Rethinking Competitive Advantage: New Rules for the Digital Age [Audiobook]

Rethinking Competitive Advantage: New Rules for the Digital Age [Audiobook]
Rethinking Competitive Advantage: New Rules for the Digital Age [Audiobook]
Author: Ram Charan | Narrator: Arthur Morey
2021 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5h 18m | 145.65MB

How do you gain an edge in the digital world order?

“Another book for the ages from a master.... Particularly insightful is his emphasis on how the end-to-end individual consumer experience will separate winners from losers in our new digital age.” (Fred Hassan, chairman, Caret Group; former CEO, Schering-Plough and Pharmacia)

The old ways of creating competitive advantage for your business - such as building moats to ward off competitors - have become dangerous. Giants like Amazon and Alibaba are creating vast new market spaces through a deft combination of tools like machine learning and business savvy that reimagines customer experiences while generating immense shareholder value.

A handful of traditional companies, including Fidelity Investments, Walmart, and B2W, have adopted these new approaches to reinvigorate their businesses. Most, however, are stalled - and the clock is running out. In this lively, accessible guide, Ram Charan, best-selling author and adviser to some of the world’s top CEOs and boards, redefines competitive advantage for the digital-first era, offering a set of new rules to get ahead:

  • Create an ecosystem with third-party partners to revolutionize and personalize the customer experience.
  • Empower teams focused on a single task, building a “social engine” that drives constant innovation, fast execution, and customer satisfaction.
  • Attract funders who understand the big picture: that beyond a certain scale, major upfront spending will turn into a cash-generation machine.

Filled with stories that peek behind the curtain of digital behemoths as well as traditional companies that have transformed their organizations, Rethinking Competitive Advantage offers concrete advice and methods to help you conceive of new market spaces and moneymaking models.

Competing against digital giants might seem daunting, if not impossible. The necessary computing power is within any company’s reach. By borrowing from these digital winners’ playbooks, traditional companies and upstarts alike can gain an upper hand. Whether you’re in the C-suite or brainstorming the next big idea from your garage, Rethinking Competitive Advantage is the ultimate guide to creating competitive advantage today.

Sex, Time, and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution [Audiobook]

Sex, Time, and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution [Audiobook]
Sex, Time, and Power: How Women's Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution [Audiobook]
Author: Leonard Shlain | Narrator: Bob Souer
2020 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 14h 30m | 398.7MB

As in the best-selling The Alphabet Versus the Goddess, Leonard Shlain's provocative book promises to change the way listeners view themselves and where they came from.

Sex, Time, and Power offers a tantalizing answer to an age-old question: Why did big-brained Homo sapiens suddenly emerge some 150,000 years ago? The key, according to Shlain, is female sexuality. Drawing on an awesome breadth of research, he shows how, long ago, the narrowness of the newly bipedal human female's pelvis and the increasing size of infants' heads precipitated a crisis for the species. Natural selection allowed for the adaptation of the human female to this environmental stress by reconfiguring her hormonal cycles, entraining them with the periodicity of the moon. The results, however, did much more than ensure our existence; they imbued women with the concept of time, and gave them control over sex - a power that males sought to reclaim. And the possibility of achieving immortality through heirs drove men to construct patriarchal cultures that went on to dominate so much of human history.

From the nature of courtship to the evolution of language, Shlain's brilliant and wide-ranging exploration stimulates new thinking about very old matters.

What Color Is Your Parachute 2021: Your Guide to a Lifetime of Meaningful Work and Career Success [Audiobook]

What Color Is Your Parachute 2021: Your Guide to a Lifetime of Meaningful Work and Career Success [Audiobook]
What Color Is Your Parachute 2021: Your Guide to a Lifetime of Meaningful Work and Career Success [Audiobook]
Authors: Richard N. Bolles, Katharine Brooks EdD | Narrator: Mel Foster
2021 | MP3 VBR V5 + EPUB | 11h 57m | 477.39MB

With timeless advice, up-to-the-minute insights, and more than ten million copies sold over fifty years, the world’s most popular and best-selling career guide is fully revised and expanded for 2021.

