The first book to explain why blockchain technology will fundamentally change our lives Blockchain is the ingeniously simple technology that powers Bitcoin. But it is much more than that, too. It is a public ledger to which everyone has access, but which no single person controls. It allows for companies and individuals to collaborate with an unprecedented degree of trust and transparency. It is cryptographically secure, but fundamentally open. And soon it will be everywhere. In Blockchain Revolution, Don and Alex Tapscott reveal how this game-changing technology will shape the future of the world economy, dramatically improving everything from healthcare records to online voting, and from insurance claims to artist royalty payments. Brilliantly researched and highly accessible, this is the essential text on the next major paradigm shift. Read it, or be left behind.
Capitalism has lifted millions out of poverty. Under its guiding hand, living standards throughout the Western world have been transformed. Further afield, the trail blazed by Japan is being followed by other emerging market countries across the globe, creating prosperity on a breathtaking scale.And yet, capitalism is unloved. From its discontents to its outright enemies, voices compete to point out the flaws in the system that allow increasingly powerful elites to grab an ever larger share of our collective wealth.
In this incisive, clear-sighted guide, award winning Financial Times journalist John Plender explores the paradoxes and pitfalls inherent in this extraordinarily dynamic mechanism - and in our attitudes to it. Taking us on a journey from the Venetian merchants of the Rennaissance to the gleaming temples of commerce in 21st-century Canary Wharf via the South Sea Bubble, Dutch tulip mania and manic-depressive gambling addicts, Plender shows us our economic creation through the eyes of philosophers, novelists, poets, artists and the divines. Along the way, he delves into the ethics of debt; reveals the truth about the unashamedly materialistic artistic giants who pioneered copyrighting; and traces the path of our instinctive conviction that entrepreneurs are greedy, unethical opportunists, hell-bent on capital accumulation, while manufacturing is innately virtuous.
Thoughtful, eloquent and above all compelling, Capitalism is a remarkable contribution to the enduring debate.
Digital Gold is New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper's brilliant and engrossing history of Bitcoin, the landmark digital money and financial technology that has spawned a global social movement. The notion of a new currency, maintained by the computers of users around the world, has been the butt of many jokes, but that has not stopped it from growing into a technology worth billions of dollars, supported by the hordes of followers who have come to view it as the most important new idea since the creation of the Internet. Believers from Beijing to Buenos Aires see the potential for a financial system free from banks and governments. More than just a tech industry fad, Bitcoin has threatened to decentralize some of society's most basic institutions. An unusual tale of group invention, Digital Gold charts the rise of the Bitcoin technology through the eyes of the movement's colorful central characters, including an Argentinian millionaire, a Chinese entrepreneur, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, and Bitcoin's elusive creator, Satoshi Nakamoto. Already, Bitcoin has led to untold riches for some, and prison terms for others.
This is the Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller. Drawing on the experience of John Browne, former CEO of BP, and the insight of two McKinsey experts, Connect articulates and explores the recurring rift between big business and society, offering a practical manifesto for reconciliation. This timely and important book features candid interviews with global leaders at the heart of this debate, from Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Goldman Sachs' CEO Lloyd Blankfein to Tony Blair and Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web. Connect shows how companies and executives can enhance their performance by engaging radically with the world around them.
How to create a sustainable culture of innovation - from a unique anthropological and sociological perspective!
How did a motley crew of Aborigines outsmart a highly trained SAS team in a televised survival challenge? What can the traditional cheese rolling race of Italy and the log-rolling race of Papua New Guinea teach us about innovation and progress? And what does this all mean for individuals and organizations that want to innovate today?
Innovation is an essential survival tool. In business it has been found to be a strong indicator of organizational success, a compelling motivator for organizational engagement, and a formidable foundation for competition in the commercial market. Economists estimate that 50-80% of economic growth comes from innovation and new knowledge, and recognize innovation as an important potential factor in dealing with global challenges.
Yet how often do we stop to think about how and why we innovate? Are in danger of innovating for the sake of innovating? And what does all this mean for contemporary organizations?
