Wise Guy: Lessons From A Life by Guy Kawasaki
Silicon Valley icon and bestselling author Guy Kawasaki shares the unlikely stories of his life and the lessons we can draw from them.
Guy Kawasaki has been a fixture in the tech world since he was part of Apple's original Macintosh team in the 1980s. He's widely respected as a source of wisdom about entrepreneurship, venture capital, marketing, and business evangelism, which he's shared in bestselling books such as The Art of the Start and Enchantment. But before all that, he was just a middle-class kid in Hawaii, a grandson of Japanese immigrants, who loved football and got a C+ in 9th grade English.
Wise Guy, his most personal book, is about his surprising journey. It's not a traditional memoir but a series of vignettes. He toyed with calling it Miso Soup for the Soul, because these stories (like those in the Chicken Soup series) reflect a wide range of experiences that have enlightened and inspired him.
For instance, you'll follow Guy as he:
* Gets his first real job in the jewelry business--which turned out to be surprisingly useful training for the tech world.
* Disparages one of Apple's potential partners in front of that company's CEO, at the sneaky instigation of Steve Jobs.
* Blows up his Apple career with a single sentence, after Jobs withholds a pre-release copy of the Think Different ad campaign: "That's okay, Steve, I don't trust you either."
* Reevaluates his self-importance after being mistaken for Jackie Chan by four young women.
* Takes up surfing at age 62--which teaches him that you can discover a new passion at any age, but younger is easier!
Guy covers everything from moral values to business skills to parenting. As he writes, "I hope my stories help you live a more joyous, productive, and meaningful life. If Wise Guy succeeds at this, then that's the best story of all."
Break the Wheel: Question Best Practices, Hone Your Intuition, and Do Your Best Work by Jay Acunzo
Our world is flooded by advice, ideas, and experts, but we shouldn't make decisions based on "best practices." Instead, we should do what works best for us, building careers and companies with the sort of clarity that leads to exceptional work. Only, first, we need to escape the endless cycle of stale approaches and trendy tactics that holds us back. We need to Break the Wheel.
In this quick-hitting, powerful book, keynote speaker and podcaster Jay Acunzo hands us a sledgehammer. With a diverse range of real-world stories, Break the Wheel offers a simple but powerful way to think for yourself when surrounded by conventional thinking. Along the way, Acunzo offers six fundamental questions to ask in any situation to start making the best possible decisions, regardless of the best practice.
Stop relying on generic advice. With this book, say goodbye to average work and hello to doing your best.
Marketing Rebellion: The Most Human Company Wins by Mark Schaefer
Are you overwhelmed by the breathtaking rate of change in the business world? Are confusing consumer trends, the unrelenting pace of technology, and the breakneck speed of digital marketing making you feel irrelevant and lost?
Path-finding author Mark Schaefer provides an achievable and realistic framework to help you stay ahead of the curve by re-imagining marketing in a world where hyper-empowered consumers drive the business results. Marketing Rebellion will teach you:
Through new research, singular insights, and inspiring case studies, this entertaining book challenges your view of what it means to be a marketer today and provides an innovative blueprint for business growth.
The Marketing Rebellion is knocking at your door. Are you ready?
Marketing Flexology: How to Outsmart Change and Future-Proof Your Career by Engelina Jaspers
Riding the reinvention rollercoaster--with its ups and downs, unexpected twists and turns, and blood-curdling screams--is a choice, but not a requirement.
A management change, new competitor, market consolidation, acquisition or divestiture, disappointing quarter or new business direction can disrupt our best-laid plans. How we respond to unexpected upheaval can determine our success or failure.
In Marketing Flexology: How to Outsmart Change and Future-proof Your Career, marketing veteran Engelina Jaspers shows you step-by-step how to build a marketing capability that can withstand any business fluctuation, management change or crisis du jour. Through a time-tested, proprietary, and proven framework, dozens of business examples, practical tips, and thirty-years of personal experience on the front lines of numerous Fortune global companies, Engelina shares the essential components for modern marketing success.
Success today requires a 24/7 lifeline to real-time customer insight, and the marketing agility to execute on that insight faster than our competitors. Success also requires a new management capability. With Marketing Flexology you'll get:
A step-by-step process to kick your marketing, your team and your career into high gear
Real-world examples to become an insight machine and accelerate customer decision making
Actionable steps to sharpen your creativity and break through the dwindling supply of consumer attention
The underlying foundation, four dials, and five surefire tools of a dynamic and resilient marketing organization that can withstand change, disruption and transformation
Time-tested and proven strategies to outsmart change and future-proof your career
A week-by-week guide and ninety-day challenge to transition to a Marketing Flexology mindset and toolset
Don't waste another good crisis by being unprepared. It's time to future-proof your career, your team, and your marketing platform.