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Subscription Service Enhanced with Summaries of TED Talks

 

getAbstract is proud to announce the launch of TED Summaries, the result of a novel collaboration with TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design). getAbstract is the first company in the e-learning industry to provide this service.

TED offers the world’s most renowned and innovative leaders and thinkers a platform to present and publicize their ground breaking ideas and research. getAbstract carefully curates and professionally condenses TED Talks into succinct executive summaries – a format that executives can readily absorb. getAbstract has tailored the format of its business summaries specifically to the needs of an audience of corporate professionals and entrepreneurs who strive to be creative and innovative and to stay abreast of change. Each pithy summary encapsulates the core ideas of a TED Talk into a short, easy-to-digest text that requires just a two-minute investment of reading time. Every TED summary contains hyperlinks that lead readers directly to the pertinent section of the video where the linked information is discussed.

getAbstract Goes Beyond Business Books with TED Summaries

Every week, getAbstract adds new summaries of the most relevant TED Talks to its growing business library. TED Summaries are integrated into getAbstract’s Gold Subscription and are also available to corporate subscribers.

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The best consultants — and the ones who draw the most business — are conversationalists. We all know people like this: They have the uncanny ability to discuss any topic. They always bring some new insight to the conversation and offer the potential to turn a client’s business on its head. Not only do they have exceptional knowledge in a specific field, but they are also savvy businesspeople.

Unsurprisingly, the smartest consultants are also well-read. They know what’s current and how it will affect their clients’ businesses. They’ve read the latest books and studies, and they know how to apply the knowledge. If your intention is to become one of the best consultants in your field, you need to become the most knowledgeable and well-read consultant.

The Need for Consultants to Know Business

A consultant’s currency is knowledge, and in a perfect world, consultants would devour information. Clients are looking for advice they can trust, so consultants need to find the most reliable information sources. It’s important to not only read books in an area of expertise, but to read books on business in general. Clients pay for knowledge related to their industries, but they really want to know how that knowledge is going to increase their bottom line. As a consultant, your expertise must reach past the client’s company and into the realm of business success.

Consultants who have the added edge of business acumen are more successful. They translate their knowledge into tactics that help increase their clients’ business. When clients see the ROI, they view the consultant as a trusted adviser who helps drive the success of the company and lowers risk.

Reading is time-consuming, and time is a scare resource. Many professionals simply don’t have the time to read enough books to acquire the multitude of perspectives they need, even when the books focus on specialized topics that increase their value to their clients. They must turn to other resources to stay relevant and to increase the likelihood of getting hired for consulting projects. (Continue to read this article at: http://linked2leadership.com/2013/04/02/the-more-you-know-the-more-likely-you-are-to-be-hired/)

Increase your business acumen by reading the following abstracts.

What The CEO Wants You To Know

Just Business

 

The Business of Learning

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Lucerne, Switzerland – July 30, 2012 – Albert Einstein once said, “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.” getAbstract concurs. Good authors recognize problems and break them down to their basic elements. Moreover, the very best writers even have some ideas about how to solve these inextricable dilemmas.

For the 12th time since 2001, getAbstract is proud to award a prize for the best business books of 2012 at the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair, on October 10, 2012. getAbstract (www.getAbstract.com) assessed more than 10,000 English and German business books in the fields of leadership and management, strategy, sales and marketing, human resources, economics and politics, finance, and career development, and we have selected 10 finalists. The 2012 nominees are:

GERMAN

App-Economy by Ansgar Mayer – mi-Wirtschaftsbuch/Münchner Verlagsgruppe
Ausgegeizt by Uli Burchardt – Campus Verlag
Data Unser by Björn Bloching, Lars Luck, Thomas Ramge – Redline/Münchner Verlagsgruppe
Der amerikanische Patient by Josef Braml – Siedler/Random House Verlagsgruppe
Zerschlagt die Banken by Rudolf Hickel – Econ/Ullstein Verlage

ENGLISH

Inside Apple by Adam Lashinsky – Business Plus/Hachette Group
Paper Money Collapse by Detlev S. Schlichter – John Wiley & Sons
Reverse Innovation by Vijay Govindarajan, Chris Trimble – Harvard Business Review Press
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman – Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Too Big to Know by David Weinberger – Basic Books/Perseus Books Group

Two of the nominated titles from each language category will receive this well-established and, in the international publishing world, coveted business book award. The official awards ceremony will take place on October 10, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Frankfurt Book Fair’s “Lesezelt” in Frankfurt am Main.

