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SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient--Powered by the Science of Games

by Jane McGonigal

In 2009, internationally renowned game designer Jane McGonigal suffered a severe concussion. Unable to think clearly or work or even get out of bed, she became anxious and depressed, even suicidal. But rather than let herself sink further, she decided to get better by doing what she does best: she turned her recovery process into a resilience-building game. What started as a simple motivational exercise quickly became a set of rules for "post-traumatic growth" that she shared on her blog. These rules led to a digital game and a major research study with the National Institutes of Health. Today nearly half a million people have played SuperBetter to get stronger, happier, and healthier.

View Jane McGonigal's TED Talks: 
Gaming can make a better world
The game that can give you 10 extra years of life

 

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Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds

by Carmine Gallo

Ideas are the currency of the twenty-first century. In order to succeed, you need to be able to sell your ideas persuasively. This ability is the single greatest skill that will help you accomplish your dreams. TED Talks have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking. TED--which stands for technology, entertainment, and design--brings together the world's leading thinkers. These are the presentations that set the world on fire, and the techniques that top TED speakers use will make any presentation more dynamic, fire up any team, and give anyone the confidence to overcome their fear of public speaking.

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Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards

by Richard T. Ingram

Our all-time bestseller, this book not only explores the board’s 10 core responsibilities, it also puts them into the context of the governance challenges facing nonprofits today. We clarify and distinguish the board’s responsibilities from those of the chief executive and senior staff. In addition, it includes two appendixes, one covering the individual responsibilities of board members and the other providing a sample self-assessment for individual board members. Recently updated to include a deeper discussion of the role that advocacy plays in the responsibilities of nonprofit boards. Available for purchase from BoardSource.org as an e-book in PDF. Or purchase the hard copy version.

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The Demand Perspective: Leading From the Outside In

by Anna Caraveli

What kind of choices makes one organization succeed and another fail in our economy? This question drove the research done by author Anna Caraveli and became the organizing principle of this book.

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The Membership Economy: Find Your Super Users, Master the Forever Transaction, and Build Recurring Revenue

by Robbie Kellman Baxter

In today's business world, it takes more than a website to stay competitive. The smartest, most successful companies are using radically new membership models, subscription-based formats, and freemium pricing structures to grow their customer base―and explode their market valuation―in the most disruptive shift in business since the Industrial Revolution.

This is The Membership Economy.

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The New CEO's Guide: Advice for the First-time, Aspiring, or Current Association Executive

by Beth Brooks

The first days, weeks, even year for a new CEO are critical. There's not really time for on-the-job training. You'll likely walk in the door and confront a host of things--board meeting preparation, forthcoming conference, complex contracts--that have to be dealt with immediately. And, you know what they say about first impressions, right? This initial honeymoon period can set the stage for long-term success or a much earlier departure than what you had in mind.

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The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It

by Kelly McGonigal

More than forty-four percent of Americans admit to losing sleep over stress. And while most of us do everything we can to reduce it, Stanford psychologist and bestselling author Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., delivers a startling message: Stress isn’t bad. In The Upside of Stress, McGonigal highlights new research indicating that stress can, in fact, make us stronger, smarter, and happier—if we learn how to embrace it.

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Tweets and Consequences: 60 Social Media Disasters and How You Can Avoid a Career-Ending Mistake

by Michael Schlossberg

Tweets and Consequences analyzes real world examples of elected officials and government employees who committed major errors while using social media, assesses the end result for the politician in question and provides the lessons to be learned. The book is a must read for anyone involved in politics or social media, or who is just looking for a good chuckle.

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We Are All Weird: The Rise of Tribes and the End of Normal

by Seth Godin

Finally available in bookstores, Seth Godin’s cult classic on the future of marketing

For generations, marketers, industrialists, and politicians have catered their message to the normal and have tried to tell consumers what they should buy, use and, want. In an industrial, mass-market-driven world, this was efficient and it worked... until now.

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What to Do When You're New: How to Be Comfortable, Confident, and Successful in New Situations

by Keith Rollag

Have you ever felt nervous in new situations? Reluctant to introduce yourself? Afraid to ask questions? We all have. But if you let those worries stop you, you may miss out on real opportunity. Whether you're changing jobs, joining a group, or moving to a new city, putting yourself out there enriches life and brings rewards. "What to Do When You're New "combines the author's research with that of leading scientists to explain why we are so uneasy in new situations--and how we can learn to become more confident and successful newcomers. With practice, anyone can get better at being new. This original book opens your eyes to the necessary skills and teaches you how to: - Overcome fears - Make great first impressions - Talk to strangers with ease - Get up to speed quickly - Connect with people wherever you go Blending stories and insights with simple techniques and exercises, this one-of-a-kind guide will get you out of your comfort zone and trying new things in no time.

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