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How to Have Kick Ass Ideas

How to Have Kick Ass Ideas Author Chris Barez-Brown
ISBN-10 9781626369122
Release 2008-05-17
Pages 256
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The one-stop resource for your own brilliant ideas! Stuck in a rut? Bored? Dissatisfied? Uninspired? Got a problem you don't know how to solve? What if you knew exactly what you wanted and could make it happen, right now? To get there, you need creativity—you need some kick-ass ideas. This book is chock-full of practical and inspirational ways to help you jump-start your creativity, identify what you want in life, and then make it happen. Chris Baréz-Brown turns companies around the world into highly creative and successful teams. Here he pours his best techniques into a book that reunites you with the imaginative genius inside you. It's about fun, freshness, and new ways of thinking, filling your life with new experiences, and then getting playful. With these step-by-step activities, case studies, and imaginative practical exercises, you can find out exactly what it is you want and then make it real! 75 color illustrations.



Free

Free Author Chris Baréz-Brown
ISBN-10 9780670923564
Release 2014-06-05
Pages 224
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Chris Barez-Brown, author of SHINE, brings us a new book which inspires you to set your own rules at work, and make your job work for you. 'Life and work are intrinsically linked. They are not separate; they are one. If we want to live an extraordinary life, we have to make our work equally extraordinary. When your work resonates with purpose, you jump out of bed every morning, excited by the possibilities the day holds for you. Everything else in your life seems to have a glow about it, and you exude much more personal shine. My aim in writing this book is to help you feel like that every day. To help you make your work work for you. To feel truly free. Reading FREE will: -Remind you that you are fantastic and have the ability to do amazing things. -Show you that work is your slave, not the other way round. -Help you make work your ticket to an extraordinary future. Put you in the driving seat and show you a route to freedom.' 'Buy this book and free your mind, life and career' Shaa Wasmund, bestselling author of Stop Talking, Start Doing 'Successful people love what they do. You can too. Read FREE and learn how to make work work for you' Marshall Goldsmith, bestselling author of What Got You Here Won't Get You There Chris Baréz-Brown is on a mission to bring creative leadership to the business world and beyond. After helping turn Carling Black Label into the first British billion pound brand, he joined ?What If!, the innovation and ideas agency. There he helped some of the world's biggest businesses get better at innovating. In 2009 he founded Upping Your Elvis, a business whose sole focus is to release the genius of organisations by helping their people shine more brightly. He works with the likes of Coca-Cola, Nike, Diageo and WPP to help their teams make an extraordinary impact. His previous book,SHINE: HOW TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE AT WORK, found a global audience. As Seth Godin said, 'This book doesn't read: it buzzes.



Shine

Shine Author Chris Baréz-Brown
ISBN-10 9781101565810
Release 2012-02-07
Pages 224
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We all have good days and bad days at work. Some days you feel bullet-proof. People listen to you, your meetings run like clockwork, and you keep having new ideas. Other days are like wading through quicksand. You can’t get anything done, and when the printer jams (again) you want to quit. Wouldn’t it be great if every day went your way? If you jumped out of bed every morning ready for anything? You can stand out, break the rules, and making things happen. You can be a bit more ‘Elvis.’ You can love every minute. The only limitation is you: your energy, your belief, your perspective.



Poke The Box

Poke The Box Author Seth Godin
ISBN-10 9780698409002
Release 2015-09-15
Pages 96
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"A one-two punch! Half kick in the ass, half cheerleading encouragement." —Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art If you are happy being just a dreamer, perhaps you don’t need this book. If you’re enjoying the status quo, don’t even consider reading this book. If you are content waiting for success to find you, please put this book down and go find something else to read. Why has Poke the Box become a cult classic? Because it’s a book that dares readers to do something they’re afraid of. It could be what you need, too. "Is Seth Godin the Pied Piper for however many of us have been afraid to fail? Will I answer his call? Will you?" —Peter Shermeta, reviewing the original edition of Poke the Box From the Hardcover edition.



