50 Cautionary Tales For Managers
By Peter Honey
Managing is a perilous business: how to 'let go' yet stay in touch, how to balance short-term tactics with longer-term strategy, how to motivate people to do more with less, how to 'walk the talk' when you don't feel like it, how simultaneously to be an inspirational leader and an effective manager - the dilemmas are endless. Peter Honey has spent more than 35 years advising managers, from a wide cross-section of functions and organisations, and draws on his experiences in this entertaining, insightful book. The whole of management life is revealed in 50 short stories, some sad, some funny - all based on real managers and real events. You'll find control-freaks, autocrats, egotists, bullies, perfectionists, ditherers and eccentrics as well as a few managers simply striving to do their best in difficult circumstances. Peter Honey bravely offers each flawed manager practical advice in a bid to improve their performance and make life more tolerable for their colleagues. The result is a realistic, engaging and ultimately effective book from which any manager, at whatever level, can learn a great deal.Contents: Part 1: Stories about directors and senior managers 1. A manager who wanted solutions, not problems 2. A manager who preferred defernece to consultation 3. A manager who was convinced thta his interventions made a difference 4. A manager who enjoyed victimising graduates 5. A manager surrounded by sycophants 6. A manager who loved to ask questions 7. A manager who loved to keep things simple 8. A manager who succumbed to a staff attitude survey 9. A manager with a reputation for being calm and unruffled 10. A manager who showed his frustration in an unusual way 11. A manager who was democratic to a fault 12. A manager who was wedded to short-termism 13. A manager who lapsed into long silences 14. A manager who was desperate to keep in touch 15. A manager who couldn't admit he waas still learning 16. A manager who strove to give a student a really interesting week of work experience 17. A manager who was hooked on initiatives 18. A head teacher who hardly ever put a foot wrong 19. A manager with Jekyll and Hyde characteristics 20. A amanger who was a know-all adn went to great lengths to win every argument 21. A manager who lacked social skills 22. A manager who became the victim of unintended consequences 23. A manager who failed to walk his talk 24. A manager who loved to wander around 25. A manager who couldn't resist relying on his predecessor's advice Part 2: Stories about middle and junior managers 26. A manager who insisted words could only be used if preceise definitions had been agreed 27. A manager who sampled 360 degree feedback and promptly went into denial 28. A manager who thought brainstorming was the answer to just about everything 29. A manager who couldn't resist tinkering with written reports 30. A story about two managers vying for promotion 31. A manager who found it convenient to disappear for long periods 32. A manager who preferred resistance by inertia 33. A maanger who was reluctant to go home 34. An insecure manager clinging on for survival 35. A manager with unquenchable enthusiasm 36. A manager who was punished for exposing dishonesty 37. A manager who thought he was accident prone 38. A manager who prided himself on his time management 39. A manager who liked to slip away unnoticed 40. A manager who oozed cliches 41. A maanager who encountered fierce resistance 42. A manager who stuck to his story 43. A manager with a low tolerance for ambiguity 44. A manager who got budget dumping down to fine art 45. A manager who recommended ways to improve staff motivation 46. A manager thought he had overslept 47. A manager who was too big for his boots 48. A manager prone to being caught out 49. A manager who reverted to type 50. A manager whowas prone to tantrums
By Ed Whitacre, Leslie Cauley
A down-to-earth, no-nonsense Texas native with a distinctive Texas twang in his voice, Whitacre is that rare CEO with great charisma and extraordinary management instincts. Before being pulled out of retirement to run GM by President Obama, Ed Whitacre had spent his entire corporate career in the telecom business, where he ultimately ended up running AT&T.AMERICAN TURNAROUND is a business memoir of Whitacre's time running both GM and AT&T, complete with his management insights and prescriptive takeaways. Written in a straightforward style by his co-author Leslie Cauley (a Pulitzer prize nominee from the Wall Street Journal), the book is also meant to have a strong undercurrent of American patriotism, as Whitacre feels that too much has been emphasized in the media that American workers are no longer capable of manufacturing anything of substance anymore.Whitacre's "roll up your sleeves and let's get to work" attitude has won the admiration and respect of executives and employees throughout his days at GM and at AT&T.
