Billion Dollar Lessons

What You Can Learn from the Most Inexcusable Business Failures of the Last 25 Ye ars

Billion Dollar Lessons

”This book is your chance to learn from others’ mistakes.”-- Entrepreneur In the 1960s, IBM CEO Tom Watson called an executive into his office after his venture lost $10 million. The man assumed he was being fired. Watson told him, “Fired? Hell, I spent $10 million educating you. I just want to be sure you learned the right lessons.” There are thousands of books about successful companies but virtually none about the lessons to be learned from those that crash and burn. Now Paul Carroll and Chunka Mui draw on research into more than 750 flameouts to reveal the seven biggest reasons for business failure.

Winning the Battle for Relevance

Why Even the Greatest Become Obsolete... and How to Avoid Their Fate

Winning the Battle for Relevance

What if you were becoming irrelevant and didn’t even realize it? We are living in a time of rapid disruption and upheaval. Once-lucrative revenue models are under siege. Market structures and distribution channels that have been stable for decades are crumbling before our eyes. The demise of brands such as Blockbuster, Borders, and Kodak leaves us with little doubt—shifts are happening, and no organization or brand is immune to extinction. In this landmark bestseller, award-winning trends forecaster and business strategist Michael McQueen explores the 5 reasons even the greatest companies become obsolete. More importantly, Michael looks at what separates the enduring from the endangered. Highlighting principles and lessons from businesses such as Lego, IKEA, and Harley-Davidson, he identifies 6 keys to re-inventing your organization before change forces you to. “This carefully researched and well-written book speaks to the most critical leadership issue facing organizations, businesses, and humanity itself.” Dr. Ken Dovey, Associate Professor, University of Technology Sydney “Never has a book like Michael McQueen’s been more important. Ignore it at your peril.” Dan Gregory, CEO of The Impossible Institute www.MichaelMcQueen.net

Leadership Lessons

Avoiding the Pitfalls of King Saul

Leadership Lessons

Rise above mediocrity and become indispensable after working through ten timeless lessons from Scripture. Leadership Lessons: Avoiding the Pitfalls of King Saul is a practical leadership guide that avoids abstract ideas and unproven steps. Instead, biblical studies professor and pastor Dr. Ralph Hawkins along with leadership expert and education professor Dr. Richard Parrott tell the stories of King Saul’s leadership missteps and connect those stories with the challenges facing leaders. In today’s climate of rapid change, intense competition, and moral relativism, find valuable advice that will give your leadership a firm foundation in sound biblical principles. Features include: References to ten sound biblical principles of leadership Examples illustrate how to apply these lessons to your life Action points give you concrete steps to improve your leadership skills Checklists help church, business, and community leaders excel

Lean Innovation

Understanding What's Next in Today's Economy

Lean Innovation

Do these comments sound familiar?We would love to be more innovative, but we don‘t have the resourcesInnovation works in some companies; we just aren‘t that creativeWe get some good ideas, but nothing ever happens with themUnfortunately, they reflect the general perception and environment for innovation in many firms today. In Lean Innovation: Unde

Billion Dollar Agent - Lessons Learned

Success Secrets of Top Real Estate Agents

Billion Dollar Agent - Lessons Learned

Billion Dollar Agent Lessons Learned is based on interviews with real estate agents who have achieved $1 billion in career sales of residential real estate or are on track to achieve that level of success. Billion Dollar Agent Lessons Learned is a book published by Best Agent Business to help a top real estate agents learn how to become a Billion Dollar Agent. Best Agent Business provides part-time assistants to help the best real estate agents grow their best possible business using their unique talents (http://www.bestagentbusiness.com).

How You Play the Game

How You Play the Game

This is a story of passion and commitment and faith—qualities that drove one working-class kid to not only build a sports empire, but also to change the way the entire sports industry has done business. In How You Play the Game, Jerry Colangelo, in his own words, tells how he emerged from the tough streets of Chicago Heights as a high school and college sports star...how he helped create and build the Chicago Bulls—at a time when the NBA was a second-tier professional league, and two basketball teams had already failed in the Windy City...how he moved to Arizona and started the Phoenix Suns, an organization that fought its way to become the ninth richest franchise in all of sports...and how he then began baseball’s newest team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. This is a tale of determination, faith, and, most assuredly, good timing and good luck. In truth, this isn’t one story—but many. Jerry weaves together a lifetime of great moments in sports and tense times in business. Peppered with stories about players and coaches, including Charles Barkley and Connie Hawkins, Red Holzman, and Buck Showalter, as well as owners, general managers, investors, reporters, and more, How You Play the Game is truly an insider’s look at the sports world. Mr. Colangelo’s 30-year history mirrors the evolution of sports to the global marketing and media mega-industry it is today.

Silver Lining

Your Guide to Innovating in a Downturn

Silver Lining

Experts agree: The turbulence triggered by the economic shock of 2008 constitutes the "new normal." Unfortunately, too many managers have become paralyzed by it, capable only of slashing costs indiscriminately. Though examining spending during recessions makes sense, the smartest executives do much more. As Scott Anthony reveals in The Silver Lining, these leaders continue innovating--by stopping ineffective initiatives, changing key business processes, and starting more productive behaviors. Result? Their companies emerge from downturns stronger than ever. Providing a wealth of ideas, tools, and examples from diverse industries, Anthony explains how to safeguard your company's profitability during even the toughest recessions. You'll discover how to: -Prune your innovation and business portfolio to liberate resources for more promising initiatives - Adopt a radical new market-segmentation scheme that helps you re-feature your offerings to reduce costs while delivering new value to customers - Reinvent your innovation process to drive fresh growth - Mitigate innovation risks by conducting strategic experiments and forging alliances with customers and other external entities - Appeal to increasingly value-conscious customers to fend off low-cost attackers In today's brutal economic climate, executives must pare costs to the bone while planting and nurturing seeds for tomorrow's growth. The Silver Lining explains how to master this seemingly impossible challenge.

Growth Hacker Marketing

A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising

Growth Hacker Marketing

A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing and Advertising A new generation of megabrands like Facebook, Dropbox, Airbnb, and Twitter haven’t spent a dime on traditional marketing. No press releases, no TV commercials, no billboards. Instead, they rely on a new strategy—growth hacking—to reach many more people despite modest marketing budgets. Growth hackers have thrown out the old playbook and replaced it with tools that are testable, trackable, and scalable. They believe that products and businesses should be modified repeatedly until they’re primed to generate explosive reactions. Bestselling author Ryan Holiday, the acclaimed marketing guru for American Apparel and many bestselling authors and multiplatinum musicians, explains the new rules and provides valuable examples and case studies for aspiring growth hackers. Whether you work for a tiny start-up or a Fortune 500 giant, if you’re responsible for building awareness and buzz for a product or service, this is your road map.