Bad Money : Reckless Finance, Failed Politics And The Global Crisis Of American Capitalism
The bestselling author reveals how the U.S. financial sector has hijacked our economy and put American global future at risk.
In Bad Money, Phillips describes the consequences of our misguided economic policies, our mounting debt, our collapsing housing market, our threatened oil, and the end of American domination of world markets. America current challenges (and failures) run striking parallels to the decline of previous leading world economic powersaespecially the Dutch and British. Global overreach, worn-out politics, excessive debt, and exhausted energy regimes are all chilling signals that the United States is crumbling as the world superpower.
Every general manager today—all the way up to theCEO—is expected by his or her stakeholders to achieve new breakthroughs in performance—and fast. Those who don't make visible progress toward that goal within the first year or two will likely find themselves looking for another job. It is precisely because of this growing breakthrough imperative that managers today, whether in corporations or nonprofits, need to get off to a fast start. They don't have time for mistakes or for going back and redoing what they should have done right in the first place.But, despite the intensity of these pressures, despite the high expectations and short time frames, a number of CEOs and general managers turn in truly exceptionalresults. How do they meet and exceed the breakthrough imperative? To answer this question, consultants and former managers Mark Gottfredson and Steve Schaubert interviewed more than forty CEOs from both industry and the nonprofit sector, conducted an intensive study of what successful managers do right—and what some do wrong—and drew on their own combined fi fty-plus years of experience at Bain & Company, where their insights have consistently been found in the pages of the Harvard Business Review. Together they came up with the four straightforward principles—deceptively simple yet remarkably powerful—that everyone must follow to succeed at achieving breakthrough results:1. Costs and prices always decline2. Competitive position determines options3. Customers and profi t pools don't stand still4. Simplicity gets resultsAlthough seemingly simplistic, mastering these four laws means mastering the basics of great management— a foundation on which to build the rest of one's management strategy. Whether you're managing a small work group or a multinational corporation, a single division or an entire nonprofit, The Breakthrough Imperative presents these core laws of business to help you determine where you are, just how far you can go, and how to get there with stellar results.
Most Americans today are aware that jobs are being outsourced to China, India, and other nations at an alarming rate. From factory jobs to white-collar, high-tech positions, the exporting of labor is one of the most controversial issues in America.
Yet few people know much about the other end — about the people who are actually working these jobs and how their own lives have been throw into tumult by these new economic forces. Andrew Ross spent a year in China, interviewing local employees and their managers in Taiwan, Shanghai, and the far western provinces. In this engaging and informative book, he shows how the Chinese workforce has inherited many of the same worries as American workers, such as job instability, long hours, and awareness of their own expendability. He reports on the daily reality of corporate free trade and explores the growing competition between China and India. This is an eye-opening exploration of an unseen side of our globalized world.
In a world characterised by globalisation, more and moreentrepreneurs are entering the international market.Experience has shown that servant leadership is the mosteffective instrument to reconcile opposing viewpoints.This book is suitable for those who are interested incross-cultural management and servant leadership.
OBD: Obsessive Branding Disorder: The Illusion of Business and the Business of Illusion
"In his trenchant analysis of a business stratagem gone wrong, Lucas Conley offers us a long overdue investigation into our culture of obsession. From sensory specialists to word-of-mouth marketers and executives keen to leave their mark, we are introduced to the unforgettable cast of characters responsible for getting our attention from often insidious, emotionally charged angles. In a landscape punctuated by brand-churches and tribes, Conley lifts the veil on an unchecked phenomenon and requires us to consider the grave ramifications of our branded world. As hilarious as it is frightening, OBO: Obsessive Branding Disorder skillfully reexamines our buying habits to illustrate the chilling impact of the industry masterminds responsible for capturing our attention and seducing us to buy - at any cost."--BOOK JACKET.
The world is facing many challenges and one of them is financial. The entitlement mentality is epidemic, creating people who expect their countries, employers, or families to take care of them. Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki, both successful businessmen, are natural teachers and have joined forces to address these challenges. They believe you cannot solve money problems with money. You can only solve money problems with financial education. Trump and Kiyosaki want to teach you to be rich."Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." They each could have written a book on the subject, but they chose instead to write a book together because of their shared passion for education and their desire to bring emphasis to the importance of financial education. In addition they have designated a portion of the profits from each book to be donated to charitable and educational organizations that also support financial education. Why We Want YOU To Be Rich, Two Men — One Message was written for you.
Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives
The most enduring change wrought by the digital revolution is neither the new business models nor the new search algorithms, but rather the massive generation gap between those who were born digital and those who were not. The first generation of "digital natives"--children who were born into and raised in the digital world--is now coming of age, and soon our world will be reshaped in their image. Our economy, our cultural life, even the shape of our family life will be forever transformed. But who are these digital natives? How are they different from older generations, and what is the world they're creating going to look like? Based on original research and advancing new theories, the authors explore a broad range of issues, from the highly philosophical to the purely practical.--From publisher description.
What Matters Most: How a Small Group of Pioneers Is Teaching Social Responsibility to Big Business, and Why Big Business Is Listening
For more than sixteen years, Jeffrey Hollender has presided over Seventh Generation, a world leader in manufacturing environmentally friendly, nontoxic household products. What Matters Most illuminates the successful practices of Seventh Generation-and many other pioneering companies around the world-to demonstrate the pragmatic aspects of a corporate strategy that hardwires social and environmental concerns into the company's culture, operating systems, and business relationships. It shows business leaders how to assess their own company's performance, adopt a socially responsible approach to doing business, and embark on a path of long-term growth. "Jeffrey Hollender...has shown that doing the right thing does pay off both in terms of building a brand that generates great customer loyalty and a business that has consistently generated superior growth." -Ben Cohen, Founder, Ben & Jerry's "What Matters Most stands out for its moderate and thoughtful analysis of a controversial issue.... Hollender is a voice of reason in today's important debate on corporate responsibility." -Soundview Speed Reviews
The Talent War addresses the growing problem faced by managers and bosses over the difficulty of finding and retaining talented employees in this day and age. As Kerry Larkan rightly points out, a rapidly aging population will trigger critical skill shortages and companies will increasingly have to fight harder than ever to attract and keep the best people for their company. In The Talent War, Kerry Larkan looks at some of the most successful companies with high retention rates and conducts interviews with key managerial figures to understand their policies and attitudes towards hiring and nurturing staff. The Talent War demonstrates, step by step, how to hire the right people (with the right values and character) for your company, how to get the most out of them and how to encourage them to stay.- Provides crucial information for managers and bosses on how to be an employer of choice and has to get the right people into their organisation.- Very relevant for today's employer-employee dynamics.- Suitable for potential employees to find out what's well sought after by employers of today.About Kerry Larkan -As an active conference speaker in Asia and Australia, Kerry is noted for his refreshing thought-provoking perspectives and insights to organizational problems and barriers. Much in demand as a mentor, his ability to develop and implement successful change strategies is also highly sought after.In 2004, Kerry completed a major piece of research on staff loyalty and employers of choice, leading to the launch of his concept 'Good Boss ~ Bad Boss'® and resulting in the publication of his first book, 'The Talent War', which has proven popular throughout Asia Pacific. His latest book, 'Winning the Talent War', has just gone on sale in Asia and will be released in Australia later this year.Kerry Larkan is frequently interviewed by the Asian media as an expert on staff retention. He has written a series of articles for the South China Morning Post on 'Good and Bad Bosses', and contributes to a variety of magazines and online publications. Kerry is a member of the Australian Society of Writers, a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, Former Chairman of the Australian Chamber of Commerce HR Committee Hong Kong, and a past Board member of the National Speakers Association of Australia (NSAA).
When Bubbles Burst: Surviving the Financial Fallout
What will be the outcome of the current financial crisis? How bad will the recession get? Could it turn into a depression? How far will house prices fall? Will the downturn lead to deflation or will the measures to deal with it eventually lead to inflation?
Speed Lead: Faster, Simpler Ways to Manage People, Projects and Teams in Complex Companies
Talented people in today's organizations waste an estimated 40% of their time on unnecessary cooperation, communication and control. Old-fashioned skills are too expensive and too slow to use in complex companies. Speed Lead distills the experience of more than 35,000 people in over 200 leading companies. The resulting radical view has enabled organizations to unravel the spaghetti of complexity, reduce project cycle times, and curb the costs of unnecessary travel.
The legendary real-estate mogul and golfing enthusiast shares dozens of golf tips and pointers from some of the world's top golf professionals and teachers, including how to think your game better, when to swing hard, and how to foster a love of the game that will transcend setbacks. 100,000 first printing.
There are thousands of new products and services which are launched every year. Their potential for success is massive but many simply do not succeed. The reasons for failure could be numerous - too soon to market, consumer trends changing or customer resistance, for example. People often ascribe failure to such theories, amongst many others, when every other indicator promises success. So how can businesses make their products successful. One thing's for sure, converting failure to success does not involve investing tens of thousands of pounds in professional consulting organisations to tell the sales people what to do. The real secret lies in breeding a philosophy of mentoring where line managers learn to produce exceptional performance by getting their sales team to execute the basics brilliantly and, more importantly, be passionate about what they do. In Turn your sales force into profit heroes Peter Brook reveals a world where top performance is achieved through a motivated, passionate sales team who will stop at nothing to ensure that every product or service is given a chance to deliver its absolute potential. That true success is waiting just around the corner.
