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Constable

The Modern Shepherd

AlBaraa H. Taibah
Authors:
AlBaraa H. Taibah

There is no prophet who has not tended sheep. So goes a famous phrase in Islamic scripture, words that had long intrigued young MBA student AlBaraa Taibah. How does shepherding awaken one's wisdom? Empower one's leadership skills? Build one's character? Why was shepherding the starting point for great leaders like Mohammed, Moses and Abraham? There must be a reason and lessons in shepherding to take away, he reasoned.So AlBaraa made the decision to become a modern-day shepherd, to spend ten days alone with a herd of sheep in the Sahara Desert, attempting to learn what the scripture was talking about. Confronting the dangers of desert snakes, getting hopelessly lost in the dunes, and suffering from dehydration, on the first day he asks himself, 'Why didn't I just take that leadership course back in Boston?'What transpires is an adventure, a journey into consciousness, that is as poetic and funny as it is profound. The Modern Shepherd is a journal of personal discovery and a leadership textbook unlike any other. Learn and laugh with AlBaraa as he acquires the secret of being an effective leader from a stubborn flock of sheep.

PublicAffairs

The End of Loyalty

Rick Wartzman
Authors:
Rick Wartzman
Hachette Books

The Social Organism

Oliver Luckett, Michael Casey
Authors:
Oliver Luckett, Michael Casey

Social media sits at the core of twenty-first century society. It topples dictators, ends racist traditions, and ushers in overnight fame to living room performers. But how does it actually work? To understand and best use social media, argue Oliver Luckett and Michael J. Casey, people must first look to nature and the inner workings of living organisms.Social media-dismissed as trivial by some, chaotic by others-represents the zenith of humans' evolution as social beings. Though it profoundly influences our systems, policies, and culture, few people really understand how social media functions. In their provocative forthcoming book THE SOCIAL ORGANISM, Luckett and Casey show how social networks take on a life form of their own-forms that, to an astonishing degree, mimic the characteristics of biological life itself. By looking at the behavior of cells, metabolic pathways, biochemical reactions, viruses, and holonic structures, we can understand social media, how to employ it, and its potential impact on our world.Unlike previous communication technologies, the interconnected yet wildly disparate users of social media (the cells of the Social Organism) are both the content creators and the distribution network. Memes are the Organism's genes and they reproduce, spread, and evolve just as biological life does. The Social Organism is the collective brain of our future, shaping policy and culture, and fostering innovation at a speed and level as never before possible. But it is up to us as individuals to nourish this organic network with positive content, and as a society to encourage its use as a force for good.In easy-to-understand yet powerful language, Luckett and Casey describe how social media lives and breathes. THE SOCIAL ORGANISM is a groundbreaking idea book that will change our understanding of how social media-and human life-works in the twenty-first century.

Piatkus

Promote Yourself

Dan Schawbel
Authors:
Dan Schawbel

How people perceive you at work has always been vital to a successful career. Now with the internet, social media, and the unrelenting hum of 24/7 business, the ability to brand and promote yourself is more crucial than ever.In Promote Yourself, Dan Schawbel shows readers how to navigate this new environment as an employee and lays out what managers are really looking for. Unveiling exclusive new research on the modern workplace, Schawbel breaks down the outdated mores of getting ahead and lays out a practical guide for building an outstanding career in an age of economic uncertainty and constant adaptation to new technologies.Shedding light on the disconnect between Gen Y and their managers, and revealing new findings on the most important skills required for management roles, professional development at work, and social media's role in the workplace, Promote Yourself also gives readers the most critical skill necessary today: an awareness of their unique strengths and how to differentiate themselves.

Piatkus

How To Be A Writer

Sally O'Reilly
Authors:
Sally O'Reilly

How To Be a Writer is a comprehensive guide to the career of writing from experienced writer and creative writing tutor Sally O'Reilly.The book will cover questions such as: If you want to be a writer, should you invest in a creative writing course? If so, which one? Are writing groups a good thing? What grants, awards and prizes are available to the aspiring writer? How should you plan your career in the long term? It will also feature an introduction from Fay Weldon - 'Why I wish I'd read this book when I was 25' - and will include comments and case studies from other established authors, agents and industry experts. How To Be a Writer will include everything that a writer needs to know about running their own career, from choosing an agent to café scribbling, and from filing a tax return to flirting with the literati and will be an essential reference book for any author who takes their work seriously.

How To Books

Start and Run a Greeting Cards Business, 2nd Edition

Elizabeth White
Authors:
Elizabeth White

If you are a creative person then making and selling greeting cards is a great way to start a business. It also makes a useful part-time business that can be run from home and started with a limited amount of capital, and can be done by the young or semi-retired. It can also be an excellent way for artists and crafts people to increase their income by selling cards alongside their main product. The skills needed vary greatly depending on what type of cards you want to produce. They can involve all the creative skills from design to photography, from painting to lettering, from enamelling to metalwork. This book takes you step-by-step through the process of starting and running your business with lots of useful practical advice to help you, including:- Deciding what type of cards to produce - Finding your market - Dealing with printers - Copyright and licensing - Pricing and profitContents: 1. What type of card business?2. Handmade cards3. Printed cards4. Designing cards5. Art & photographic cards6. Starting a business7. Writing a business plan8. Money matters9. Pricing and paperwork10. Marketing11. Presentation, packaging and display12. Getting publicity13. Selling to retailers14. Craft fairs and markets15. Selling at trade fairs16. Alternative ways of selling17. Selling skills18. Networking19. The environment20. Copyright and licensingTechnical termsFact file.