In today’s challenging job-market, as recent grads face a shifting economic landscape and seek work that pays and inspires, as workers are laid off mid-career, and as people search for an inspiring work-life change, the time-tested advice of What Color Is Your Parachute? is needed more than ever. This completely updated edition features the latest resources, strategies, and perspectives on today’s job market, revealing surprising advice on what works - and what doesn’t - so you can focus your efforts on tactics that yield results.

This practical manual has been fully revised for 2021 by Vanderbilt University Career Center Director Katharine Brooks, EdD, with modern advice on the job hunt strategies that are working today, such as building an online resume, making the most of social media tools to network effectively, interviewing virtually with confidence, and negotiating the best salary possible.

At its core is Richard N. Bolles’s famed Flower Exercise, a unique self-inventory that helps you design your career - and your life - around your key passions, transferable skills, traits, and more.

With the unique and authoritative guidance of What Color Is Your Parachute?, job-hunters and career changers will have all the tools they need to discover - and land - their dream job.

Religion and the Rise of Capitalism [Audiobook]

Religion and the Rise of Capitalism [Audiobook]
Religion and the Rise of Capitalism [Audiobook]
Author: Benjamin M Friedman | Narrator: Paul Bellantoni
2021 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 18h 15m | 544.67MB

From one of the nation's preeminent experts on economic policy, a major reassessment of the foundations of modern economic thinking that explores the profound influence of an until-now unrecognized force - religion.

Critics of contemporary economics complain that belief in free markets - among economists as well as many ordinary citizens - is a form of religion. And, it turns out, that in a deeper, more historically grounded sense, there is something to that idea.

Contrary to the conventional historical view of economics as an entirely secular product of the Enlightenment, Benjamin M. Friedman demonstrates that religion exerted a powerful influence from the outset. Friedman makes clear how the foundational transition in thinking about what we now call economics, beginning in the 18th century, was decisively shaped by the hotly contended lines of religious thought within the English-speaking Protestant world.

Beliefs about God-given human character, about the after-life, and about the purpose of our existence were all under scrutiny in the world in which Adam Smith and his contemporaries lived. Friedman explores how those debates go far in explaining the puzzling behavior of so many of our fellow citizens whose views about economic policies - and whose voting behavior - seems sharply at odds with what would be to their own economic benefit.

Illuminating the origins of the relationship between religious thinking and economic thinking, together with its ongoing consequences, Friedman provides invaluable insights into our current economic policy debates and demonstrates ways to shape more functional policies for all citizens.

American Kompromat: How the KGB Cultivated Donald Trump, and Related Tales of Sex, Greed, Power, and Treachery [Audiobook]

American Kompromat: How the KGB Cultivated Donald Trump, and Related Tales of Sex, Greed, Power, and Treachery [Audiobook]
American Kompromat: How the KGB Cultivated Donald Trump, and Related Tales of Sex, Greed, Power, and Treachery [Audiobook]
Author: Craig Unger | Narrator: Jason Culp
2021 | M4B@128 kbps + EPUB | 12h 24m | 688.76MB

Kompromat n. - Russian for "compromising information"

This is a story of dirty secrets and the most powerful people in the world.

Craig Unger’s new book, American Kompromat, tells of the spies and salacious events underpinning men’s reputations and riches. It tells how a relatively insignificant targeting operation by the KGB’s New York rezidentura (New York Station) more than 40 years ago - an attempt to recruit an influential businessman as a new asset - triggered a sequence of intelligence protocols that morphed into the greatest intelligence bonanza in history. And it tells of a coterie of associates, reaching all the way into the office of the attorney general, who stood to advance power and themselves.

Based on extensive, exclusive interviews with dozens of high-level sources - Soviets who resigned from the KGB and moved to the United States, former officers in the CIA, FBI counterintelligence agents, lawyers at white-shoe Washington firms - and analysis of thousands of pages of FBI investigations, police investigations, and news articles in English, Russian, and Ukrainian, American Kompromat shows that something much more sinister and important has been taking place than the public could ever imagine: namely, that from Donald Trump to Jeffrey Epstein, kompromat operations documented the darkest secrets of the most powerful people in the world and transformed them into potent weapons.

