Turn the best ideas from the top business books into practical plans and actions for yourself, your team, or organization.
The bible for bringing cutting-edge products to larger markets—now revised and updated with new insights into the realities of high-tech marketing
In Crossing the Chasm, Geoffrey A. Moore shows that in the Technology Adoption Life Cycle—which begins with innovators and moves to early adopters, early majority, late majority, and laggards—there is a vast chasm between the early adopters and the early majority. While early adopters are willing to sacrifice for the advantage of being first, the early majority waits until they know that the technology actually offers improvements in productivity. The challenge for innovators and marketers is to narrow this chasm and ultimately accelerate adoption across every segment.
This third edition brings Moore’s classic work up to date with dozens of new examples of successes and failures, new strategies for marketing in the digital world, and Moore’s most current insights and findings. He also includes two new appendices, the first connecting the ideas in Crossing the Chasm to work subsequently published in his Inside the Tornado, and the second presenting his recent groundbreaking work for technology adoption models for high-tech consumer markets. (description from Amazon)
Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.
Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business.
The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively. Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on “validated learning,” rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute. (description from Amazon)
It’s been over a decade since Verne Harnish’s best-selling book Mastering the Rockefeller Habits was first released. Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) is the first major revision of this business classic which details practical tools and techniques for building an industry-dominating business. This book is written so everyone — from frontline employees to senior executives — can get aligned in contributing to the growth of a firm. Scaling Up focuses on the four major decision areas every company must get right: People, Strategy, Execution, and Cash. The book includes a series of new one-page tools including the updated One-Page Strategic Plan and the Rockefeller Habits ChecklistTM, which more than 40,000 firms around the globe have used to scale their companies successfully — many to $10 million, $100 million, and $1 billion and beyond – while enjoying the climb! (description from Amazon)
The global economy and free market philosophy have resulted in higher global competition and increased expectations from customers. It is obvious that new approaches are needed to satisfy demands and many of them fall under a broad umbrella called agile. To capitalize fully on the benefits of agile, one must first understand the concepts that underpin it. In this book, we first identify many concepts that various approaches advocate for agile and group them into three areas forming a simple, robust system. Then, we describe the most useful agile methods in savage summaries regardless of the approach that promotes them, grouping them logically and showing how to use them. We have an agnostic agile model that can be useful to anyone using any form of agile. Both concepts for being agile and techniques for doing agile are summarized in this book and there are several ways to use this book. (description from Publisher)
Consultants and internal project teams often make substantial claims about the savings opportunities resulting from their projects. Most of the time, these claims do not come true. Project Profitability explains why these opportunities are not realized and offers a framework that will guarantee your teams identify projects that align with your strategy, calculate cash savings appropriately, and realize these cash savings upon implementation. (description from Publisher)
Following a team development system that jazz musicians use naturally provides clarity, purpose, and structure is the key to creating high-performing agile teams. It is attainable through this book, Workplace Jazz. In Workplace Jazz, the author raises a battle cry for individual and corporate responsibility in building cultures that are healthier and more productive for those working in them. What should leaders do to address this workforce engagement and productivity gap? Should companies keep implementing culture improvement processes and procedures that do not address the emotional connection that teams need? Workplace Jazz offers a step-by-step process, enhanced with stories, neuroscience research, case studies, metaphors, and a strategic blueprint for developing connected and high-performing project teams based on the author’s experiences as a professional musician, certified conversational intelligence coach, and certified business consultant. (description from Publisher)
This book contains business communication information that may not have been taught in college, information that has been accumulated over years of business experience and teaching. Anyone can read these brief tips to learn how to better communicate in business while saving the time that might have been invested in reading many books. The tips cover the fundamental areas of writing, speaking, and interpersonal communication, as well as offer general business communication advice. Each tip is a practical application that can be implemented immediately. Each tip is also illustrated by a story from the author’s work life in various industries. Lastly, the book also lays a foundation for an understanding of how the brain influences all communication. (description from Publisher)
There is a need for current, research-based content focused on helping leaders of nonprofit and faith-based organizations to be successful. When compared to the market for new books and publications which discuss success strategies that apply to for-profit organizations, this market is underserved. This book is an essential tool to help you grow with your nonprofit organization. Whether you are an executive director, manager, board member, pastor, or key volunteer, the details here will help you achieve so much more. The four overarching areas of what the authors term a ‘virtuous cycle in nonprofit organization success’–living the mission, making good decisions, getting things done, developing your team–emerged from literature searches, focus groups, and surveys to discover objectively what critical skills and knowledge are most useful to leaders of nonprofit organizations. Inside, experts contribute individual chapters in each of these four areas. This book can be used as a reference for specific skills and knowledge in any of these areas. It can also be used as a text since it covers 16 specific chapters within the four major sections and each chapter has a major case study, assessment questions, and summaries of key concepts. (description from Publisher)
Too often people go to interviews prepared only to answer questions. They study the tough questions for days hoping to give the right responses on D-Day. These same people treat the interview as a cross examination; they see themselves on trial, under the spotlight, deer in the headlights. People who are being interviewed need another attitude, an attitude that says, “I’m here to interview you, to see if I want to bring my talents and experiences to your organization.” Most people don’t know how to do this. However, if armed with a few questions, they can even the playing field and engage in a useful conversation with their hosts. This book provides a set of questions that are appropriate for any job candidate to ask and allows candidates to participate in a dialogue, a conversation. Experience suggests that only a handful of questions are necessary in most interviews. Review all of the questions. Choose the ones that you believe provide you with the information you need. Learn to interview the interviewer! (description from Publisher)
