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Business Books in the Viscogliosi Entrepreneurship Business Library
Playing to Win by
Call Number: HD30.28 .L34 2013
Publication Date: 2013-02-05
Strategy is not complex. But it is hard. It's hard because it forces people and organizations to make specific choices about their future -- something that doesn't happen in most companies. Now two of today's best-known business thinkers get to the heart of strategy--explaining what it's for, how to think about it, why you need it, and how to get it done. And they use one of the most successful corporate turnarounds of the past century, which they achieved together, to prove their point. A.G. Lafley, former CEO of Procter & Gamble, in close partnership with strategic adviser Roger Martin, doubled P & G's sales, quadrupled its profits, and increased its market value by more than $100 billion in just ten years. Now, drawn from their years of experience at P & G and the Rotman School of Management, where Martin is dean, this book shows how leaders in organizations of all sizes can guide everyday actions with larger strategic goals built around the clear, essential elements that determine business success--where to play and how to win.
Million Dollar Consulting by
Call Number: HD69.C6 W46 2009
Publication Date: 2009-08-17
A guide to building a competitive and successful business consulting practice, covering blogging, social networking, global consulting, delegating labor, profits, retainer business, Internet marketing, and other related topics.
Selling Your Business for Dummies by
Call Number: HD1393.25 .S34 2009
Publication Date: 2008-11-03
"As business owners gray, trends have shown that they start thinking of cashing out. Selling Your Business For Dummies gives readers expert tips on every aspect of selling a business, from establishing a realistic value to putting their business on the market to closing the deal. It helps them create sound exit plans, find and qualify, find and qualify a buyer, conduct a sale negotiation, and successfully transition the business to a new owner. The accompanying CD is packed with useful questionnaires, worksheets, and forms for prospective sellers, as well as a blueprint for customizing and assembling information into business sale presentation materials sale presentation materials - including snapshots of revenue and profit history, financial condition, market conditions, brand value, competitive arena, growth potential, confidentiality agreements, and other information that supports the sale price."
Business Model Generation by
Call Number: HD30.28 .O778 2010
Publication Date: 2010-07-13
Offers tools and techniques to systematically understand, design, and implement new business models and renovate and rework old models.
You Need to Be a Little Crazy by
Call Number: HD62.5 .M658 2008
Publication Date: 2008-12-01
"This book debunks the myths of business start-ups by telling the truth: you have to be crazy to start a business. Written by serial entrepreneur Barry Moltz, the book delivers irreverent, straight talk about the complex intersection of start-up business, financial health, physical well-being, spiritual wholeness and family life. This perspective is augmented with other personal tales from the entrepreneurial front. The book offers tidbits of insight that will vaporize isolation, encourage self-reflection and refresh the spirit of anyone who has started a business or is thinking of starting one."
Small Giants by
Call Number: HD62.7 .B835 2005
Publication Date: 2005-12-29
Most books about successful businesses focus on public companies, where the definition for success is steady growth in revenue and profits. Yet there are many excellent, privately held companies marching to the beat of a different drum; they have stricken revenue and profit growth from the top of their mission statements. Instead, they define themselves by their passion for their products and their commitment to their employees, customers, and community--embracing a clarity and loyalty to purpose that's an anomaly in today's environment. This book is about the unconventional people who run these purpose-driven companies, consistently profitable yet consciously resisting convention by staying small and great instead of becoming large and mediocre.
The Girl's Guide to Starting Your Own Business by
Call Number: STACKS HD6054.3 .F75 2003
Publication Date: 2003-12-23
The girl's guide to starting your own business : candid advice, frank talk, and true stories for the successful entrepreneur
You Call the Shots by
Call Number: STACKS HD62.5 .J634 2007
Publication Date: 2007-09-18
Put yourself out there -- Start small -- Make your money work for you -- Look close to home for great ideas -- Balance work with life -- Surround yourself with great partners -- Make yourself your brand -- Make win-win solutions happen -- Do what's right for you -- Adapt or die -- Find great mentors -- Seek out new knowledge every day -- Use the power of the press -- Stay in control of your plans -- Get experience on the ground -- Never underestimate the value of your customers -- Creatively build on your experience -- Remember what it's really all about -- Be the entrepreneur you want to be.
