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Greg Brandeau – Collective Genius

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/GREG_BRANDEAU.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:50 — 9.1MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSListen to the author here. Click the banner to buy the book. Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation by Breg Brandeau, Lynda A Hill, Emily Truelove & Kent Lineback Why can some organizations innovate time and again, while most cannot? You might think the key to innovation is attracting exceptional creative talent. Or making the right investments. Or breaking down organizational silos. All of these things may help—but there’s only one way to ensure sustained innovation: you need to lead it—and with a special kind of leadership. Collective Genius shows you how. Preeminent leadership scholar Linda Hill, along with former Pixar tech wizard Greg Brandeau, MIT researcher Emily Truelove, and Being the Boss coauthor Kent Lineback, found among leaders a widely shared, and mistaken, assumption: that a “good” leader in all other respects would also be an effective leader of innovation. The truth is, leading innovation takes a distinctive kind of leadership, one that unleashes and harnesses the “collective genius” of the people in the organization. Using vivid stories of individual leaders at companies like Volkswagen, Google, eBay, and Pfizer, as well as nonprofits and international government agencies, the authors show how successful leaders of innovation don’t create a vision and try to make innovation happen themselves. Rather, they create and sustain a culture where innovation is allowed to happen again and again—an environment where people are both willing and able to …

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Sharon Lechter – Think and Grow Rich for Women

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Itamar Simonson – Absolute Value

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/ITAMAR_SIMONSON_02-04-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:50 — 9.1MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSListen to the Author Click the banner to buy the boook. Absolute Value: What Really Influences Customers in the Age of (Nearly) Perfect Information by Itamar Simonson & Emanuel Rosen Going against conventional marketing wisdom, Absolute Value reveals what really influences customers today and offers a new framework—the Influence Mix, a totally new way of thinking about consumer decision making and marketing, and about developing more effective business strategies. How people buy things has changed profoundly—yet the fundamental thinking about consumer decision-making and marketing has not. Most marketers still believe that they can shape consumers’ perception and drive their behavior. In this provocative book, Stanford professor Itamar Simonson and bestselling author Emanuel Rosen show why current mantras are losing their relevance. When consumers base their decisions on reviews from other users, easily accessed expert opinions, price comparison apps, and other emerging technologies, everything changes. Absolute Value answers the pressing questions of how to influence customers in this new age. Simonson and Rosen point out the old-school marketing concepts that need to change and explain how a company should design its communication strategy, market research program, and segmentation strategy in the new environment. Filled with deep analysis, case studies, and cutting-edge research, this forward-looking book provides a totally new way of thinking about marketing.

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Thomas Davenport – Keeping Up With the Quants

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/THOMAS_DAVENPORT.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:49 — 9.1MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSListen to the Author Click the banner to buy the book. Thomas Davenport and Jinho Kim – Keeping Up with the Quants: Your Guide to Understanding and Using Analytics Why Everyone Needs Analytical Skills Welcome to the age of data. No matter your interests (sports, movies, politics), your industry (finance, marketing, technology, manufacturing), or the type of organization you work for (big company, nonprofit, small start-up)—your world is awash with data. As a successful manager today, you must be able to make sense of all this information. You need to be conversant with analytical terminology and methods and able to work with quantitative information. This book promises to become your “quantitative literacy” guide—helping you develop the analytical skills you need right now in order to summarize data, find the meaning in it, and extract its value. In Keeping Up with the Quants, authors, professors, and analytics experts Thomas Davenport and Jinho Kim offer practical tools to improve your understanding of data analytics and enhance your thinking and decision making. You’ll gain crucial skills, including: • How to formulate a hypothesis • How to gather and analyze relevant data • How to interpret and communicate analytical results • How to develop habits of quantitative thinking • How to deal effectively with the “quants” in your organization Big data and the analytics based on it promise to change virtually every industry and business function over the next …

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David S. Rose – Angel Investing

