• Business & management
      January 2012

      The Unprincipled

      The Unvarnished Truth About Running A Marketing Agency From Start-up To Sell-out

      by David Croydon

      Building a business from start-up to sell-out. When I started, or at least co-founded, a small sales promotion agency called Marketing Principles in Oxford over 20 years ago, I had no idea about the dramas that would ensue, or the mixture of fun and games and pain and heartache that could be telescoped into 12 short years. I needed to get a lot of this off my chest for cathartic and purely selfish reasons, but in doing so, and in my current role as small business advisor/coach/mentor/NEC, I realised along the way that the lessons learned might be instructive as well as just entertaining, which is where it originally started. The title is taken from the scurrilous in-house ‘newsletter’ our creative department took to compiling a couple of times a year, to debunk any of our employees who… oh, just anyone who worked for us (including me). We begin the journey in 1985. The key protagonists (at the beginning) all have gainful employment at another local agency, and on the face of it should be content with their lot. But then this thing called ambition comes knocking, and a 12-year roller coaster ride begins. A couple of reviewers have described the content as part business handbook, part memoir, part comic novel, which makes it difficult to categorise in publishing terms. Its style and tone of voice is what makes it unique, and it will appeal to small business owner/managers - from start-ups to established businesses - anywhere: they will recognise many of the issues and problems that we confronted along the way. So it's a personal account, but one that will resonate with anyone who has ever run a small business (or aspires to). Here's a video about the business that is the book's subject matter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2_heofh0WE

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      June 2015

      Leading with Character - 2nd Edition

      Stories of Valor and Virtue and the Principles They Teach

      by Sosik, John J.

      What kind of character strengths must leaders develop in themselves and others to create and sustain extraordinary organizational growth and performance? In this updated and expanded second edition, the author, John J. Sosik, answers this question by reviewing what is known about the connection between authentic transformational leadership and positive psychology. He summarizes a wealth of leadership knowledge in a unique collection of captivating stories about 25 famous leaders from business, history and pop culture: Aung San Suu Kyi, John F. Kennedy, Maya Angelou, Bill Gates, Brian Wilson, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., Joe Namath, Malala Yousafzai, Mother Teresa, Angelina Jolie, Pope Saint John Paul II, Shirley Chisholm, Sheryl Sandberg, Andy Griffith, Margaret Thatcher, Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela, Warren Buffet, Carlos Ghosn, Eleanor Roosevelt, Herb Kelleher, Steve Jobs, Johnny Cash, and Fred Rogers._x000D_ _x000D_ What do these leaders have in common? Each possesses virtues of wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence and their associated character strengths that form the foundation of their outstanding leadership. Besides generating astonishing results for their organizations, these leaders reaped numerous physical, mental, social and spiritual benefits from their strong character. Their stories teach readers leadership principles that they too can apply to achieve sustainable growth and excellence. The author includes dozens of interesting examples, vivid anecdotes, and clear guidelines to offer readers an in-depth look at how character and virtue forms the moral fiber of authentic transformational leadership. Individuals currently in leadership positions as well as aspiring leaders will find the book’s conversational style, fascinating stories, and practical guidelines both useful and inspiring.

    • Mind, Body, Spirit
      June 2015

      Awakening Leadership

      Embracing Mindfulness, Your Life’s Purpose, and the Leader You Were Born to Be

      by Horner, Christine

      Human advancement requires the realization that each one of us has an essential role to fulfill to lead humanity into a new era of true equality and prosperity. In Awakening Leadership, Horner describes how mindfulness connects us to the Unified Field of Creation, opening the door to our infinite potential and our life’s purpose. If Earth’s prime directive is oneness, its universal guiding principle is sustainability. In the New Leadership Blueprint, sustainability becomes the all-inclusive compass that redefines morality, values, the way we care for one another and the planet. Transcending boundaries, Awakening Leadership is an illuminating “human” guide that will inspire you to immediately begin living your life on purpose toward building a better world. It’s your time to thrive! www.ChristineHorner.com. www.AwakeningLeader.org

    • Management: leadership & motivation

      Charismatic to the Core

      A fresh approach to authentic leadership

      by Nikki Owen

      You don’t have to shout or show off to be charismatic. Charisma is often seen as an intangible concept that unconsciously attracts a negative reaction in the world of business. There is a stereotypical image that a charismatic leader is a confident extrovert with a big personality. Even if charisma can be taught, (and many research papers indicate that you either have it or you don’t) the question is: how important is charisma for leadership success? Your leadership impact can be whatever you desire it to be. When you are being true to who you really are at your core, your charisma shines through.

