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    • Pro-Voice TED Talk

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      Pro-Voice TED Talk

      Aspen Baker, Berrett-Koehler author of Pro-Voice, gave a powerful TED speech which you can watch below. Share in the comments what the most powerful or emotional moments of the talk were for you! Here's what I found most powerful and emotional:  Most powerful:  "The feminis...

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      July 20, 2015

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    • Stop Telling Misfits to Change Themselves

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      Stop Telling Misfits to Change Themselves

      If a person doesn't fit into a community, (for whatever reason) who has the responsibility of changing- the person, or the community? For much of history, it's been on individuals to bend or break. Can't change? Too bad. Blind? Stay home. No legs? Guess that buildings with stairs are ...

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      July 2, 2015

    • What Stops Us From Giving?

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      What Stops Us From Giving?

      Common wisdom is that people feel guilty when they ignore beggars. I think it's just the reverse. I think people feel guilty when they give. There are strong societal messages that we ought to be "tough" enough to ignore the "obnoxious" beggars, so when people give change-- they feel like they've...

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      July 2, 2015

    • The Excitement When Tradition Evolves

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      The Excitement When Tradition Evolves

      I talked to a lesbian once, who said tearfully that legal marriage was what got her family to FINALLY accept her partner. The Supreme Court decision on marriage equality will make a difference to families everywhere. It also makes me feel even happier about my own wedding-- that I'm partic...

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      July 2, 2015

    • Jeevan Sivasubramaniam

      Charlotte Ashlock commented on Jeevan Sivasubramaniam's blog post A Biz Fable in 30 Seconds: Roles and Duties

      Re: David ::shocked::

      May 15, 2015

    • Anna Leinberger

      Charlotte Ashlock commented on Anna Leinberger's blog post Everyone Wants to Write a Book

      I wonder if books in the future will be giant collaborative experiences as often as they are individual experiences.

      May 15, 2015

    • Anna Leinberger

      Charlotte Ashlock commented on Anna Leinberger's blog post Never Ask a Publisher this Question

      I love this post.

      May 12, 2015

    • Anna Leinberger

      Charlotte Ashlock commented on Anna Leinberger's blog post The Quick and Dirty Guide to the Architecture of a Book

      Don't pull your hair out.  I like your hair, it is pretty.

      March 11, 2015

    • The Video: The Danger of a Single Story

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      The Video: The Danger of a Single Story

      Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

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      March 3, 2015

    • Top Viral Videos: Stories Narrated by Kids and Acted Out by Adults

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      Top Viral Videos: Stories Narrated by Kids and Acted Out by Adults

      An interesting and hilarious look at what happens when adults act out the stories as narrated by children.

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      March 3, 2015

    • You Deserve a Celebration

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      You Deserve a Celebration

      People are terrible at taking time to celebrate. As my dad says, “Do you know what the reward is for a job well done, Charlotte? Another job.” We rush from task to task without ever taking an extra second to pat ourselves on the back. When you finish important projects at work, do you stop to ...

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      February 13, 2015

    • Steve Piersanti

      Charlotte Ashlock commented on Steve Piersanti's blog post The New Leadership Paradigm

      I really enjoy Steve's personal story in the video!

      January 29, 2015

    • Press Release: A Peacock in the Land of Penguins

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      Press Release: A Peacock in the Land of Penguins

      A Fable About Creativity and Courage By BJ Gallagher and Warren H. Schmidt 20th Anniversary edition released to commemorate Martin Luther King Day and celebrate workplace diversity "Insightful and witty … Gallagher and Schmidt have captured an essential truth about navigating the stormy ...

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      January 17, 2015

    • What Editors Love Most

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      What Editors Love Most

      What do editors love most? Knowing that their books touch lives!  Our editor, Neal Maillet is delighted that his book, How the Poor Can Save Capitalism by John Hope Bryant is touching so many lives.  This book became a bestseller right out of the gate and is still on fire.    ...

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      January 17, 2015

    • Anna Leinberger

      Charlotte Ashlock commented on Anna Leinberger's blog post Books, Unstuck

      I still think a lower investment model is possible, it's just a hard adjustment for publishing professionals to make...

      January 9, 2015

    • michaelnagler

      Charlotte Ashlock commented on Michael Nagler's blog post When Protest Turns Violent

      I think the most interesting point in this article is that we need, "a clean separation between serious protestors and the undisciplined."  That would really help media be more sympathetic to the cause.

