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Strategic connections
by Anne Baber, Lynne Waymon, Andre Alphonso, and Jim Wylde

9780814434963Anne Baber; Lynne Waymon; Andre Alphonso; Jim WyldeStrategic Connections: The New Face of Networking in a Collaborative WorldToday's organizations are collaborative. With old command-and-control methods replaced by openness and transparency, networking has become an essential professional skill--expected of everyone, at every level. Unveiling eight indispensable competencies for the new Network-Oriented Workforce, Strategic Connections provides practical advice for building better, more productive business relationships. Readers will discover how to: Commit to a positive, proactive networking mindset * Align networking activities with individual and organizational objectives * Leverage their contacts by organizing them into strategic groups * Earn trust--a prerequisite for collaboration * Boost their social acumen and increase their likeability * Master conversational skills and deepen interactions * Employ storytelling to make communications memorable * Use networking to deliver value to the company Thanks to technology, new contacts are only a click away. But the level of connection and collaboration required for real success demands advanced face-to-face relationship-building skills. This book gives you the tools you need to meet goals, execute strategies, foster innovation, and make yourself invaluable to your organization. - Description from Syndetics
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Management essentials : a recipe for business success
by Banerjee, Arindam

9788132111030Arindam BanerjeeManagement Essentials: A Recipe for Business SuccessManagement Essentials is a simplified and synthesized version of core management principles to help readers appreciate the fundamentals of managing enterprises successfully in a competitive environment. It addresses the current dilemma in the field of management, where a strong perception exists that management theory and actual practice are increasingly disconnected from each other. The book delves into the notion of 'value' creation cycle in an enterprise in relation to the competition and the importance to stay ahead on this curve vis-#65533;-vis the competition. It discusses the interrelated concepts of analysis and decision making, and then goes further to connect the popular notion of branding to good business acumen. By drawing upon the author's extensive experience in academia and industry, the book uniquely intertwines theory with practice to join the dots across disparate business management concepts. - Description from Syndetics
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The freaks shall inherit the earth
by Brogan, Chris.

9781118800553Chris BroganThe Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth: Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World DominatorsDo you ever wonder where you fit in? Do you sometimes get that feeling that you have something much bigger to offer the universe, but then it fills you with fear and anxiety, so you think maybe I'll just pay it safe? But what is safe? The factory job? The cubicle job? Factories all over have been converted to open spaces for startups. Skyscrapers have entire floors open for lease because the ?same as everyone else? class of jobs have dried up. Many of us were raised to seek out a job that required us to fit in, to conform, to adapt until we fit the mold. The Freaks Shall Inherit The Earth is a guide for the kind of person who wouldn't normally pick up a business book. The personal business revolution is upon us. Here's your recipe book for starting your revolutionary business, including some of what you will learn: How to be as weird as you want while providing a viable business structure to support it What most people are missing from the basic frameworks of doing business How to turn passions into businesses How to build out the Digital Channel What Kickstarter and Square mean for the future of business) Take the plunge. Learn to fail and then win. Dare to do something that ?everyone else? doesn't. The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth will help. Bestselling author and successful entrepreneur Chris Brogan explains step-by-step how to build your business from the ground up, all without compromising the unique mindset and personal values that make you a freak in the first place. - Description from Syndetics
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Only humans need apply : winners and losers in the age of smart machines
by Davenport, Thomas H., Kirby, Julia.

9780062438614Thomas H. Davenport; Julia KirbyOnly Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart MachinesAn invigorating, thought-provoking, and positive look at the rise of automation that explores how professionals across industries can find sustainable careers in the near future. Nearly half of all working Americans could risk losing their jobs because of technology. It's not only blue-collar jobs at stake. Millions of educated knowledge workers--writers, paralegals, assistants, medical technicians--are threatened by accelerating advances in artificial intelligence. The industrial revolution shifted workers from farms to factories. In the first era of automation, machines relieved humans of manually exhausting work. Today, Era Two of automation continues to wash across the entire services-based economy that has replaced jobs in agriculture and manufacturing. Era Three, and the rise of AI, is dawning. Smart computers are demonstrating they are capable of making better decisions than humans. Brilliant technologies can now decide, learn, predict, and even comprehend much faster and more accurately than the human brain, and their progress is accelerating. Where will this leave lawyers, nurses, teachers, and editors? In Only Humans Need Apply, Thomas Hayes Davenport and Julia Kirby reframe the conversation about automation, arguing that the future of increased productivity and business success isn't either human or machine. It's both. The key is augmentation, utilizing technology to help humans work better, smarter, and faster. Instead of viewing these machines as competitive interlopers, we can see them as partners and collaborators in creative problem solving as we move into the next era. The choice is ours. - Description from Syndetics
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Big picture economics : how to navigate the new global economy
by Joel Naroff, Ron Scherer