The Facebook Era by
Call Number: STACKS HD30.37 .S49 2011
Publication Date: 2010-07-21
The Innovator's Dilemma by
Call Number: HD53 .C49 2013
Publication Date: 2013-11-19
"The bestselling classic on disruptive innovation, renowned author Clayton M. Christensen. His work is cited by the world's best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic bestseller-now updated with a fresh new package-innovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding companies can do everything right-yet still lose market leadership. Read this international bestseller to avoid a similar fate. Clay Christensen-who authored the award-winning Harvard Business Review article "How Will You Measure Your Life?"--Explains why most companies miss out on new waves of innovation. No matter the industry, he says a successful company with established products WILL get pushed aside unless managers know how and when to abandon traditional business practices. Offering both successes and failures from leading companies as a guide, The Innovator's Dilemma gives you a set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation. Sharp, cogent, provocative, and one of the most influential business books of all time-The Innovator's Dilemma is the book no manager or entrepreneur should be without. Add this newly released edition to your library. Published by Harvard Business Review Press"--
"In this revolutionary bestseller, innovation expert Clayton M. Christensen says outstanding companies can do everything right and still lose their market leadership--or worse, disappear altogether. And not only does he prove what he says, but he tells others how to avoid a similar fate. Focusing on "disruptive technology," Christensen shows why most companies miss out on new waves of innovation. Whether in electronics or retailing, a successful company with established products will get pushed aside unless managers know when to abandon traditional business practices. Using the lessons of successes and failures from leading companies, The Innovator's Dilemma presents a set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation. Find out: When it is right not to listen to customers. When to invest in developing lower-performance products that promise lower margins. When to pursue small markets at the expense of seemingly larger and more lucrative ones. Sharp, cogent, and provocative, The Innovator's Dilemma is one of the most talked-about books of our time--and one no savvy manager or entrepreneur should be without"
The Innovator's Solution by
Call Number: STACKS HD53 .C493 2013
Publication Date: 2013-11-19
"A seminal work by bestselling author Clayton M. Christensen, now with a refreshed package. In the international bestseller The Innovator's Dilemma, Clayton Christensen exposed the Achilles' heel of many companies: by ignoring the disruptive technologies that evolve to displace them, they help initiate their own demise. In The Innovator's Solution, Christensen and Michael Raynor take the idea of disruption one step further--explaining how companies can and should become disruptors themselves. Now with a new look, The Innovator's Solution proves just how timely and relevant these ideas continue to be in today's hyper-accelerated business environment. Christensen (author of the award-winning Harvard Business Review article, "How Will You Measure Your Life?"), and Raynor give usable advice on the business decisions crucial to achieving truly disruptive growth and propose guidelines for developing your own disruptive growth engine. Citing in-depth research and theories tested in hundreds of companies across many industries, The Innovator's Solution is an important addition to any innovation library and an essential read for entrepreneurs and business builders. Published by Harvard Business Review Press. "--
Social Entrepreneurship by
Call Number: STACKS HD60 .B67 2010
Publication Date: 2010-04-16
Defining social entrepreneurship -- What is social entrepreneurship? -- When did it emerge as a global movement? -- Who are the pioneers? -- What does a social entrepreneur do? -- What are social entrepreneurs like? -- What is the difference between social and business entrepreneurship? -- What are the differences between social entrepreneurship and government? -- How is social entrepreneurship different from activism? -- What is the relationship between social entrepreneurship and democracy? -- Challenges of causing change -- What are the main financial constraints? -- How do social entrepreneurs build organizations and enterprises? -- Can the field attract and cultivate talented workers? -- How do social entrepreneurs evaluate their impact? -- What is the difference between scale and impact? -- What's stopping social change? -- Envisioning an innovating society -- How is social entrepreneurship changing minds? -- How could schools nurture social innovators? -- What is being done at the university level? -- What can governments do to engage more successfully with social entrepreneurs? -- How is social entrepreneurship influencing business? -- Can philanthropy be more effective? -- How will the field of social entrepreneurship influence journalism? -- How can individuals prepare themselves to participate in the field of social entrepreneurship?
In development circles, there is now widespread consensus that social entrepreneurs represent a far better mechanism to respond to needs than we have ever had before, a decentralized and emergent force that remains our best hope for solutions that can keep pace with our problems and create a more peaceful world. The author's book on social entrepreneurship, How to Change the World, was hailed by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times as "a bible in the field" and published in more than twenty countries. Now, he shifts the focus from the profiles of successful social innovators in that book, and teams with Susan Davis, a founding board member of the Grameen Foundation, to offer the first general overview of social entrepreneurship. In a Q & A format allowing readers to go directly to the information they need, the authors map out social entrepreneurship in its broadest terms as well as in its particulars. They explain what social entrepreneurs are, how their organizations function, and what challenges they face. The book will give readers an understanding of what differentiates social entrepreneurship from standard business ventures and how it differs from traditional grant based non profit work. Unlike the typical top down, model based approach to solving problems employed by the World Bank and other large institutions, social entrepreneurs work through a process of iterative learning, learning by doing, working with communities to find unique, local solutions to unique, local problems. Most importantly, the book shows readers exactly how they can get involved. It is for anyone inspired by Barack Obama's call to service and who wants to learn more about the essential features and enormous promise of this new method of social change.
