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By Amber Vanderburg. 2022
In 2016, Amber Vanderburg left her corporate job to become the only American, only female, and only blonde Academy football…coach for the Paris Saint Germain Academy and Gameday Academy in Bangalore, India. As she emerged into the land of masala and chai, she found remarkably talented and driven players who were operating under a strict command-obey dynamic. Players would stand in a line, kick a ball, wait for direction. While this may be an effi cient way to teach a skill, in a game scenario, it was not effective. She witnessed players kick the ball during matches then turn to the sideline for future instruction. She noticed that the players had mastered tasks but didn't understand the game application. We see these parallels in our business life every day. People come to work, receive a task, and wait for instruction. Opportunities for ownership in teams establish opportunities to be uniquely better - Join Amber in her powerful story of team transformation; of daring adventures; of an exciting future in the beautiful land of India; of working within multicultural teams; of remarkable athletes coming together to build something great; of how teams can establish competitive advantage, and of a hometown Okie trying her best.
By Mark S. Foster. 2014
<p>In the 1940s Henry J. Kaiser was a household name, as familiar then as Warren Buffett and Donald Trump are…now. Like a Horatio Alger hero, Kaiser rose from lower-middle-class origins to become an enormously wealthy entrepreneur, building roads, bridges, dams, and housing. He established giant businesses in cement, aluminum, chemicals, steel, health care, and tourism. During World War II, his companies built cargo planes and Liberty ships. After the war, he manufactured the Kaiser-Frazer automobile. Along the way, he also became a major force in the development of the western United States, including Hawaii.<p> <p>Henry J. Kaiser: Builder in the Modern American West is the first biography of this remarkable man. Drawing on a wealth of archival material never before utilized, Mark Foster paints an evenhanded portrait of a man of driving ambition and integrity, perhaps the ultimate "can-do" capitalist. He covers Kaiser's entire life (1882–1967), emphasizing many business ventures. He demonstrates that Kaiser was the prototypical "frontier" entrepreneur who often used government and union support to tame the "wilderness."<p> <p>Though today the Kaiser industries are no longer under family management, the Kaiser legacy remains great. Kaiser played a major role in building the Hoover, Bonneville, Grand Coulee, and Shasta dams. The Kaiser-Permanente Medical Care Program still provides comprehensive health care for millions of subscribers. Kaiser-planned communities remain in Los Angeles; San Francisco; Portland, Oregon; and Boulder City, Nevada. Kaiser Engineers was actively engaged in hundreds of huge construction jobs across the nation and around the world.<p> <p>U.S. and business historians, scholars of the modern West, and general readers will all find much to absorb them in this well-written biography.<p>
By Stacy Spikes. 2023
An empowering, inspiring, instructive, and essential blueprint for success from the award-winning entrepreneur who USA Today named one of the…21 most influential Blacks in technology and is the co-founder and former CEO of the nation&’s first mobile theatrical subscription company, MoviePass, and founder of the Urbanworld Film Festival. Bracingly honest, as well as entertaining, this inspiring business memoir includes outrageous anecdotes featuring the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Eddie Murphy.From the award-winning entrepreneur USA Today named one of the 21 most influential Blacks in technology comes an empowering, bracingly honest, entertaining blueprint for success in life and work—including the true story of what really happened to MoviePass, the nation&’s groundbreaking first-ever theatrical subscription service—straight from the co-founder and former CEO himself… Stacy Spikes knows what&’s it like to be an outsider. He certainly knew he didn&’t fit the mold of a successful future tech entrepreneur. But he marshaled his resilience and ultimately set out to shatter that mold—along with the glass ceiling that came with it. Finding his footing in the tech world was an education in the complexities of being an outsider—but as Stacy came to see, rather than a hindrance, it afforded him a unique position of power. Beginning as a film studio gopher, Spikes quickly rose through the industry ranks, being named one of the Hollywood Reporter&’s 30 Under 30. Still, he was an outsider looking in. So he set out to make his own dreams a reality. Defying expectations, Spikes effectively disrupted the status quo and reinvented himself from junior executive to CEO Tech Founder. What ensued was an escalating adventure with bigger stages, bigger risks, and a roller-coaster ride of exhilarating ascent—unpredictable collapse—and a story book return. Now Spikes shares his challenges, pitfalls, and keys to personal and professional fulfillment. He shows how the seemingly impossible can be overcome by having faith in oneself and creating from a place of confidence. Taking readers inside the battles of the boardroom and beyond, Black Founder is a business memoir that will inspire every outsider who has a dream.