9780470641811Joel Naroff; Ron SchererBig Picture Economics: How to Navigate the New Global Economy Navigate the economy with this insightful new book The world is awash with economic information. Governments release reports. Pundits give their interpretation on television. And the stock market may go its own way, confusing everyone. How can you better understand what it means for you? Big Picture Economics , a new book by award-winning columnist and futurist Joel Naroff and veteran journalist Ron Scherer, says the thread that ties everything together is "context." The authors show how consumers, business, the Federal Reserve, and government take into account what's going on around them to make critical decisions like buying new products, building new factories, changing interest rates, or setting budget goals. The book provides a clear roadmap to understanding the whole story behind the global economy. Big Picture Economics helps readers understand how context impacts decisions and decision makers. - The Federal Reserve and Congress in formulating economic policy - Consumers in a shopper nation and what makes us buy or not buy - Corporations making decisions on whether to build new factories and buy other companies - The federal budget that must deal with complex issues, including the reduction of health care spending - A simple test for tax cuts or increases: will they help the economy grow? - Where to produce and where to sell in a global economy that is more like a Mobius strip than a flat world - International events that can ripple through the economy and ultimately affect workers in the Midwest - Technology, such as intelligent drones to wearable computers, are changing the future Experts laud the book for its perceptive insights: "It all sounds like common sense, but it is actually based on a close, expert reading of economic history and what that history implies for the future. Read this book to become a more educated judge of economic policy." -Robert Moffitt , Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics at Johns Hopkins University "Naroff and Scherer show how seemingly unrelated things like an upgrade of the Panama Canal, a Tex-Mex restaurant's menu change, or how many Americans are overweight turn out to be intricately linked to our daily experiences. What brings the book to life is the authors' focus on these hidden interconnections." -Brendan Conway , blogger and columnist, Barron's - Description from Syndetics
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Business cycle economics
by Knoop, Todd A.

9781440831744Todd A. KnoopBusiness Cycle Economics: Understanding Recessions and Depressions from Boom to BustPresents the empirical data of business cycles and the theories that economists have developed to explain and prevent them, and considers case studies of recessions and depressions in the United States and internationally. * Features four primary forecasting techniques and assesses the effectiveness of these methods in forecasting actual business cycles * Examines the reasons behind the lessening frequency of recessions in postwar America * Makes the subject of economic crises timely and relevant by addressing the recent global financial crisis and the European debt crisis * Reveals how the collapse of the housing market led to a credit crunch and a global economic slowdown - Description from Syndetics
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They don't teach corporate in college
by Levit, Alexandra

9781601633088Alexandra LevitThey Don't Teach Corporate in College, 3rd Edition: A Twenty-Something's Guide to the Business World" They Don't Teach Corporate in College is too good to be given only to the twenty-somethings. Anyone who's feeling lost and overwhelmed in cubicle country can benefit from reading this eminently practical book." --Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and To Sell is Human "This insightful and essential guide to mastering the politics of corporate America should be required reading for every college graduate." --James A. Boyle, president, College Parents of America "This book is loaded with solid information designed to demystify the business world, including a short, to-the-point glossary of office lingo and a terrific chapter on how to make a long-term career plan." --Anne Fisher, Fortune "If you're looking for a guide to ease the transition from flip-flops to wingtips, a fine choice is They Don't Teach Corporate in College . Alexandra Levit does a great job of attaching assumptions that high-achieving college grads drag into the workplace with them." --Mary Ellen Slayter, The Washington Post "Whether you're having a quarter-life crisis or if you just want an insider's guide to the working world, read this book." --Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Entrepreneur "This book is a must-read for new entrants in the work force and useful even to the more experienced professional." --Caroline Ceniza-Levine, National Association for Colleges and Employers "After four years of jeans and baseball caps and three hours of class a day, workforce newbies need a boot camp like this to face up to the rigors of the working week." --Abby Wilner, coauthor of Quarterlife Crisis "Ms. Levit teaches newbies such practicalities as making a memorable first impression, networking without cringing, coping with difficult personalities, and learning to be an effective boss. The book is easy to read and loaded with common-sense techniques." --Steve Powers, The Dallas Morning News They Don't Teach Corporate in College has resonated with tens of thousands of readers and is currently used as a text in corporations and universities across the country. This new and updated edition reflects the unique needs and challenges of current twenty-somethings, who want to make a difference right now but lack some of the core skills to make it happen. It incorporates fresh tips for building your transferable skillset, networking and enhancing your productivity in an increasingly digital world, and becoming an effective leader. Chock full of personal anecdotes and written from the perspective of a wise older sister who doesn't want you to learn the hard way, They Don't Teach Corporate in College includes no-nonsense advice for: Making the smartest career move right out of college. Landing the job of your dreams by avoiding the black hole of HR. Establishing a strong reputation by encouraging others to like and cooperate with you. Navigating your organization's social scene and practicing cringe-free networking. Mastering skills that will take you anywhere, such as goal-setting and self-promotion. Combating negativity and coping with difficult personalities. - Description from Syndetics
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The big fish experience
by Nguyen, Kenny