Beyond Tallulah by
Call Number: STACKS HC102.5.W95 H35 2011
Publication Date: 2011-10-25
Thinking beyond Tallulah -- Taking that hill for Big Blue -- There's a pony in there somewhere -- Never let your wallet tell you what you can do -- Talent goes where the action is -- An accidental bonanza -- If you can't join 'em, lick 'em -- Learn, baby, learn! -- Mining your own business -- Exploit the chaos -- How Jonah swallowed the whale -- When all around you are losing their heads -- Let a thousand super-entrepreneurs bloom -- The sweet spot at last -- The $8 billion harvest -- Investing the time to invest wisely -- We're doing this for Ray -- The dirty politics of clean energy -- Epilogue: We need a cat.
"At the dawn of the Information Age in 1963, a computer salesman in Texas saw an opportunity where IBM, his former employer, saw only dusty oil camps. This young entrepreneur, who had grown up dirt-poor in rural Louisiana during the Great Depression, staked his young family's livelihood on the notion that computers would help out local businesses - and quite possibly, revolutionize the way America did business."
Moral Intelligence 2. 0 by
Call Number: STACKS HF5387 .L466 2011
Publication Date: 2011-04-08
Moral intelligence -- Good business -- Born to be moral -- Your moral compass -- Staying true to your moral compass -- Developing moral skills -- Integrity -- Responsibility -- Compassion and forgiveness -- Emotions -- Making moral decisions -- Moral leadership -- The moral leader -- Leading large organizations -- Moral intelligence for the -- Entrepreneur -- Epilogue: becoming a global -- Moral leader -- Epilogue: update on moral -- Intelligence's cast of characters -- A strengthening your moral skills -- B moral competency inventory (mci) -- C scoring the mci -- Interpreting your mci scores.
Start Your Own Import/Export Business by
Call Number: STACKS HF1416.5 .T87 2010
Publication Date: 2010-08-01
"A book with guided help on how to start your own import/export business. The how to do it book
Food Truck Business by
Call Number: STACKS HD9005 .S73 2011
Publication Date: 2011-06-01
"At over a billion dollars, the food industry is evolving, creating new trends and new opportunities for eager entrepreneurs like you. Learn how you can become a part of one of the hottest and most affordable food businesses--mobile food. From gourmet food to all-American basics and hot dog wagons to bustaurants, get the delicious details behind starting a food truck business. Led by our experts, learn how to find your food niche, follow important rules of conducting business on the road, outfit your moving kitchen, meet safety and sanitation requirements, and much more. Plus, access recipes, shopping list, favorite equipment buys, and more from practicing food truck entrepreneurs" --Cover, p. 4.
The Lean Startup by
Call Number: HD62.5 .R545 2011
Publication Date: 2011-09-13
"Most startups are built to fail. But those failures, according to entrepreneur Eric Ries, are preventable. Startups don't fail because of bad execution, or missed deadlines, or blown budgets. They fail because they are building something nobody wants. Whether they arise from someone's garage or are created within a mature Fortune 500 organization, new ventures, by definition, are designed to create new products or services under conditions of extreme uncertainly. Their primary mission is to find out what customers ultimately will buy. One of the central premises of The Lean Startup movement is what Ries calls "validated learning" about the customer. It is a way of getting continuous feedback from customers so that the company can shift directions or alter its plans inch by inch, minute by minute. Rather than creating an elaborate business plan and a product-centric approach, Lean Startup prizes testing your vision continuously with your customers and making constant adjustments"
The Complete Guide to Selling a Business by
Call Number: KF1659 .S74 2012
Publication Date: 2012-08-31
"Complete guidance on deciding whether to sell, setting a price, getting the best deal and more. The new edition includes updated tax laws and regulations and information on bulk sale laws"
Crush It! by
Call Number: HD62.5 .V39 2009
Publication Date: 2009-10-13
Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love. Marketer Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses. Gary spent years building his family business from a local wine shop into a national industry leader; then one day he turned on a video camera, and by using the secrets revealed here, transformed his entire life and earning potential by building his personal brand. By the end of this book, readers will have learned how to harness the power of the Internet to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true.
