Lessons From the Hanoi Hilton: Six Characteristics of High-Performance Teams$22.49 Add to cart
Why were the American POWs imprisoned at the “Hanoi Hilton” so resilient in captivity and so successful in their subsequent careers? This book presents six principles practiced within the POW organizational culture that can be used to develop high-performance teams everywhere. The authors offer examples from both the POWs’ time in captivity and their later professional lives that identify, in real-life situations, the characteristics necessary for sustainable, high-performance teamwork. The book takes readers inside the mind of James Stockdale, a fighter pilot with a degree in philosophy, who was the senior ranking officer at the Hanoi prison. The theories Stockdale practiced become readily understandable in this book. Drawing parallels between Stockdale’s guiding philosophies from the Stoic Epictetus and the principles of modern sports psychology, Peter Fretwell and Taylor Baldwin Kiland show readers how to apply these principles to their own organizations and create a culture with staying power.
Originally intending their book to focus on Stockdale’s leadership style, the authors found that his approach toward completing a mission was to assure that it could be accomplished without him. Stockdale, they explain, had created a mission-centric organization, not a leader-centric organization. He had understood that a truly sustainable culture must not be dependent on a single individual. At one level, this book is a business school case study. It is also an examination of how leadership and organizational principles employed in the crucible of a Hanoi prison align with today’s sports psychology and modern psychological theories and therapies, as well as the training principles used by Olympic athletes and Navy SEALs. Any group willing to apply these principles can move their mission forward and create a culture with staying power—one that outlives individual members.
Be the Unicorn: 12 Data-Driven Habits That Separate the Best Leaders From the Rest$14.99 Add to cart
Want to stand out from the crowd? We have studied 30,000 top leaders and have discovered the 12 habits they share that make them as rare as a unicorn. Learn these habits, and you’ll be one of the best at whatever you do!
How do I stand out? How do I become irreplaceable? With a crowded workforce, an unstable job landscape, and the rise of AI, these questions are the ones that everyone either is or should be asking.
William Vanderbloemen has asked these questions over the past 15 years while running one of the world’s top executive search firms. Through extensive research of over 30,000 top leaders and proprietary data, Vanderbloemen has identified the 12 habits that the best of the best have in common. Traits such as authenticity, responsiveness, agility, and the ability to problem solve, among others.
Each habit includes information on What We Know (the hard data behind why the habit is so transformative), What We’ve Seen (first-hand accounts by high-achieving professionals on how they live the habit), and What We Do (simple ways to build this habit into your daily routine). Be the Unicorn will help you:
Discover the top twelve soft skills the most successful leaders, the top 1%, have.
Understand how to develop these soft skills in your own life for better job success.
Learn how to apply soft skills to interpersonal relationships outside of work.
Understand how these soft skills can be applied in different work environments and job fields, especially with the rise of AI technology.
A Crash Course on Crises: Macroeconomic Concepts for Run-Ups, Collapses, and Recoveries$26.49 Add to cart
An incisive overview of the macroeconomics of financial crises—essential reading for students and policy experts alike
With alarming frequency, modern economies go through macro-financial crashes that arise from the financial sector and spread to the broader economy, inflicting deep and prolonged recessions. A Crash Course on Crises brings together the latest cutting-edge economic research to identify the seeds of these crashes, reveal their triggers and consequences, and explain what policymakers can do about them.
Each of the book’s ten self-contained chapters introduces readers to a key economic force and provides case studies that illustrate how that force was dominant. Markus Brunnermeier and Ricardo Reis show how the run-up phase of a crisis often occurs in ways that are preventable but that may go unnoticed and discuss how debt contracts, banks, and a search for safety can act as triggers and amplifiers that drive the economy to crash. Brunnermeier and Reis then explain how monetary, fiscal, and exchange-rate policies can respond to crises and prevent them from becoming persistent.
With case studies ranging from Chile in the 1970s to the COVID-19 pandemic, A Crash Course on Crises synthesizes a vast literature into ten simple, accessible ideas and illuminates these concepts using novel diagrams and a clear analytical framework.
The Essence of Progress and Poverty$4.00 Add to cart
In this concise text, the distinguished American philosopher John Dewey compiled excerpts from the massive Progress and Poverty to provide those unfamiliar with Henry George’s work with the essence of the author’s thinking on economics. In his Foreword, Dewey noted, “It would require less than the fingers of the two hands to enumerate those who from Plato down rank with [George]. No man, no graduate of a higher educational institution, has a right to regard himself as an educated man in social thought unless he has some first-hand acquaintance with the theoretical contribution of this great American thinker.” Fifteen brief chapters feature passages from George’s highly influential book and examine why poverty persists throughout periods of economic and technological progress as well as the basis for economic cycles of boom and bust.
