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23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism

23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism

In 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism one of today's most iconoclastic thinkers destroys the biggest myths about the world we live in.

It may have its flaws, but there's no real alternative to free-market capitalism - ultimately it's making us all more prosperous. The West is more efficient and financially savvy than the developing world. And technology is the way forward for everyone. Right?

Wrong. This book will turn every piece of received economic wisdom you've heard on its head. It reveals the truth behind what 'they' tell you and shows how the system really works.

Ha-Joon Chang

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A Better India

A Better India

A Better World

With one of the highest GDP growth rates in the world and an array of recent achievements in technology, industry and entrepreneurship, India strides confidently towards the future. But, in the world’s largest democracy, not everyone is equally fortunate. More than 300 million Indians are still prey to hunger, illiteracy and disease, and 51 per cent of India’s children are still undernourished.

What will it take for India to bridge this great divide? When will the fruits of development reach the poorest of the poor, and wipe the tears from the eyes of every man, woman and child, as Mahatma Gandhi had dreamt? And how should this, our greatest challenge ever, be negotiated?

In this honest, bold and remarkably well-argued book, N. R. Narayana Murthy shows us that a society working for the greatest welfare of the greatest number – samasta jananam sukhino bhavantu – must focus on two simple things: values and good leadership. Drawing on the remarkable Infosys story and the lessons learnt from the two decades of post-reform India, Narayana Murthy lays down the ground rules that must be followed if future generations are to inherit a truly progressive nation.

A Better India: A Better World is a manifesto for the youth, the architects of the future, and a compelling argument for why a better India holds the key to a better world.

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A Survival Guide for Life

A Survival Guide for Life

Life in the wild teaches us invaluable lessons. Extreme situations force us to seize opportunities, face up to dangers and rely on our instincts. But living a purpose-driven, impactful life can be an even greater challenge...

In A Survival Guide for Life, Bear Grylls shares the hard-earned lessons he's learned from some of the harshest environments on earth.

How do you keep going when all the odds are stacked against you?

How can you inspire a team to follow you in spite of obvious danger?

What are the most important skills to learn if you really want to achieve your maximum potential?

Bear's instantly inspiring tales from his adventures in all four corners of the globe include his personal life lessons you will never forget. We're all capable of living life more boldly and of having more fun along the way. Here's to your own great adventure!

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Africa Rising

Africa Rising

How 900 Million African Consumers Offer More Than You Think

With more than 900 million consumers, the continent of Africa is one of the world’s fastest growing markets. In Africa Rising, renowned global business consultant Vijay Mahajan reveals this remarkable marketplace as a continent with massive needs and surprising buying power.

Crossing thousands of miles across the continent, he shares the lessons that Africa’s businesses have learned about succeeding on the continent...shows how global companies are succeeding despite Africa’s unique political, economic, and resource challenges...introduces local entrepreneurs and foreign investors who are building a remarkable spectrum of profitable and sustainable business opportunities even in the most challenging locations...reveals how India and China are staking out huge positions throughout Africa...and shows the power of the diaspora in driving investment and development.

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Against the Grain: Lessons in Entrepreneurship from the Founder of Cobra Beer

Against the Grain: Lessons in Entrepreneurship from the Founder of Cobra Beer

Karan Bilimoria's Guide to Brewing a Successful Business

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Alone in Antartica

Alone in Antartica

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Along the Wall and Watchtowers

Along the Wall and Watchtowers

A Journey Down Germanys Divide

Marking the tenth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this is a revealing portrait of the reunified Germany told in the form of an entertaining travelogue – an 800-mile journey along the former Iron Curtain from the Baltic Sea to the Czech border.

When the Iron Curtain dissolved ten years ago, the faultline that divided West and East Germany also collapsed. But could the so-called ‘death strip’ be erased as easily as a pencil-mark on the map?

In his encounters with former border guards, ex-Stasi members turned insurance salesmen, decollectivized farmers, innkeepers, nudists, car mechanics, foresters and artists, Oliver August reveals with a delightful lightness of touch the hopes, fears and regrets of both ‘Wessis’ and ‘Ossis’, and listens to the anxieties of those who feel ‘colonized’ by the West.

He observes new nature reserves in the old borderlands; visits the unique village republic where for 22 years the inhabitants lived enclosed between two fences; watches the rebuilding of the Bismarck family castle; attends an international gathering of Trabant-owners; explores museums devoted to documenting former life along the border; travels across the dark and sinister Harz mountains which once harboured an underground Nazi concentration camp; and ends his journey in Hof, where minefields have been transformed into golf courses.