The Moment of Clarity

The Moment of Clarity Author Christian Madsbjerg
ISBN-10 9781422191903
Release 2014-02-11
Pages 224
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Businesses need a new type of problem solving. Why? Because they are getting people wrong. Traditional problem-solving methods taught in business schools serve us well for some of the everyday challenges of business, but they tend to be ineffective with problems involving a high degree of uncertainty. Why? Because, more often than not, these tools are based on a flawed model of human behavior. And that flawed model is the invisible scaffolding that supports our surveys, our focus groups, our R&D, and much of our long-term strategic planning. In The Moment of Clarity, Christian Madsbjerg and Mikkel Rasmussen examine the business world’s assumptions about human behavior and show how these assumptions can lead businesses off track. But the authors chart a way forward. Using theories and tools from the human sciences—anthropology, sociology, philosophy, and psychology—The Moment of Clarity introduces a practical framework called sensemaking. Sensemaking’s nonlinear problem-solving approach gives executives a better way to understand business challenges involving shifts in human behavior. This new methodology, a fundamentally different way to think about strategy, is already taking off in Fortune 100 companies around the world. Through compelling case studies and their direct experience with LEGO, Samsung, Adidas, Coloplast, and Intel, Madsbjerg and Rasmussen will show you how to solve problems as diverse as setting company direction, driving growth, improving sales models, understanding the real culture of your organization, and finding your way in new markets. Over and over again, executives say the same thing after engaging in a process of sensemaking: “Now I see it . . .” This experience—the moment of clarity—has the potential to drive the entire strategic future of your company. Isn’t it time you and your firm started getting people right? Learn more about the innovation and strategy work of ReD Associates at: redassociates.com



The Higher Education Manager s Handbook

The Higher Education Manager s Handbook Author Peter McCaffery
ISBN-10 9781351249720
Release 2018-08-06
Pages 504
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Drawing on professional experience from university innovators and a wealth of international case studies, The Higher Education Manager’s Handbook offers practical advice and guidance on all aspects of university management. An engaging, comprehensive and highly accessible practitioner’s guide, the book tackles all the key areas central to the job of managing in higher education, from understanding the culture of your university and the role it plays, to providing effective leadership and managing change. Now in a thoroughly updated third edition, the book is written from the unique perspective of the higher education manager, offering advice that can be implemented immediately by leaders at all levels. The book is organised into four pre-requisites that any prospective higher education manager must master if they are to be an effective university leader: Knowing your environment Knowing your university Knowing your department Knowing yourself Each of the chapters within these sections provides commentary and analysis of the particular role aspect under review, and offers advice and guidance on good practice, including case study examples and self-assessment tools. New topics include: The new higher education landscape The first 100 days Avoiding cognitive bias and developing a flexible mindset Strategic planning and Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Reviewing course portfolios and subject areas Improving student outcomes and staff experience Assessing and mitigating risk Project management and managing up Widening participation and social mobility Vice chancellors, university presidents, provosts and deans, heads of academic departments and university services, subject leaders, course directors and others in management positions within the field of higher education will find this book to be an irreplaceable resource that they will use time and time again.



The Woman s Wakeup

The Woman s Wakeup Author Lois Joy Johnson
ISBN-10 9780762458349
Release 2015-12-22
Pages 280
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Women know from experience that what it means to be independent, adventurous, successful, and sexy changes over time to fit new mindsets, roles, and lifestyles. Whether navigating the landscape of a new career path, dating again in a digital age, or in need of a beauty and fashion overhaul, award-winning journalist and author Lois Joy Johnson has the fix for women 50+. The Woman's Wakeup is a user-friendly, inspirational guide that provides firsthand advice for women on everything from dating (again!) to being a glam grandmother, reviving a wardrobe, making friends in a new town, working in a new environment, and figuring out how to stand out in a youth-obsessed world. Filled with Johnson's expert tips—as well as interviews with medical professionals and women 50+ of various walks of life who have been there, done that, and are still on the road to adventure—The Woman's Wakeup will inspire you to feel more confident, stylish, and evolved than ever.