      December 20, 2014

    • Sixty Seconds to Make Them Care

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      Sixty Seconds to Make Them Care

      Did you know decision-makers invest in countless bad ideas every single year? Do you have any idea how many fantastic ideas are ignored by decision-makers? And did you know there’s one simple way to solve that problem? Authors who can’t get publishers-- nonprofits who can’t get donations-- en...

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      December 8, 2014

    •  Do you believe in the triumph of truth, justice, and localism?

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      Do you believe in the triumph of truth, justice, and localism?

      Last week, I attended BALLE’s conference on the growing Localist Movement. Localists shop at Main Street stores and farmer’s markets instead of Wall Street’s big box stores and malls. But the movement is much more than a preference for high-quality, artisan products; localists passionately beli...

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      December 8, 2014

    • Charlotte Ashlock

      Charlotte Ashlock commented on Charlotte Ashlock's blog post Signing more diverse authors

      To be honest, this comment is just to test and make sure the new website is working, not to further the discussion....

      December 6, 2014

    • Charlotte Ashlock

      Charlotte Ashlock commented on Charlotte Ashlock's blog post Why Leaders Should Celebrate Disobedience

      Neal's story makes me happy

      December 6, 2014

    • Jeevan Sivasubramaniam

      Charlotte Ashlock commented on Jeevan Sivasubramaniam's blog post Five Lies Writers Are Told

      A humorous and insightful blog as always. 

      December 6, 2014

    • Why Leaders Should Celebrate Disobedience

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      Why Leaders Should Celebrate Disobedience

      The darkest side of obedience When Ira Chaleff came to present his book, Intelligent Disobedience, at the BK office, we realized it was more than a book to him: it was a lifelong mission. “You have to know something about my background,” Ira  began, looking around at all of us. ...

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      November 7, 2014

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    • Law Prof Says Lawbreakers Are Heroes

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      Law Prof Says Lawbreakers Are Heroes

      A scientist & a law professor (Fritjof Capra & Ugo Mattei) are teaming up to write The Ecology of Law, which denounces the law for being too much like a machine. The law really should be like a living system that exists to serve humans & the natural world. Their erudite and exhausti...

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      November 1, 2014

    • Taking on the Influencer Myth

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      Taking on the Influencer Myth

      Originally posted on Weaving Influence as a guest post. The Influencer Myth, Part One: Getting the attention of an influential celebrity is the recipe for instant fame (no hard work necessary!) I keep reading blogs for social media beginners that tell them to “court influencers.” The b...

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      July 18, 2014

    • David Marshall

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      Hello, Miss Charlotte!

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      David Marshall commented on Charlotte Ashlock's wall:

      Hello, Miss Charlotte!

    • The Power of Optimism in a Pessimistic World

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      The Power of Optimism in a Pessimistic World

      Tired of reporting blood and guts Once upon a time a young man named Jurriaan Kamp worked as a free-lance journalist in war-torn areas. One day he realized that the more bombs fell and the more people were horribly injured, the more he got paid. That’s when he began to suspect there was some...

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      May 19, 2014

    • The Basics of a Good Online Presence

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      The Basics of a Good Online Presence

      Here are some checklists to ensure you've covered the basics of building your online presence. OPTIMIZING YOUR WEBSITE FOR THE PUBLICATION DATE OF YOUR BOOK Do you need web design help? Who’s the person taking the lead on your website? Is there a way to get the domain name for your book titl...

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      May 9, 2014

    • Self-Publishing or Traditional Publishing- Why Not Pursue Both?

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      Self-Publishing or Traditional Publishing- Why Not Pursue Both?

      An Interview With A Successful Indie Author By Charlotte Ashlock, Digital Producer & Editor Disclaimer: the opinions stated below are the opinions of the person being interviewed, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. I was ...

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      May 9, 2014

    • Measuring Progress on the BK Mission

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      Measuring Progress on the BK Mission

      Measuring Progress on the BK Mission Based on a conversation with Marc Epstein & Kristi Yuthas 1. How to measure a social mission? Many of the authors who publish with Berrett-Koehler are inspired by the company’s mission, “A community dedicated to creating a world that works f...

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      May 8, 2014

    • 5 Ways to Be More Like Leonardo

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      5 Ways to Be More Like Leonardo

      With Downloadable Self-Improvement Plan Are geniuses born, or are they made? The word genius (like the word genie) comes from the Latin word for guardian spirit. The Romans believed that if you were chosen by a powerful guardian spirit, you would become a person of great ...