By Don E. Carleton, Don E Carleton. 1998
J.R. Parten (1896-1992) was born in small town East Texas, studied at the University of Texas from 1913-1917, served in…World War I as the youngest major in the field artillery, and entered the oil business in 1919 where he became a pioneer of the industry. A lifelong Democrat of moderately liberal cast, Parten was a player in state and national politics, often crusading on the liberal and losing side of elections and issues. As a generous philanthropist and political activist--often behind the scenes--Parten supported world peace and opposed nuclear weapons and the Vietnam war
By Susie J. Pak. 2013
Gentlemen Bankers focuses on the social and economic circles of one of America’s most renowned and influential financiers, J. P.…Morgan, to tell a closely focused story of how economic and political interests intersected with personal rivalries and friendships among the Wall Street aristocracy during the first half of the twentieth century.
By Uri Levine. 2023
Unicorns—companies that reach a valuation of more than $1 billion—are rare. Uri Levine has built two.And in Fall in Love…with the Problem, Not the Solution, he shows you just how he did it.As the cofounder of Waze—the world&’s leading commuting and navigation app with more than 700 million users to date, and which Google acquired in 2013 for $1.15 billion—Levine is committed to spreading entrepreneurial thinking so that other founders, managers, and employees in the tech space can build their own highly valued companies. Levine offers an inside look at the creation and sale of Waze and his second unicorn, Moovit, revealing the formula that drove those companies to compete with industry veterans and giants alike. He offers tips on:Firing and hiringDisrupting &“broken&” marketsRaising fundingUnderstanding your usersReaching product market fitMaking scale-up decisionsGoing globalDeciding when to sell Fall in Love with the Problem, Not the Solution offers mentorship in a book from one of the world&’s most successful entrepreneurs, and empowers you to build a successful business by identifying your consumers&’ biggest problems and disrupting the inefficient markets that currently serve them.
By Harold Burson. 2017
Much as Ogilvy wrote the bible on advertising, Burson has written the must-read book for the public relations industry.Harold Burson,…described by PR Week as “the [20th] century’s most influential PR figure,” is perhaps the most recognized name in the industry today. The 96-year-old founder of PR giant Burson-Marsteller has had an incredible 70-year career, in which he built a global enterprise from a one-man consulting firm.In this illuminating and engaging business memoir, Burson traces his career from studying at Ole Miss to serving in World War II, reporting on the Nuremburg trials, and joining with Bill Marsteller. Together, he and Marsteller made history in a new venture that would grow to be one of the biggest public relations companies in the world, with over 60 offices on six continents.By way of personal and professional examples, Burson shows readers what public relations really entails—its challenges, methodologies, and impacts. His anecdotes on PR challenges like the “Tylenol crises,” the removal of confederate flags from Ole Miss, and the introduction of “New Coke” illustrate Burson’s time-tested tenets of great PR and crisis management. He interweaves iconic moments from the history of public relations into his story, making this a priceless and fascinating guide for professionals in any industry.Public relations is practiced not only by every institution, but also by every individual. Throughout his ground-breaking career, which Burson describes as “a series of defining moments,” Burson set standards for corporate and individual behavior, insisting upon corporate social responsibility, product excellence, and unabated integrity. His legacy has shaped generations, and will shape many more to come.