Knockout Entrepreneur by
Call Number: STACKS HB615 .F675 2009
Publication Date: 2009-08-31
See what can be -- Listen to your corner -- Never listen to the crowd -- Make it good -- Pain is the middle name of the game -- Do the unexpected : the counterintuitive entrepreneur -- Deal breakers: be willing to walk away -- You gotta make 'em love ya! -- Know your foe -- The toughest step to success -- Success comes in cans -- Make the most of what you have -- Keep answering the bell -- Celebrate your success.
The former boxing heavyweight champion and entrepreneur discusses his strategies for identifying market opportunities and setting up and growing a successful business enterprise.
The Art of the Start 2. 0 by
Call Number: HD62.5 .K38 2015
Publication Date: 2015-03-03
Newly revised and updated, a 10th-anniversary edition of an iconic, best-selling guide for start-ups provides expert advice on a wealth of topics -- including writing a business plan, recruiting, raising capital and branding.
Selling the Invisible by
Call Number: HD9980.5 .B425 2012
Publication Date: 2012-03-20
A succinct and often entertaining look at the unique characteristics of services and their prospects, and how any service, from a home-based consultancy to a multinational brokerage, can turn more prospects into clients and keep them.
Bill Gates Speaks by
Call Number: STACKS HD9696.63.U62 G374 1998
Publication Date: 1998-10-14
Bill Gates speaks : insight from the world's greatest entrepreneur
Call Number: HD31 .F755 2010
Publication Date: 2010-03-09
Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. If you're looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf. Rework shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. Read it and you'll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don't need outside investors, and why you're better off ignoring the competition. The truth is, you need less than you think. You don't need to be a workaholic. You don't need to staff up. You don't need to waste time on paperwork or meetings. You don't even need an office. Those are all just excuses.
The Man Who Sold America by
Call Number: STACKS HF5810.L3 C78 2010
Publication Date: 2010-08-12
The orator and the entrepreneur -- The Galveston hothouse -- Success in Chicago -- Salesmanship in print -- Growing up, breaking down -- The greatest copywriter -- Orange juice and raisin bread -- Fighting for Leo Frank -- Into the tomato business -- Saving baseball from itself -- Venturing into politics -- Electing a president -- The damnedest job in the world -- A family interlude -- A defeat and two victories -- Selling the unmentionable, and more -- Retrenching and reshaping -- Selling and unselling California -- The downward spiral -- Changing a life -- Finding peace -- The Lasker legacy.
The authors have drawn on a treasure of unknown papers to write this biography of Albert Davis Lasker. Lasker helped invent "reason why" advertising, market research based on direct mail advertising, premium coupons, and a host of other industry innovations. They recount the powerful influence of his background, his deep friendships and the debilitating depression he struggled with even as he forged his remarkable achievements.--[book jacket]
The fascinating story of Albert Lasker, the ingenius and tormented father of modern advertising.
Founders at Work by
Call Number: HD62.5 .L59 2008
Publication Date: 2008-09-18
Livingston presents a collection of interviews with founders of famous technology companies about what happens in the very earliest days. Includes interviews with Steve Wozniak (Apple), Max Levchin (PayPal), and others.
From Resource Allocation to Strategy by
Call Number: HD30.28 .F764 2005
Publication Date: 2007-10-11
Drawing on the work of leading experts in strategy, this collection provides a clear understanding of what strategy is and how it affects organizations. The work combines some of the latest thinking on resource allocation, with models designed for actually building the systems.
The Entrepreneur's Guide to Writing Business Plans and Proposals by
Call Number: STACKS HD62.5 .C423 2008
Publication Date: 2007-12-30
Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- How to write a business plan -- Start from strength : what's in it for me? -- Capture the elusive readers : what's in it for them? -- Conquer the first draft : the easy part -- Edit for power : the hard part -- Prepare for success : develop a realistic marketing plan -- Demonstrate financial credibility : money still makes the world go 'round / Writing in the 21st century : a guide to today's new mechanics -- How to write a business proposal -- Raise the bar : what you are really proposing -- Tie the knot : why your proposal makes the prospect so nervous -- art and science of persuasion : convince readers to see it your way -- Watch winners at work : a model proposal -- Appendices / Appendix A : Financial ratios -- Appendix B : Estimating and calculating direct costs -- Appendix C : Key financial terms -- Appendix D : Financial resources on the World Wide Web -- Index -- Abut the author and contributor.
