Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan - there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, this book is the blueprint. Includes more than 50 practical tips and case studies from readers (including families) who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book as a starting point.
"This will change your life..."
What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from 20 countries, ranging as far back as the 18th century, to uncover key economic and social patterns.
"The most talked about non-fiction book this year"
Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.
"One of the best communication books ever written"
Winner of the 2013 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To achieve that end, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now...
"Engaging in parts."
Business authors Jack and Suzy Welch return, nearly a decade after publishing their international bestseller, Winning, to tackle the most pressing business challenges in the modern world. From creating winning strategies to leading and managing others, The Real Life MBA acts as an essential guide for every person in business today - and tomorrow.
A million listeners bought The Undercover Economist to get the lowdown on how economics works on a small scale, in our everyday lives. Since then, economics has become big news. Crises, austerity, riots, bonuses - all are in the headlines all the time. But how does this large-scale economic world really work? What would happen if we cancelled everyone's debt? How do you create a job? Will the BRIC countries take over the world?
"The perfect book for that business flight"
A radically revised new edition of this highly readable, popular guide aimed at everyone from students to statesmen who want to make sense of the modern economy and grasp how economic theory works in practice. It starts with the basics, and from the underlying theory it moves to the specifics of the world economy, including an analysis of the recent recession. The closing part puts the usefulness and the failings of economics under the spotlight, and looks at the innovative approaches being developed to address these failings.
"Informative and fascinating"
Robbie, aka the Naked Trader, is your expert and highly entertaining guide to the often baffling world of the stock market. In between cups of tea, rounds of toast and the occasional 'cuddle' with Mrs Naked Trader, he describes the straightforward techniques that have enabled him to succeed in the markets, escape the rat race and make a lot of money.
"a must read for all investors"
The long-awaited follow-up to the global best-seller Liar's Poker, The Big Short tells a story of spectacular, epic folly. It has taken the world's greatest financial meltdown to bring Michael Lewis back to the subject that made him famous. His international best seller Liar's Poker exposed the greed and carnage of the City and Wall Street in the 1980s; he wrote it as a cautionary tale, but people seem to have read it as a how-to guide. Now, he wants to settle accounts.
"What went wrong, in a way you'll understand."
Britain's leading guru looks to the future. Charles Handy is one of the giants of contemporary thought. His books on management - including Understanding Organizations and Gods of Management - have changed the way we view business. His work on broader issues and trends - such as Beyond Certainty - has changed the way we view society. In The Second Curve, Handy builds on a life's work to glimpse into the future and see what challenges and opportunities lie ahead.
"Outstanding reflective thinking"
Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot: Call it what you like, it matters. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it's the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it's the chains of labour. But in The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress. What's more, he reveals financial history as the essential back-story behind all history.
"Excellent Car Journey Material"
Karan Girotra, a professor of technology and operations management at INSEAD, and Serguei Netessine, a professor of Global Technology and Innovation at INSEAD, write about how the secret to success lies in who makes what decisions when and why.
Twice a year in the heart of Silicon Valley, a small investment firm called Y Combinator selects an elite group of young entrepreneurs from around the world for three months of intense work and instruction. Their brand-new two- or three-person start-ups are given a seemingly impossible challenge: to turn a raw idea into a viable business, fast. Each YC session culminates in a demo day, when investors and venture capitalists flock to hear pitches from the new graduates. Any one of them might turn out to be the next Dropbox (class of 2007, now valued at $5 billion).
"Must Read for Startups"
Having made the U.S. financial crisis comprehensible for us all in The Big Short, Michael Lewis realised that he hadn't begun to get grips with the full story. How exactly had it come to hit the rest of the world in the face too? Just how broke are we really? Boomerang is a tragi-comic romp across Europe, in which Lewis gives full vent to his storytelling genius.
