This is the story of a 21st century revolution being led by the most unlikely of rebels: accountants. It is only the second revolution in accounting since double-entry bookkeeping emerged in medieval Italy - and it is of seismic proportions, driven by the 2008 financial crash and the environmental crisis.
The changes it will wreak are profound and far-reaching. They will transform not only the way the world does business but alter the very nature of corporate capitalism. The accounts of nations and corporations are vital to the 21st century global economy. They translate value into the language of modern times - numbers and money - in the shape of GDP and profit figures. They rule the world. But increasingly the world is coming to realise that the seemingly endless growth that capital offers us is in fact limited by the earth's resources and comes at a huge price to the planet and our own wellbeing. It simply cannot be sustained. This revolution demands that we start accounting for nature and society.
It urges us to rethink our idea of capital, insisting that the familiar categories of industrial and financial capital bequeathed by the mercantile and industrial ages be broadened to include four new categories of wealth: intellectual, human, social and natural. Incorporating them into our financial statements and GDP figures could be the only way to address the many crises we face today. Just two years ago this revolution seemed idealistic and unlikely. Today it is unfolding at speed. The sea-change year was 2012, when two key initiatives took root: an international movement to transform corporate accounting, and the rise of natural capital accounting for nations and the global economy.
Six Capitals tells the story of their rise to prominence, which signals a new age in capitalism, and evaluates their promise - and their threat. The revolution is here. But will we embrace its potential or deny its urgency? Can accountants save the planet - or will we destroy it for future generations?
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From suspended schoolboy to disruptive CEO, Alex Malley, The Naked CEO, has led a life rich in successes and mistakes. Through it all he has learned a lot about what it takes to successfully build not only a big career, but also a big life.
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In The Shifts and the Shocks, Martin Wolf - one of the world's most influential economic commentators and author of Why Globalization Works - presents his controversial and highly original analysis of the economic course of the last seven years. There have been many books that have sought to explain the causes and courses of the financial and economic crisis which began in 2007-8. The Shifts and the Shocks is not another detailed history of the crisis, but the most persuasive and complete account yet published of what the crisis should teach us us about modern economies and economics. The book identifies the origin of the crisis in the complex interaction between globalization, hugely destabilizing global imbalances and our dangerously fragile financial system. In the eurozone, these sources of instability were multiplied by the tragically defective architecture of the monetary union. It also shows how much of the orthodoxy that shaped monetary and financial policy before the crisis occurred was complacent and wrong. In doing so, it mercilessly reveals the failures of the financial, political and intellectual elites who ran the system. The book also examines what has been done to reform the financial and monetary systems since the worst of the crisis passed. 'Are we now on a sustainable course?' Wolf asks. 'The answer is no.' He explains with great clarity why 'further crises seem certain' and why the management of the eurozone in particular 'guarantees a huge political crisis at some point in the future.' Wolf provides far more ambitious and comprehensive plans for reform than any currently being implemented. Written with all the intellectual command and trenchant judgement that have made Martin Wolf one of the world's most influential economic commentators, The Shifts and the Shocks matches impressive analysis with no-holds-barred criticism and persuasive prescription for a more stable future. It is a book no-one with an interest in global affairs will want to neglect. Martin Wolf is Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times, London. He is the recipient of many awards for financial journalism, for which he was also made a CBE in 2000. His previous books include Why Globalization Works and Fixing Global Finance. We have been inundated with books about the 'financial' aspects of the crisis. There have also been many books about specific institutions or memoirs by retired policy-makers. We need something different. There are two dimensions of the crisis that have received surprisingly little treatment. One is the link between developments in the macro-economy and the behaviour of the financial sector. The other is the global dimension of the crisis. Both these lie at the heart of Martin Wolf's analysis of the causes of the crisis and of his proposals to reduce the risk of another crisis. For these two reasons this is an important book that will be influential. Most important of all, it is in my view the right analysis and remedy. (Mervyn King). To think straight about the causes and solutions of the financial crisis we must reject orthodox assumptions that more finance and global financial integration are limitlessly beneficial. The Shifts and the Shocks does just that, providing an intellectually sparkling and vital account of why the crisis occurred, and of the radical reforms needed if we are to avoid a future repeat. (Adair Turner). Martin Wolf is unsurpassed in the world of economic journalists. His superb book may be the best of all those spawned by the Great Recession. It is analytical and rigorous without ever succumbing to fatalism or complacency. (Lawrence Summers).