It is an important time to celebrate the advancement of women. We have made visible progress in the last few decades. The number of women entrepreneurs, business owners, and leaders in corporate leadership roles is growing. However, there are still many challenges women face that are different from their male counterparts. Women sometimes have beliefs or career myths that may interfere with their personal career satisfaction and success. The book is based on a global survey of over 180 women and interviews with a dozen influential women in leadership and professional roles conducted from January to March 2018. The women validated 21 career myths and provided advice and tips for helping women overcome them. While women seem to agree that these myths exist, until now, there has been few development resources dedicated to overcoming them. (description from Publisher)
This short book crystalizes key ideas on how to create a lasting business and personal legacy. Worldwide, there is a growing interest on how to uncover one’s true purpose in life and legacy. It is a subject that crosses the minds of everyone regardless of geographic location, gender, age, or occupation. Using fictional, but highly plausible stories, this short book crystalizes key ideas on how to create a lasting business and personal legacy. With rising cases of depression resulting from personal and career challenges, this book provides refreshing perspectives on how to find new meaning and happiness in one’s life while making a relevant and lasting impact. (description from Publisher)
This book is also for mid-level technical managers who seek to move up the corporate ladder but are not sure how to differentiate themselves from their peers. Pete Devenyi highlights ten capabilities that technology leaders must develop and nurture in order to achieve their full potential. He shares learnings and techniques through a collection of compelling, real-world stories from his own 37-year technology journey. (description from Publisher)
In an era where technology and the skills required to navigate its use are deemed innate, people can experience some difficulty in transferring face-to- face skills to the virtual environment when they have not received any training or instruction in that regard. In many cases, books designed to assist in the learning process can be lengthy and cumbersome, rather than the clear, concise, complete, and correct format appreciated by readers. Delivering Effective Virtual Presentations provides the reader with clear guidelines for creating and delivering webinars, e-meetings, and virtual presentations, including checklists and examples. The concise content of this book will help fill the gap between existing knowledge, skills, and abilities for delivering effective presentations and those necessary for doing so in the virtual environment. This book is a user-friendly guide to prepare college students, employees, supervisors, managers, and executives, to be highly effective virtual presenters. (description from Publisher)
Even though it is seldom acknowledged, the truth is that business runs on emotion—yours and almost everyone else’s. And that emotion is often negative, leading us into bewilderment, dysfunction, and failure.This book explains how to face up to this reality and respond by building street smarts and business emotional intelligence (BEQ). It supports your business success by developing your ability to recognize and effectively manage the destructive emotional tendencies, hidden agendas, and behaviors that exist all around you, and sometimes within you, that block business progress. Emotions don’t belong in the business process, we are told. And that’s absolutely correct when destructive feelings disrupt the workplace. But here is the dirty little secret: Irrational and runaway feelings nevertheless dominate in many businesses and hold back professionals who are crippled by emotional dynamics that often play out beyond conscious awareness and their control. Learn how and why emotions are a controlling factor in every career or business success and failure, and how to work with them to achieve your full potential by developing (BEQ). Expand and transform your business thinking and approach, by learning to recognize common, hidden emotional issues in a simple and straightforward manner. Strengthen your BEQ to achieve more accurate self-analysis, improved awareness, and effective functioning that creates predictable and positive results immediately. (description from Publisher)
Discover how to Get It Right in your Moments That Matter-when the situation is complex and relational-and the stakes are high. Transform the outcome of your most challenging situations and interactions when you feel-
- Threatened by charged emotions or uncertainty
- Paralyzed by fear of saying (or doing) the wrong thing (again)
- Defeated by a relationship that seems damaged beyond repair
- Perplexed about how to achieve the results you desire
- Stalled in progress with others due to differing styles and perspective.
In an ever-changing environment when typical habits, behaviors, and thinking aren’t enough, Getting It Right When It Matters Most introduces research backed insight and a simple model for your most important situations. Apply self-awareness, learning agility, and emotional intelligence through the Self, Outlook, Action, and Reflection (SOAR) cycle. (description from Publisher)
This book gives the reader the keys to survival and success as his or her career progresses from one job to the next in the same, or a different, organization—be it for-profit, nonprofit, government, or volunteer. It is designed to help the reader avoid the many traps and pitfalls encountered along his or her career path and to help facilitate increased personal effectiveness during all three stages of the job cycle—interviewing, new hire, and long-term employment. Whether preparing to enter the workforce for the first time or in early, middle, or later career stages, this book will show the reader how to avoid jobs and organizations that are not a good fit. It will also go beyond survival and show how to achieve success by doing the job well and making other contributions to the organization in ways that improve job performance, satisfaction, happiness, and personal and professional growth. The keys this book provides will work whether the reader is an independent contributor, a manager responsible for the work of others, or an executive responsible for the enterprise. Organizational leaders, human resource professionals, career coaches, and mentors can also utilize this book to educate and train employees to be more productive at work and happy in their worklife. (description from Publisher)
This book emphasizes the importance of planning reports to ensure they do what you, the writer or presenter, want them to do. Inside, the reader will discover useful information to make reports more effective, including: the steps involved to plan written and oral report presentations for individuals as well as teams, models for ethical reporting, exclusive tips for preparing webinars, well-thought out steps for preparing a research proposal, and so much more.
Numerous examples, helpful illustrations, and a concise writing style let you acquire vital information rapidly, and each chapter ends with a convenient checklist. (description from Publisher)
This book highlights the discrete tasks in report creation and how to do each task to maximum efficiency and effect. Tasks include drafting, revising, editing, formatting, and illustrating. Business research reports involve these tasks and several others. Reports delivered orally require rehearsal and handling question-and-answer sessions in addition to the foregoing tasks. This book targets all business and professional people, upper-level undergraduates, and MBA stu- dents. This book begins with creating a draft, revising and editing (two distinct tasks) it, and producing a final document. It offers guides for page layout and text format and for choosing the proper medium, including traditional ones, along with report deck, web page, and infographics. (description from Publisher)
How do you empower yourself to maximize your impact? This book will show you how to do this ethically, using the nine key steps.
‧ Do you feel that your work and life should somehow be better than it is?
‧ Are you on a treadmill, doing things you don’t want to do, with no hope of getting off?
‧ Do you find it hard to say what you want or even to know what you want?
‧ Are you intimidated by those in authority, whoever they are?
If so, then Powerful Performance is for you.