About the getAbstract International Book Award

This year, the award celebrates its 12th anniversary. When getAbstract launched its business book award in 2001, it was the first international award of its kind. Since then, getAbstract has presented the prize to such esteemed authors as George A. Akerlof, Robert J. Shiller, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Ian Morris, Benoît Mandelbrot, Malcolm Gladwell, Niall Ferguson, Joseph Stiglitz, Thomas Sowell, Chris Anderson, Peter Sloterdijk, Gunter Dueck, Uwe Jean Heuser, Wolfgang Münchau and Hans-Werner Sinn.

For more details about previous award winners, please go to:

http://www.getAbstract.com/Bookaward.

Aventura, FL – MAY 2, 2012 – In response to the growing trend of mobile usage for consumption of knowledge on the go, getAbstract Inc., a global online media company in the area of compressed knowledge – its world-record library offers more than 8,000 business book summaries – today announced the launch of its highly anticipated mobile app for the Android platform. This app is the newest member of getAbstract’s mobile platforms, joining Blackberry™, iPhone™, and iPad™ apps, Kindle, ePub and Palm.

To date, over 40 percent of getAbstract’s 10 million users access business book summaries – in written and audio formats – through mobile devices, an increase of 90 percent from 2010.

“We are seeing a seismic shift in the manner in which information is being accessed and consumed. Mobility usage outperforms traditional computer platforms, which if you consider our global business and societal requirements is not surprising,” said Michel Koopman, CEO, getAbstact Inc.  “Our platform allows a user to comfortably read an ‘entire’ book and extract the required salient points anywhere in the world in approximately 10 minutes or listen to an 8 minute audio clip. With over 300,000,000 Android devices in use globally, we felt it a natural extension of our offerings to this audience, so compressed knowledge can be delivered at the point of need.”

With the increasing dynamic created from three generations in the workplace, new forms of business interactions inside a company and an increase in activities outside of a traditional office setting have transformed the business topography and caused many executives to rethink traditional business paradigms. With the growing demand to access information at the point of need and the speed of business, the Android app is anticipated to increase usage at getAbstract significantly.

The new app, specifically made for the Android, will expand users’ ability to access getAbstract’s summaries anywhere they go, anytime they need them, online and offline. Users can read summaries instantly, synchronize their Favorites folders with their desktop, and perform full-text searches across the entire library. In addition, real-time streaming of audio files will put an entirely new spin on how they listen to summaries.

Existing getAbstract customers can download the Android app for FREE directly via this link: http://tinyurl.com/6w4cbpc.

Founded in 1999, getAbstract is a leading online media company. Nearly 10 million users internationally subscribe to its on-demand “compressed knowledge.” Its solutions include a library of more than 8,000 business book summaries, available in text and audio on any platform. 20% of Fortune 500 companies use getAbstract to help their employees become leaders and to drive business performance. For more information, please visit http://www.getabstract.com.

Aventura, FL – April 18, 2012 – getAbstract Inc., a leading online media company in the area of compressed knowledge – its world-record library offers more than 8,000 business book summaries for corporations, educators and highly motivated individuals – is pleased to congratulate the companies presented with the LearningElite Award at this year’s Spring CLO Symposium, which took place April 2, 2012. Out of the top 10 recipients honored, seven are clients of getAbstract.

“This award brings together the best in business learning and development innovation – and we’re pleased to have seven of the top 10 award winners sharing the best practice of compressed business knowledge through getAbstract,” said Michel Koopman, CEO of getAbstract Inc. “We strive to provide relevant knowledge at the point of need and at the speed of business, to allow individuals to make the right decisions, improve their professional success and better their company’s competitiveness.”

The top 10 LearningElite Award winners include:

  • General Mills
  • AT&T
  • Defense Acquisition University
  • Accenture
  • McDonald’s Corp.
  • UPS
  • Farmers Insurance Group
  • Qualcomm
  • InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Procter & Gamble

Chief Learning Officer magazine’s LearningElite program honors the best organizations for learning and development. This robust peer-reviewed ranking and benchmarking program recognizes those organizations that employ exemplary workforce development strategies that deliver significant business results. Developed under the guidance of a group of chief learning officers and senior learning and development practitioners, the LearningElite program utilizes best practices in evaluation to rank the best organizations based upon their impact, size and industries served.

The aim of the LearningElite is to:

  • Identify and recognize industry leaders.
  • Promote recognition of the critical role that learning and development plays in organizational success.
  • Support organizations in achieving best-in-class levels of performance.
  • Identify and share best practices, principles and strategies for learning and development.
  • Provide powerful benchmarking data for world-class learning and development.