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      May 6, 2014

    • Death to Lame and Pointless Meetings

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      Death to Lame and Pointless Meetings

      What if someone told you that you had a duty to stop attending pointless meetings? How would you react? Hip hip hooray? Break out the confetti? Well, a pair of highly respected business consultants told us a story of a leader who did that very thing on their Berrett-Koehler Author Day for ...

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      May 5, 2014

    • How Do You Get Books Published?

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      How Do You Get Books Published?

      Image Source Try Smarter, Not Harder We’ve all been inspired by tales of famous authors like Steven King wallpapering their rooms with rejection slips. The problem with such stories, is that they imply the secret to getting published is just to try over and over again. But trust me, mindless...

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      March 24, 2014

    • Five Reasons Appreciative Inquiry Will Get Your Organization Out of the Rat Race and Into the Cheetah Race

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      Five Reasons Appreciative Inquiry Will Get Your Organization Out of the Rat Race and Into the Cheetah Race

      Image Source Wisdom from The Appreciative Inquiry Summit: A Practitioner’s Guide for Leading Large-Group Change (by James D. Ludema, Diana Whitney, Bernard J Mohr & Thomas J. Griffin)Sourced from Chapter Thirteen: The Promise of the Appreciative Organization “The Appreciative Inquiry Summi...

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      March 21, 2014

    • 5 Ways to Fund Your Start-Up Without Losing Control

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      5 Ways to Fund Your Start-Up Without Losing Control

      Image Source Wisdom from the Hungry Start-Up Strategy: Creating New Ventures With Limited Resources and Unlimited Vision Based on Chapter Three: Raising Capital;Maintain Your Fighting Weight "When it comes to hungry start-up strategy, there is often no more compelling trade-off than the o...

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      March 21, 2014

    • What If We Took Business Inspiration From Quantum Physics?

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      What If We Took Business Inspiration From Quantum Physics?

      Image Source Wisdom from The Art of Quantum Planning: Lessons from Quantum Physics for Breakthrough Strategy, Innovation, and Leadership , by Gerald Harris Sourced from Chapter 9: Organizations as Energy Systems Back in the days of Newtonian Physics, people believed in a clockwork univers...

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      March 21, 2014

    • Is “Business Class” the New Aristocracy?

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      Is “Business Class” the New Aristocracy?

      Image Source: Tulane University Five Reasons Why the MBA Rule is Bad For Companies and Countries Wisdom from Managers Not MBAs: A hard look at the soft practice of managing and management development , by Henry Mintzberg.Sourced from: Chapter 6: Wrong Consequences IV: Corruption of Social In...

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      March 21, 2014

    • Bring Your Dream to Life with a Value-Based Business

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      Bring Your Dream to Life with a Value-Based Business

      Image Source Five Things Every Social Entrepreneur Needs to Know Wisdom from True to Yourself: Leading a Values-Based Business , by Mark Albion. Sourced from: Chapter 3: Turn Your Values into Value Sometimes, it seems life is nothing but a series of unacceptable compromises. Why do so many ...

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      March 21, 2014

    • How to Get Lone Wolves to Work Collaboratively

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      How to Get Lone Wolves to Work Collaboratively

      Image Source Wisdom from Collaborative Intelligence: Using Teams to Solve Hard Problems , by J. Richard Hackman. Sourced from Chapter 11: Intelligence Teams in Context. James Bond wasn’t much of a team player. Unfortunately, pretty much everyone in the modern day intelligence industry has t...

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      March 21, 2014

    • Did You Ever Have an “Evil Boss”?

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      Did You Ever Have an “Evil Boss”?

      Image Source Steve Arneson, former executive and leadership coach, asked all of us, “How many of you have ever had a terrible boss?” He nodded knowingly as hands went up all around the room. (Can’t most people answer “Yes” to that question?) Then Steve told a story about a terrible boss he’...

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      March 21, 2014

    • When Corporations Rule the World, They Shouldn’t Have Drones

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      When Corporations Rule the World, They Shouldn’t Have Drones

      Unrestrained Technological Power Over a decade ago, David Korten used his best-selling book When Corporations Rule the World to warn us of the perils of unchecked corporate power. Activists like Jeffrey Clements (author of Corporations Are Not People ) have worked tireles...

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      March 7, 2014

    • Warnings from Whistleblowers

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      Warnings from Whistleblowers

      What the Government Hasn't Told You By Kathryn Schuyler Since June 2013, when Edward Snowden first leaked NSA secrets to the press, there has been a flurry of concern among American citizens about the extent of the U.S. government in private affairs. On April 14th 2014, Berret...

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      March 6, 2014

    • Charlotte Ashlock

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