Join Mark Eyre on a journey to discover how you can be both ethical and powerful, and that it doesn’t have to be a choice between them, in business or in life. Through reading the in-sights and case studies in this book and completing the self-diagnostic exercises, you will learn the nine steps to ethical power. Mastering these steps will enable you to stand your ground and achieve your full potential. (description from Publisher)
Economies had barely recovered from the Great Recession of 2008 when the COVID-19 pandemic moved swiftly around the world threatening to devastate global economies and their populations yet again. Inevitably, unemployment followed. Anyone looking for employment or a promotion in a mercurial economic environment can find useful tips and information in Your GPS to Employment Success: How to Find and Succeed in the Right Job. This book is a career resource that contains a treasure trove of straightforward, pithy job search and career advice, 125 tips, and stories from an employment expert. It is a career advancement and networking guide that also identifies inconvenient truths that are not commonly known but are helpful to have in your career toolkit. The author also provides a career toolkit that contains informative, time-saving material. (description from Publisher)
The Barn Door Is Open: Frameworks and Tools for Success and Fulfillment in the Workplace is a business book, a playful and humorous read, an intelligent metaphorical and philosophical tale anchored in the tools and techniques of innovative and proven management frameworks. Readers will not only find its teachings entertaining and inspirational, but will benefit from its lessons and tools by applying them to their personal lives. This book integrates the subjects and tools of Lean and Lean Transformation, mindfulness, confiict resolution, Theory of Constraints, project management, Agile, Six Sigma, change management, and corporate culture transformation into one easily digestible reference. (description from Publisher)
In case you were not aware, research focusing on both Canadian and U.S. companies shows that a whopping 98 percent of people polled have experienced uncivil behavior on the job. And, according to the fourth annual study on Civility in America: A Nationwide Survey, conducted by global public relations firm Weber Shandwick and public affairs firm Powell Tate in partnership with KRC Research, civility in America continues to erode. This year’s study found that 70 percent of the Americans believe incivility has reached crisis proportions. Alarmingly, 81 percent of the Americans think that incivility is leading to an increase in violence at work. Notably, 80 percent of the people are dissatisfied with their jobs. Increasingly, people are choosing employers who understand that civility is good business. In Civility at Work, Lew Bayer describes the business case for civility and explains how organizations can increase employee retention, performance, and overall revenue by creating a workplace culture of human kindness and civility. (description from Publisher)
In Lean on Civility, the authors explain how incorporating civility can drive success in your business. As a key component of workplace training, civility can have a significant impact on workplace culture and also increase measurable outputs related to continuous improvement—including but not limited to quality, efficiency, and cost. When organizations are deliberate and strategic about increasing supervisors’ and managers’ civility competencies in four key skill areas, they experience almost immediate improvements in interpersonal relationships, communication, morale, retention, trust, and productivity. Lean on Civility offers a practical tool kit—complete with strategies and tools (like the Masotti Feedback Method)—that you can take back to your workplace and implement immediately. (description from Publisher)
Artificial Intelligence (AI) design and solutions for risk and security targets readers to understand, learn, define problems, and architect AI projects. Starting from current business architectures and business processes to futuristic architectures.
Introduction to data analytics and life cycle includes data discovery, data preparation, data processing steps, model building, and operationalization are explained in detail. The authors examine the AI and ML algorithms in detail, which enables the readers to choose appropriate algorithms during designing solutions. Functional domains and industrial domains are also explained in detail.
The takeaways are learning and applying designs and solutions to AI projects with risk and security implementation and knowledge about futuristic AI in five to ten years. (description from Publisher)
Are you struggling to understand blockchain and cryptocurrency? Do you need a clear explanation for your MBA studies or to make effective decisions in your business? This book unlocks the mysteries of blockchain, giving you:
– A clear non-technical guide to the language of blockchain, cryptocurrency and distributed ledgers
– An insight into the development of cryptocurrencies, the technology which makes them work, and why this is exciting for enterprise
– Real life examples of blockchain applications in supply chains, insurance, financial services, utilities, large scale capital projects, and government.
– Innovative ideas for economic growth emerging from gaming
– An overview of future opportunities and perceived threats (description from Publisher)
This book is for pathfinders— product, services, business, and nonprofit managers searching for ways to reach beyond the artificial barriers that constrain innovation and make “work” harder. Inspired by real life trailblazers and their own experiences, the authors decode the secrets of achieving breakthrough success at both organizational and interpersonal levels. Learn to use their methodology with the help of checklists and detailed examples that will transform your thinking and skills. (description from Publisher)
Based on decades of teaching and consultancies around the world, the author provides a useful guide for business executives operating in today’s digitalized global economy. This latest edition will help readers enhance their preparation, anticipate objections, create value for tangibles/intangibles, and avoid cultural blunders to reach mutually beneficial outcomes. By sharpening negotiation skills, business executives will be able to interact more effectively with their counterparts in the fast changing global business environment and the rising influence of third parties. Practical and user friendly, the author describes all the key elements needed to negotiate deals that are doable, profitable, and sustainable. (description from Publisher)
The convergence of blockchain and Internet of things (IoT) powered by data and artificial intelligence (AI) is on the agenda of several big companies and some of them have already started using its implementations, initiatives, and solutions in various projects. In this book, the author calls the convergence of these three technologies: the blockchain of intelligent things. This book is targeted to help a broad audience, including anyone interested in and responsible for vision, projects, and implementations of blockchain, IoT, and AI in medium-sized companies and large enterprises. This would include business and technology managers, IT professionals, and last but not least, business or technology students, looking to broadening their knowledge and expertise. This book is number two in a series of four books. The first chapters of the book take you from the convergence of blockchain and IoT, via an overview of the most important blockchain of things projects such as IOTA, and the industries, which are heavily being disrupted, into the blockchain of intelligent things, which essentially adds the business value of data science and AI. Further topics you will find in this book include chapters such as required skills, jobs and future, industrial IoT (IIoT) platforms, and opportunities, challenges, and trends of the blockchain of intelligent things. (description from Publisher)
In today’s high-pressured world, digital transformation is everywhere on the agendas of corporate boards and has risen to the top of CEOs’ strategic plans. Artificial intelligence, blockchain, 3D printing, the Internet of Things, and drones are some of the emerging technologies that are already transforming our world. In this fast changing domain— predicted by few and now reality for all—how can companies transform today’s challenges into tomorrow’s opportunities? This book is targeted to help a broad audience such as students, professionals, business, and technology managers to transform an old-world brick and mortar organization to a new-world digital leader. The author addresses various questions including: what essential components does digital transformation include, and how does it impact the enterprise? How does convergence of emerging technologies benefit your organization? How can you start transformation and technology planning projects? (description from Publisher)