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An Idea Whose Time Has Come

An Idea Whose Time Has Come

The Story of the Indian School of Business

Ten years ago, the founders of the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad articulated a vision that was as daunting to execute as it was simple to state: to build a world-class business school in India. The rest is history: within a decade the ISB grew from a start-up venture to globally top-ranked business school, named among the top twenty business schools in the world three years in a row, with the distinction of being the youngest business school ever to enter the world top twenty rankings. An Idea Whose Time Has Come traces the ISB s eventful history and also examines the reasons that account for the institute s success. What emerges is a tale of perseverance and dedication, of challenges met and rewards reaped, and of an unshakeable idea that was painstakingly transformed into an invincible institution. It is no wonder that the ISB continues to attract thousands of confident, purposeful men and women every year and moulds them into talented professionals.

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An Optimist's Tour of the Future

An Optimist's Tour of the Future

Mark Stevenson has been to the future a few years ahead of the rest of us - and reckons it has a lot going for it. His voyage of discovery takes him to Oxford to meet Transhumanists (they intend to live forever), to Boston where he confronts a robot with mood swings, to an underwater cabinet meeting in the Indian Ocean, and Australia to question the Outback's smartest farmer. He clambers around space planes in the Mojave desert, gets to grips with the potential of nanotechnology, delves deep into the possibilities of biotech, sees an energy renaissance on a printer, a revolution in communications, has his genome profiled, and glimpses the next stage of human evolution ... and tries to make sense of what's in store. Insightful and often very funny, An Optimist's Tour of the Future is a book that tracks one curious man's journey to find out 'what's in store?'

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Anyone Can Do It

Anyone Can Do It

Building Coffee Republic From Our Kitchen Table

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Beyond The Hole In The Wall

Beyond The Hole In The Wall

Discover the Power of Self-Organized Learning (Kindle)

Ten years ago, educator Sugata Mitra and his colleagues cracked open a hole in a wall bordering an urban slum in New Delhi, installed a networked PC, and left it there for the local children to freely explore. What they quickly saw in their ‘Hole in the Wall’ experiment was that kids from one of the most desperately poor areas of the world could, without instruction, quickly learn how the PC operated. The children also freely collaborated with each other, exploring the world of high-tech online connectivity with ease. It was the dawning of Mitra’s introduction to self-organized learning, and it would shape the next decade of his research.

This important update on Mitra’s groundbreaking work (which provided the inspiration for the Oscar-winning film 'Slumdog Millionaire') offers new research and ideas that show how self-directed learning can make kids smarter and more creative. He also provides step-by-step instruction on how to integrate it into any classroom. It’s an important lesson that could reshape our schools and reinvigorate our educational system. With a foreword by Nicholas Negroponte, founder of both MIT's Media Lab and the One Laptop per Child Association.

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Blue Ocean Strategy

Blue Ocean Strategy

How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant

Written by the business world's new gurus, Blue Ocean Strategy continues to challenge everything you thought you knew about competing in today’s crowded market place. Based on a study of 150 strategic moves spanning more than a hundred years and thirty industries, authors W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne argue that lasting success comes from creating 'blue oceans': untapped new market spaces ripe from growth. And the business world has caught on- companies around the world are skipping the bloody red oceans of rivals and creating their very own blue oceans. With over one million copies sold world wide, Blue Ocean Strategy is quickly reaching "must read" status among smart business readers. Have you caught the wave?

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Call of The White

Call of The White

Taking the World to the South Pole

Could you ski to the South Pole? That was the challenge that British Adventurer, Felicity Aston put to women from around the Commonwealth as she set out to create the most international all-female expedition ever to the South Pole. The team would not be experienced explorers but ‘ordinary’ women who wanted inspire others to follow their dreams or make a change for the better in their lives. She received more than 800 applications and embarked on a three-month journey around the world to interview candidates. ‘What is skiing?’ was the question that greeted her in Ghana...

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Consumptionomics

Consumptionomics

Asia's Role in Reshaping Capitalism and Saving the Planet

Consumption has been the fuel that has driven the engine of global capitalism. The recent financial crisis has seen the West's leading economists and policy makers urging Asia to make a conscious effort to consume more and thereby help save the global economy. This is a view shaped by conventional wisdom which conveniently refuses to acknowledge both the uncomely effects of consumption and the limits to growth. 'Consumptionomics' argues that this blinkered view needs to be replaced by a more rational approach to the challenges of the 21st century. If Asians aspire to consumption levels taken for granted in the West, the results would be environmentally catastrophic across the globe. Needless to say, it will also have significant geopolitical impacts as nations scramble for diminishing resources.