World Inequality Report 2022$26.49 Add to cart
Produced by a team of world-leading economists, this is the benchmark account of recent and historical trends in inequality.
World Inequality Report 2022 is the most authoritative and comprehensive account available of global trends in inequality. Researched, compiled, and written by a team of world-leading economists, the report builds on the pioneering edition of 2018 to provide policy makers and scholars everywhere up-to-date information about an ever broader range of countries and about forms of inequality that researchers have previously ignored or found hard to trace.
Over the past decade, inequality has taken center stage in public debate as the wealthiest people in most parts of the world have seen their share of the economy soar relative to that of others. The resulting political and social pressures have posed harsh new challenges for governments and created a pressing demand for reliable data. The World Inequality Lab, housed at the Paris School of Economics and the University of California, Berkeley, has answered this call by coordinating research into the latest trends in the accumulation and distribution of income and wealth on every continent. This new report not only extends the lab’s international reach but provides crucial new information about the history of inequality, gender inequality, environmental inequalities, and trends in international tax reform and redistribution.
World Inequality Report 2022 will be a key document for anyone concerned about one of the most imperative and contentious subjects in contemporary politics and economics.
A Game as Old as Empire$18.99 Add to cart
John Perkins’ controversial and bestselling exposé, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, revealed for the first time the secret world of economic hit men (EHMs). But Perkins’ Confessions contained only a small piece of this sinister puzzle. The full story is far bigger, deeper, and darker than Perkins’ personal account revealed. Here other EHMs, journalists, and investigators join Perkins to tell their own stories, providing the first probing and expansive look into this pervasive web of systematic corruption.
With chapters spotlighting how specific countries around the globe have been subverted, A Game As Old As Empire uncovers the inner workings of the institutions behind these economic manipulations. The contributors detail concrete examples of how the “economic hit man game” is still being played: an officer of an offshore bank hiding hundreds of millions of dollars in stolen money, IMF advisers slashing Ghana’s education and health programs, a mercenary defending a European oil company in Nigeria, a consultant rewriting Iraqi oil law, and executives financing warlords to secure supplies of coltan ore in Congo. Together they show how this system of corruption and plunder operates in real life, and reveal the price that the rest of the world must pay as a result.
Most important, A Game As Old As Empire connects the dots, showing how the various pieces of this system come together to create the world’s first truly global empire.
Everything Is Negotiable$13.99 Add to cart
Whether you need to ask for a raise at work, request a better hotel room while you’re on holiday, or even debate with your stubborn teenager at home, you can learn effective and powerful negotiation skills to help you get the best deal every time.
In this fully revised and updated fourth edition of the worldwide success Everything is Negotiable, expert negotiator Gavin Kennedy walks you through all the techniques and tricks you need to get the best deal in any situation. With chapters on such subjects as making your offer count, dealing with intimidation and getting it in writing, as well as self-assessment tests to help chart your progress, Everything is Negotiable is a one-stop shop for anyone who wants to improve their negotiation skills. Superbly practical and insightful, this essential guide will make sure you come out top in any negotiation.
Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things$16.99 Add to cart
Notes From Your Bookseller
The bestselling author of Think Again and Originals explores how we can help others and ourselves grow past our supposed limits. This is yet another thought-provoking and wildly entertaining outing from a leading expert on the mysteries of human motivation.
Basic Mathematical Programming TheoryAdd to cart
The subject of (static) optimization, also called mathematical programming, is one of the most important and widespread branches of modern mathematics, serving as a cornerstone of such scientific subjects as economic analysis, operations research, management sciences, engineering, chemistry, physics, statistics, computer science, biology, and social sciences. This book presents a unified, progressive treatment of the basic mathematical tools of mathematical programming theory. The authors expose said tools, along with results concerning the most common mathematical programming problems formulated in a finite-dimensional setting, forming the basis for further study of the basic questions on the various algorithmic methods and the most important particular applications of mathematical programming problems. This book assumes no previous experience in optimization theory, and the treatment of the various topics is largely self-contained. Prerequisites are the basic tools of differential calculus for functions of several variables, the basic notions of topology and of linear algebra, and the basic mathematical notions and theoretical background used in analyzing optimization problems. The book is aimed at both undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in mathematical programming problems but also those professionals who use optimization methods and wish to learn the more theoretical aspects of these questions.
