Episode 44: William Putsis reads from The Carrot and the Stick: Leveraging Strategic Control for Growth

carrotIn today’s world of interconnected and “always-on” information, companies that succeed are those that compete by leveraging strategic control points. A strategic control point is a part of a market that, if controlled by one party, can be used to leverage power elsewhere. This can occur throughout the supply chain, in a related business, or even in an unrelated market

The Carrot and the Stick uses detailed examples and case studies – ranging from historic cases like Vanderbilt’s railroad in New York to current cases like Amazon’s control of the value chain – to explain how finding and leveraging points of strategic control can be the key to success in today’s convergent, fast-paced markets. The book focuses on how to spot and own potential points of strategic control, how to extend them to multiple markets, what tools and processes can be implemented in order to utilize the principle in practice, and how to Authorphoto“pry loose” existing points of strategic control owned by others. Applicable to all industries, this book can help alter business outcomes.

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Episode 43: Michael Bianco-Splann reads from Conscious Leadership: 7 Principles that WILL Change Your Business and Change Your Life

conscious leadershipIt is within everyone’s ability to switch on the energy attached to living consciously and stepping into leadership as a limitless enterprise. Conscious Leadership: 7 Principles that WILL change your business and change your life, offers leaders from all walks of life insightful alternatives and practices that will enrich your leadership skills while bringing into alignment the whole you, with all your unique and essential humanness. “When you operate as a conscious leader, present and engaged in lifting up those you lead and serve, you switch on your highest self, the human being you were designed to be. Remember that this is not a dress rehearsal, but the real deal. Are you practicing to live your AUTHORheadshot1-MichaelBianco-Splannlife or embracing your most powerful and luminescent self? The choice is yours to make. The real you can and will be more than what others say you are. Be courageous, be fulfilled and be the director of a joyful and meaningful life. Illuminate your ambitions to make a significant difference.”

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Episode 41: Ora Nadrich reads from Live True: A Mindfulness Guide to Authenticity

BOOKcover-LiveTrue-hiResLive True vividly illustrates and breaks down the philosophy of Mindfulness, and what it means to live in the present moment; authentically. “Mindfulness and authenticity are inexorably linked. It keeps us honest,” writes Ora Nadrich in her timely, and much needed book on raising awareness and consciousness of who we are, and more importantly; who we are not. Each of the thirty brisk, informative chapters, not only showcase Ora’s effective techniques for living in the present moment with authenticity, but also, in her knowledgeable, and warm narrative style, guides us through various aspects of effective Mindful behavior, while pinpointing the challenges that impede us from connecting to ourselves authentically, and the dangers of not living in total awareness. Each chapter then culminates with a unique, useful meditation for readers to practice: thirty meditations for each of the thirty days in a month to help us discover, awaken and connect ourselves – in a mindful way – to all those qualities and core values that make us unique only to ourselves.

In this thoughtful and straightforward book, Ora shares with us the pr

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inciples of effective Mindfulness, and combines them with specific meditations that are simple, direct and applicable to everyone, and helps connect us to our true nature. Authenticity is her mantra.

Live True provides practical, tangible information and meditations to help us connect with our authentic selves, and keep us connected. Ora, who adheres to the Buddhist principle, “What we believe, we become,” has helped awaken hundreds with her Mindfulness Meditation techniques to overcome the obstacles that hold us back, and keep us from achieving the many benefits of being mindful.

Fake news and “alternative facts” permeate our modern culture, causing ever more confusion to what is real and true. Authenticity is more important than ever as a prescription for peace, happiness and fulfillment. Live True fills that prescription.

Written in a down-to-earth, supportive voice, Ora’s Live True offers the modern approach to Buddhist teachings of awareness and compassion; making them instantly accessible and adaptable to everyday life and everyday people. The book is expertly divided into four sections – Time, Understanding, Living, and ultimately, Realization — to take the reader through the necessary stages of understanding how to connect to our authentic selves and experience the joy and peace – the ever-present wholeness – that comes from living Mindfully. “Everyone needs a daily discipline,” Ora advises, “to attain clarity and focus, to make it easier to envision and attain goals. This book will help guide you through the mindful practice of meditation and connecting to your inner awareness, in order to live more truthfully and authentically, which will help you stay on track and take control of your destiny.”