Sensemaking

Sensemaking Author Christian Madsbjerg
ISBN-10 9780316393232
Release 2017-03-21
Pages 240
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A Financial Times "Business Book of the Month" Based on his work at some of the world's largest companies, including Ford, Adidas, and Chanel, Christian Madsbjerg's Sensemaking is a provocative stand against the tyranny of big data and scientism, and an urgent, overdue defense of human intelligence. Humans have become subservient to algorithms. Every day brings a new Moneyball fix--a math whiz who will crack open an industry with clean fact-based analysis rather than human intuition and experience. As a result, we have stopped thinking. Machines do it for us. Christian Madsbjerg argues that our fixation with data often masks stunning deficiencies, and the risks for humankind are enormous. Blind devotion to number crunching imperils our businesses, our educations, our governments, and our life savings. Too many companies have lost touch with the humanity of their customers, while marginalizing workers with liberal arts-based skills. Contrary to popular thinking, Madsbjerg shows how many of today's biggest success stories stem not from "quant" thinking but from deep, nuanced engagement with culture, language, and history. He calls his method sensemaking. In this landmark book, Madsbjerg lays out five principles for how business leaders, entrepreneurs, and individuals can use it to solve their thorniest problems. He profiles companies using sensemaking to connect with new customers, and takes readers inside the work process of sensemaking "connoisseurs" like investor George Soros, architect Bjarke Ingels, and others. Both practical and philosophical, Sensemaking is a powerful rejoinder to corporate groupthink and an indispensable resource for leaders and innovators who want to stand out from the pack.



Accidental Genius

Accidental Genius Author Mark Levy
ISBN-10 9781605096513
Release 2010-08-09
Pages 192
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NEW EDITION, REVISED AND UPDATED When it comes to creating ideas, we hold ourselves back. That’s because inside each of us is an internal editor whose job is to forever polish our thoughts so we sound smart and in control and so we fit into society. But what happens when we encounter problems where such conventional thinking fails us? How do we get unstuck? For Mark Levy, the answer is freewriting, a technique he’s used for years to solve all types of business problems and generate ideas for books, articles, and blog posts. Freewriting is deceptively simple: start writing as fast as you can, for as long as you can, about a subject you care deeply about, while ignoring the standard rules of grammar and spelling. Your internal editor won’t be able to keep up with your output—you’ll generate breakthrough ideas and solutions that you couldn’t have created any other way. Levy shares his six secrets to freewriting as well as fifteen problem-solving and creativity-stimulating principles you can use if you need more firepower—seven of which are new to this edition. Also new to this edition: an extensive section on how to refine your raw freewriting into something you can share with the world.



Falling Up

Falling Up Author Dana Liesegang
ISBN-10 9781401949631
Release 2015-11-10
Pages 256
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From the time Dana Liesegang could walk, she was out looking for adventure, and she never stopped. As a fearless child in the Pacific Northwest, she climbed trees, caught frogs, and held her own with any boy in town. She brought that true-grit, fire-in-her-belly attitude to the Navy . . . and to her recovery from the unthinkable. At the age of 19, she was sexually assaulted by a fellow sailor and thrown off a cliff, left for dead. She survived—but woke up in a hospital hours later paralyzed from the neck down, with doctors giving no hope for recovery. They underestimated the spirit and stubbornness of their patient. In Falling Up: My Wild Ride from Victim to Kick-Ass Victory, Dana recounts her agonizing and sometimes comical struggle from total dependence to doing the "impossible": walking again. With equal parts humor and rawness, she brings us along on her wild ride, as she navigates her new world, hurtles through rocky relationships, deals with family secrets, and returns to her love of sports and the outdoors. In the process, she learns the importance of forgiveness, discovers the awe-inspiring power of belief and perseverance, and transforms herself from silent victim to outspoken advocate and inspiration for people everywhere. After all, sometimes an unexpected fall can lead a person to reach for magnificent heights.



Kick Ass Creativity

Kick Ass Creativity Author Mary Beth Maziarz
ISBN-10 1612830471
Release 2011-04-01
Pages 256
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There are over 40 million people who work in creative careers. You may be one of them. Or, perhaps, you would like to join their ranks. If either of these statements is true, this book is for you. Maziarz offers a concrete program for helping you tap into and develop your creative potential. In fact, if you incorporate these teachings into your life, you can be not only creative, but kick-ass creative. Maziarz provides a framework full of fun and practical tips for kick-starting the creative process. Included are: An examination of energy and what it has to do with art. How to connect with your deepest motivations, desires, and feelings. Concrete tips about time management. How to develop a support group. How to get rid of those flimsy excuses that block your creative output.