Negotiating Your Salary: How To Make $1,000 A Minute 2006 Edition
The fourth edition of Jack Chapman's salary negotiation classic includes updated Internet research sources with passwords to useful sites; new lingo for earnings conversations; thorough coverage of stock options and grants; and the final word on when to get a lawyer involved. NEGOTIATING YOUR SALARY focuses completely on the job candidate's side while demonstrating how to develop a comp package that will satisfy the employer, too.
A global services revolution is taking the business world by storm, as India becomes the world's back office provider. From call centers and claims processing to human resources, accounting and even legal operations, service jobs are migrating from the West to India by the thousand each year. Whether you are a Fortune 500 CEO or a project manager, a pharmaceutical researcher or leading your company's business development efforts, the competitive edge India offers is key to transforming your business-responsibility and effectively-and not creating the market advantage you need to succeed. While cost reduction is often the initial goal of "offshoring," What's This India Business? clearly demonstrates its real value: increased quality and greater effectiveness. Rich in examples and expert advice, this nuts-and-bolts guide shows what it takes to surge ahead of market trends, build a sustainable new business model, and unleash the power of Indian business people to gain an advantage for both your business and the international economy. This is a practical guide to a dynamic country of a billion people with a complex culture and vibrant business environment, offering proven strategies for working positively with Indian businesses. Paul Davies takes you behind the scene to show you how to select the right partner for your company from the myriad of Indian businesses that all seem to present a similar face to the west. He draws on his own experiences developing business partnerships in India to take you step-by-step through the planning and implementation stages, exposing the hidden costs and benefits, and carefully steering you away from the inherent dangers in offshoring.
Corporations large and small have caught on to the financial benefits of the global services revolution, including the outsourcing of customer service call centers. Global Call Centers outlines cultural variables that will impact where you locate your call center, what customers are served from that location, and what is the optimal business approach in getting up and running. The text is rich with compelling anecdotes, real-world training tips, and strategies for managers and agents alike to achieve much-needed cultural literacy.
The Trouble with Markets: Saving Capitalism from Itself
In the spirit of John Kenneth Galbraith and Paul Krugman, Roger Bootle challenges readers to look at the real causes of the current financial crisis -- what really went wrong and how to really fix it. Bootle blames the crisis not on bankers and regulators but on the very notion that financial markets can left alone to fend for themselves. The Trouble with Markets doesn't shy from the hard questions -- including what investors should do with their money in these turbulent times.
Seeing the worlds biggest brands gain ground over the worlds markets, you cannot deny that the 25,000 students in the UK studying marketing will never understand their subject without knowing how branding works. This is THE key scholarly text in this crucial topic, an already hugely respected title and big seller in the field. It follows on from the introductory textbook Creating Powerful Brands, and comes highly illustrated with real examples of influential marketing campaigns. This is the book that will take students to the next level with the skills to develop and implement their own branding strategy.
Winning is destined to become the bible of business for generations to come. It clearly and succinctly lays out the answers to the most difficult, important questions people face both on and off the job. Welch's objective is to speak to people at every level of the organization, in companies large and small. His audience is everyone from line workers to college students and MBAs, from project managers to senior executives. He describes his core business principles and devotes most of Winning to the real "stuff" of work--how to lead, hire, get ahead, even write a budget. Welch's optimistic, no excuses, get-it-done mind set is riveting. His goal is to help anyone and everyone who has a passion for success.
Revealing the secrets of self-management, the integrety of selling "on-purpose", and the importance of helping others to get what they want, this is a book for anyone in selling who wants to become a great sales person and for everyone who ever has to sell an idea or themselves.
This book drives the reader safely past the many pitfalls which lie in front of those who start with high hopes. Rodney Willett shows how business is about integrity, thought, humour, despair, exultation and self-discipline. It's not just a matter of sales and financial control. It's about people -- customers, suppliers, employees and more.
The Best Business Stories of the Year: 2001 Edition
The first installment of an exciting new annual anthology–a year's worth of the most interesting, noteworthy, and best-written articles on all aspects of the business world.
Series editor Andrew Leckey and guest editor Marshall Loeb have scoured the print media, consulted with the editors of major business and general interest publications, and surveyed journalism school deans in order to find the thirty best business stories from the past twelve months. Among those selected: Ken Auletta on Herb Allen's CEO retreat, from The New Yorker; Diane Brady on Martha Stewart, from Business Week; Steve Silberman on creating a borderless global cyber-marketplace, from Wired; and many others from the pages of Harper's, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Nation, and Rolling Stone.
