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The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties

The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties

Paul Collier

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From world-renowned economist Paul Collier, a candid diagnosis of the failures of capitalism and a pragmatic and realistic vision for how we can repair it.

Deep new rifts are tearing apart the fabric of Britain and other Western societies - thriving cities versus the provinces, the highly skilled elite versus the less educated, wealthy versus developing countries.

As these divides deepen, we have lost the sense of ethical obligation to others that was crucial to the rise of post-war social democracy. So far these rifts have been answered only by the revivalist ideologies of populism and socialism, leading to the seismic upheavals of Trump, Brexit and the return of the far right in Germany. We have heard many critiques of capitalism but no one has laid out a realistic way to fix it, until now.

In a passionate and polemical book, celebrated economist Paul Collier outlines brilliantly original and ethical ways of healing these rifts - economic, social and cultural - with the cool head of pragmatism, rather than the fervour of ideological revivalism. He reveals how he has personally lived across these three divides, moving from working-class Sheffield to hyper-competitive Oxford, and working between Britain and Africa, and acknowledges some of the failings of his profession.

Drawing on his own solutions as well as ideas from some of the world's most distinguished social scientists, he shows us how to save capitalism from itself - and free ourselves from the intellectual baggage of the 20th century.
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Dare to Lead

Dare to Lead

Brene Brown

$29.99
In her #1 NYT bestsellers, Brene Brown taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers and culture shifters, she's showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead.

Leadership is not about titles, status and power over people. Leaders are people who hold themselves accountable for recognising the potential in people and ideas, and developing that potential. This is a book for everyone who is ready to choose courage over comfort, make a difference and lead.

When we dare to lead, we don't pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don't see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it and work to align authority and accountability. We don't avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into the vulnerability that's necessary to do good work.

But daring leadership in a culture that's defined by scarcity, fear and uncertainty requires building courage skills, which are uniquely human. The irony is that we're choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the same time we're scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines can't do better and faster. What can we do better? Empathy, connection and courage to start.

Brene Brown spent the past two decades researching the emotions that give meaning to our lives. Over the past seven years, she found that leaders in organisations ranging from small entrepreneurial start-ups and family-owned businesses to non-profits, civic organisations and Fortune 50 companies, are asking the same questions:

How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders? And, how do you embed the value of courage in your culture?

Dare to Lead answers these questions and gives us actionable strategies and real examples from her new research-based, courage-building programme.

Brene writes, 'One of the most important findings of my career is that courage can be taught, developed and measured. Courage is a collection of four skill sets supported by twenty-eight behaviours. All it requires is a commitment to doing bold work, having tough conversations and showing up with our whole hearts. Easy? No. Choosing courage over comfort is not easy. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and work. It's why we're here.'
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The Finance Curse: How global finance is making us all poorer

The Finance Curse: How global finance is making us all poorer

Nicholas Shaxson

$35.00
Global finance is a system that works for the few and against the many. We need finance - but when finance grows too big it becomes a curse. The City of London is the single biggest drain on our resources; it sucks talent out of every sphere, it siphons wealth and hoovers up government time. Yet to be 'competitive?, we?re told we must turn a blind eye to money-laundering and appease big business with tax cuts. We are told global finance is about wealth creation; the reality is wealth extraction. Tracing the curse back through economic history, Shaxson uncovers how we got to this point. He exposes offshore tax havens; the uncontrolled growth of monopolies; the myths around the Celtic Tiger and its low corporate tax rate; the bizarre industry of wealth management; the destructive horrors of private equity; and the sinister 'Competitiveness Agenda?.

Nicholas Shaxson revealed the dark heart of tax havens long before the Panama and Paradise Papers. Now he tells the explosive story of how finance established a stranglehold on society and points us towards a way out. This is a book that none of us can afford to ignore.
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The Almighty Dollar: Follow the Incredible Journey of a Single Dollar to See How the Global Economy Really Works

The Almighty Dollar: Follow the Incredible Journey of a Single Dollar to See How the Global Economy Really Works

Dharshini David

$22.99
The dollar is the lifeblood of globalisation: China holds billions in reserve for good reason. Greenbacks, singles, bucks or dead presidents, call them what you will, $1.2 trillion worth are floating around right now - and half the dollars in circulation are actually outside of the USA.

