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Change your job to change your life You no longer need to work nine-to-five in a big company to pay the mortgage, send your kids to school and afford that yearly holiday. You can quit the rat race and start up on your own – and you don’t need an MBA or a huge investment to do it. The $100 Startup is your manual to a new way of living. Learn how to: – Earn a good living on your own terms, when and where you want – Achieve that perfect blend of passion and income to make work something you love – Take crucial insights from 50 ordinary people who started a business with $100 or less – Spend less time working and more time living your life Author:Chris Guillebeau ISBN:9781447286318
A perfect read as a financial primer. Weston’s solid and occasionally humorous writing shines through . . . [and] takes this book from being yet another personal finance book to being an enjoyable read I would recommend.”–The Simple Dollar Millions of us skate by from paycheck to paycheck. We all have financial goals we want (or need) to achieve, but are perplexed by how to get there. But expert financial advisor Liz Weston has carved a path, with ten simple strategies that help anyone avoid critical mistakes, survive downturns, and make the numbers work. Debunking well-trod myths (pay down all your debt immediately) while giving unexpectedly brilliant tips (it’s okay to let student loans linger), Liz Weston outlines everything you need to become financially viable, including how to: – Know what you can afford – Create a survival plan with cash and credit – Manage “good debt” to get ahead – Save for retirement without sacrificing today Author:Liz Weston ISBN:9780452297623
Think like a multimillionaire: leave the 9 to 5 behind. The world has led you to believe that financial freedom is not something you can willfully create in your life. You have been taught to view wealth as something that happens only to a lucky few who win a random business lottery or are blessed with unimaginable talent. The TRUTH is that creating excessive financial wealth does not come down to luck or talent. It comes down simply to your beliefs, understanding, and views–the “pillars” that reinforce your every action. Alex Becker not only breaks down the most important pillars for you but also shows you how to bring them into your life TODAY to begin generating lifelong financial freedom. Discover how to: Successfully quit your 9 to 5 and take back your life without taking massive financial risks, Separate your time from money so that you are constantly getting paid (even in your sleep), Understand the lessons multimillionaires have learned through years of trial and error, Map out the exact steps needed to build million-dollar businesses, Skip time-wasting mistakes and learn how to make money quickly by focusing solely on what gets you paid. Author: Alex Becker ISBN:9781612549200
Even world-class companies, with powerful and proven business models, eventually discover limits to growth. That’s what makes emerging high-growth industries so attractive. With no proven formula for making a profit, these industries represent huge opportunities for the companies that are fast enough and smart enough to capture them first. But building tomorrow’s businesses while simultaneously sustaining excellence in today’s demands a delicate balance. It is a mandatory quest, but one that is fraught with contradiction and paradox. Until now, there has been little practical guidance. Based on an in-depth, multiyear research study of innovative initiatives at ten large corporations, Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble identify three central challenges: forgetting yesterday’s successful processes and practices; borrowing selected resources from the core business; and learning how the new business can succeed.The authors make recommendations regarding staffing, leadership roles, reporting relationships, process design, planning, performance assessment, incentives, cultural norms, and much more. Breakthrough growth opportunities can make or break companies and careers. “Forget, Borrow, Learn” is every leader’s guide to execution in unexplored territory. Author: Vijay Govindarajan, Chris Trimble ISBN:9781591397588
Management expert Bruce Tulgan’s latest book, “Talk About the Work,” is based on a simple but powerful insight: The best way to deal with 99% of difficult challenges facing managers is NOT by gearing up to face down one of those so-called “fierce conversations,” but rather by committing to a steady diet of somewhat mundane conversations. Communicating with your employee should not be an event. It should be a process. Do you want to stop agonizing about your employees’ performance? Do you want to master difficult management relationships? Build a culture of ongoing structured one-on-one dialogues–providing guidance, direction, feedback, troubleshooting, and coaching–with every single employee you manage: One person at a time, one day at a time. When managers consistently practice this simple but shockingly effective technique, they get results: they increase employee performance and morale, increase retention of high performers and turnover among low performers, and achieve significant measurable improvements in business-outcomes. But when it comes to engaging in meaningful dialogue with employees, there’s a culture of complacency and self-deception among managers. Most managers will tell you that they already talk to their direct-reports every day. The problem is that it is precisely the ad hoc manner in which most managers talk to their direct-reports every day that actually makes inevitable the most difficult employee situations that tend to vex managers.You are the new leader of an existing team Resources are tight