Comprehensive in the range and consistent in the quality of the writing, this volume marks the beginning of a fascinating new anthology series.
In 1982 for the princely sum of L2,000 a year the seventeen-year-old Richard Anderson became an apprentice at Huntsmans, the most venerable of Savile Row tailors. Nineteen years later he opened his own eponymous business on the world-famous 'Golden Mile', where he hand-cuts exquisite suits for a global clientele. In Bespoke he does for the world of tailoring what Kitchen Confidential did for the world of haute cuisine. With him we learn the consummate craftsmanship and pefectionism that goes into a hand-made suit and the years of sweat and graft it takes to learn it. Training in the art of making trousers and coats that could cost as much as L10,000 was a gruelling game, but Richard persisted to become the youngest head cutter in Huntsman's 150-year-old history. We meet the extraordinary cast of characters who peopled Huntsmans from the boardroom to the backroom -- the debonair Colin Hammick, the grumpy eccentric Brian Hall and Dick Lakey, the heroically overworked 'leg man'. Not to mention the no less colourful clients, who ranged from politicians and peers of the realm to music icons and Hollywood movie stars. Frequently funny and told with great candour, Bespoke is a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes on Savile Row. You'll never look at a suit in the same light again.
It's Not the Big That Eat the Small...It's the Fast That Eat the Slow: How to Use Speed as a Competitive Tool in Business
Conventional wisdom once told us big companies are unbeatable... and eat smaller competitors for breakfast.Not anymore. These days It's Not the Big that Eat the Small... It's the FAST that Eat the Slow!Jason Jennings and Laurence Haughton discovered what separates today's icons of speed from everybody else.They asked questions like:What is the difference between speed and haste? Where does business go to spot trends before the competition?How can leaders help people stop dreading high velocity and rediscover the thrill of deciding, acting and staying fast?And studied the world's fastest companies like: H&M Europe's fast fashion phenomenon now poised to threaten apparel stores in America.AOL who gulped down Netscape and Time Warner in record time. Charles Schwab the new dominant name in discount and on-line financial services.The results are in this sensational book... a national bestseller, translated all over the globe and universally praised.Would you like to make speed a competitive tool in your business? Here's your roadmap!
Over the past thirty years, the United States has lost commanding leads in business after business. We no longer make cameras, TVs, MP3 players, cell phones, or DVD players, and we have become the world’s largest debtor nation. Everyone thinks this is because of cheap labor costs, but in fact Asian leaders have a fundamental and different way of thinking about business. They are playing a different game. If the U.S. wants to regain its competitiveness and preserve its global power, it must play the game as it’s played in the rest of the world. Winner Take All tells us what it takes to be competitive, and how we need to reform our thinking to regain what we have lost. Richard Elkus isn’t afraid to bring a few sacred cows to the slaughter. This is the essential primer for any policy maker, business leader, or general reader interested in knowing how America can regain the economic clout it once had.
Acid Row. The name the beleaguered inhabitants give to the place they live. A no-man's land of single mothers and fatherless children where angry, alienated teenagers control the streets. Into this battleground comes Sophie Morrison, a young doctor visiting a patient in Acid Row. Little does she know she that is entering the home of a known paedophile. And with reports circulating that a tormented child called Amy has disappeared, the vigilantes are out in force. Soon Sophie is trapped at the centre of a terrifying siege, with a man she has come to despise. Whipped to a frenzy by unsubstaniated rumour, the mob unleashes its hatred. Against authority, the law, and the pervert. "Protecting Amy" becomes the catch-all defence for the terrible events that follow. And if murder is part of it, then so be it....
Effective Decision Making (REV ED): The essential guide to thinking for management success
Few managers devote enough attention to the thinking processes they should apply to their jobs. Yet long, energetic hours at work are wasted if business decisions are not logical, clear ' and correct. Effective Decision Making is the definitive guide to the crucial managerial skill of creative thinking. In this classic book John Adair, Britain's foremost expert on leadership training, tells you everything you need to know to enable you to analyse your own thought processes, think outside the box and know when to turn to others to help you make your decisions. Including advice on every aspect of the decision-making process, Effective Decision Making will help you to: '¢ Approach problems efficiently and effectively ' define objective, collect information, develop options, evaluate, decide and implement '¢ Think in a more imaginative way '¢ Know when to rely on your intuition '¢ Feel more confident about arguing your case '¢ Develop your thinking skills With examples of good and poor decision making, as well as exercises designed to help you maintain and improve your mental fitness, Effective Decision Making will enable you to master one of the most important skills needed to make you an effective leader.