Cowen delivers his magnum opus on where we are headed. It begins with one big, uncomfortable truth: if you're not at the top, you're at the bottom because a steady, secure life somewhere in the middle is over. Cowen reveals the essential nature of the new economy: how things will get better and provides practical advice on the best path forward. Average Is Over is a must-read book for entrepreneurs, workers and anyone who wants to thrive in the post-recession economic landscape.
Inequality is more than just economics, it is the culture that divides and makes social mobility almost impossible. Leading geographer Danny Dorling goes in pursuit of the latest research into how the lives and ideas of the 1% impact on the remaining 99%; and the findings are shocking. Inequality in the UK is increasing; more and more people are driven towards the poverty line. Even before birth, being born outside the 1% will have dramatic impact on the rest of your life: it will reduce your life expectancy, educational and work prospects, as well as your mental health. In this book, filled with illustrations and infographics that bring the facts to life, Dorling convincingly proves that the cost of the super rich is just too high for us.
Sendhil Mullainathan, the 'most interesting young economist in the world', and Eldar Shafir, the 'most brilliant psychologist' of his generation, explain the hidden problem behind everything with Scarcity. Why can we never seem to keep on top of our workload, social diary or chores? Why does poverty persist around the world? Why do successful people do things at the last minute in a sudden rush of energy? Here, economist Sendhil Mullainathan and psychologist Eldar Shafir reveal that the hidden side behind all these problems is that they're all about scarcity. Using the new science of scarcity, they explain why obesity is rampant; why people find it difficult to sleep when most sleep deprived; and why the lonely find it so hard to make friends. Scarcity will change the way you think about both the little everyday tasks and the big issues of global urgency. Stars in their respective disciplines, and the combination is greater than the sum of its parts. Their project has a unique feel to it: it is the finest combination of heart and head that I have seen in our field . (Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking, Fast and Slow). Scarcity is a captivating book, overflowing with new ideas, fantastic stories, and simple suggestions that just might change the way you live . (Steven D. Levitt, coauthor of Freakonomics). An ultimately humane and very welcome book . (Oliver Burkeman, Guardian). Sendhil Mullainathan is a Professor of Economics at Harvard, and a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant . He conducts research on development economics, behavioural economics, and corporate finance. He is Executive Director of Ideas 42, Institute of Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University. Eldar Shafir is William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Most of his work focuses on descriptive analyses of inference, judgment, and decision making, and on issues related to behavioural economics.
China's changing course, and sustainable success requires a shift in strategy<p>The End of Copycat China helps business executives and investors understand how China's economy is shifting from one based on heavy investment to one on services and consumption by providing insight that help shape effective strategy. Drawing from over 50,000 interviews with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, private equity investors, private Chinese companies, and multinationals, this book describes how Chinese firms are increasingly focused on innovation rather than copying what worked in America and how consumers are evolving with their hopes, dreams and aspirations. China's growth model of the last three decades is becoming increasingly ineffective, as relying on heavy investment and exports is becoming less and less feasible. Fifty percent of China's growth in 2013 stemmed from consumption, the government is establishing a Free Trade zone in Shanghai and ending the dominance of state-owned enterprises. This book provides a roadmap for companies and investors looking to navigate these changes and capture emerging trends, with deep insight and practical guidance on what innovation looks like in the new China. * Survey the development of innovation taking place in China's economy, from an insider's perspective * Consider the changes that must take place to shore up the broken growth model * Examine the consumer trends emerging in the midst of rapid market evolution * Understand how China's rise will impact its neighbors like Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Cambodia<p>China's dramatic shift toward consumption presents a tremendous opportunity for foreign business, but traditional tactics are outdated at best, financially fatal at worst, as local competitors focus on innovation and move up the value chain and as consumers look for new brands and categories to spend money on. New strategies are needed to keep pace with the changing regulatory and consumer environments, and business as usual won't get very far. The End of Copycat China is the business guide to this emerging market, with expert guidance from the inside.