9780071834926Kenny Nguyen; Luke Jones; Robert Killeen; Gus MurilloThe Big Fish Experience: Create Memorable Presentations That Reel in Your Audience From one of Inc. magazine's "Coolest College Startups"--the revolutionary three-step method that will transform every presentation into an experience for the audience Rid the world of bad presentations with: Engaging Content + Memorable and Simple Design + Powerful Delivery Together, these create an unforgettable experience for the audience, The Big Fish Experience. Big Fish Presentations spends every day making the incomprehensible compelling; the mundane interesting; and the complex simple. Whether it's a presentation about an idea, a product, a service, a business, or a cause, at its heart, it's a story. The Big Fish Experience will help you tell yours. Learn how to: CAPTIVATE with the power of story, enticing visuals, and infectious enthusiasm INSPIRE with the perfect pitch, a strong message, and a call to action ENGAGE with supreme skill and confidence--and achieve your purpose every time In this practical, step-by-step guide, you'll find proven techniques and expert tips on new presentation tools; innovative ways to deliver your ideas; case studies of presentations, which you can emulate immediately; and ways to recover if things go wrong. Big Fish Presentations works with clients nationwide--from startups to Fortune 100 companies--to turn presentations into experiences by providing copywriting, presentation design, presentation training, and video production, using the latest, most innovative strategies. - Description from Syndetics
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The small business start-up kit : a step-by-step legal guide
by Peri H. Pakroo

9781413322330Peri PakrooThe Small Business Start-Up Kit: A Step-By-Step Legal GuideYour one-stop guide to starting a small business Want to start a business? Don't know where to begin? Start here. The Small Business Start-Up Kit shows you how to set up a small business in your state, quickly and efficiently clearing state and local bureaucratic hurdles along the way. We'll show you how to: * choose between an LLC and other business structures * write an effective business plan * pick a winning business name and protect it * hire and manage staff * comply with legal and tax issues affecting home businesses * price, bid, and bill your projects * manage finances and taxes * get your website up and running, and * market your business effectively, online and off. The 9th edition is completely updated, with the latest legal and tax rules affecting small businesses, and use of social media to promote your brand and drive website traffic. - Description from Syndetics
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The revenge of analog : real things and why they matter
by Sax, David

9781610395717David SaxThe Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They MatterOne of Michiko Kakutani's ( New York Times ) top ten books of 2016 A funny thing happened on the way to the digital utopia. We've begun to fall back in love with the very analog goods and ideas the tech gurus insisted that we no longer needed. Businesses that once looked outdated, from film photography to brick-and-mortar retail, are now springing with new life. Notebooks, records, and stationery have become cool again. Behold the Revenge of Analog. David Sax has uncovered story after story of entrepreneurs, small business owners, and even big corporations who've found a market selling not apps or virtual solutions but real, tangible things. As e-books are supposedly remaking reading, independent bookstores have sprouted up across the country. As music allegedly migrates to the cloud, vinyl record sales have grown more than ten times over the past decade. Even the offices of tech giants like Google and Facebook increasingly rely on pen and paper to drive their brightest ideas. Sax's work reveals a deep truth about how humans shop, interact, and even think. Blending psychology and observant wit with first-rate reportage, Sax shows the limited appeal of the purely digital life-and the robust future of the real world outside it. - Description from Syndetics
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