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How Big Things Get Done
The secrets to successfully planning and delivering projects on any scale—from home renovation to space exploration—by the world’s leading expert on megaprojects
“This book is important, timely, instructive, and entertaining. What more could you ask for?”—Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize–winning author of Thinking, Fast and Slow
“Over-budget and over-schedule is an inevitability. Incompetence and grift is outrageous. Bent Flyvbjerg, with this terrific data-driven book, has shown that there is another way.”—Frank Gehry
Nothing is more inspiring than a big vision that becomes a triumphant, new reality. Think of how the Empire State Building went from a sketch to the jewel of New York’s skyline in twenty-one months, or how Apple’s iPod went from a project with a single employee to a product launch in eleven months.
These are wonderful stories. But most of the time big visions turn into nightmares. Remember Boston’s “Big Dig”? Almost every sizeable city in the world has such a fiasco in its backyard. In fact, no less than 92% of megaprojects come in over budget or over schedule, or both. The cost of California’s high-speed rail project soared from $33 billion to $100 billon—and won’t even go where promised. More modest endeavors, whether launching a small business, organizing a conference, or just finishing a work project on time, also commonly fail. Why?
Understanding what distinguishes the triumphs from the failures has been the life’s work of Oxford professor Bent Flyvbjerg, dubbed “the world’s leading megaproject expert.” In How Big Things Get Done, he identifies the errors in judgment and decision-making that lead projects, both big and small, to fail, and the research-based principles that will make you succeed with yours. For example:
• Understand your odds. If you don’t know them, you won’t win.
• Plan slow, act fast. Getting to the action quick feels right. But it’s wrong.
• Think right to left. Start with your goal, then identify the steps to get there.
• Find your Lego. Big is best built from small.
• Be a team maker. You won’t succeed without an “us.”
• Master the unknown unknowns. Most think they can’t, so they fail. Flyvbjerg shows how you can.
• Know that your biggest risk is you.
Full of vivid examples ranging from the building of the Sydney Opera House, to the making of the latest Pixar blockbusters, to a home renovation in Brooklyn gone awry, How Big Things Get Done reveals how to get any ambitious project done—on time and on budget.
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
Former IBM CEO Ginni Rometty delivers a powerful combination of memoir, leadership lessons, and big ideas on how we can all drive meaningful change.
Ginni Rometty led one of the world's most iconic companies, and in Good Power she recounts her groundbreaking path from a challenging childhood to becoming the CEO of IBM and one of the world's most influential business leaders. With candor and depth, Rometty shares milestones from her life and career while redefining power as a way to drive meaningful change in positive ways for ourselves, our organizations, and for the many, not just the few--a concept she calls "good power."
Rometty's "memoir with purpose" combines the experiences that defined her life--personal hurdles, high-stakes decisions, passionate advocacy--with the actionable advice of a coaching session to highlight lessons that shape authentic leadership. Behind-the-scenes stories and practical guidance offer us a blueprint for how we can all use good power to advance our careers, inspire our teams, improve our companies, and create healthier societies.
The book begins with raw, vivid memories from Rometty's youth and early professional years as she recalls the trauma and the role models that formed her belief that how we lead is as important as what we achieve. She learns early on that good power is a choice available to everyone, even to those without money, status, or impressive titles.
Rometty then shows us how her concept of good power evolved as she grew from a first-time manager to a transformative CEO. Stories told through the lens of five principles--be in service of others; build belief; know what must change and what must endure; steward good tech; be resilient--reveal tools that anyone can apply to achieve real change at any stage of their life and work.
Rometty also encourages us to use good power at scale to bring about urgent societal change. She shares insights from her own journey to create a more equitable world by leading the SkillsFirst movement, which connects underserved populations with family-sustaining jobs by transforming hiring, education, and training.
With heart, humility, and conviction, Good Power offers an inspiring, compelling guide to creating meaningful change in our lives.
Reduce your taxes
Deduct It! shows you how to maximize your business deductions—quickly, easily, and legally. Whether your business is just starting or well established, this book is indispensable to your financial success. It covers deductions for:
- start-up and operating expenses
- travel and meals
- home offices
- medical expenses
- equipment and inventory
- and more.
Learn the rules for deducting: net operating losses, state income taxes with a pass-through entity, and cryptocurrency given to a charity. The book also has updated information on COVID-related tax credits and everything you need to know about the 20% pass-through deduction. Easy to read and full of real-world examples, Deduct It! will pay for itself many times over.