Was Donald Trump a Russian asset? Just how compromised was he? And how could such an audacious feat have been accomplished? American Kompromat is situated in the ongoing context of the Trump-Russia scandal and the new era of hybrid warfare, kleptocrats, and authoritarian right-wing populism it helped accelerate. To answer these questions and more, Craig Unger reports, is to understand kompromat - operations that amassed compromising information on the richest and most powerful men on earth, and that leveraged power by appealing to what is for some the most prized possession of all: their vanity.

Café Europa Revisited: How to Survive Post-Communism [Audiobook]

Café Europa Revisited: How to Survive Post-Communism [Audiobook]
Café Europa Revisited: How to Survive Post-Communism [Audiobook]
Author: Slavenka Drakulic | Narrator: Kathleen Gati
2021 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8h 26m | 174.86MB

"Drakulić’s composite portrait provides a clear-eyed look at European values, and what they really amount to." (The New Yorker)

An evocative and timely collection of essays that paints a portrait of Eastern Europe 30 years after the end of communism.

An immigrant with a parrot in Stockholm, a photo of a girl in Lviv, a sculpture of Alexander the Great in Skopje, a memorial ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the Soviet led army invasion of Prague: these are a few glimpses of life in Eastern Europe today. Three decades after the Velvet Revolution, Slavenka Drakulic, the author of Cafe Europa and A Guided Tour of the Museum of Communism, takes a look at what has changed and what has remained the same in the region in her daring new essay collection.

Totalitarianism did not die overnight, and democracy did not completely transform Eastern European societies. Looking closely at artefacts and day-to-day life, from the health-insurance cards to national monuments, and popular films to cultural habits, alongside pieces of growing nationalism and Brexit, these pieces of political reportage dive into the reality of a Europe still deeply divided.

A Time of Fear: America in the Era of Red Scares and Cold War [Audiobook]

A Time of Fear: America in the Era of Red Scares and Cold War [Audiobook]
A Time of Fear: America in the Era of Red Scares and Cold War [Audiobook]
Author: Albert Marrin | Narrator: Jason Culp
2021 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10h 45m | 324.24MB

From National Book Award Finalist and Sibert Honor Author Albert Marrin, a timely examination of Red Scares in the United States, including the Rosenbergs, the Hollywood Ten, and the McCarthy era.

In 20th-century America, no power - and no threat - loomed larger than the communist superpower of the Soviet Union. America saw in the dreams of the Soviet Union the overthrow of the US government, and the end of democracy and freedom. Meanwhile, the Communist Party of the United States attempted to use deep economic and racial disparities in American culture to win over members and sympathizers.

From the miscarriage of justice in the Scotsboro Boys case, to the tragedy of the Rosenbergs to the theatrics of the Hollywood Ten, to the menace of the Joseph McCarthy and his war hearings, Albert Marrin examines a unique time in American history...and explores both how some Americans were lured by the ideals of communism without understanding its reality and how fear of communist infiltration at times caused us to undermine our most deeply held values. The questions he raises ask: What is worth fighting for? And what are you willing to sacrifice to keep it?

This timely audiobook from an award-author brings to life an important and dramatic era in American history with lessons that are deeply relevant today.

Get Good with Money: Ten Simple Steps to Becoming Financially Whole [Audiobook]

Get Good with Money: Ten Simple Steps to Becoming Financially Whole [Audiobook]
Get Good with Money: Ten Simple Steps to Becoming Financially Whole [Audiobook]
Author and Narrator: Tiffany the Budgetnista Aliche
2021 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12h 23m | 329.13MB

A 10-step plan for finding peace, safety, and harmony with your money - no matter how big or small your goals and no matter how rocky the market might be - by the inspiring and savvy “Budgetnista”.

“No matter where you stand in your money journey, Get Good with Money has a lesson or two for you!” (Erin Lowry, best-selling author of the Broke Millennial series)

Tiffany Aliche was a successful pre-school teacher with a healthy nest egg when a recession and advice from a shady advisor put her out of a job and into a huge financial hole. As she began to chart the path to her own financial rescue, the outline of her 10-step formula for attaining both financial security and peace of mind began to take shape. These principles have now helped more than one million women worldwide save and pay off millions in debt, and begin planning for a richer life.