Control, Influence, Accept(for Now)Add to cart
Prepare for the future from the inside out.
How keen is your self-knowledge? Who influences your understanding of others? When was the last time you really concentrated on your purpose, your resilience, your perspective? And what in the world is polvo?
In Control, Influence, Accept(FN), author Dan Moore guides you on an antic journey of self-reflection with a very serious goal: to help you cultivate your inner-self who will be ready for whatever the universe throws at you—the obvious and the odious.
From his days selling books door-to-door in the Arizona desert to trying Portuguese delicacies under the watchful eyes of his would-be in-laws, Moore has lived a life just on the edge of the ordinary . . . and he has extracted extraordinary insights from every colorful experience. In hilarious, everyman language, Moore describes his own inflection points and shows you how personal growth will help you get through when getting out simply isn’t an option.
In a world where the only constant is change, Dan Moore thinks you owe it to yourself to set positive patterns for the one and only asset you can actually control—you. No one knows what the future holds. Your best preparation is in the self you bring along.
Money BoxAdd to cart
‘Everyone will find something they didn’t know in this unexpectedly funny womb-to-tomb guide to looking after your money in Britain today – the laws, the loopholes, the pitfalls, and who to call if it all goes wrong’ – The Telegraph
Manage your money, manage your life.
In a time of such economic uncertainty, it has never been more important to take control of your money. For over 40 years, Money Box has been arming you with the most up-to-date knowledge, giving you the confidence to take on the financial world.
From understanding credit cards and buying your first flat to investing, relationships and finance, and will writing, Paul Lewis’ Money Box gives you the tools to balance your budget, grow your bank balance and live a better financial life.
Paul answers all of your questions, breaking down complicated financial jargon into simple, understandable nuggets of useful information. He also shows you how to beat the banks at their own game, and treat the finance industry not like a friend, but more like a vague acquaintance you don’t really trust, but have to see from time to time (and who always makes you pay for the drinks).
1 Birth and before
2 Childhood 1-11
3 Teens 12-18
4 Starting out 18-23
5 The working world 23-41
6 Spending 23-41
7 Getting sensible 41-60
8 Preparing to wind down 55-70
9 Wound down 70-99
10 To infinity and beyond
A Project Manager’s Book of TemplatesAdd to cart
A PROJECT MANAGER’S BOOK OF TEMPLATES
A helpful compendium of ready-made templates for managing every project in alignment with the latest PMBOK® Guide, 7th ed.
Project Management is a growing discipline that has seen considerable recent development. Project managers are now expected to deploy predictive and adaptive methods, and to draw upon a considerable base of knowledge in developing and formalizing project plans. The Project Management Institute (PMI) publishes the authoritative Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), which contains the global standard for the Project Management profession.
A Project Manager’s Book of Templates is a vital companion to the PMBOK® Guide, providing a comprehensive set of templates and reports that helps project managers translate the content of the Guide into practical applications. It promises to be an indispensable resource for professionals in this fast-moving field.
A Project Manager’s Book of Templates readers will also find:
Templates covering all types of work, such as starting, planning, project documents, logs and registers, and reports and audits.
Templates representing all updated features of the PMBOK® Guide, including hybrid, adaptive and iterative practices, including Agile
Easy, readable structure that moves project managers through the different types of work that is performed in project
A Project Manager’s Book of Templates isan essential companion for those preparing for the PMP Certification Exam, as well as practitioners and consultants to a range of global industries.
CentennialsAdd to cart
Start-ups rarely survive their second birthday. Even established firms in the UK and the US average a life of only fifteen years. So how can your company build and sustain success for decades to come?
Professor Alex Hill has conducted thirteen years of groundbreaking research into a clutch of organisations that have outperformed their peers for over 100 years – from NASA to the New Zealand All Blacks, from Eton College and the Royal College of Art to the Royal Marines and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Here, Professor Hill shares the twelve traits that have set these organisations apart for over a century, from the way they analyse success and failure to their approach to finding the best people and the brightest new ideas.
In so doing, he identifies the strategies and habits that you can employ in your company to create a strong, stable core and ensure the same long-term prosperity while remaining dynamic. In short, he shows you how to build a promising enterprise into an enduring, great organisation.