How To Books

Management Level Psychometric and Assessment Tests

Andrea Shavick
Authors:
Andrea Shavick

Gone are the days when an impressive CV and a sparkling performance at interview were all you needed to land a great job. Now, for the vast majority of medium-large sized organisations worldwide, rigorous assessment of candidates is an integral part of the recruitment process, especially when it comes to filling those elusive top jobs. So whether you're after a junior management, senior management or even director level position, or simply want to familiarise yourself with the very latest selection and recruitment techniques, you need this book! It includes: 37 genuine management-level practice psychometric tests from SHL Group plc, the biggest test publisher in the world including 360 questions covering verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning and abstract reasoning; everything you need to know about personality questionnaires, plus loads of practice material, including the popular OPQ 32 personality questionnaire; a complete guide to what to expect, and how to survive an assessment centre visit, alongside genuine Brainstorm, Scenarios and Fastrack management tests; and detailed information about the management-level 'behavioural simulations' such as role-plays, group discussions, business analysis, in-tray exercises and presentations, commonly used to assess candidates at assessment centres.

Alan Fairweather

Alan Fairweather, The Motivation Doctor, spent a total of 23 years in sales, customer service and management. He worked in six different sales organisations as a Sales Engineer, Training Manager and Sales Manager. For the past eighteen years he has been running his own business as an international speaker in Asia, Europe, the US and the UK. Alan is also the author of How to Manage Difficult People and How to Be a Motivational Manager.

Anthony Gell

Anthony Gell is the founder and CEO of LeadersIn, an online and offline community dedicated to sharing wisdom from world leaders in their field. Before launching LeadersIn in 2012, Anthony was a producer in a London based B2B publishing and conference company. During his ten years with that company, he was part of the launch team for the Asian HQ in Singapore, oversaw the turnaround of the New York office, and then became Regional CEO, launching offices in South Africa, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Dubai and Shanghai. In 2008, he launched both a consulting business, and The Business Voice (bvo.com), which provides a free library of interviews under the brand 'Leaders In Business'. Anthony has written many leadership, success and business articles and is an avid public speaker. He has been asked to interview business leaders at many leading institutions including London Business School and Imperial College, London.

Bryce G. Hoffman

BRYCE G. HOFFMAN, author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling book American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company, is a consultant and speaker who helps companies around the world plan better and leaders around the world lead better by applying innovative systems from the business and the military industries. Formerly an award-winning financial journalist who spent twenty-two years covering the global automotive and high-tech and biotech industries for major newspapers in Michigan and California, he launched his international consulting practice in 2014. He writes a regular column on leadership and culture for Forbes.com and appears on television and radio shows in the Unites States and around the world. He and his wife live in Fenton, Michigan.

Cal Newport

Cal Newport, Ph.D., lives in Washington, DC, where he is a writer and an assistant professor of computer science at Georgetown University. He is the author of SO GOOD THEY CAN'T IGNORE YOU and three books of unconventional advice for students. He runs the popular website Study Hacks: Decoding Patterns of Success.

David Allen

David Allen is the internationally bestselling author of Getting Things Done and Ready for Anything. He is the chairman and founder of the David Allen Company, a global management and consulting company, widely recognized as the world's leading authority in developing personal and organization capacity.

Debra Fine

Debra Fine is an internationally recognised speaker and trainer. As a member of the National Speakers Association she travels extensively giving lectures and conducting workshops on the topic.

Gael Lindenfield

Gael Lindenfield is a psychotherapist and the internationally bestselling author of 20 ground-breaking personal development books, which have been translated into 33 languages. She is widely acknowledged as a leading expert on confidence.

Jonathan Black

Author Jonathan Black has been Director of the Careers Service at the University of Oxford for the last eight years. Before that, he's had a number of different jobs including: management consultant, professional publisher, co-founder of a start-up company, finance director, aerospace engineer, computer salesman, and strategy director. He has worked in the UK, Europe and the USA, in small businesses and large corporations, private and public sector. In his day job, he works one-to-one with students, presents at international conferences, on the radio and TV, and comes up with new ideas and programmes to help students in schools, university and beyond, to improve their career prospects.

Lorraine Murphy

Lorraine Murphy is an award-winning entrepreneur and author. In 2012, she founded The Remarkables Group, a pioneering influencer strategy agency. Prior to starting The Remarkables Group, Lorraine created and managed campaigns in an eight-year PR career that began in Dublin, moved to London and ended up in Sydney where she now lives and works. Lorraine's acclaimed bestselling first book, REMARKABILITY, was published in 2016. This was followed be GET REMARKABLY ORGANISED in 2018. BABY, YOU'RE REMARKABLE is her third book.

Michael Casey

Michael J. Casey is the author of three critically-acclaimed books and a longtime columnist for The Wall Street Journal. He recently became theSenior Advisor at MIT Media Lab's new Digital Currency Initiative.

Natasha Courtenay-Smith

Natasha Courtenay-Smith is an entrepreneur, digital strategist and business mentor. Her clients include celebrities, business owners, thought leaders, health practitioners, experts, and all round ambitious, talented individuals who want to build their brand online and become better known for what they do. Her first book The Million Dollar Blog was published in 2016.

Oliver Luckett

Oliver Luckett is a renowned digital entrepreneur whose resume hosts an array of formidable start-ups and other accomplishments in new media. He is currently CEO of theAudience, the world's largest multi-channel publisher, which he co-founded with Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel and Napster/Facebook pioneer Sean Parker. With a reach of a billion customers a month, theAudience works with top celebrities, brands, and "influencers" to help spread their message.

Rick Wartzman

Rick Wartzman is a Senior Advisor at the Drucker Institute, where he was Executive Director until early 2016. His books include Obscene in the Extreme, The King of California, and What Would Drucker Do Now? A former writer and editor at the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, he currently comments on the future of work for Fortune online. He lives in Los Angeles.