Revealing this practical 10-step process for the first time in its entirety, Get Good with Money introduces the powerful concept of building wealth through financial wholeness: a realistic, achievable, and energizing alternative to get-rich-quick and over-complicated money management systems. With helpful checklists, worksheets, a tool kit of resources, and advanced advice from experts who Tiffany herself relies on (her “Budgetnista Boosters”), Get Good with Money gets crystal clear on the short-term actions that lead to long-term goals, including:

  • A simple technique to determine your baseline or “noodle budget”, examine and systemize your expenses, and lay out a plan that allows you to say yes to your dreams
  • An assessment tool that helps you understand whether you have a “don't make enough” problem or a “spend too much” issue - as well as ways to fix both
  • Best practices for saving for a rainy day (aka job loss), a big-ticket item (a house, a trip, a car), and money that can be invested for your future
  • Detailed advice and action steps for taking charge of your credit score, maximizing bill-paying automation, savings and investing, and calculating your life, disability, and property insurance needs
  • Ways to protect your beneficiaries' future, and ensure that your financial wishes will stand the test of time

An invaluable guide to cultivating good financial habits and making your money work for you, Get Good with Money will help you build a solid foundation for your life (and legacy) that’s rich in every way.

Think like a Stoic: Ancient Wisdom for Today's World [TTC Video]

Think like a Stoic: Ancient Wisdom for Today's World [TTC Video]
Think like a Stoic: Ancient Wisdom for Today's World [TTC Video] by Massimo Pigliucci
Course No 5030 | MP4, AVC, 1280x720, 30 fps | English, AAC, 2 Ch | 11h 12m | + PDF Guidebook | 9.44GB

Distilled to its essence, the ancient Greco-Roman philosophy known as Stoicism is a philosophy of personal betterment. It aims to help us navigate the challenges of our everyday existence and reflect on the broader meaning and direction of our lives. Unlike standard ethics, which focuses on answering questions about actions (“Is human cloning right or wrong?”), virtue ethics focus on our character (“How can I become a better person?”). Examining virtue ethics makes any exploration of Stoicism not just illuminating—but also incredibly personal, and possibly life-changing.

The Stoic life is defined by three fundamentals:

  • We do not control as much as we think we do about the world and our lives.
  • We can recover from calamity and disaster by focusing on what is in our power.
  • We should live by the light of reason and community, rather than by wealth and fame.

And if you think this school of philosophy is relegated to ancient figures like Zeno, Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, and Seneca, think again. We see Stoic ideals reflected in real-life heroes like Nelson Mandela and fictional ones like Spider-Man, as well as in the life of Massimo Pigliucci, the K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York, who knows first-hand just how transformative a Stoic approach to life can be.

Professor Pigliucci has designed Think like a Stoic: Ancient Wisdom for Today’s World as an enlightening introduction to the basics of Stoic philosophy, the history of Stoicism, and ways to incorporate its lessons in your own life. Over the course of 25 lessons, you’ll review the lasting influence of Stoic ideas through time, from Christianity to modern philosophy. You’ll explore the three parts of the classic Stoic curriculum and consider what it means to be a Stoic in the 21st century. Best of all, you’ll get to participate in workshops and exercises that make up a how-to manual for the modern Stoic. Yes, you’ll come away with an incredible wealth of knowledge about the history and principles of one of the most enduring philosophies of life—but you may also find your way to a more meaningful life for yourself.

Explore the Core Tenets of Stoicism

Stoicism began thousands of years ago with the philosopher Zeno, who, in the wake of a terrible shipwreck, developed a school of practical philosophy that would become analogous in scope to philosophies and faiths like Buddhism, Confucianism, and Christianity. At its core, Stoicism holds the belief that human beings are capable of reason and are inherently social animals.

Think like a Stoic: Ancient Wisdom for Today’s World rests on the two major pillars of Stoicism, under which you’ll consider the Stoic life as one that deploys reason for the improvement of society and one that asks us to live according to nature to make life better for everyone (and, therefore, ourselves as well).

