In this thoroughly researched and piercingly intelligent book, physicist Mark Buchanan shows how a simple feedback loop can lead to major consequences, the kind predictable by mathematical models but hard for most people to anticipate. From his unique perspective, Buchanan argues that our basic assumptions about economic markets - that they are for the most part stable, with occasional interruptions - are simply wrong. Markets really act more like weather: a brief heat wave can become a massive storm in a matter of a few days, or even hours. Forecast re-imagines the basics of the financial world, with consequences that affect everyone.
Our planet's resources are running out. The media bombards us with constant warnings of impending shortages of fossil fuels, minerals, arable land, and water and the political Armageddon that will result as insatiable global demand far outstrips supply. But how true is this picture? In Winner Take All , Dambisa Moyo cuts through the misconceptions and noise surrounding resource scarcity with a penetrating analysis of what really is at stake. China, Moyo reveals, has embarked on one of the greatest commodity rushes in history. Tracing its breathtaking quest for resources - from Africa to Latin America, North America to Europe - she examines the impact it is having on us all, and its profound implications for our future.
Now shortlisted for the 2012 Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award and the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, The Hour Between Dog and Wolf is a resonant exploration of economic behaviour and its consequences. Now shortlisted for the In this startling and unconventional book neuroscientist and former Wall Street trader John Coates shows us the bankers in their natural environment. He reveals how their biochemistry has a lasting and significant impact on our economy. We learn how risk stimulates the most primitive part of the banker's brain and how making the deals our bank balances depend on provokes an overwhelming fight-or-flight response. Constant swinging between aggression and apprehension impairs their judgment, causing economic upheaval in the wider world. The transformation between each split-second decision is what Coates calls the hour between dog and wolf, and understanding the biology behind bubbles and crashes may be the key to stabilising the markets.
A book which reveals the people and ideas on the cusp of a new era in finance...After the economic meltdown of 2008, many pundits placed the blame on complex financial instruments like derivatives, and the physicists and mathematicians who dreamed them up. But a young academic named James Owen Weatherall quickly began to question this narrative. Were the physicists really at fault? In this important and engaging book, Weatherall tells the story of how physicists came to Wall Street and how their ideas changed finance forever. Taking us from fin-de-siecle Paris to Rat Pack-era Las Vegas, from wartime government labs to Yippie communes, he shows how physicists successfully brought their science to bear on some of the thorniest problems in economics, from options pricing to bubbles. But models - whether in science or finance - have limitations; they break down under certain conditions. And in 2008, sophisticated models fell into the hands of people who didn't understand their purpose, and didn't care. It was a catastrophic misuse of science. The solution, Weatherall argues in this brilliantly entertaining book, is not to give up on models; it is to simply make them better.
It's time for a new kind of economy We're overusing the earth's finite resources, and yet excessive consumption is failing to improve our lives. In Enough Is Enough, Rob Dietz and Dan O'Neill lay out a visionary but realistic alternative to the perpetual pursuit of economic growth - an economy where the goal is enough, not more. They explore specific strategies to conserve natural resources, stabilize population, reduce inequality, fix the financial system, create jobs, and more - all with the aim of maximizing long-term well-being instead of short-term profits. Filled with fresh ideas and surprising optimism, Enough Is Enough is the primer for achieving genuine prosperity and a hopeful future for all. If you are based in the USA and would like to purchase this book, please visit www.bkconnection.com or, if you are based in Canada, please visit www.raincoast.com.
A guide for modern organisations about optimising productivity, creating a culture of innovation, and building high-performing teams It's time to stop managing and start implementing. The New Rules of Management is about creating and implementing projects that truly matter, because when projects don't matter, individuals and teams become disengaged. In truth, most organisations aren't designed to successfully implement long-term projects, but successfully implementing the projects that truly matter is the key to long-term success. In this book, you'll learn how to successfully manage yourself, your teams, and your entire organisation to create and execute engaging, vital projects that people and teams truly care about. When you do implementation right success becomes a given--on the personal, team, and organisational levels. So if you want your business to succeed, it's time to implement the projects that truly matter. Start now, with The New Rules of Management . A management guide to building engagement and innovation in any organisation Written by a master business coach, mentor, entrepreneur, thought leader, and popular public speaker Ideal for business leaders and managers who want to take their organisations into the twenty-first century
Australian Management Essentials is the most comprehensive book about management available. This invaluable reference covers all topics essential to senior managers, front-line managers and supervisors. Hundreds of step-by-step solutions are presented in a uniquely accessible structure, along with proven leadership tactics and expert management tips.
