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The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership

As many as a third of leaders lead at a distance, and the number is rising. Internationally recognized leadership guru Kevin Eikenberry (Remarkable Leadership book and podcast) teams with his Remote Leadership Institute co-founder Wayne Turmel to chart all the ways that remote leadership differs from leading in-person.

Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead

From the visionary head of Google s innovative People Operations a groundbreaking inquiry into the philosophy of work and a blueprint for attracting the most spectacular talent to your business and ensuring the best and brightest succeed

The Power of Company Culture: How Any Business Can Build a Culture That Improves Productivity, Performance and Profits

Culture is the foundation for success in any organization. It's no coincidence that the companies with the strongest cultures not only consistently top the leaderboards of best places to work but also have the most engaged workforces, are the most in-demand employers and have the strongest financial performance.

Hire the Right Virtual Assistant: How the Right VA Will Make Your Life Easier, Create Time, and Make You More Money

The Virtual Manager: Cutting-Edge Solutions for Hiring, Managing, Motivating, and Engaging Mobile Employees Kevin Sheridan

Why are you doing EVERYTHING yourself?

What would you do if you had even one more hour a day devoted solely to growing your business and making more money? 

Virtual assistants will make your life easier by taking the stress out of your business life. As a small business owner, you need more time so you can make more money and stay competitive in an ever-changing world. 

If you’re spending less than 70 percent of your time on work that doesn’t generate revenue, isn’t building relationships, or isn’t creating new products, then you’re not spending enough time on your business. It means you’re spending too much time in your business. 

This book will show you why Virtual Assistance (VA) is the answer.
Hire the Right Virtual Assistant is the complete guide to:
•Know what a VA is and how they differ from Executive Assistants
•Understand the benefits and need of a VA – it’s more than just outsourcing
•Hiring the right VA the first time in less time than you think
•Finally be able to use the VA right away to make the biggest impact in your business and free up your time

If you had time right now to work on your business instead of in it, what could you do? Could you make a sale? Visit a client and earn more business? Make another 20 calls a day to land more clients? Work the pipeline? Network? Think about your proven method to gain more clients. Using that method, how many more clients could you have if you had more time? This is where you put a VA to work for you. They work in your business so you can work on your business.

I promise that hiring a VA will be the best decision you make for your business. You will get back your time. 

 

The Virtual Manager: Cutting-Edge Solutions for Hiring, Managing, Motivating, and Engaging Mobile Employees

The Virtual Manager: Cutting-Edge Solutions for Hiring, Managing, Motivating, and Engaging Mobile Employees Kevin Sheridan

The mere suggestion of employees working from home is enough to make many managers sweat. Faced with the prospect of managing an employee they can't even see, many discover that their managerial style just doesn't work anymore. As an increasing number of jobs can be executed from home, managers must learn how to adapt their leadership style to cater to remote employees.

Based on years of research, The Virtual Manager provides any manager with the tools he or she needs to successfully work with virtual employees. Trust us: it's not like managing office-bound employees! This book is a tell-all user manual for a new generation of managers.

To stay competitive in a global marketplace, it is essential to incorporate virtual employees into talent management strategy. The Virtual Manager arms managers with the knowledge they need to be become effective virtual leaders, including actionable advice on how to:
 

  • Leverage the top engagement drivers for virtual employees
  • Develop or alter policies and procedures to fit virtual employees' needs
  • Impact business outcomes through a flexible work strategy
 

Fusion - How Integrating Brand and Culture Powers the World's Greatest Companies

Fusion - How Integrating Brand and Culture Powers the World's Greatest Companies

"This compelling book shows how to connect the image you present to the outside world with the values and norms that operate inside your world of work."
--Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of ORIGINALS and GIVE AND TAKE

"Denise Lee Yohn hit a home run with her first book, What Great Brands Do. Now she's written FUSION and it is just as provocative. Denise proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that great companies are powered by brand-culture fusion. I highly recommend this book!"
--Ken Blanchard, Coauthor, The New One Minute Manager®, Coeditor, Servant Leadership in Action

Internal culture + External brand = FUSION

For years, leaders at companies like Southwest, Starbucks, and Google have done something differently that's put their organizations at the top of "the most admired companies," "best brands," and "great workplaces" lists. They don't often talk about that "something" specifically in terms of brand-culture fusion, but, as author Denise Lee Yohn reveals, aligning and integrating their brands and cultures is precisely how they've achieved their successes. 