Most management gurus and executives recognize that it is possible to achieve a triple bottom line – running a business for the benefit of the people, the planet, and profit at the same time. To achieve this, businesses have to solve their internal issues involving the leadership team, the management team, and the technical team. Drawing from leadership and management practices, practical case studies, and using energy, water, raw material, waste and its associated environmental impact as examples, People, Planet, Profit describes the ten internal issues – five technical, two leadership, and three managerial – and solutions to these issues.(description from Publisher)
Conflict is one of the greatest sources of tolerated business expenses and loss. This is despite the fact that this expense and loss can, in most cases, be easily turned around to revenue and gain. In the nonprofit world one of the greatest inhibitors of mission success is not that there isn’t enough funding, or the challenging nature of the cause. It is the simple fact that teams struggle to work well together. What if conflict was the starting point for developing trust? What if it catalyzed a deeper, more meaningful understanding between team members? What if it was crucial for building stronger and more powerful organizations? Last of all, what if there were simple steps you could take to automatically help your teams communicate and work together more easily? This book shows you how. (description from Publisher)
Why do companies exert high effort to reduce the costs of products that are production? Because they can! Because unnecessary product costs were not removed during product development. C-O-S-T, short for Cost Optimization System and Technique, details how a company’s product development teams, their supporting functions, and company leaders can optimize product costs before production starts and thereby maximize lifecycle profits.(description from Publisher)
The Data Mirage: Why Companies Fail to Actually Use Their Data is a business book for executives and leaders who want to unlock more insights from their data and make better decisions.The importance of data doesn’t need an introduction or a fancy pitch deck. Data plays a critical role in helping companies to better understand their users, beat out their competitors, and breakthrough their growth targets.However, despite significant investments in their data, most organizations struggle to get much value from it. According to Forrester, only 38% of senior executives and decision-makers “have a high level of confidence in their customer insights and only 33% trust the analytics they generate from their business operations.” This reflects the real world that I have experienced. In this book, I will help readers formulate an analytics strategy that works in the real world, show them how to think about KPIs and help them tackle the problems they are bound to come across as they try to use data to make better decisions. (description from Publisher)
Everybody has to make decisions–they are unavoidable. However, we receive little or no education or training on how to make decisions. Business decisions are difficult: which people to hire, which product lines or facilities to expand, which proposal to accept, how much R&D to invest in, which environmental projects are high priority, etc. Personal decisions (college, getting married, changing jobs, buying a house, retiring, dealing with a health problem) can be even more difficult. Success (getting what you want) depends on luck and good decision making. You can’t control your luck, but you can maximize your odds by making the best possible decisions, and this book gets you there. The author organizes and presents otherwise formal decision-making tools in an intuitively understandable fashion. The presentation is informal, but the concepts and tools are research-based and formally accepted. Whether you are a business owner, a manager or team leader, or a senior professional, these tools will help both your personal and your business life. (description from Publisher)
Everyone has talents and strengths. Everyone does projects.
Developing Strengths-Based Project Teams integrates common project management and strengths-based talent development language to help you and your project team learn about and become a strengths-based project team. This book is designed for project managers, team members, and stakeholders who have an interest in talent development— not only their own talents and strengths, but also the combined talents and strengths of their project teams. Learn about the characteristics of a strengths-based project team. Apply a series of building blocks for individual and team strengths-based development. Through exercises, templates, action plans, and reflective questions, learn how to cultivate the collective strengths of project team members to become a strengths-based project team. (description from Publisher)
A key skill for any leader is the ability to hire a great team, and this skill requires a considerable depth of knowledge of the complex subject of fit. Most organizations talk about the need to hire for fit, but many go about hiring in the wrong way because their leaders don’t fully understand the concept of fit. Hiring for Fit goes to the heart of what fit really means and provides expert insight for anyone involved in making hiring decisions. The author studied the personality traits and attributes of successful hires and developed a comprehensive system to hire the right fit for any role. The entire process is an application of her unique Trait Alignment Protocol (TAP), which is the key to identifying fit and maintaining fit over the long term. By applying the thorough and practical fit strategy described in the book, leaders will gain expertise in the complex subject of fit, replace seat-of-the-pants hiring with a reliable process, gain confidence in assessing a candidate’s fit, make well-founded hiring decisions that avoid common hiring pitfalls, and pave the way for effective employee retention and advancement and for succession planning. (description from Publisher)
Organizations, large and small, are realizing the importance of collaborations to achieve their business objectives. Organizations to create independent and joint values are entering into strategic alliances with their suppliers, customers, and even their competitors. Every alliance follows a lifecycle and decisions have to be taken by executives at each stage. Anticipated revenues and other sources of financial value remain unrealized if inadequate decisions are taken and alliances fail or under perform. This book takes readers across the different stages of an alliance lifecycle and, through practical incidents, discusses and debates on the decisions to be taken. The book also demonstrates the various challenges faced by executives in an alliance. This book is perfect for managerial executives who are contemplating proposing a strategic alliance for their organizations or are part of an organization juggling various ongoing alliances, alliance managers, and business development professionals. (description from Publisher)
Managing Health and Safety in a Small Business is an up-to-date guide, reflecting current concerns about how to identify and manage health and safety risks in a small business, with a broad focus on practical guidance wherever your business is based globally. It covers all the basic principles of assessing risks without quoting specific regulations that are likely to change depending on your location. (description from Publisher)