In The Amazing Innovation Race, Andrew and Gaia Grant address these questions and many more head on. They challenge the typical assumption that innovation is about designing bigger, better, and faster products and services - and suggest, instead, that it should be about creative culture change. By turning the standard 'success' paradigm upside down, they examine the real meaning of progress, and demonstrate how it is possible to transform an organization at the most fundamental levels. They recommend a combination of both individual psychological development and organizational climate change strategies in their unique 'Strategies for Innovative Development' (SID) model.
Presented as a clever parody of reality TV shows, the authors of the popular CSI themed book Who Killed Creativity? ... And How Can We Get It Back? have now created a compelling cultural narrative. The result is perfect the blend of fast-paced entertainment and humor along with anthropological and sociological insights – plus profound applications for staying ahead in the innovation race.
Both deeply thought provoking and intensely practical, The Amazing Innovation Race trailblazes groundbreaking new territory, and is bound to motivate and equip even the most reluctant armchair traveler.
The complete guide to finding work for anyone aged 50 and over. Whatever your circumstances - from a change of career, a move to self-employment, a need to earn a decent income, or wishing to decrease your hours to free up time for other pursuits, this invaluable book helps readers to define their individual work needs and learn the modern techniques for successful job hunting. Helping readers to refocus and build confidence in the job market, the contents include getting in the right mind set, establishing clear goals, social media, networking, CV writing, interviews, stereotypes and how to deal with them, and self-employment.
What does it take to lead a team to world-class success over a sustained period of time? Sir Alex Ferguson is one of the few leaders who truly knows. In his 38 years in management, Sir Alex won an astonishing 49 trophies and helped grow Manchester United into one of the biggest commercial brands in the world. In this inspirational and straight-talking book, Sir Alex reveals the secrets behind his record-breaking career. LEADING is structured around the key skills that Sir Alex values most highly. It includes subjects we immediately associate with his managerial style: Discipline, Control, Teamwork and Motivation. But it also addresses subjects that are less obvious but no less important when seeking success: Delegation, Data Analysis and Dealing with Failure. Written with the investor Sir Michael Moritz, a longstanding friend of Sir Alex, LEADING is packed with insight, wisdom, humour and honesty. The individual stories inevitably concern themselves with football, and the phenomenal success that came along the way, but the lessons can be applied by anyone. Whether you run a business, teach in a classroom, or work in a small team, LEADING will help you become a better leader.
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As creative people, we have ideas. Some of us have many ideas, others have really good ones, and most of us have many really good ideas. But most of these never see the light of day. Why? If you ask a creative person, the answer will always revolve around time. We simply need time to execute an idea (and do it well)-more time than we have.
Don't Read This Book focuses on how to make choices about everything you do in your daily creative practice and life. The book follows the 'To Don't List' method: When you say 'no' to one idea, you have more time to execute another one. In short: the more you subtract, the more focus and time you get. The book is divided into three parts: Life, Workplace, and Projects. It covers everything from defining your life goals, to writing a five sentence-long email, to leaving out as much as possible in a project. Whether you are a student or professional, this book will save you time. (Of course, if you don't read it, you will save some time directly.) Donald Roos is an independent typographic designer, entrepreneur, and teacher at the Royal Academy of Art in the Netherlands.
In his daily life as a designer he creates movie titles for motion pictures and national television. He also designs complex interfaces and teaches type design and typography. He set up several online projects because he loves to execute new ideas. His biggest problem: too much to do and too little time. That's why he came up with the To Don't List method and this book.
Leading any team involves managing people, technical oversight, and project administration, but leaders of virtual teams perform these functions from afar. Leading Virtual Teams walks you through the basics of: Connecting your people to each otherand to the team s mission Surmounting language, distance, and technology barriers Identifying and using the right communication channels Don't have much time? Get up to speed fast on the most essential business skills with HBR's 20-Minute Manager series. Whether you need a crash course or a brief refresher, each book in the series is a concise, practical primer that will help you brush up on a key management topic. Advice you can quickly read and apply, for ambitious professionals and aspiring executivesfrom the most trusted source in business. Also available as an ebook.
