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." In Billion Dollar Lessons, Paul Carroll and Chunka Mui draw on research into more than 750 business failures to reveal the misguided tactics that mire companies over and over. There are thousands of books about successful companies, but virtually none about the lessons to be learned from those that crash and burn. Lesson One: The cold hard facts are that between 1981 and 2006, 423 major companies with combined assets totaling $1.5 trillion filed for bankruptcy. Lesson Two: The number-one cause of failure was misguided strategy - not sloppy execution, poor leadership, or bad luck. These strategic errors include pursuing nonexistent synergies; moving into an "adjacent" market that isn't really adjacent and buying more problems than efficiencies through misguided consolidation.Billion Dollar Lessons provides proven methods that managers, boards, and even investors can adopt to avoid making the same mistakes. It draws on vivid examples to help you thoroughly assess potentially disastrous strategies before they bring your company down.Think of Billion Dollar Lessons as the flip side of Good to Great, but just as eye opening and essential as that business classic. Billion Dollar Lessons will keep you from going from good to gone. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Bond. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/000702/bk_brll_000702_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. During college and afterward, he traveled to the world's trouble spots, working in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents, from Gaza to Croatia to Mother Teresa's home in Calcutta, among others. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from becoming a refugee; he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage. So Eric joined the Navy SEALs and became an elite warrior. In a moving and inspiring memoir, told with genuine humility, Eric offers something new in the history of military memoirs: a warrior who wanted to be strong to be good, only to discover that he had to be good to be strong. Throughout his SEAL training and deployments in Kenya, Thailand, Afghanistan, and Iraq, the lessons of his humanitarian work bore fruit. The result is a lesson for us all: the heart and fist together are more powerful than either one alone. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Eric Greitens. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/001943/bk_tant_001943_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Abby Stein is young, smart, and obedient. But even obedient girls can make a mistake once in a while. While most girls learn a lesson and move on, Abby isn't allowed to do that. When a poor choice at a party leaves Abby pregnant and alone, her overly religious parents and church community will make her life so miserable that she's forced to consider suicide as her only way out. With nowhere else to turn, Abby makes a desperate call from the parking lot of New Hope Christian Church. Pastor David Owens leads a fledgling congregation at New Hope Christian Church and answers the call. As the suspense increases, so does the little group of congregants working together in a race to save her life. Can they get through to Abby and show her God's true love before it's too late? Twisted Faith is the second book in the Faith series. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Conner Goff, Kelley Mack. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/107473/bk_acx0_107473_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After Class Lesson: Gay romance that revolves around a college student and hot, hung, and young professor. The two of them start having after-class lessons together until finally the teacher makes his move. He can't resist the younger man's slender figure and nice hair, and the younger man can't deny his teacher's ripped abs and massive chest. Team Bonding: What happens behind closed doors with England's beloved football team? One man is about to find out. He gets his dream of going professional but decides to keep a big secret from the other players - he likes men. When a few of them find out, they give him his real introduction to the team. One man gets him on his knees and demands he please him, and just a week later, another two teammates get him in the shower and take over his body. Enslaved: A hot gay erotica in which a young man is forced into living with a wealthy tycoon. Set in a postapocalyptic, sci-fi world, this story of explicit gay romance takes us from the slums of the ruins of the world to the fabulously wealthy and towering city built in a protective sphere that keeps the rich in and the poor out. When one of the wealthiest men within the sphere sees a young, poor man walking the slums, he decides to have his men grab him, throws him into his car, and drives him into the place millions wish they could enter. However, the young protagonist doesn't wish to be someone's puppet. He defies his new host, and it's that spark that sets everything in motion until the two of them find themselves interlocked in a passionate embrace. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cecil Wood. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/051682/bk_acx0_051682_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Thinking like a poor person will keep you poor. Thinking like a wealthy person will make you wealthy. I would like to show you exactly what the differences between the two ways of thinking are and how you can use them in your favour. (Douglas Kruger) Being rich is not normal: most people never achieve wealth in their lifetime. The very word "rich" describes a state beyond the median, and therein lies an important lesson. To become rich, you will have to think radically differently from the way most people around you think. Do you know what those specific differences may be? Business and wealth guru Douglas Kruger strips away the feel-good hype and gets right down to the practical principles. He leads you through the types of thinking that hold individuals, families, and businesses in generational cycles of poverty. He explores the dramatically different approaches of the self-made rich and super-rich, showing you which behaviours to begin practising and which behaviours are traitorous to your wealth potential. Escape poverty. Raise your value. Change the trajectory of your story. It all begins with the way you think. Douglas Kruger is a business strategist, author and global speaker. He helps organisations untangle the thinking that makes them industry dinosaurs and shows them where all the levers are for real-world innovation and growth. Douglas is also the author of Own Your Industry, Relentlessly Relevant, How to Make Your Point Without PowerPoint, and They're Your Rules, Break Them!, published by Penguin. View his videos on growth techniques at www.douglaskruger.co.za or follow him on Twitter: @douglaskruger. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Douglas Kruger. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/dkru/000006/bk_dkru_000006_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From New York Times best-selling & award-winning author Selena Kitt Harmony comes home from four years at boarding school hating the older stepbrother who sent her there with a passion. Grass hasn't even grown over her poor mother's grave when Warren inherits his father's billions and sends his stepsister packing! Now that she's home, Harmony is determined to make Warren mad in every possible way. If that includes going out with Hamilton, a much-older friend of the family, she'll make the sacrifice. Especially because it secretly pleases her to no end that it just might make her big, giant, sexy jerk of a stepbrother a teensy bit jealous.... Except Harmony doesn't know the danger that lies waiting for her in the shadows. She doesn't know why her stepbrother really sent her away, or what history there is between Warren and Hamilton that irks her hard, determined stepbrother far beyond any petty jealousy. But Harmony's about to find out. She's about to be given a lesson by her handsome, fiery stepbrother that she's never going to forget. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Veronica Parker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/110716/bk_acx0_110716_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dripping For Naughty Old Men tells the story of 18-year-old Cara and how she was given a major attitude adjustment. Cara was forced to volunteer at the local retirement home. Little did her mother know that Cara's poor attitude was going to give her daughter a life lesson in respect. Cara was consistently rude and disrespectful to the senior citizens. Old men are weak, but when you have a group of angry and sexually frustrated old men, it's a different story. These cranky men finally are able to persuade the little brat to participate in a willing old man orgy. Cara learns that she truly loves old man cocks and can't get enough of them inside of her. She soon learns that she is expecting and can't wait to tell everyone the wonderful news. Adults 18+ only: This 4,985-word novelette contains M/F and group sexual scenes. This is a fiction erotica featuring non-related, consenting characters 18 years of age and older. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lily Horne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/020152/bk_acx0_020152_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A poor boy falls in love with a privileged young woman and learns a bitter lesson about the haves and the have-nots in this dramatic tale from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Late George Apley. As a young boy, Tom Michael walked with his father, Alfred, along the streets of Michael's Harbor, Massachusetts, and gazed across the water at the stately mansions on Warning Hill. Imagining the lives of the families inside those majestic homes was an enjoyable distraction, a cherished bond between father and son. Years later, after the shocking tragedy of his father's suicide, Tom holds the memory of those walks dear. When he meets and falls in love with Marianne Jellett, daughter of the self-made millionaire Grafton Jellett, he is thrilled to know one of Warning Hill's most prominent families. He is wholly unprepared for the pain that Marianne will cause him and for the discovery of a connection between the ruthless Grafton and his father's death. A mesmerizing tale of passion, power, and vengeance, Warning Hill was the first of John P. Marquand's novels to be set in the stratified New England landscape that defined his legendary career. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tristan Morris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/023245/bk_adbl_023245_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The journey of wisdom never stops for humans in this short experience we call life. Even when we think we have it all figured out, the universe has a special way of humbling us all. I have lived among many people of all walks of life: poor men, millionaires, both religious and atheist. The common trait founded in our conversations and experience was not limited to our physical experience on Earth, but much rather to our perspective of each experience we have encountered throughout our lives. Throughout these encounters, I learned small important truths that I believed saved me, but more importantly, the way in which I set about to do it. This is a collection of thoughts, inspiring quotes, and analogies which I handpicked to best offer enlightened perspective for all who embrace truth in this world of opposites. Yin and yang have never seemed so appropriate. The truth is to keep learning, never stop the process of feeding the mind new information. It is, in fact, new information that keeps our electrical minds active, but more importantly, the process of which allows us to derive the lesson of each experience we encounter. Inner peace is the side effect of balancing your energy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joseph M. Clarke. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/116991/bk_acx0_116991_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.