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The Inner Lives of Markets

By Ray Fisman, Tim Sullivan
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Ray Fisman, Tim Sullivan
What is a market? To most people it is a shopping center or an abstract space in which stock prices vary minutely. In reality, a market is something much more fundamental to being human, and it affects not just the price of tomatoes but the boundaries of everything we value.Reading the newspapers these days, you could be forgiven for thinking that markets are getting ever more efficient - and better. But as Tim Sullivan and Ray Fisman argue in this insightful book, that view is far from complete. For one thing, efficiency isn't always a good thing - illegal markets are very often more efficient than legal ones, because they are free of concern for laws and human rights. But even more importantly, the chatter about efficiency has obscured a much broader conversation about what kind of economic exchange we actually want. Every regulation, every sticker price, and every sale is part of an ever-changing ecosystem - one that affects us as much as we affect it.By tracing 50 years of economic thought on this subject, Fisman and Sullivan show how markets have evolved - and how we can keep making them better. This leads to fascinating and surprising insights, such as:- Why your £10,000 used car is likely to sell for £2,000 or less;- Why you should think twice before buying batteries on Amazon; and- Why it's essential that healthy people buy medical insurance.In the end, The Inner Lives of Markets argues for a new way of thinking about how you spend your money - it shows that every transaction you make is part of a grand social experiment. We are all guinea pigs running through a lab maze, and the sooner we realize it, the more effectively we can navigate the path we want.
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Inventing the Universe

By Alister McGrath
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Alister McGrath
We just can't stop talking about the big questions around science and faith. They haven't gone away, as some predicted they might; in fact, we seem to talk about them more than ever. Far from being a spent force, religion continues to grow around the world. Meanwhile, Richard Dawkins and the New Atheists argue that religion is at war with science - and that we have to choose between them. It's time to consider a different way of looking at these two great cultural forces. What if science and faith might enrich each other? What if they can together give us a deep and satisfying understanding of life?Alister McGrath, one of the world's leading authorities on science and religion, engages with the big questions that Dawkins and others have raised - including origins, the burden of proof, the meaning of life, the existence of God and our place in the universe. Informed by the best and latest scholarship, Inventing the Universe is a groundbreaking new primer for the complex yet fascinating relationship between science and faith.
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Intentional Living

By John C. Maxwell
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John C. Maxwell
We all have a longing to be significant. We want to make a contribution, to be a part of something noble and purposeful. But many people wrongly believe significance is unattainable. They worry that it's too big for them to achieve. That they have to have an amazing idea, be a certain age, have a lot of money, or be powerful or famous to make a real difference.The good news is that none of those things is necessary for you to achieve significance and create a lasting legacy. The only thing you need to achieve significance is to be intentional. And to do that, all you need to do is start. You can't make an impact sitting still and doing nothing. Every major accomplishment that's ever been achieved started with a first step. Sometimes it's hard; other times it's easy, but no matter what, you have to do it if you want to get anywhere in life.In INTENTIONAL LIVING, John Maxwell will help you take that first step, and the ones that follow, on your personal path through a life that matters.
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The Invention of Nature

By Andrea Wulf
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Andrea Wulf
WINNER OF THE 2015 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARDWINNER OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE 2016WINNER OF THE 2017 DINGLE PRIZE'Dazzling' Literary Review 'Brilliant' Sunday Express'Extraordinary and gripping' New Scientist'A superb biography' The Economist'An exhilarating armchair voyage' GILES MILTON, Mail on Sunday Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) is the great lost scientist - more things are named after him than anyone else. There are towns, rivers, mountain ranges, the ocean current that runs along the South American coast, there's a penguin, a giant squid - even the Mare Humboldtianum on the moon. His colourful adventures read like something out of a Boy's Own story: Humboldt explored deep into the rainforest, climbed the world's highest volcanoes and inspired princes and presidents, scientists and poets alike. Napoleon was jealous of him; Simon Bolívar's revolution was fuelled by his ideas; Darwin set sail on the Beagle because of Humboldt; and Jules Verne's Captain Nemo owned all his many books. He simply was, as one contemporary put it, 'the greatest man since the Deluge'.Taking us on a fantastic voyage in his footsteps - racing across anthrax-infected Russia or mapping tropical rivers alive with crocodiles - Andrea Wulf shows why his life and ideas remain so important today. Humboldt predicted human-induced climate change as early as 1800, and The Invention of Nature traces his ideas as they go on to revolutionize and shape science, conservation, nature writing, politics, art and the theory of evolution. He wanted to know and understand everything and his way of thinking was so far ahead of his time that it's only coming into its own now. Alexander von Humboldt really did invent the way we see nature.
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The Insider's Guide to Publishing