But what is really happening as these billions of dollars go around the world every day? By following $1 from a shopping trip in suburban Texas, via China's Central Bank, Nigerian railroads, the oil fields of Iraq and beyond, The Almighty Dollar answers questions such as: why is China the world's biggest manufacturer - and the US its biggest customer? Is free trade really a good thing? Why would a nation build a bridge on the other side of the globe?

In lively and entertaining prose Dharshini David lays bare these complex interrelationships through the simple story of one dollar as it moves through the opaque international system. This is essential reading that gets to the heart of how our new globalised world really works.
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Capitalism without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy

Capitalism without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy

Jonathan Haskel ,  Stian Westlake

$35.95
The first comprehensive account of the growing dominance of the intangible economy.

Early in the twenty-first century, a quiet revolution occurred. For the first time, the major developed economies began to invest more in intangible assets, like design, branding, R&D, and software, than in tangible assets, like machinery, buildings, and computers. For all sorts of businesses, from tech firms and pharma companies to coffee shops and gyms, the ability to deploy assets that one can neither see nor touch is increasingly the main source of long-term success.

But this is not just a familiar story of the so-called new economy. Capitalism without Capital shows that the growing importance of intangible assets has also played a role in some of the big economic changes of the last decade. The rise of intangible investment is, Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake argue, an underappreciated cause of phenomena from economic inequality to stagnating productivity.

Haskel and Westlake bring together a decade of research on how to measure intangible investment and its impact on national accounts, showing the amount different countries invest in intangibles, how this has changed over time, and the latest thinking on how to assess this. They explore the unusual economic characteristics of intangible investment, and discuss how these features make an intangible-rich economy fundamentally different from one based on tangibles.

Capitalism without Capital concludes by presenting three possible scenarios for what the future of an intangible world might be like, and by outlining how managers, investors, and policymakers can exploit the characteristics of an intangible age to grow their businesses, portfolios, and economies.

Jonathan Haskel is professor of economics at Imperial College Business School. Stian Westlake is a senior fellow at Nesta, the UK’s national foundation for innovation. Haskel and Westlake are cowinners of the 2017 Indigo Prize.
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Moneyland: Why Thieves And Crooks Now Rule The World And How To Take It Back

Moneyland: Why Thieves And Crooks Now Rule The World And How To Take It Back

Oliver Bullough

$39.99
'Jaw-dropping and deeply unsettling. Oliver Bullough provides a sobering and brilliant account of how piracy on an epic-scale is alive and well in the 21st century. A must-read. Simple as that.' - Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Road

From ruined towns on the edge of Siberia, to Bond-villain lairs in Knightsbridge and Manhattan, something has gone wrong with the workings of the world.

Once upon a time, if an official stole money, there wasn't much he could do with it. He could buy himself a new car or build himself a nice house or give it to his friends and family, but that was about it. If he kept stealing, the money would just pile up in his house until he had no rooms left to put it in, or it was eaten by mice.

And then some bankers in London had a bright idea.

Join the investigative journalist Oliver Bullough on a journey into Moneyland - the secret country of the lawless, stateless superrich.

Learn how the institutions of Europe and the United States have become money-laundering operations, undermining the foundations of Western stability. Discover the true cost of being open for business no matter how corrupt and dangerous the customer. Meet the kleptocrats. Meet their awful children. And find out how heroic activists around the world are fighting back.

This is the story of wealth and power in the 21st century. It isn't too late to change it.
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The Crypto Book: How to Invest Safely in Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies

The Crypto Book: How to Invest Safely in Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies

Siam Kidd

$29.99
Blockchain technology and the cryptocurrencies it enables are being described by some people as the biggest thing since the internet, but very few people understand it, or the opportunities it brings. Enter this down-to-earth guide to understanding what cryptocurrencies are, why it matters, and how to make money from them.

This book is for everyone who has heard of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, wants to learn more - and make money on the back of it. Believe it or not, if you bought $1,000 of Bitcoin in 2010, you would now be worth over $220m! This has left the public stunned. People around the world are asking What on earth is a crypto? , Should I buy some Bitcoin? , How do I even buy some cryptocurrencies? , Isn't this just one big bubble? and more.

Siam Kidd is one of the world's leading authorities on how to safely invest in cryptocurrencies. He runs The Realistic Trader, home to the world's best crypto investing course for beginners with a community of followers from around the globe.

He created this book to lift up the crypto bonnet in order to reveal, explain and illustrate everything you really need to know about this fascinating market. You'll learn:

* What all this Crypto stuff is * Why it exists * Where this industry is going in the future * How it will positively change your life * The pitfalls and errors every newbie makes * And importantly, how to safely play in this market if you so wish to have a dabble with some risk capital!