From crackly conference lines to pixelated video, virtual meetings can be problematic. But you can host a productive conversation in which everyone participates. Running Virtual Meetings takes you through the basics of: Selecting the right virtual venue Giving participants the information and support they need to connect and contribute Establishing and enforcing a common meeting etiquette Following up from afar Don't have much time? Get up to speed fast on the most essential business skills with HBR's 20-Minute Manager series. Whether you need a crash course or a brief refresher, each book in the series is a concise, practical primer that will help you brush up on a key management topic. Advice you can quickly read and apply, for ambitious professionals and aspiring executivesfrom the most trusted source in business. Also available as an ebook.
Thinking about starting a new business? Searching for new ways to run your small business better? Whether you're starting your own business from scratch or looking to grow an existing venture, this easy-to-follow guide helps you reach your small business dreams. Covering everything from marketing and business planning to legal structures and building a positive online presence, this updated edition of the bestsellingSmall Business For Dummies is the essential guide no Australian or New Zealand small business owner should be without!
Unfortunately, nearly half of small businesses in Australia and New Zealand fail within their first year of operation. But the good news is that with the right business acumen, the odds don't have to be stacked against you-and that's where this friendly guide helps! Inside, you'll discover how to develop a blueprint for success with a winning business plan, find your unique selling point and get it out to the masses, deliver on your customers' expectations, secure high rankings on search engines to get your website seen, recruit the best employees to build an unstoppable team and so much more.
Working remotely gives you flexibility and independence. But it can pose challenges when you need to team up with colleagues or coworkers. Virtual Collaboration covers the basics of working productivelyand collaborativelyfrom anywhere. You ll learn to: Communicate clearly over a variety of media Bond with colleagues across the wires Keep othersand yourselfaccountable Avoid and mitigate tech glitches Don't have much time? Get up to speed fast on the most essential business skills with HBR's 20-Minute Manager series. Whether you need a crash course or a brief refresher, each book in the series is a concise, practical primer that will help you brush up on a key management topic. Advice you can quickly read and apply, for ambitious professionals and aspiring executivesfrom the most trusted source in business. Also available as an ebook.
In China's Disruptors, Edward Tse takes an unprecedented inside look at rapidly emerging Chinese entrepreneurs and their game-changing impact on both China and the world. In September 2014, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba raised $25 billion in the world's biggest ever initial public offering. Since then, millions of investors and managers worldwide have pondered a fundamental question: what's really going on with the new wave of China's disruptors?
Over the past two decades, an unprecedented burst of entrepreneurialism has transformed China's economy from a closed, impoverished, state-run system into a major power in global business. Alibaba is one of a rising tide of thriving Chinese businesses, and its success has been quickly followed by other previously little-known companies, such as Baidu, Tencent and Xiaomi. Edward Tse is a leading global strategy consultant who has spent more than twenty years working with senior Chinese executives.
In China's Disruptors, he draws on exclusive interviews and case studies to reveal how China got to this point and explore what the country's rise means for the rest of the world. No one can explain what is happening in China better than Edward Tse' Sam Su, vice chairman of the board and chairman and CEO of China Division of YUM! Brands, Inc.
Maxine Horne knows the road to success. She was born in Struggle Street in the United Kingdom, and now lives in Millionaire's Row in Australia. Along the way, she's learnt every tip you need to make a success of your own business. Through smart thinking and hard running, Maxine Horne has been instrumental in building telecommunications giant, the ASX-listed Vita Group Ltd, which runs 100 Telstra stores, and a family of offshoots. Maxine's story, which she asked author Madonna King to pen for her, shows you how you can take an idea, shape it with hard work and keep ahead of your competitors. From the child with a far-fetched dream to escape her past and become an entrepreneur for the future, to a life of bulging property portfolios and jet-setting holidays, Maxine Horne's story could help you and your business shine.