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/DAVID_S_ROSE.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:49 — 9.1MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSListen to the Author Click the banner to buy the book. David S. Rose – Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money and Having Fun Investing in Startups Every year in America, over 600,000 new businesses start up and hire their first employees. Many will fail, but some of them will become the legendary businesses of the future, transforming industries and making millions for the angel investors who helped fund them in their early days. Angel investing, once the exclusive province of multi-millionaire high-rollers, has now entered the mainstream, with more than $20 billion being invested annually by individual investors in the US alone. Contrary to popular belief, access to these high risk/high return investments—and success in startup investing—doesn’t have to be a matter of luck or connections. Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money & Having Fun Investing in Startups shows how smart investors with the right strategy and a long-term perspective can achieve annual returns of 25 percent or more from a well-designed angel portfolio. Written by David S. Rose, the founder of Gust—the global platform that powers the world of organized professional angel investing—Angel Investing is a comprehensive, entertaining guide that walks readers through every step of the way to becoming a successful angel investor. It is illustrated with stories from among the 90+ companies in which David has invested during a 25 year career as one of the world’s …

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Christian Rudder – Dataclysm

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/CHRISTIAN_RUDDER-09-21-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:50 — 9.1MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSListen to the author. Click the banner to buy the book. Christian Rudder – Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) Our personal data has been used to spy on us, hire and fire us, and sell us stuff we don’t need. In Dataclysm, Christian Rudder uses it to show us who we truly are. For centuries, we’ve relied on polling or small-scale lab experiments to study human behavior. Today, a new approach is possible. As we live more of our lives online, researchers can finally observe us directly, in vast numbers, and without filters. Data scientists have become the new demographers. In this daring and original book, Rudder explains how Facebook “likes” can predict, with surprising accuracy, a person’s sexual orientation and even intelligence; how attractive women receive exponentially more interview requests; and why you must have haters to be hot. He charts the rise and fall of America’s most reviled word through Google Search and examines the new dynamics of collaborative rage on Twitter. He shows how people express themselves, both privately and publicly. What is the least Asian thing you can say? Do people bathe more in Vermont or New Jersey? What do black women think about Simon & Garfunkel? (Hint: they don’t think about Simon & Garfunkel.) Rudder also traces human migration over time, showing how groups of people move from certain small towns to the same big …

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Nathan Furr – The Innovator’s Method

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/NATHAN_FURR-09-14-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:50 — 9.1MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Click the banner to buy the book. Nathan Furr, The Innovator’s Method: Bringing the Lean Start-up into Your Organization Have you ever come up with an idea for a new product or service but didn’t take any action because you thought it would be too risky? Or at work, have you had what you thought could be a big idea for your company—perhaps changing the way you develop or distribute a product, provide customer service, or hire and train your employees? If you have, but you haven’t known how to take the next step, you need to understand what the authors call the innovator’s method—a set of tools emerging from lean start-up, design thinking, and agile software development that are revolutionizing how new ideas are created, refined, and brought to market. To date these tools have helped entrepreneurs, designers, and software developers manage uncertainty—through cheap and rapid experiments that systematically lower failure rates and risk. But many managers and leaders struggle to apply these powerful tools within their organizations, as they often run counter to traditional managerial thinking and practice. Authors Nathan Furr and Jeff Dyer wrote this book to address that very problem. Following the breakout success of The Innovator’s DNA—which Dyer wrote with Hal Gregersen and bestselling author Clay Christensen to provide a framework for generating ideas—this book shows how to make those ideas actually happen, to commercialize them for success. Based …

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Brian Burke – Gamify

http://media.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/p/content.blubrry.com/eatthebankers/BRIAN_BURKE-09-21-2014.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:50 — 9.1MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Click on the banner to buy the book. Brian Burke – Gamify: How Gamification Motivates People to Do Extraordinary Things In Gamify: How Gamification Motivates People to Do Extraordinary Things, Burke draws on Gartner’s proven research methodology and unique access to a broad swath of enterprise managers, thought leaders, top analysts, and vendors to provide an objective view of what is happening in gamification. Burke cuts through the hype surrounding this important nascent technology to provide unbiased and practical analysis and advice to businesses and public sector organizations. One of the key strengths of the book is the sheer number of examples and mini-case studies that Burke provides. For any person who wants to know more about gamification and whether it is relevant to their situation, Gamify is the first book they should reach for.

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Zachary Karabell – The Leading Indicators

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Laurence Kotlikoff – The Clash of Generations

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