Book-Keeping & Accounting For the Small Business, 8th Edition
By Peter Taylor
Accounts are just as important as any other aspect of a business, and can be crucial to its prosperity and even survival. If you're 'doing the books' you will be at the very heart of the business, with your hands firmly on the controls. You will be involved in the management of its assets and liabilities, its expenses and its profit margins. The more control you have over these, and the records and figurework on which they are based, the better you will be able to control your business. This thoroughly accessible book is suitable for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies and includes: choosing and using computerised bookkeeping software; VAT and taxation; double-entry book-keeping; paying the wages; preparing your annual accounts; the basics of keeping business records; accounting for loans, hire purchase and leasing.
By Alan Rosling
In Boom Country, Alan Rosling, entrepreneur and strategic advisor in India for over 35 years, explores an unmistakeable and profound change that is underway in the Indian business landscape. A fresh wave of enterprise and start-ups; rapid advancements in technology; government reform; and recently developed pools of risk capital, he holds, are contributing increasingly to a massive expansion in new business - all of it underpinned by a deep social change, a willingness to 'do things differently', especially among the young. Drawing upon his own experiences and more than 100 interviews with Indian entrepreneurs - representing traditional leading business houses (Tata, Mahindra, Birla and Godrej), established first-generation entrepreneurs (Sunil Mittal, Kishore Biyani and Narayana Murthy, among others) and new-generation start-ups (including Sachin Bansal, Bhavish Aggarwal and Vijay Shekhar Sharma) - as well as forces of the government, Rosling provides an incisive and in-depth analysis of the opportunities and challenges, both traditional and contemporary, of doing business in India. Yet, the growing uncertainty of global trends and India's own record of under-performing despite its massive potential, lead him to one vital question : Can the current upsurge in entrepreneurial activity - imperfect and early as it may be - really reshape India's economy and propel it towards becoming a true boom country for new enterprise?
Business Etiquette For The 21St Century
By Lynne Brennan, David Block
The fast pace of today's business world involves constant new challenges - meeting new people, international travel, conferences and entertaining, and the need to represent your company in a variety of situations. If you don't know what to do, you can quickly feel nervous and stressed, perform inappropriately and jeopardise your opportunities of business success. Business Etiquette for the 21st Century shows you what to do - and what not to do. Discover how to: Maximise your image and make the best impression at all times; Learn the correct codes of behaviour for your workplace; improve your communication skills in person, by phone, email and letter; Boost your social skills so that you will be able to build contacts and get the best from any social or business occasion; Communicate effectively with your peers and managers and improve your career prospects; Run and participate in meetings effectively; Understand and respect the differences in culture and etiquette around the world
The Business Romantic
By Tim Leberecht
Buy High, Sell Higher
By Joe Terranova
Whether you're a professional investor or just want to trade like one, Buy High, Sell Higher will show you how to pick winners, maximize gains and minimize losses...In this book, you'll learn how a stock's price is just the beginning of the story, and that other indicators like moving averages and volume can help you to spot stocks that have momentum. You'll also learn how to determine the optimal moment to buy a stock, when to sell it, how to protect yourself against sudden reversals in the market, and how to capitalize on moments when other investors are retreating.What's the best month to buy tech stocks? To sell an energy asset? And what is the one-day of the year that you should never, ever trade on? Answers to these and other questions are just some of the insights that Joe Terranova shares in Buy High, Sell Higher. Terranova is a series regular on CNBC's Fast Money and the Chief Market Strategist for Virtus Investment Partners, a firm with over $25 billion in assets under management. Prior to joining Virtus, he spent 18 years at MBF Clearing Corp., where he was the director of trading and managed more than 300 traders. And as viewers of CNBC's Fast Money know, Joe is a master at demystifying the forces that drive today's markets. So why not let him show you how to use telltale signs to spot investments that are poised for lift-off.