    • Management: leadership & motivation
      April 2017

      The Authority Guide to Mindful Leadership

      Simple techniques and exercises to manage yourself, manage others and effect change

      by Palma Michel

      How do you implement mindfulness in the workplace? Today’s leaders and organisations need to develop an agile mindset and take bold risks. This Authority Guide shows you how to link mindfulness directly to business challenges and offers practical and accessible tools for change. Written by an expert on leadership, meditation and mindfulness, the book teaches you how to manage your inner landscape of thoughts, emotions and interruptions so that you can create a compassionate, innovative and sustainable working culture.

    • Management & management techniques
      August 2017

      Leadership Matters

      7 Skills of Very Successful Leaders

      by David Pich and Ann Messenger

      Leadership Matters is packed with ideas, research and practical advice for aspiring leaders in Australia and worldwide. It will keep you thinking long after you have finished reading. Authors David Pich and Ann Messenger, together with a team of experts, believe that you need to master 7 skills to become a successful leader in today’s complex and challenging organisations. They researched locally and globally to find out why and how these 7 skills are so important. As part of this research, David Pich interviewed several inspiring global leaders – including human rights activist and Nobel Prize recipient, Kailash Satyarthi; Qantas CEO Alan Joyce AC; and Gloria Ai, China’s leading independent business host, whose daily talk show attracts an astonishing 8 million listeners and watchers. Their invaluable insights and much, much more are shared in this book, which concludes that leadership really does matter!

    • Business, Economics & Law
      February 2019

      The Languages of Leadership

      How to use your words, actions and behaviours to influence your team, peers and boss

      by Wendy Born

      Many of us have issues trying to lead disparate teams with multiple personalities, colleagues with conflicting agendas and bosses with minds of their own. The questions we often ask ourselves are: How do I manage my team leaders?; How do I manage my peers? How do I manage my own leader to stop making big promises to my team that I know they won’t deliver on? The answer is to learn to master the languages of leadership. In this fascinating leadership book, Wendy Born shows you how and teaches you to make small changes that will have a big impact.

    • Management: leadership & motivation
      January 2015

      Backbone

      History, Traditions, and Leadership Lessons of Marine Corps NCOs

      by Julia Dye

      Noncommissioned officers stand as the backbone of the United States Marine Corps. The Corps is among the most lasting institutions in America, though few understand what makes it so strong and how that understanding can be applied effectively in today's world. In this insightful and thoroughly researched book, Julia Dye explores the cadre of noncommissioned officers that make up the Marine Corps' system of small-unit leadership. To help us better understand what makes these extraordinary men and women such effective leaders, Dye examines the fourteen leadership traits embraced by every NCO. These qualities-- including judgment, enthusiasm, determination, bearing, and unselfishness--are exemplified by men like Terry Anderson, the former Marine sergeant who spent nearly seven years as a hostage in Beirut, John Basilone, the hero of the Pacific, and many others. To assemble this extraordinary chronicle, Julia Dye interviewed Anderson and dozens of other Marines, mining a rich trove of historical and modern NCO heroes that comprise the Marine Corps' astonishing legacy, from its founding in 1775 to the present day.

    • Management & management techniques

      The Confident Manager

      Lessons in confidence and communication for successful managers

      by Kate Atkin

      The Confident Manager offers valuable lessons to young and aspiring managers as well as sage advice to those already experienced in management. Told in a compelling story format, the messages are clear, concise and practical. Applying the lessons in this book will: • Boost your self-confidence both at work and personally. • Increase morale, team-working and customer service. • Improve the performance of your business. Matt quickly realizes that his new job as project manager requires different skills from the ones he is used to using – this time he needs to do “people stuff”. His mistakes and successes highlight key messages in effective people management.

    • Management: leadership & motivation

      Win!