Chandran Nair

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Creating A World Without Poverty

Creating A World Without Poverty

How Social Business Can Transform Our Lives: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism

The winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Muhammad Yunus outlines his vision for a new business model that combines the power of free markets with the quest for a more humane world - and tells the inspiring stories of companies that are doing this work today.

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Digital Vertigo

Digital Vertigo

How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us

In Digital Vertigo, Andrew Keen presents today's social media revolution as the most wrenching cultural transformation since the Industrial Revolution. Fusing a fast-paced historical narrative with front-line stories from today's online networking revolution and critiques of "social" companies like Groupon, Zynga and LinkedIn, Keen argues that the social media transformation is weakening, disorienting and dividing us rather than establishing the dawn of a new egalitarian and communal age.

The tragic paradox of life in the social media age, Keen says, is the incompatibility between our internet longings for community and friendship and our equally powerful desire for online individual freedom. By exposing the shallow core of social networks, Keen shows us that the more electronically connected we become, the lonelier and less powerful we seem to be.

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Enterprising China

Enterprising China

Business, Economic, and Legal Developments since 1979

China has undergone a remarkable transition over the past thirty years from a centrally-planned economy to a more market oriented one. The transformation of business in China has been correspondingly evident. Linda Yueh gives an interdisciplinary analysis of the evolution of business development in China and the 'marketization' of industry during this period within a complex framework of legal, political, and economic reform aims.

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Exposure

Exposure

Inside the Olympus Scandal: How I Went from CEO to Whistleblower

President, whistleblower, crusader. Exposure is the story of how Michael Woodford exposed the dark heart of Olympus.

When Michael Woodford was made President and CEO of Olympus, he became the first Westerner ever to climb the ranks of one of Japan's corporate icons.

Then his dream job turned into a nightmare.

He learned about a series of bizarre mergers and acquisitions deals totalling $1.7 billion - a scandal which if exposed threatened to bring down the entire company. He turned to his fellow executives but was met with hostility and a cover-up. Within weeks he was fired in a boardroom coup that shocked the international business world. As rumours emerged of Yakuza (mafia) involvement in the scandal, Woodford fled Japan in fear of his life. He went straight to the press - becoming the first CEO of a multinational to blow the whistle on his own company.

Exposure is a deeply personal memoir that reads like a thriller. As Woodford himself puts it, 'I thought I was going to run a health-care and consumer electronics company but found I had walked into a John Grisham novel.'

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Fault Lines

Fault Lines

How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy

Raghuram Rajan was one of the few economists who warned of the global financial crisis before it hit. Now, as the world struggles to recover, it's tempting to blame what happened on just a few greedy bankers who took irrational risks and left the rest of us to foot the bill. In Fault Lines, Rajan argues that serious flaws in the economy are also to blame, and warns that a potentially more devastating crisis awaits us if they aren't fixed.

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Fixing Britain

Fixing Britain

The Business of Reshaping Our Nation

This is the explosive, first book from ‘the face of British business’, Lord Digby Jones. In his candid and forthright style Fixing Britain puts the spotlight on critical national and international business issues and lays out the essential reform urgently needed for the growth of our nation. Knowledgeable, authoritative and independent, Digby highlights how untenable the status quo is in the UK, and sets out how Britain can get back in--and stay in--the globalised race.

Sending a clear message to government, business leaders, strategists and the media, Fixing Britain explores the effective linkage of change at all levels, from Westminster to education, the public and private sectors, our social cohesion and our sense of common purpose.

Digby is never afraid to say what others are thinking--this is the most explosive examination of the state of British business in years.
 

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Getting India and China Right

Getting India and China Right

Strategies for Leveraging the World's Fastest Growing Economies for Global Advantage

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Global Risk

Global Risk

Business Success in Turbulent Times

In today's rapidly changing and increasingly complex business world, successful risk management is the key to survival and success. Risks beyond the control of the firm affect businesses more than ever before, and the fundamental job of executives is to anticipate change and manage it on the basis of an opinion about the future.

