By Martin Williams
'Eye-popping analysis of politicians' finances... a ground-breaking study... a fascinating and important work.' Sunday Times'Immaculately researched... A powerful reminder that reporters can serve the public good... Should make journalists proud - and may even help to make the world a better place' Peter Oborne, New StatesmanWho do our politicians work for? The public, or big business? If you want to understand why British politics isn't working, the first place to start is here. Parliament Ltd reveals the financial interests that British politicians would rather you didn't hear about. From banks and private corporations, to lobbying and the arms trade, there are MPs making millions by moonlighting in second jobs. Where does their loyalty belong - to us or to their paymasters? Meanwhile - years after the expenses scandal - they are now claiming more than ever before. In his enthralling journey to the dark heart of British politics, Martin Williams exposes a hidden, shocking culture of greed and corruption.
People Skills In A Week
By Christine Harvey
People Skills In A Week is a simple and straightforward guide to raising motivation and performance levels, giving you everything you need to know in just seven short chapters. From raising morale and removing self-limiting beliefs, to increasing self-esteem and setting clear goals, you'll discover a set of principles and processes that really do work and will produce fantastic results.This book introduces you to the main themes and ideas of working with, leading and motivating ourselves and others , giving you a basic knowledge and understanding of the key concepts of people skills, together with practical and thought-provoking exercises. Whether you choose to read it in a week or in a single sitting, People Skills In A Week is your fastest route to success:- Sunday: Raise morale - raise performance- Monday: Reverse 'limitation thinking'- Tuesday: Elevate self-esteem and confidence- Wednesday: Reinforce strengths - eliminate weaknesses- Thursday: Catapult performance- Friday: Stamp out procrastination- Saturday: Magnify goal setting - magnify successABOUT THE SERIESIn A Week books are for managers, leaders, and business executives who want to succeed at work. From negotiating and content marketing to finance and social media, the In A Week series covers the business topics that really matter and that will help you make a difference today. Written in straightforward English, each book is structured as a seven-day course so that with just a little work each day, you will quickly master the subject. In a fast-changing world, this series enables readers not just to get up to speed, but to get ahead.
Practical Electronics: A Complete Introduction
By Andy Cooper
Now completely revised, Practical Electronics: A Complete Introduction covers the key areas of electronics you need to be confident in, whether you are a keen amateur hobbyist, an engineering student or a professional who wants to keep up to date. It outlines the basics in clear jargon-free English and provides added-value features like key ideas, memorable quotations and even lists of questions you might be asked in a seminar or exam.The book has been updated to remove complex and abstract technical thought and replace it with practical information that will be essential for students and general readers alike. It builds on basic principles such as simple circuits and switches, going on to explain how basic components can be used to form versatile digital systems, which can be combined and programmed to create new functional systems. It also covers microprocessor technology and microcontroller chips, showing how to program microcontrollers for learners wishing to explore this new technology. Practical Electronics employs the 'Breakthrough Method' to help you advance quickly at any subject, whether you're studing for an exam or just for your own interst. The Breakthrough Method is designed to overcome typical problems you'll face as learn new concepts and skills.- Problem: "I find it difficult to remember what I've read."; Solution: this book includes end-of-chapter summaries and questions to test your understanding.- Problem: "Lots of introductory books turn out to cover totally different topics than my course."; Solution: this book is written by a university lecturer who understands what students are expected to know.
Public Speaking In A Week
By Matt Avery
Public Speaking In A Week is a simple and straightforward guide to mastering the art of public speaking, giving you everything you need to know in just seven short chapters. From writing and delivering the content to handling your nerves and avoiding common mistakes, you'll discover how great presentation and public speaking skills can open doors for you in your career. This book introduces you to the main themes and ideas of public speaking, giving you a knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, together with practical and thought-provoking exercises. Whether you choose to read it in a week or in a single sitting, Public Speaking In A Week is your fastest route to success:- Sunday: Write a speech to which people will want to listen that is well-researched, uses stimulating content and is tailored to the needs of the audience- Monday: Learn how to use effective speaking techniques such as projection, commanding the space and interaction with your audience- Tuesday: Discover more advanced public speaking techniques such as using audio and visual aids, varying your pace, and adding tone and inflection- Wednesday: Ensure you are fully prepared through memorizing key points and rehearsing with others- Thursday: Control your nerves with relaxation techniques and confidence tricks of the trade- Friday: Engage with your audience by keeping to your script, making eye contact and varying your delivery - Saturday: Understand the common mistakes to avoid so that you won't lose your audience's attentionABOUT THE SERIESIn A Week books are for managers, leaders, and business executives who want to succeed at work. From negotiating and content marketing to finance and social media, the In A Week series covers the business topics that really matter and that will help you make a difference today. Written in straightforward English, each book is structured as a seven-day course so that with just a little work each day, you will quickly master the subject. In a fast-changing world, this series enables readers not just to get up to speed, but to get ahead.