Aventura, FL – April 9, 2012 – getAbstract Inc., a leading online media company in the area of compressed knowledge – its world-record library offers more than 8,000 business book summaries for corporations, educators and highly motivated individuals – is pleased to announce that the rebranding of its core communication elements recently won four ADDY® Awards.

With a focus on immediacy to e-learning through enhanced features, deeper connectivity to a company’s core values, ease of navigation, and social networking functionally across all computing platforms, getAbstract was awarded the following by the Advertising Federation of Greater Fort Lauderdale and the Palm Beaches:

  • Gold ADDY® for getAbstract intro video, http://www.getabstract.com/#introVideo
  • Silver ADDY® for the getAbstract website relaunch, www.getabstract.com
  • Silver ADDY® for print campaign
  • Silver ADDY® for sales brochure & collateral

“We are honored to be recognized by the ADDY® committee for the achievement of translating our philosophy of ongoing evolution and expansion of our brand into tangible elements,” said Michel Koopman, CEO of getAbstract Inc. “Our commitment to bringing the greatest quality to our customers extends beyond our business book summaries to include everything our consumer/user touches.”

The rebranding initiative embodies the company’s forward–thinking vision and commitment to the growing needs of its clients, including more than 10 million users. getAbstract’s mission is to inspire lifelong learning and to advance knowledge by giving people relevant compressed knowledge, at the point of need and at the speed of business, to allow them to make the right decisions, improve their professional success and better their company’s competitiveness.

The getAbstract intro video will be going on to compete in the American Advertising Federation 4th District, Florida and the Caribbean, ADDY® Awards.

The ADDY® Awards are the world’s largest advertising competition sponsored by the American Advertising Federation. The ADDY® Awards represent the true spirit of creative excellence by recognizing all forms of advertising.

Founded in 1999, getAbstract is a leading online media company. Nearly 10 million users internationally subscribe to its on-demand compressed knowledge. Its solutions include a library of more than 8,000 business book summaries, available in text and audio format on any platform. 20% of Fortune 500 companies use getAbstract to help their employees become leaders and to drive business performance. For more information, please visit http://www.getabstract.com.

getAbstract Inc., a leading online media company in the area of compressed knowledge – its world-record library offers more than 8,000 business book summaries for corporations, educators and highly motivated individuals – is pleased to announce a four-city “knowledge leadership tour” with Andy Stefanovich, best-selling author and nationally recognized innovation thought leader.

The tour kicks off March 6, 2012, in New York City with additional stops in Atlanta, Chicago and London.

Guests, who are leaders from America’s Fortune 500 companies, will engage in a casual dining experience and round-table discussion, led by Mr. Stefanovich, about how to drive innovation from the inside out and enrich employees in order to achieve marketplace growth. Each of the four events will also incorporate an emphasis on issues facing that geographic area, furthering the value of the series.

“We strive to provide relevant knowledge at the point of need and at the speed of business, to allow individuals to make the right decisions, improve their professional success and better their company’s competitiveness,” says Michel Koopman, CEO of getAbstract Inc. “This series is a natural extension of our brand – bringing together corporate leaders with Andy Stefanovich to share best practices during an evening focused on the betterment of business through innovation.”

Additionally, getAbstract Inc. and Mr. Stefanovich will hold a capstone webinar with all attendees to highlight lessons learned, and to learn how these leaders have applied the principles gleaned in the knowledge leadership tour to business decisions.

“This is a killer partnership, and I’m excited to participate with getAbstract, taking their ability to provide focused knowledge and combining it with our approach to innovation – looking at more stuff and thinking about it harder,” says Mr. Stefanovich. “We want teach executives how to harness inspiration by thinking differently and encouraging their teams to do the same.”

Mr. Stefanovich is among many renowned and relevant authors whose books have been summarized by getAbstract, which brings innovation to professionals inside a corporation through providing “outside” perspectives on how to drive positive change.

Mr. Stefanovich, the Chief Curator and Provocateur at Prophet, has earned a reputation as one of the most disruptive and effective advisors in business. He spent the past 20 years helping companies and organizations, such as GE, General Mills, Procter & Gamble, The United States Olympic Committee and Coca-Cola, drive innovation from the inside out – enriching their people and driving marketplace growth. Mr. Stefanovich’s true passion lies in guiding clients through the powerful evolution from inspiration to creativity to innovation.

Mr. Stefanovich is frequently featured on CNBC as a nationally recognized innovation thought leader, and acts as visiting professor at many leading universities, including Dartmouth, University of Michigan, Duke, University of Richmond, and the Wharton School of Leadership. He is a published author and is frequently called upon to share his insights with the media. His book on innovation Look at More is an international bestseller.