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Colin Ellis reads from Culture Fix: How to Create a Great Place to Work

thumbnail_BOOKcover-CultureFixThe playbook for building a great culture

Culture is the key to success for every organisation, but what do great cultures do and what makes them successful? In Culture Fix, author Colin D Ellis shows you how to change the way you do things and create a winning culture that will keep your organisation relevant today and into the future.

No matter your business, industry or country, your culture’s success depends on the emotional intelligence and engagement of people within it. Whether you’re a CEO, a manager, or a team leader, this comprehensive playbook provides everything you need to build self-motivating teams capable of delivering great value and great employee experiences for your organisation.

Many organisations lack the knowledge for creating cultures that are uniquely suited for AUTHORheadshot-ColinEllistheir people. Culture Fix offers real-world solutions to problems of culture change in organisations and teams of all types and sizes.

* build an aspirational vision for your organisation or team
* create a set of values that mean something
* enhance the communication between your people
* adopt the mindsets and behaviours for a successful culture create the right environment for innovation and creativity

Practical, insightful, honest and funny, Culture Fix: How to create a great place to work will show you how to create a workplace where great people can accomplish great things.

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Episode 39: Anthony Rao reads from The Power of Agency: The 7 Principles to Conquer Obstacles, Make Effective Decisions, and Create a Life on Your Own Terms

AUTHORheadshotAnthonyRaoIntroducing The Power of Agency, a science-backed approach to living life on your own terms. Agency is the ability to act as an effective agent for yourself―reflecting, making creative choices, and constructing a meaningful life. Grounded in extensive psychological research, The Power of Agency gives you the tools to help alleviate anxiety, manage competing demands and help you live your version of success.

Renowned psychology experts Paul Napper and Anthony Rao will help you break through your state of overwhelm by showing you how to access your personal agency with seven empowering principles: control stimuli, associate selectively, move, position yourself as a learner, manage your emotions and beliefs, check your intuition, deliberate and then act.

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Featuring stories of people who have successfully applied these principles to improve their lives, The Power of Agency will give you the insights and skills to build your confidence, conquer challenges, and live more authentically.

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Episode 37: Diane Gehart reads from Mindfulness for Chocolate Lovers: A Lighthearted Way to Stress Less and Savor More Each Day

choco An accomplished and honored professor, psychotherapist, author, and chocolate connoisseur, Diane Gehart identifies surprisingly efficient and fun ways to increase your daily dose of joy. Drawing on positive psychology, Eastern wisdom, and three decades of psychotherapist know-how, she outlines a no-nonsense yet good-humored path to get you where you want to go. She will teach you step-by-step how to:

Identify the essential elements necessary for life-long happiness and add them to your everyday habits. Develop an unshakable sense of inner joy that sustains you in good times and bad.

Engage your most painful life circumstances to dramatically improve your life for the better.

Navigate common pitfalls and challenges, including skillfully handling the most difficult personalities and relationships.

Transform how you journey through life—making it a joy ride regardless of weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

First, she debunks popular myths that have us looking for happiness in all the wrong places and then offers an accurate map for getting where we want to go. Next, readers will learn the hardest but ultimately most liberating lesson: making friends with life and all that is, including the good, the bad, and the ugly—which includes black widow spiders for some of us. From there, you will learn surprisingly playful and palatable options for maximizing your joy, including mindfulness, crazy wisdom, compassion, and ethical living. Finally, you will learn how to avoid—or at least survive—the common pitfalls and the dangerous snakes that line the path from where you are to where you want to go.

If you have avoided meditation and similar practices for most of your life because they are dull and boring, you may find something that suits your refined and zesty taste for living here. Along the way, you will have numerous opportunities to laugh, to cry, and to reconnect with the best within yourself. You will suddenly discover your most desperate challenges dissolving before you, revealing an easier path and renewing your delight in living and loving. Worst-case scenario: You will have educational excuses to savor some chocolate delights, enjoy a few good laughs, and gain a handful of new insights about your life.Diane Gehart

Whether you are reeling from a devastating break-up; feeling adrift professionally; struggling with depression, anxiety, or more severe mental health issues; or simply wanting to feel happier given the numerous blessings in your life, this book will help you make changes that you could never accomplish before because you will now be motivated to do something different.

Ultimately, this book invites you to play. To laugh. To love. To heal old heartbreaks. To overcome what was once impossible. To open your heart to life and all it has to offer: white, milk, and dark. The stresses of modern life often create the illusion that life is hard, painful, and lonely. You are only a few bites away from an entirely different approach to living a sweeter life.

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