What managers need to know about macroeconomics--but are afraid to ask Now more than ever before, executives and managers need to understand their larger economic context. In A Concise Guide to Macroeconomics, David Moss leverages his many years of teaching experience at Harvard Business School to lay out important macroeconomic concepts in engaging, clear, and concise terms. Now fully updated, this classic resource also includes a new chapter on the global financial crisis. In a simple and intuitive way, Moss breaks down the ideas into output, money, and expectations. He also introduces powerful tools for interpreting the big-picture economic developments that shape events in the contemporary business arena. The book includes detailed examples drawn from history to illuminate important concepts and leaves the reader with a clearer picture of how our economy actually works--and what impact in has on business. A classic resource by a leading thinker in the field, A Concise Guide to Macroeconomics is the primer on macroeconomics every manager needs.
Does growing economic interdependence among great powers increase or decrease the chance of conflict and war? Liberals argue that the benefits of trade give states an incentive to stay peaceful. Realists contend that trade compels states to struggle for vital raw materials and markets. Moving beyond the stale liberal-realist debate, Economic Interdependence and War lays out a dynamic theory of expectations that shows under what specific conditions interstate commerce will reduce or heighten the risk of conflict between nations. Taking a broad look at cases spanning two centuries, from the Napoleonic and Crimean wars to the more recent Cold War crises, Dale Copeland demonstrates that when leaders have positive expectations of the future trade environment, they want to remain at peace in order to secure the economic benefits that enhance long-term power. When, however, these expectations turn negative, leaders are likely to fear a loss of access to raw materials and markets, giving them more incentive to initiate crises to protect their commercial interests. The theory of trade expectations holds important implications for the understanding of Sino-American relations since 1985 and for the direction these relations will likely take over the next two decades. Economic Interdependence and War offers sweeping new insights into historical and contemporary global politics and the actual nature of democratic versus economic peace.
The Other Adam Smith represents the next wave of critical thinking about the still under-examined work of this paradigmatic Enlightenment thinker. Not simply another book about Adam Smith, it allows and even necessitates his inclusion in the realm of theory in the broadest sense. Moving beyond his usual economic and moral philosophical texts, Mike Hill and Warren Montag take seriously Smith's entire corpus, his writing on knowledge, affect, sociability and government, and political economy, as constituting a comprehensive - though highly contestable - system of thought. We meet not just Smith the economist, but Smith the philosopher, Smith the literary critic, Smith the historian, and Smith the anthropologist. Placed in relation to key thinkers such as Hume, Lord Kames, Fielding, Hayek, Von Mises, and Agamben, this other Adam Smith, far from being localized in the history of eighteenth-century economic thought or ideas, stands at the center of the most vibrant and contentious debates of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
A FREE MARKET APPROACH TO LEADERSHIP. A BOLD VISION FOR AMERICAN BUSINESSES. Hailed by Forbes magazine as one of the most important books of the year, John Allison's breakout bestseller The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure came as a much-needed wake-up call at a time when capitalism itself was under fire. Now the award-winning CEO applies his vast experience and insight to unlocking the key to our long-term economic and societal well-being: true leadership. If you are serious about pursuing your personal happiness, this book provides powerful insights. If you want to be a stronger, more effective leader, this book will show you how. If you believe in a healthy free market, one that's driven by individuals with new ideas, leaders with real vision, and employees with a clear sense of purpose, this book will give you the tools to make it happen. If you think the concepts of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness should motivate individual decision making, empower organizations, and drive public policy, this book will reaffirm your commitment to our nation's core values. Combining practical hands-on strategies with keen insights into public policy and business, John Allison reveals the fundamental principles he sees as critical to the success of any leader, to all organizations, and to the United States. He shows you how to create a vision of what your organization can be, how to inspire your employees with a purpose-driven mission, and how to develop strategies to make these goals a reality. He shares his personal story of growing BB&T into the tenth largest financial services holding company in the U.S. He demonstrates how the principles which lead to individual happiness are the foundation for organizational and societal well-being. Most importantly, Allison gives you the time-honored keys to self-leadership-the ability to lead yourself-the most valuable skill you will ever have. This is how true leaders lead. With vision, purpose, and values. With life and liberty. Are you ready to take the lead?