Closing the Equity Gap
An entrepreneur and a social activist remake the future of investing and business, offering a groundbreaking "win-win" roadmap for creating wealth and addressing inequalities by investing in groundbreaking tech companies that defy assumptions from Silicon Valley to Wall Street.
Companies backed by venture capital drive the U.S. economy, accounting for hundreds of billions of dollars in sales and profits. The problem is that most of the wealth created winds up enriching elites while the businesses funded by venture capitalists widen economic inequality. Committed to doing things differently, tech venture capitalists Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor launched Kapor Capital to prove that investing in gap-closing startups--companies whose services or products close opportunity gaps for both communities of color and low-income communities--is good business. Over the past decade, they've broadened the definition of success to include profits and accountability for the impacts a business has on employees, communities, and the planet, helping to launch close to 200 companies engaged in achieving social and economic justice while showing remarkable growth, with many valued in the hundreds of millions or billions of dollars.
Like every VC firm, they have experienced high-profile blowups and total losses. But Kapor Capital's investing principles have created a stunning new ecosystem of Black and Latinx entrepreneurs, CEOs, and investors, all devising innovative, effective solutions to address the most pernicious problems afflicting many of America's poorest communities. In Closing the Equity Gap, Freada and Mitch share their core beliefs that all companies must make a positive impact, and that the obstacles entrepreneurs overcome in life are a far better predictor of long-term success than the schools they attend or investment dollars raised from friends and family.
Using stories behind some of the most remarkable companies ever launched, they show that the standard investment model doesn't work, how it can be fixed, and what the future could look like if more investors joined them.
When They Win, You Win
From the legendary Silicon Valley manager who inspired Radical Candor, the three simple rules for creating happy, engaged teams.
Businesses everywhere are plagued by managers who seem to think that keeping their staff miserable is the best way to deliver profits. This is a failure of leadership that also hurts the bottom line; research has shown that maintaining a happy, engaged workforce consistently drives measurably better business results across the board.
In When They Win, You Win, Russ Laraway, the Chief People Officer of Goodwater Capital, provides a simple, coherent, and complete leadership standard that teaches organizational planners and managers how to develop incredible levels of employee engagement. The book identifies three key elements: clear direction-setting, frequent coaching, and active engagement with employees on their long-term career goals.
Russ Laraway's approach to management, developed at Google, Twitter, Qualtrics, and Goodwater, shows the way to cultivate a happy, productive, and engaged team. Happy results are sure to follow—for you, your customers, your shareholders, and your employees alike.
The Virtual Leader
By 2025, an estimated 70 percent of the workforce will work remotely at least five days each month. In The Virtual Leader, Takako Hirata, an experienced leader of large international virtual teams, shares her proven methods for thriving in the remote workplace with the help of new leadership principles.
Remote work is here to stay.
As a result, remote leadership is now a core competency for most executives and managers.
Leaders cannot simply transfer what they’ve been doing in the office to the remote context. While the goals remain the same—efficiency, engagement, community—the means of achieving those are very different.
In The Virtual Leader, Takako Hirata shares the proven leadership methods she has developed over nearly a decade coordinating teams across the globe as the head of international business development at ROHTO Pharmaceutical.
Hirata has seen firsthand that while the remote environment presents its own set of obstacles, the opportunities for innovation far outweigh the challenges. Because remote work is only advantageous when it’s done right, she offers workers and leaders a comprehensive guide to making the most of the world of remote work through strategies such as:
- Conserving office rituals in the remote environment
- Cultivating trust
- Enabling clear and efficient communication
- Making your company leaner and reinvesting in your teams
- Maintaining mental and physical health
- Conducting productive meetings
- Minimizing distractions and maximizing focus
- Managing new expectations for employees
- With The Virtual Leader, learn how to evolve your leadership style to empower your teams to thrive wherever they work.
Disrupting the Game
Reggie Fils-Aimé, retired President and Chief Operating Officer of Nintendo of America Inc., shares leadership lessons and inspiring stories from his unlikely rise to the top.
Although he's best known as Nintendo's iconic President of the Americas-immortalized for opening Nintendo's 2004 E3 presentation with, "My name is Reggie, I'm about kicking ass, I'm about taking names, and we're about making games"-Reggie Fils-Aimé's story is the ultimate gameplan for anyone looking to beat the odds and achieve success.
Learn from Reggie how to leverage disruptive thinking to pinpoint the life choices that will make you truly happy, conquer negative perceptions from those who underestimate or outright dismiss you, and master the grit, perseverance, and resilience it takes to dominate in the business world and to reach your professional dreams.
