his thinking in a candid, straight-from-the-shoulder style. In a story rich with anecdotes and the "rules of the road" of both Main Street and Wall Street, Sam Walton chronicles the inspiration, heart, and optimism that propelled him to lasso the American Dream.

Lean Analytics

  • Filename: lean-analytics.
  • ISBN: 9781449335670
  • Release Date: 2013-04-15
  • Number of pages: 409
  • Author: Alistair Croll
  • Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."



Offers six sample business models and thirty case studies to help build and monetize a business.

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