Raving Fans by
Call Number: HF5415.5 .B528 1993
Publication Date: 1993-05-19
Your customers are only satisfied because their expectations are so low and because no one else is doing better. Just having satisfied customers isn't good enough anymore. If you really want a booming business, you have to create Raving Fans. This, in a nutshell, is the advice given to a new Area Manager on his first day-in an extraordinary business book that will help everyone, in every kind of organization or business, deliver stunning customer service and achieve miraculous bottom-line results. Written in the parable style of The One Minute Manager, Raving Fans uses a brilliantly simple and charming story to teach how to define a vision, learn what a customer really wants, institute effective systems, and make Raving Fan Service a constant feature-not just another program of the month. America is in the midst of a service crisis that has left a wake of disillusioned customers from coast to coast. Raving Fans includes startling new tips and innovative techniques that can help anyone create a revolution in any workplace-and turn their customers into raving, spending fans.
Call Number: HD31 .B626 2002
Publication Date: 2002-06-04
Explains how to make the leap from the vision of a good idea to delivering results and demonstrates how to handle sudden changes in the business environment by making crucial connections among people, strategy, and the operating plan.
Call Number: BF637.S8 G533 2013
Publication Date: 2011-06-07
Identifies the qualities of successful people, maintaining that culture, family, and idiosyncratic factors can have a decisive impact on shaping high achievers.
Call Number: BF448 .G53 2007
Publication Date: 2007-04-03
How do we think without thinking, seem to make choices in an instant--in the blink of an eye--that actually aren't as simple as they seem? Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others? Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology, the author reveals that great decision makers aren't those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.
How to Win at the Sport of Business by
Call Number: HF5386 .C8982 2011
Publication Date: 2013-06-17
Mark Cuban shares his wealth of experience and business savvy in his first published book. Using the greatest material from his popular Blog Maverick, he has collected and updated his postings on business and life to provide a catalog of insider knowledge on what it takes to become a thriving entrepreneur. Cuban tells his own rags-to-riches story of how he went from selling powdered milk and sleeping on friends' couches to owning his own company and becoming a multi-billion dollar success story. His unconventional yet highly effective ideas on how to build a successful business offer entrepreneurs at any stage of their careers a huge edge over their competitors.
The E-Myth by
Call Number: HD62.7 .G458 1995
Publication Date: 2004-10-14
Weekend Entrepreneur by
Call Number: STACKS HD62.5 .A54 2006
Publication Date: 2006-02-27
Getting started (and why you should!) -- A weekend entrepreneur?: what's that? -- Before you begin: testing your market -- Great ideas for weekend entrepreneurs -- Pick it up: making money with your strong back, hard work, and available time -- Make it up: creating and selling products and services -- Boot it up: making extra money with online businesses and Internet auctions -- Sign 'em up: designing seminars, boot camps, events, classes, and other ways to market knowledge and expertise -- Stay flexible, stay fast: adapt to marketplace changes and turn on a dime -- Success strategies -- Reach for success: learning -- Spread the word: effectively publicizing and marketing your business -- Small business resources.
Growing a Business by
Call Number: HD62.5 .H38 1987
Publication Date: 1988-10-15
Nearly everyone harbors a secret dream of starting or owning a business. In fact, 1,000,000 businesses start in the United States every year. Many of them fail, but enough succeed so that small businesses are now adding millions of jobs to the economy at the same time that the Fortune 500 companies are actually losing jobs. Paul Hawken
entrepreneur and best-selling author
wrote Growing a Business for those who set out to make their dream a reality. He knows what he's talking about; he is his own best example of success. In the early 1970s, while he was still in his twenties, he founded Erewhon, the largest distributor of natural foods. More recently, he founded and still runs Smith & Hawken, the premier mail-order garden tool company. And he wrote a critically acclaimed book called The Next Economy about the future of the economy. Using examples like Patagonia, Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream, and University National Bank of Palo Alto, California, Hawken shows that the successful business is an expression of an individual person. The most successful business, your idea for a business, will grow from something that is deep within you, something that can't be stolen by anyone because it is so uniquely yours that anyone else who tried to execute your idea would fail. He dispels the myth of the risk-taking entrepreneur. The purpose of business, he points out, is not to take risks but rather to get something done.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship by
Call Number: HD2346.U5 D78 1993
Publication Date: 2006-05-09
This is the first book to present innovation and entrepreneurship as a purposeful and systematic discipline that explains and analyzes the challenges and opportunities of America's new entrepreneurial economy. Superbly practical, Innovation and Entrepreneurship explains what established businesses, public service institutions, and new ventures need to know and do to succeed in today's economy.
