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Below is a list of books, classes and other resources that may help you in your business.

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Teams At the Top
by Jon R. Katzenbach

Why is it that we often see less team performance at the top of organizations than we see elsewhere? Despite the label “teams,” top leaders tend to avoid teaming and the real progress is made behind closed doors, not at the team meetings.

Recommended by Mindy Leisure, Advantage Credit, Inc.

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts
by Brené Brown

Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and has the courage to develop that potential.

When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work.

Recommended by Mindy Leisure, Advantage Credit, Inc.

Conscious Business: How to Build Value Through Values
by Fred Kofman

Consciousness is the main source of organizational greatness. Conscious business, explains Fred Kofman, means finding your passion and expressing your essential values through your work. A conscious business seeks to promote the intelligent pursuit of happiness in all its stakeholders.

Recommended by Jacqueline Battle, Advantage Credit, Inc.

On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Lift
by Amy Purdy

In this poignant and uplifting memoir, Dancing With the Stars sensation Amy Purdy reveals the story of how losing her legs led her to find a spiritual path. When the Las Vegas native was just nineteen, she contracted bacterial meningitis and was given less than a two percent chance of survival. In a near-death experience, she saw three figures who told her: “You can come with us, or you can stay. No matter what happens in your life, it’s all going to make sense in the end.” In that moment, Amy chose to live.

Recommended by Tracie Panish, Partners Credit & Verification Solutions

Social Selling Mastery: Scaling Up Your Sales and Marketing Machine for the Digital Buyer
by Jamie Shanks

Social Selling Mastery provides a key resource for sales and marketing professionals seeking a better way to connect with today’s customer. Author Jamie Shanks has personally built Social Selling solutions in nearly every industry, and in this book, he shows you how to capture the mindshare of business leadership and turn relationships into sales. The key is to reach the buyer where they’re conducting due diligence―online.

Recommended by Tracie Panish, Partners Credit & Verification Solutions

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
by Gretchen Rubin

In this lively and compelling account—now updated with new material by the author—Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Among other things, she found that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that money can help buy happiness, when spent wisely; that outer order contributes to inner calm; and that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference.

Recommended by Tracie Panish, Partners Credit & Verification Solutions

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
by Malcolm Gladwell

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon.

Recommended by Tracie Panish, Partners Credit & Verification Solutions

The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success
by Darren Hardy

This book reveals the core principles that drive success. The Compound Effect contains the essence of what every superachiever needs to know, practice, and master to obtain extraordinary success.

Recommended by Tracie Panish, Partners Credit & Verification Solutions

Know Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth
by Mika Brzezinski

Why are women so often overlooked and underpaid? What are the real reasons men get raises more often than women? How can women ask for — and actually get–the money, the job, the recognition they deserve?

Recommended by Tracie Panish, Partners Credit & Verification Solutions

Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long
by Dr. David Rock

A researcher and consultant burrows deep inside the heads of one modern two-career couple to examine how each partner processes the workday—revealing how a more nuanced understanding of the brain can allow us to better organize, prioritize, recall, and sort our daily lives.

Recommended by Tracie Panish, Partners Credit & Verification Solutions

Great By Choice
by Jim Collins

Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns withanother groundbreaking work, this time to ask: why do some companies thrive inuncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? Based on nine years of research,buttressed by rigorous analysis and infused with engaging stories, Collins andhis colleague Morten Hansen enumerate the principles for building a truly greatenterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous and fast-moving times. This book isclassic Collins: contrarian, data-driven and uplifting.

Recommended by Tracie Panish, Partners Credit & Verification Solutions

Winning in the Trust and Value Economy: A Guide to Sales Success and Business Growth
by Meridith Elliott Powell

If you want to be successful in this economy, the first thing to realize is just how incredibly different it is. No matter what the experts and business gurus are saying or predicting, the truth is that no matter what the economy does – whether it goes up or goes down – your customer has forever changed and that change will impact you and your entire business.

Recommended by Tracie Panish, Partners Credit & Verification Solutions

Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

A stirring tribute to the subtle but profound influence that Wooden had on Kareem as a player, and then as a person, as they began to share their cultural, religious, and family values while facing some of life’s biggest obstacles.

Recommended by Don Unger, Advantage Credit, Inc.

Ninja Selling Subtle Skills Big Results
by Larry Kendall

Ninja Selling is a system based on a philosophy of building relationships, listening to your customers, and helping get them to where they want to be. The goal of Ninja Selling is to increase your income per hour, increase your customer’s satisfaction and improve the quality of your life.

Recommended by Jim Kaiser, Advantage Credit, Inc.

Color My Credit
by Alisa Glutz

Color My Credit Personal finance, money management, business & economics, credit reports, FICO scores, the cost of credit… each impacts our lifestyle and financial decisions, yet far too few Americans are aware of little-known secrets to our credit scoring system. Even fewer adults know it is easier than they imagine to effectively re-build credit, quickly and without a lot of pain—with the right help. Expert Alisa Glutz has a proven method to “color” credit; she is passionate to create a movement where people everywhere can take advantage of a fun.

Recommended by Cindy Magnuson, Advantage Credit, Inc.