As close to sitting one-on-one with the gaming legend as it gets, you will learn:
- About the challenges Reggie faced throughout his life and career-from his humble childhood as the son of Haitian immigrants, to becoming one of the most powerful names in the history of the gaming industry.
- What it takes to reach the top of your own industry, including being brave enough to stand up for your ideas, while also being open to alternative paths to success.
- How to create vibrant and believable visions for your team and company.
- How to maintain relentless curiosity and know when to ask questions to shatter the status quo.
From Start-up to Grown-up
WINNER: Independent Press Award 2022 - Business: Entrepreneurship & Small Business Every start-up founder feels overwhelmed and uncertain at various times. The key to managing the relentless turmoil of a start-up is learning to manage yourself. From Start-Up to Grown-Up gives you, the founder and CEO of a great start-up, the knowledge and experience that executive coach Alisa Cohn has gained from helping companies such as Etsy, Foursquare, InVision and The Wirecutter become headline names. Growth of your company begins with growth within you. The book provides you with effective and practical ways of maximizing your strengths, defusing your triggers, controlling your self-doubt and building on your motivators. With these self-management tools, you can then turn your attention to managing your team by ensuring the flow of communication and finding the joy of delegation and the soul in meetings. Finally, you gain practical tools for managing the company and ensuring overall effectiveness of your team and strategy, using specific scripts you need to have delicate or difficult conversations.Filled with stories drawn from the author's experience, From Start-Up to Grown-Up helps you build a company with a set of core values that everybody lives by and where everyone shares a vision of where the company is going and how to get there.
An inspiring and revelatory guide to starting and scaling a small business, from powerhouse duo Stacey Abrams and Lara Hodgson
Like many business owners, renowned politician and activist Stacey Abrams didn’t start a business because she dreamed of calling herself an entrepreneur. Her part-time post (and its $17,310 annual salary) as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives necessitated striking out on her own as a consultant—her first small business. Then, Stacey and her friend Lara Hodgson launched an infrastructure advisory firm—named Insomnia Consulting because they did their best thinking at 3:00 a.m.—and then another business, and then another.
Fifteen years into their entrepreneurial journey together, they have tackled the obstacles that many business owners face: how to grow sustainably, hire thoughtfully, and keep up with the Goliaths in your industry.
Now, for the first time, Stacey and Lara share their inspiring and relatable personal story and lessons learned the hard way to show how every business owner can confront the forces that conspire to keep small businesses small. Lauded for her “resilient, visionary leadership” (Barack Obama) and celebrated as a “passionate advocate of democracy” (Madeleine Albright), Stacey now brings her fierce sense of justice to the challenges that America’s business owners face. Level Up arms readers with the confidence, know-how, and savvy to overcome the obstacles that hold their businesses back.
"A brilliant, insightful read."
--MORI TAHERIPOUR, author of Bring Yourself
"Hustle is dead. It never worked very well, and now it's burning us out. Jenny Blake is back with a generous, helpful and more caring alternative."
--SETH GODIN, author of This is Marketing
"Wildly, wildly helpful. A chill, introvert-friendly birthday party for business owners . . . every page is a celebration. Free Time is, quite simply, a joy to read."
--SARAH YOUNG, author of Expansive Impact
Time is not money. Time is life force.
Your time is far more precious than money. It is your presence, your memories, your quality of life. As a business owner, you are already paying a risk and pressure tax. For many, growth fueled by added stress is not worth the trade-off. You have an urge to simplify and streamline instead.
Ask yourself: Are you consistently doing the work that you and only you can do? Or are you burdened by busywork, the bottleneck blocking your company's profit and potential?
Free Time is not about working as little as possible. Nor is it about creating a lifestyle business purely for one's own gain. It is about creating a life-giving business energizing every single person who is a part of it, from the owner to team members, to clients and community. Free Time is about making small investments now to create greater optionality in the future.
A more joyful business is within reach. Imagine:
- Traveling, going off the grid, or handling family emergencies without panicking that everything will fall apart while you are gone. Working 10- to 20-hour weeks, delegating the rest to a motivated, part-time remote team. Answering questions with relief, knowing you don't have to "own" the next steps. Empowering your Delightfully Tiny Team(TM) to answer their own questions before they even have to ask you. Harnessing your creative energy for the strategic projects that excite you most.
