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Am I being too subtle? : straight talk from a business rebel

"The traits that make Sam Zell one of the world's most successful entrepreneurs also make him one of the most surprising, enigmatic, and entertaining mavericks in American business. Self-made billionaire Sam Zell consistently sees what others don't. From finding a market for overpriced Playboy magazines among his junior high classmates, to buying real estate on the cheap after a market crash, to investing in often unglamorous industries with long-term value, Zell acts boldly on supply and demand trends to grab the first-mover advantage. And he can find opportunity virtually anywhere--from an arcane piece of legislation to a desert meeting in Abu Dhabi. "If everyone is going left, look right," Zell often says. To him, conventional wisdom is nothing but a reference point. Year after year, deal after deal, he shuts out the noise of the crowd, gathers as much information as possible, then trusts his own instincts. He credits much of his independent thinking to his parents, who were Jewish refugees from World War II. Talk to any two people and you might get wild swings in their descriptions of Zell. A media firestorm ensued when the Tribune Company went into bankruptcy a year after he agreed to steward the enterprise. At the same time, his razor-sharp instincts are legendary on Wall Street, and he has sponsored over a dozen IPOs. He's known as the Grave Dancer for his strategy of targeting troubled assets, yet he's created thousands of jobs. Within his own organization, he has an inordinate number of employees at every level who are fiercely loyal and have worked for him for decades. Zell's got a big personality; he is often contrarian, blunt, and irreverent, and always curious and hardworking. This is the guy who started wearing jeans to work in the 1960s, when offices were a sea of gray suits. He's the guy who told The Wall Street Journal in 1985, "If it ain't fun, we don't do it." He rides motorcycles with his friends, the Zell's Angels, around the world and he keeps ducks on the deck outside his office. As he writes: "I simply don't buy into many of the made-up rules of social convention. The bottom line is: If you're really good at what you do, you have the freedom to be who you really are." Am I Being Too Subtle?--a reference to Zell's favorite way to underscore a point--takes readers on a ride across his business terrain, sharing with honesty and humor stories of the times he got it right, when he didn't, and most important, what he learned in the process. This is an indispensable guide for the next generation of disrupters, entrepreneurs, and investors"--

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Blockchain for dummies

Banks and banking -- Technological innovations
Blockchains (Databases)
Electronic commerce
Electronic funds transfers
Financial institutions -- Technological innovations.
Mobile commerce


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Conflict without casualties : a field guide for leading with compassionate accountability

Compassion
Conflict management
Interpersonal relations
Leadership
Responsibility

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Dealing with meetings you can't stand : meet less and do more

"The proven process for making the most of every business meeting --from the coauthor of the international bestseller Dealing with People You Can't Stand. From Dr. Rick Brinkman, one of the bestselling masterminds who made Dealing with People You Can't Stand a little less painful -- and a lot more productive -- comes the much-needed cure for that time-wasting, headache-inducing, soul-sucking plague known as meetings. This proven step-by-step method addresses the most common problems that derail a meeting: preparation, people, process, and time. Dr. Brinkman provides key insights into the human behaviors that lead to unsuccessful meetings, along with psychologically-based tactics for addressing them. You will learn how to: get rid of unnecessary meetings, start and end on time, develop and execute an effective agenda, address disruptive and problem behaviors, balance participation so assertive people don't dominate and passive people say what they really think, eliminate tangents and maintain focus, ensure effective follow-up This practical and easily implementable process applies to in-person as well as virtual meetings of any size. Filled with helpful checklists and change-making strategies, Dealing with Meetings You Can't Stand will turn the most boring conference room into a fast-moving model of efficiency, energy, and enthusiasm. You need not suffer in a meeting ever again."--

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Every cyclist's guide to Canadian law

Cycling -- Law and legislation -- Canada.
Cyclists -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Canada.


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How money got free : Bitcoin and the fight for the future of finance

The captivating story of how the future of money was born and where it's taking us next.

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Launch your dream : a 30-day plan for turning your passion into your profession

Business planning
Entrepreneurship
New business enterprises
Small business -- Management

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Mapping innovation : a playbook for navigating a disruptive age

Introduction: the "mother of all demos" --

Find accurate phone-verified information on every company in Canada in this database of 1.9 million businesses. Additionally their files are processed monthly against the National Change of Address Program.

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Research 11 million Canadian households with the largest database available. Records are 100% publicly sourced to comply with Canadian privacy laws.

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Provides access to specialized reference sources that used to be only available in library. eBooks available in this collection are: Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer; Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders; Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine; Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health; Scholarships, Fellowships, and Loans, 22nd ed.; and Nonfiction Literature Classics for Students.

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Lynda.com gives users free access to thousands of video tutorial courses with a focus on such areas as technology, software development, business skills, project management as well as creative skills like animation and video editing. The courses are taught by recognized industry experts who will guide you along in learning the skills you need for your personal and professional development.

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Scott’s Canadian Business Directory lists Canadian manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, sales agents and business services providers. This information is updated annually.

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Self-serve standard products available on the Statistics Canada website ― including CANSIM and census data products ― are now free of charge.

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