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First, Break All the Rules – What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently

by on Sep.04, 2015, under Books

First, Break All the Rules
What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently

Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
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Marcus Buckingham is a British-American New York Times best-selling author, researcher, motivational speaker and business consultant and Curt Coffman is Employee Engagement and Corporate Culture visionary. Both have had long-term experiences with Gallup Organization at the leadership level, immersed deep into measurement and analysis of human attitudes, opinions and behavior.

First, Break All the Rules tells us a thing or two about the greatest managers in the world. There is no mold or pattern to them, except that all of them threw away the conventional managerial wisdom in search of their employees’ excellence.

Strong, vibrant workplaces are unique in many ways except one – all consist of confident, passionate, determined and dedicated employees. The book first reveals twelve key questions, in their particular order, that represent the simplest and most accurate way to measure the strength of the workplace.

You will also discover one single insight that is the source of wisdom of tens of thousands of great managers interviewed in the research process that forms the foundation of managers’ success.

Great managers select the right talent, define expectations, focus on people’s strengths and find the right personality-job fit. These are the four keys to unlocking the potential of great organisations, and the book further teaches how to use these keys in practice.

With wealth of case studies and practical examples, written in a simple, everyday language, First, Break All the Rules delivers continuous sequence of ‘aha!’ moments and is a read difficult to put down. Any passionate CEO will devour it and crave for more. And there is more – Now, Discover Your Strengths is a sequel written by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton and Go, Put Your Strengths To Work was written by Marcus Buckingham alone.

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Business Model Generation

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Business Model Generation
By Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur

As companies and startups continuously emerge, evolve and crumble, countless numbers of business models are emerging, being put into practice and delivering or failing badly. This book gives a perspective to creating business models that has not only changed the way we think about defining business models, but also given a different, all-encompassing thinking outside the box, redefining the way an entrepreneur should think about the different aspects of the business and future interaction throughout his business touchpoints.

The two main authors of Business Model Generation, Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur, are an interesting team. Alexander is an entrepreneur, business model innovator, frequent keynote speaker. Yves is a professor from Lausanne University, where Alexander acquired his PhD. Defined by the authors as a “Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers”, Business Model Generation is co-created by 470 practitioners from 45 countries around the world, all in the search of excellence in entrepreneurship, value creation, transformation, innovation.

The book delivers the main point, the Business Model Canvas, and asks you to paint the picture of your business through nine building blocks. The power of visual simplicity and the ability to add and deduct your thinking and input into the business model canvas on the go. Powerful illustrations only reinforce this visual simplicity.

Further, giving examples of Apple, Skype, Swiss private banking, mobile telcos, Lego, Google and many other businesses, Business Model Generation opens your eyes to insights generated by the best around the world. It also provides insights into multiple business models and how to shape them and use their interacting sections to further cement the process.

For anyone on the path of creating an excellent organization, be it new or reshaping the old, business model is an essential part of the business plan. To understand it and thereafter create it in a fun, creative, inspiring and hugely engaging way – with the help of all your key team players – is a magnificent opportunity for any passionate entrepreneur, leader, business owner. Business Model Generation offers you that exact opportunity, illustrated with examples of excellence to deliver you onto the right track.

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Bold – How to Be Brave in Business and Win

by on Sep.04, 2015, under Books

Bold – How to Be Brave in Business and Win
By Shaun Smith and Andy Milligan

Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry said that “BOLD is one of the most inspiring and insightful books on what it takes to build a pure and compelling global brand for today’s generation, in this digitally disruptive age.” I can’t agree more.

BOLD is written by two powerful business consultants with massive experience in brand building, strategy, development, growth, both passionate thought leaders on brand issues. Shaun Smith is rated as a top business speaker internationally and is a founding partner at Smith + Co which works with global brands to design distinctive experiences. Andy Milligan is the founding partner at The Caffeine Partnership which helps brand and business growth on a fasttrack.

BOLD is one of those books you can start reading from the end, the middle, doesn’t matter. It contains stories of fourteen businesses that decided to look at their worlds in a different way. They were chosen for the book because they were bold in their purpose, in the way they do things, in their principles. The boldness set them apart in their unshakeable belief in what they stand for and in their actions that follow their beliefs.

The book is full of additional materials you can find online: great videos, articles, links to websites with wealth of value and experience. But the most important content is the first-hand encounter with numerous visionaries and their insights, reasoning and passion, delivered in these 300-odd pages.

For a CEO in this digital era, BOLD sums up beautifully written stories of Virgin Galactic, O2, Air Asia X, Chilli Beans, Six Senses Resorts and Spas, Burberry, BBH, The Geek Squad,, Umpqua Bank, TNT Express, JCB, innocent and WWF.

Finally, as the chest of gold at the very end, it delivers straight into your hands the bold practices and principles, how to build a bold brand and many other valuable questions that will push you to see your personal and business brand differently and inspire you to be BOLD.

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