Columnist for The Times and best-selling author of Bounce: The myth of talent and the power of practice, Matthew Syed argues that the key to success is a positive attitude to failure. What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google? What links Dave Braisford´s Team Sky and the aviation industry? What is the connection between the inventor James Dyson and the footballer David Beckham? They are all Black Box Thinkers. Whether developing a new product, honing a core skill or just trying to get a critical decision right, Black Box Thinkers aren´t afraid to face up to mistakes. In fact they see failure as the very best way to learn. Rather than denying their mistakes, blaming others or attempting to spin their way out of trouble, these institutions and individuals interrogate errors as part of their future strategy for success. How many of us, hand on heart, can say that we have such a healthy relationship with failure? Learning from failure has the status of a cliché, but this book reveals the astonishing story behind the most powerful method of learning known to mankind and reveals the arsenal of techniques wielded by some of the world´s most innovative organizations. Their lessons can be applied across every field - from sport to education, from business to health. Using gripping case studies, exclusive interviews and really practical takeaways, Matthew Syed - the award-winning journalist and best-selling author of Bounce - explains how to turn failure into success and shows us how we can all become better Black Box Thinkers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Slater. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/000803/bk_hodd_000803_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Harvard Medical School psychologist and Huffington Post blogger Craig Malkin addresses the ´´narcissism epidemic´´ by illuminating the spectrum of narcissism, identifying ways to control the trait, and explaining how too little of it may be a bad thing. ´´What is narcissism?´´ is one of the fastest rising searches on Google, and articles on the topic routinely go viral. Yet, the word narcissist seems to mean something different every time it´s uttered. People hurl the word as an insult at anyone who offends them. It´s become so ubiquitous, in fact, that it´s lost any clear meaning. The only certainty these days is that it´s bad to be a narcissist - really bad - inspiring the same kind of roiling queasiness we feel when we hear the word sexist or racist. That´s especially troubling news for millennials, the people born after 1980, who´ve been branded the ´´most narcissistic generation ever´´. In Rethinking Narcissism listeners will learn that there´s far more to narcissism than its reductive invective would imply. The truth is that narcissists (all of us) fall on a spectrum somewhere between utter selflessness on the one side and arrogance and grandiosity on the other. A healthy middle exhibits a strong sense of self. On the far end lies sociopathy. Malkin deconstructs the healthy from the unhealthy narcissism and offers clear, step-by-step guidance on how to promote healthy narcissism in our partners, our children, and ourselves. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kiff VandenHeuvel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/004551/bk_harp_004551_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With Zoom, Fortune magazine extends one of its most successful franchises, 40 Under 40, to bring you original insight on the best-kept secrets of top entrepreneurs, business leaders, and rising tech stars. Discover how Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh built a uniquely attractive corporate culture, how Under Armour founder Kevin Plank took on Nike, and what Marissa Mayer told herself before leaping from a safe post at Google to the high-risk top job at Yahoo. Zoom features the fascinating profiles of these and other young innovators and provides listeners with tips to fast-track their own career success. Additional contributors include: Omar Akhtar; Katie Benner; Ryan Bradley; Erika Fry; Miguel Helft; Michal Lev-Ram; Pattie Sellers; Anne VanderMey; and Kurt Wagner. Praise for Zoom:´´Zoom shocases dozens of today´s brightest young business stars... An entertaining and accessible read.´´- Reid Hoffman, co-founder and chairman, LinkedIn; co-author, The Start-Up of You´´Make way, Boomers - here come the Zoomers... A smart and lively book.´´- Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell is Human and Drive. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matthew Kugler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017842/bk_adbl_017842_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown in a blender. The blades start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do? If you want to work at Google, or any of America´s best companies, you need to have an answer to this and other puzzling questions. Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? guides listeners through the surprising solutions to dozens of the most challenging interview questions. The book covers the importance of creative thinking, ways to get a leg up on the competition, what your Facebook page says about you, and much more. Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? is a must listen for anyone who wants to succeed in today´s job market. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Ochman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002866/bk_rand_002866_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A journalistic quest to discover the secrets of the best talent hunters, revealing how they spot superstars before anybody else. Why are some people so much better than everyone else at spotting future stars? How do the best talent pickers in any field recognize future greatness - the subtle and reliable tells that indicate the potential for top performance? George Anders set out to find the best talent hunters in the worlds of business, sports, pop music, movies, venture capital, academia, medical research, and the military. As radically different as these fields may seem, all share an intense belief in the importance of finding high achievers. Anders reveals some surprising insights as he explores, for example: How Hollywood casting agents size up candidates How venture capitalists pick winners like Apple and Google How the Army´s special forces culls top recruits Anders pairs his frontline observations with the rapidly expanding research findings of psychiatrists, economists, recruiters, and business strategists. He offers powerful tools that can help anyone tasked with tracking down tomorrow´s talent. The Rare Find explains how anyone can hone the ability to recognize future greatness. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Fass. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/001796/bk_peng_001796_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Despite the world´s elation at the Arab Spring, shockingly little has changed politically in the Middle East; even frontliners Egypt and Tunisia continue to suffer repression, fixed elections, and bombings, while Syria descends into civil war. But in the midst of it all, a quieter revolution has begun to emerge, one that might ultimately do more to change the face of the region: Entrepreneurship. As a seasoned angel investor in emerging markets, Christopher M. Schroeder was curious but skeptical about the future of investing in the Arab world. Travelling to Dubai, Cairo, Amman, Beirut, Istanbul, and even Damascus, he saw thousands of talented, successful, and intrepid entrepreneurs, all willing to face cultural, legal, and societal impediments inherent to their worlds. Equally important, he saw major private equity firms, venture capitalists, and tech companies like Google, Intel, Cisco, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and PayPal making significant bets, despite the uncertainty in the region. Here, he marries his own observations with the predictions of these tech giants to offer a surprising and timely look at the second stealth revolution in the Middle East - one that promises to reinvent it as a center of innovation and progress. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher M. Schroeder. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018371/bk_adbl_018371_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Insightful, surprising and with groundbreaking revelations about our society, Everybody Lies exposes the secrets embedded in our Internet searches, with a foreword by best-selling author Steven Pinker. Everybody lies, to friends, lovers, doctors, pollsters - and to themselves. In Internet searches, however, people confess their secrets - about sexless marriages, mental health problems, even racist views. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, an economist and former Google data scientist, shows that this could just be the most important dataset ever collected. This huge database of secrets - unprecedented in human history - offers astonishing, even revolutionary insights into humankind. Anxiety, for instance, does not increase after a terrorist attack. Crime levels drop when a violent film is released. And racist searches are no higher in Republican areas than in Democrat ones. Stephens-Davidowitz reveals information we can use to change our culture and the questions we´re afraid to ask that might be essential to our health - both emotional and physical. Insightful, funny and always surprising, Everybody Lies exposes the biases and secrets embedded deeply within us, at a time when things are harder to predict than ever. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Ragland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/032276/bk_adbl_032276_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Go take a nap. No, this isn´t a parent pushing a cranky toddler to lay down. This is something you will soon hear from your boss. Sleep deprivation costs US companies over $400 billion every year due to lost employee productivity and increased health costs. Author Franklin Lee offers a surprising answer to crises of worker productivity and rising health insurance costs: napping as an employee benefit. Inside you´ll learn: How more sleep can increase your annual salary and your attractiveness How companies like Google, Facebook, and NASA are offering naps to their employees to increase productivity in the workplace How sleep cities and sleep technologies are paving a new era of sleep economies intended to earn companies and countries more money The Art of Napping provides the biggest paradigm shift in sleep since Thomas Edison’s invention of the light bulb. Lee´s audiobook provides a playbook for savvy companies, executives, and managers to develop and deliver increased performance and health outcomes to their employees - all while saving themselves billions. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Franklin Sooho Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/103512/bk_acx0_103512_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Children´s Book About Beer? Yes, believe it or not, but B Is for Beer is also a book for adults, and bear in mind that it´s the work of maverick best-selling novelist Tom Robbins, internationally known for his ability to both seriously illuminate and comically entertain. Once upon a time (right about now) there was a planet (how about this one?) whose inhabitants consumed 36 billion gallons of beer each year (it´s a fact, you can Google it). Among those affected, each in his or her own way, by all the bubbles, burps, and foam, was a smart, wide-eyed, adventurous kindergartner named Gracie; her distracted mommy; her insensitive dad; her non-conformist uncle; and a magical, butt-kicking intruder from a world within our world. Populated by the aforementioned character ;and as charming as it may be subversive, B Is for Beer involves readers, young and old, in a surprising, far-reaching investigation into the limits of reality, the transformative powers of children, and, of course, the ultimate meaning of a tall, cold brewski. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Laura Silverman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/001843/bk_harp_001843_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.