1. Competition in business today is intense. The speeds at which the world and technology are changing and advancing add to the challenge. The only way to stay relevant and compete is constant reinvention. In The Road to Reinvention, Josh Linkner asserts that neglecting to reinvent is one of the top reasons why companies, individuals, and communities fail. Those who are comfortable with the status quo are the most likely to fail. Success is not about reaching a goal and sitting there comfortably, but about constantly striving to hit a moving target again and again. Luckily, any individual or organization can reinvent with a little courage, imagination, and an open mind.

     
  2. For decades, wealthy corporations and individuals have used professional advisers to keep them aware of the latest laws and reforms that enable them to save more of their money. InFinancial Fresh Start, Shari Olefson offers advice and guidance to help people restore their lost finances and secure their financial futures. She also examines the causes of the Great Recession and presents a guide to common financial blunders that can help people build peace of mind for the future.

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  3. In Business Intelligence Applied, Michael S. Gendron provides a framework for understanding how technological infrastructure enhances a business’s value and competitive position. The book covers methods to select such an infrastructure and document its implementation. It emphasizes the idea that choices need to be business-driven and focuses on the intersection between business processes and the technologies that support them.

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  4. 20-Minute Manager: Finance Basics demystifies the field of finance by offering clear and concise explanations of key financial concepts and formulas. It emphasizes the importance of finance to company operations and makes it accessible to busy professionals. Covering financial statements, budget preparations, investment calculations, and other related topics, Finance Basics cuts through the jargon and gives the world of numbers a compelling sense of importance.

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  5. In The Collaborative Sale, Keith M. Eades and Timothy T. Sullivan provide a wake-up call to sellers of all types. Gone are the days when a clever sales pitch or double-talk results in sales success. With a more savvy and educated consumer base, sellers must involve the new buyer, termed Buyer 2.0 by the authors, in the sales process. To survive in a world of global economic uncertainties, sellers must, more than ever, engage and incorporate the customer into the sales process. High-pressure sales must be replaced by high-level knowledge and a positive attitude. Buyers must be seen as equal peers, not as lesser beings that can be cajoled or persuaded.

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  6. Most people who dream of becoming self-employed desire the freedom and flexibility that comes with not having to work for someone else. While they most likely love what they do and may start out with some solid boundaries for work-life balance, the responsibilities that come with running a growing business can erode that freedom and flexibility. When people put their hearts and souls into building their businesses, it can be a very difficult transition to trust employees to be left alone to do what they have been hired to do. In The Liberated CEO, Scott A. Leonard provides a guide for business owners and CEOs to help them balance work with life.

     
  7. While healthy, communicative relationships are the key to personal and professional success, few people know how to build them. In The Power of Understanding People, Dave Mitchell proposes that the secret to forging long-lasting relationships is the ability to understand and fulfill the intrinsic needs of others. Mitchell demonstrates that people can be understood through their interactive styles. He provides readers a detailed guide to successfully working with each of the four main interactive styles to achieve increased sales, customer satisfaction, and enduring friendships.

     
  8. Being able to read the patterns of human experience and then act on them with compassion is the essence of wisdom. In Lead with Wisdom, Mark Strom explores wisdom as the central tenet of great leadership. He argues that language defines reality because people connect with one another through language, deeper knowledge flows from words woven into stories, and honoring old stories builds the trust that allows leaders to create the new stories that generate lasting change. An organization’s or community’s stories are not invented by a leader and recited in monologue; instead, they arise from the collaborative creation of meaning through conversation.

     
  9. Lead generation is the little-noticed engine behind marketing efforts. The goal of lead generation is to uncover potential customers and develop them into leads that will ultimately result in sales. Many marketing managers use the same one or two lead-generation tactics that they have always used, when they could be using a combination of the best tactics for top results. In The New Rules of Lead Generation, David T. Scott explores the best seven lead-generation tactics, including search engine marketing, social media advertising, display advertising, e-mail marketing, direct mail marketing, cold calling, and trade shows. Scott explains how marketers can strategically apply multiple tactics, test their effectiveness, and reap the greatest number of actionable leads.

     
  10. In The Soft Edge, Rich Karlgaard puts forth a strong argument for the importance of often overlooked values in the business world. The soft edge is comprised of these values, and Karlgaard not only explains their importance in the 21st century workplace but also uses decades of research materials and historical examples to show how these values are wired into the human mind.