‘An instant classic.’ Charles Handy, author of ‘The Empty Raincoat’ and ‘The Second Curve’
‘Every CEO should be given a copy with their morning coffee.’ Robin Dunbar, Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Oxford
The Natural Law of MoneyAdd to cart
This textbook is successful where Jevons falls. The author illustrates the evolution of money and credit by reference to the monetary history of this country, the salient features of which he points out. . . . The prevailing idea of the author is his opposition to any legal-tender law. He pleads for free as opposed to mandatory money. In applying this to our own condition, he presents in strong colors the arguments for a bank-note currency as against a government paper currency. . . . The broad standpoint the author occupies in discussing the currency problems, and the emphasis he places on credit and its extension, that is. on the close connection between the money and the banking problem, gives the book a peculiar value. Everything is centred about the distinction between an artificial and a natural monetary system.
TokensAdd to cart
Platform capitalism is coming for the money in your pocket
**Longlisted for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year**
Wherever you look, money is being re-placed by tokens. Digital platforms are issuing new kinds of money-like things: phone credit, shares, gift vouchers, game tokens, customer data—the list goes on. But what does it mean when online platforms become the new banks? What new types of control and discrimination emerge when money is tied to specific apps or actions, politics or identities?
Tokens opens up this new and expanding world. Exploring the history of extra-monetary economies, Rachel O’Dwyer shows that private and grassroots tokens have always haunted the real economy. But as the large tech platforms issue new money-like instruments, tokens are suddenly everywhere. Amazon’s Turk workers are getting paid in gift cards. Online streamers trade in wishlists. Foreign remittances are sent via phone credit. Bitcoin, gift cards, NFTs, customer data, and game tokens are the new money in an evolving economy. It is a development challenging the balance of power between online empires and the state. Tokens may offer a flexible even subversive route to compensation. But for the platforms themselves they can be a means of amassing frightening new powers.
An essential read for anyone concerned with digital money, inequality, and the future of the economy.
Ultimate Guide to Link BuildingAdd to cart
Link. Rank. Profit.
This book packs a 40+year-link-building-experience punch! Strokes of genius emanate from deceivingly simple explanations and effortless workflows. Only Eric Ward and Garrett French could make the complicated world of link building look so crystal clear and manageable. This powerful edition delivers everything you need to be a successful link builder and leaves you wondering, “Wow! Why haven’t I thought of that?!” over and over again.
—Britney Muller, senior SEO scientist, Moz
The web has changed from a web of things to a web of people. And it’s all about connections, about the way we’re all linked together by one thing or another. From content development and integrated marketing techniques to purely tactical link bait, you’re about to learn directly from the masters of marketing.
Link building expert Eric Ward and online marketer Garrett French teach you how to wisely:
Execute a link audit and competitor analysis
Develop a structured, long-term link-building strategy
Identify and approach quality, top-ranking websites with a value proposition
Differentiate links for traffic from links for ranking
Keep on the right side of search engine guidelines
All Pride, No EgoAdd to cart
A USA Today National Bestseller!
An inspiring and personal roadmap to servant leadership
In All Pride, No Ego: A Queer Executive’s Journey to Living and Leading Authentically, celebrated corporate leader James Fielding delivers an inspirational leadership story told from the perspective of an out and proud LGBTQ+ executive. In the book, you’ll explore a call-to-action for authentic servant leadership that encourages people to own their truth and bring out the best in themselves and their communities.
The author explains his key decisions and inflection points and highlights how his leadership style, learnings, successes, and failures informed his rise through the rungs of the corporate ladder. You’ll also find:
The importance of becoming and remaining a lifelong learner and constantly curious
How to control the controllable while leaving space for the possible
Strategies for employing truthful and inspirational servant leadership
An essential resource for managers, executives, directors, and other business leaders, All Pride, No Ego: A Queer Executive’s Journey to Living and Leading Authentically will also earn a place on the bookshelves of young, aspiring leaders seeking practical and impactful strategies for real-world leadership.
The Company I KeepAdd to cart
In his much-anticipated memoir, The Company I Keep: My Life in Beauty, Chairman Emeritus and former CEO of The Estée Lauder Companies Leonard A. Lauder shares the business and life lessons he learned as well as the adventures he had while helping transform the mom-and-pop business his mother founded in 1946 in the family kitchen into the beloved brand and ultimately into the iconic global prestige beauty company it is today.