Leader in Compressed Knowledge Launches Its Next-Generation Website, www.getabstract.com, To House Growing Library of Business Book Summaries
New website provides immediacy to eLearning with enhanced features, greater content, social networking functionally across all computing platforms

Aventura, FL – February 29, 2012 getAbstract Inc., a global online media company in the area of compressed knowledge – its world-record library offers more than 8,000 business book summaries – today launches its next-generation website: http://www.getabstract.com. The redesigned website is part of a comprehensive branding initiative that embodies the company’s forward–thinking vision and commitment to the growing needs of its clients, including 20% of the Fortune 500, educators and highly motivated individuals.

After extensive research and direct feedback from its user base, getAbstract concluded a strong emphasis on increased functionality to further enhance the knowledge experience was a primary goal for the redesign.  As such, http://www.getabstract.com now offers:

  • Rich content provided by award-winning writers and best-selling authors
  • Direct access to reference summaries from almost every page
  • Streamlined searching and more intuitive navigation
  • Interactive summaries using social media such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Suggestion and sharing functions
  • Two additional language options of French and Portuguese to complement English, German, Spanish, Chinese and Russian
  • Instinctive organizational functions
  • Easy integration into corporate networks and learning systems
  • Accessibility for most mobile platforms
  • Compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0

“Our online visitors will now experience new functions and improved tools for seamless access to getAbstract’s vast online resources. In addition, improved sharing and mobile synchronization methods enhance the service for all audiences,” says Patrick Brigger, getAbstract’s co-founder and chairman. “This launch lays the groundwork for a philosophy of an ongoing evolution and expansion of our brand with new features and improvements being made when necessary.”

getAbstract’s new website enables users to share favorite summaries folders such as “Top Reads”, to start a book club, to view user comments on summaries, and to suggest and submit any type of knowledge (book, blog entry, video, and more) to be considered for a summary.

In addition to the enhanced features, the website is also more user-friendly. The home page welcomes visitors with bold new colors and a clean design. Moving images with featured content focus on getAbstract’s mission to inspire lifelong learning and to advance knowledge by providing people with relevant compressed knowledge, at the point of need and at the speed of business. This allows users to make the right decisions, to improve their professional success and to better their company’s competitiveness.

Founded in 1999, getAbstract is a leading online media company. Nearly 10 million users internationally subscribe to its on-demand “compressed knowledge.” Its solutions include a library of more than 8,000 business book summaries, available in text and audio on any platform. 20% of Fortune 500 companies use getAbstract to help their employees become leaders and to drive business performance. For more information, please visit http://www.getabstract.com.

getAbstract AG has appointed Michel Koopman chief executive officer of getAbstract, Inc., the firm’s Americas arm.

Mr. Koopman’s nearly 20 years of business experience will be instrumental in gaining additional market share with the growing online e-book and audio book audience. According to the Association of American Publishers’ January 2012 sales report, e-books and downloadable audio books continue to grow in popularity. E-book sales for January 2012 increased by 115.8% over January 2011’s sales.

Thomas Bergen, getAbstract’s co-founder and corporate CEO, explains, “Michel’s outstanding track record in leading the marketing and enterprise sales departments of major multilevel organizations, as well as his strong leadership and personal qualities, aligns perfectly with our business direction.”

For more details about this appointment, click here.

getAbstract is proud to announce that it will be the exclusive provider of business book summaries at the Kairos Global Summit in New York City on February 3 and 4, 2012.

The summit, which is hosted in partnership with the United Nations and the New York Stock Exchange, aims to bring together innovative, entrepreneurial students from around the world to meet influential leaders.

“We welcome this opportunity to be involved in Kairos Society’s excellent leadership and executive entrepreneurship education program,” said Michel Koopman, Chief Executive Officer, getAbstract, Inc. “We’re proud to provide our service to the future leaders who will tackle the world’s challenges.”

To view the full press release, click here.

The recent financial crisis has underlined the importance of ethics in the workplace. Millennials (born 1981-1999) are the next generation of business leaders. To create awareness of the need for ethical behavior among these young potentials, Professor Steven Pyser at the Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has established the “Global Ethics Case Competition: Root Causes of Integrity in Action.” The aim of the contest is to mimic the real-world business environment and to empower students – our future leaders – to instill integrity and ethics into their daily decisions.

Using numerous business tools, including getAbstract, The Wall Street Journal and Business Performance Improvement Resource, participants coordinated complex business tasks in face-to-face and virtual environments for the competition. First, they selected an exemplary company from the Ethisphere Institute’s “2011 World’s Most Ethical Companies List.” Then, through group consensus, they framed their cases and responses and benchmarked exemplary corporations. The final will take place on Thursday, November 17, 2011 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Fox School of Business and Management in 113 Speakman Hall. Good luck to all the finalists!