"Sharp, fun and informative"
Linda A. Hill, a professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, Greg Brandeau, head of technology at Pixar, Emily Truelove, a researcher and a PhD candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Kent Lineback, a manager and executive with over 25 years of experience, write about how smart leaders of innovation don't set a vision and motivate others to follow it; they create a community that is both willing and able to innovate.
Economics matters. But with confusing things like GDP and interest rates, it's often hard to get you head around. So What do you really need to know about economics?
"very good insight into economics "
Guhan Subramanian, the Joseph Flom Professor of Law and Business at Harvard Law School, writes about how we need to return to first principles rather than meander toward "best practices."
Ten years after the worldwide best seller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns with another ground-breaking work, this time to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? Based on nine years of research, buttressed by rigorous analysis and infused with engaging stories, Collins and his colleague, Morten Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times.
"a good book however a bit dull in places."
David M. Upton, a professor at Oxford University's Said Business School, and Sadie Creese, a professor of cybersecurity at Oxford, write about how the biggest threat to your cybersecurity may be an employee or vendor.
The classic best seller by Benjamin Graham, perhaps the greatest investment advisor of the 20th century, The Intelligent Investor has taught and inspired hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Since its original publication in 1949, Benjamin Graham's book has remained the most respected guide to investing, due to his timeless philosophy of "value investing".
Material culture: the physical evidence of a culture in the objects and architecture they make, or have made. The term tends to be relevant only in archeological studies, but it specifically means all material evidence which can be attributed to culture, past or present. One way our American economy has been stimulated is through the production and innovation of technology.
If you're fed up with lenders ignoring your calls or less-than-sincere bankers giving you the runaround when you're on the clock to fulfill lucrative government contracts, you'll be delighted to know that this audiobook reveals powerful insider lending tips. They will have you laughing out loud all the way from the bank.
In response to what has become known as the Financial Crisis of 2008, the central bankers of the world have employed nearly every form of monetary alchemy at their disposal in a desperate attempt to maintain the status quo. The status quo, which in this case means that all commercial banks and sovereign governments remain both liquid and solvent, has become increasingly difficult to maintain.
In this issue: "Twinkie's Miracle Comeback: The Untold, Inside Story of a $2 Billion Feast" by Steve Bertoni. "Meet Tanium, The Secret Cybersecurity Weapon of Target, Visa and Amazon" by Brian Solomon. "Innovation Factory: How Parker Hannifin Pumps Out Breakthrough Products" by Dan Alexander. "The Tesla of Scooters Is Driving Asia's Two Wheel Revolution" by Aaron Tilley. "The Great Getty Curse" by Augustino Fontevecchia. "Luxury Lineage: A Brief History of the Lincoln Continental" by Michael Solomon. "The European Union -- Will It Die?" by Steve Forbes.
In today's ever-changing economic climate, there has never been a better time to give your finances a health check, and ensure your current and future financial needs are protected. As individuals this can mean making sure your family and future retirement plans are safeguarded, while as business owners it can mean making the right investments to ensure your company keeps growing and attaining any future goals.
Forbes editor John Tamny uses entertaining stories from sports, movies, popular culture, and famous businesses to demonstrate the basic principles of economics. The Rolling Stones, the Dallas Cowboys, and Paris Hilton become examples of good and bad tax policy. The Godfather, Gone With the Wind, and The Sopranos reveal the downside of antitrust regulation while the Michigan Wolverines' 2007 loss to Appalachian State explains why regulations often fail to achieve their intended purposes.
In this issue: "Measuring the Return on Character" by Fred Kiel. "Reinventing Performance Management" by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall. "Leadership Lessons from Great Family Businesses" by Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, Sonny Iqbal, and Jörg Ritter. "How to Launch Your Digital Platform" by Benjamin Edelman.
When you are listening to "International Taxation in America", you'll learn to redefine your meaning of the word "Taxation" ...that elusive "something" that is an inherent problem in so many of your businesses... and you'll gain the insight of how to move beyond the myths and the barriers that can cause your "bottom line" to be adversely affected.