Employees need to speed up (productivity)Employees need to slow down (quality)Employees’ personal issues are affecting their work Employees need to get organized Employees need to be on time Employees need to behave differently in meetings Employees need to communicate more effectively Employees have an attitude problem Star employees are thinking about leaving…and more. In “Talk About the Work,” Tulgan shows readers the problem with these ad hoc approaches and offers a streamlined step-by-step guide to building a structured one-on-one dialogue that actually works. Tulgan identifies the most common management challenges and offers advice on how to “talk about the work” when: In “Talk About the Work,” Tulgan returns to his roots to write about and share with his core audience–the tens of thousands of managers who have participated in his intensive back-to-basic management seminars over the years–how to become the best manager they can be…by simply talking about the work. Author:Bruce Tulgan ISBN:9781118725597
“The 4 Disciplines of Execution offers…the ‘what’ but also ‘how’ effective execution is achieved. They share numerous examples of companies that have done just that, not once, but over and over again. This is a book that every leader should read!” (Clayton Christensen, Professor, Harvard Business School, and author of The Innovator’s Dilemma). Do you remember the last major initiative you watched die in your organization? Did it go down with a loud crash? Or was it slowly and quietly suffocated by other competing priorities? By the time it finally disappeared, it’s likely no one even noticed. What happened? The “whirlwind” of urgent activity required to keep things running day-to-day devoured all the time and energy you needed to invest in executing your strategy for tomorrow. The 4 Disciplines of Execution can change all that forever. The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) is a simple, repeatable, and proven formula for executing on your most important strategic priorities in the midst of the whirlwind. By following the 4 Disciplines—Focusing on the Wildly Important; Acting on Lead Measures; Keeping a Compelling Scoreboard; Creating a Cadence of Accountability—leaders can produce breakthrough results, even when executing the strategy requires a significant change in behavior from their teams. 4DX is not theory. It is a proven set of practices that have been tested and refined by hundreds of organizations and thousands of teams over many years. When a company or an individual adheres to these disciplines, they achieve superb results—regardless of the goal. 4DX represents a new way of thinking and working that is essential to thriving in today’s competitive climate. The 4 Disciplines of Execution is one book that no business leader can afford to miss. Author:Jim Huling ISBN:9780857205827
The fourth title in the Quercus Ideas You Really Need to Know series demystifies the management concepts that any budding entrepreneur would want to grasp. The 50 bite-sized topics expound the wisdom of the well-known business gurus (from Peters and Porter to Welch and Gates), explain helpful theories and tools (Ansoff’s Product/Market grid, the 4Ps, Boston Matrix), expand on management ideas (branding, outsourcing, supply and demand) and cover the latest commercial concepts from the online world. Author: Edward Russell- Walling ISBN:9781847240095
There is a competitive advantage out there, arguably more powerful than any other. Is it superior strategy? Faster innovation? Smarter employees? No, New York Times best-selling author, Patrick Lencioni, argues that the seminal difference between successful companies and mediocre ones has little to do with what they know and how smart they are and more to do with how healthy they are. In this book, Lencioni brings together his vast experience and many of the themes cultivated in his other best-selling books and delivers a first: a cohesive and comprehensive exploration of the unique advantage organizational health provides. Simply put, an organization is healthy when it is whole, consistent and complete, when its management, operations and culture are unified. Healthy organizations outperform their counterparts, are free of politics and confusion and provide an environment where star performers never want to leave. Lencioni’s first non-fiction book provides leaders with aground breaking, approachable model for achieving organizational health–complete with stories, tips and anecdotes from his experiences consulting to some of the nation’s leading organizations. In this age of informational ubiquity and nano-second change, it is no longer enough to build a competitive advantage based on intelligence alone. The Advantage provides a foundational construct for conducting business in a new way–one that maximizes human potential and aligns the organization around a common set of principles. Author: Patrick Lencioni ISBN:9780470941522