Managing Sustainability: First Steps to First Class provides a compelling case, real-world examples, and the tools to follow a proven strategy for aligning sustainability efforts with existing organizational priorities. This strategy has taken companies from initial conception to the top of the sustainability rankings. Using examples from leading companies, readers will understand how to build-programs that drive results and enhance reputation. Benefits include enabling companies to attract, hire, retain, and fully engage the best talent, seize the innovation high ground with new and premium products and services, provide access to socially responsible investment capital, implement “best practices,” earn license to operate, reduce compliance and regulatory costs, and more. Includes the latest trend to go beyond the organization’s own “footprint” to integrate their values into their supply chains and build employee and customer loyalty by empowering these essential stakeholders to live their shared values. Sustainability professionals or business strategists who are seeking to integrate effective programs that match corporate strategy with the purpose and values-driven initiatives that engage employees, build customer loyalty, and improve license to operate will benefit from the author’s more than 30 years’ experience in corporate communications, business, and corporate sustainability. (description from Publisher)
In Organizational Velocity, veteran UPS executive Alan Amling distills five years of research and three decades on the front lines of Corporate America to reveal a fundamental truth…Moving at the speed of change is a choice, not a circumstance. Companies from Amazon to Shaw Industries stay ahead of the curve by operating with Organizational Velocity, a rapid learning paradigm empowering organizations to create persistent advantage. (description from Publisher)
Archaeology, the science in charge of studying ancient cultures, is without a doubt one of the most alluring professions in today’s academic world. It is a versatile and complex discipline requiring a lot of skill expertise from both students and specialists, including the efficient management of team of coworkers, logistics, resources, etc. Project Management for Archaeology is a first approach to students and inexperienced archaeologists striving to better organize, lead, and execute an archaeological project. It also offers great insight and strategies to experienced and “old-school” researchers in order to improve efficiency, leadership, and organizational skills, following the most effective management techniques in the market. Presented with a flexible approach that accommodates all types of archaeological research (from academic to rescue and salvage projects), Project Management for Archaeology is meant to be a practical handbook to be used all along the lifetime of any archaeological project.(description from Publisher)
Project management is a critical skill across a broad range of disciplines. Yet most people, regardless of educational background, have never received training in how to plan, manage, and execute projects. Project Management Essentials, Second Edition, is the go-to book for tried and true project management skills combined with the most current ideas from Agile in a concise, up-to-date, user-friendly format.
It follows the project life cycle and provides several ready- to-use templates. Readers can use this book to plan and manage a project from start to finish or as a reference for help with one particular component of project management. Along- side each template is a brief description of what each template is and why it is useful, with an example to illustrate it. (description from Publisher)
As an executive, your organization may have limited resources. This book will instruct you and your leadership teams on implementing strategy through identifying, selecting, prioritizing, resourcing, and governing an optimal work portfolio.You’ll learn how to sponsor every project stage, as well as leading project managers as direct reports. Detailed advice is given for developing project management competency and utilizing input from customers, employees, and processes. You’ll learn how your organization can capitalize upon information technology to become competitive and to effectively implement business strategies, as well as how to make portfolio and project decisions using both qualitative and quantitative data and reliable analysis methods. (description from Publisher)
The critical role that supply chain planning contributes to a firm’s financial well-being has never been greater. All too often, however, considerable managerial resources are directed toward planning activities with minimal results. In this book, we present proven, practical management frameworks used by the authors to support supply chain operations management and planning in private industry. These frameworks provide methodologies for managing critical activities such as supply chain strategic planning and project selection, manufacturing and distribution planning, performance measurement, supply chain risk management, and customer logistics and inventory deployment. The book is intended for supply chain professionals, as well as for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. Practitioners will obtain valuable new insights and examples of implementable frameworks and methods for managing their supply chain functions and organizations. Students will develop an understanding of real-world approaches for supply chain planning, decision support, and many other key activities. (description from Publisher)
Many books and articles have been written about how firms can achieve and sustain high performance. They typically focus on a particular aspect of the firm such as its culture, resources, leadership, ability to learn, or management practices. However, often the very firms that are used as examples are no longer high performing even a few years later. In contrast, this book asserts that it is the efficiency and effectiveness of a firm’s entire value creating system that determines its performance over the long term. Systems theory is used as an integrative mechanism to combine the best ideas from economics, the resource-based perspective, and stakeholder theory. Based on this theoretical foundation, tools are provided for conducting in-depth, detailed analyses of each part of a firm’s value creation system and its contribution to the total stakeholder value created by the firm. This information leads to the development of strategies, including specific initiatives for overcoming weaknesses in the system and for creating new value for stakeholders, based on the reasoning that firms exist to create value for their stakeholders – customers, employees, shareholders, suppliers, and the communities in which they operate. (description from Publisher)
A holistic view of ESG goes beyond environmental issues, which are closely linked to social issues. Both come from the governance of an organization: the integrity with which decisions are made and implemented, ultimately defining corporate culture. ESG affects the daily lives of everyone in today’s connected world where organizations, companies, and individuals depend on each other at various levels. Lack of sustainability for any entity threatens its future existence, disrupting the entire ecosystem. (description from Publisher)
We are all involved at some time in our lives in projects, if not professionally then in our private and community lives. Some projects fail completely and many more disappoint. We frequently hear reports of IT, construction, engineering, and personal projects failing by going over budget, or running late, or failing to meet the client’s expectations; or all three. This book deals with the nine features that almost all failing projects share. In this easy to read book, the author uses his nine laws of project design and control to lead the reader through the traps that can catch out not only project managers but also the project client and other members of a project community. This book is not a treatise of project management theory but practical guide, based on wide experience and the study of the causes of project failure, aimed at the professional and amateur alike. (description from Publisher)
100 Skills of the Successful Sales Professional prioritizes action-orientation and puts antiquated outlines out to pasture. The book is designed to not only curate the best expert teachings but it also consolidates these teachings to maximize the value extracted from every page. If you’re conscientious about making the biggest impact in your professional career by taking action to minimize the long learning (and earning) curve, then this is the playbook for you. (description from Publisher)
Brand Vision: The Clear Line of Sight Aligning Marketing Tactics and Business Strategy hopes to change that by offering simple, easily implemented tools connecting a company’s marketing program to its business strategy. It’s based on a critical premise: that, rather than merely a series of aesthetic decisions on typography and graphics, marketing can be a powerful force that helps a company communicate its strategy. Not just externally, but internally as well.(description from Publisher)