"The Evolution of Steve Jobs": If Apple's rise depended on the standard Steve Jobs clichés, what are we to make of its dominance now? Time to revisit - and correct - the myth. "The Steve Jobs You Didn't Know: Kind, Patient, and Human": The untold story of Tim Cook's friendship with Steve Jobs. "Inside Gap's Plan to Get Back into Your Drawers": GAP's new CEO Art Peck knows that the first step toward regaining its iconic reputation is making clothes people actually want to wear. "The Biggest Business Comebacks of the Past 20 Years": Apple staged the most impressive recovery of the last 20 years. Here are 19 others that overcame hard times.
Business is a subject that will never die on planet Earth. Business occurs every single day of the week, 24 hours a day, making in a significant portion of our lives. A business gives the ability for a consumer to buy the products and services that they demand. Consumers also demand cheap prices and this can't be achieved without growth of a company. This is where mergers and acquisitions come into play.
Accenture doesn't pay its call center workers enough, so unions should intervene. This work discusses the problems of Accenture-type leadership. It also advocates the political and philosophical need for the unionization solution.
In the rarefied world of high fashion it isn't unusual for a gown or purse to become so sought-after that people will wait in line for it. So it must come as a shock to global fashionistas that the most coveted item in recent memory costs a mere $109 and comes from the rugged New England town of Freeport, Maine rather than an atelier in Paris or Milan.
The first topic of conversation at one of Silicon Valley's most exclusive dinners is usually the table. Made of a deep brown walnut, the table isn't oval or square but a distinctive asymmetrical rounded triangle inspired by the French designer Jean-Marie Massaud.
Socialism works! So wrote management guru Tom Peters, in Forbes ASAP, in the 1990s. You scoff? Okay, you're half right. Socialism works, but only in very small numbers. It doesn't scale.
How Super Angel Chris Sacca Made Billions, Burned Bridges, and Crafted the Best Seed Portfolio Ever" by Alex Konrad. "The Benchmark Way: Five Partners Who Make Other VC Firms Look Outgunned and Overstaffed" by Alex Konrad. "How Maine Bootmaker L.L. Bean Became Fashion's Hottest Company" by Clare O'Connor. "Meet Cyanogen, the Startup that Wants to Steal Android from Google" by Miguel Helft. "Beyond Beanbags: The Data-Driven Strategies that Make Google the Best Place to Work in America" by Kathryn Dill. "Yuri Milner's Unparalleled Global Tech Gold-Mining Machine" by Parmy Olson. "Think (Really!) Small" by Rich Karlgaard.
Management books tend to be windy affairs stuffed with bromides about teams (there's no "I" in them, have you heard?) and insipid advice about keeping track of your cheese or harnessing the power of the discipline of the art of the habits of highly effective people.
Between the parade of wet suits and abundant seafood and yoga joints, Manhattan Beach, just south of Los Angeles, tries to cling fast to its surf town roots.
It's a little hard to take Kirt McMaster seriously at first. He tends to run on his own schedule, and when he shows up 20 minutes late for a meeting on a recent weekday, there's not so much as a mention of his tardiness, let alone an apology.
The definitive guide to why different financial markets exist and how they operate. This edition brings the listener right up to speed with the latest developments in financial instruments and provides a clear and incisive guide to this complex world that even those who work in it often find hard to understand. With chapters on the markets that deal with money, foreign exchange, equities, bonds, commodities, financial futures, options, and other derivatives, it looks at why these markets exist, how they work and who trades in them, and it gives a run-down of the factors that affect prices and rates.
Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.
Tower of Basel is the first investigative history of the world's most secretive global financial institution. Based on extensive archival research in Switzerland, Britain, and the United States, and in-depth interviews with key decision-makers including Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve; Sir Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England; and former senior Bank for International Settlements managers and officials.
"Incredible story about the Bank no-one knows"
The global financial crisis has made it painfully clear that powerful psychological forces are imperiling the wealth of nations today. From blind faith in ever-rising housing prices to plummeting confidence in capital markets, "animal spirits" are driving financial events worldwide.