Africa’s Greatest Entrepreneurs comprises of a series of profiles on some of the most successful and dynamic businesspeople currently operating in Africa. Each chapter is dedicated to a single entrepreneur and will focus on the personality as well as the story of how they achieved their success in their particular environment or field. The narrative will focus on the personal success stories of these self-starters in the context of the economic and political climate of their respective markets.Issues discussed include: how they started in business; their defining moments; the challenges they faced and how they overcame them; their frustrations and achievements; what kept them going; what they learned in the process; things they would have done differently; their relationship with the political power structures; their opinions on leadership, on Africa’s future; their heroes and villains, and finally, the legacy they leave behind. The book is inspiring and will provide a better understanding of who the real powerbrokers in Africa are. It will give an unprecedented insight into unique and successful African entrepreneurs as well as first-hand experiences of the realities of how to get things done on the continent. Africa’s Greatest Entrepreneurs will feature an eclectic mix of the most well-known and notable entrepreneurs in Africa. Some of the names included in the book are: Kagiso Mmusi (Botswana), Victor Fotso (Cameroon), Jean Kacou Diagou (Cote d’Ivoire), Gerald Mangoua (Cote d’Ivoire), Kofi Amoabeng(Ghana), Kwabena Adjai (Ghana), Chris Kirubi (Kenya), Daniel David (Mozambique), Wale Tinubu (Nigeria), Aliko Dangote (Nigeria), Aliou Sow (Senegal), Mzi Khumalo (South Africa), Keith Kunene (SA), Ndaba Ntsele (SA), Herman Mashaba (SA), Richard Maponya (SA), Mo Ibrahim (Sudan), Reginald Mengi (Tanzania), Ali Mufuruki (Tanzania) and Wavamunno (Uganda). Author: Moky Makura ISBN:9780143024309
Economic and stock market cycles affect companies in every industry. Unfortunately, a confusing array of anecdotal and conflicting indicators often renders it impossible for managers and investors to see where the economy is heading in time to take corrective action. Now, a 35-year Wall Street veteran unveils a new forecasting method to help managers and investors understand and predict the economic cycles that control their businesses and financial fates. In Ahead of the Curve, Joseph H. Ellis argues that the problem with current forecasting models lies not in the data, but rather in the lack of a clear framework for putting the data in context and reading it correctly. The book explains critical economic indicators in nontechnical language, identifies and documents the recurring cause-and-effect relationships that consistently predict turning points in the economy, and provides the tools managers and investors need to position themselves ahead of cyclical upturns and downturns. Economic events are not as random and unpredictable as they seem. This book helps readers recognize and react to signs of change that their rivals don’t see—and win a sizeable competitive advantage. Joseph H. Ellis was a partner at Goldman Sachs and was ranked for 18 consecutive years by Institutional Investor magazine as Wall Street’s No.1 retail industry analyst. Author:Joseph H. Ellis ISBN:9781591396918
‘An engrossing story of audacious entrepreneurism’ — Charles Duhigg ‘Captures the remarkable journey of Airbnb exceedingly well’ — Reid Hoffman ‘fast paced, fun dive into one of the seminal firms of our time’ — Rana Foroohar In 2008, two broke art school graduates and their coder-whiz friend set up a platform that – in less than a decade – became one of the largest provider of accommodations in the world. Now valued at $31 billion, Airbnb is in the very top tier of Silicon Valley’s ‘unicorn’ startups. Yet the company has not been without controversy – disrupting a $500 billion hotel industry makes you a few enemies. This is also a story of regulators who want to shut it down, hotel industry leaders who want it to disappear and neighbourhoods that struggle with private homes open for public rental. But beyond the headlines and the horror stories, Airbnb has changed the terms of travel for a whole generation – where a sense of belonging has built trust between hosts and guests seeking a more original travel experience that hotels have struggled to replicate. This is the first, definitive book to tell the remarkable story behind Airbnb in all its forms – cultural zeitgeist, hotel disruptor, enemy to regulators – and the first in-depth character study of its leader Brian Chesky, the company’s curious co-founder and CEO. It reveals what got Airbnb where it is today, why they are nothing like Uber, and where they are going next. Author: Leigh Gallagher ISBN:9780753545591
New chapter by Soros on the secrets to his success along with a new Preface and Introduction. New Foreword by renowned economist Paul Volcker “An extraordinary …inside look into the decision-making process of the most successful money manager of our time. Fantastic.” -The Wall Street Journal George Soros is unquestionably one of the most powerful and profitable investors in the world today. Dubbed by BusinessWeek as “the Man who Moves Markets,” Soros made a fortune competing with the British pound and remains active today in the global financial community. Now, in this special edition of the classic investment book, The Alchemy of Finance, Soros presents a theoretical and practical account of current financial trends and a new paradigm by which to understand the financial market today. This edition’s expanded and revised Introduction details Soros’s innovative investment practices along with his views of the world and world order. He also describes a new paradigm for the “theory of reflexivity” which underlies his unique investment strategies. Filled with expert advice and valuable business lessons, The Alchemy of Finance reveals the timeless principles of an investing legend. This special edition will feature a new chapter by Soros on the secrets of his success and a new Foreword by the Honorable Paul Volcker, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve. George Soros (New York, NY) is President of Soros Fund Management and Chief Investment Advisor to Quantum Fund N.V., a $12 billion international investment fund. Besides his numerous ventures in finance, Soros is also extremely active in the worlds of education, culture, and economic aid and development through his Open Society Fund and the Soros Foundation. Author: George Soros ISBN:9780471445494
