• 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.

    • 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

    • Management & management techniques

      Life after Boris

      A fable about succession planning for professional firms

      by James Mendelssohn

      An enchanting, quick-to-read fable that every current or future partner in a mid-sized professional services firm concerned about succession management should read – for their own good. Succession planning is not inherently difficult or intellectually complex. It does, however, strike many raw nerves, both with those who are currently at the top of their firms and are contemplating retirement (or not), and also with those in the early stages of their careers who are anxious to know what the future holds for them in their current firm. Following the adventures of Eric, the hero of our story, will provide clear guidance on how to approach this seemingly intractable problem.

    • 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.

    • Careers guidance

      How to Lose Friends and Infuriate Your Boss

      Employees who don’t understand corporate politics are like defence personnel who don’t understand combat.

      by Jonar Nader

      What’s more liberating than financial freedom, and more reassuring than job-security? It’s called career independence, whereby: what you don’t have, you can obtain; what you don’t know, you can learn; what you don’t own, you can access; and what you don’t want, you can discard. • If you are an employee, this book will help you to take control of your career so that you can live a zestful and enchanting life. • If you are the boss, this book will show you how to turn employees into superstars so that together, you’ll know what to do when the rules run out. • Jonar Nader says, ‘If you choose to be a success, you’ll be a success at whatever you choose, so long as you can follow your heart and watch your back.’

    • 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, Economics & Law
      July 2015

      Better Thinking for Better Results

      by Cathy Lasher

      Do you think as well as you can? Does the quality of your thinking even matter? In this tool-packed practical guide, Cathy Lasher presents an exciting new way to get better results through focused thinking. Discover EDGE-it, a new approach that helps you sharpen your thinking in virtually any situation, leading to getting more of what you want, more easily. Benefit from your personal and professional experiences in a new way. Learn how to prevent that ‘why did I just do that again?!’ feeling. Achieve your future goals with greater ease and more control. Navigate the turbulent waters of the 21st century workplace with robust, research-based tools.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      January 2018

      Cofounding The Right Way

      A practical guide to successful business partnerships

      by Jana Nevrlka

      Jobs & Wozniak, Page & Brin, Ben & Jerry... any list of successful companies seems awash with cofounders who are a match made in business heaven. The benefits are obvious: by combining resources, knowledge, expertise and motivation, cofounders can often build something far more successful together compared to going solo. And yet... two-thirds of startups fail because of disagreements between founders. Why? Because cofounding isn’t as simple as drawing up an agreement and shaking hands on it. In fact, there are seven steps required to build cofounding teams that win and last. Cofounding The Right Way will take you through these steps, one simple step at a time, from finding the right cofounders all the way through to structuring your team, splitting the equity, making sure everyone stays motivated and documenting it in your cofounding agreement. Is a partnership even right for you in the first place? That’s Step No. 1! Get your cofounding team right, and you’ll be in the best possible position to handle any challenge that’s thrown in your direction. Get it wrong and not even the best business idea will be able to survive. Foreword by Mike Moyer, author of Slicing Pie.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      July 2018

      Love to Lead

      by Tracy Kite

      This book is for people in leadership positions who want to learn more about great leadership. Why use the word ‘love’ in a book for business? Because it matters! When leaders consider love from a philosophical viewpoint, it gives way to the serious business of trust, respect, compassion, ethics and loyalty in getting business done. If you give a damn about people and you’re courageous enough to contemplate ‘love’, you get great business. This book takes the reader through knowledge, practice and techniques. It is for busy managers to easily arm themselves with skills needed to improve the everyday performance of their people. If you love to lead, you need to Love to Lead.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      January 2017

      Mindfulness and the Art of Change by Choice

      Radical leadership for managing change

      by Philip Cox-Hynd

      Mindfulness changes your brain in 8 weeks. It's linked to increased employee job performance ratings. As a form of meta-awareness or self-observation, it affects reasoning and decision-making. It also increases readiness to take greater responsibility at work, and it helps people respond calmly rather than react defensively. The boost it gives to results can come as no surprise. Mindfulness has also been associated with a reduction in stress and anxiety. These are emotions that arise when you change management culture, working processes, structure and strategy. Such feelings can seriously hamper progress if not handled correctly. In this book Philip Cox-Hynd lays out his mindfulness-led methodology for smoothly managing change both in what is done (strategy and processes) and in how it's done (mindset and culture). He explains in detail how to display the kind of radical leadership that results in your colleagues driving change with the fervour of a hunter who has caught scent of the quarry and the astuteness that mindfulness brings. He uses case histories such as Pfizer where he was the lead change consultant on the Viagra project, helping to get Viagra to market nine months ahead of schedule. He also talks about Ella’s Kitchen, the baby and toddler food company. He reveals how he used a technique he calls "orchestrated disruption" to enable staff to own, drive and even seek accountability for the change-for-growth programme that led to the very successful sale of the company. This book is for CEOs and C-Suite Executives who want to manage change with the full and active support of their colleagues.