Take on your tax with confidence and get the most out of your next tax return Do you want to be sure you're getting the maximum tax refund? Of course you do! And Tax For Australians for Dummies, 2012-13 Edition is the only resource you need to ensure that you get every cent you deserve. Written by respected tax specialist and CPA fellow Jimmy B. Prince, this book guides you, step by step, through the complex world of the Australian tax system to help you understand exactly what you can claim. Providing complete coverage of changes to tax legislation for the 2012-13 tax year, as well as proposed changes that haven't quite made into law yet, the book has you covered from every angle. Designed to help you take advantage of everything from investments to kids to government concessions, Tax For Australians for Dummies tells you everything you need to know to beat the taxman at his own game. * Designed specifically for Australians * Fully updated for the 2012-13 tax year * Includes everything you need to build your tax knowledge * Contains essential new information on claiming home office, work, car, and self-education expenses, and uses case studies to illustrate your opportunities to save * Further updates for this year cover changes to private health insurance rules, tax audits, tax offsets, special disability trusts, and tax issues for companies and trusts Whether you're an employee, investor, small business owner, retiree, or student, Tax For Australians for Dummies, 2012-13 Edition is the easy-to-follow guide that answers all your tax questions.
When you make a decision or form an opinion, you think you know why. But you're wrong. The truth is that most of our mental activity actually happens below the level of conscious thought. In this groundbreaking book, Dr David Lewis, director of the cutting-edge research agency Mindlab International, explores this incredible phenomenon. Delving into the mysteries of the 'zombie brain' that each of us possesses, he demonstrates how unconscious neurological processes underpin every aspect of our lives, from whether or not we find someone sexually attractive to how we resist (or give in to) temptation. In the process he shows how finger length is a reliable predictor of risk-taking behaviour, how seeing the logos of fast food chains can make you more impatient, and how holding a warm drink makes you find strangers more likeable. Above all, he reveals the practical applications of this emerging field of research, giving us insights into such diverse areas as child development, anti-social activities like rioting, successful dieting, and even the ways that supermarkets make us spend more. We may not be conscious of our impulses but it is clear that we can no longer afford to be ignorant of them.
How feminine values can solve our toughest problems and build a more prosperous future Among 64,000 people surveyed in thirteen nations, two thirds feel the world would be a better place if men thought more like women. This marks a global trend away from the winner-takes-all, masculine approach to getting things done. Drawing from interviews at innovative organizations in eighteen nations and at Fortune 500 boardrooms, the authors reveal how men and women alike are recognizing significant value in traits commonly associated with women, such as nurturing, cooperation, communication, and sharing. The Athena Doctrine shows why femininity is the operating system of 21st century prosperity. Advocates a new way to solve today's toughest problems in business, education, government, and more Based on a landmark survey and results from Young & Rubicam's respected Brand Asset Valuator's global survey, as well as on-the-ground interviews in 18 countries From acclaimed social theorist, consumer expert, and bestselling author, John Gerzema, and award-winning author, Michael D'Antonio Brought to life through real world examples and backed by rigorous data, The Athena Doctrine shows how feminine traits are ascending-and bringing success to people and organizations around the world. By nurturing, listening, collaborating and sharing, women and men are solving problems, finding profits, and redefining success in every realm.
Change your company. Change the lives of others. Change the world. An instant classic! Whether you're leading change or changing your life, this book delivers. (Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People). Ideas can change the world - but only when coupled with influence - the ability to change hearts, minds, and behavior. This book provides a practical approach to lead change and empower us all to make a difference. (Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Winner). Influencing human behavior is one of the most difficult challenges faced by leaders. This book provides powerful insight into how to make behavior change that will last. (Sidney Taurel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Eli Lilly and Company). If you are truly motivated to make productive changes in your life, don't put down this book until you reach the last page. Whether dealing with a recalcitrant teen, doggedly resistant coworkers, or a personal frustration that 'no one ever wants to hear my view,' Influencer can help guide you in making the changes that put you in the driver's seat. (Deborah Norville, anchor of Inside Edition and bestselling author).
Janine Allis explains how she grew Boost Juice bars into a global phenomenon. How do you turn a single juice bar into a global company with more than 6000 employees and $160 million in global sales? Ask Janine Allis. In The Secrets of My Success, Australia's hottest entrepreneur tells the inside story of the growth of Boost Juice, including her personal journey from housewife with no formal business training to successful entrepreneur. Along the way, she discovered the 30 business and leadership tips she calls her 'recipes for success'. The Secrets of My Success also explores how Allis's personal philosophy based on a love for life has brought the company loyal customers and created satisfied, dedicated employees. The perfect guide for budding entrepreneurs to reject the traditional wisdom that the only way to succeed in business is with a business degree An inside look at the successful management and leadership philosophy of one of Australia's greatest entrepreneurs Includes a full-colour photo insert section. For today's entrepreneur looking for non-traditional paths to extreme success, The Secrets of My Success offers practical business and leadership wisdom combined with Allis's own compelling personal story.