In its infancy in the 1940s and 50s, the company comprised a handful of products, sold under a single brand in just a few prestigious department stores across the United States. Today, The Estée Lauder Companies constitutes one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of prestige skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products. It comprises more than 25 brands, whose products are sold in over 150 countries and territories. This growth and success was led by Leonard A. Lauder, Estée Lauder’s oldest son, who envisioned and effected this expansion during a remarkable 60-year tenure, including leading the company as CEO and Chairman.
In this captivating personal account complete with great stories as only he can tell them, Mr. Lauder, now known as The Estée Lauder Companies’ “Chief Teaching Officer,” reflects on his childhood, growing up during the Great Depression, the vibrant decades of the post-World War II boom, and his work growing the company into the beauty powerhouse it is today. Mr. Lauder pays loving tribute to his mother Estée Lauder, its eponymous founder, and to the employees of the company, both past and present, while sharing inside stories about the company, including tales of cutthroat rivalry with Charles Revson of Revlon and others. The book offers keen insights on honing ambition, leveraging success, learning from mistakes, and growing an international company in an age of economic turbulence, uncertainty, and fierce competition.
The Naked Trader’s Book of Trading StrategiesAdd to cart
Would you like to be your own boss? To spend your days doing pretty much what you like – and get paid ten times as much as you used to for sitting at a laptop for someone who doesn’t care about you?
There’s no doubt that being a financial trader is one of the best ways to achieve this. Robbie Burns – aka The Naked Trader – knows this from experience. Twenty-two years ago he took the leap. Since then he has traded his way in stocks and shares from a few grand to over £3m ($5m).
Along the way, he recorded a lot of his trades. He also steadily built up an arsenal of effective trading strategies: ideas that make money. Repeatedly.
With no technical nonsense, no complicated equations or weird theories, just common sense and logic – which turns out not to be so common in the markets…
This all-new book brings them together in one place for the first time, and shows them in action, in a compelling follow-up to his bestselling Naked Trader books.
Learn how to trade the news, dash for cash, go against the crowd, play dumb to make smart money, tame black swans, score by structuring your portfolio like a football team, perfect the art of the entry, become brilliant at bouncebacks, set stop-losses like a pro… and tons more!
With Robbie’s trademark humour and unrivalled honesty, this book will help you kickstart your trading career, or revive it after running into difficulties – and set you on the way to freedom and financial security.
Exponential TheoryAdd to cart
”A Blueprint for Future Entrepreneurs”-Daymond John, Shark Tank Investor”Innovating Through Extreme Uncertainty”-Ash Maurya, Lean Canvas Creator
According to Steve Jobs, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” The rise of digital technology in business has made this statement truer now more than ever. Today, businesses can be created, marketed, and ready to interact with customers in the blink of an eye, with nothing more than an internet connection!
This accelerated pace of business is wreaking havoc on companies that are “too big to fail,” sometimes in a matter of months. Any company or leader that doesn’t move at an exponential pace will be crushed by new, massively transformative organizations that are invading new industries every day. Thankfully, guides like Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk continue to provide us a roadmap for navigating this exponential horizon.
Exponential Theory provides ten keys of exponential leadership in order to solve climate change, social imbalances, and other wicked problems. It is time for a new generation of leadership—one that is purposeful, conscious, digital, and above all, exponential.
Unequal CitiesAdd to cart
Cities are central to prosperity: they are hubs of innovation and growth. However, the economic vitality of wealthy cities is marred by persistent and pervasive inequality—and deeply entrenched anti-urban policies and politics limit the options to address it. Structural racism, suburban subsidies, regional government fragmentation, the hostility of state legislatures, and federal policy all contribute to an unequal status quo that underfunds cities while preventing them from pursuing fairer outcomes.
Economist Richard McGahey explores how cities can foster equitable economic growth despite the obstacles in their way. Drawing on economic and historical analysis as well as his extensive experience in government and philanthropy, he examines the failures of public policy and conventional economic wisdom that have led to the neglect of American cities and highlights opportunities for reform. Unequal Cities features detailed case studies of New York, Detroit, and Los Angeles, tracing how their attempts to achieve greater equity foundered because of the fiscal and political constraints imposed on them. McGahey identifies key lessons about the political coalitions that can overcome anti-urban biases, arguing that alliances among unions, environmentalists, and communities of color can help cities thrive. But he warns that cities cannot solve inequality on their own: political action at state and federal levels is necessary to achieve systemic change.
Shedding light on the forces that produced today’s dysfunction and disparities, Unequal Cities provides timely policy prescriptions to promote both growth and equity.