The best-selling guide to Australia's top stocks, updated for 2015<p>Top Stocks 2015: A Sharebuyer's Guide to Leading Australian Companies is the definitive guide to the best stocks to buy on the Australian sharemarket. With all the key information in an easy-to-read format, this book allows even inexperienced investors the chance to build an impressive portfolio. Cut through the noise and hype to find clear, objective information on each of Australia's top companies, with a focus on profitability, debt levels and dividends. Over 100 charts and tables give you easy access to each company's financial data in a format that allows for quick comparison, helping you make informed decisions about your financial future.<p>Every investor-no matter how big or small the portfolio-must look beyond share prices and examine key information about the companies they're considering as investments. In this 21st Edition, Martin Roth applies his tried-and-tested selection criteria and rigorous analysis to determine the best public companies in Australia for 2015. This resource profiles the companies that met a meticulous set of criteria, distilled to a concise selection of premium purchases across market sectors, allowing readers to: * Get individual, unbiased analysis of the latest results from top Australian companies * Compare sales and profit data, with in-depth ratio analysis * Study the comprehensive research detailing each company's overall outlook * Easily visualize how each company measures up in tables that rank by financial data<p>Why wade through individual company reports when all the information you need about the nation's best companies is bound in a single easy-to-read volume? Leave the complex data to the analysts and focus on the clear winners. With Top Stocks 2015, you get the data you need and the expert insight you trust.
The New York Times and USA Today bestseller-updated to bring you up to speed on the latest social media sites, features, and strategies. From one of the world's leading figures in social media marketing, networking, and business applications comes the heavily revised and updated edition of the Likeable Social Media. Dave Kerpen is CEO of Likeable Local and Likeable Media, which has won two Wommy awards from the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (Womma) for excellence in word-of-mouth marketing.
Serial founder Remo Giuffre (REMO General Store, General Thinking and TEDxSydney) has taken his skills as a merchant and communicator and applied them with trademark candour to his own life as an entrepreneur and brand builder. This visual memoir (there are almost 800 full colour images in the book) of interwoven stories examines the experiences - both great successes and brilliant failures - that have guided and shaped him along the way. It's a book about work. It's a book about love. It's about him, but also about us. Remo is a fearless changemaker. He inspires us with tales of building community, and the empowerment that comes from joyful engagement and persistence. This is a book for dreamers, thinkers and doers. CHRIS ANDERSON, TED CURATOR The only word for this book is generous. A play by play, a tour of one man's journey, a travelogue of what it is to live an interesting life. SETH GODIN, AUTHOR, THE ICARUS DECEPTION There is no one on earth like Remo. A visionary. A lover of life. A champion of possibility and ideas and design. Humor and humanism hand in hand. Bravo Remo's life. MAIRA KALMAN, AUTHOR, ARTIST & DESIGNER I am amazed there is a book big enough to capture the thinking and ideas at the essence of Remo Giuffre. He bubbles over with fresh insight and understanding - and is loved and treasured everywhere as a result. MARK SCOTT, MANAGING DIRECTOR, ABC This book makes me feel better. It's about ideas, growth, love, business, Bondi, eternity, self-belief and getting away with it. The world needs more Remos. I shall recommend people take one RemoGram a day, for slow but gradual improvement. JILL DUPLEIX, FOOD WRITER