The Four Stoic Virtues. In Stoicism, positive personal change comes about by constantly practicing four habits, or virtues: practical wisdom, justice, courage, and temperance. Say your coworker is being harassed by the boss. Practical wisdom says this is a situation where you have to intervene (because it’s good for your character), justice lies in standing up to the boss, courage gives you the strength to do it, and temperance keeps your response to the boss within reasonable limits.

The Dichotomy of Control. This second pillar of Stoic philosophy was famously summarized by the slave-turned-teacher Epictetus at the beginning of his manual for a good life, the Enchiridion. He wrote, “Some things are up to us, while others are not. Up to us are opinion, motivation, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever is of our own doing; not up to us are our body, our property, reputation, office, and, in a word, whatever is not of our own doing.”

The ancient Stoics also believed in the importance of cultivating life as if it were a “garden,” composed of ethics, physics, and logic to live a satisfying life. Over the 25 lessons of this course, you’ll spend time investigating the history and practical implications of these concepts. For example:

  • The Stoic understanding of ethics was far broader than the study of right and wrong, encompassing questions about one’s goals and one’s relationship to other people;
  • The Stoics believed that if we embraced the wrong understanding of the world (“physics”), we’d be likely to mis-live, since we’d live as if the world were different from what it is—a recipe for disaster; and
  • The Stoics felt that logic—meaning sound reasoning—was another requirement of a well-lived life, because good thinking protects us from living according to nonsensical notions.

Meet (and Learn from) Great Stoic Minds

Role models were an integral part of the ancient Stoic approach to life. As such, Professor Pigliucci introduces you to a cast of bright and inspirational minds, individuals who either taught the principles of Stoicism or who embraced the Stoic ethos in their everyday lives.

In these lessons, you’ll get pointed perspectives on how these great philosophers and thinkers through their words and deeds can teach us to approach life in the 21st century. Here are a few of the luminaries you will meet and the wisdom they have to impart:

  • Seneca, on Time Management. In one of the many letters he wrote, Seneca instructs his friend, Lucilius, on how to use time in the best way possible. He advised Lucilius: “Hold every hour in your grasp. Lay hold of to-day’s task, and you will not need to depend so much upon tomorrow’s. While we are postponing, life speeds by.”
  • Epictetus, on Debating Others. Epictetus instructs us to respond to people with whom we disagree by not mocking or maligning them—or walking away. Instead, the Stoic patiently engages them and does their best to explain their own point of view, with the objective being dialogue, not dispute.
  • Marcus Aurelius, on Assigning Labels. One way to make the world better is to be mindful of the labels we give ourselves. Marcus states, "When you have assumed these names—good, modest, truthful, rational, a man of equanimity, and magnanimous—take care that you do not change these names; and if you should lose them, quickly return to them."
  • Epictetus, on Desiring Things. Stoics like Epictetus felt freedom was achieved not by satisfying desire but by eliminating it. "The more we value things outside our control,” he notes, “the less control we have. ... Either you're going to be depressed when your wish is not realized or foolishly pleased with yourself if it is, overjoyed for the wrong reasons."

Practical Solutions to the “Problems of Life”

Think like a Stoic: Ancient Wisdom for Today’s World includes numerous exercises you can incorporate into your life to retrain your mind to take on a more Stoic view of life and the world around you. Think of it as philosophy made (extremely) practical.

Inspired by the many Stoics you encounter in the 25 lessons of this course, here are some examples of the exercises:

  • Re-describing objects of your desires in a more detached fashion that strips them of the value judgments we automatically impose (but that are not, in fact, part of them);
  • Meditating at sunrise to remind yourself that you are interconnected with the rest of the cosmos, and would not even exist were it not for the reliability of the Sun; and
  • Keeping a number of short phrases ready at hand as constant, easy reminders of what you should do as a Stoic practitioner when confronted with moments of weakness.

“To be a philosopher,” wrote Henry David Thoreau (himself influenced by Stoic principles), “is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but to so love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust. It is to solve the problems of life, not only theoretically, but practically.”

And in those wise words lies the ultimate goal of this very course.

Think like a Stoic: Ancient Wisdom for Today's World [TTC Video]