A compelling, fascinating, and above-all, helpful book which will do for men and women's relationships in the workplace what MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS did for their romantic relationships.
Despite the strenuous efforts to give women equal status in the workplace over the last few decades, tension between the sexes in the workplace remains as rampant as ever: during exit interviews many women, often leaving to start their own businesses, cite feeling undervalued or unappreciated at the office. Despite countless company initiatives, equality protocols, and gender seminars we have made little significant advancement. So why can't the sexes work together?
In this groundbreaking new book, Annis and Gray, two of the world's luminaries in gender awareness, tackle that question and construct practical solutions. The previous, unsuccessful attempts to achieve gender equality involved treating women as men - denying gender differences. Annis and Gray, however, make the unprecedented argument that gender should be embraced, not just tolerated: that, biologically, men and women are designed to complement each other. After systematically identifying and eliminating gender misconceptions, Annis and Gray outline a revolutionary system where gender differences promote synergy and produce rewarding careers. Already their system has grandly impacted such prominent companies as American Express, IBM, and Microsoft. It is based on the results of 20 years of in-depth surveys of over 100,000 men and women in blue-chip companies around the world, which will be revealed in this book for the first time, and incorporates incontrovertible scientific data and organisational studies.
This popular guide, now in its fifth edition, has been updated to cover the latest developments in the realms of the internet and the World Wide Web. For readers who have never used the internet before and want to get to grips with it quickly, Internet for Seniors in Easy Steps will help them discover the opportunities and the benefits of the Internet, explained in easy steps. The emphasis is on the tasks that users want to carry out over the Internet, rather than the technology and equipment used. Activities discussed include searching the Internet, solving puzzles and quizzes, playing games of skill such as chess and bridge, planning vacations, exploring arts and crafts, researching your family tree, publishing websites and blogs, receiving RSS feeds, and keeping in touch with family and friends. The book helps make sure that all Internet experiences will be safe, enjoyable and useful. It introduces users to the latest internet browsers, such as Internet Explorer and Chrome, and covers Windows 8.
Learn the simplest ways to get things done with Microsoft(R) Office 2013 Get the full-color, visual guide that makes learning Microsoft Office 2013 plain and simple! Follow the book's easy steps and screenshots and clear, concise language to learn the simplest ways to get things done with Microsoft Word, Excel(R), Outlook(R), PowerPoint(R), Access(R), Publisher, and OneNote(R). Here's WHAT you'll learn: Navigate with mouse, keyboard, or touch Create documents, reports, databases, and presentations Share your desktop, worksheets, and files Manage your email and organize your calendar Stay connected with online meetings and instant messaging Access your programs and your documents via the cloud Here's HOW you'll learn it: Jump in wherever you need answers Follow easy STEPS and SCREENSHOTS to see exactly what to do Get handy TIPS for new techniques and shortcuts Use TRY THIS! exercises to apply what you learn right away
Since its introduction in 2010, the iPad has quickly become an iconic device -- a user-friendly, compact, versatile, and powerful tablet computer that packs a real punch in terms of its functionality. And with tens of thousands of animated picture books, games, and educational apps available, this widely used tool is ideal for children in many ways. But the idea of a child using an iPad can be daunting for parents: how do you know what they are using it for, what are they looking at on the web, and who they communicating with? A Parent's Guide to the iPad in Easy Steps breaks down the iPad's capabilities so that parents can understand how their children are using it, and also make the most of it themselves. Covering a range of topics -- education, games, photos, music, creativity, and social networking -- this indispensable guide ensures that children get the most out of the iPad safely and successfully. This second edition has been updated to cover the latest operating system, iOS 6 and the latest iPad (4th generation), as well as the 3rd generation and iPad 2.
Just for you--Windows 8 from the tablet user's perspective If you're an experienced Windows user, you don't need a guide to everything that Windows 8 can do, just to those tools and functions that work on your tablet. And so here it is. This new book zeros in on what you need to know to work best on your tablet with Windows 8. Topics include navigating the new Windows 8's Metro interface and how it works on a touchscreen, how to safely connect to the Internet, how to work with apps or share your tablet in a group, and much more. If you're a new tablet user, you'll particularly appreciate the fresh guidance on storing files in the cloud, finding tools on the new Windows app store, and tablet troubleshooting. Focuses just on using Windows 8 on tablet devices, giving tablet users their own exclusive guide Covers unique Windows 8 tablet features, such as the touchscreen interface, the new Windows app store, cloud computing options, and tablet troubleshooting Explores using a tablet PC as a media machine for music, photos, and video, as well as how to stay safe online, improve performance, and other topics Reveals savvy, practical tips from bestselling Windows For Dummies author Andy Rathbone Keep Windows 8 For Tablets For Dummies close at hand and get the very most out of your Windows 8 tablet.