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The Power of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
Part of the Series: Stanford Executive Briefings
Call it persuading, negotiating or convincing. Ethical influence is the foundation of successful leadership, management, sales, and customer service. Robert Cialdini has spent his career systematically studying the psychology of influence. In this program he reveals what lies at the…
Mindset, Motivation and Leadership - With Carol Dweck
Part of the Series: Stanford Executive Briefings
People are fairly evenly divided between those with either a growth or a fixed mindset about intelligence and talent. And leaders' mindsets, Professor Dweck shows, influence their ability to grow on the job and to develop successful teams. Leaders with…
Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers - With Robert Sapolsky
Part of the Series: Stanford Executive Briefings
Tackling the serious topic of stress in his famously entertaining manner, Professor Sapolsky sets the stage on a Kenyan savannah, with a hungry lion in hot pursuit of a terrified zebra. As he explains, the zebra's fight-or-flight response channels essential…
Investing Skill, Strategy, and Temperament
Part of the Series: The Art of Investing
Welcome to a boot camp on investing! Discover the influences that led Professor Longo to a career in finance. Then meet some of the major figures you will study in the course. Survey the key principles and strategies that built…
The Man Who Discovered Capitalism - The Life and Ideas of Influential Economist Joseph Schumpeter
Joseph Schumpeter (1883-1950) coined the term "creative destruction" and generations of economists have adopted it as a shorthand description of the free market's messy way of delivering progress. Schumpeter believed capitalism would be destroyed by its successes and would spawn…
Strategy Is Making Choices
Episode 1 of Critical Business Skills for Success Series
What do we mean when we talk about business strategy? Start thinking more smartly about strategy with this introductory lecture that covers four key facts about competition and the two drivers of profitability: industry structure and competitive advantage.
The Creative Person - Practice and Passion
What, exactly, is creativity? Take a closer look at what makes a creative person in this introductory lecture that explores ancient ideas about creativity (including the muses of the ancient Greeks); debunks common myths about the sources of creativity; and…
When Netflix Met Blockbuster
Episode 6 of Critical Business Skills for Success Series
Netflix's ultimate domination of the video rental market is a classic example of disruptive innovation: a serious threat to traditional business--and often the hardest to respond to.
Skills, Techniques and Strategies for Effective Negotiations - With Patrick Cleary
Part of the Series: Stanford Executive Briefings
Program Highlights Nine rules for getting the best deal. How espionage and empathy get you prepared. How to gain credibility--and the most common way to lose it. As a former federal mediator, Pat Cleary has been involved with just about…
The Sturgeon Queens - Four Generations of a Jewish Family Business in New York
Four generations of a Jewish immigrant family create Russ and Daughters, a Lower East Side lox and herring emporium that survives and thrives. Produced to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the store, this documentary features an extensive interview with…
Understanding the Time Value of Money
Episode 31 of Critical Business Skills for Success Series
Begin your focus on finance with an insightful look at the time value of money. Along with basic concepts and terminology (including risk and present/future value), you'll learn about the five types of cash flows that should be in the…
Workplace Ethics
Answer the question "Why be ethical?" and teach all employees, including managers and supervisors, an ethical decision-making process that protects your organization and makes it a better place to work. Ethics matter. It's not just the big scandals you see…
Power: How to Get It, Use It, and Keep It - by Jeffrey Pfeffer
Part of the Series: Stanford Executive Briefings
Program Highlights: Hierarchies are inevitable, so learn the rules of the game. Qualities that create power--and why intelligence is not one of them. How we limit ourselves when it comes to acquiring power. Getting a job, having control over your…
Emotion vs. Analytics - Decision Making and the Biased Brain by Baba Shiv
Part of the Series: Stanford Executive Briefings
Is it best to be emotionless and analytical in decision making? When our goal is to be decisive, the answer is a resounding No. Instead, harnessing the power of emotions is critical. Studies of the neural underpinnings of decision making…
The Art of Listening
Teach the seven laws of better listening! A coffee shop provides the setting for two college students to watch and discuss their video class project on the on the most basic of skills, listening. We spend more time listening than…
Playing to Win by A.G. Lafley & Roger L. Martin - How Strategy Really Works
Part of the Series: Stanford Executive Briefings
Program Highlights Game-changing choices that trounce the competition. Why your goal must be winning, not just playing well. Choosing the right metrics to support your strategy. Most companies aren't winning today--not because of the economy, rapid change, or rising complexity.…
What Trader Joe’s Doesn’t Do
Episode 4 of Critical Business Skills for Success Series
Passionate customers, tremendous profits, happy employees--the Trader Joe's grocery chain is a powerful business success story. Discover how their secret for success lies in their use of trade-offs to make it hard for imitators and to mitigate the negative effects…
Measuring Operational Performance
Episode 21 of Critical Business Skills for Success Series
Why is performance measurement so important to the health of an organization? How do the four dimensions of the "Balanced Scorecard" framework (financial performance, customer assessment, internal business process, and learning and growth) work independently and together? What is the…
What Is Marketing?
Episode 49 of Critical Business Skills for Success Series
One of the core tenets of successful marketing is understanding your customer. But often times, you aren't the customer you're marketing to. What can you do instead? Find out in this introductory lecture on "Marketing 101", which also explores four…
Benjamin Graham and Value Investing
Part of the Series: The Art of Investing
Many of the most successful investors of the 20th and early 21st centuries were hugely influenced by the work of Ben Graham, the pioneer of value investing. Study the underpinnings of his proven philosophy, including the contrasting strategies of the…