The Buy Side
By Turney Duff
The Buy Side is Turney Duff's high-adrenaline journey through the trading underworld, as well as a searing look at an after-hours Wall Street culture where sex and drugs are the quid pro quo and a billion isn't enough. In the mid-2000's, Turney Duff was, to all appearances, the very picture of American success. One of Wall Street's hottest traders, he was a rising star with Raj Rajaratnam's legendary Galleon Group before forging his own path. What few knew was that the key to Turney's remarkable success wasn't a super-genius IQ or family connections but rather a winning personality - because the real money wasn't made on the trading floor or behind a computer screen, but in whispered deals in the city's most exclusive nightspots, surrounded by the best drugs and hottest women. For Turney, this created a perilously seductive cycle: the harder he partied, the more connected and successful he became, which meant he could party even harder. In time, he became a walking paradox, an addictive mess after hours, and King of the Street from nine to five. Along the way, he learned some important lessons about himself, and the too-wild-to-believe world of Wall Street trading. In The Buy Side, the money is plentiful and the after-hours indulgence even more so, which has proved to be a bestselling and box office winning combination, as the success of The Wolf of Wall Street attests. Fans of Martin Scorsese's film and Michael Lewis's Liar's Poker and The Big Short will want to take a walk on The Buy Side.
The buy To Let Manual 3rd Edition
By Tony Booth
This highly-praised book provides the reader with everything that needs to be known about buying, preparing and letting a suitable investment property. The Buy to Let Manual, now in its third edition, is a comprehensive, yet clear and concise guide for the world-be, go-it-alone landlord who wishes to avoid agency fees by creating and managing his own tenancy. Inside you will learn how to identify profitable residential investments, how to advertise your letting and manage the subsequent tenancy yourself.
Buying a Home
By Paul Jager, Sue Lehmann
Helps buyers to: Navigate the property maze like an expert. Successfully negotiate the purchase. Organise the mortgage and solicitor. Avoid the pitfalls others make. Confidently resolve common problems. Helps sellers to: Choose the right estate agent. Prepare the property for marketing. Evaluate the all-important offers. Prevent a chain from breaking. Take control of the sale through to its successful conclusion.
By Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
By Nomi Prins
From a former Wall Street insider and author of All the Presidents' Bankers, a searing exposé of the collusion between public and private banks as they seek to control global markets and dictate economic policyCentral banks and institutions like the IMF and the World Bank are overstepping the boundaries of their mandates by using the flow of money to control global markets and dictate economic policy both at the domestic and global level. These public institutions have become so dependent on funding from private banking and the revolving door between the two worlds is so smooth that public and private banks are effectively working toward the same goals.Packed with bold-faced names from the world of finance--from Janet Yellen, Mario Draghi, and Ben Bernanke to Christine Lagarde and Angela Merkel--Collusion sheds a bright light on the dark conspiracies and unsavory connections between what is ostensibly private and public banking and how it affects us.
Complete Guide to Property Investment in France
By Gerry FitzGerald
For the property investor France has it all - a uniquely stable housing market, a vast long-term rental market and 70-80 million tourists a year looking for short term accommodation.But that is not all. Property prices and mortgage interest rates are much lower in France and UK Capital Gains tax on holiday lettings in France can be as low as 10%!Whether the aim is to buy a second home or build a property portfolio abroad, France has to be the number one choice.The product of 12 years experience in buying, managing and letting properties in France, this guide leaves nothing to chance. It covers:. Hotspot locations and property prices. Setting up and running a holiday letting business. Investing for profit in the long-term rental sector. Raising the finance to buy. Finding the property. The buying process from offer to completion. Buying off-plan and leaseback. Buying an apartment. Taxation - French and UK