Thierry Malleret

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Grabbing The Oyster

Grabbing The Oyster

Anecdotes and Advice from Icons of Irish Business

These entrepreneurs - and many more like them - are the economic saviours of Ireland. They are the people who influence our employment figures, our GDP, our Government's fiscal policy and, ultimately, the living standards of our citizens. They have created great wealth for themselves and have contributed handsomely to the society from whence they came. From his experiences with his own business, Pragmatica, Pearce Flannery has evaluated and extrapolated what he believes to be the common denominators for success among all of these entrepreneurs.

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Holding On

Holding On

A Story Of Love And Survival

'Having faced death head on, we wanted no regrets. It was time to go'. In 2005 Rob and Jo Gambi became the first married couple to achieve the ultimate adventurer's ambition when they climbed the 'Seven Summits' (the highest mountains on all seven continents) and skied to both the North and South Poles together in record time. Rob is also the first Australian and Jo the first female to achieve this feat. What makes their story even more remarkable is that they achieved all this while Rob was in remission from his second bout of cancer. In spite of setbacks and facing death high in the Himalayas, they persevered and fulfilled their dreams (while unwittingly setting a string of records).

Jo's inspiring book is not just an enthralling account of mountaineering and polar achievements; it is a powerful and emotional story of love and survival against the odds.

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Hot Spots

Hot Spots

Why Some Companies Buzz with Energy and Innovation - and Others Don't

We've all heard about companies and teams that are buzzing with ideas, innovation and sheer trendiness - think Nokia, think Google, think Starbucks. Sometimes, without warning or explanation, there are condensed periods of growth and innovation within an organisation or culture. For a short time, new ideas flow freely and growth, co-operation and success are achieved at a level that exceeds all expectations. These are Hot Spots. But why do they occur in some companies and teams and not others? How can you avoid the Big Freeze and instead encourage these centres of creativity, action and energy?

Lynda Gratton

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How Life Imitates Chess

How Life Imitates Chess

"In this book, chess is a teacher, and I aim to show it is a great one."

World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov shares the powerful secrets of strategy he has learned from dominating the world's most intellectually challenging game for two decades - lessons about mastering the strategic and emotional skills to navigate life's toughest challenges and maximise success no matter how tough the competition.

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How to Run the World

How to Run the World

Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance

Here is a stunning and provocative guide to the future of international relations—a system for managing global problems beyond the stalemates of business versus government, East versus West, rich versus poor, democracy versus authoritarianism, free markets versus state capitalism.

Written by the most esteemed and innovative adventurer-scholar of his generation, Parag Khanna’s How to Run the World posits a chaotic modern era that resembles the Middle Ages, with Asian empires, Western militaries, Middle Eastern sheikhdoms, magnetic city-states, wealthy multinational corporations, elite clans, religious zealots, tribal hordes, and potent media seething in an ever more unpredictable and dangerous storm.

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Hybrid Reality

Hybrid Reality

Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization

Its Not About The Coffee

Its Not About The Coffee

Leadership Principles From A Life At Starbucks

During his many years as a senior executive at Starbucks, Howard Behar helped establish the Starbucks culture, which stresses people over profits. He coached hundreds of leaders at every level and helped the company grow into a world-renowned brand. Now he reveals the ten principles that guided his leadership - and not one of them is about coffee.

Behar shows that if you think of your staff as people (not labour costs) they will achieve amazing results. He discusses the importance of building trust, telling hard truths, thinking independently, and more. And he shares inside stories of key turning points for Starbucks as it fought to hang on to its culture while growing exponentially.

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Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty

Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty

The New Rules for Getting Things Done in Difficult Times

In Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty, Ram Charan helps you steer your business through the minefield of contracting markets, cash shortages, and ongoing uncertainty. No matter what your leadership role, Charan’s insight will help ensure that your business emerges leaner, stronger, and well in front of the competition.

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Obliquity

Obliquity

Why our goals are best achieved indirectly

If you want to go in one direction, the best route may involve going in another. This is the concept of 'obliquity': paradoxical as it sounds, many goals are more likely to be achieved when pursued indirectly. The richest men and women are not the most materialistic; the happiest people are not necessarily those who focus on happiness, and the most profitable companies are not always the most profit-oriented as the recent financial crisis showed us.

Whether overcoming geographical obstacles, winning decisive battles or meeting sales targets, history shows that oblique approaches are the most successful, especially in difficult terrain. John Kay applies his provocative, universal theory to everything from international business to town planning and from football to managing forest fire.