Most organizations consist of multiple business and support units, each populated by highly trained, experienced executives. But often the efforts of individual units are not coordinated, resulting in conflicts, lost opportunities, and diminished performance. Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton argue that the responsibility for this critical alignment lies with corporate headquarters. In this book, the authors apply their revolutionary Balanced Scorecard management system to corporate-level strategy, revealing how highly successful enterprises achieve powerful synergies by explicitly defining corporate headquarters’ role in setting, coordinating, and overseeing organizational strategy. Based on extensive field research in organizations worldwide, Alignment shows how companies can build an enterprise-level Strategy Map and Balanced Scorecard that clearly articulate the “enterprise value proposition”: how the enterprise creates value above that achieved by individual business units operating alone. The book provides case studies, actionable frameworks, and sample scorecards that show how to align business and support units, boards of directors, and external partners with the corporate strategy and create a governance process that will ensure that alignment is sustained. The next breakthrough in strategy execution from the field’s premier thinkers, Alignment shows how today’s companies can unlock unrealized value from enterprise synergies. Author: Robert S. Kaplan ISBN:9781591396901
This invaluable book explains why good communication is so critical, and reveals the secrets of honing your skills to ensure your goals are realized. From planning your initiative to making an effective pitch when the stakes are high, international communication coach Juliet Erickson presents the best insights and techniques of persuasive communication that are essential to really make your great ideas happen. Author: Juliet Erickson ISBN:9780340830314
Fully revised and expanded for the first time in a decade, The Art of the Start 2.0 is Guy Kawasaki’s classic bestselling guide to launching and making your new product, service or idea a success. This new edition has been expanded to reflect the seismic changes in business over the last decade, in which once-invulnerable market leaders have struggled and many of the basics of getting established have become easier, cheaper and more democratic. Today, business plans are no longer necessary. Social media has replaced PR and advertising as the key method of promotion. Crowdfunding is now a viable alternative to investors. Cloud computing makes basic infrastructure affordable for almost any new venture. The Art of the Start 2.0 will show you how to effectively deploy all these new tools. And it will help you master the fundamental challenges that have not changed: building a strong team, creating an awesome product or service, and facing down your competition. Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, own a business, or want to get more entrepreneurial within any organisation, this book will help you make your crazy ideas stick. It’s an adventure that’s more art than science – the art of the start. ‘The Art of the Start 2.0 is the ultimate entrepreneurship handbook. Kawasaki’s generous wisdom, tips, and humour reflect his successes and failures. We can all benefit from his insights’ Arianna Huffington, president and editor in chief, Huffington Post ‘A successful entrepreneur requires three things: a garage, an idea, and this book – Guy’s irrepressible guide to the raw essentials of life in a young company’ Michael Moritz, Sequoia Capita Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva (an online design service) and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple and special adviser to the CEO of the Motorola business unit of Google. His many acclaimed books include The Art of Social Media and Enchantment. Author: Guy Kawasaki ISBN:9780241187265
The forces driving today’s world of structural change create sharp bends in the road that can lead to major explosions in your existing market space. But exponential change also offers exponential opportunities. How do you leverage change to go on the offense? The Attacker’s Advantage is the game plan for winning in an era of ambiguity, volatility, and complexity, when every leader and every business is being challenged in new and unexpected ways. Ram Charan, harnessing an unequalled depth and breadth of experience working with leaders and companies around the globe, provides tested, practical tools to help you: •Build the perceptual acuity to see around corners and detect, ahead of others, those forces—especially people, who are the catalysts of change—that could radically reshape a company or industry •Have the mindset to see opportunity in uncertainty •Commit to a new path forward despite the unknowns, positioning your business to make the next move ahead of competitors •Break the blockages that can hold your company back •Know when to accelerate and when to shift the short-term and long-term balance •Make your organization agile and steerable by aligning people, priorities, decision-making power, budgeting and capital allocation, and key performance indicators to the new realities of the marketplace The Attacker’s Advantage provides a stark and simple challenge: stay in a legacy world of incremental gains or defensiveness, or be an attacker by creating a new world, scaling it up quickly, ahead of the traditional players. Author: Ram Charan ISBN:9781610394741