      How to succeed in the new game of business

      by Roger Harrop

      These are the most exciting of times for business – ever. The opportunities to win are there for all since, in the new game of business, the playing fields are being levelled - between small and large businesses and also internationally. Top sports people don’t make excuses. They play, run or hit to win. Coming second is not an option in their game. Nor should it be in business. Nothing should now get in the way of your business winning the game and becoming number one. When you buy this book, you get access to download a free interactive app, specially designed to guide you towards creating a sustained, winning business. No matter what size or type of organisation you are, no matter where you are in the world, there are opportunities to win like never before. If you can focus mercilessly on the new basics discussed in this book, you too can become a serial winner in the new game of business. Combine the reading of this book with the use of the free inter­active app created by Roger especially for you, and you will soon be consistently playing a winning game built on the four basics of business. • Win! By being exceptional • Win! By being a great place to work ... and play • Win! By constantly prospecting • Win! By focusing on the bottom line

    • Management decision making

      How to Lose Friends and Infuriate People

      Success -- Management -- Leadership

      by Jonar Nader

      We were taught to be patient, yet impatience is also a virtue. We were encouraged to be tolerant, yet intolerance is a characteristic of successful people. We were told to win friends and avoid conflict, yet it is vital to learn how to fight against time-thieves who stop us from achieving success and happiness. This tantalising book is the most explosive text in decades. It is for people who are fed up with inaccuracy and untruths. It is a tool for those who have the vision to shape new futures and the courage to realise their dreams. Come on a journey that will enrich and liberate you as you learn how to tackle the roots of personal achievement, management, and leadership. You will feel liberated and fulfilled when you say what needs to be said, fight for what needs to be won, and do what must be done -- even if you might lose friends and infuriate people. This fourth edition contains 28 chapters. One of them is a 10,000-word chapter about terrorism, called, ‘Infuriating Terrorists: Why tolerant people must not tolerate intolerant people.’ It also includes a new chapter about the cost-cutting frenzy. In criticising corporate executives, Jonar says, ‘Cost-cutting is for wimps. Any fool can cut costs.’ He wants managers to learn how to charge their customers more, and have the customers pay more with pleasure.

    • Management: leadership & motivation
      April 2010

      Motivation und Führung von Mitarbeitern: Personalführung in Zeiten des Wertewandels

      by Olliges, Wilhelm

      At the beginning of 2009, the Gallup/Institute published a study on employee motivation in German companies. The survey came to the conclusion that about 90% of employees surveyed had no real feeling of obligation towards their employers. Only 13% of employees carry out their work with commitment and feel attached to their company. 67% of employees merely work to rule and try to avoid additional exertion and voluntary involvement wherever possible. About a fifth of employees claims to have “internally quit” already. These disturbing numbers have been ascertained during a 2008 study among 1,900 employees. The numbers mentioned above have been relatively constant for years and have enormous consequences for the companies and should shock leaders, as so much potential is left unused. But what are the specific causes for the lack of employee motivation?

    • Management & management techniques

      Managing Through Turbulent Times

      The 7 Rules of Crisis Management

      by Anthony Holmes

      "What shall we do as managers operating in unstable times when the reassurance we desire is absent and the uncertainty of today promises an unpredictable tomorrow?"Corporate management teams are living through the Chinese curse of 'may you live in interesting times' as they contemplate their exposure both directly and indirectly to the almost unprecedented turbulence in the global markets.In his first book, turnaround specialist Anthony Holmes explains how to approach management in turbulent operating conditions and what to do if your company encounters distress. It is based around his 7 key rules of crisis management, which are:1. Obtain multiple opinions in the decision-making process2. Retain close control over the implementation of policy3. Reduce time pressure4. Limit objectives5. Maintain flexible options6. Understand the nature and potential behaviour of the adversary7. Maintain communicationIt also looks to illuminate the dark areas that create fear of the unknown and explains how to recognise them, how to mitigate their impact, what is feasible, when to seek help and from whom.The book draws on case histories of previous crises to extract techniques relevant to today's commercial environment and identify those that may seem logical but should be avoided.The intention is to prevent management from having to begin at the bottom of the learning curve and try to rediscover under pressure those techniques and processes that have been irrelevant and forgotten in the years since the last systemic crisis.

