Vulture capitalism has seen the corporation become more powerful than the state, and yet its work is often done by stealth, supported by political and media elites.
The result is privatised wars and outsourced detention centres. Mining companies pillaging precious land in developing countries and struggling nations are invaded by NGOs and the corporate dollar.
Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein travels to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea and across Australia to witness the reality of this largely hidden world of privatised detention centres, the cost of cheap clothing manufacturing and militarised private security. Who is involved and why? Can it be stopped? What are the alternatives in a globalised world?
Profits of Doom challenges the fundamentals of our unsustainable way of life and the money-making imperatives driving it.
Did you know that another 10 cm of height boosts your income by thousands of dollars per year? Or that a boy born in January is nearly twice as likely to play first grade rugby league as a boy born in December? Or that natural disasters attract more foreign aid if they happen on a slow news day?
And that a perfectly clean desk can be as inefficient as a messy one? Drawing on examples and data from across Australia, Andrew Leigh shows how economics can be used to illuminate what happens on the sporting field, in the stockmarket, and at work. Economics has things to say about AC/DC and Arthur Boyd, dating and dieting, Grange and Geelong, murder and poverty.
Incentives matter, often in surprising ways, and seemingly simple everyday activities can have unexpected outcomes. Insights from behavioural economics can also help us make better decisions. If you like fresh facts and provocative ideas, this is great train and weekend reading. You'll soon see the world and the people around you in a new light.
The Body Economic is the first, agenda-shaping, look at the human costs of financial crisis - the culmination of ten years' work by two pioneering researchers - Sanjay Basu and David Stuckler. The global financial crisis has had a seismic impact upon the wealth of nations. But we have little sense of how it affects one of the most fundamental issues of all: our physical and mental health.
The Body Economic puts forward a radical proposition. Austerity, it argues, is seriously bad for your health. We can prevent financial crises from becoming epidemics, but to do so, we must acknowledge what the hard data tells us: that, throughout history, there is a causal link between the strength of a community's health and its social protection systems. Even amid the worst economic disasters, negative public health effects are not inevitable: it's how communities respond to challenges of debt and market turmoil that counts. Now and for generations to come, our commitment to the building of fairer, more equal societies will determine the health of our body economic.
Over the last century, global poverty has largely been viewed as a technical problem that merely requires the right expert solutions. Yet all too often, experts recommend solutions that fix immediate problems without addressing the systemic political factors that created them in the first place. Further, they produce an accidental collusion with benevolent autocrats, leaving dictators with yet more power to violate the rights of the poor. In The Tyranny of Experts, economist William Easterly, bestselling author of The White Man's Burden, traces the history of the fight against global poverty, showing not only how these tactics have trampled the individual freedom of the world's poor, but how in doing so have suppressed a vital debate about an alternative approach to solving poverty: freedom. Presenting a wealth of cutting-edge economic research, Easterly argues that only a new model of development--one predicated on respect for the individual rights of people in developing countries, that understands that unchecked state power is the problem and not the solution --will be capable of ending global poverty once and for all.
The Social Revolution's impact on the business world cannot be over-estimated. Like the meteor that likely precipitated the end of the dinosaurs, Social is the catalyst in an extinction event - and business as we know it has changed forever.
A World Gone Social offers an eye-opening look at fundamental and powerful changes the social collaboration era has set in motion: customers now have the power - just watch what happens as more realise it!; with increased transparency, businesses must be more ethical - no more pretending; command-and-control leadership is now so inefficient, it is a liability; nimble and small is the new competitive advantage - few corporations are capable of the agility required by evolving marketplaces; recruiting is now a two-way proposition, with job seekers able to peer behind the corporate curtain; relationship and community-building is how customers and brand ambassadors are won - and retained; and engagement - with partners, employees, and customers - is not a luxury; it is a requirement.
Each chapter provides compelling stories and concrete examples of companies demonstrating enlightened business practices and doing Social right - and some that are not - and the lessons to be learned from their experiences. Finally, readers will discover how to objectively assess the fitness of their own company's culture and social presence ...so they may successfully transition from a 20th- to a 21st-century social organisation.
Doing business in the digital age The Great Fragmentation: And Why the Future of All Business is Small is a business survival manifesto for the technology revolution.
As the world moves from the industrial era to the digital age, power is shifting and fragmenting. Power is no longer about might and ownership; power in a digital world is about access. Existing businesses need to understand this shift and position themselves to survive and thrive in an environment where entrepreneurs and start-ups enabled by access to technology are genuine threats.
Author Steve Sammartino is widely regarded as a thought leader on the subject of technology and business, and helps companies transition from industrial-era thinking to the mindset and processes required to compete in today's digital marketplace.
The Great Fragmentation shows how technological changes such as Big Data, gamification, crowdfunding, Bitcoin, 3D printing, social media, mashup culture and artisanal production will forever change business and the way we live our lives. Examine how the digital era has altered where we work, how we work, where we live and what we do.
Discover how the digital era has impacted social and economic structures, including educational systems, financial systems and government policy Understand that the social media and collecting 'friends' is just the tip of the iceberg in a digital business environment Weaving together insights from business, technology and anthropology, The Great Fragmentation provides both corporations and entrepreneurs with a playbook for the future of work, life and business in the digital era.
