Professional Development

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Professional Success Audiobooks on CD

All audiobooks are available for two-week loan to CDOT staff.


Dealing with Different, Diverse (and Difficult) People.Barbara Braunstein, 2001.7 discs.
In this fun-filled and fast-paced program, Barbara Braunstein shows you that most people are more different than they are difficult, and that they don't intentionally set out to make your life miserable! She identifies all the different people you work with and live with, and then shows you exactly how to motivate them and get results with them, even the truly difficult ones.

Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone. Mark Goulston, 2009. 7 discs, 8 hours.
Veteran psychiatrist and business coach Mark Goulston reveals simple, proven techniques for moving people from resistance to consensus.

Making Your Point: Communicating Effectively with Audiences of One to One Million. David Bartlett, 2008. 4 discs. 
We all need to speak, write and communciate more effectively. Dave Bartlett shares his decades of experience as a strategic communications consultant in an accessible, easy to apply guide to help anybody--students, business people, public speakers, or politicans--improve their speaking and presenting skills.

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. William Zinsser, 2004. 3 discs, 2.5 hours. 
On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet. 

Read This Before Our Next Meeting: The Modern Meeting Standard for Successful Organizations. Al Pittampalli, 2011. 1 disc. 
Read This Before Our Next Meeting not only explains what’s wrong with “the meeting,” and meeting culture, but suggests how to make meetings more effective, efficient, and worthy of attending. 

Career Success

2 Second Lean: How to Grow People and Build a Fun Lean Culture at Work & at Home. Paul Akers, 2011. 2 discs, 2 hours.
2 Second Lean will flip your world right-side up. It's a practical way to improve your life every day by making a simple 2 second improvement. Join author, business expert, radio show host, and international speaker, Paul A. Akers, as he takes you on a LEAN journey that will transform every aspect your life... from your home to the office.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Steven Covey, 2000. 6 discs. 
Presents seven principles for living that can lead to personal and professional success.

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential. John Maxwell, 2012. 7 discs, 7.5 hours The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential.

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work. Chip and Dan Heath, 2013. 8 discs, 9 hours. 
The four principles that can help us to overcome our brains' natural biases to make better, more informed decisions--in our lives, careers, families and organizations.

How to Keep Your Cool When It’s Hot at Work. SkillPath Publications, 2007. 5 discs. Reveals techniques for powering growth in five key areas: customer satisfaction, negativity restraint, diversity, assertive communication, and anger control.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Sheryl Sandberg, 2013. 6 discs, 6.5 hours. 
Sandberg provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career. She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment, and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women both in the workplace and at home.

Lessons in Mastery: How to Use Your Personal Power to Create an Extraordinary Life! Anthony Robbins, 2002. 6 discs, 6 hours.
Demonstrates ways to turn weaknesses into strengths and experience true happiness.

Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace. Sharon Salzberg, 2014. 6 discs, 7.5 hours. 
Real Happiness at Work brings the profound benefits of meditation to an area where people could use it most―the workplace. And it’s written by one of the world’s leading meditation teachers.

Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done. Art Markman, 2012. 6 discs, 7 hours.
Drawing on diverse studies of the mind, from psychology to linguistics, philosophy, and learning science, Art Markman, Ph.D., demonstrates the difference between "smart thinking" and raw intelligence, showing readers how memory works, how to learn effectively, and how to use knowledge to get things done.

Sometimes You Win--Sometimes You Learn: Life's Greatest Lessons Are Gained from Our Losses. John Maxwell, 2013. 6 discs, 7.5 hours. 
John Maxwell believes that any setback, whether professional or personal, can be turned into a step forward when you possess the right tools to turn a loss into a gain.

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard. Chip Heath, Dan Heath, 2010. 6 discs, 7.5 hours. In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. 

Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well. Douglas Stone, Sheila Heen, 2014. 8 discs, 10 hours. 
In Thanks for the Feedback, the authors explain why receiving feedback is so crucial yet so challenging, offering a simple framework and powerful tools to help us take on life’s blizzard of offhand comments, annual evaluations, and unsolicited input with curiosity and grace. They blend the latest insights from neuroscience and psychology with practical, hard-headed advice.

Today We Are Rich: Harnessing the Power of Total Confidence. Tim Sanders, 2012. 5 discs, 6 hours. 
In Today We Are Rich, you'll join Tim on his journey as he weaves together heartwarming tales of hardship and triumph with fundamental lessons of building confidence. Tim details his own challenges and the struggles of those close to him, turning them into parables on the endurance and power of the human spirit.

Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman. Vickie Milazzo, 2011. 1 disc, 11.5 hours. 
In Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman, Vickie shares every success secret she used to grow her career into a $16-million business.

Your Spacious Self: Clear the Clutter and Discover Who You Are. 7 discs, 7.5 hours. 
Your Spacious Self shows us that it's not our stuff, but holding on to it that creates a force field of "stuckness" that clouds our perceptions and paralyzes our lives.

Leading and Managing

The 7 Habits for Managers: Managing Yourself, Leading Others, Unleashing Potential. Steven Covey, 2006. 70 Minutes.
Features Stephen Covey teaching how to become a highly effective manager.

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You. John Maxwell, 2007. 3 discs. 3.5 hours.
John Maxwell combined the insights learned from his forty-plus years of leadership successes and mistakes with observations from the worlds of business,
politics, sports, religion, and military conflict.

Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want. Beverly Kaye, Julie Winkle Giulioni, 2012. 2 discs, 2.5 hours. 
Shows managers how conversation can make career development both more effective and a whole lot easier. Filled with practical tips, exercises, and advice to help managers get started immediately.

The One Thing You Need to Know...About Great Managing, Great Leading, and Sustained Individual Success. Marcus Buckingham, 2005. 4 discs. 
Great managing, leading, and career success -- Buckingham draws on a wealth of applicable examples to reveal that a controlling insight lies at the heart of the three. Lose sight of this "one thing" and even the best efforts will be diminished or compromised. 

Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation. Adam Bryant, 2014. 6 discs. 7.5 hours.
More than two hundred CEOs reveal their candid insights on how to build and foster a corporate culture that encourages innovation and drives results In Quick and Nimble. 

When Fish Fly: Lessons for Creating a Vital and Energized Workplace from the World Famous Pike Place Fish Market. John Yokoyama & Joseph
Michelli, 2004. 2 discs, 2 hours.
In this revealing business advice book, the magic of the World Famous Pike Place Fish Market proves a dynamic example of what a group of people can create when they are aligned and living a powerful vision. Here for the first time, owner John Yokoyama explains in his own words just how he transformed his business into a workplace that is renowned worldwide.

Winning. Jack Welch & Suzy Welch, 2005. 11 hours. 
Jack Welch knows how to win. During his forty-year career at General Electric, he led the company to year-after-year success around the globe, in multiple markets, against brutal competition. His honest, be-the-best style of management became the gold standard in business, with his relentless focus on people, teamwork, and profits.

Last updated 3/28/2018.

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