By Arthur Klebanoff. 2002
A powerhouse literary agent and publisher shares stories of the lessons he&’s learned and the intriguing personalities he&’s encounter in…his career. Arthur Klebanoff is one of the world&’s most powerful literary agents—with the record to prove it. Among his authors are Michael Bloomberg, Danielle Steel, Bill Bradley, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Patrick Moynihan, Linda Goodman, Rupert Murdoch, and the Pope. Many have generated more than $1 billion in retail sales. Klebanoff is also CEO of Rosetta Books, the leading electronic publisher of quality backlist books.In this memoir of his professional life, Klebanoff recounts all the lessons he has learned and the fascinating people he has met on the way to his recent acquisition of the famous Scott Meredith Literary Agency. The Agent also includes his vision of the future of book publishing to which he will no doubt leave a legacy.&“The title of Arthur Klebanoff&’s book sounds like John LeCarre. And his personal tour of New York publishing has as many twists and tricks as any spy novel.&”—Richard Reeves, author of President Nixon: Alone in the White House
By Donna Beech, Michael E. Tennenbaum. 2019
The adventurer, financier and philanthropist offers an insider&’s look at risk management in this personal guide to risk-taking in life…and business.As the founder of Caribbean Capital & Consultancy and a former general partner of Bear Sterns, Michael E. Tennenbaum knows a thing or two about taking risks and winning big. In this unique and insightful volume, he shares his views on risk through stories of high-stakes deals and creative financial innovations, as well as anecdotes about riding in a nuclear submarine and literally swimming with sharks. Tennenbaum also shares strategies for using risk to seize opportunities, manage mistakes, and give back to one&’s community. His personal tales take readers inside Bear Sterns, the Smithsonian Institution, Harvard Business School, and the Joffrey Ballet, among other firms and cultural institutions. Through it all, Tennenbaum demonstrates how to reach greater heights of performance, achievement, and contentment through embracing risk.
For nine years, Rajat Gupta led McKinsey & Co.—the first foreign-born person to head the world’s most influential management consultancy.…He was also the driving force behind major initiatives such as the Indian School of Business and the Public Health Foundation of India. A globally respected figure, he sat on the boards of distinguished philanthropic institutions such as the Gates Foundation and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and corporations, including Goldman Sachs, American Airlines, and Procter & Gamble. In 2011, to the shock of the international business community, Gupta was arrested and charged with insider trading. Against the backdrop of public rage and recrimination that followed the financial crisis, he was found guilty and sentenced to two years in jail. Throughout his trial and imprisonment, Gupta has fought the charges and maintains his innocence to this day. In these pages, Gupta recalls his unlikely rise from orphan to immigrant to international icon as well as his dramatic fall from grace. He writes movingly about his childhood losses, reflects on the challenges he faced as a student and young executive in the United States, and offers a rare inside glimpse into the elite and secretive culture of McKinsey, “the Firm.” And for the first time, he tells his side of the story in the scandal that destroyed his career and reputation. Candid, compelling, and poignant, Gupta’s memoir is much more than a courtroom drama; it is an extraordinary tale of human resilience and personal growth.
By R. D. Hubbard. 2015
"R.D. Hubbard's journey is the embodiment of the American Dream. Born of humble means to great success and all the…while tirelessly giving back to the less fortunate to help them reach their dreams." --Goldie Hawn, Actress, Producer & Director, Founder & Board Chair, The Hawn Foundation & MindUPR.D. ("Dee") Hubbard has been an inspiration and a beacon for resourceful entrepreneurs for decades. In All You Can Worry About Is Tomorrow, Hubbard shares milestones of his own experience that could help future entrepreneurs. Just a few of the topics he tackles are:- How do you size up people and motivate specialized talent?- How can entrepreneurs earn trust from financial decision-makers?- How do you best apply invaluable customer input to build lasting relationships?- How do you master timing... in seizing opportunity or deciding to sell?- How do you best keep your eye and your energy focused on tomorrow?Dee Hubbard is recognized as a plain-spoken, straight-talking source of invaluable experience and wisdom. His unvarnished inside story reveals how he converted adversity into astonishing opportunity time and again in a colorful and inspiring life.Net author proceeds from the sale of this book are being donated to the scholarship programs of BIGHORNGolf Club Charities, benefiting employees and their families.