Inside the world of the real Great Gatsby of New York real estate<p>Harry Macklowe is one of the most notorious wheelers and dealers of the real estate world, and Liar's Ball is the story of the gamblers and thieves who populate his world. Watch as Harry makes the gutsy bid for midtown Manhattan's famous GM building and put almost no money down, landing the billion-dollar transaction that made him the poster child for New York's real estate royalty. Listen in on the secret conversations, back-door deals, and blackmail that put Macklowe and his cronies on top-and set them up for an enormous fall.<p>Vanity Fair contributing editor Vicky Ward skillfully paints the often scandalous picture of the giants who owned the New York skyline until their empires came crumbling down in the 2008 financial crisis. Based on more than 200 interviews with real estate moguls like Donald Trump, William Zeckendorf, Mort Zuckerman, and David Simon, Liar's Ball is the never-before-told story of the egomaniacal elites of New York City. Read about: * The epic rise and fall of one of the richest American real estate barons * Outlandish greed and cravings for power, attention, and love * Relationships built and destroyed by vanity and gossip * The bursting of the real estate bubble and its aftermath<p>This is no fiction-this is a real life tale of extravagance, ambition, and power. Harry Macklowe ruthlessly clawed his way to the top with the help of his loyal followers, each grubbing for a piece of the real estate pie. Liar's Ball reveals their secrets and tells the tale of business as usual for this group-lying, backstabbing, and moving in for the kill when things look patchy. From the bestselling author of The Devil's Casino comes an expos??? on the real estate elite that you'll hardly believe.
<p>Many women today wonder: what will it take to get that seat at the boardroom table? Earn that coveted promotion? Or simply have their voices heard? Taking the Stage provides a comprehensive, proven approach that enables women to come forward into the spotlight and speak up, stand out, and succeed.<p>Based on a program from the Humphrey Group that has been delivered to over 400,000 women worldwide, Taking the Stage shows women--no matter their age, rank, or profession--how to communicate with courage and confidence in every situation, from formal speeches to brief hallway conversations. Judith Humphrey provides the inspiration and practical advice for women to take the stage mentally, verbally, vocally, and physically. Women can make the most of every opportunity by understanding how best to: * Speak up confidently, even when others don't agree; * Convey their accomplishments without self-doubt; * Be assertive but not aggressive; * Deliver clear and convincing messages; * Move beyond minimizing language and apology; * Find their own powerful and authentic voice; * Achieve confident body language and a leadership presence.<p>By applying these techniques and others to every communication-- whether making a presentation, speaking at meetings, conducting an elevator conversation, or selling themselves in job interviews--women will be recognized as the leaders they are and attain positions of influence. <p>For women at all stages of their career, and for managers and executives committed to supporting and guiding women on their leadership journeys, Taking the Stage is the practical, broad-based solution that will allow women to speak up confidently, gain respect, earn the promotions they deserve, and secure their places at the boardroom table.
The fascinating story behind the company that revolutionized the financial world<p>Catching Lightning in a Bottle traces the complete history of Merrill Lynch and the company's substantial impact on the world of finance, from the birth of the once-mighty company to its inauspicious end. Throughout its ninety-four year history, Merrill Lynch revolutionized finance by bringing Wall Street to Main Street, operating under a series of guidelines known as the Principles. These values allowed the company to gain the trust of small investors by putting the clients' interests first, driving a business trajectory that expanded capital markets and fueled the growth of the American post-war economy. Written by the son of Merrill Lynch co-founder Winthrop H. Smith, this book describes the creation and evolution of the company from Charlie Merrill's one-man shop in 1914 to its acquisition by Bank of America in 2008.<p>Author Winthrop H. Smith Jr. spent twenty-eight years at the company his father co-founded, bringing a unique perspective to bear in telling the story of the company that democratized the stock market and eventually fell from its lofty perch. * Learn why the industry initially scoffed at Charles Merrill's radical investment ideas * Discover the origin of the Principles, and how they drove operations for nearly a century * Find out why the author left a successful Wall Street career, and why it was such a smart move * Examine the culture and values that built Merrill Lynch into one of the world's most successful and respected companies<p>Revolutionary vision is rare, and enduring success is even more so. When a single organization demonstrates both of those characteristics, it is felt throughout the world. Discover the fascinating story behind Merrill Lynch and the men who built it from an insider's perspective in Catching Lightning in a Bottle.
