• Self-help & personal development

      Keeping the Faith

      Daily Reflections to Build Strength, Serenity, and Passion in Your Life and the Lives of Others

      by John W. Pozzi

      THE TRUE FAITH THAT MUST BE FOUND AND KEPT IS THE FAITH IN ONESELF. Each day you give a part of yourself whether it is at work, at home, or in your daily interaction with others. How do you give of yourself? Do you hold back or go at life half-heartedly? You need to give of yourself with heart, mind, and soul all the time. You never know what interaction with a person will make a difference in their life — or yours. If you don’t believe in yourself and don’t have the confidence to grow each day, then you are missing out on what life has to offer you. This simple book will inspire you to help others. Or, at the very least, you will make another person’s day — and, therefore, your day — better.

    • Business & management
      July 2015

      What Did Jesus Drive: Crisis PR in Cars, Computers and Christianity

      by Jason H. Vines

      Isn’t it time that we are told the insider TRUTH regarding the intentional and unintentional cover-ups made by the big boys in “Detroit.” An industry, the Auto Industry, driven by profits-over-principle according to many of its critics. Be prepared to buckle-up and enjoy this ride! This book is the first tell it like it is, of its kind! Why is it so difficult to tell the truth? Jason Vines starts this book with a simple question: why is it so difficult to tell the truth? Sadly, spoiler alert, he ends it with the same question. From Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton to Lance Armstrong to the IRS to Brian Williams to Bill Cosby to Tiger Woods and the NFL; why is it so painfully difficult? Vines cautions the reader up-front: “Relax, this is not a book about Jesus. However, he does appear in two chapters: first as a Hispanic grandfather from Waterford, Michigan, and later as the real Prince of Peace. No, this is a book about my life in the public relations blast furnace in the automotive industry; a quickly-derailed attempt to help a friend rebuild Detroit’s tattered image, thwarted by the sex, lies and corruption of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick; and, finally, trying to avoid another crisis with the number one selling book of all time. No, not Harry Potter; the Bible.” The crises Vines helped navigate through made headlines the world over: Jeep vehicles accused of deadly sudden unintended acceleration, Nissan’s near-death experience until it regained its MOJO, the Ford/Firestone tire mega-debacle, a jihad against SUVs by the “What Would Jesus Drive?” nuts, Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick’s drive to prison and finally avoiding a boycott of the most popular Bible in the world by evangelical Christian leaders. In his final chapter, titled “Government Motors on Fire”, Vines tackles the fake Chevy Volt fire crisis and General Motors’ 2014 nightmare with its faulty ignition switches that led to at least 24 deaths – and counting, and may lead to criminal indictments. Vines shares lessons learned and mistakes made. He notes that if he can impart anything in this book, it is the guiding principles he believes useful for any organization (not just the auto industry) or individual to avoid, mitigate or survive the inevitable crisis. As he puts it: “If you think you are immune to a crisis, you’ve already failed an overarching guiding principle.”

    • History
      November 2015

      Jimmy Hoffa Called My Mom A Bitch: Profiles in Stupidity

      by Jason H. Vines

      The book is broken up into various chapters of stupidity: Stupid Democrats, Stupid Republicans, Stupid Atheists, Stupid Christians, Stupid Criminals, Stupid Policies, Stupid People and so on. The “Stupid Criminals” chapter contains one of my favorite columns that appeared on the Detroit News’ political website. The June 29, 2010 column is titled “Globe Al Warming Gets Rubbed the Wrong Way,” and it takes on allegations that the former VP got inappropriately horny with female masseuse at a Portland, Oregon hotel. That column also continues the sick, yet hilarious saga of Otis “Masturgate” Mathis, the illiterate (no kidding), former head of Detroit Public Schools who was forced out after he admittedly fondled himself in front of numerous female superintendents. No, I am not making this up. I coined the scandal “Masturgate” and it soon became the rage in Detroit media and made my column one of the most popular on the site.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences

      People Centricity

      The Incredible Power of Putting Other People First

      by Stephen Hewett

      “Stephen is the life guru for our times.”—Mark Price, MD, Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership Would you like to have any — or all — of these? Good health? Financial security? Personal, emotional, and sexual gratification? The enjoyment of the happiness and health of the people who are dear to you? An occupation you find absorbing, fascinating, and lucrative? Agreeable leisure-time activities? A faith you find important, whether religious or secular? An overwhelming sense of positivity in yourself? The feeling that you are a good person and that you generate good outcomes for yourself and for the people you care about and work with? Anything else that makes you feel most happy? If you have all the happiness you can handle, that’s great! Put this book down and move along. If not, then you need to put the power of People Centricity — the life philosophy of making an investment of time and emotional energy to advance the agenda of people with whom you have a mutually beneficial interaction who are outside your immediate close circle — to work in your life. People Centricity is a philosophy to take you through life. It’s all about learning how to understand and share the feelings of other people so as to produce the best mutually beneficial outcome for those other people and for you. From your personal interactions to your business success and beyond, Stephen Hewett will guide you on this life-changing journey, one that will make your bad days good and your good days wonderful. “Stephen’s philosophy of Customer Centricity is at one with my own. Customer Centricity really is the core of business. Stephen is a customer guru of our times.”—Mark Price MD, Waitrose & Deputy Chairman of John Lewis Partnership “Stephen certainly practices what he preaches and is one of the few consultants that really listen to what their customer is trying to achieve. He gave us some key insight that helped us to really shape our future strategy.”—Jo Foley Senior Director, Retail Change ASDA “Led by the impressive Stephen Hewett, their laser-like focus on the customer stood them apart in our minds…”—Jack Upton, Director, Training, Education and Customer Services, McDonald’s UK “In essence, what Stephen have helped us do is to allow everyone at Argos to be brilliant with customers.”—Perry Price, Argos Customer Lead

    • Business & management
      June 2017

      Mustard Seeds, Shovels, & Mountains

      How to Succeed Using Your Physio-Psychic Power

      by J.F. (Jim) Straw

      J.F. (Jim) Straw began his business career when he was nine years old. Since then, his business activities have generated over $500,000,000 in revenues. For the first time, Mr. Straw explains how he used what he calls “Physio-Psychic Power” to achieve such incredible success. If you learn nothing else from this book, learn that information only becomes knowledge when you use it and the information you have used or failed to use in the past is the reason you are where you are today. You can be your best friend — or your worst enemy. No one forces you to be what you are or do what you do (or don’t do). What you have today is a direct result of what you did yesterday. What you will have tomorrow will be a direct result of what you do (or don’t do) today. It’s up to you.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      December 2012

      Corporate Skills

      by Prof. Shrikant Prasoon

      In this book an attempt has been made to present the famed tales of Vikram and Vetala with focus on their underlying wisdom and explicating them step-by-step to distil that wisdom for the benefit of solving puzzles faced by individuals, organisations and corporates in their day-to-day existence. In fact the full play of all management theories can be witnessed in the tales without clothing them in technical jargons. As far as the treatment of the tales in this book is concerned, the 25 stories are structured uniquely. In the first place, the reader gets a glimpse of the basic story with all its punch and then he is guided to a corporate insight where a core management issue illuminating the story is explicated suitably. Again the story is analysed in the context of universal appeal and relevance in everyday life and concludes with a quote of wisdom. So, every tale stirs the reader's imagination and intelligence to a new plane and transforms him into mature and jubilant individual.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      May 2018