By Maury Klein. 2003
To Americans living in the early twentieth century, E. H. Harriman was as familiar a name as J. P. Morgan,…John D. Rockefeller, and Andrew Carnegie. Like his fellow businessmen, Harriman (1847-1909) had become the symbol for an entire industry: Morgan stood for banking, Rockefeller for oil, Carnegie for iron and steel, and Harriman for railroads. Here, Maury Klein offers the first in-depth biography in more than seventy-five years of this influential yet surprisingly understudied figure. A Wall Street banker until age fifty, Harriman catapulted into the railroad arena in 1897, gaining control of the Union Pacific Railroad as it emerged from bankruptcy and successfully modernizing every aspect of its operation. He went on to expand his empire by acquiring large stakes in other railroads, including the Southern Pacific and the Baltimore and Ohio, in the process clashing with such foes as James J. Hill, J. P. Morgan, and Theodore Roosevelt.With its new insights into the myths and controversies that surround Harriman's career, this book reasserts his legacy as one of the great turn-of-the-century business titans.Originally published 2000.A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.
By Kenneth F. Crockett. 2014
Born on opposite sides of the Kansas/Missouri border in 1902, Kenneth Aldred Spencer and his wife, Helen Foresman Spencer, were…transformative figures in the Midwest during the twentieth century. Kenneth grew up in the small town of Pittsburg, Kansas, but by the 1950s, his innovation in the chemical and coal industries had earned him mention in "Forbes" magazine for his role as one of the nation's great industrialists. But it is the couple's remarkable philanthropic work that stands as their true legacy, preserved in places like the Kenneth Spencer Research Library and the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art..
By David J Abodaher, David Abodaher. 1982
By F. A. Hayek, Stephen Kresge, Leif Wenar. 1994
The crumbling of the Berlin Wall, the fall of the iron curtain, and the Reagan and Thatcher "revolutions" all owe…a tremendous debt to F. A. Hayek. Economist, social and political theorist, and intellectual historian, Hayek passionately championed individual liberty and condemned the dangers of state control. Now Hayek at last tells the story of his long and controversial career, during which his fortunes rose, fell, and finally rose again. <P><P> Through a complete collection of previously unpublished autobiographical sketches and a wide selection of interviews, Hayek on Hayek provides the first detailed chronology of Hayek's early life and education, his intellectual progress, and the academic and public reception of his ideas. His discussions range from economic methodology and the question of religious faith to the atmosphere of post-World War I Vienna and the British character. <P><P> Born in 1899 into a Viennese family of academics and civil servants, Hayek was educated at the University of Vienna, fought in the Great War, and later moved to London, where, as he watched liberty vanish under fascism and communism across Europe, he wrote The Road to Serfdom. Although this book attracted great public attention, Hayek was ignored by other economists for thirty years after World War II, when European social democracies boomed and Keynesianism became the dominant intellectual force. However, the award of the Nobel Prize in economics for 1974 signaled a reversal in Hayek's fortunes, and before his death in 1992 he saw his life's work vindicated in the collapse of the planned economies of Eastern Europe. <P><P> Hayek on Hayek is as close to an autobiography of Hayek as we will ever have. In his own eloquent words, Hayek reveals the remarkable life of a revolutionary thinker in revolutionary times. <P><P> "One of the great thinkers of our age who explored the promise and contours of liberty....[Hayek] revolutionized the world's intellectual and political life"—President George Bush, on awarding F. A. Hayek the Medal of Freedom <P><P> F. A. Hayek, recipient of the Medal of Freedom 1991 and the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1974, was a pioneer in monetary theory and the principal proponent of the libertarian philosophy. Hayek is the author of numerous books in economics, as well as books in political philosophy and psychology.