Jenny Blake, author of the award-winning book Pivot and co-creator of Google's acclaimed Career Guru coaching program, is back with her signature blend of heart-based operating principles and practical tools. This book will teach you how to move from friction to flow through smarter systems and the three-stage Free Time Framework.(TM)
Free Time is a playbook to free your mind, time, and team for your best work. This book will teach you and your team to operate efficiently and intuitively, while earning abundantly, so you can make your greatest contribution as a business owner.
Let's dive in.
Small Business Revolution
Equip your small business for dramatic growth and success in any environment
In Small Business Revolution: How Owners and Entrepreneurs Can Succeed, small business expert and President and CEO of Deluxe Corp. Barry C. McCarthy delivers a stirring combination of uplifting narrative and small business instruction manual. Featuring inspiring stories from the company’s 106-year history and anecdotes from its Emmy-nominated TV show Small Business Revolution, this book offers readers the opportunity to learn how to grow and thrive in their business in any environment, from a booming economy to a post-pandemic marketplace.
Whether you're just starting to plan your new business or you are a seasoned veteran in the small business trenches, you'll discover a wealth of information to help you structure your business to reach customers, find talent, understand finances, and so much more. You'll find guidance on:
- How to get your costs in line when your expenses have changed
- Mastering new tools to manage payments and payroll, including contactless and remote payments
- Maintaining relationships with your existing customers while reaching out to new ones
- How to manage cash and, how to retain employees through lean times, and more
Perfect for the millions of brave, courageous, and strong individuals who plan to start or run a small business during one of the most challenging times in recent memory, Small Business Revolution is an indispensable guide to helping your enterprise survive and succeed during unprecedented challenges.
From his humble beginnings selling soap in a sales training program to his rapid rise in the fast-paced New York advertising scene, Bill Novelli was well on his way to becoming a leader in the hypercompetitive business world. But it wasn't long before he became disillusioned with the drive for profits at any cost. He knew that his marketing skills made those companies successful, but what good did that success do for the world? That question sent him on a career path that involved taking the marketing and communication tactics long used by big businesses and applying them to social change. He found that this strategy was not only good for the world but also good for business.
In Good Business, Novelli begins with his early career success in Mad Men–era marketing, which left him feeling unfulfilled. He describes the process of changing career trajectory: how he helped reposition the Peace Corps; built Porter Novelli, a global PR agency for social impact; fought the Tobacco Wars; and became CEO of AARP, the largest nonprofit in America. Drawing practical lessons and principles from play-by-play stories of his experiences in large and small organizations, Novelli deploys his characteristic wit to stress the importance of building and maintaining connections with people—and engaging them in the cause.
Good Business, which is part behind-the-scenes look at crafting social and health policy, part inspirational guide, proves that you can do well (creating economic and financial success for yourself and your company or organization) by doing good (helping to solve the world's and society's major problems). Throughout the book, Novelli shows that you can make a positive social difference regardless of what business you are in or where you are in your career. Readers will come away with the message that anyone who wants to have a positive impact on the world can do it right now from where they are—or can be inspired by Novelli's story to make the leap to somewhere they can.
The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Revised and Updated
For fans of Good to Great and The First 90 Days, The Four Disciplines of Execution is the book “every leader should read” (Clayton Christensen, Professor, Harvard Business School, and author of The Innovator’s Dilemma) for creating lasting organizational change. A #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller with more than 500,000 copies sold, The Four Disciplines of Execution will radically change your business.
4DX® is not theory. It is a proven set of practices that represents a new way of thinking essential to thriving in today’s competitive climate, making this 2nd Edition a book that no business leader can afford to miss.
The 2nd Edition provides more than 30 percent new content, including insight on topics such as:
-How 4DX impacts leaders of leaders.
-The one metric that sustains execution for the long term.
-Three leadership mindsets required for strategic commitment.
-Utilizing technology for compelling executive scoreboards.
The 4 Disciplines of Execution are used by more than 100,000 teams around the world in business, government, and education, and are changing how teams and organizations achieve their most important goals.
The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) is a simple, repeatable, and proven formula for executing your most important strategic priorities in the midst of the whirlwind. By following the 4 Disciplines—Focus on the Wildly Important; Act on Lead Measures; Keep a Compelling Scoreboard; Create a Cadence of Accountability—leaders can produce breakthrough results, even when executing the strategy requires a significant change in behavior from their teams.
The Law of Success
The Law of Success is Napoleon Hill’s life-altering course of fifteen transformational lessons designed to help you create the life you’ve always wanted.
Originally published in 1928, this book has changed the lives of millions of people in the years that have passed. Hill interviewed numerous industrial giants of his day—from Andrew Carnegie to Thomas Edison and J.P. Morgan—and distilled what he learned into the fifteen lessons that compose The Law of Success.
