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2008 and 2009 will be remembered for bear markets, a global credit crunch and some of the largest investment scams ever. But these scams are nothing new; from Charles Ponzi to Bernard Madoff to Sir R. Allen Stanford, they've been repeated throughout history, and there will certainly be more to come
It was discovered that the people who own small businesses in the USA work far more than they should for the return they're getting. Many small businesses end up in chaos not because their owners don't work but because they are doing the wrong work. Why is this? Why do so many
Recognizing talent is a leader’s most needed task. Today, more than ever, an organization’s fate depends on its ability to identify, coach, retain and, when needed, replace talent. The simple answer to what is talent: is achievement. Talent without achievement is reduced to only potential. Let’s start by discussing the seven
A crucial confrontation consists of a face-to-face accountability discussion. Someone has disappointed you and you talk to him or her directly. All crucial confrontations start with the question: Why didn’t you do what you were supposed to do? And they only end when a solution is reached and both parties are
Ideas are the currency of the twenty-first century. Some people are exceptionally good at presenting their ideas. Their skill elevates their stature and influence in today's society. There's nothing more inspiring than a bold idea delivered by a great speaker. Ideas, effectively packaged and delivered, can change the world. So, wouldn't
With The Shallows, a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction and a New York Times bestseller, Carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration of the net’s intellectual and cultural consequences yet published. The Shallows is, writes Slate, “a Silent Spring for the literary mind.”
Today, many psychologists are developing new accounts of how personality works based on the rapid accumulation of findings of the field, namely, the theory of a new human intelligence – a mental capacity that we use to guide our lives – to reason about ourselves and other people. This ability to
Everyone uses some foresight; most people think about the future at some time and try to make sense of it in their day-to-day lives. Take present-buying: you are using foresight to think ahead to what each person would like to receive (decision-making); to think about where you will find/buy/make each gift
We all want to be better than average. We want to be A+. What does it take to be A+? The essence of being A+ is that we need to realize strengths in ourselves and others. We need to become and continue becoming the best that we can be, as well
The tracking of top-seller lists is a national obsession. Our culture is a massive popularity contest. We are consumed by hits—making them, choosing them, talking about them, and following their rise and fall. No surprise that hits have become the lens through which we observe our own culture. We define our
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If I see only the mental map of 1st Alternative—my own map—then the only way out is to persuade you to shift your paradigm or even force you to accept my alternative: I must win and you must lose. If, on
It’s certainly true that many of the particulars of business have changed. But the fundamentals have not. The stories in this book are just as relevant now as they were back then, and the lessons learned still apply today. Each story
Driving Down Cost is the first accessible and practical book to address cost management for managers across the board. Drawing on over twenty-five years of consultancy experience from over fifty international, large scale one-time cost reduction projects, Andrew Wileman provides a toolkit filled with key ideas and strategies for analyzing cost management, including procuring and managing accounts, which is something that is relevant to both private and public sector organizations. He
Flourish builds on Dr. Seligman’s game-changing work on optimism, motivation, and character to show how to get the most out of life, unveiling an electrifying new theory of what makes a good life—for individuals, for communities, and for nations. In a fascinating evolution of thought and practice, Flourish refines what Positive Psychology is all about. While certainly a part of well-being, happiness alone doesn’t give life meaning.
If you are a boss who wants to do great work, what can you do about it? Good Boss, Bad Boss is devoted to answering that question. Stanford Professor Robert Sutton weaves together the best psychological and management research with compelling stories and cases to reveal the mindset and moves of the best (and worst) bosses. This book was inspired by the deluge of emails, research, phone calls, and conversations that Dr. Sutton
The new question: Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice, Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times. The new study: Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins's prior work by its focus on
The economic peace of the past generation is over. We’re in a war for survival, beset by fear, uncertainty and doubt. As on any battlefield, conditions demand a seriously different kind of leadership from that which is appropriate in peacetime. Leaders must be prepared to make strategic, structural, financial and operational changes—many of them drastic—in a hurry and with information that is at best incomplete. Whether you lead a small group
Why You Should Want Power? First of all, having power is related to living a longer and healthier life. Second, power, and the stature that accompany power, can produce wealth. Third, power is part of leadership and is necessary to get things done. Finding the right place for you requires several steps. First, you must be brutally honest about your strengths, weaknesses, and preferences – and because of the self-enhancement motive, not many people are
Chuck Martin takes readers on a journey from the creation of the first screen to the revolutionary third. Martin describes the cultural and social changes incurred by the first screen (the television) and the second screen (the personal computer), opening up his discussion of how the third screen—the mobile device—is redefining the role of the consumer.
You deeply want to become an extraordinary entrepreneur, but you don’t know where to begin. You don’t have enough money; or else you’ve got money, but you wouldn’t feel right risking it. You’re too young; or else you’re too old, and the chance has already passed you by. You can’t seem to come up with the right idea; or else, you’re overwhelmed with ideas and you can’t seem to settle on
Nolan Bushnell founded the groundbreaking gaming company Atari and two dozen other companies. He also launched Steve Jobs' career, along with those of many other brilliant creatives over the course of his five decades in business. In his eagerly awaited first book, Bushnell explains how to find, hire, and nurture the people who could turn your company into the next Atari or the next Apple. The business world is changing
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We parents want our children to grow into happy adults—but the trouble is sometimes we feel as though our children’s personalities are already more or less set in genetic stone. The good news is that we actually do have a lot of influence. Parenting practices have a tremendous effect on children’s
Western culture is riddled with destructive myths about money and prosperity that are severely limiting individuals' power, creativity, and financial potential. In Killing Sacred Cows, Gunderson boldly exposes ingrained fallacies and misguided traditions in the world of personal finance.
Let us talk about human “irrationality”, about our distance from perfection. I believe that recognizing where we depart from the ideal is an important part of the quest to truly understanding ourselves, and one that promises many practical benefits. Understanding irrationality is important for our everyday actions and decisions and for
Ignore Everybody expands on MacLeod’s sharpest insights, wittiest cartoons, and most useful advice. For example:-Selling out is harder than it looks. Diluting your product to make it more commercial will just make people like it less.-If your plan depends on you suddenly being “discovered” by some big shot, your plan will
There is a story that is usually told about extremely successful people, a story that focuses on intelligence and ambition. Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different, and that if we want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time looking around them-at such
Who Are Middle Managers? No one has a job title “Middle Manager.” Who then are middle managers? And how do we distinguish them from those at the top? It is known that senior management makes the decisions that set the organization’s course, whereas middle management interprets and executes those decisions. Middle
Globalization poses challenges for everyone. Every education system in the world struggles to some degree to keep up with the rapid pace of change. And countries face many similar challenges. For example, widespread internal and international migration have created more heterogeneous societies everywhere, placing new demands on educators as they respond
Leadership, simply put, is the ability to influence others. Values-based leadership takes it to the next level. By word, action, and example, values-based leaders seek to inspire and motivate, using their influence to pursue what matters most. The objective of values-based leadership is to do the right thing by making choices