What is econobabble? We hear it every day, when public figures and commentators use incomprehensible economic jargon to dress up their self-interest as the national interest, to make the absurd seem inevitable or the inequitable seem fair. This book is designed to expose the stupid arguments, bizarre contradictions and complete lack of evidence upon which much 'common sense' about the economy rests in Australia. Econobabble is for those who, deep down, have never believed that it makes sense, economic or otherwise, to help poor people by slashing public spending on the services they need. It's for those who have a sneaking suspicion that it would be cheaper to avoid the effects of climate change than to let them happen and then 'adapt'. And it's for those who think it would be more efficient to reduce unemployment than to ship jobs offshore or blame those who are out of work. With acuity and precision, Richard Denniss demolishes the tired and misleading arguments of right-wing economic 'experts', empowering you to cut through the babble and reach the truth. Economics is like a tyre lever: it can be used to help change a tyre, or to beat someone over the head. It's not the tyre lever that is good or bad - it's the person who wields it, and what they do with it.
'We fed the monster until it blew up...' While Wall Street was busy creating the biggest credit bubble of all time, a few renegade investors saw it was about to burst, bet against the banking system - and made a fortune. From the jungles of the trading floor to the casinos of Las Vegas, this is the outrageous story of the misfits, mavericks and geniuses who, against all odds, made the greatest financial killing in history.
This book shows how our lives are shaped not only by the choices we make, but by the choices we have. From dating, school and university applications to the job market, understand the most important decisions you'll ever make with insights from a Nobel Prize-winner. Who Gets What and Why is a piquantly written, mind-expanding exploration of the markets that matter most to many of us. If you've ever sought a job or hired someone, applied to university or guided your child into a good school, asked someone out on a date or been asked out, you have participated in a matching market. They are everywhere around us and account for some of the biggest technological successes of the decade, like Uber and Airbnb. Matching markets can even be the gatekeeper of life itself, guiding how desperately ill patients receive scarce organs for transplants. Alvin E. Roth shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in economics for his pioneering research into market design - the principles that govern all kinds of markets where money isn't the only factor in determining who gets what. His book reveals what factors make these markets work well - or badly - and shows us all how to recognise a good match and make smarter, more confident decisions.
A distinguished expert and advisor to developing nations reveals how we've reduced poverty, increased incomes, improved health, curbed violence, and spread democracy - and how to ensure the improvements continue.
Never before have so many people, in so many developing countries, made so much progress. Most people believe the opposite: that with a few exceptions like China and India, the majority of developing countries are hopelessly mired in deep poverty, led by inept dictators, and living with pervasive famine, widespread disease, constant violence, and little hope for change. But a major transformation is underway-and has been for two decades now. Since the early 1990s more than 700 million people have been lifted out of extreme poverty, six million fewer children die every year from disease, tens of millions more girls are in school, millions more people have access to clean water, and democracy-often fragile and imperfect-has become the norm in developing countries around the world.
The Great Surge is the remarkable story of this unprecedented economic, social, and political transformation. It shows how the end of the Cold War, the development of new technologies, globalization, courageous local leadership, and in some cases, good fortune, have combined to dramatically improve the fate of hundreds of millions of people in poor countries around the world. Most importantly, it reveals how we can fight the changing tides of climate change, resource demand, economic and political mismanagement, and demographic pressures to accelerate the political, economic, and social development that has been helping the poorest of the poor around the world.
Too often a design or architecture degree is seen as a means to an end (a job in an established practice). But imagine for one moment that there are no employers, no firms to send your CV to, no interviews to be had - what would you do? How would you forge your own path after graduation? The current economic climate has seen many graduates chasing a finite number of positions. The most ingenious and driven designers have found weird and wonderful ways of making opportunities for themselves, often by applying their skills across the creative disciplines of art, design, architecture and interiors. Knowing what you want from your design career and being able to adapt your strategy to suit is basic and vital - just like in the wild, designers need to evolve. The book celebrates the various strategies that students and graduates are taking to gain exposure, while also including interviews and inspirational advice.
Today unemployment hovers over 6% in Australia, and youth unemployment is 14%, yet companies struggle to find and keep employees with the right skills...
The good news is that this skills gap equals unprecedented opportunities for anyone seeking a rewarding and well-paying career. These opportunities can't be found inside a traditional classroom, but rather in the educational options that provide the technical, vocational and soft skills that companies actually need. These include: professional certifications, associate degrees, apprenticeships, and occupational learning...In Job U you'll learn how to navigate these non-traditional pathways into your 'dream job' in any field. Along the way you'll meet people of all ages who have done just that: from an emergency air paramedic, to a lead racing car mechanic, to a celebrity chef... Whether you are considering tertiary education, or further along in your career journey, Job U is your ticket to a more secure and prosperous future.
Winner in the 2015 International Book Awards in the Business: Careers category.