    • Information theory
      April 2018

      You Are Your Decisions

      by Author(s): Love Ekenberg, Harald Kjellin, Kristina Sygel

      There are basically two categories of books on decision-making. One tells stories of how intuition guides decision-making. The other delineates a formal approach, based on decision-trees or matrices, often impenetrable to real-life decision makers. This book combines the best elements of both perspectives in a way that can be easily understood by all who are struggling with complex decisions, either as individuals or as organisations. It demonstrates how intuition and psychological insights can be harnessed to design relevant models and decision strategies, and describes how goals can be adequately formed and operationalised. Finally, the book integrates these processes in an analytical framework for decision-making.

    • Business & management
      September 2018

      Megatrends and How to Survive Them

      Preparing for 2032

      by Author(s): Patricia Lustig, Gill Ringland

      Behind the headlines, things are happening—remorselessly and inexorably. They will have more impact on the world than the passing news in today’s headlines. The new global environment will be very different. Are you prepared? How will you, your family, and your business cope?Today’s world is very noisy. How do you filter out what is important? How do you make sense of the future? What do you need to think about?This book explores the world as it could be in 2032—and the implications for you and your organisation. It investigates the twelve key megatrends that are changing in the world. For each one, the book discusses the impact, why it is important, how we got here, what could accelerate or slow this trend, and what individuals and organisations can do to survive and thrive in the new world of 2032.The contributors here are professionals in thinking about the future. They have worked with many high-profile organisations, have held senior line roles in major corporations and understand the needs of both decision makers and ordinary people.

    • Organizational theory & behaviour
      May 2018

      Leadership Theories and Case Studies

      An Epidemiological Perspective

      by Author(s): Garry Wade McGiboney

      Effective leadership does not occur by chance. Leaders must be trained and groomed for the daunting responsibility of leading organizations. Research shows that half of the people currently in leadership positions will fail. Why they fail and what can be done to prevent failure are the main subjects of this book. It shows that effective leadership is possible and illustrates why and how, based on research and case studies from an epidemiological perspective. The epidemiological word “determinant” is used frequently, and is a word that no other book on leadership uses. Epidemiologists work from two basic principles: namely, that all diseases have determinants and that diseases do not occur randomly. In other words, there are always causes for diseases and patterns that describe how diseases spread. Effective and ineffective leadership always have determinants that are not randomly distributed; the impacts are uniformly and deeply spread throughout an organization. Like the epidemiologists, this book not only identifies leadership determinants, but also provides research-based “antidotes” at the end of each chapter, along with a summary of the most salient points in the chapter. This book offers examples of leadership and governance from the non-profit sector, businesses, public and private education, higher education, and other organizations, highlighting over 50 case studies to illustrate concepts about leadership.

    • Management decision making
      January 2014

      Shedding New Lights on Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities

      by Editor(s): Joaquín Alegre, Ricardo Chiva, Anabel Fernández-Mesa and José Luis Ferreras-Méndez

      Research on organisational learning, knowledge and capabilities has indeed become one of the most fruitful and interesting areas in the field of management, and has not only improved our understanding of organisations, but also helped them to face the new challenges of our turbulent age. Are our organizations learning to face a new age? What kinds of learning and knowledge are necessary to understand our age? What new lights can help us to understand organisational learning and knowledge? Are there shades? Shedding New Lights dispels uncertainties and provides a better observation and understanding of this particular phenomenon. This book includes an overview of the major topics on organisational learning, knowledge and capabilities. There are three parts: the first focuses on organisational learning, and particularly on practice and communities of practice. The second part deals with knowledge creation and transfer, two main knowledge management processes that are extremely relevant for firm performance. Finally, the third part examines the phenomenon of ambidexterity (explorative and exploitative learning) and the absorptive capacity of the firm.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      January 2013

      Data Envelopment Analysis and Its Applications to Management

      by Editor(s): Vincent Charles and Mukesh Kumar

      Data envelopment analysis (DEA), a non-parametric technique, has emerged as a popular management tool for measuring the performance of a set of entities, known as decision making units. This book, Data Envelopment Analysis and Its Applications to Management, is a collection of contributions from DEA experts from various countries. It covers a wide range of research papers from the theoretical development of DEA to its applications in various sectors such as economy, banking, education, revenue management, sports, branch networks, cities, and live stock production systems. The book is useful for researchers as well as practitioners who intend to apply DEA to their strategic and managerial decisions.