Lessons of a Lipstick Queen by
Call Number: STACKS HD62.5 .K546 2008
Publication Date: 2008-05-06
From the perfect lip stick to mergers and acquisitions, Lessons of a Lipstick Queen follows Popy King's extraordinary journey through the world of business and teaches you how to be more entrepreneurial in your own life. If an eighteen-year-old girl's search for the ideal matte lipstick can turn into a multimillion-dollar company, anything is possible. When Poppy King finished high school, all she had to show for herself were some lackluster grades and a hundred and one ways to get out of phys ed. Within three years, however, she was president of her own hugely successful lipstick brand, Poppy Industries. How did she do it? In Lessons of a Lipstick Queen, Poppy reveals how she managed to launch her business, extracting valuable lessons from the experience as she goes along. Through Poppy's example, you can learn how to become a real entrepreneur -- from recognizing a good idea and finding financing, to marketing yourself and your brand, to approaching the media and avoiding common pitfalls. Whether you are looking to go into business for the first time, or simply want to build on your current career, Poppy King is the voice of experience that you should be listening to. In a world where everyone is eager to get ahead, it's essential to think like an entrepreneur. Much more than just a guide to success, Lessons of a Lipstick Queen is a candid adventure story designed to take you on a journey of self-discovery. Filled with exercises, concrete tips, and Poppy's personal and professional anecdotes, this motivational book will help readers get in touch with their inner entrepreneur. -- Publisher description
The Start-Up of You by
Call Number: HF5384 .H63 2012
Publication Date: 2012-02-14
This book is a blueprint for thriving in your job and building a career by applying the lessons of Silicon Valley's most innovative entrepreneurs. The career escalator is jammed. Unemployment is sky-high. Creative disruption is shaking every industry. Global competition for jobs is fierce. Traditional job security is a thing of the past. Here, LinkedIn cofounder and chairman along with the author show how to manage your career as if it were a start-up business: a living, breathing, growing start-up of you. Start-ups, and the entrepreneurs who run them, are nimble. They invest in themselves. They build their professional networks. They take intelligent risks. They make uncertainty and volatility work to their advantage. These are the very same skills professionals need to get ahead today. This book teaches the best practices of Silicon Valley start-ups, and how to apply these entrepreneurial strategies to your career.
The Zigzag Principle by
Call Number: BF505.G6 C47 2012
Publication Date: 2011-10-04
Explores why zigzagging, rather than following a straight line, is an effective strategy to use to achieve success in business management, entrepreneurship, goal-setting, and life in general.
Start Your Own Business by
Call Number: STACKS HD62.5 .E559 2007
Publication Date: 2007-03-07
On your mark -- Think -- Introduction -- Taking the plunge : get ready to be an entrepreneur -- Good idea! : how to get an idea for your business -- Good timing : should you launch your business full or part time? -- Build it or buy it? : starting a business vs. buying one -- Plan -- Choose your target : defining your market -- If you build it, will they come? : conducting market research -- The name game : naming your business -- Make it legal : choosing a business structure -- Plan of attack : creating a winning business plan -- It's official : don't forget licenses and permits -- Protect yourself : understanding patents, trademarks and copyrights -- Call in the pros : hiring a lawyer and an accountant -- Fund -- All in the family : financing starts with yourself and friends and relatives -- Nothing ventured, nothing gained : how to find and attract investors -- Looking for loans : the ins and outs of debt financing -- Fed funds : how to get government loans -- Get set -- Prepare -- What's your deal? negotiating successfully -- Site seeking : choosing a location for your business -- Bring it home : starting a homebased business -- Looking good : creating a professional image -- Stock answers : the lowdown on inventory -- It's in the mail : setting up mailing systems and shipping accounts -- Charging ahead : offering your customers credit -- Cover your assets : getting business insurance -- Staff smarts : hiring employees -- Perk up : setting employee policies and benefits -- Buy -- Buyer's guide : business equipment basics -- Play it safe : tech security and privacy -- Business 24/7 : using technology to boost your productivity -- Net works : building your company website -- Keep in touch : using technology to stay connected -- Drive time : the inside scoop on buying or leasing a car -- Go -- Market -- Brand aid : building a brand -- Marketing genius : advertising and marketing your business -- Net sales : online advertising and marketing -- Talking points : how to promote your business -- Sell it! : effective selling techniques -- Now serving : offering superior customer service -- Profit -- Keeping score : the basics of bookkeeping -- Making a statement : how to create financial statements -- On the money : effectively managing your finances -- Pay day : how to pay yourself -- Tax talk : what you need to know about your taxes -- Succeed -- It's about time : time management -- Second wind : learning from your failures -- Appendix A: business resources -- Appendix B: government listings -- Appendix C: small-business-friendly banks -- Index.