Accessible, fun, but very effective, this book sets out to help women sail through a host of work-based challenges, including coping as a new manager, gaining leadership skills, building and motivating a team and learning how to delegate. It also offers advice on how to avoid common office politics nightmares such as alienating your staff, being taken advantage of and dealing with fraught working relationships. Being a good boss is a challenge for everyone, but women often have extra hurdles to overcome; often, how they are perceived is used as much as a yardstick as how well they perform. This book helps them face those challenges with the confidence needed to succeed.
In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke'S War On The Great Panic
"Whatever it takes" That was Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's vow as the worst financial panic in more than fifty years gripped the world and he struggled to avoid the once unthinkable: a repeat of the Great Depression. Brilliant but temperamentally cautious, Bernanke researched and wrote about the causes of the Depression during his career as an academic. Then when thrust into a role as one of the most important people in the world, he was compelled to boldness by circumstances he never anticipated. The president of the United States can respond instantly to a missile attack with America's military might, but he cannot respond to a financial crisis with real money unless Congress acts. The Fed chairman can. Bernanke did. Under his leadership the Fed spearheaded the biggest government intervention in more than half a century and effectively became the fourth branch of government, with no direct accountability to the nation's voters. Believing that the economic catastrophe of the 1930s was largely the fault of a sluggish and wrongheaded Federal Reserve, Bernanke was determined not to repeat that epic mistake. In this penetrating look inside the most powerful economic institution in the world, David Wessel illuminates its opaque and undemocratic inner workings, while revealing how the Bernanke Fed led the desperate effort to prevent the world's financial engine from grinding to a halt. In piecing together the fullest, most authoritative, and alarming picture yet of this decisive moment in our nation's history, "In Fed We Trust" answers the most critical questions. Among them: - What did Bernanke and his team at the Fed know-and what took them by surprise? Which of their actions stretched-or even ripped through-the Fed's legal authority? Which chilling numbers and indicators made them feel they had no choice? - What were they thinking at pivotal moments during the race to sell Bear Stearns, the unsuccessful quest to save Lehman Brothers, and the virtual nationalization of AIG, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac? What were they saying to one another when, as Bernanke put it to Wessel: "We came very close to Depression 2.0"? - How well did Bernanke, former treasury secretary Hank Paulson, and then New York Fed president Tim Geithner perform under intense pressure? - How did the crisis prompt a reappraisal of the once-impregnable reputation of Alan Greenspan? "In Fed We Trust" is a breathtaking and singularly perceptive look at a historic episode in American and global economic history.
The Sellout: How Three Decades Of Wall Street Greed And Government Mismanagement Destroyed The Global Financial System
The definitive account of Wall Street's stunning collapse From critically acclaimed investigative journalist and CNBC personality Charles Gasparino comes a sweeping examination of the most recent volatile, anxiety-ridden era in our nation's socioeconomic history. The Sellout traces the implosion of the financial services business back to its roots in the late 1970s when Wall Street embraced a new business model predicated on taking enormous risks. It shows how a backwater business involving the trading of risky bonds packed with mortgages showered countless billions in profits on the financial industry but sowed the seeds of its ultimate demise. Gasparino walks readers through Wall Street's three-decades' love affair with risk, revealing a trail of culpability—from the government bureaucrats who crafted housing policies that encouraged homeownership, to the Wall Street firms that underwrote and invested in risky debt, to the mortgage sellers who handed out loans to people without the financial wherewithal to pay them back, to the homeowners who became convinced they could afford mansions on blue-collar wages. The ongoing tumult in financial markets and the global economy began when some of our most esteemed financial institutions, our government, and even average citizens abdicated their collective responsibilities, eventually selling out investors and selling off the American Dream itself. In the spirit of classics such as Barbarians at the Gate and Liar's Poker, this page-turning narrative captures how avarice, arrogance, and sheer stupidity eroded Wall Street's dominance and profoundly weakened the financial security of millions of middle-class Americans. Eye-opening and engrossing, The Sellout provides the most thorough investigation to date of this latest gilded era.
Surfing the Edge of Chaos: The Laws of Nature and the New Laws of Business
Surfing the Edge of Chaos provides a bold new way of approaching the strategic challenges of today's business world, by showing that business parallels nature -- it is a nonstop battle between forces of tradition and forces of transformation. And the bottom line is: change or die. Pioneering case studies of organizations such as Sears Roebuck and the U.S. Army illustrate the radical principle that only evolution prevents extinction, and that a smart business plan must mirror the way living systems operate if it is to achieve and sustain.
