The powers of creative thinking can be yours if you're willing to laugh and learn in this concise, cliche free and memorable short book. With challenging chapters on topics like creative confidence, making bold decisions, and separating the need for feedback from the desire for encouragement, even if you've read other books on the subject or if this is your first, The Dance of The Possible will surprise you, make you think, laugh and perhaps even dance when you get back to work
Published by: Berkun Media LLC | Publication date: 03/13/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 249 pages
In this new paperback edition of the classic bestseller, you'll be taken on a hilarious, fast-paced ride through the history of ideas. Author Scott Berkun will show you how to transcend the false stories that many business experts, scientists, and much of pop culture foolishly use to guide their thinking about how ideas change the world. With four new chapters on putting the ideas in the book to work, updated references and over 50 corrections and improvements, now is the time to get past the myths, and change the world.You'll have fun while you learn:
- Where ideas come from
- The true history of history
- Why most people don't like ideas
- How great managers make ideas thrive
- The importance of problem finding
- The simple plan (new for paperback)
Published by: O'Reilly Media | Publication date: 08/13/2010Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 248 pages
In this hilarious and highly practical book, author and professional speaker Scott Berkun reveals the techniques behind what great communicators do, and shows how anyone can learn to use them well. For managers and teachers -- and anyone else who talks and expects someone to listen -- Confessions of a Public Speaker provides an insider's perspective on how to effectively present ideas to anyone. It's a unique, entertaining, and instructional romp through the embarrassments and triumphs Scott has experienced over 15 years of speaking to crowds of all sizes.With lively lessons and surprising confessions, you'll get new insights into the art of persuasion -- as well as teaching, learning, and performance -- directly from a master of the trade.Highlights include:
- Berkun's hard-won and simple philosophy, culled from years of lectures, teaching courses, and hours of appearances on NPR, MSNBC, and CNBC
- Practical advice, including how to work a tough room, the science of not boring people, how to survive the attack of the butterflies, and what to do when things go wrong
- The inside scoop on who earns $30,000 for a one-hour lecture and why
- The worst -- and funniest -- disaster stories you've ever heard (plus countermoves you can use)
Published by: O'Reilly Media | Publication date: 10/20/2009Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 240 pages
In the updated edition of this critically acclaimed and bestselling book, Microsoft project veteran Scott Berkun offers a collection of essays on field-tested philosophies and strategies for defining, leading, and managing projects. Each essay distills complex concepts and challenges into practical nuggets of useful advice, and the new edition now adds more value for leaders and managers of projects everywhere.Based on his nine years of experience as a program manager for Internet Explorer, and lead program manager for Windows and MSN, Berkun explains to technical and non-technical readers alike what it takes to get through a large software or web development project. Making Things Happen doesn't cite specific methods, but focuses on philosophy and strategy. Unlike other project management books, Berkun offers personal essays in a comfortable style and easy tone that emulate the relationship of a wise project manager who gives good, entertaining and passionate advice to those who ask.Topics in this new edition include:
- How to make things happen
- Making good decisions
- Specifications and requirements
- Ideas and what to do with them
- How not to annoy people
- Leadership and trust
- The truth about making dates
- What to do when things go wrong
Published by: O'Reilly Media | Publication date: 03/25/2008Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 410 pages
From bestselling author Scott Berkun comes this powerful story about family, identity and self-discovery. A captivating and honest exploration of who we are, and how we must choose our own way forward in life no matter what happens to us. Berkun's relationship with his father defined him, until he chose to try and define himself. With thoughtful stories that explore the meaning of Darth Vader, the mysteries of Frankenstein and the lyrics of Bruce Springsteen, Berkun combines themes from his own life with famous films and legends, to help readers ask universal questions about the first adults we know in our lives.Scott Berkun is the author of five popular books and his work as a writer and speaker has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, National Public Radio, CNN, CNBC, NPR and MSNBC. Join his mailing list for his latest essays, lectures and projects at scottberkun.com.
Published by: Berkun Media | Publication date: 10/20/2014Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 203 pages
No project management training? No problem!In today’s workplace, employees are routinely expected to coordinate and manage projects. Yet, chances are, you aren’t formally trained in managing projectsyou’re an unofficial project manager.FranklinCovey experts Kory Kogon, Suzette Blakemore, and James Wood understand the importance of leadership in project completion and explain that people are crucial in the formula for success.Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager offers practical, real-world insights for effective project management and guides you through the essentials of the people and project management process:InitiatePlanExecuteMonitor/ControlCloseUnofficial project managers in any arena will benefit from the accessible, engaging real-life anecdotes, memorable Project Management Proverbs,” and quick reviews at the end of each chapter.If you’re struggling to keep your projects organized, this book is for you. If you manage projects without the benefit of a team, this book is also for you. Change the way you think about project management"project manager" may not be your official title or necessarily your dream job, but with the right strategies, you can excel.
Published by: BenBella Books | Publication date: 04/07/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 258 pages
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)
Published by: Jossey-Bass | Publication date: 08/20/2013Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 277 pages
Every beautifully crafted software user experience has the fingerprints of talented designers all over it. And yet, most technology teams are not led by designers. Even non-design led organizations can be hospitable homes for great designers, but most are not. If you're a designer looking to lead your organization to a future of making finely crafted software that customers fall in love with, then this book is for you. While there is no magic bullet, this book is a detailed discussion of a framework and values system in which designers can not only thrive but grow to lead engineering teams to create amazing software user experiences.
Published by: Jackson Fish Market | Publication date: 11/12/2014Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 120 pages
This definitive best-of collection of one of the web’s best young writers is packed with provocations and entertainments, guaranteed to make you think and smile. You’ll learn to find passion, think free, manage time, pay attention and more. Fast paced, inspiring and memorable, you'll find new ideas and inspirations on every page.Essays include:- How to be a free thinker- The Cult of busy- Why smart people defend bad ideas- Street smarts vs. Book smarts- Hating vs. loving- Why the world is a mess- How to make a difference
Published by: Berkun Media, LLC | Publication date: 10/21/2011Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 196 pages
From the Author:Most project management books focus on what I call the "science" of project management; the tools, processes and procedures. The ART of Successful Project Management focuses on the people skills a project manager needs to become highly successful. Those include leadership, language and communication skills. Written by a business executive with over 40 years of experience, this book will add a powerful dimension to every project managers' toolkit.
Published by: HCBA, LLC | Publication date: 09/27/2017Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 71 pages