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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
by John Carreyrou

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

May 21, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BEST SELLER 鈥⒙?NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: NPR,<i>聽The New York Times Book Review</i>, <i>Time</i>, <i>Wall Street Journal, Washington Post</i> 鈥?The McKinsey Business Book of the Year </b><br /> 聽<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鈥攏ow the subject of the HBO documentary <i>The Inventor鈥?lt;/i>by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.<br /><br /> 鈥淭he 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.鈥?鈥擝ill 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 鈥渦nicorn鈥?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鈥檚 worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn鈥檛 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.
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
by David J. Epstein

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English

Pages

351

Publication Date

May 28, 2019

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<b>The聽<i>#1 New York Times</i>聽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聽<i>Financial Times</i>/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award</b><br /> 聽聽<br /> <b>鈥淭he most important business鈥攁nd parenting鈥攂ook of the year.鈥澛犫€?lt;i>Forbes</i></b><br /><br /> <b>鈥淯rgent and important. . .聽an essential read for bosses, parents, coaches, and anyone who cares about improving performance.鈥?鈥擠aniel H. Pink</b>聽聽<b><br /> </b><br /> <b>鈥淪o much crucial and revelatory information about performance, success, and education.鈥?鈥擲usan Cain, bestselling author of聽<i>Quiet</i></b><i>聽</i>聽聽<br /><br /> <b>鈥淎s David Epstein shows us, cultivating range prepares us for the wickedly unanticipated鈥?a well-supported and smoothly written case on behalf of breadth and late starts.鈥澛犫€?lt;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鈥檒l never catch up to the people who got a head start. But a closer look at research on the world鈥檚 top performers, from professional athletes to Nobel laureates, shows that early specialization is the exception, not the rule.聽聽聽聽 <br /><br />David Epstein examined the world鈥檚 most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. He discovered that in most fields鈥攅specially those that are complex and unpredictable鈥攇eneralists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They鈥檙e also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can鈥檛 see. <br /><br />Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing,聽<i>Range</i>聽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.
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鈥攁t least they think they do. He鈥檚 the man who took $400,000 and co-founded Blackstone, the investment firm that manages over $500 billion (as of January 2019). He鈥檚 the CEO whose views are sought by heads of state. He鈥檚 the billionaire philanthropist who founded Schwarzman Scholars, this century鈥檚 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鈥檚 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鈥檛 come easy. Schwarzman focused intensely on culture, hiring great talent, and establishing processes that allow the firm to systematically analyze and evaluate risk. Schwarzman鈥檚 simple mantra 鈥渄on鈥檛 lose money鈥?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鈥攖he single largest philanthropic effort in China鈥檚 history from international donors.<br /> <br />Schwarzman鈥檚 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.
Trailblazer: The Power of Business as the Greatest Platform for C...
by , Monica Langley

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English

Pages

235

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<b>The founder and co-CEO of Salesforce delivers a<b>n inspiring vision for successful companies of the future鈥攊n which changing the world is everyone鈥檚 business.</b></b><br /><br /><b>鈥淭he gold standard on how to use business as a platform for change at this urgent time.鈥濃€?lt;b>Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates and author of <i>Principles: Life and Work</i></b></b><br /><br />What鈥檚 the secret to business聽growth and innovation and a purpose-driven career聽in a world that is becoming vastly more complicated by the day? According to Marc Benioff, the answer is embracing a culture in which your values permeate everything you do.<br /><br />In聽<i>Trailblazer,</i>聽Benioff gives readers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of one of the world鈥檚 most admired companies. He reveals how Salesforce鈥檚 core values鈥攖rust, customer success, innovation, and equality鈥攁nd commitment to giving back have become the company鈥檚 greatest competitive advantage and the most powerful engine of its success. Because no matter what business you鈥檙e in, Benioff says, values are the bedrock of a resilient company culture that inspires all employees, at every level, to do the best work of their lives. Along the way, he shares insights and best practices for anyone who wants to cultivate a聽company culture positioned聽to thrive in the face of the inevitable disruption ahead.<br /><br />None of us in the business world can afford to sit on the sidelines and ignore what鈥檚 going on outside the walls of our workplaces. In the future, profits and progress will no longer be sustainable unless they serve the greater good. Whether you run a company, lead a small team, or have just draped an ID badge around your neck for the first time,聽<i>Trailblazer</i>聽reveals how anyone can become an agent of change.<br /><br /><b>Advance praise for <i>Trailblazer</i></b><br /><br />鈥淎 guide for what every business and organization must do to thrive in this period of profound political and economic change.鈥?lt;b>鈥擩amie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase<br /></b><br />鈥淚n <i>Trailblazer, </i>Benioff explores how companies can nurture a values-based culture to become powerful platforms for change.鈥?lt;b>鈥擲usan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube</b>
Every Tool's a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It
by Adam Savage