In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup ‘unicorn’ promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4. 7 billion. There was just one problem: the technology didn’t work. For years, Holmes had been misleading investors, FDA officials, and her own employees. When Carreyrou, working at the Wall Street Journal, got a tip from a former Theranos employee and started asking questions, both Carreyrou and the Journal were threatened with lawsuits. Undaunted, the newspaper ran the first of dozens of Theranos’ articles in late 2015. By early 2017, the company’s value was zero and Holmes faced potential legal action from the government and her investors. In Bad Blood John Carreyrou tells the story of Theranos, and encourages us to consider the possible repercussions of our blind faith in a small group of brilliant individuals. Now to be adapted into a film, with Jennifer Lawrence to star. Author BiographyJohn Carreyrou is a member of the Wall Street Journal’s investigative reporting team. He joined the Journal in 1999 and has been based in Brussels, Paris, and New York for the paper. John has covered a number of topics during his career, ranging from Islamist terrorism when he was on assignment in Europe to the pharmaceutical industry and the US healthcare system. His reporting on corruption in the field of spine surgery led to long prison terms for a California hospital owner and a Michigan neurosurgeon. His reporting on Theranos was recognized with a George Polk Award. Born in New York and raised in Paris, he currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife and three children. – Bad Blood By John Carreyrou Author: John Carreyrou ISBN:9781509868070
Muhammad Yunus, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, set up the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh to lend tiny sums to the poorest of the poor, who were shunned by ordinary banks. The money would enable them to set up the smallest business enterprise and pull themselves out of poverty. Today, Yunus’s system of ‘micro-credit’ is practiced in some sixty countries, and his Grameen Bank is a billion-pound business acknowledged by world leaders and the World Bank as a fundamental weapon against poverty. Banker for the Poor is Yunus’s own enthralling story: of how Bangladesh’s terrible 1974 famine underlined the need to enable its victims to grow more food; of overcoming scepticism in many governments and in traditional economic thinking; and of how micro-credit unions in the West. Author: Muhammad Yunus ISBN: 9780143102915
The battle for the control of RJR Nabisco in the Autumn of 1988, which became the largest and most dramatic corporate takeover in American history, sent shock-waves through the international business world and became a symbol of the greed, excess and egotism of the eighties. Barbarians at the Gate recounts this two-month battle with breathtaking pace and flair, and transports back to the Wall Street empire before it crumbled, through the boardroom doors, into the midnight meetings, the betrayals, the deal makers and publicity flaks, into a world where – as Nabisco CEO Ross Johnson put it – ‘a few million dollars are lost in the sands of time’. Twenty years on, the world is once again recovering from a period of financial extravagance and irresponsibility. This revised edition brings the ultimate business thriller up to date for a new generation of readers. Author: Bryan Burrough ISBN:9780099545835
For thirty-three years and through three editions, Bass and Stogdill’s Handbook of Leadership has been the indispensable bible of every serious student of leadership. This completely revised and updated fourth edition reflects the growth and changes in the study of leadership over the past seventeen years, with new chapters on transformational leadership, ethics, presidential leadership, and executive leadership. Throughout the Handbook, the contribution from cognitive social psychology and the social, political, communications, and administrative sciences have been expanded. Author: Bernard M. Bass ISBN: 9780743215527
Different scenarios demand different plans, and this book helps you tailor your preparations to suit the challenges presented by a particular move or development and ensure that yours are indeed the best-laid business plans. In short, easy-to-digest sections and using useful case studies, it contains: * practical advice on creating a successful plan * guidance on presenting the right plan for the right audience and getting maximum benefit from minimum effort. Author: Paul Barrow ISBN:9780753509630
Based on the award-winning formula of his hugely popular nightly show on CNBC, Donny Deutsch’s The Big Idea is a step-by-step guide for anyone who has ever dreamt of following through on creating their own business. From the ‘Aha! Moment’ to taking that all-important first leap, Deutsch cheers aspiring entrepreneurs along every step of the way. Starting with how to look for opportunities, through to keeping what you’ve created going and growing, each stage of the process is illustrated by an invaluable lesson learned by a leading entrepreneur. With the author’s irrepressible energy, enthusiasm and expertise providing the engine that drives this incredibly upbeat book, The Big Idea will provide the tools to tackle issues head on, and is the ideal how-to for entrepreneurs – from inventors to artists, marketers to producers, teenagers to retirees. Author: Donny Deutsch ISBN:9780553824322
THE OUTRAGEOUS NO.1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER, NOW AN OSCAR- AND BAFTA-WINNING FILM From the jungles of the trading floor to the casinos of Las Vegas, The Big Short, Michael Lewis’s No.1 bestseller, tells the story of the misfits, renegades and visionaries who saw that the biggest credit bubble of all time was about to burst, bet against the banking system – and made a killing. ‘In the hands of Michael Lewis, anything is possible … if you want to know how a nation lost its financial mind – and have a good laugh finding out – this is the book to read’ Sunday Times ‘Magnificent … a perfect storm of brilliant writer meeting big subject’ Guardian ‘A triumph … riveting … The Big Short reads like a thriller’ The Times ‘A terrifying story, superbly well told’ Daily Telegraph ‘A rollicking good yarn’ Financial Times Author: Michael Lewis ISBN:9780141043531