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Places

Places

Identity, Image and Reputation

Places depend on their reputations for almost everything in the modern world: tourism, foreign investment, the respect and interest of the international media, attracting talented immigrants and students, cultural exchanges, engaging peacefully and productively with the governments of other places. But what can actually be done to understand and measure the reputations of places, and even to influence them? Are they simply 'brand images' like the images of products, that can be influenced at will by the tricks and techniques of commercial marketing? Or are they, as Simon Anholt argues, deeply rooted cultural phenomena that move – if they move at all – very slowly, and only in response to major events and changes in the places themselves? This new collection of essays by the 'father of place branding', Simon Anholt, reveals compelling and essential new thinking on the nature of national reputation.

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Playing To Win

Playing To Win

10 Steps To Achieving Your Goals

Playing to Win is a handbook for women who want to be successful. Karren Brady did it. At 23 she took over as Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club, becoming the youngest ever female Managing Director of a UK PLC when it floated in 1997. Although the club was the "football equivalent of a rubbish dump" and women were barely even seen on the terraces in the early 90s, Karren Brady persuaded her backers to acquire the club and single–mindedly revolutionised it, clearing the debt, taking Birmingham City into the Premier League and transforming it into a viable business.

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Saving Globalization

Saving Globalization

Why Globalization and Democracy Offer the Best Hope for Progress, Peace and Development

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Second World

Second World

Empires and Influence in the New Global Order: How Emerging Powers Are Redefining Global Competition in the Twenty-first Century

At the end of the Cold War, we found ourselves living in a world with one superpower, the United States. Now, at the start of the twenty-first century, Parag Khanna argues powerfully that the moment of American supremacy is over, brought about by the increasing influence of what he terms the Second World: Eastern Europe, Central Asia, South America, the Middle East and East Asia.

Travelling from Azerbaijan to Venezuela, China's hinterlands to Gaddafi's Libya, Parag Khanna explores these countries and their global significance. For as the three superpowers - the US, the EU and China - compete for influence in the Second World, citizens of these countries can already feel the these imperial forces exerting their influence and affecting the global balance of power. In a bold and provocative style, The Second World makes clear what's at stake, for whoever dominates the Second World will lead the twenty-first century - or become a part of the Second World itself.

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Switched On

Switched On

10 Habits to Being Highly Effective in Your Job, and Loving it

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Taming Tigers

Taming Tigers

Do Things You Never Thought You Could

Everybody has a Tiger. It is the thing that snarls at us when we think about making a change in our lives and stops us developing and achieving our potential. In Taming Tigers Jim Lawless shares his proven and inspirational training programme to help you achieve your dreams by taming the Tigers in your life.

Now for the first time, you can learn how to use these highly practical rules to overcome your fears and do things you never thought you could - in both your professional and private life.

1.Act boldly today - time is limited

2.Re-write your rulebook - challenge it hourly

3.Head in the direction of where you want to arrive, every day

4.It's all in the mind

5.The tools for Taming Tigers are all around you

6.There is no safety in numbers

7.Do something scary everyday

8.Understand and control your time to create change

9.Create disciplines - do the basics brilliantly

10.Never, never give up!

Read case studies from people who have changed their lives by following the rules, and hear about Jim's experience of grabbing his own Tiger by the tail, as he went from a thirty-six-year-old overweight non-riding consultant, to a fully-fledged jockey and UK freediving record holder in 12 months - proof that Taming Tigers works!

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The 10 Rules of Sam Walton

The 10 Rules of Sam Walton

Success Secrets for Remarkable Results

As founder of Wal-Mart and its many successful divisions, Sam Walton reinvented the retailing industry through his singularity of focus, high expectations, and never-say-die attitude.

During his successful career, Sam Walton developed a list of what he considered the most important rules for entrepreneurial success. As far as he was concerned, there were ten key result areas that he considered pivotal to his own success.

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The Age of Aging

The Age of Aging

How Demographics are Changing the Global Economy and Our World

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The Art of War for Women

The Art of War for Women

Sun Tzu's Ancient Strategies and Wisdom for Winning at Work

Would you like to transform your weaknesses into strengths? Succeed at work without compromising your ethics? Integrate your style and personal philosophy into every action you take? If so, this book is for you. In The Art of War for Women, bestselling author Chin-Ning Chu brings the eternal wisdom of philosopher-general Sun Tzu to women looking to gain a better understanding of who they are – and, more importantly, who they want to be.

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The Ascent of Money

The Ascent of Money

A Financial History of the World

Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot: Call it what you like, it matters. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it's the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it's the chains of labour. But in The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress. What's more, he reveals financial history as the essential back-story behind all history.