Do you want to be sure you're getting the maximum tax refund? Of course you do! Luckily, Tax For Australians For Dummies is here to make it easy to ensure you get every cent you deserve for the 2015-16 tax year. Written by respected tax specialist and CPA fellow Jimmy B. Prince, this fun and friendly guide walks you step-by-step through the complex Australian tax system and explains in plain English what you can claim and exactly what you're owed.
Designed to help you take advantage of everything from investments to kids to government concessions, Tax For Australians For Dummies has you covered from every angle. With plenty of top tips to help make filing your tax return a breeze—plus some key warnings to help you avoid any pitfalls along the way—it's completely up-to-date for anyone completing their tax returns from June onwards. Whether you prepare your own tax return, use myTax or eTax or go to an accountant, there's something inside that will take your return from 'What?' to 'Wow!' in no time.
* Includes updated tax rates and superannuation thresholds
* Explains Fringe Benefits Tax and Capital Gains Tax
* Covers tax and financial hardship
* Describes changes to small business deductions
If you're an employee, investor, small business owner, retiree or even a student, Tax For Australians For Dummies is the no-nonsense, easy-to-follow guide that answers all of your tax questions.
Since its first publication in March 2006, How to Grow A Multi-Million Dollar Property Portfolio- in your spare time has become an Australian investment classic and #1 best seller. But times have changed and strategic property investors will adapt, so this 10th anniversary edition has been fully updated taking into account the current economic and finance climate and is a must-read for all Australians keen to develop financial independence through property investment. Sadly, despite there being 1.7 million property investors in Australia, 92% never get past their second property since they don't use a proven system. This book lays out the time-proven system used by strategic investors who've succeeded. It is a plain English guide from an 'Insider' with powerful new updated strategies that could make you seriously rich.
You may be surprised to learn that according this new book by property experts Ben Kingsley and Bryce Holdaway, you don’t need to accumulate a 10+ property portfolio to create a $2,000 passive income in your retirement. Nor will you need to spend more than 10 hours a week managing your portfolio when you have everything in place. Sound easy? Well that’s why it’s the ‘Armchair’ guide. Of course, when you’ve started your early retirement and are enjoying this level of passive income, you’ll probably spend your time travelling, having fun with family and friends, enjoying your sports and hobbies rather than sitting in your armchair!
The Armchair Guide to Property Investing is a comprehensive book. Readers are given all the fundamentals about investing, money and risk management, as well as the tools to get them started in the first two parts of the book. In the third and final part, the authors share the 18 investment strategies that in their vast experience have worked for thousands of their clients – and themselves – over the years.
The last chapter discloses six case studies where you will discover how six very different investors – a young single, a couple who started investing early, a couple who left it a bit late (luckily it’s rarely too late), a single parent and a couple with no kids – all built portfolios which will deliver $2,000 income in their retirement. And it’s written in plain-English, in a friendly style that makes it an easy book to read.
Companies and people that matter have successfully become the obvious choice in the hearts and minds of their customers, their employees and their communities. They elevate themselves by consistently finding ways to solve the most pressing needs their markets face. The result? They create more value year after year and build sustainable, differentiated organizations.
In Matter, Peter Sheahan, Julie Williamson and Dom Thurbon show you how to identify the place where you can create the most value – your edge of disruption – at the intersection of old and new, where your existing profits, reach and reputation enable you to create the markets of the future. This is the place where the most important problems are solved and where the fewest people can solve them. Your edge of disruption is where your opportunity to matter is found.
Matter uses extensive case studies of real companies that have successfully become the obvious choice in their markets – from high-profile corporations like Adobe and Burberry to lesser-known brands like Littlefield and BlueShore Financial. Their stories define innovative and impactful approaches you can use to influence and partner with the right customers and clients in our radically changing world. Through their journeys, you will find the inspiration and courage to lean into complexity and solve the higher-value problems that matter most.
Don't just read this book – use it to identify and act on opportunities to create the most value and accelerate your own journey to becoming a person and a company that matters.
Matter is a must-read intellectual roadmap for all those courageous leaders looking to make an actual difference' – Jeremy Gutsche, CEO, Trend Hunter, and New York Times bestselling author.
In The New York Times bestselling author examines how people can drive creative, moral, and organisational progress-and how leaders can encourage originality in their organisations. How can we originate new ideas, policies and practices without risking it all?
Adam Grant shows how to improve the world by championing novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battling conformity, and bucking outdated traditions. Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt; how parents and teachers can nurture originality in children; and how leaders can fight groupthink to build cultures that welcome dissent.
Learn from an entrepreneur who pitches his startups by highlighting the reasons not to invest, a woman at Apple who challenged Steve Jobs from three levels below, an analyst who overturned the rule of secrecy at the CIA, a billionaire financial wizard who fires employees for failing to criticize him, and a TV executive who didn't even work in comedy but saved Seinfeld from the cutting room floor.
Originals will give you groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and improving the status quo.
Stay focused. Stick to your knitting. Go with what works. In today's volatile economic environment, filled with uncertainty and sudden change, the forces pushing us to keep focused on the core business become extremely powerful. And, of course, profiting from the core is crucial. But the danger is, over-focus on the core can blind companies to the substantial opportunities for growth that are often hidden in plain sight, at the edge of the core business.