      Business Ethics 3.0

      The New Integral Ethics from the Perspective of a CEO

      by Erhard Meyer-Galow

      The reputation of business managers is declining due to their disregard for moral decisions and ethical practices. Business students are currently taught only technical knowledge without concern for being compassionately and holistic engaged. However, when entering the business sector these graduates encounter a world which necessitates difficult, personally challenging decisions, ones for which technical knowledge is insufficient. Successful, sustainable resolutions can only be expected to result from a holistic, sustainable approach which accommodates the difficulty in balancing ethical practices with the demands for ever-increasing profits. This unique graduate textbook addresses the issue of business ethics from the perspective of an individual’s internal growth facilitated by a consideration of the principles of depth psychology, spiritual wisdom, meditation, and quantum physics, written by a CEO with an enormous business background. It not only promotes a new ethical approach, but also addresses the implementation of this new approach in the most important business sectors as a replacement for previous ineffective codes of conduct which have failed. It’s a must read for business students with aspirations of becoming managers or entrepreneurs in the economic sector as well as for all young professionals, managers and entrepreneurs to improve their ethical performance and sustainable success. Message from the author This book creates an impetus for change in a business world where unethical practices are rampant by providing a suggested a New Integral Ethics for the economy, an ethical approach based upon inner psychological and spiritual development arising from a serious consideration of Depth Psychology. Readers will learn how adoption of specific Practices, which lead to inner growth and spiritual maturity, will result in ethical, morally sound business practices not because they are mandated, but because once the SELF is actualized, you cannot do otherwise. Laws, appeals and directives which have never successfully resulted in ethical practices become unnecessary, replaced by intrinsically ethical individuals who collectively influence corporate ethical behaviour. This is a giant leap into a new dimension in our globalized, digitized economy.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      March 2019

      Forces for Good

      Creating a better world through purpose-driven businesses

      by Paul Hargreaves

      Do you want your business to step up and make a meaningful difference? There’s a new generation of businesses emerging. They’re working together to make a positive impact on the world by redefining what it means to be successful. By changing the way you work and considering the impact of the decisions you make, you can join them in reducing poverty, injustice and environmental damage by balancing purpose with profit. In this ground-breaking book, you will discover how these purpose-driven businesses work and how you can: Increase productivity by fully embracing diversity and developing an inclusive culture. Put respect, courtesy and compassion at the heart of your business. Maximise profits whilst prioritising the needs of people and the planet. Attract an engaged and motivated workforce that’s focused on success and sustainability. Join the growing global community of leaders and like-minded businesses that are putting what they do to work as a force for good.

    • Economics
      June 2015

      Change Everything

      Creating an Economy for the Common Good

      by Christian Felber

      Is it possible to imagine businesses whose bottom line is not profit and endless growth, but human dignity, justice, democracy and sustainability? Or an alternative economic model untainted by the greed and breakdown of current financial systems? Christian Felber says it is. Moreover, in Change Everything he shows how we might go about making it a reality. The Economy for the Common Good (ECG) is not just an idea, but has already become a broad international movement with thousands of people, hundreds of companies, dozens of communities and organizations participating, co-developing and implementing the idea. Published in English for the first time, this is a remarkable manifesto for change that will profoundly influence debates on re-shaping our economies in the wake of failed attempts at austerity.

    • Business ethics

      Staying Sane in Business

      A practical guide to sanity, success and satisfaction at work

      by Chris Welford, Jackie Sykes

      Practical, accessible, authoritative, this book does exactly what it says on the cover – it helps the reader to keep their sanity, to succeed at work, and to enjoy the whole process. Written by two professionals in psychology, coaching and psychotherapy, with a long and distinguished background in leadership training, Staying Sane in Business starts from the premise that sanity is simply being happy, fulfilled and productive. The authors know that people in business are always short of time, and sometimes short of patience so this book goes straight to the heart of the matter, with clear explanations, helpful exercises and invaluable tips at the end of every chapter.

    • Fiction

      Before Nightfall

      by Rachel Amphlett

      “If they move you, they will kill you.” Kate Foster is quick to forget the advice from a pre-deployment hostage survival course once she’s catapulted into a new job in Eastern Europe, despite the good-looking instructor. But a simple day’s task in Istanbul six months later goes horribly wrong. Trapped and alone, her only hope of survival is the man who trained her – ex-FBI Hostage Rescue Specialist, Finn Scott. For Finn, it’s his worst nightmare. Kate was the one person he almost let into his heart. Haunted by memories of a failed hostage rescue, he is thrust into a situation beyond his control. Now, against a sinister adversary whose ambitions will split apart Eastern Europe, Finn must overcome his demons to prevent an international catastrophe, and avoid losing Kate forever.