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The Birth of the Euro

The Birth of the Euro

Today, 318 million people in 15 countries use the Euro, which now rivals the importance of the US Dollar in the world economy. This is an outcome that few would have predicted with confidence when the Euro was launched. How can we explain this success and what are the prospects for the future? There is nobody better placed to answer these questions than Otmar Issing, who as a founding member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank (1998–2006), was one of the Euro's principal architects. His story is a unique insider account, combining personal memoir with reference to the academic and policy literature. Free of jargon, this is a very human reflection on a unique historical experiment and a key reference for all academics, policy makers, and 'Eurowatchers' seeking to understand how the Euro has got to where it is today and what challenges lie ahead.

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The Blair Years

The Blair Years

The Alastair Campbell Diaries

The "Blair Years" is the most compelling and revealing account of contemporary politics you will ever read. Taken from Alastair Campbell's daily diaries, it charts the rise of New Labour and the tumultuous years of Tony Blair's leadership, providing the first important record of a remarkable decade in our national life. Here are the defining events of our time, from Labour's new dawn to the war on terror, from the death of Diana to negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland, from Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, through to the Hutton Inquiry of 2003, the year Campbell resigned his position at No 10. But above all here is Tony Blair up close and personal, taking the decisions that affected the lives of millions, under relentless and often hostile pressure.

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The Bullshit Factor

The Bullshit Factor

The Truth About Corporate Disguises, Lies and Denial

The corporate universe is entering its most complex phase of evolution, in which the secret of business success will reside in the corporate psyche. How healthy might that psyche be? Does it support the future strategy and vision of the business? Is the business driven by truth, clarity and realistic perceptions? Or might it run on denial and
delusion - corporate bullshit?

The authors James Bellini and Kati St Clair offer powerful insights into corporate behaviour and the clues it gives us as to whether a company may succeed or die. Their ideas will surprise and sometimes shock. But their message is profound. It could transform the way we look at business.

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The Difficulty of Being Good

The Difficulty of Being Good

On the Subtle Art of Dharma

In his new book, Gurcharan Das turns to the Mahabharata in order to answer the question, 'why be good?', and discovers that the epic's world of moral haziness and uncertainty is closer to our experience as ordinary human beings than the narrow and rigid positions that define most debate in this fundamentalist age of moral certainty.

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The Energy of Nations

The Energy of Nations 23/09/2013

Risk Blindness and the Road to Renaissance

Serial systemic risks threaten tomorrow's economies and mean businesses and policy makers face huge challenges in fuelling tomorrow’s world. Jeremy Leggett gives a personal testimony of the dangers often ignored and incompletely understood - a journey through the human mind, the institutionalization of denial, the reasons civilizations fail, and the road to renaissance.

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The Engaging Manager

The Engaging Manager 29/10/2012

The Joy of Management and Being Managed

In this new collection of articles on managing and being managed, Adrian Furnham offers an engaging and witty look into the world of being an engaging manager.

Based on strong research, this book offers a substantial introduction to the joy of management.

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The Future of Business in Emerging Markets

The Future of Business in Emerging Markets

Since most developed world economies will grow slowly under the burden of public and private debt in the next decade, the corporate focus on growth opportunities has shifted to emerging markets. Financial indicators already suggest sales and profit growth will largely come from emerging markets. Nenad Pacek, a leading expert in emerging markets, explores what will change economically and what are the overriding business megatrends that will shape corporations and their strategies in global markets. It shows how companies can take advantage of that growth opportunity in emerging economies in the most efficient way and how to prioritise resources geographically for the best short, medium and long-term returns.

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The Gold Mine Effect

The Gold Mine Effect

Crack The Secrets of High Performance

'High Performance Anthropologist' Rasmus Ankersen brings his first-hand study of success to a mass audience for the first time. We all want to discover our unique talents and make an impact with them. But how? Rasmus Ankersen, a 26 year old ex-professional footballer and performance specialist, quit his job, spent his last pennies booking flight tickets and for six intense months travelled the world and literally trained and lived with the world's best athletes and their coaches in an attempt to answer this very question. Why have the world's best middle distance runners grown up in the same Ethiopian village? Why are 137 of the world's 500 best female golfers from South Korea? How did one athletic club in Kingston, Jamaica, succeed to produce most of the world's best sprinters? What is the secret behind Brazil's mass production of soccer super stars? In The Gold Mine Effect Ankersen presents his surprising conclusions in seven lessons on how anyone - or any business, organisation or team - can defy the many misconceptions of high performance and learn to build their own gold mine of real talent.