    • Management: leadership & motivation

      Managing Through Turbulent Times

      The 7 Rules of Crisis Management

      by Anthony Holmes

      "What shall we do as managers operating in unstable times when the reassurance we desire is absent and the uncertainty of today promises an unpredictable tomorrow?"Corporate management teams are living through the Chinese curse of 'may you live in interesting times' as they contemplate their exposure both directly and indirectly to the almost unprecedented turbulence in the global markets.In his first book, turnaround specialist Anthony Holmes explains how to approach management in turbulent operating conditions and what to do if your company encounters distress. It is based around his 7 key rules of crisis management, which are:1. Obtain multiple opinions in the decision-making process2. Retain close control over the implementation of policy3. Reduce time pressure4. Limit objectives5. Maintain flexible options6. Understand the nature and potential behaviour of the adversary7. Maintain communicationIt also looks to illuminate the dark areas that create fear of the unknown and explains how to recognise them, how to mitigate their impact, what is feasible, when to seek help and from whom.The book draws on case histories of previous crises to extract techniques relevant to today's commercial environment and identify those that may seem logical but should be avoided.The intention is to prevent management from having to begin at the bottom of the learning curve and try to rediscover under pressure those techniques and processes that have been irrelevant and forgotten in the years since the last systemic crisis.

    • Entrepreneurship

      From Entrepreneur to Leader

      An Instant Guide

      by Guy Rigby

      This eBook is about the transition from entrepreneur to business leader.The author of this instant guide from Harriman House, Guy Rigby, has also written From Vision to Exit, which is a complete entrepreneurs' guide to setting up, running and passing on or selling a business.

    • Biography & True Stories

      Kilimanjaro and Beyond

      A Life-Changing Journey

      by Barry Finlay. Chris Finlay

      BARRY FINLAY and his son CHRIS sit propped against a rock, struggling to draw a breath on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. Their destination is tantalizingly close but what happens next will be determined by their health and the weather. In their hands is a Canadian flag bearing the names of over 200 people who contributed to helping a desperate community in Tanzania. Kilimanjaro and Beyond is an award winner that is inspirational, thought provoking and entertaining. Follow along on the journey and realize that nothing is more satisfying than reaching a goal and giving others the opportunity to achieve theirs. Kilimanjaro and Beyond is a very personal account of the author's journey from a sedentary lifestyle to the peak of a mountain at age 60 with his son. It is a descriptive story of his upbringing on the prairies and how it gave him the dedication and perseverance to change his lifestyle sufficiently to be able to reach the summit. Not only is it inspirational, but it provides the reader with an insight into the preparation required and takes them step by step up and down the mountain and to a school to meet some amazing children. The book describes how the events that occurred in Africa were life-changing in two ways. The first was reaching the summit and the realization that almost anything can be accomplished if you want it badly enough. The second was meeting some children who simply make do with what they have and how that can be applied to any situation. In short, Kilimanjaro and Beyond demonstrates the satisfaction that can be achieved by reaching a previously unthinkable goal and helping others to acheive theirs.

    • Education
      June 2013

      Professional School Leadership

      Dealing with Dilemmas

      by Daniel Murphy

      Daniel Murphy uses the concept of ‘dilemmas’ to rebalance our understanding of the work of school leaders. This analysis offers helpful support to school leaders facing difficult decisions and insight for those on leadership training programmes

    • Technology, Engineering & Agriculture
      May 2013

      Advantage

      A Roadmap for Entrepreneurs and Leaders in The Digital Age

      by Declan Kavanagh

      Advantage is what creates value for your customers and your organisation. By having a focus on advantage and the sources of advantage through the life cycle of a business, whether it is commercial or not for profit ensures entrepreneurs and leaders minimise risk and maximise value. This book presents a framework called “The Business Advantage Model (BAM™)” that supports leaders in the identification, creation, proving, securing, leveraging and changing of advantage. It is about “Doing the right things, the right way at the right time” across every aspect of starting, scaling and readjusting a business. Its goal is to help create more high performing organisations.

    • Finance & accounting
      June 2013

      Bean Soup - Beyond Bean Counting

      Steps for Lifting a Finance Function Skill Set Towards 'Adding Value'

      by Stuart Bilbrough

      Bean Soup is an innovative and engaging story capturing real-life challenges in getting Finance teams within businesses to add value and move beyond pure financial control. Written as fiction, it follows Callum Dangerfield, a newly appointed CFO at the Haven Hotel Group. Bean Soup – Beyond Bean Counting is more than a business book, it is a complete training toolkit that provides valuable yet logical steps for lifting a Finance function skill set towards adding value. Find out more at www.thebeansoupbook.com

    • Business & management

      The Craft of Leadersdhip

      A guide to the skills, techniques and attitudes needed to manage successful organisations

      by Richard Boult

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