    • Management & management techniques
      January 2019

      Developments in Management Science in Engineering 2017

      Perspectives from Scientific Journal Reports

      by Author(s): Jiuping Xu

      Management science in engineering (MSE) is playing an increasingly important role in modern society. In particular, the development of efficient and innovative managerial tools has significantly influenced the research progress of management science. As research is vital for the propagation of leading-edge methods, journal evaluation and classification are critical for scientists, researchers, engineers, practitioners, and graduate students. This book identifies the main research categories of MSE, and evaluates and classifies each MSE journal. It represents the outcome of joint efforts from scientific board members, research fellows, and members of various professional societies. It is ideal for scientists, researchers, practitioners, engineers, graduate students and upper-level undergraduates in engineering management, civil engineering, industrial engineering, environmental engineering, energy engineering, information engineering, and agricultural engineering.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      January 2013

      Data Envelopment Analysis and Its Applications to Management

      by Editor(s): Vincent Charles and Mukesh Kumar

      Data envelopment analysis (DEA), a non-parametric technique, has emerged as a popular management tool for measuring the performance of a set of entities, known as decision making units. This book, Data Envelopment Analysis and Its Applications to Management, is a collection of contributions from DEA experts from various countries. It covers a wide range of research papers from the theoretical development of DEA to its applications in various sectors such as economy, banking, education, revenue management, sports, branch networks, cities, and live stock production systems. The book is useful for researchers as well as practitioners who intend to apply DEA to their strategic and managerial decisions.

    • Management decision making
      January 2014

      Shedding New Lights on Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities

      by Editor(s): Joaquín Alegre, Ricardo Chiva, Anabel Fernández-Mesa and José Luis Ferreras-Méndez

      Research on organisational learning, knowledge and capabilities has indeed become one of the most fruitful and interesting areas in the field of management, and has not only improved our understanding of organisations, but also helped them to face the new challenges of our turbulent age. Are our organizations learning to face a new age? What kinds of learning and knowledge are necessary to understand our age? What new lights can help us to understand organisational learning and knowledge? Are there shades? Shedding New Lights dispels uncertainties and provides a better observation and understanding of this particular phenomenon. This book includes an overview of the major topics on organisational learning, knowledge and capabilities. There are three parts: the first focuses on organisational learning, and particularly on practice and communities of practice. The second part deals with knowledge creation and transfer, two main knowledge management processes that are extremely relevant for firm performance. Finally, the third part examines the phenomenon of ambidexterity (explorative and exploitative learning) and the absorptive capacity of the firm.

    • Organizational theory & behaviour
      May 2018

      Leadership Theories and Case Studies

      An Epidemiological Perspective

      by Author(s): Garry Wade McGiboney

      Effective leadership does not occur by chance. Leaders must be trained and groomed for the daunting responsibility of leading organizations. Research shows that half of the people currently in leadership positions will fail. Why they fail and what can be done to prevent failure are the main subjects of this book. It shows that effective leadership is possible and illustrates why and how, based on research and case studies from an epidemiological perspective. The epidemiological word “determinant” is used frequently, and is a word that no other book on leadership uses. Epidemiologists work from two basic principles: namely, that all diseases have determinants and that diseases do not occur randomly. In other words, there are always causes for diseases and patterns that describe how diseases spread. Effective and ineffective leadership always have determinants that are not randomly distributed; the impacts are uniformly and deeply spread throughout an organization. Like the epidemiologists, this book not only identifies leadership determinants, but also provides research-based “antidotes” at the end of each chapter, along with a summary of the most salient points in the chapter. This book offers examples of leadership and governance from the non-profit sector, businesses, public and private education, higher education, and other organizations, highlighting over 50 case studies to illustrate concepts about leadership.

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