The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, with Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content.: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
More than 100 pages of new, cutting-edge content. Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan–there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint. This step-by-step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches: •How Tim went from $40,000 per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per month and 4 hours per week•How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want•How blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs•How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist•How to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent “mini-retirements”The new expanded edition of Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek includes:•More than 50 practical tips and case studies from readers (including families) who have doubled income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book as a starting point•Real-world templates you can copy for eliminating e-mail, negotiating with bosses and clients, or getting a private chef for less than $8 a meal•How Lifestyle Design principles can be suited to unpredictable economic times•The latest tools and tricks, as well as high-tech shortcuts, for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either
Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller
A leading economist reveals how the price of oil is going to have a huge impact on the way you live
Cheap oil = Foreign imports. Huge houses. Big cars. Binge flying.
Expensive oil = Local food. Local industry. Small cars. Fewer flights.
Our civilization as we know it is entirely dependant on cheap oil. And that civilization is about to get the shock of its life. Our systems of trade, finance, shipping and manufacturing, of labour and international relations are all going to be affected as oil supplies dwindle and prices fluctuate wildly. Soaring energy costs are not going to get thrown into permanent reverse; but, as a direct result, the machinery of globalization certainly will.
For years Jeff Rubin has been accurately predicting how the world's dwindling oil supply will affect oil prices. Now he shares his predictions for what is going to happen next, including how oil prices will bounce back after the current economnic crisis and why permanently cheap oil is now a thing of the past. He explains why the conventional rules of economics don’t work when it comes to oil markets and shows why prices will continue to rise in the coming years, even as demand increases. He reveals how globalization and developing economies are accelerating depletion of oil reserves and pushing prices ever higher, and in turn shows how this will lead to a new inflation, with higher food prices and transport costs. But there is good news: as Rubin shows, skyrocketing oil prices will lead to a new kind of localised living, in which we’ll reinvigorate our national manufacturing industries, embrace local food production and make positive changes in where and how we live and work.
Jeff Rubin is a leading economist and analyst on energy issues, carbon trading systems, inflation and currency valuations. He is Chief Economist and Chief Strategist at CIBC World Markets and was one of the first economists to forecast a rapid rise in oil prices driven by growth in the developing world. He has appeared as a commentator on television, radio and in print all over the world
Original, engaging and persuasive ... a thought-provoking introduction to a future that, sooner or later, the world is inevitably going to enter
A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures
Born with a hole in his heart that required invasive surgery when he was only three months old, Quinn Bradlee suffered from a battery of illnesses—seizures, migraines, fevers—from an early age. But it wasn’t until he was fourteen that Bradlee was correctly diagnosed with Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome (VCFS), a widespread, little-understood disorder that is expressed through a wide range of physical ailments and learning disabilities.Ten percent of the population is affected by a learning disability, but few of us understand what being learning disabled (LD) is really like. In this funny, moving, and often irreverent book, Bradlee tells his own inspirational story of growing up as an LD kid—and of doing so as the child of larger-than-life, formidably accomplished parents: long-time Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee and bestselling author Sally Quinn. From his difficulties reading social cues, to his cringe-worthy loss of sexual innocence, Bradlee describes the challenges and joys of living “a different life” with disarming candor and humor. By the end of A Different Life he will have become, if not your best friend, one of your favorite people.
Top Performer : a bold approach to sales and service
Stephen Lundin has helped thousands of people to transform their businesses through the phenomenal bestselling FISH! series. Now, the pioneering author has developed a new formula for success that demonstrates how the energy, passion and dynamism that street performers bring to their art can be harnessed by managers to enliven businesses and to inject a massive boost to sales. In this engaging parable, Jim, a disciplined but uninspired sales manager encounters a street performer and is struck by his ability to engage his audience and how good he makes the people around him feel. The two join forces and the result is a book that is packed with innovative techniques to produce dramatic improvements in natural energy and sales performance. Top Performer s simple but life-changing lessons include: - Claim Your Pitch (Own your work, and stand out as the unique and authentic you.) - Mine the Mess (Look for inspiration in unexpected places.) - Choose Your Close (Make it original, so they ll never forget you.) - . . . and so much more!