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The One Minute Manager

The One Minute Manager

Increase Productivity, Profits And Your Own Prosperity

The blockbuster number one international bestselling phenomenon is back … not that it ever really went away. This easily-read story quickly demonstrates three very practical management techniques: One Minute Goals, One Minute Praisings and One Minute Reprimands.

The book is brief, the language is simple, and best of all … it works.

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The Story of the Fly And How It Could Save The World

The Story of the Fly And How It Could Save The World

The Story of the Fly And How It Could Save The World by Jason Drew will take you behind the pesky reputation and inside the brain and body of the much misunderstood fly. It investigates the insect as pest and how man has tried (tirelessly, often unsuccessfully) to kill it - exploring everything from how it walks on ceilings to how it survives Ice Ages and outsmart all manner of fly swats, toxins and traps. The book also reveals how, throughout history, innovative humans - including Napoleon Bonaparte's surgeon, NASA, various forensic entomologists and the UK National Health Services - have harnessed and researched the fly to help mankind.

But ultimately it introduces the fly as a future hero that could help save the world. How? By recycling waste nutrients and generating sustainable protein to spare the fish in the ocean and feed the ever-growing number of people on our Earth. That's a story worth telling. And one worth reading, too.

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The Trouble With Markets

The Trouble With Markets

Saving Capitalism From Itself

With his trademark clarity and acerbic wit, Roger Bootle's new book lays out the pathway for saving capitalism from itself.

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Them And Us

Them And Us

Changing Britain - Why We Need a Fair Society

The suddenness and depth of the recession has raised questions about the workability of capitalism not seen since the 1930s. One of the constraints on recovery is the growing belief that if the old model did not work there is no new one on offer. This book sets out to provide one, arguing that reconstructing a bust financial system is not just a technical question. It cannot be done without a wholescale revision of the wider system and values on which it is based. And fairness must be placed at the heart of the new capitalism for society's future wellbeing. Will Hutton's new book musters brilliant, convincing arguments which will lend favour on both right and left. It is set to be a book which captures the mood of the moment in the same way that The State We're In did.

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To The End of the Earth

To The End of the Earth

The Race to Solve Polar Exploration's Greatest Mystery

This is the gripping true story of how Briton Tom Avery led three men, one woman and sixteen dogs to the North Pole in just under thirty-seven days, in doing so breaking the world record and solving the greatest mystery of polar exploration. Nearly 100 years after Robert Peary controversially told the world that he had reached the North Pole for the very first time, and in just thirty-seven days, explorer Tom Avery set out to show that he had been telling the truth.

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Uprising

Uprising

Will Emerging Markets Shape Or Shake the World Economy

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Voodoo Histories

Voodoo Histories

The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History

In this entertaining and enlightening book - aimed to provide ammunition for those who have found themselves at the wrong end of a conversation about moon landings or twin towers - David Aaronovitch carefully probes and explodes a dozen of the major conspiracy theories. In doing so, he looks at why people believe them, and makes an argument for a true scepticism: one based on a thorough knowledge of history and a strong dose of common sense.

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Water

Water

The Costs, Causes and Future of a Global Crisis

All known forms of life depend on water. Covering 71 per cent of the Earth's surface, water seems to be plentiful. But there are 1.2 billion people who currently live without a safe water supply, the amount of available drinking water is shrinking and the need for it is increasing relentlessly. While some regions are receiving too much rain, others are receiving too little. We are approaching a global water emergency.

Julian Caldecott examines the vital role this fascinating substance plays on our planet and explores the historical, scientific, political and economic reasons behind the looming water crisis. He reveals where the water we use comes from, and at what social and environmental cost. This is an intriguing and sometimes unsettling portrait of the future of water in our changing world and what we can all do to make a difference.

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We Are Like That Only

We Are Like That Only

Understanding the Logic of Consumer India

With a billion plus consumers, India is one of the largest, most varied and stratified markets in the world today. It is young, with rising incomes and purchasing power, and has only just begun its consumption journey. Every marketer would want a piece of what may arguably be the largest untapped market in the world. From Kellogs to Coke, from Honda to Electrolux, from Dunhill to Revlon, they all came to India in the hope of a hungry, star-struck billion plus. Instead, what they encountered were consumers who were hungry yet astute people who negotiate and bargain on anything from taxi fare to interest rates. It was a market that rebelled against conventional perceptions of emerging markets, and left every confident marketer asking where is this billion plus Indian market?