Cryptosocial: How Cryptocurrencies Are Changing Social Media surveys the history of social media and cryptocurrencies to show how these two unrelated technologies had a chance meeting that is changing the world. If you’re one of the millions of people growing tired of legacy social media and how they take advantage of their own users, this book will open your eyes to the alternatives offering greater happiness, more freedom, and better personal and financial security. (description from Publisher)
CRM first entered the business vocabulary in the early 90’s; initially as a systems driven technical solution. It has since escalated in importance as system providers increased their market penetration of the business market and, in parallel, CRM’s strategic importance gained more traction as it was recognized that CRM was, at its heart, a business model in the pursuit of sustainable profit. This was accentuated by the academic community stepping up their interest in the subject in the early 2000’s. Today, it is a universal business topic which has been re-engineered by the online shopping revolution in which the customer is firmly placed at the center of the business. The current reality, however, is that, for the vast majority of businesses, CRM has not been adopted as a business philosophy and practicing business model. It has not been fully understood and therefore fully embraced and properly implemented. The author addresses this head-on by stripping CRM down into its component parts by delving into and explaining the role and relevance of the C, R, and M in CRM. This is a practical guide but set within a strategic framework. The outage is clear actionable insights and how to convert them into delivery. It is written in an easily digestible, non-jargon style, with case studies to demonstrate how CRM works. This book can be immediately used as the primary practical reference to guide the development and implementation of a CRM strategy. (description from Publisher)
Why read another book on selling? Simple. Today’s client is more informed; more sophisticated, and has more access to information. Selling professionals today need to be keener to fulfill the needs of the client by offering value, and most important, trust. In the increasing age and rage of globalization and the Internet, competition rises. Selling professionals today need to determine better ways to reach the economic decision maker and better articulate their value. Selling: The New Norm is such a book. This book will provide the tools and templates required to meet today’s sales challenges. (description from Publisher)
This book is a powerful combination of transforming tools related to our three-part being: spirit, soul (will, intellect and emotions), and our body (what people observe, hear and the perceptions they form). What happens on the inside impacts every part of life on the outside. These exercises, stories, examples, and educational components are filled with techniques and inspiration designed to guide you into how to successfully advance your personal and professional life simultaneously. You will be empowered to learn how to turn both personal and professional challenges into success. These techniques can be implemented immediately and experienced for a lifetime.
Beginning with the very first chapter, you will launch into transforming exercises that dig deep to accelerate maximum growth. Become proficient as a routinely sought-after friend and business associate using this self-esteem, professional image, and business etiquette guidebook. Attract the most positive relationships by developing a success-driven default mindset through autosuggestion techniques. Confidently communicate with all socio-economic, educational and age groups. Learn powerful and effective communication skills to engage one or 1,000.
When you finish this book, you will revel in your new life and career reinvention, strength, reputation, persona and mind set. You will be empowered to radiate indispensable characteristics to those you meet every day. Start now! (description from Publisher)
This book democratizes branding: It makes branding—its history, theory, and practice—easily accessible and actionable. Stand Out! replaces the mystique of brand strategy with the magic of brand transformation….it makes it exciting and fun and puts that power directly into the hands of the business masses. It is a practical handbook for getting started with branding or for strengthening an existing brand management system. It gives the reader the confidence, permission, and skills to get branding now! (description from Publisher)
This book talks to the people that created the campaigns with the songs we remember the most. Everything from Bob Seger’s “Like A Rock” in Chevy Trucks to Lady Gaga’s “Applause” and the dancing KIA hamsters. The result is a book for students to be educated and entertained on what made these campaigns excellent and how to make excellent campaigns. This collection of award-winning music in advertising campaigns is not available together anywhere else. It shows where this art in advertising form has been, where it is now, and helps the student to be a part of where it is still to go. (description from Publisher)
This book explains how companies that sell equipment and other products can increase product sales and add an additional profit center by establishing their own innovative leasing and financing operation. Industry data shows that the need for equipment and other product financing has evolved over the past few decades to where now nine out of ten U.S. companies use leasing or other forms of third party financing to acquire the equipment or other products they need. For market-aggressive companies offering products for sale, having an available in-house customer product leasing and financing program as a product marketing strategy can dramatically increase their ability to close product sales. In the past, establishing an in-house financing activity was difficult and expensive, requiring unique and substantial additional business operational and financing components in addition to an extensive learning curve. This is no longer the case. In recent years, there have been wide-spread market advances surrounding the financing of equipment and other products that enable forward-thinking companies to cost-effectively establish their own in-house product financing activity, using readily available, state-of the-art financing software programs, and third-party back- office services to manage any part of the financing process. This book will provide a product vendor with the turnkey know how it needs to assess the viability of establishing an in-house equipment financing operation, as well as the various considerations needed to set up and run its own cost-effective and profitable product financing activity. (description from Publisher)
This book is intended to help professionals, especially from functional areas other than finance—such as sales, marketing, human resource, research and development, production, and procurement—to gain an extensive working knowledge of critical financial principles in an easy-to-follow manner, enabling them to make critical business decisions involving cost-savings, budgets, new projects decisions, and growth strategies. The author introduces the key concepts of finance so you can contribute to the success of your business. These will help you understand the language used by accountants and how financial statements fit together. Furthermore, you will understand how to use ratio analysis to get a sense of the company’s performance. In addition, readers will learn the concepts of management accounting and various kinds of decisions, including make-or-buy and shutdown. You will gain an understanding of how to implement budgeting and working capital management. The exciting part is also the chapter on investment appraisal, where readers will learn how to evaluate business proposals from a return standpoint. (description from Publisher)
This book is a guidebook for any business, small to large, considering acquiring equipment through a leasing alternative. It explains the pros and cons of leasing equipment, as well as how leasing and financing companies operate and the pitfalls to watch out for, provides guidance on how to financially evaluate lease offers and compare them to other financing alternatives. It also discusses the various business, accounting, and tax implications. Included are practical tips, recommendations and strategies for getting the best lease deal, a legal and business explanation of all relevant documents, and strategies to negotiate the relevant documents to get the best terms.
