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Leadership & Business Growth Books for December 2015

Here are our top picks for the best leadership & business books for December 2015:

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“Go Slow to Go Fast” offers strategic, proven and credible principles to help leaders and organizations survive big bangs to become Big‐bang disruptors in their own right, while causing incumbents an incredibly hard time to combat their actions.

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In his previous bestsellers–The Starbucks Experience, The New Gold Standard, and Prescription for Excellence–Joseph Michelli revealed customer experience practices and strategies of beloved businesses. Now, in this timely new book, he shares the greatest customer-driven insights behind one of the most iconic brand names in the world: Mercedes-Benz USA.


  1. How Mercedes-Benz USA launched a multi-year program to elevate their customer experience–even though their product was already “best in class.”

  2. How they activated people, improved processes, and deployed technology to emotionally engage customers.

  3. How the Mercedes-Benz approach can jump-start any customer-driven business―by accelerating your commitment to the customer experience.

Filled with exclusive front-seat insights from Mercedes-Benz employees, eye-opening testimonials from passionate Mercedes-Benz fans, and solid nuts-and-bolts advice for creating your own consumer-aligned road map, Driven to Delight will help you retool your strategies, reignite your customers, and refuel your team for the long haul.

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“NAVIGATING CHAOS is one of the best leadership books you are ever going to read.

Told with wit, charm, and intelligence  – it is a must for every businessperson serious about success.

Mix Sun Tzu’s THE ART OF WAR with Covey’s THE SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE and you only begin to scratch the surface of Boss’s engaging and exceedingly well-written NAVIGATING CHAOS.

Boss went to hell and back to procure the leadership insights contained within NAVIGATING CHAOS.  What he delivers is beyond anything you will read this year!” – Brad Thor #1 New York Times bestselling author of CODE OF CONDUCT

“Jeff Boss is a shining example of the power of quiet leadership. The perseverance, humility, and team-first attitude that allowed him to excel as a Navy SEAL are directly applicable to all leaders.”

– Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

“Jeff Boss’s ‘Navigating Chaos’ is a gift to anyone striving to unlock their full potential. Through his compelling and introspective personal narrative, coupled with 13 years of hard earned experience, Jeff show us that being elite is a choice, not at all G-d given, and is driven by daily habits, passion in the face of adversity, and a deep sense of purpose that can be harnessed by anyone to achieve the nearly impossible.” -Zach Ischol, CEO Hire Purpose T&P

“A more credible authority than a Navy SEAL on navigating crisis simply does not exist. Jeff Boss does a masterful job defining how experiences and character shape performance in any challenging situation. You have to be the decision maker and challenge yourself to improve. Start by reading this book!” – Bob Stockman, CEO and Chairman, REVA, Inc.

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Dr. Jason Selk helps well-known professional and Olympic athletes as well as Fortune 500 executives and organizations develop the mental toughness necessary to thrive in the face of adversity and achieve elite-level results. Tom Bartow, following a career as a winning college basketball coach, became one of the country’s top financial advisors and is now one of the premier business coaches nationwide. Together, Selk and Bartow reveal the secrets of how both elite athletes and business leaders climb to the top.

In Organize Tomorrow Today (OTT), two of the top minds in human performance come together to deliver the pathway to extreme success. Doing more is not the answer and Selk and Bartow walk you through how to achieve more by doing less. There is a huge difference between knowing something and understanding. There is an even wider gap between understanding and doing. Highly successful people never get it all finished in any given day; however, they always get the most important things completed. Selk and Bartow offer the 8 fundamentals of doing what is most important. OTT will show you the performance gains that athletes, executives, and salespeople spend tens of thousands of dollars to achieve.

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Have you ever left a nerve-racking challenge and immediately wished for a do over? Maybe after a job interview, a performance, or a difficult conversation? The very moments that require us to be genuine and commanding can instead cause us to feel phony and powerless. Too often we approach our lives’ biggest hurdles with dread, execute them with anxiety, and leave them with regret.

By accessing our personal power, we can achieve “presence,” the state in which we stop worrying about the impression we’re making on others and instead adjust the impression we’ve been making on ourselves. As Harvard professor Amy Cuddy’s revolutionary book reveals, we don’t need to embark on a grand spiritual quest or complete an inner transformation to harness the power of presence. Instead, we need to nudge ourselves, moment by moment, by tweaking our body language, behavior, and mind-set in our day-to-day lives.

Amy Cuddy has galvanized tens of millions of viewers around the world with her TED talk about “power poses.” Now she presents the enthralling science underlying these and many other fascinating body-mind effects, and teaches us how to use simple techniques to liberate ourselves from fear in high-pressure moments, perform at our best, and connect with and empower others to do the same.

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