To learn more about ethics in the workplace, click on these links:

Ethics for the Real World

Ethics 101

Ethics for Everyone

Cave Henricks Communications is a media relations and consulting firm that provides a valuable service by offering authors a platform from which to promote their work and garnering media attention for books. This week, getAbstract was delighted to hear from Claudia Dizenzo Mueller, Cave Henricks Communications’ publicity manager, who learned about getAbstract from a subscriber at a wedding she had recently attended. With Claudia’s interest piqued, she decided to interview getAbstract’s vice president, Arnhild Walz-Rasilier, to find out more about getAbstract’s service to customers, authors and publishers:

Q: Who are your subscribers? 

A: Present and future decision makers in business. People committed to lifelong learning with an interest in business and/or ambition to climb the professional career ladder.

Q: What do they seek from getAbstract?

A: Carefully selected books across the entire publishing arena that fit their fields of interest, as well as outstanding releases that help answer their questions and provide new insights for their professional development.

Q: How do getAbstract’s summaries go beyond what you can learn from a book jacket or description on Amazon.com?

A: Every abstract contains a review, an overview of the book’s content and a few selected “key quotes” (less than 300 words in total). Armed with that information, readers can make truly informed purchasing decisions. Executives, managers and business professionals rely on and trust our recommendations, which makes getAbstract the leader in precision book marketing.

getAbstract provides an objective and independent presentation of top titles with an unbiased professional opinion.

Q: How do you decide which books to include in your summary listings?

A: Our professional editors screen 11,000 new business titles annually and pick the best in leadership, strategy, management, marketing, human resources, finance, international business, economics, politics, technology and career development. The editors select extraordinary titles, as determined by their assessments of each book’s relevance, applicability, degree of innovation and style.

Q: What are your sources of information about books coming down the publishing pipeline?

A: getAbstract appreciates long-standing relationships with more than 450 international publisher partners, which regularly provide their catalogs and newsletters announcing new releases. We carefully watch publishers’ costs, and we thus ask them not to submit any hard copies before our editorial team has made sure that the work in question has potential to meet our strict selection criteria. Following that assessment, getAbstract selects the titles we would like to evaluate. We also carefully follow business publications for books worth promoting.

On top of this routine, we receive unsolicited books sent by authors and publishers on a daily basis.  Also, more and more authors and publishers contact us directly, asking how to get their works promoted in the getAbstract library.

Q: Do you accept these unsolicited submissions from authors and publishers?  From marketers/publicists?

A: We send these books through our usual assessment process. From time to time, we come across a title which makes it to our final selection. However, the majority of these books don’t meet our selection criteria.

Q: Do you rate and evaluate books, or simply summarize them?

A: Yes, we evaluate and rate by innovation, applicability and style.  We invite you to visit our website www.getAbstract.com to check on each and every recommended book. You will find close to 8,000 abstracts in our library.

Q: Will getAbstract review eBooks or self-published titles?

A: In general, yes.

Q: Who writes the summaries for getAbstract?

A: Our editorial capacity is built on a network of more than 120 high-level business journalists and business editors in the US, Europe and Asia. We create book recommendations in English, German, Spanish, Russian and Chinese.

For more information on Cave Henricks Communications, please visit the firm’s website or follow it on Twitter.

Each year, getAbstract assesses more than 10,000 English and German business books. The nominees for the getAbstract International Book Award represent the best and most innovative business books of 2011, making them the “crème de la crème.”

We are proud to announce that the winners of the English category are Tom Devine and Tarek F. Maassarani for The Corporate Whistleblower’s Survival Guide (published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers) and Ian Morris for Why the West Rules – for Now (published in English by Farrar, Straus and Giroux inside the US and by Profile Books outside the US).

In the German category, the award goes to Tobias Schrödel for Hacking für Manager (published by Gabler) and Manfred Hoefle for Managerismus (published by Wiley-VCH, the German branch of John Wiley & Sons).

Congratulations to the winning authors.

getAbstract Inc. CEO Michel Koopman and his wife, Erika, decided to celebrate his birthday by gathering a number of their friends at an event honoring the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Southern Florida. This organization has granted more than 7,500 wishes since it was founded in 1983 and granted 544 in 2010 alone!  Its mission is to provide hope, strength and joy to children who are battling life-threatening medical conditions. Lili, one of the wish children, who has survived stage-three leukemia, was there to share her story, which was most inspiring. The night was a great success, raising nearly $100,000 for the foundation.

Spanish-language newspaper El Nuevo Herald covered the event in this article.