Edge Strategy is uniquely positioned at the intersection of marketing and strategy, focusing on the myriad opportunities that are internal to the business, and showing leaders how to recognize and then leverage these opportunities at the margins. Crucially, the customer's experience of a company and its products is central to what makes the Edge Strategy work.
Strategy experts Alan Lewis and Dan McKone have a sharp, practical way of characterizing and visualizing the different kinds of edges. With engaging examples from across many industries, Lewis and McKone coach readers on how to identify and assess each of the different edges and then provide concrete insights and advice on Edge Strategy and tactics in specific business contexts. The book concludes with a ten-step process to help executives and managers to find and leverage the edge opportunities in their own companies.
Edge Strategy is the concise, hands-on guide for growing your business by getting more yield from assets already in place, access already established, investments already made.
This book answers the question: 'What's next?' The Internet had a world-changing impact on businesses and the global community over the twenty years from 1994 to 2014. In the next ten years, change will happen even faster. As Hillary Clinton's Senior Advisor for Innovation, Alec Ross travelled nearly a million miles to forty-one countries, the equivalent of two round-trips to the moon. From refugee camps in the Congo and Syrian war zones, to visiting the world's most powerful people in business and government, Ross's travels amounted to a four-year masterclass in the changing nature of innovation. In The Industries of the Future, Ross distils his observations on the forces that are changing the world. He highlights the best opportunities for progress and explains how countries thrive or sputter. Ross examines the specific fields that will most shape our economic future over the next ten years, including robotics, artificial intelligence, the commercialization of genomics, cybercrime and the impact of digital technology. Blending storytelling and economic analysis, he answers questions on how we will need to adapt. Ross gives readers a vivid and informed perspective on how sweeping global trends are affecting the ways we live, now and tomorrow.
The bestselling classic on disruptive innovation, by renowned author Clayton M. Christensen. His work is cited by the world s best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic bestsellerone of the most influential business books of all timeinnovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding companies can do everything rightyet still lose market leadership. Christensen explains why most companies miss out on new waves of innovation. No matter the industry, he says, a successful company with established products will get pushed aside unless managers know how and when to abandon traditional business practices. Offering both successes and failures from leading companies as a guide, The Innovator s Dilemma gives you a set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation. Sharp, cogent, and provocativeand consistently noted as one of the most valuable business ideas of all time The Innovator s Dilemma is the book no manager, leader, or entrepreneur should be without.
The Monopolists reveals the unknown story of how Monopoly came into existence, the reinvention of its history by Parker Brothers and multiple media outlets, the lost female originator of the game, and one man's lifelong obsession to tell the true story about the game's questionable origins.
Most think it was invented by an unemployed Pennsylvanian who sold his game to Parker Brothers during the Great Depression in 1935 and lived happily - and richly - ever after. That story, however, is not exactly true. Ralph Anspach, a professor fighting to sell his Anti-Monopoly board game decades later, unearthed the real story, which traces back to Abraham Lincoln, the Quakers, and a forgotten feminist named Lizzie Magie who invented her nearly identical Landlord's Game more than thirty years before Parker Brothers sold their version of Monopoly. Her game - underpinned by morals that were the exact opposite of what Monopoly represents today - was embraced by a constellation of left-wingers from the Progressive Era through the Great Depression, including members of Franklin Roosevelt's famed Brain Trust.
A gripping social history of corporate greed that illuminates the cutthroat nature of American business over the last century, The Monopolists reads like the best detective fiction, told through Monopoly's real-life winners and losers.
This is a prestige edition which is why it is in hardback and is being printed in two colours. It is a concise history of the last 25 years in the financial services industry, using columns written by leading Australian financial authority, Noel Whittaker. This covers the history of superannuation, age pension, the share market, booms and busts, estate planning, and is full of advice for anyone who is planning for their future.
Excel 2016 in easy steps shows you how to quickly get to grips with the new features of Microsoft s latest version of this popular spreadsheet application. Written concisely, yet comprehensively, Excel 2016 in easy steps uses detailed images and easy-to-follow instructions to get you up to speed with Excel, whether you re just upgrading from a previous version or you are new to the spreadsheet concept. Excel 2016 is due to be released by Microsoft in the Fall of 2015.
Office 2016 in Easy Steps guides you through Microsoft s latest version of Office, so you can soon master its new features. It concentrates on the most useful and productive elements of Office 2016, covering the basics of Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. Aimed at both new and experienced users, this guide covers the essential functions of Microsoft Office, in easy steps.
Word 2016 in easy steps shows you how to quickly get to grips with the new features of Microsoft s latest version of this popular word processing application. Word 2016 in easy steps uses detailed images and easy-to-follow instructions to get you up to speed with Word, whether you re just upgrading from a previous version or are a new user. Word 2016 is due to be released by Microsoft the Fall of 2015.