This concise, fast-paced book is about consistently outsmarting the competition in an environment where even the best strategies rarely prevail. It's about companies that have accelerated to the leading edge of business practice and stayed there, year after year. And it's from the author who has written one of the most revolutionary books of all time: Jim Champy, author of Reengineering the Corporation. In Outsmart!, Champy teaches the remarkable lessons of businesses that have achieved super-high growth rates for three or more years in a row. These "high velocity" companies range from classic startups to old-line, family-run manufacturing businesses; from S.A. Robotics to Stonyfield Farms to MinuteClinic to Shutterfly. Champy uncovers what they share in common and shows how you can do it in your company.Drawing on his rigorous, far-reaching research, you'll learn how to generate strategy organically, from the frontlines to the executive suites and everywhere in between. You'll discover how to outsmart your competitors by finding distinctive market positions and sustainable advantages in products and services, surprising delivery methods, and unexpected customers with unexpected needs. You'll learn how to uncover "bubbles worth bursting", organize your ideas, and sharpen your focus, and combine high purpose with cool pragmatism. And you'll learn how to recognize when the world's getting ready to catch up, so you can outsmart them yet again! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stow Lovejoy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000162/bk_adbl_000162_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nathaniel Tilton was leading an ordinary existence in his early 30s as a financial advisor in Boston. Then, without a destination in mind, he set out to experience life in more meaningful ways. His path was forged when he met famed MIT blackjack team member Semyon Dukach, who inspired Nathaniel to become a world-class blackjack player. Together with his friend D.A., he dove headfirst into the life of an elite blackjack card counter. But while studying the many books available on blackjack strategy, he discovered that the tactics described all applied to either big teams or solo practitioners. Accordingly, adjustments were made so that the techniques would work while playing with a single partner. The result was the creation of a virtually undetectable small-team system, something never before documented. The details of this secret system are delivered within the pages of this exhilarating narrative, describing a glitzy gambler's life of high-roller suites, gourmet restaurants, and top-shelf entertainment, along with a dark side of deception and personal risk that would eventually take him to the casino backrooms he'd hoped he would never see. The Blackjack Life provides an informed view of the opportunities that still exist for skilled players, a detailed explanation of what it takes to become one, and a thorough chronicling of what it's like to travel that road. It's also the story of the growth of a man who discovered who he was and who he wanted to be in the unlikeliest of places - the world of a professional blackjack player. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joseph Bevilacqua. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/116263/bk_acx0_116263_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Named one of "60 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018" by Huffington Post. Set in modern Shanghai, a debut by a Chinese-American writer about a prodigal son whose unexpected return forces his newly wealthy family to confront painful secrets and unfulfilled promises. After years of chasing the American dream, the Zhen family has moved back to China. Settling into a luxurious serviced apartment in Shanghai, Wei, Lina, and their daughter, Karen, join an elite community of Chinese-born, Western-educated professionals who have returned to a radically transformed city. One morning, in the eighth tower of Lanson Suites, Lina discovers that a treasured ivory bracelet has gone missing. This incident sets off a wave of unease that ripples throughout the Zhen household. Wei, a marketing strategist, bows under the guilt of not having engaged in nobler work. Meanwhile, Lina, lonely in her new life of leisure, assumes the modern moniker taitai - a housewife who does no housework at all. She is haunted by the circumstances surrounding her arranged marriage to Wei and her lingering feelings for his brother, Qiang. Sunny, the family's housekeeper, is a keen but silent observer of these tensions. An unmarried woman trying to carve a place for herself in society, she understands the power of well-kept secrets. When Qiang reappears in Shanghai after decades on the run with a local gang, the family must finally come to terms with the past and its indelible mark on their futures. From a silk-producing village in rural China, up the corporate ladder in suburban America, and back again to the post-Maoist nouveaux riches of modern Shanghai, What We Were Promised explores the question of what we owe to our country, our families, and ourselves. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jennifer Lim. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/004538/bk_hach_004538_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.