The Icarus Deception by
Call Number: STACKS HF5386 .G552 2012
Publication Date: 2012-12-31
Art, the comfort zone, and the chance of a lifetime -- The connection economy demands that we create art -- Myths, propaganda, and Kamiwaza -- Grit and art and the work that's worth doing -- Shame, vulnerability, and being naked -- To make art, think like an artist, to connect, be human -- True-life stories of fourteen real artists -- V is for vulnerable: an artist's abecedary.
Everyone knows that Icarus's father made him wings and told him not to fly too close to the sun; he ignored the warning and plunged to his doom. The lesson: Play it safe. Listen to the experts. It was the perfect propaganda for the industrial economy. What boss wouldn't want employees to believe that obedience and conformity are the keys to success? But we tend to forget that Icarus was also warned not to fly too low, because seawater would ruin the lift in his wings. Flying too low is even more dangerous than flying too high, because it feels deceptively safe. The safety zone has moved. Conformity no longer leads to comfort. But the good news is that creativity is scarce and more valuable than ever. So is choosing to do something unpredictable and brave: Make art. Being an artist isn't a genetic disposition or a specific talent. It's an attitude we can all adopt. It's a hunger to seize new ground, make connections, and work without a map. If you do those things you're an artist, no matter what it says on your business card.
Call Number: HD57.7 .G6546 2008
Publication Date: 2008-10-16
According to Godin, Tribes are groups of people aligned around an idea, connected to a leader and to each other. Tribes make our world work, and always have. The new opportunity is that it's easier than ever to find, organize, and lead a tribe. The Web has enabled an explosion of all kinds of tribes--and created shortage of people to lead them. This is the growth industry of our time. Tribes (the book) will help you understand exactly what's at stake, and why you can and should lead a tribe of your own.
Lean In by
Call Number: AUDIO CD AUDIOBOOK HD6054.3 .S265 2013ab
Publication Date: 2013-03-11
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.
Start with Why by
Call Number: HD57.7 .S549 2011
Publication Date: 2011-12-27
Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty? In studying the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way-and it's the complete opposite of what everyone else does. People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why. Drawing on a wide range of real-life stories, Sinek weaves together a clear vision of what it truly takes to lead and inspire.
The Infinite Game by
Call Number: HD57.7 S54866 2019
Publication Date: 2019-10-15
Simon Sinek offers a framework for leading with an infinite mindset. On one hand, none of us can resist the fleeting thrills of a promotion earned or a tournament won, yet these rewards fade quickly. In pursuit of a Just Cause, we will commit to a vision of a future world so appealing that we will build it week after week, month after month, year after year. Although we do not know the exact form this world will take, working toward it gives our work and our life meaning. Leaders who embrace an infinite mindset build stronger, more innovative, more inspiring organizations.
Call Number: HD6053 .A56 2014
Publication Date: 2014-05-06
""A #GIRLBOSS is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it." The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn't fashion-it was a stolen book. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and working a mediocre day job she'd taken for the health insurance. It was there that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Eight years later, she is the founder, CEO, and creative director of Nasty Gal, a $100 million plus online fashion retailer with more than 350 employees. Sophia's never been a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she's written #GIRLBOSS for outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is winding as all hell and lined with naysayers. #GIRLBOSS includes Sophia's story, yet is infinitely bigger than Sophia. It's deeply personal yet universal. Filled with brazen wake-up calls ("You are not a special snowflake"), cunning and frank observations ("Failure is your invention"), and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal's meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground. It proves that being successful isn't about how popular you were in high school or where you went to college (if you went to college). Rather, success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break. A #GIRLBOSS takes her life seriously without taking herself too seriously. She takes chances and takes responsibility on her own terms. She knows when to throw punches and when to roll with them. When to button up and when to let her freak flag fly. As Sophia writes, "I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don't ever grow up. Don't become a bore. Don't let The Man get to you. OK? Cool. Then let's do this."
Design Entrepreneur by
Call Number: STACKS NC1001 .H44 2008
Publication Date: 2008-09-01
"Whether personal or collective, drive is the common denominator of all entrepreneurial pursuit; of course, then comes the brilliant idea; and finally the fervent wherewithal to make and market the result. The Design Entrepreneur is the first book to survey this new field and showcase the innovators who are creating everything from books to furniture, clothes to magazines, plates to surfboards, and more." "Through case studies with designers like Dave Eggers, Maira Kalman, Charles Spencer Anderson, Seymour Chwast, Jet Mous, Nicholas Callaway, Jordi Duro, and over thirty more from the United States and Europe, this book explores the whys, hows, and wherefores of the conception and production processes. The design entrepreneur must take the leap away from the safety of the traditional designer role into the precarious territory where the public decides what works and what doesn't. This is the book that shows how that is accomplished."--BOOK JACKET.