Few would argue with the fact that, on many fronts, we are a world in crisis. And there are two sides to every crisis, be it a leadership crisis, an economic crisis, an education crisis or a moral crisis. The two side to crisis are danger and opportunity. Robert Kiyosaki's new book, Second Chance...for Your Money and Your Life, uses the lessons from the past and a brutal assessment of the present to prepare readers to see----and seize----the future. If readers can train their minds to see what their eyes cannot, in a world that is becoming increasingly more 'invisible' and moving at a high rate of speed, they can have a second chance at creating the life they've always wanted. The global problems we face cannot be solved by the same minds and people who created them and today's world demands the ability to see the future and prepare for what lies ahead...prepare for the opportunities as well as the challenges. Like it or not, we are all involved in the greatest evolutionary event in human history. The Industrial Age is over and the Information Age continues to accelerate. The visible agents of change have become invisible...and harder to see. And the future belongs to those who can train their minds, use the past to see the future, and take the steps to create the positive change they want to see in their lives. Second Chance is a guide to understanding how the past will shape the future and how you can use Information Age tools and insights to create a fresh start. This book is a guide to facing head-on the dangers of the crises around us--and steps and tips for seizing the opportunities they present.
Change your child's future starting today: Learn how to use Stephen R. Covey's proven 7 Habits to create a leadership program for kids of all ages so they can be more effective, more goal oriented, and more successful In today's world, we are inundated with information about who to be, what to do, and how to live. But what if there was a way to learn not just what to think about, but how to think? A program that taught how to manage priorities, focus on goals, and be a positive influence? The Leader in Me is that program. In this bestseller, Stephen R. Covey took the 7 Habits that have already changed the lives of millions of readers and showed how even young children can use them as they develop. These habits--be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek to understand and then to be understood, synergize, and sharpen the saw--are being adapted by schools around the country in leadership programs, most famously at the A.B Combs Elementary school in Raleigh. Not only does it work, but it works better than anyone could have imaged. This book is full of examples of how the students blossom under the program--the classroom that decided to form a support group for one of their classmates who had behavioral problems, the fourth grader who found a way to overcome his fear of public speaking and wound up taking his class to see him compete in a national story telling competitive, or the seven-year-old who told her father than they needed to go outside and play because they both needed to sharpen the saw. Perfect for individuals and corporations alike, The Leader in Me shows how easy it is to incorporate these skills into daily life. It is a timely answer to many of the challenges facing today's young people, businesses, parents, and educators--one that is perfectly matched to the growing demands of our certain future.
This book is the most comprehensive book you will find on AutoCAD 2015 - 2D Drafting. Covering all of the 2D concepts, it uses both metric and imperial units to illustrate the myriad drawing and editing tools for this popular application. You can use the DVD to set up drawing exercises and projects and see all of the book's figures in color. AutoCAD 2015 Beginning and Intermediate includes over 100 exercises or mini-workshops, that complete small projects from concept through actual plotting. Solving all of the workshops will simulate the creation of three projects (architectural and mechanical) from beginning to end, without overlooking any of the basic commands and functions in AutoCAD 2015. It covers only the basics and uses both metric and imperial units to illustrate the myriad tools for this popular application. The DVD can be used to set up in-text drawing exercises and projects and to see the book's figures in color. It helps you to prepare for the AutoCAD Certified Professional exam. Instructor's resources are available for use as a textbook.
A fully updated new edition of the fun and easy guide to getting up and running on Twitter<p>With more than half a billion registered users, Twitter continues to grow by leaps and bounds. This handy guide, from one of the first marketers to discover the power of Twitter, covers all the new features. It explains all the nuts and bolts, how to make good connections, and why and how Twitter can benefit you and your business. * Fully updated to cover all the latest features and changes to Twitter * Written by a Twitter pioneer who was one of the first marketers to fully tap into Twitter's business applications * Ideal for beginners, whether they want to use Twitter to stay in touch with friends or to market their products and services * Explains how to incorporate Twitter into other social media and how to use third-party tools to improve and simplify Twitter