Independently, brand and culture are powerful, unsung business drivers. But Denise shows that when you fuse the two together to create an interdependent and mutually-reinforcing relationship between them, you create organizational power that isn't possible by simply cultivating one or the other alone. Through detailed case studies from some of the world's greatest companies (including Amazon, Airbnb, Adobe, Nike, and Salesforce), exclusive interviews with company executives, and insights from Denise's 25+ years working with world class brands, FUSION provides readers with a roadmap for increasing competitiveness, creating measurable value for customers and employees, and future-proofing their business. 

For readers interested in workplace culture, brand management, strategy, leadership, employee experience, employee engagement, integration, branding, and organization development.

 

Working Virtually - Tranforming the Mobile Workplace

Remote working is the new reality, and transactional work – provided by freelancers, contract employees or consultants – has increased exponentially. It is forecast that as much as half the labor force will be working independently and virtually by 2020.

The Gig Economy: The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time Off, and Financing the Life You Want

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From Uber to the presidential debates, the gig economy has been dominating the headlines…and for good reason. Today, more than a third of Americans are working in the gig economy—mixing together short-term jobs, contract work, and freelance assignments. For those who’ve figured out the formula, life has never been better!

The Gig Economy is your guide to this uncertain but ultimately rewarding world. Succeeding in it starts with shifting gears to recognize that only you control your future. Next is leveraging your skills, knowledge, and network to create your own career trajectory—one immune to the whims of an employer.

Packed with research, exercises, and anecdotes, this eye-opening book supplies strategies—ranging from the professional to the personal— to help you:

  • Construct a life based on your priorities and vision of success
  • Cultivate connections without networking
  • Create your own security
  • Take more time off
  • Build flexibility into your financial life
  • Face your fears by reducing risk
  • Prepare for the future
  • And much more

Layoffs…, recessions…, corporate jobs are not only unstable— they’re increasingly scarce. It’s time to take charge of your own career and lead the life you actually want.

 

Give Work: Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time

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“An audacious, inspiring, and practical book. Leila shows how it’s possible to build a successful business that lifts people out of poverty—not by giving them money but by giving them work. It’s required reading for anyone who’s passionate about solving real problems.” —Adam Grant, author of Give and Take and Originals
 
Despite trillions of dollars in Western aid, 2.8 billion people worldwide still struggle in abject poverty. Yet the world’s richest countries continue to send money—mostly to governments—targeting the symptoms, rather than the root causes of poverty. We need a better solution.

In Give Work, Leila Janah offers a much-needed solution to solving poverty: incentivize everyone from entrepreneurs to big companies to give dignified, steady, fair-wage work to low-income people. Her social business, Samasource, connects people living below the poverty line—on roughly $2 a day—to digital work for major tech companies. To date, the organization has provided over $10 million in direct income to tens of thousands of people the world had written off, dramatically altering the trajectory of entire communities for the better.

Janah and her team go into the world’s poorest regions—from refugee camps in Kenya to the Mississippi Delta in Arkansas—and train people to do digital work for companies like Google, Walmart, and Microsoft. Janah has tested various Give Work business models in all corners of the world. She shares poignant stories of people who have benefited from Samasource’s work, where and why it hasn’t worked, and offers a blueprint to fight poverty with an evidence-based, economically sustainable model.

We can end extreme poverty in our lifetimes. Give work, and you give the poorest people on the planet a chance at happiness. Give work, and you give people the freedom to choose how to develop their own communities. Give work, and you create infinite possibilities.

 

The Startup Owner's Manual: The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company

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Welcome to The Startup Owner's Manual, a near-encyclopedic manual that will teach you
* How to incorporate the Business Model Canvas as the organizing principle for startup hypotheses
* How to find Product-Market fit
* How to Get, Keep and Grow customers
* How to fuel growth with metrics that matter

The Startup Owner's Manual walks you, step-by-step, through the tested and proven Customer Development process created by startup expert Steve Blank, unlocking the secrets to building a successful, scalable company.