    • Business & management

      Inamori Philosophy for the Young Generation

      The formula for an affluent society and an enriched life

      by Iwao Taka

      Kazuo Inamori’s thoughts and achievements surpass just one man’sexperience. It is actually a social philosophy that could transform theentire society for the better and the goal of this book is to deliver hismessage. When social philosophies such as libertarianism and socialliberalism supporting the modern time are reaching their limits, Inamoriphilosophy can be said that it is the "third social philosophy.” Theauthor desires to convey the significance of Inamori philosophy and theimportance of putting it into practice, not only to businesspeople butalso to the younger generation who will be creating our society in the future.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      January 2017

      Inclusion Around The Clock

      Celebrating Diversity & Inclusion with Pluribus

      by Isabelle Pujol

      Inclusion Around The Clock is a collective book written by Isabelle Pujol, Founder and Director of Pluribus, a global Diversity and Inclusion consultancy and 12 authors from the Pluribus network across many cultures. All share a common vision: to be a positive drive for change in the world! Throughout their respective personal experiences, various insights and different expertises, they invite you to dive deep into a wide range of approaches related to the vast and rich topic of Diversity and Inclusion, always with sincerity, authenticity, vulnerability and courage. The book also offers information on some of the most critical issues Pluribus is addressing with clients currently and for the last ten years, at local, regional and global level. It raises the reader’s awareness on what diversity and inclusion is about – more than just race and gender. It represents the wide range of rich talent, experiences (personal and professional) and perspectives that makes up Pluribus.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      December 2018

      Corporate Citizenship

      The role of companies as citizens of the modern world

      by David Logan

      Private companies and multinationals have been around since the beginning of recorded history. For both good and ill they have done an immense amount to shape human culture around the world. We have just come through a period in history when communist and socialist societies tried to eliminate or severely constrain private enterprise, but companies are now back, big time. Consequently, the question now is: ‘What is their role in our global economic and social system?’ Providing goods and services and making a profit for their shareholders are important, but in that process, they also have responsibilities to their stakeholders and the wider society. Companies are in fact corporate citizens of society; just as individuals are private citizens. They exercise certain rights but also have profound responsibilities. They have to step up as good citizens and use their power and influence to help humanity face the challenges of the future. This book discusses why and how they must do that as a step towards learning to live with modern capitalism.

    • Business & management
      May 2006

      Globalization and Social Responsibility

      by Editor(s): David Crowther and Kiymet Tunca Caliyurt

      Over the last decade the question of the relationship between organisations and society has been subject to much debate, often of a critical nature. The decade has seen protests concerning the actions of organisations, exposures of corporate exploitation and unfolding accounting scandals. At the same time ethical behaviour and a concern for the environment have been shown to have a positive correlation with corporate performance. The nature of corporate social responsibility is therefore a topical one for businesses and academics. There are however many different perspectives upon what is meant by corporate social responsibility and how this might be applied within organisations. This book explores some of these different perspectives based upon the experiences of different people in different parts of the world. There has been much written about globalisation – some of it positive and much of it negative. It is a subject which arouses definite opinions. Despite the fact that the word globalisation is part of the title of this book it is not our intention to contribute to this debate. Instead we use the word globalisation in its original sense to represent the ubiquity of the concern for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which is the subject matter of this book. Specifically we are concerned with the social contract between an organisation and its stakeholders.It is apparent that any actions which an organisation undertakes will have an effect not just upon itself but also upon the external environment within which that organisation resides. In considering the effect of the organisation upon its external environment it must be recognised that this environment includes both the business environment in which the firm is operating, the local societal environment in which the organisation is located and the wider global environment. Effectively therefore there is a social contract between organizations and their stakeholders. Recognition of the rights of all stakeholders and the duty of a business to be accountable in this wider context therefore has been largely a relatively recent phenomenon. The economic view of accountability only to owners has only recently been subject to debate to any considerable extent. In the current environment there is a need to debate this issue and its implications. This book therefore recognises the international scope of the interest in corporate social responsibility both through the contributions made by the authors of the respective chapters, who come from various parts of the world, and also through the international importance of the perspectives offered by these contributors. In doing so the various authors demonstrate that corporations are a part of society just as much as each of us is as a individual. Furthermore they demonstrate that the issues and concerns are not local ones but are international is scope and concern us all. The contributions to this book provide a representation of the range of concern for this relationship and the range of topics which fall within the subject matter of CSR. Among the authors who have contributed to this book are representatives from every continent and from a wide range of disciplines. The topics which are considered in the various chapters are equally diverse.