By Ellen Wayland-Smith. 2020
The popular image of a midcentury adwoman is of a feisty girl beating men at their own game, a female…Horatio Alger protagonist battling her way through the sexist workplace. But before the fictional rise of Peggy Olson or the real-life stories of Patricia Tierney and Jane Maas came Jean Wade Rindlaub: a female power broker who used her considerable success in the workplace to encourage other women—to stick to their kitchens. The Angel in the Marketplace is the story of one of America’s most accomplished advertising executives. It is also the story of how advertisers like Rindlaub sold a postwar American dream of capitalism and a Christian corporate order. Rindlaub was responsible for award-winning, mega sales-generating advertisements for all things domestic, including Oneida silverware, Betty Crocker cake mix, Campbell’s soup, and Chiquita bananas. Her success largely came from embracing, rather than subverting, the cultural expectations of women. She believed her responsibility as an advertiser was not to spring women from their trap, but to make that trap more comfortable. Rindlaub wasn’t just selling silverware and cakes; she was selling the virtues of free enterprise. By following the arc of Rindlaub’s career from the 1920s through the 1960s, we witness how a range of cultural narratives—advertising chief among them—worked powerfully to shape women’s emotional and economic behavior in support of the free market system. Alongside Rindlaub’s story, Ellen Wayland-Smith provides a riveting history of how women were repeatedly sold the idea that their role as housewives was more powerful, and more patriotic, than any outside the home. And by buying into the image of morality through an unregulated market, many of these women helped fuel backlash against economic regulation and socialization efforts throughout the twentieth century. The Angel in the Marketplace is a nuanced portrayal of a complex woman, one who both shaped and reflected the complicated cultural, political, and religious forces defining femininity in America at mid-century. This compelling account of one of advertising’s most fervent believers is a tale of a Mad Woman we haven’t been told.
By Robert Lenzner. 1985
Biography of the international oil man who was born in 1892 in Minneapolis, the only child of strict parents. He…is seen as a complex, eccentric, contradictory figure who made his fortune from Oklahoma crude oil during World War II. Lenzner covers not only the rise of Getty Oil, but also Getty's bizarre personal life, which included a bevy of young women and five marriages. Bestseller 1985.
By Robert Lacey. 1986
The first half of this book looks at the triumph of Henry Ford, his building of the Model T and…his introduction of the moving assembly line in mass production. The second half, which reads like a true soap opera, covers the exploits of the Ford family. 1986.
By Kevin McGruder. 2021
At the turn of the early twentieth century, Harlem—the iconic Black neighborhood—was predominantly white. The Black real estate entrepreneur Philip…Payton played a central role in Harlem’s transformation. He founded the Afro-American Realty Company in 1903, vowing to vanquish housing discrimination. Yet this ambitious mission faltered as Payton faced the constraints of white capitalist power structures.In this biography, Kevin McGruder explores Payton’s career and its implications for the history of residential segregation. Payton stood up for the right of Black people to live in Harlem in the face of vocal white resistance. Through skillful use of print media, he branded Harlem as a Black community and attracted interest from those interested in racial uplift. Yet while Payton “opened” Harlem streets, his business model depended on continued racial segregation. Like white real estate investors, he benefited from the lack of housing options available to desperate Black tenants by charging higher rents. Payton developed a specialty in renting all-Black buildings, rather than the integrated buildings he had once envisioned, and his personal successes ultimately entrenched Manhattan’s racial boundaries. McGruder highlights what Payton’s story shows about the limits of seeking advancement through enterprise in a capitalist system deeply implicated in racial inequality.At a time when understanding the roots of residential segregation has become increasingly urgent, this biography sheds new light on the man and the forces that shaped Harlem.
By Gregory T. Peerbolte. 2011
At the time of its completion in 1962, Chicago�s Randhurst Shopping Center was billed as the world�s largest shopping center…under one roof. Its brash and flamboyant architect, Victor Gruen, the man known as the �Father of the Shopping Mall,� declared Randhurst different from any established building type in the world. Gruen turned commercial architecture into an art form, in turn making himself a household name. This is the narrative of the people who walked Randhurst�s corridors, from Robert F. Kennedy to Mr. T; of stores and their stories; of the parties, pomp and personalities involved in the life, death and rebirth of an exceptional and atypical place. This is Randhurst.