This book:
* Guides startups of all types in their search for a scalable, profitable business model
* Explains the 9 deadly sins startups commit most often - and helps you avoid them
* Provides separate paths and advice for physical versus web/mobile products
* Explains how to test and iterate your company's road to product/market fit
* Details strategies and tactics for how to get, keep and grow customers
* Teaches a new math for startups -- metrics that matter
* Includes detailed checklists at every step of the process
...and provides hundreds of ideas, watch-outs and "how tos" for founders!

The Startup Owner's Manual lays out the best practices, lessons and tips that have swept the startup world, offering a wealth of proven advice and information for entrepreneurs of all stripes. It is used by thousands of startups, leading universities (including Stanford, U.C. Berkeley and Columbia) and the U.S. National Science Foundation, among many others.

Use it in conjunction with The Startup Owner's Manual -- Founder's Workbook (bit.ly/SlPQqc), an interactive tool for tracking your progress through the Customer Development method.

 

Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age: How to feel better without logging off - Sue Thomas

Book for remote workers to reconnect with nature.

Remote workers spend hours staring at screens. However, research shows that a lot of remote workers have chosen this way of life so they can travel and reconnect with nature.

Turns out what we need is more nature, not less technology.

Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age: How to feel better without logging off by Sue Thomas, provides insight about our obsession with nature and technology and how they work together to inspire our lives.

About the Author

Sue Thomas' most recent book is Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age (2017). Other titles include Technobiophilia: nature and cyberspace (2013), a study of nature metaphors in internet culture and language; the cyberspace memoir/travelogue Hello World: travels in virtuality (2004); the novels Correspondence (short-listed for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1992, The James Tiptree Award, and the European Science Fiction Award) and Water (1994); an edited anthology Wild Women: Contemporary Short Stories By Women Celebrating Women (1994), and Creative Writing: A Handbook For Workshop Leaders (1995). She has written for a wide range of publications including The Guardian, Orion Magazine, Slate, and many others. She was born in Leicestershire, England, in 1951. Her first novel, Correspondence (1992), attracted wide attention in the UK, USA, and Europe. She founded the trAce Online Writing Centre at Nottingham Trent University in 1995 and became Professor of New Media at De Montfort University in 2005. Since 2013 she has been a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University and writes full-time.

 

'Life With Breath: Iq + Eq = New You' by Ed Harrold

Breath work and technique to increase productivity and happiness in remote workers.

Working remotely is a great way to reduce job related stress.  However, self management has its own drawbacks. Sometimes you may lack direction.

Imagine a life where you wake everyday feeling absolutely wonderful.

You gently stretch your arms and smile as you think about the day ahead. You feel relaxed, refreshed and full of energy.

You open the window and take a deep breath. You are filled with gratitude for your life, your family and friends and the wonders of the natural world.

Life is good.

This can be your life if you choose it.

Life With Breath is a journey of discovering the mind-body relationship, linked through breath, specifically, yogic breathing. The reader discovers how this serves as a basis for reducing stress, improving health and well-being, building resilience, improving performance AND transforming negative habitual patterns of behavior.

 

'Serenflipity: 30 Everyday Adventure Cards' by Cara Thomas

Increase adventure and connection with other remote workers and digital nomads.

Whether you are working remotely or traveling on an adventure fueled journey, these cards are a great way to feed your appetite for adventure.

Discover more serendipity, connection, and adventure in your life. These 30 cards, with themes of "spark", "connect," and "explore," encourage people to engage with the world and connect in unexpected and exciting ways — from asking a rock-star for a mantra, uncovering the secret to love, or simply making a stranger's day.

The rules are simple: just pick a card and complete the adventure. Take as long as you need, and when you're done, pick a new card and start all over.

Meet the Author

Cara Thomas spent over 10 years inventing award-winning products for Fortune 100 companies. She found that adventure and playfulness led to breakthroughs. In need of that personally, she started Serenflipity as an experiment — and it ended up changing her life.

It started with a one-way flight to Mumbai, and 90 challenges written by 90 friends, clients and strangers. Each day she flipped a card, followed its direction and blogged the tale.

The results were surprising and serendipitous — and even included getting life-changing advice from Steven Tyler.