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English

Pages

321

Publication Date

May 07, 2019

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<b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淎n imperative how-to for creativity.鈥?鈥擭ick Offerman</b><br /> <br /> <b>Adam Savage鈥攕tar of Discovery Channel鈥檚 <i>Mythbusters </i>and one of the most beloved figures in science and tech鈥攕hares his golden rules of creativity, from finding inspiration to following through and successfully making your idea a reality.</b><br /><br /><i>Every Tool</i>鈥?lt;i>s a Hammer </i>is a chronicle of my life as a maker. It鈥檚 an exploration of making and of my own productive obsessions, but it鈥檚 also a permission slip of sorts from me to you. Permission to grab hold of the things you鈥檙e interested in, that fascinate you, and to dive deeper into them to see where they lead you.<br /> <br />Through stories from forty-plus years of making and molding, building and break顱ing, along with the lessons I learned along the way, this book is meant to be a toolbox of problem solving, complete with a shop鈥檚 worth of notes on the tools, techniques, and materials that I use most often. Things like: <b>In Every Tool There Is a Hammer</b>鈥攄on鈥檛 wait until everything is perfect to begin a project, and if you don鈥檛 have the exact right tool for a task, just use whatever鈥檚 handy; <b>Increase Your Loose Tolerance</b>鈥攎aking is messy and filled with screwups, but that鈥檚 okay, as creativity is a path with twists and turns and not a straight line to be found; <b>Use More Cooling Fluid</b>鈥攊t prolongs the life of blades and bits, and it prevents tool failure, but beyond that it鈥檚 a reminder to slow down and reduce the fric顱tion in your work and relationships; <b>Screw Before You Glue</b>鈥攎echanical fasteners allow you to change and modify a project while glue is forever but sometimes you just need the right glue, so I dig into which ones will do the job with the least harm and best effects.<br /> <br />This toolbox also includes lessons from many other incredible makers and creators, including: Jamie Hyneman, Nick Offerman, Pixar director Andrew Stanton, Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro, artist Tom Sachs, and chef Traci Des Jardins. And if everything goes well, we will hopefully save you a few mistakes (and maybe fingers) as well as help you turn your curiosities into creations.<br /> <br />I hope this book inspires you to build, make, invent, explore, and鈥攎ost of all鈥攅njoy the thrills of being a creator.
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聽<i>New York Times</i>聽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鈥攁nd 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鈥攖o 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.
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鈥攁voiding the perils of Obnoxious Aggression, Manipulative Insincerity, and Ruinous Empathy鈥攜ou 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鈥攖o 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>
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>聽</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鈥檝e watched his TED Talk based on START WITH WHY -- the third most popular TED video of all time.<br /> 聽<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 /> 聽<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.聽 <br /> 聽<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.
The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innova...
by Eric Ries

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English

Pages

338

Publication Date

September 13, 2011

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<p><b>Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. <i>The Lean Startup </i>is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. <br /></b><br />Eric Ries defines a startup as聽an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business. <br /><br /><i>The Lean Startup</i> approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively. Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on 鈥渧alidated learning,鈥?rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute. <br /><br />Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, <i>The Lean Startup</i> offers entrepreneurs鈥攊n companies of all sizes鈥攁 way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it鈥檚 too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.<br /><br /></p>
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>鈥淪ome of the key concepts discerned in the study,鈥?comments Jim Collins, "fly in the face of our modern business culture and will, quite frankly, upset some people.鈥?</p><p>Perhaps, but who can afford to ignore these findings? </p>

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