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Screw the Valley is Timothy Sprinkle’s take on the tech startup boom in places outside of the California Bay area. He encourages entrepreneurs to look at other regions of the country when locating their businesses. Sprinkle visited seven different areas and interviewed leaders at all levels, from new entrepreneurs to seasoned tech veterans to venture capitalists. http://goo.gl/A7qwLy
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In The Conscience Economy, strategy and innovation consultant Steven Overman describes how the desire of consumers and businesses to make a positive impact on the world is driving the global economy. http://goo.gl/jbfrHs
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In Persuasive Copywriting, Andy Maslen shares his approach to writing great advertising copy. According to Maslen, the key is finding a way to connect with readers that makes them respond emotionally. Writers are encouraged to put themselves in the positions of their target audiences and take a new approach to their work that includes classical Greek thinking, creativity exercises, and innovative ideas about grammar and structure. http://goo.gl/f65Mfy
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Mogul, Mom, & Maid by Liz O’Donnell aims to prove that women have a number of options when trying to balance working and having children. O’Donnell discusses what it is like to wear many hats as a mother and a breadwinner, and she provides help to those trying to balance it all. The information discussed in Mogul, Mom, & Maid is based on 100 interviews with women who want to work and need to work. In these stories, readers will find advice on how to improve their own lives as well as the lives of future working moms. http://goo.gl/0FVKnq
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In The Culture Map, Erin Meyer provides readers with a systematic approach to understanding eight areas fundamental to all business interactions that routinely trigger cross-cultural conflict. She helps readers appreciate differences in perceptions, thought patterns, and behaviors across countries and gives them tools to build stronger multicultural teams. http://goo.gl/nF6SL2
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In Leading Change, Paul Lawrence talks to change leaders from a range of backgrounds to find out what they have learned about the process, including methods that did--and did not--work. He discovered that the more people involved in the inception and subsequent stages of the change, the more likely it is to be effective. He introduces the emerging change model which, since it is continually evolving, means that success is always possible from some perspective. http://goo.gl/MeuSVG
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In 7L: The Seven Levels of Communication, Michael J. Maher describes how positive business and personal relationships can influence sales. To illustrate his ideas, Maher tells the story of Rick Masters, a fictional real estate agent whose sales have declined in a down market. In this “power parable,” Maher demonstrates how effective communication can increase referrals and make it easier for salespeople to connect with others. http://goo.gl/2DOMjU
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In The Simplicity Cycle, author and engineer Dan Ward argues that the best designs are high in quality, not complexity. Ward demonstrates that designers can only improve their products if they learn to embrace the sophistication of simplicity. To this end, designers must learn to eliminate unnecessary, complicated design features and push their work toward the ultimate design objective: goodness. http://goo.gl/7aJLt7
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In The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster, Darren Hardy distills what he has learned from studying successful entrepreneurs. Starting a business—riding the entrepreneur roller coaster—starts out with great excitement and expectations, but eventually entrepreneurs encounter failures and setbacks. http://goo.gl/NlOHbQ
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The many books written by CEOs of Fortune 500 companies about running a business actually have little to do with what it takes to run the typical small business. In Just Run It!, turn-around specialist Dick Cross explains that running a business is not nearly as complicated as most people think. http://goo.gl/460w1B
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In How to Implement Lean Manufacturing, author and Lean manufacturing expert Lonnie Wilson explains why so many companies fail at becoming Lean and provides a step-by-step manual for any company that wants to implement a Lean transformation. http://goo.gl/utNv54
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In The Open Organization, Jim Whitehurst, CEO of open source software company Red Hat, describes how adopting an open organizational management model not only brings an organization into the modern age, but also helps it secure an edge over its competition. Open organizations empower their employees to build on one another's contributions with limited top-down managerial interference. http://goo.gl/yCbYIR
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