The 10th edition of the long-established definitive guide to the EU. From its original six members (who formed the European Economic Community in 1957) what became the European Union had grown to 27 members in 2007, with several more candidates for membership standing in the wings.
Most people regard tax havens as being relevant only to celebrities, crooks and spivs, and mistakenly believe that the main offshore problems are money laundering and terrorist financing. These are only small parts of the whole picture. The offshore system has been (discreetly) responsible for the greatest ever shift of wealth from poor to rich. It also undermines our democracies by offering the wealthiest members of society escape routes from normal democratic controls.
"To pay, or not to pay tax ...?"
The importance of a business's culture to sustainable success. An organisation's culture either gives it a competitive advantage or a competitive disadvantage. It is a crucial factor in determining how successful a business is and how much people want to work for an organisation. That is why managers are putting more and more emphasis on getting their organisation's culture right.
Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out exciting and fun. Then it gets harder and less fun, until it hits a low point: really hard, and not much fun at all. And then you find yourself asking if the goal is even worth the hassle. Maybe you're in a Dip: a temporary setback that you will overcome if you keep pushing. But maybe it's really a Cul-de-Sac, which will never get better, no matter how hard you try.
"Can't beat a bit of Godin..."
Richard H. Thaler has spent his career studying the radical notion that the central agents in the economy are humans - predictable, error-prone individuals. Misbehaving is his arresting, frequently hilarious account of the struggle to bring an academic discipline back down to earth - and change the way we think about economics, ourselves, and our world.
At its most basic level, Allied Capital is the story of Wall Street at its worst. But the story is much bigger than one little-known company. Fooling Some of the People All of the Time is an important call for effective law enforcement, free speech, and fair play.
In 1998, three Harvard Business School graduates - two men and one woman - turned down six-figure salaries at big corporations, bet on themselves, and launched their own new companies. By their 10-year reunion, their audacity had paid huge dividends. They'd made many millions of dollars, created hundreds of jobs and left their mark on the world. The Intelligent Entrepreneur tells the compelling and instructive story of how these three young founders did it.
"Very Interesting and Relevant"
The creation of the Mac, in 1984, catapulted America into the digital millennium, captured a fanatic cult audience, and transformed the computer industry into an unprecedented mix of technology, economics, and show business. Veteran technology writer and Newsweek senior editor Steven Levy zooms in on the great machine and the fortunes of the unique company responsible for its evolution. Loaded with anecdote and insight, and peppered with sharp commentary, Insanely Great is the definitive book on the most important computer ever made. It is a must-have for anyone curious about how we got to the interactive age.
Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystanders account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.
"Interesting and insightful"
One of the most lucrative fields in business, investment banking frequently perplexes even banking professionals working within its complex laws. Investment Banking For Dummies remedies common misconceptions with a straightforward assessment of banking fundamentals. Written by experts in stock market proceedings, this book runs parallel to an introductory course in investment banking.
>An invaluable guide to arrive at better business decisions. We make decisions, and these decisions make us and our organisations. And in theory, decision-making should be easy: a problem is identified, the decision-makers generate solutions, and choose the optimal one - and powerful mathematical tools are available to facilitate the task. Yet if it is all so simple why do organisations, both private and public sector, keep making mistakes - the results of which are borne by shareholders, employees, taxpayers, and ultimately society at large?
China's economic growth is sputtering, the Euro is under threat, and the United States is combating serious trade disadvantages. Another Great Depression? Not quite. Noted economist and China expert Michael Pettis argues instead that we are undergoing a critical rebalancing of the world economies.
Alan S. Blinder - esteemed Princeton professor, Wall Street Journal columnist, and former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board under Alan Greenspan - is one of our wisest and most clear-eyed economic thinkers. In After the Music Stopped, he delivers a masterful narrative of how the worst economic crisis in postwar American history happened, what the government did to fight it, and what we must do to recover from it.