This book does all that without boring you with mathematics and 'Geek Speak'.

The future of money is digital currency.
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Unlocking High Performance: How to use performance management to engage and empower employees to reach their full potential

Unlocking High Performance: How to use performance management to engage and empower employees to reach their full potential

Jason Lauritsen

$44.99
Traditional performance management processes are often ineffective in increasing workforce engagement and fostering a positive employer-employee relationship. The established method of annually scoring employees against a list of static objectives can make employees feel undervalued and frustrated and can hinder, rather than advance, staff development. Unlocking High Performance shows you how to transform this process to get the best out of your workforce. It presents a new model for performance management based on the three components of planning, cultivation and accountability, and situates this process within the wider aims of promoting work as a healthy relationship between employer and employee rather than a restrictive contract to be complied with.

Unlocking High Performance equips you with the tools needed to create clear expectations and goals, deliver feedback effectively, and to develop a culture of coaching rather than criticism. This book also provides practical guidance on how to identify and remove obstacles, effectively manage underperformance, and how to get buy-in for change. Packed with tips, tools and examples from organizations including Vistaprint, NVIDIA and South Dakota State University, this book provides everything needed to design a performance management process which will improve employee experience, help them reach their full potential, and ultimately deliver exceptional business results.
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Supercharge Your Property Portfolio: Strategies that work in any market

Supercharge Your Property Portfolio: Strategies that work in any market

Victor Kumar

$29.99
Learn the key pillars and strategies to supercharge your property portfolio from Victor Kumar, the founder of Right Property Group. Victor's multimillion dollar property portfolio speaks to the success of the investment information he shares in Supercharge Your Property Portfolio.

This book covers the essentials for buying property and investing in the property market; from the importance of goal setting before you begin, to how to pick the right area, the art of negotiation, using buyers agents, the biggest property investment mistakes you should avoid, key steps to renovation and property development, and Victor's specifi c strategies for property investment that will see you building your own portfolio on solid foundations.
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Make Money Simple Again: Financial Peace in Less That 10 Minutes a Month

Make Money Simple Again: Financial Peace in Less That 10 Minutes a Month

Ben Kingsley  ,  Bryce Holdaway

$29.95
Life has become so fast-paced and complicated. Through technological innovation, we're connected 24/7, we're busier than ever before and finding it hard to balance all aspects of our lives - not least the family budget!

Best-selling authors Bryce Holdaway and Ben Kingsley's new book offers a simple, proven approach that will make money simple again, helping you to spend less than you earn so that you can save and invest for your financial future.

History leaves clues; back in the day our grandparents would receive cash (remember that?) in a paper pay-packet (I kid you not), then they would physically set aside the dollars to 'rent/mortgage', 'food and bills' and 'savings' - often in those old-fashioned flour jars - one for each area of expense. It was simple, and it worked.

Bryce and Ben's teachings draw on this proven logic of allocating income to various financial commitments, both short and longer term, ensuring you have the right amount of money for today, but just as importantly for tomorrow.

Of course, in our grandparents' days, there was no 'tap and go', no credit cards, store cards or one-click purchasing, all geared to take our money from us. The authors recognise that all these options challenge our financial willpower, but their experience, from working with thousands of people, in all stages of life, over almost two decades prove that their system works.

The MoneySMARTS money management system outlined in this amazing new book, cuts through the today's challenges of digital (invisible) money, to showcase a proven, rules-based approach to ensure you are in complete control of your finances. In Make Money Simple Again they will show you how to:

* Know where your money goes * Take control of your spending * Trap your cash flow surplus each month * Pay off your debts sooner * Ensure you don't leave any 'money on the table' * Make every dollar work harder for you * Pay for holidays, kids' education, property and other big-ticket items

Achieve total control of your money in this new age and invest for your financial future. Using their MoneySMARTS system, will give you financial peace in less than 10 minutes a month!
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Make Time: How to focus on what matters every day

Make Time: How to focus on what matters every day

Jake Knapp ,  John Zeratsky

$35.00
'If you want to achieve more (without going nuts), read this book.' Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit

What if you could step off the hamster wheel and start taking control of your time and attention?