A well-crafted business plan generates enthusiasm for your idea and boosts your odds of success--whether you're proposing a new initiative within your organization or starting an entirely new company. Creating Business Plans quickly walks you through the basics. You'll learn to: * Present your idea clearly * Develop sound financial plans * Project risks--and rewards * Anticipate and address your audience's concerns About HBR's 20-Minute Manager Series: 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 executives--from the most trusted source in business. Also available as an ebook.
Dealing with difficult people - from awkward customers at work to irritating neighbours at home - is a challenge many people face on a day-to-day basis. This book will show you how to: defuse and deal with difficult customers, both on the phone and face to face; manage problems with colleagues in the workplace, including a manipulative boss; handle difficult day-to-day interactions with any people we come into contact anywhere; identify and manage behaviours which can turn a person into a 'problem'; improve necessary listening and communication skills; and increase self confidence and develop rapport building skills. This book contains some proven techniques for managing yourself as well as managing difficult people. If you gain a better understanding of yourself, build your confidence and use these techniques, then you'll make your life a whole lot easier.
Does it seem like you never have enough time to get everything done? Keeping on top of your tasks, deadlines, and work schedule can be daunting. Managing Time quickly walks you through the basics. You'll learn to: - Assess how you spend your time now - Prioritize your tasks- Plan the right time to work on each one- Avoid procrastination and interruptions About HBR's 20-Minute Manager Series: 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 executives--from the most trusted source in business. Also available as an ebook.
Simplify tax and save money with streamlined bookkeeping Small businesses are often just that--small. Bookkeeping may be done by a professional outside the company, but more often falls to an employee or the business owner, who may or may not be well-schooled in the intricacies of tax law and business regulations. Tax time can end up costing small businesses a fortune in either professional fees or missed deductions every year. What if you could simplify the process and save money? Taxation for Australian Businesses: Understanding Australian Business Taxation Concessions is the ultimate guide to tax for the small business owner. Author Rod Caldwell, 20-year veteran of the Australian Taxation Office, leads you through the process of managing your books and keeping more straightforward records to simplify the process of filing tax. The introduction of the GST and the new tax system involves a lot of new work for business owners, but Taxation for Australian Businesses eases the way by explaining the intricacies of applicable tax law, fully updated to parallel the May 2014 budget. Topics include: * Business structures, accounting systems, and cash accounting * FBT, private versus domestic use, and when to record a payment * Motor vehicles, the GST, and depreciation * Owners salary, end of period processing, and how to account for stock trading The book explains everything you need to know and ties it all together to show you how to put the information into practice. No jargon, no textbooks, just common sense and reason. If you would like to get your bookkeeping straightened out and get back to your business, Taxation for Australian Businesses: Understanding Australian Business Taxation Concessions is the one guide that will get you there quickly.
Answer your questions and maximise returns with this easy-to-follow tax guide The Taxpayers Guide 2014 ? 2015: 26th Edition is the complete guide to understanding the Australian tax system. Packed with tax-saving strategies and helpful advice, this clear, easy-to-follow guide is essential reading for taxpayers wanting to pay what they owe, but not a cent more. You'll find invaluable information, excellent advice and practical strategies for maximising returns, fully revised and updated for the 2014 ? 2015 tax year. With handy reference tools like tax tables, rebates and offsets at your fingertips, you'll be able to solve both complex and everyday tax problems quickly and easily. This book brings together almost a century of expertise from Taxpayers Australia in one comprehensive volume. Taxpayers Australia is a not-for-profit educational organisation dedicated to educating taxpayers on issues relating to tax and superannuation. This guide is the organisation's one-stop resource for understanding the tax system, providing plain-English guidance toward saving money and avoiding common traps. Comprehensively indexed and organised for easy navigation, the book provides the answers and insight you need in order to: * Understand income tax rates and deductions for individuals and contractors * Simplify superannuation and planning for retirement * Decipher capital gains, investments and trusts * Solve small business issues and straighten out payroll taxes Australia's complex tax system presents many opportunities to miss out on savings. This comprehensive tax resource clarifies complicated guidelines and laws to help you sort out what you really owe. If you're tired of overpaying but wary of questionable advice, look to one of Australia's most trusted tax guides?The Taxpayers Guide 2014 ? 2015.
This is a complete and practical guide which highlights the authors' new strategic approaches to selling when the buyer initially declines or is resistant on a sales opportunity. Hopkins and Katt explain that most sales reps take a traditional linear approach to selling, but that the trick in closing is in taking a more creative and circular approach. That's the key. It all starts with how the buyer initially says, No.
Too many sales reps don't pay close attention as to how that's presented. Hopkins and Katt point out that no may suggest all sorts of other options -- avenues that can eventually led to the buyer actually saying yes. The authors introduce a novel concept called the Circle of Persuasion which offers sales reps a new approach in this tricky process.
Along the way, this book details prescriptive steps and even sample dialogues that will instruct and guide sales professionals on how to best cultivate buyer-seller relationships. There's particular emphasis on how to establish the kind of rapport that ultimately leads to a successful close.
What if there was a proven path to success? A path supported by science and research? A path that led to your goals and aspirations in less time, with less risk? Would you take it? Truthful and hard hitting, Life in Half a Second is the first fact-based formula for achieving success in life and business. Proven through thousands of studies and decades of research, it presents the five doors you must walk through to achieve success in your career, business, or personal life. Gimmicks, mind tricks, fairy tales, and wishful thinking NOT INCLUDED. Just facts.