The lessons range in topic from the importance of organized planning and imagination to the power of desire, but each is aimed at creating a new reality of abundance and prosperity.
This complete, unabridged edition is essential reading for everyone looking to achieve a successful life.
How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace
The remote work revolution has been rapidly accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizations as big as Twitter have learned their employees didn't need an office to get great results, and employees are using the flexibility of remote work to live where they want, ditch their commutes and live a work-life integration that works for them.
Remote work is here to stay, and the companies that do it well will have a clear competitive advantage in the future. As founder and CEO of Acceleration Partners, a 100 percent remote organization with 170 employees who work from home, Robert Glazer has discovered that with the right principles, tactics and tools for managing remote employees, many businesses can excel in a virtual world. In this highly actionable book, Glazer shares how he and his team built a remote organization that has been recognized with dozens of awards for its industry performance and company culture.
How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace shares insights from the remote employee, manager and leader perspectives, offering a blueprint any person can use to make remote work successful, productive and fulfilling. Learn how to leverage the flexibility of remote work, be more productive while working at home, avoid burnout, lead a team of virtual employees and build an organization that sets the gold standard for virtual work.
The remote work revolution is here--the leaders who will build the future are the ones who can lead top performing virtual teams. Learn how to build a world-class organization--office no longer required.
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- Identification of the owner or manager, who will be responsible for all materials associated with the account
- A current tax bill, lease agreement, or utility bill with the business’ or non-profit’s name and address within the Wilmette/Kenilworth Public Library District
To apply, simply bring the above items to the Circulation Desk during business hours. Wilmette Public Library business cards are good for one year and are renewable.
Questions? Call the Circulation Desk at 847.256.5025.
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Barron's is a leading source of financial news, providing in-depth analysis and commentary on stocks, investments and markets.
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Retirement Watch is a monthly newsletter produced by tax expert Bob Carlson, covering all financial and tax aspects of retirement. Online access is available inside the library only; please see a librarian for assistance.
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Coverage and analysis of the Chicago area business community.
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Gale Business Insights: Global
Gale Business Insights: Global delivers international company and industry intelligence including detailed profiles, news, case studies, scholarly articles, and more.
Gale Business: Entrepre- neurship
Gale offers small business resources, market research, and planning tools to support entrepreneurs at every stage of the business lifecycle.
Gale Business: Plan Builder
Leads prospective entrepreneurs of all experience levels through a step-by-step process to build business plans and other documents essential for gaining access to capital and growing enterprises.
Available 24/7, Gale Courses provides more than 360 six-week long, online programs taught by college instructors.
Gale Demographics Now
Mapping and market research tool featuring demographics data, market research and directory information on 24 million businesses and 206 million residents.
Gale Directory Library
The Gale Directory Library collects directories on companies, publishers, and associations, with search and export tools useful to generating mailing lists, analyzing trends, and more.
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News and analysis on a wide range of general business, management, and economics topics. Online access to the Harvard Business Review is available inside the library only; please see a librarian for assistance.
Investor's Business Daily
News and analysis covering national and global financial markets. Online access is available inside the library only; please see a librarian for assistance
Legal Information Reference Center
Navigate legal matters of all kinds with reliable “how-to” information and thousands of federal, multi-state and state-specific legal forms.
Mergent Archives collects over a century's worth of global corporate and industry related documents, with reports covering more than 100 countries and industries.
Mergent Intellect features information on both public and private companies worldwide, including business data, industry news, executive contact information, the ability to access industry profiles, a job search database, and more.
NetAdvantage, by Standard and Poor's, provides information on companies, industries, the stock market, the economy, and long- and short-term prospects for equities, bonds, funds and industries.
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Record Information Services provides Illinois public record data and marketing lists in a searchable database.
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SimplyAnalytics is a mapping, analytics, and data visualization application that makes it easy for anyone to create interactive maps and reports using thousands of demographic, business, and marketing variables.
A database that encompasses statistical data for 170+ industries including market and consumer data and reports.
An online learning platform offering self-directed courses on topics including data science, development, IT, leadership and management, marketing, personal development, project management, and more, with most offering a certificate of completion.
Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal is considered a preeminent publication for business news and information on financial markets worldwide. Complete issues are available from 1984 through the most recent issue.
Rates safety and financial stability for banks, credit unions, insurers, stocks and mutual funds. Includes a Medigap Plan selection tool.