The Art of Invention by
Call Number: STACKS T47 .P25 2010
Publication Date: 2010-11-01
PART I. THE PROCESS OF INVENTION -- Chapter 1. The Paper Clip and the Problem -- What Makes a Great Idea Great? -- The History of the Paper Clip -- What's the Problem? -- Is It the Right Problem? -- Reframing the Problem -- The Evolving Invention -- Invention in Context -- Chapter 2. The Hidden Obvious -- The Destination -- Being Confidently Naive -- The Vision and the Visionary -- Needfinding and Paradigms -- Seeing the Hidden Obvious -- The Vision Refined -- Chapter 3. Creativity and the Brain -- The Creative Mind -- Feeding the Brain -- Listening to Your Subconscious -- Thinking with the Gut -- Your Inner Senses -- Working Ideas, Percolation, and Not Falling in Love -- Action versus Thought: The Importance of Doing -- Chapter 4. The Process of Invention -- The Flash of Inspiration -- The Resonance of an Idea -- Sources of Innovation -- Applications of Life Experience -- Making the Familiar New -- Applying Physical Principles -- Accidental and Chance Observations -- Learning from Nature -- The Processes of Invention -- PART II. DESIGN AND INVENTION -- Chapter 5. Simplicity -- Profound Simplicity -- The Simple and the Complex -- Zero Mass Design -- Chapter 6. Elegance -- The Many Facets of Elegance -- Ingenious Simplicity: The Most from the Least -- Core Inventions: From Screws to Microprocessors -- Adaptive Inventions: The Elegance of Self-Regulation -- Smart Inventions: Inventions That Change with Change -- Characteristics of Elegance -- A Summary -- Chapter 7. Robustness -- Strength -- Redundancy -- Simplicity -- Self-Healing -- Managed Failure -- PART III. MAKING IT HAPPEN -- Chapter 8. Problem Solving and Iteration -- A Systems Approach: Connect the Big Pieces First -- KISS: Keep It Simple, Stupid -- Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3 -- What You Couldn't See from There, You Can See from Here -- Attacking from the Bottom -- Inventing while You Sleep -- Arbitrate and Iterate -- Limiting the Scope -- Stopping -- Putting It All Together -- Anticipating the Unanticipated -- Documentation -- Summary -- Chapter 9. The Business of Invention -- Inventing as an Employee -- Selling Your Inventions -- Entrepreneurship: Starting Your Own Company -- Patents -- The Business of Invention -- Chapter 10. The Art of Invention -- The Unexplored: Hard Work, Fear, and Fantasy -- Experience and Invention -- The Art of Getting It Wrong -- The Hidden Obvious Revisited -- Serendipity -- The Staircase of Creativity -- The Pleasure of the Problem -- The Inventor's Tool Kit -- Making It Real -- The Art and the Science -- The Future Is Yours to Create.
Entrepreneur's Notebook by
Call Number: STACKS HB615 .G64 2008
Publication Date: 2006-02-21
A wonderful madness -- The big idea -- Stone soup for the entrepreneur's soul -- Team building: 10 rules of engagement -- Your lawyer as superhero -- The business plan and beyond -- Cash flow 101: From bathtub to boardroom -- Five fun things fo do with your lawyer -- Investment: Tales of angels and angst -- Entrepreneurial management -- Next steps
Survival Tactics by
Call Number: STACKS HB615 .S96 2007
Publication Date: 2007-07-30
The 4-Hour Work Week by
Call Number: HD6955 .F435 2009
Publication Date: 2009-12-15
Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan--there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, here is the blueprint. This step-by-step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches: how Tim went from $40,000 per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per month and 4 hours per week; how to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want; how blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs; how to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist; how to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent "mini-retirements."
Delivering Happiness by
Call Number: HF5386 .H864 2013
Publication Date: 2013-03-19
Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO, shares lessons he learned in business and life which show how improving the happiness of those around you can increase your own and create success in your business.
The Startup Game by
Call Number: HG172.D73 A3 2011
Publication Date: 2012-06-19
Bill Draper examines the relationship between venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, discusses how to evaluate innovative ideas and the role of political leadership in creating opportunity, and provides real-life examples.
Call Number: HF5386 .D167 2017
Publication Date: 2017-09-19