    • Sustainability
      October 2017

      Demystifying Climate Risk Volume II

      Industry and Infrastructure Implications

      by Editor(s): Carole LeBlanc

      This book is a distillation of the First Annual International Technical Workshop on Climate Risk held in 2016 in Wells, Maine, USA. It is organized into four major themes, namely: the Montreal Protocol; industry and infrastructure concerns; sustainability and strategic planning; and climate science and informing business risk.The volume’s premise is that, long before the 2015 Paris Agreement, many professionals from diverse fields were working to solve the problems of human-caused climate change. The 1987 Montreal Protocol is now in support of a key emission reduction goal of the Agreement. It was time for the seasoned leaders who implement the Protocol, the world’s most successful treaty for atmospheric protection, to share their knowledge and wisdom with the next generation before that expertise was lost. The purpose of bringing these communities of practice together is to leverage the many successes to date to inspire future innovations through ‘lessons learned’; ensure that new or updated regulations are timely communicated and economically executed; and identify opportunities for related sustainable development.

    • Business ethics
      August 2018

      Leadership, Ethics, and Trust

      by Author(s): Cam Caldwell

      The 21st century has seen leaders of all types failing in their efforts to earn the respect, trust, and confidence of their employees, customers, and society. This unique book explains how and why leaders fail to earn the trust of others and why ethics, integrity, and moral behaviour are so critically important for leaders of today and tomorrow. More importantly, it also provides a perspective for helping leaders to understand how they can earn the trust, followership, commitment, and extra-role behaviour so critical for success in today’s globally competitive work world.

    • Business ethics
      February 2012

      Professional Ethics

      Education for a Humane Society

      by Editor(s): Feng Su and Bart McGettrick

      This book is addressed to all those with an interest in the ethical dimension of professional development. Contributors are drawn from a variety of occupational fields (academic practice, healthcare, occupational therapy, legal, military, business, research, teaching, higher education, and civil engineering), institutional contexts, and geographical regions. However, they are united in their concern for inter-professional ways of working and for developing an ethical response to the changing institutional contexts within which they operate. Practitioners, trainers and managers will find this book both useful and thought-provoking, while scholars with a particular interest in professional ethics will find it informative and insightful.

    • Business ethics
      January 2008

      Corporate Citizenship

      Perspectives in the New Century

      by Author(s): Ananda Das Gupta

      The international community has policy tools to influence business activity within and between nations, and to help ensure that globalization proceeds in a way that benefits all. These tools include legislation and regulatory frameworks, voluntary compliance with an agreed set of standards monitored by a third party, or self-regulation by businesses, often in conformance with voluntary codes of conduct.Balancing corporate investment with community investment is the way of the future. With growing public interest and concern regarding the sustainability of communities as globalization deepens, it will be necessary to show that the nations are working together to ensure that the activities of the business community make a positive contribution to the communities in which they do business.With all these points in the backdrop, the book aims at underlining the big-picture thinking on issues related to the roles that business can play in fostering a moral, equitable and ecologically sustainable world.

    • Business ethics
      March 2011

      From Critique to Action

      The Practical Ethics of the Organizational World

      by Editor(s): David Weir and Nabil Sultan

      This book illustrates the application of ethical thinking to business, management and computing. The authors are not professional philosophers but lecturers, researchers and practitioners based at Liverpool Hope University (LHU) and other international institutes, who have a particular approach that will appeal to pedagogic and scholarly interests as well as to more general readers. Some of the authors are faculty colleagues at LHU, others are directly or indirectly connected with it through teaching and/or research cooperation. At LHU the ethical dimension runs through every aspect of its corporate life; it is embodied in its corporate mission statement that gives its teaching and research a special flavour, touching other people’s lives and professional practice. This book brings together some significant areas of leading edge research and scholarship in the context of engagement with communities of practice, locally, regionally and professionally, with international students, police, teachers, housing managers, ambulance workers, etc. Most of the chapters are based on the practical experience of the contributors but written in an accessible way. There is a strong intercultural and transnational flavour in this book. It is explicitly cross-disciplinary, and will appeal to readers from areas like organization analysis, computer studies and information systems as well as philosophy and ethics.

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