The Bigger Deal: Work Your Way to a Life of Meaning, is a book about possibilities. It is an impassioned demonstration that there is so much more every single one of us can do to have bigger lives. The Bigger Deal is about better businesses, better careers, and better contributions to our shared humanity. It is a book about the meaning of work, success, and life. Springing from Sunny’s work as a business advisor, educator, columnist, and speaker, The Bigger Deal is written for those who care about doing more with their lives. It shows business folk how to use a powerful sense of purpose to build organizations that truly excel. It exhorts employers to bring the best out of their staff members by treating them as human beings, not human resources. It demonstrates to employees the need to use work, no matter how humble, as a path to inner fulfillment. It is about CEOs and porters, entrepreneurs and clerks, artists and artisans. Author: Sunny Bindra ISBN:9789966120434
Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s phenomenal international bestseller The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable shows us how to stop trying to predict everything – and take advantage of uncertainty. What have the invention of the wheel, Pompeii, the Wall Street Crash, Harry Potter and the internet got in common? Why are all forecasters con-artists? What can Catherine the Great’s lovers tell us about probability? Why should you never run for a train or read a newspaper? This book is all about Black Swans: the random events that underlie our lives, from bestsellers to world disasters. Their impact is huge; they’re impossible to predict; yet after they happen we always try to rationalize them.
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER #1 WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER BLUE OCEAN SHIFT is the essential follow up to Blue Ocean Strategy, the classic and 3.6 million copy global bestseller by world-renowned professors W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne. Drawing on more than a decade of new work, Kim and Mauborgne show you how to move beyond competing, inspire your people’s confidence, and seize new growth, guiding you step-by-step through how to take your organization from a red ocean crowded with competition to a blue ocean of uncontested market space. By combining the insights of human psychology with practical market-creating tools and real-world guidance, Kim and Mauborgne deliver the definitive guide to shift yourself, your team, or your organization to new heights of confidence, market creation, and growth. They show why nondisruptive creation is as important as disruption in seizing new growth. BLUE OCEAN SHIFT is packed with all-new research and examples of how leaders in diverse industries and organizations made the shift and created new markets by applying the process and tools outlined in the book. Whether you are a cash-strapped startup or a large, established company, nonprofit or national government, you will learn how to move from red to blue oceans in a way that builds your people’s confidence so that they own and drive the process. With battle-tested lessons learned from successes and failures in the field, BLUE OCEAN SHIFTis critical reading for leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs alike. You’ll learn what works, what doesn’t, and how to avoid the pitfalls along the way. This book will empower you to succeed as you embark on your own blue ocean journey. BLUE OCEAN SHIFT is indispensable for anyone committed to building a compelling future. Author: Renee Mauborgne ISBN:9781509832163
The global phenomenon that has sold 3.6 million copies, is published in a record-breaking 44 languages and is a bestseller across five continents–now updated and expanded with new contentIn this perennial bestseller, embraced by organizations and industries worldwide, globally preeminent management thinkers W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne challenge everything you thought you knew about the requirements for strategic success. Recognized as one of the most iconic and impactful strategy books ever written, Blue Ocean Strategy, now updated with fresh content from the authors, argues that cutthroat competition results in nothing but a bloody red ocean of rivals fighting over a shrinking profit pool. Based on a study of 150 strategic moves (spanning more than 100 years across 30 industries), the authors argue that lasting success comes not from battling competitors but from creating “blue oceans”–untapped new market spaces ripe for growth.Blue Ocean Strategy presents a systematic approach to making the competition irrelevant and outlines principles and tools any organization can use to create and capture their own blue oceans. This expanded edition includes: A new preface by the authors: Help! My Ocean Is Turning RedUpdates on all cases and examples in the book, bringing their stories up to the present timeTwo new chapters and an expanded third one — Alignment, Renewal, and Red Ocean Traps — that address the most pressing questions readers have asked over the past 10 yearsA landmark work that upends traditional thinking about strategy, this bestselling book charts a bold new path to winning the future. Consider this your guide to creating uncontested market space–and making the competition irrelevant.To learn more about the power of blue ocean strategy, visit blueoceanstrategy.com. There you’ll find all the resources you need–from ideas in practice and cases from government and private industry, to teaching materials, mobile apps, real-time updates, and tips and tools to help you make your blue ocean journey a success. Author: W Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne ISBN:9781625274496