As creators of Google Ventures' renowned 'design sprint', Jake and John have helped hundreds of teams solve important problems by changing how they work. Building on the success of these sprints and their experience designing ubiquitous tech products like Gmail and YouTube, they spent years experimenting with their own personal habits and routines, looking for ways to help individuals optimize their energy, focus, and time. Now they've packaged the most effective tactics into a four-step daily framework that anyone can use to systematically design their days.

Making time isn't about radically overhauling your lifestyle; it's about making small shifts in your environment to liberate yourself from constant busyness and distraction. Make Time is a must-read for anyone who has ever thought 'if only there were more hours in the day...'
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Unshakeable: Your Guide to Financial Freedom

Unshakeable: Your Guide to Financial Freedom

Tony Robbins

$22.99
Tony Robbins, arguably the most recognizable life and business strategist and guru, is back with a timely, unique follow-up to his smash New York Times bestseller Money: Master the Game.

Market corrections are as constant as seasons are in nature. There have been 30 such corrections in the past 30 years, yet there's never been an action plan for how not only to survive, but thrive through each change in the stock market.

Building upon the principles in Money: Master the Game, Robbins offers the reader specific steps they can implement to protect their investments while maximizing their wealth. It's a detailed guide designed for investors, articulated in the common-sense, practical manner that the millions of loyal Robbins fans and students have come to expect and rely upon.

Few have navigated the turbulence of the stock market as adeptly and successfully as Tony Robbins. His proven, consistent success over decades makes him singularly qualified to help investors (both seasoned and first-timers alike) preserve and add to their investments.

'Tony's power is super-human' Oprah Winfrey

'He has a great gift. He has the gift to inspire' Bill Clinton

'Tony Robbins needs no introduction. He is committed to helping make life better for every investor' Carl Icahn

'The high priest of human potential. The world can't get enough of Anthony Robbins' The New York Times
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Retail Disruptors: The Spectacular Rise and Impact of the Hard Discounters

Retail Disruptors: The Spectacular Rise and Impact of the Hard Discounters

Jan-Benedict Steenkamp ,  Laurens Sloot

$44.99
Hard discounters are stores that sell a limited selection of consumer packaged goods and perishables - typically fewer than 2,000 Stock Keeping Units - for prices that are usually 50-60% lower than national brands. The best known hard discounters are Aldi and Lidl, but global brands include Trader Joe's, EuroSpin, Biedronka, Netto and Leader Price. Their rise has been monumental; they have irrevocably changed the face of retail in Europe and Australia, and are making steady inroads into the US. Retail Disruptors explores the very real threat that hard discounters pose to traditional retailers and brand manufacturers.

Retail Disruptors is the first book that explores this upheaval, providing expert insight into the business models of the leading hard discounters, and what mainstream retailers and brand manufacturers can do to remain competitive in the face of disruption. Meticulously researched by two of the leading authorities in retail strategy, private labels, branding, and hard discounting, Retail Disruptors is essential reading for all brand manufacturers and retailers who want to retain the competitive edge.
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What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing

What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing

Ed Finn

$39.99
The gap between theoretical ideas and messy reality, as seen in Neal Stephenson, Adam Smith, and Star Trek.

We depend on-we believe in-algorithms to help us get a ride, choose which book to buy, execute a mathematical proof. It's as if we think of code as a magic spell, an incantation to reveal what we need to know and even what we want. Humans have always believed that certain invocations-the marriage vow, the shaman's curse-do not merely describe the world but make it. Computation casts a cultural shadow that is shaped by this long tradition of magical thinking. In this book, Ed Finn considers how the algorithm-in practical terms, a method for solving a problem -has its roots not only in mathematical logic but also in cybernetics, philosophy, and magical thinking.

Finn argues that the algorithm deploys concepts from the idealized space of computation in a messy reality, with unpredictable and sometimes fascinating results. Drawing on sources that range from Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash to Diderot's Encyclopedie, from Adam Smith to the Star Trek computer, Finn explores the gap between theoretical ideas and pragmatic instructions. He examines the development of intelligent assistants like Siri, the rise of algorithmic aesthetics at Netflix, Ian Bogost's satiric Facebook game Cow Clicker, and the revolutionary economics of Bitcoin. He describes Google's goal of anticipating our questions, Uber's cartoon maps and black box accounting, and what Facebook tells us about programmable value, among other things.

If we want to understand the gap between abstraction and messy reality, Finn argues, we need to build a model of algorithmic reading and scholarship that attends to process, spearheading a new experimental humanities.
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