By Katherine Lapworth, Kevin McCann, Tom Green
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Katherine Lapworth, Kevin McCann, Tom Green
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Imagination and a Pile of Junk

By Trevor Norton
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Trevor Norton
'In his whistle-stop tour of inventions large and small, the scientist Trevor Norton shares the Gershwins' view that invention is fundamentally comic.' The Sunday TimesTrevor Norton, who has been compared to Gerard Durrell and Bill Bryson, weaves an entertaining history with a seductive mix of eureka moments, disasters and dirty tricks. Although inventors were often scientists or engineers, many were not: Samuel Morse (Morse code) was a painter, Lazlow Biro (ballpoint) was a sculptor and hypnotist, and Logie Baird (TV) sold boot polish. The inventor of the automatic telephone switchboard was an undertaker who believed the operator was diverting his calls to rival morticians so he decided to make all telephone operators redundant. Inventors are mavericks indifferent to conventional wisdom so critics were dismissive of even their best ideas: radio had 'no future,' electric light was 'an idiotic idea' and X-rays were 'a hoax.' Even so, the state of New Jersey moved to ban X-ray opera glasses. The head of the General Post Office rejected telephones as unneccesary as there were 'plenty of small boys to run messages.'Inventomania is a magical place where eccentrics are always in season and their stories are usually unbelievable - but rest assured, nothing has been invented.
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Inheritance

By Sharon Moalem
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Sharon Moalem
A groundbreaking book that will transform how we understand ourselves and our families by revealing that everything we thought we knew about genetics is wrong:* Your genes are not fixed; * the traits you inherit aren't unalterable; * the way you behave can affect how these genes are passed down to your children.Your experiences, no matter how seemingly inconsequential - from bullies to crushes to what you eat for dinner - have all left an indelible mark within you. And more importantly, within your genes.We're taught that we don't have much of a choice in the matter of what we get or what we give, because our genetic legacy was fixed when our parents conceived us. But that's all wrong. Our genes are constantly on the move, some are turning on while others are turning off, all in response to what you're doing, what you're seeing, and what you're feeling. And all of those things can be changed, which means we can change. Genetically. INHERITANCE is a guidebook for that change. No longer do we have to settle for what we've been given. We can write our own story.
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The Interview Coach: Teach Yourself

By Patricia Scudamore, Hilton Catt
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Patricia Scudamore, Hilton Catt
By the end of this book you will be fully prepared to give an outstanding interview .- Identify your strengths and weaknesses- Understand what interviewers are looking for- Practice your answers to typical questions- Build your confidence to tackle any situation- Get the job you wantOther books help you talk the talk. The Teach Yourself Coach books helps you walk the walk.Who are you? * Anyone with an interview coming upWhere this book take you?* You will be fully prepared to give an outstanding interviewHow does it work?* A combination of practical tried-and-tested advice, and unique interactive exercisesWhen can you do it?* In your own time, at your own paceWhat else do you get?* Access to free online videos and printable resourcesWhy Teach Yourself®?* Teach Yourself books are trusted around the world and have helped sixty million people achieve their goals
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Inspirational Leadership

By Richard Olivier
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Richard Olivier
Henry V is Shakespeare's greatest leader inspired and inspiring, visionary yet pragmatic, powerful yet responsible. As a study of an inspirational leader he remains unparalleled. As a new king, Henry unites a group of disparate people around a common goal, learns to face his own self-doubts, and inspires his followers to a near-miraculous victory against all odds. It's an allegory for the trials and tribulations that beset the modern business leader. In this fascinating book, acclaimed stage director and creative consultant Richard Olivier draws on his intimate knowledge of the play, and its absorbing central character, to unmask the secrets of inspirational leadership and reveal the timeless lessons it holds for managers and leaders today. With unique practical understanding gained from working with real-life managers and leaders on this seminal text, Olivier successfully combines ancient wisdom with modern experience. Following the journey of the play, he tracks the development of Henry as a leader, offering timeless insights into the psychology, skills and techniques of effective, inspirational leadership.
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Inside Apple

By Adam Lashinsky
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Adam Lashinsky
In Inside Apple, Adam Lashinsky provides readers with an insight on leadership and innovation. He introduces Apple business concepts like the 'DRI' (Apple's practice of assigning a Directly Responsible Individual to every task) and the Top 100 (an annual event where that year's top 100 up-and-coming executives are surreptitiously transported to a secret retreat with company founder Steve Jobs).Based on numerous interviews, the book reveals exclusive new information about how Apple innovates, deals with its suppliers, and is handling the transition into the Post Jobs Era. While Inside Apple provides a detailed investigation into the unique company, its lessons about leadership, product design and marketing are universal. Inside Apple will appeal to anyone hoping to bring some of the Apple magic to their own company, career, or creative endeavour.
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Introducing Management in a Week: Teach Yourself