Why do many people and companies crumble in the face of difficulty, while others use adversity to bounce back even stronger? Here from New York Times bestselling author Keith McFarland is a leadership fable for those wary of fables, a story that rejects pat, heard-it-before advice and shows–in a startlingly fresh way–how to use challenges to make both yourself and your organization stronger. Mike Maloney, division manager for Boston-area tech firm CRX, returns from a business trip late one night feeling demoralized. His unit is about to lose its biggest customer and its most valuable employee. Mike wonders how much longer he and his staff can keep up their relentless work schedule and meet upper management’s new request for cost cuts. Something has to give. Hoping to blow off steam, he heads to a gym, where he runs into Joe, a former army Ranger. After listening to Mike vent about the cards he’s been dealt, the ex-soldier says, “Sounds like your company is ready to bounce.” Mike looks confused, so Joe begins tutoring him in lessons from the battlefield. It is precisely when all seems lost, says Joe, that the opportunity exists to rethink a situation and make real progress. Over the next two weeks, Joe turns Mike’s view of himself and his company upside down. Despite his Ivy League MBA and extensive experience running companies, Mike has a lot to learn from this young grunt just back from Afghanistan. For example, he learns that under pressure, people experience two kinds of anxiety–one that hurts performance and one that helps it. Mike uses the insight to get his troops running toward the sound of gunfire, and in the process, learns that “bounce” can happen outside the workplace, too. With Joe’s help, he finds his own personal bounce. Drawing inspiration from such sources as the work of M.I.T. social scientist Ed Schein, the film Saving Private Ryan, and his own experiences as a CEO leading companies, McFarland cleverly weaves a story whose practical insights can be put to use immediately. With an invaluable wrap-up section at the book’s end that analyzes each of the key ideas and shows how they can be applied in work and personal life, Bounce may be the most indispensable guide to facing challenges ever written. Author: Keith McFarland ISBN:9780307588173
Choose to be the best version of yourself—and keep on choosing it! For the first time, the world’s leading mentor David C.M. Carter shares his most effective “breakthrough” secrets in this practical guide to becoming the best you can be. Previously only accessible to his handful of exclusive international clients, these strategies are the key to a more successful and happier you. By following them, you will learn how to identify and clarify your goals—and then achieve them in every area of your life. With simple easy-to-action “breakthroughs” outlined in each chapter, complete with how-to tools, you’ll have no excuse to live anything less than the life you were destined to live. Author: David C.M. Carter ISBN:9780749959555
Based on a five-year, 7,000-company study The vast majority of small businesses stay small–and not by choice. Only the most savvy and persistent–a tiny one tenth of one percent–break through to the very highest ranks. In The Breakthrough Company, technology CEO and Fortune 500 consultant Keith McFarland draws upon an extensive empirical study to reveal exactly how everyday companies become extraordinary, showing that breakthrough success is associated with a clearly identifiable set of strategies and skills that anyone in any business can emulate–from small startup to industry leader. With powerful and specific action steps concluding each chapter–and invaluable advice on virtually every page from business leaders who’ve taken their companies to extraordinary levels of growth and profitability–The Breakthrough Company is stuffed with real-world tools and myth-busting insights that can be used by anyone wanting his or her business to join this exclusive circle. “Think Good to Great for those still small enough to think big.” —Bob Eckert, chairman and CEO, Mattel, Inc. “If you’re looking for a breakthrough, break open this book.” —Harvey Mackay, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive Author: Keith R McFarlarnd ISBN:9780307352194
Social Business is a visionary new model for capitalism developed by Muhammad Yunus, the practical genius who pioneered microcredit and won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to combat global poverty. Now social businesses which harness the energy of capitalism to fulfil human needs rather than reward shareholders, is being adopted by leading corporations as well as entrepreneurs and social activists across Asia, South America, Europe, and the United States. Through the example of corporations such as BAS, Adidas, Danone, Uniqlo, and others, Building Social Business shows how an inspiring theory has become a world-altering practice, and offers practical guidance for those who want to create social business of their own. Author: Muhammad Yunus ISBN: 9781586489564