Rama Bijapurkar

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We-Think

We-Think

The Power of Mass Creativity

We-think is about what the rise of these phenomena (not all to do with the internet) means for the way we organise ourselves - not just in digital businesses but in schools and hospitals, cities and mainstream corporations. For the point of the industrial era economy was mass production for mass consumption, the formula created by Henry Ford; but these new forms of mass, creative collaboration announce the arrival of a new kind of society, in which people want to be players, not spectators. This is a huge cultural shift, for in this new economy people want not services and goods, delivered to them, but tools so they can take part.

In We-think Charles Leadbeater analyses not only these changes, but how they will affect us and how we can make the most of them. Just as, in the 1980s, his In Search of Work predicted the rise of more flexible employment, here he outlines a crucial shift that is already affecting all of us.

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Welcome to Entrepreneur Country

Welcome to Entrepreneur Country

The social contract has changed for ever: whether between government and individual capitalists, start-ups and corporates, or men and women. Many young people want to work for themselves. Feminine strength in the workplace, both in men and women, is in the ascendancy. Government must justify its role within society. Digital and software is replacing manufacturing as the dominant industrial paradigm. Corporates with their cash reserves will be the new venture capitalists.

In Welcome to Entrepreneur Country, Julie Meyer, who has worked closely with many of the biggest technology entrepreneurs over the past fifteen years, explains how society is re-organising itself. She offers a guide to Entrepreneur Country and shows how everyone can embrace the change. Moreover, she shares her own experiences, as well as those gleaned from working alongside some of the world's biggest success stories in the technology world. In this fascinating new book, every entrepreneur and business owner, however large or small, will recognise their own journey and learn how the digital future will affect them.

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What Next?

What Next?

Surviving the Twenty-First Century

Globalisation, energy, international crime, Weapons of Mass Destruction, nuclear proliferation, small arms proliferation, international drugs trafficking, climate change, water shortage, migration, epidemic disease, the fraying of the nation state: the list of challenges facing our world is itself proliferating rapidly, and nobody seems to have much of a grip on what is going on.

Digesting vast amounts of information from a multiplicity of sources, and drawing on his experience at the highest levels of national and international politics, Chris Patten analyses what we know in each of these areas and argues how in each of them we could get somewhere we might want to be. Very little, he says, has turned out as we might have expected twenty years ago, but there is plenty we can still do.

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What Works

What Works

Success in Stressful Times

Drawing life lessons from the great ideas put to work on every continent – from America to Europe, from Africa to Asia and Australasia – Hamish McRae’s stories are as surprising as they are inspiring. We are better placed now than we have ever been to make good choices about the future of our species and our planet. But if we are to face the many challenges ahead, we have to try to learn from each other. ‘What Works’ will leave you entertained, informed and, ultimately, enlightened as to what each of us can do to make successes of our businesses, our communities and our lives.

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When Money Dies

When Money Dies

The Nightmare of the Weimar Hyper-inflation

Since its first publication in 1975, When Money Dies by Adam Fergusson has become the classic history of these bizarre and frightening times. Weaving elegant analysis with a wealth of eyewitness accounts by ordinary people struggling to survive, it deals above all with the human side of inflation: why governments resort to it, the dismal, corruptive pestilence it visits on their citizens, the agonies of recovery, and the dark, long-term legacy. And at a time of acute economic strain, it provides an urgent warning against the addictive dangers of printing money -- shorthand for deficit financing -- as a soft option for governments faced with growing unrest and unemployment.

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Writing On The Wall

Writing On The Wall

The Campaign for Commonsense Business

Writing on the Wall exposes the stupidity of fashionable management fads, but by stripping the subject to the bone, the true secrets are uncovered. By facing the stark truth of poor products, difficult customers and mutinous staff, Geoff Burch is able to show, with bizarre examples such as the child with the squashed head, and hard hitting advice such as "smile or sling your hook", just how we can make success inevitable.

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You Can Be As Young As You Think

You Can Be As Young As You Think

Six Steps to Staying Younger and Feeling Sharper

If you want a future in which you can really believe, and in which you can play an active and interested part; if you want a life that’s fun, stimulating and interesting, where every day offers a new challenge, new adventure and new experience; if you want to hold on to your curiosity, your spontaneity and your youthful vigour; if you want to feel younger and look younger for longer. It’s all possible. Growing old really is all in the mind, you can be as you young as you want to be, you can be as young as you think.

Tim Drake

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