Accidental Empires: How The Boys Of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition And Still Can't Get A Date
Computer manufacturing is--after cars, energy production and illegal drugs--the largest industry in the world, and it's one of the last great success stories in American business. Accidental Empires is the trenchant, vastly readable history of that industry, focusing as much on the astoundingly odd personalities at its core--Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mitch Kapor, etc. and the hacker culture they spawned as it does on the remarkable technology they created. Cringely reveals the manias and foibles of these men (they are always men) with deadpan hilarity and cogently demonstrates how their neuroses have shaped the computer business. But Cringely gives us much more than high-tech voyeurism and insider gossip. From the birth of the transistor to the mid-life crisis of the computer industry, he spins a sweeping, uniquely American saga of creativity and ego that is at once uproarious, shocking and inspiring.
Would you like to run your own business and work from home surrounded by your pets? Full-time, part-time and retirement businesses are profiled in this book by author Louise Louis. 101 Home-Based Businesses for Pet Lovers includes businesses related to the most popular types of pets - dogs, cats, horses, reptiles and critters - as well as ones suitable for urban, rural or suburban locales. On-target descriptions are provided so you can select a few businesses for in-depth research. The book provides the resources and tips necessary for success in the pet industry. Here are a few of the topics covered in the book: • Three places to visit before you start • Four marketing methods you should avoid • Eight marketing methods you should use • Four most trying legal issues for pet businesses • Major trade associations with contact information • Top professional publications you can get for FREE • Ten best tips for success The author avoids much of the general, start-a-business material that fills so many business books and instead provides material specific to the pet industry.
Shopped: The Shocking Power of British Supermarkets
An elegant demolition of the supermarket miracle, this book charts the impact that supermarkets have had on every aspect of our lives and culture. Did you know... · Almost 50% of supermarket fruit and vegetables contain pesticide residues? · UK supermarkets make 40p on every £1 spent on bananas while plantations workers are paid just 1p? · Supermarkets instill a climate of fear amongst their suppliers? · Every time a supermarket opens the local community loses on average 276 jobs? In the 1970s, British supermarkets had only 10% of the UK's grocery spend. Now they swallow up 80%, influencing how we shop, what we eat, how we spend our leisure time, how much rubbish we generate, even the very look of our physical environment. Award-winning food writer Joanna Blythman investigates the enormous impact that these big box retailers are having on our lives. She meets the farmers who are selling food to supermarkets for less than they need to survive and the wholesalers who have been eliminated from the supply chain; she travels to suburban retail parks to meet the teenagers and part-timers who stack our shelves and reveals the hoops third world suppliers must jump through to earn supermarket contracts. This thought-provoking, witty and sometimes chilling voyage of discovery is sure to make you think twice before you enthusiastically reach for that supermarket trolley again.
The Second Bounce of the Ball: Turning Risk into Opportunity
In this ground-breaking book, a globally respected figure in the business community uses his expertise to rethink attitudes to risk in business. RISK IS A FOUR LETTER WORD aims to encourage and advise the potential entrepreneur, divulging Cohen's own experiences and approaches to business to give the reader the skills necessary to turn daunting possibilities into successful ventures. Risk becomes a profitable opportunity when properly understood.Sir Ronald Cohen's own 'risk for profit' was to found Apax Partners in 1972, fighting against a predictable career and a sceptical environment in order to pursue his vision of creating an international firm that invested in companies capable of changing the world. Today, Apax Partners is a leading private equity firm, illustrating Cohen's Midas touch and validating his authority on the concept of risk.Cohen offers essential insights into every element of risk-taking. He addresses skills such as awareness, focus, determination and decisiveness while introducing crucial comparative tools, methods of risk calculation and risk psychology in order for the reader to effectively measure, manage and cope with risk in every type of investment.
The Dilbert Future: Thriving on Stupidity in the 21st Century (Dilbert)
With this book, Scott Adams follows in the footsteps of other great futurists, i.e., sitting at home making stuff up that can't be proven wrong for many years. Featuring the same mix of essays and cartoons that made The Dilbert Principle so uniquely entertaining, The Dilbert Future offers predictions on business, technology, society, and government. Some predictions include: children are our future, so grab what you can while they're still too little to stop us; and humans will finally learn to use the 90 percent of the brain we don't use today, and find out that there wasn't anything in that part.
America needs a new model for leadership. The heavy-handed "command and control" approach to management that has dominated American corporate culture no longer works. Technology, entrepreneurship, and a desire to ask "why?" by modern employees means that today's companies must find a new way-one that doesn't rely on obedience, but instead on self-confidence, collaboration, and loyalty. Warren is regarded as an international expert on executive leadership principles, interpersonal and organizational communication, media relations, and crisis communication. Over the span of 30 years, his client list has included Microsoft, the United Nations, and a myriad of financial institutions large and small. A selection of Principles:
Leadership is often about knowing when to lean on intuition versus data. Leaders share successes with employees, but accept responsibility for failures. True leaders operate with a degree of humility. The best leaders connect who they are with what they do. It is not what we say that is important. What is important is what they hear. Warren's clients include: International Paper Interdigital Communications Powell Tate Public Affairs Delta Airlines American Airlines Jitney Jungle Stores of America International Fund for Agricultural Development Microsoft National Food Service Management Institute Pacific Coast Banking School U.S. Department of Health and Human Services State of Alabama State of Mississippi U.S. Department of Agriculture U.S. Department of Education State of Georgia.