The Power of Personality
By Sylvia Loehken
Management writers have come up with many tools for explaining how different types of personalities can work best together. But they have ignored the most important personality difference of all - the difference between introverts and extroverts. This book is the first book to fill that gap.This book follows up from Sylvia Loehken's international bestseller Quiet Impact, published in the UK in June, and will be required reading for all managers and anyone who wants to understand their colleagues better.
Project Management In A Week
By Martin Manser
Managing projects just got easierThis book will help you come to grips with the basics of project management in a week. By the end of the week you will know your way through the process more clearly. For a start, you will have to consult your end users to work out their precise requirements. You will then need to work out the best way to deliver the required outputs, consider the size of the team you will need to meet those requirements and prepare a schedule for the project. Most importantly, you will need to firm up costs, work out a budget and develop monitoring procedures to keep to the agreed costs. You will learn tips for communicating well, especially when dealing with unexpected problems that may arise.Each day of the week covers a different area and the material is structured for ease of reference. An introduction gives you a 'heads-up' as to what the day is about. The main material then explains the key lessons to be learned. Important principles are clarified and backed up by case studies, quotations and tables. Each day concludes with a summary, next steps and multiple-choice questions, to reinforce the learning points.Sunday: Think clearly. Lay firm foundations for your project as you clarify and set parameters for the project.Monday: Plan your project carefully. Begin to make detailed arrangements for the various stages of the project.Tuesday: Cost your project wisely in the planning stage and ensure that you have rigorous controls in place to monitor costs and quality as you implement the project.Wednesday: Implement your project successfully. After all your planning and preparation, you are now ready to put the project into practice.Thursday: Communicate effectively. Good communication with all the colleagues involved in your project is vital to ensure that the team works successfully.Friday: Deal with change constructively. Here we look at why some projects go off track and how to manage changes.Saturday: Conclude and evaluate your project positively. How do you complete all the final stages of your project? What lessons can you learn as you evaluate the success of your project?
Planning Your Career In A Week
By Wendy Hirsh, Charles Jackson
Planning your career just got easierVery few of us put much effort into planning for the kind of career we want. Thinking about where we are going at work is something we all need to do throughout our working lives. The nature of work and employment is always changing. When economic times are difficult, you need to show potentialemployers that you have something special to offer. You may also need to be more flexible in your plans. New kinds of jobs emerge all the time and many labour markets are becoming increasingly specialized. This means you need to find out more about the kinds of jobs that interest you, and you need to understand what employers are looking for and how people get these jobs. By working through a simple series of steps and exercises, you can help yourself to be clearer about what you want, what your options are, and how to move forward. Exercises in each chapter will help you build a collection of information and reflect on what you are learning about yourself and the process of career planning as you go along.Planning Your Career In A Week looks at one step in this process of career planning on each day of the week: Sunday: What do you want from work?Monday: What kind of job would you enjoy?Tuesday: What are you good at?Wednesday: Identifying your career optionsThursday: Collecting informationFriday: Making the choiceSaturday: Taking the first steps
PR In A Week
By Brian Salter
Brilliant PR just got easierYou are about to discover everything you need to know about Public Relations. PR is the practice of conveying messages to the public with the intention of changing the public's actions by influencing their opinions. By targeting different audiences with different messages to achieve an overall goal, PR practitioners can achieve widespread opinion and behavioural change.Communications is seen as being a key element in business, with PR experts increasingly called on to advise senior management on appropriate communications strategies, before decisions are made, rather than being called on to defend them after they have been made. But PR is not just for self-conscious organizations. If you are looking for a job or an in-house promotion; or if you are trying to publicize a fundraiser for your local charity; if you're trying to advance a cause, or you want others to appreciate your point of view, you need your voice to be heard.Nowadays there is a veritable plethora of communication channels available, ranging from traditional newspapers and magazines to online outlets including ezines, social networking sites and blogs. Some of these are good in some situations, but hopeless in others. Throughout this book we will be concentrating on how we can effect the flow of information and how we can achieve the desired mindset change in our target audiences.- Sunday: Who needs PR- Monday: External audiences- Tuesday: Dealing with the media- Wednesday: Social Media- Thursday: Practical pointers for powerful press releases- Friday: Marketing communications- Saturday: Internal PR