A Good Hard Kick in the Ass

A Good Hard Kick in the Ass Author Rob Adams
ISBN-10 9780307419644
Release 2007-12-18
Pages 304
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Every day, Rob Adams helps entrepreneurs find true markets for their products, design solid business models, and hire great teams—because that’s what it takes to build a successful company. While this sounds self-evident, far too many entrepreneurs have forgotten these fundamentals. They’ve been influenced by what Adams calls “business porn,” myths lingering like a bad hangover from the easy success days of the late ’90s. These entrepreneurs believe a unique idea is the key to igniting a great business. They think their industry experience already makes them experts on customer needs. They have simplistic, self-defeating illusions about sales, marketing, financing, and more. They say things like “I have a million-dollar business idea for a new product.” Wake up, says Adams: Good ideas are not scarce—they’re a dime a dozen. Businesses are successful not because of a unique idea but because of extraordinary execution. They offer a better, faster, or cheaper product or service, or they change the way the world solves a problem. In short, these entrepreneurs need just what Adams doses out in the pages of this book: a good hard kick in the ass. Adams debunks the myths and smashes the illusions—and he knows what he’s talking about, because he stands at the hub of many new startups. His firm, AV Labs, provides entrepreneurs with early financing as well as the management expertise they need to get off the ground. A Good Hard Kick in the Ass offers detailed, hard-hitting guidance for smart, sophisticated entrepreneurs and established businesspeople alike—along with vivid, in-depth examples of companies that are walking the walk right now. Adams’s straightforward, no-nonsense approach is just what’s needed in the post-bubble economy. From the Hardcover edition.



The List

The List Author Gail Belsky
ISBN-10 1580052568
Release 2008
Pages 219
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A motivational guide for women of the baby-boomer generation lists dozens of ideas from the challenging to the outrageous on how to add novelty to a life, in a collection of inspirational stories about women who pursued such activities as getting a tattoo, riding in a fire truck, and using food as foreplay. Original.



Wake Up

Wake Up Author Chris Baréz-Brown
ISBN-10 9781615194117
Release 2017-09-19
Pages 304
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Don’t waste a minute of your extraordinary life! You have an unlimited capacity to have fun, meet amazing people, and feel truly awake every single day. But do you? When you’re living on autopilot (and most people are—80 percent of the time), those opportunities pass you by. Snap out of it! Any one of the 54 playful strategies in Wake Up! will bring your brain back to life. Chris Baréz-Brown spells out the Insight, Plan, and Payoff of every strategy. For example, Steal Back Time: The Insight: If you’re not in control of your time, you are not in control of your life. The Plan: Steal some back! Schedule a meeting that doesn’t exist, or skip a commitment that fills you with dread and instead do something that fills you with joy. The Payoff: When we act more consciously to decide how we spend our time, we naturally create space to wake up more and more every day. Stop sleepwalking through life and make every day count!



Playing Big

Playing Big Author Tara Mohr
ISBN-10 9781592409600
Release 2015
Pages 269
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"In her coaching and programs for women, Tara Mohr saw how women were "playing small" in their lives and careers, were frustrated by it, and wanted to "play bigger." She has devised a proven way for them to achieve their dreams by playing big from the inside out."--Amazon.com.



Mavericks at Work

Mavericks at Work Author William C. Taylor
ISBN-10 0061842575
Release 2009-03-17
Pages 336
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Business as usual is a bust . . . In industry after industry, organizations that were once dismissed as upstarts, wildcards—mavericks—are making serious waves and growing fast. From high-profile innovators such as HBO and Google to funky sandwich shop chains, the truly imaginative and unconventional businesses are changing the way things are done—providing new approaches, strategies, and outlooks, as well as better ways to compete, lead, and succeed in the twenty-first century. The first book to document this change, Mavericks at Work is business "edutainment" for a smart, ambitious readership, profiling some of the most exciting—and often eccentric—CEOs in the United States, while detailing their remarkable strategies for success



You are a Badass at Making Money

You are a Badass at Making Money Author Jen Sincero
ISBN-10 9780735222977
Release 2017
Pages 288
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Shares step-by-step guidelines for overcoming blocks, moving past fear, and making real-world money, revealing how personal perceptions and bank accounts reflect obstructive beliefs that can be rendered lucrative through strategic concept changes.