THE FIRST BOOK TO TELL THE TRUE STORY BEHIND THE CREDIT CRUNCH
You have been had.
A risk-prone, privatised profit-driven economic model overseen by a largely unaccountable, greedy and arrogant elite has resulted in one of the worst financial crises in history.
The over-paid heroes of Wall Street and the City worshipped the gods of globalisation, financialisation and speculation, and during the years of economic growth we, and our governments, worshipped them too. But high in the boardrooms of Mount Olympus, the reckless lust of banks for big bonuses and bigger profits led to excesses that have proved unsupportable.
The warning signs were ignored - now the Masters of the Universe are toppling and we’re footing the bill.
Find out how an unregulated elite were able to run riot with your cash, and find out how to stop it happening again. MARKETS ARE NOT MAGIC. DEBT IS NOT FREEDOM. THE GODS HAVE FAILED. IT'S TIME TO LIVE WITHOUT THEM.
Larry Elliott and Dan Atkinson are Economics Editors of the Guardian and the Mail on Sunday respectively. They are the co-authors of Fantasy Island and The Age of Insecurity.
Agree, or disagree, you should read this book… As the crunch intensifies these critics are out in force – and the most influential of their books will undoubtedly turn out to be this readable yet controversial tome,Well written and witty,Has withstood the test of time, despite being published before the events of this autumn - largely because the authors took such a pessimistic, not to mention dim, view of global finance in the first place...a rollicking, acerbic account of the bubble and its collapse,A superbly timed, trenchant analysis of the Anglo-American political culture that has turned the sober profession of banking into a supercasino where the house always wins,The arrogance of the view that the boom and bust cycle had been abolished, and the inevitability of the bust are vividly brought out in The Gods That Failed,Larry Elliott and Dan Atkinson make a formidable team...Deploying a snappy style that keeps the reader's attention through complicated subject matter, they make their case with ease... this is still one of the sharper anti-market critiques available.,The conviction that the market will take care of everything until went unchallenged till this summer - by the seemingly unlikely combination of two economics editors from the Guardian and the Mail on Sunday,In tragic-comic detail, they show how debacles like Northern Rock and banks lending non-existent money to customers has led to disaster for millions of ordinary people, one perpetrated by an unaccountable financial elite whom they dub The New Olympians,A riveting and frankly alarming account of the state of the economy... I doubt I will read a more important book this year
All you need to know to write and sell your own novel can be found in this updated third edition, from how to start writing, honing your work with other writers through to the process of publication. It includes lists of names and addresses for publishers, author contacts and resources.
Motivate to Win: How to Motivate Yourself and Others
Praise and Reviews 'The UK's Guru of Motivation' THE DAILY MAIL 'I would recommend an hour a month of Richard's time to anyone who wants to expand rather than contract.' STEPHEN RENNIE, Chief Operating Officer, Aga Food Services Group `If every manager practised the message from Richard Denny's book on motivation, people would enjoy their work and the results would be awesome.' PHILIP WILLIAMSON, CEO, Nationwide 'Before any person is given the responsibility of managing and leading others, it should be a prerequisite to read this book.' HENRY PITMAN, CEO, Tribal Group 'A great book that every person who works with others could benefit from.' DAVID BAKER, MD, MetaMorphose 'Richard's book Selling to Win is the definitive work for salespeople. Motivate to Win is the definitive work for managers.' STEVE BENNETT, Founder of Jungle.com 'Richard Denny provides great inspiration. Motivate to Win is a 'must-have' book for all those who have to lead.' BRIAN SMART, Director General, British Franchise Association In this fully revised second edition of Motivate to Win Richard Denny shows how anyone can transform their dream of success into a reality by becoming more motivated. This stimulating book covers every aspect of this important life skill, including: the difference between management and leadership; how to motivate yourself; motivating and inspiring others; overcoming self-doubt; motivating the team incentives and contests that work avoiding the demotivators. Motivation is essential for success at work as well as for a rewarding personal life, so learning the skills and techniques to improve your motivation is never time wasted. Richard Denny defies anyone not to attain greater achievements by following the techniques in this book. Whether you want to motivate yourself or those around you, this book is the key to great results.