Very simply, this book is a comprehensive guidebook tailored expressly for the business lessee—with up-to-date suggestions, insider tips and observations. So, if you’re thinking about leasing equipment and want to know how to negotiate the best possible lease deal, this book is for you. (description from Publisher)
If you are a beginner to the world of options, Mastering Options— Effective and Profitable Strategies for Traders is essential for learning the basics of option strategies that will enable you to start making consistently handsome earnings. This book gives the novice a comprehensive understanding of using option investment and hedging strategies successfully. The content is aimed primarily at the undergraduate whose ambition is to become either a trader in a financial organization or an online investor through a financial broker’s trading platform. It also provides seasoned investors and traders with new insights into using options as an investment tool. The key trading tools available on online trading platforms are explained in enough detail that beginners will be able to understand as well as learn how to invest effectively in the financial markets using options. (description from Publisher)
The Causes, Culprits, and Context of Our Money Troubles is the first book in a series about the psychology of money by Dr. Christopher Bayer, the Wall Street Psychologist. Informed by more than 30 years of research in the areas of economics/finance and psychology, Dr. Bayer explores the history of our relationship with money—specifically the role morality, and the concept of “virtue,” has played in that history, and the wealth versus money dichotomy.
Filled with tales and exemplifications, the book introduces readers, pseudonymously, to sample patients of money-mind imbalances, such as the “11 million-dollar man” who becomes corrupted by money’s influence, that unbalances their internal gyroscope (internal moral compass). It draws readers to examine past- and present-day corruptions derived from money’s influence and compels them to examine concepts and theories from great economists of yore (e.g., Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and J.M. Keynes) to create a theoretical foundation for what the author calls a Gyroscope methodology. (description from Publisher)
The Bottomless Line—Important Lessons They Did Not Teach You in Business School is the second book in a series about the psychology of money by Dr. Christopher Bayer, the Wall Street Psychologist. This book builds on the key concepts in the first volume, to draw the reader’s attention to the “dark side” of the business world. Structured in a way that enables readers to examine contemporary examples of willful co-optation, misuse, and misinterpretation of old texts and ideas, run-of- the-mill corruption, and dangerous groupthink, the author examines the personal and broad-scale financial troubles generated by reckless financial misunderstandings. The book is an exploration of how direct and indirect psychological conditioning eliminates morality from decision making in the world of finance. (description from Publisher)
This book, “Body and Mind: The Effects of Money Problems,” advances readers into an examination of the effect of money problems on the body and mind. This book presents research that supports solutions offered throughout the series to fix maladjustments of the mind, and develop a sound grasp of the mind-body connection to ensure there is an unbreakable bond at all levels. Readers are guided into a psychological examination of the overexcited mind of a gambler or bettor or broker/trader, as a way of demonstrating how difficult it is to stop the runaway feedback mechanism that the brain’s reward system often is. (description from Publisher)
The Gyroscope—A Personal “Money Wellness” Strategy is the fourth book in a series about the psychology of money by Dr. Christopher Bayer, the Wall Street Psychologist. The book builds on the foundations laid in the previous three books in the series and delivers to the reader The Gyroscope—a personal wellness strategy, with a robust menu of tools for overcoming some of the critical money problems identified in the previous three books. (description from Publisher)
The Non-Timing Trading System is a conservative process for investing in the stock market. This book is perfect for the investors that are dissatisfied with low interest rates and want high returns on their investment without high risk. The book will teach you a low-risk strategy that will give you consistent average yearly returns between 20 percent and 30 percent and beat the S&P 500 year after year. The system is based on a mathematical model designed to protect your capital while giving you high returns. You don’t have to time the market and pick the right stock. The market will tell you what it is doing. There are always corrections in the market, even severe ones. The book describes in detail how it handles downturns and how it gets you out of the market before corrections become severe. The author doesn’t just show you a strategy and leave you hanging. There is a tutorial with five years of trading using the system which covers every possible scenario so that you are never left wondering what to do. Protection of your capital is its highest priority. The investor that is looking for high returns should not have to settle for high risk. (description from Publisher)
Transforming Towards Life orients change agents, policy makers, activists, business leaders, ecologists, economists, and thoughtful people everywhere to the values and practices needed to build a world where all can flourish, where ‘all’ includes all humanity and all of life’s beings. It provides an in-depth understanding of what it will take, especially in the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic and the burgeoning climate emergency, to transform today’s growth-and profit-oriented socio-economic systems to life-affirming ways benefit all rather than just an elite few. Transforming Towards Life argues that to move towards a world in which all can flourish, we all need to start telling new, yet very ancient, stories about who we are and why we are here in the world-stories built on relationship or connectedness, responsibility for the whole, reciprocity, and equity. We need to incorporate core ideas about what gives life to systems into all businesses, communities, governments, and other types of organizations-that is, what helps them flourish. Business and other institutions need to create collective value, that is, value for all, and change the mindsets of people engaged with them so that they in turn can generate new performance metrics, practices, and power relationships that enable people everywhere to find their voice and their capacity to participate actively in bringing about a flourishing world. The book concludes with thoughts about how each one of us can do our bit to bring about this necessary transformation. (description from Publisher)
Economic agents all over the world are trying to maximize their returns given their efforts, resources, and opportunities. They come together in markets that ultimately allocate goods and services among many competing interests. We can readily see how individual markets behave; it’s more difficult, but exponentially more important, to recognize the general equilibrium across all markets. Disturbances in one market have implications for others. These interrelationships are particularly important to understand when policy changes are being considered where actions in one market will impose changes on other markets, and not always in obvious or pleasant ways. Understanding Economic Equilibrium reveals how all markets fit together, and how we as individuals fit into that bigger picture. The authors have prepared a Quick Quiz to Test Your Economics Savvy. But don’t be concerned if you don’t get a perfect score. You’ll find the answers and all the supporting information in Understanding Economic Equilibrium. (description from Publisher)