Patrick Moore's Astronomy: A Complete Introduction: Teach Yourself
By Patrick Moore, Percy Seymour
Astronomy: A Complete Introduction will ensure you recognize what you are seeing in the night sky. You will investigate the sun, moon, planets comets and stars and learn how to observe them. This comprehensive guide, complete with star charts, will map out the skies and allow you to impress your friends with your knowledge of the sky at night.Astronomy: A Complete Introduction includes:Chapter 1: Introducing AstronomyChapter 2: The spinning skyChapter 3: Sky-watchersChapter 4: The astronomer's telescopeChapter 5: Into spaceChapter 6: The SunChapter 7: The MoonChapter 8: The Sun's familyChapter 9: The inner planetsChapter 10: The outer planetsChapter 11: Minor members of the Solar SystemChapter 12: The starsChapter 13: Pattern of starsChapter 14: Double and variable starsChapter 15: The life and times of a starChapter 16: The Star-clusters and nebulaeChapter 17: The depths of the universeChapter 18: Into the future - life beyond the Earth
By Simon Raybould
The fast-track MBA in presentingImagine having instant access to the world's smartest thinking on presentations - and being shown exactly what to do to guarantee that you get your own presentations right, every time. Presentation Genius makes it easy to apply what researchers know about brilliant presentations to the real world. 40 chapters based on hundreds of cutting-edge business and psychology research projects reveal what works and what doesn't work when you're presenting. Each of the 40 chapters is a mini-masterclass in presentations, explaining the research and showing you how to apply it next time you present.In business, conventional wisdom often says one thing while research says another. Presentation Genius cuts through the noise to bring you proven research and techniques for applying it that will simply make you a better presenter.Quick to read and intensely practical, this book will bring a little presentation genius into your day.'This book will make you a better presenter' Paul McGee - The Sumo Guy. International speaker and bestselling author'What a great little book! There is something here for everyone. Experts will find new ideas (and some science) to test and polish their performances; novices will get a flying start with a whole range of presentation skills, which the rest of us had to learn by trial and error' Peter Judge, MBE, Attorney General of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands'An invaluable aid to anyone who wants to be sure to get information of any type across to audiences of all sizes' Dr Joanna Berry, Director of External Relations at Newcastle University Business School
Politics: A Complete Introduction: Teach Yourself
By Peter Joyce
This is your go-to guide to politicsAs the UK gears up for a snap general election on the back of a hotly contested and divisive referendum, there has never been a better time to discover more about politics and how it works. Politics: A Complete Introduction explains everything you need to know, giving you a comprehensive and easy-to-understand introduction to a complex subject. Inside you will learn about different political ideologies and systems, referendums, elections and electoral systems, political parties and party systems, protest, the media and politics, constitutions and human rights, what the courts do, and how the machinery of government is organised. It also covers the nation state in the modern world and international terrorism. Politics: A Complete Introduction is a jargon-free guide that will get you informed, fast.
Powers of Two
By Joshua Wolf Shenk
All of us have experienced creative connection, and glimpsed its power. Yet, for centuries, the myth of the lone genius has obscured the critical story of the power of collaboration. In Powers of Two, Joshua Wolf Shenk argues that creative pairs are the exemplars for innovation. Drawing on years of research on great partnerships in history - from Lennon and McCartney to Marie and Pierre Curie, plus hundreds more in fields including literature, popular culture, art and business - Shenk identifies the common journey pairs take from the spark of initial connection, through the passage to a cognitive 'joint identity' to competition and the struggle for power. Using scientific and psychological insights, he uncovers new truths about epic duos - and sheds new light on the genesis of some of the greatest creative work in history. He reveals hidden partnerships among people known only for their individual work (like C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien), and even 'adversarial collaborations' among those who are out to beat each other. This revelatory and lyrical book will make us see creative exchange as the central terrain of our psyches.
Power Up Your Pension with Alvin Hall
By Alvin Hall
The most popular question Alvin Hall is asked is 'where does my money go?'. In this quick and straightforward mini-guide, Alvin helps everyone plan for a comfortable and happy old age. Identifying the need to start saving sooner, Alvin identifies the key choices you need to make in planning your retirement and provides a practical understanding of how to make the most of your personal finances. This is an easy-to-follow advice for a brighter, sounder financial future.