As industries turn increasingly hostile, it is clear that strong brand-building skills are needed to survive and prosper. In David Aaker’s pathbreaking book, Managing Brand Equity, managers discovered the value of a brand as a strategic asset and a company’s primary source of competitive advantage. Now, in this compelling new work, Aaker uses real brand-building cases from Saturn, General Electric, Kodak, Healthy Choice, McDonald’s, and others to demonstrate how strong brands have been created and managed. A common pitfall of brand strategists is to focus on brand attributes. Aaker shows how to break out of the box by considering emotional and self-expressive benefits and by introducing the brand-as-person, brand-as-organization, and brand-as-symbol perspectives. The twin concepts of brand identity (the brand image that brand strategists aspire to create or maintain) and brand position (that part of the brand identity that is to be actively communicated) play a key role in managing the “out-of-the-box” brand. A second pitfall is to ignore the fact that individual brands are part of a larger system consisting of many intertwined and overlapping brands and subbrands. Aaker shows how to manage the “brand system” to achieve clarity and synergy, to adapt to a changing environment, and to leverage brand assets into new markets and products. Aaker also addresses practical management issues, introducing a set of brand equity measures, termed the brand equity ten, to help those who measure and track brand equity across products and markets. He presents and analyzes brand-nurturing organizational forms that are responsive to the challenges of coordinated brands across markets, products, roles, and contexts. Potentially destructive organizational pressures to change a brand’s identity and position are also discussed. As executives in a wide range of industries seek to prevent their products and services from becoming commodities, they are recommitting themselves to brands as a foundation of business strategy. This new work will be essential reading for the battle-ready. (less) David A. Aaker ISBN:9781849830409
Drawing upon a six-year research project at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras took eighteen truly exceptional and long-lasting companies and studied each in direct comparison to one of its top competitors. They examined the companies from their very beginnings to the present day — as start-ups, as midsize companies, and as large corporations. Throughout, the authors asked: “What makes the truly exceptional companies different from the comparison companies and what were the common practices these enduringly great companies followed throughout their history?” Filled with hundreds of specific examples and organized into a coherent framework of practical concepts that can be applied by managers and entrepreneurs at all levels, Built to Last provides a master blueprint for building organizations that will prosper long into the 21st century and beyond. Author: Jim Collins ISBN:9780060516406
‘This is not a book about charismatic visionary leaders. It is not about visionary product concepts or visionary products or visionary market insights. Nor is it about just having a corporate vision. This is a book about something far more important, enduring, and substantial. This is a book about visionary companies.’ Drawing upon a six-year research project at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Collins and Porras took eighteen truly exceptional and long-lasting companies and studied each company in direct comparison to one of its top competitors. They examined the companies from their very beginnings to the present day – as start-ups, as midsize companies and as large corporations. Throughout, the authors asked: ‘What makes the truly exceptional companies different from other companies?’ Filled with hundreds of specific examples and organized into a coherent framework of practical concepts that can be applied by managers and entrepreneurs at all levels, Built to Last provides a master blueprint for building organizations that will prosper long into the twenty-first century and beyond. Author:James C. Collins, Jerry I. Porras ISBN:9781844135844
This package includes a physical copy of Wood, Frank Wood’s Business Accounting Volume 1, 13th edition by Alan Sangster as well as access to the eText and MyAccountingLab. To access the eText and MyAccountingLab you need a course ID from your instructor. If you are only looking for the book buy ISBN 9781292084664. “This is an ideal technical accounting textbook, broken into short chapters that focus on specific areas” Elayne Taylor, University of Dundee “Comprehensive text for studying business accounting from elementary to intermediate levels” Stephen Hick, University of Keele Every year, thousands of students rely on Frank Wood’s best-selling books to help them pass their accountancy exams. Now in its 13th edition, Business Accounting Volume 2 continues to offer an essential guide for any accounting student. Its accessible approach makes the book suitable for a wide variety of courses in accounting and business, both at secondary and tertiary level and for those studying for professional qualifications. Key concepts from financial accounting, financial analysis, financial reporting, and management accounting are all covered in this comprehensive and practical text. New to this edition: Coverage of Integrated Reporting New chapter on theories of accounting choice Over 120 new questions to test your understanding Updated to be fully compliant with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Key Features: Over 350 review questions, including past examination board questions Easy-to-follow explanations of contemporary accounting practice Activities designed to reinforce the understanding of key concepts Clear and logical progression through topics This package includes MyAccountingLab, an online homework, tutorial, and assessment system designed with a single purpose in mind; to improve the results of all higher education students, one student at a time. With a wide range of interactive, engaging, and assignable activities, students are encouraged to actively learn and retain tough course concepts. Fi Author: Frank Wood and Alan Sangster ISBN:9781292088549
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