The Advantage
by Patrick M. Lencioni

The advantage This is the promise of The Advantage, Patrick Lencionis bold manifesto about the most unexploited opportunity in modern business. In his immensely readable and accessible style, Lencioni makes the case that there is no better way to achieve profound improvement in an organization than by attacking the root causes of dysfunction, politics and confusion. While too many leaders are still limiting their search for advantage to conventional and largely exhausted areas like marketing, strategy and technology. Lencioni demonstrates that there is an untapped gold mine sitting right beneath them. Instead of trying to become smarter, he asserts that leaders and organizations need to shift their focus to becoming healthier, allowing them to tap into the more-than-sufficient intelligence and expertise they already have.

Recommended by Don Unger, Advantage Credit, Inc.

Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier
by Robert A. Emmons PH.D

Thanks Book Did you know that there is a crucial component of happiness that is often overlooked? Robert Emmons—editor-in-chief of the Journal of Positive Psychology—examines what it means to think and feel gratefully in Thanks! and invites readers to learn how to put this powerful emotion into practice. Scientifically speaking, regular grateful thinking can increase happiness by as much as 25 percent, while keeping a gratitude journal for as little as three weeks results in better sleep and more energy. But there’s more than science to embrace here: Emmons also bolsters the case for gratitude by weaving in writings of philosophers, novelists, and theologians that illustrate all the benefits grateful living brings. So if you or a friend are having personal problems, this is a perfect book to help pull you back up.

Recommended by Don Unger, Advantage Credit, Inc.

All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis
by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera

Book Pic 4 All the Devils Are Here goes back several decades to weave the hidden history of the financial crisis in a way no previous book has done. It explores the motivations of everyone from famous CEOs, cabinet secretaries, and politicians to anonymous lenders, borrowers, analysts, and Wall Street traders. It delves into the powerful American mythology of homeownership. And it proves that the crisis ultimately wasn’t about finance at all; it was about human nature.

Recommended by TJ Lile, Advantage Credit, Inc.

Contagious Why Things Catch On
by Jonah Berger

Contagious Web Contagious combines groundbreaking research with powerful stories. Learn how a luxury steakhouse found popularity through the lowly cheese-steak, why anti-drug commercials might have actually increased drug use, and why more than 200 million consumers shared a video about one of the seemingly most boring products there is: a blender. If you’ve wondered why certain stories get shared, e-mails get forwarded, or videos go viral, Contagious explains why, and shows how to leverage these concepts to craft contagious content. This book provides a set of specific, actionable techniques for helping information spread—for designing messages, advertisements, and information that people will share. Whether you’re a manager at a big company, a small business owner trying to boost awareness, a politician running for office, or a health official trying to get the word out, Contagious will show you how to make your product or idea catch on.

Recommended by Don Unger, Advantage Credit, Inc.

Working on Yourself Doesn’t Work
by Ariel and Shya Kane

book recommendation This book shows you how to stop “working” on yourself–and start living in the moment. Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to go through your life without stress or self-doubt? Once your grasp the three simple ideas you can stop “working” on yourself and start living the life you’ve always wanted–free from your old perceptions, and open to world of possibilities for discovering the ins and outs of who you are.

Recommended by Linda McKinley, Cherry Creek Mortgage

Credit Score & Credit Reports
by Evan Hendrick

Credit Scores This book allows consumers to understand how these systems actually work, and what they can do to improve their FICO scores. The FICO score is often the major factor in determining how much consumers pay for mortgages, refinancing, auto loans and credit cards, as well as for auto or homeowners insurance. It details the ongoing problems with credit repair clinics and the impact of identity theft.

Recommended by Don Unger, Advantage Credit, Inc.

Love is the Killer App
by Tim Sanders

Love Is Killer App Discover how nice, smart people can win business and influence friends by sharing generously. This book teaches us the value of relationships in the workplace, and it’s rich with practical, effective strategies for enhancing and developing them. In business, you get ahead by helping other people get what they want—it’s simple, it’s obvious, but it’s so easy to forget. This reminds us that maybe, just maybe, looking out for number one is not the way to get ahead.

Recommended by Tom Ninness, Cherry Creek Mortgage.

Blue Ocean Strategy
by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne

Blue Ocean Presents a systematic approach to making the competition irrelevant and outlines principles and tools any company can use to create and capture blue oceans. A landmark work that upends traditional thinking about strategy, this book charts a bold new path to winning the future. Success comes not from battling competitors, but from creating “blue oceans”: untapped new market spaces ripe for growth.

Recommended by Don Unger, Advantage Credit, Inc.

It’s Not What Happens to You, It’s What You Do About It
by W Mitchell

Blue Ocean Put yourself in charge! When we consciously take control of our lives, many of the hurdles diminish or even disappear. This provides a wake up call of strength and hope. Mitchell shows us that perception–the way we look at what happens–is the key to what happens next. Our choices truly do create our life. To change our life, we only need to change our minds.

Recommended by Jim Kaiser, Advantage Credit, Inc.

Good To Great
by Jim Collins

Blue Ocean Can a good company become a great company, and if so, how? Based on a five year research project, Good to Great shows that greatness is not primarily a function of circumstance; but largely a matter of conscious choice and discipline. This book discusses concepts like Level 5 Leadership, First Who (first get the right people on the bus, then figure out where to drive it), and the Flywheel.

Recommended by Advantage Credit, Inc.