Cara has launched Serenflipity to encourage that spirit of adventure into everyday life, anywhere in the world.

 

The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work by Scott Berkun

Remote work is the future.

A behind-the-scenes look at the firm behind WordPress.com and the unique work culture that contributes to its phenomenal success

50 million websites, or twenty percent of the entire web, use WordPress software. The force behind WordPress.com is a convention-defying company called Automattic, Inc., whose 120 employees work from anywhere in the world they wish, barely use email, and launch improvements to their products dozens of times a day. With a fraction of the resources of Google, Amazon, or Facebook, they have a similar impact on the future of the Internet. How is this possible? What's different about how they work, and what can other companies learn from their methods?

To find out, former Microsoft veteran Scott Berkun worked as a manager at WordPress.com, leading a team of young programmers developing new ideas. The Year Without Pants shares the secrets of WordPress.com's phenomenal success from the inside. Berkun's story reveals insights on creativity, productivity, and leadership from the kind of workplace that might be in everyone's future.

  • Offers a fast-paced and entertaining insider's account of how an amazing, powerful organization achieves impressive results
  • Includes vital lessons about work culture and managing creativity
  • Written by author and popular blogger Scott Berkun (scottberkun.com)

The Year Without Pants shares what every organization can learn from the world-changing ideas for the future of work at the heart of Automattic's success.

 

Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried and Dave Heinemeier Hansson

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Remote: Office Not Required
By Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson

The “work from home” phenomenon is thoroughly explored in this illuminating new book from bestselling 37signals founders Fried and Hansson, who point to the surging trend of employees working from home (and anywhere else) and explain the challenges and unexpected benefits.  Most important, they show why – with a few controversial exceptions such as Yahoo -- more businesses will want to promote this new model of getting things done.

The Industrial Revolution's "under one roof" model of conducting work is steadily declining owing to technology that is rapidly creating virtual workspaces and allowing workers to provide their vital contribution without physically clustering together.  Today, the new paradigm is "move work to the workers, rather than workers to the workplace."  According to Reuters, one in five global workers telecommutes frequently and nearly ten percent work from home every day. Moms in particular will welcome this trend.  A full 60% wish they had a flexible work option. But companies see advantages too in the way remote work increases their talent pool, reduces turnover, lessens their real estate footprint, and improves the ability to conduct business across multiple time zones, to name just a few advantages.  In Remote, inconoclastic authors Fried and Hansson will convince readers that letting all or part of work teams function remotely is a great idea--and they're going to show precisely how a remote work setup can be accomplished.

 

The Ultimate Guide to Remote Work by Wade Foster

A guide to remote work success
The Ultimate Guide to Remote Work: How to Grow, Manage and Work with Remote Teams (Zapier App Guides Book 3)
By Wade Foster, Danny Schreiber, Alison Groves, Matthew Guay, Jeremy DuVall, Belle Cooper

Working remotely and running a remote team seem like black magic to many. Yet at Zapier, we've been working remotely since our founding in October of 2011. This book shares everything we've learned about running a remote team—our successes and our failures.

Beginning as a series of posts on the Zapier blog, this book is an ongoing work about our experiences as a remote team, with much of the book written by Zapier CEO Wade Foster along with chapters from our team members and other remote employees. We'll update it periodically so you can learn how our thinking and processes change as we've grown from three to 20+ people and beyond, and will keep the older versions of each chapter archived so you can learn with us over time.

Who Is This Guide For?

Whether you currently work in or run a remote team, or you hope to work in or run a remote team in the future, this book will have nuggets of wisdom that you can apply to your current situation.

 

Audible Membership by Amazon

Audio books are a great way for remote workers to learn on the go.

Whether you are working from home or traveling the world, an audible membership is a great way to keep up with your professional development!

  • Anywhere, anytime listening. Listen to your books wherever you are with our free app—at home, in the car, at the gym. Even if you switch devices, you'll never lose your place.
  • World-renowned performances.Listen to A-list celebrities narrate their favorite stories, enjoy full-cast performances, discover Grammy® award-winning audiobooks, and more.

  • Selection you'll love. Guaranteed. With the world's largest library of audiobooks, you're sure to find the perfect listen. If you don't love a book, swap it for another anytime-free.