Imagine a collection of villages all beset upon by monsters. One village defeats their monsters using silver bullets. They convince all surrounding villages that their solution should be the only standard. The next village uses silver bullets to repel the monsters but fail! Why? Because the first village was fighting werewolves, the second village was fighting vampires. This is our data challenge – recognizing not all problems are the same – and there are no single silver bullet solutions. There are many communities within financial services, each with nuanced needs that require slightly different solutions to address what may look like the same problem. The financial services industry is unique for being based upon information and communication. It is the failure in understanding that multiple existing financial languages exist and pursuing interoperability that sits at the crux of financial crisis – not the lack of a single unified financial language. This book is an essential read for any professional dealing with data and information challenges. The author presents a new, unique approach to broad industry issues, leveraging applied linguistics. They discuss how to break barriers that exist between language and data; the aim to make it easier for the financial industry (including regulators) to communicate – for the benefit of all investors. Unconventional in the cross-disciplinary pairing of applied linguistics and financial services, it is practical and intuitive in pursuing solutions. While focused on financial services, the approach is relevant for other industries that have similar challenges. (description from Publisher)
The exciting news is that leadership has become measurable in the brain. This opens a new perspective on “the biology of leadership”. Have you ever wished to discover what lies inside of the box on top of your head? Are you aware that by reading this book you will forever change your brain, because your brain is an eternal construction site? Did you know that we have three brains? One brain in the brain, one in the heart, one in the gut? With Millennials and Generation Z becoming most of our workforce, the way we think about leadership is changing. Advances in neuroscience can prepare leaders to build a culture of trust and purpose for themselves and their teams. Build Better Brains is neither a leadership book nor a book on neuroscience. It merges the best of the two worlds to serve a new type of leader emerging with contemporary organizations. (description from Publisher)
Business Writing for Innovators and Change-Makers will empower you to build your confidence as a communicator, strengthen your brand, and increase your impact with your customers and clients. Business Writing for Innovators and Change-Makers is a writing guidebook with street-smarts. It recognizes the unique communication challenges entrepreneurs face and offers clear action steps for tackling them. As an entrepreneur with a pioneering product or service to offer the world, you can’t rely on cookie-cutter communication templates to get your meaning across. You need a set of writing strategies that are quick to implement and easy to adapt to a wide variety of communication situations, from emails to pitch decks. Dawn Henwood provides a simple, flexible approach to writing that will open your eyes to the subtle ways written communication can engage and motivate your target audience. Whether you are just starting your business or scaling up to the next level of success, you’ll find Dawn’s straightforward teaching just the help you need to make your message heard. Business Writing for Innovators and Change-Makers will empower you to build your confidence as a communicator, strengthen your brand, and increase your impact with your customers and clients. (description from Publisher)
We assert that underlying all of our interactions are the emotions we are all operating with, both consciously and unconsciously. Emotions, and not the content, are the most powerful presence in the room during conflicts and stress. But knowing this is not enough. This book lights the way to appreciating the importance of developing the emotional language to describe, acknowledge, and address emotions in the workplace using a proven and systemic approach absent in most other EI strategies. The EmC strategy will enable the leader inside you to connect more effectively, energize a harmonious workplace, and nurture creativity and innovation to achieve unprecedented results. Improve productivity, make better decisions, and get results.Create a cohesive work environment and a thriving culture Increase creativity, innovation, and collaboration Improve trust, confidence, and transparency. Approach work with enthusiasm and full engagement. Have greater motivation, be fearless in taking risks, and explore opportunities Improve your quality of life and have more fun at work. Enduring relationships give us the strength to face volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and adversity. When we are connected, we can thrive, we can achieve unimaginable success. (description from Publisher)
This book is a conversation—not a lecture—for women. If women are wondering how to approach their careers at any age and how to decide when the time is right to have children, there are questions to help make the decision. Chapters in this book provide women additional perspectives on deciding the type of career, taking advantage of opportunities, networking, surviving in the corporate environment, and when it is time to become an entrepreneur. (description from Publisher)
This workbook will help readers identify their strengths, interests, and priorities to take ownership of their life and career decisions. The authors provide a framework to reflect on several questions that are becoming increasingly important among the 21st-century leaders―how to create an authentic leadership style, define one’s values, and align vision–values career. Readers are given an extensive number of tools for defining their purpose, creating a plan, and are being encouraged to take it into action. Coaches, mentors–trainers who help others achieve their aspirations will benefit from the contents of this book. It is also very valuable for first-time and mid-level managers, recent graduates, and newly established entrepreneurs looking for tools to create a roadmap for their life and career planning. (description from Publisher)
Modern society is ill. Many people sit in their work cubicle, at jobs that are stressful and unfulfilling. With a boss they don’t like. With a mortgage they cannot afford. With relationships that aren’t all they could be. With a work-life balance that’s all work and no life. It’s no wonder there’s a stress and depression epidemic in the Western world. Many people have simply lost themselves. Is this you? If so, life doesn’t have to be like this. You can choose to live life in a different way. Most people will say that they want more than anything to be themselves and to make a difference. This book is about how to be true to yourself in a society that more than ever pushes us to disguise who we are, so we end up pretending to be who we’re not. How can I find a way to be myself? Join Mark Eyre to find your own real me, and along the way, pick up some practical strategies and approaches to help you express who you really are. It’s time to join the journey of a lifetime, and in the words of George Eliot, to “be who you might have been.” (description from Publisher)