By Martin Manser
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Martin Manser
The ability to make a successful transition into management who wants to advance their career.Written by Martin Manser, a leading trainer of managers and highly-respected author, this book quickly teaches you the insider secrets you need to know to in order to seamlessly move up the career ladder.The highly motivational 'in a week' structure of the book provides seven straightforward chapters explaining the key points, and at the end there are optional questions to ensure you have taken it all in. There are also cartoons and diagrams throughout, to help make this book a more enjoyable and effective learning experience.So what are you waiting for? Let this book put you on the fast track to success!
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The Innovation Zone

By Thomas M. Koulopoulos
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Thomas M. Koulopoulos
Innovation has become a mantra for organizations facing unprecedented market pressures and worldwide competition. But can it be taught or developed as a core competency? Are there rules for turning great ideas into breakthrough innovations that alter behavior and culture, change the company-customer relationship, and carve out a path to global business success? Profiling dozens of today's most innovative organizations, The Innovation Zone delivers a new playbook for creating a structured business model of innovation that focuses on process, not products, to generate sustainable value and competitive dominance.
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  • Improve Your Cash Flow: Teach Yourself

    By Robert McCallion, Alan Warner
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    Robert McCallion, Alan Warner
    Is this the right book for me?Do you have responsibility for managing cash flow in a small to medium enterprise or as a manager in a larger organisation, but have limited financial experience? Do you worry that lack of attention to this crucial aspect of financial management could lead to disaster for your business? Improve your Cash Flow, written by two leading financial experts, will help employers, managers and consultants to understand more about how to manage cash flow and how it can impact on your business. Whether you are working at home, a growing business or a non-financial manager this book will guide you easily through all the issues, providing practical advice on why cash is king, including why businesses go bust; why profit is not cash, how to deal with creditors and debtors; using supplier credit as a source of finance; debtors and cash collection; financial planning and sources of funding; the pros and cons of debt finance, using your bank effectively and much more.Improve your Cash Flow includes:Chapter 1: Why 'cash is king'?Chapter 2: Profit and cash flowChapter 3: The impact of the business modelChapter 4: Key decisions and start-up timeChapter 5: Cash flow planningChapter 6: Sources of fundingChapter 7: Controlling capital expenditureChapter 8: Debtors and cash collectionChapter 9: Managing stock levelsChapter 10: Using supplier credit as a source of financeChapter 11: Alternative routes to financingChapter 12: Formats for cash flow reportingChapter 13: Recruting financial expertiseChapter 14: Using your bank effectivelyChapter 15: 'Cash is king'Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and added features: Not got much time?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.Author insightsLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the authors' many years of experience.Test yourselfTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.Extend your knowledgeExtra online articles to give you a richer understanding of setting up your own small business.Five things to rememberQuick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.Try thisInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
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    The Internet and Email For The Over 50s: Teach Yourself Ebook Epub

    By Bob Reeves
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    Bob Reeves
    Do you feel that you have been left behind in the technological revolution? Are you looking for sound, practical advice on getting the most out of email and the Internet? If so, The Internet and email for the Over 50s is exactly what you need! Focusing on a wide range of internet and email uses that are of particular relevance and interest to older computer users and the technologically terrified, including travel, shopping and much more, this book even covers online dating!The author approaches the subject in a highly accessible way, covering emailing, making calls over the Internet, shopping online, banking, setting up a blog and searching online. Starting from first basics, it begins with how to choose the right computer, software and peripherals. Made up of of self-contained chapters with the emphasis on what the computer is being used for, rather than scary technical stuff about the software needed, this book covers key areas of interest including: getting started with email, sending and receiving emails and attachments; making phone calls over the internet (VOIP etc), 'chatting' online; reading and writing blogs; keeping your personal information safe online and keeping your computer safe from viruses; finding what you need on the internet, shopping, banking and online auctions. Filled with clear instructions and supported with screenshots, tips, hints and a full 'jargon-busting' glossary, it assumes no prior knowledge of using the internet and email, guiding you with practical good humour to success.NOT GOT MUCH TIME?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.AUTHOR INSIGHTSLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.TEST YOURSELFTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGEExtra online articles at www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of the Internet and email.FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBERQuick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.TRY THISInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
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  • The Internet and Email For The Over 50s: Teach Yourself

    By Bob Reeves
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    Bob Reeves
    Is this the right book for me?Do you feel that you have been left behind in the technological revolution? Are you looking for sound, practical advice on getting the most out of email and the Internet? If so, The Internet and email for the Over 50s is exactly what you need! Focusing on a wide range of internet and email uses that are of particular relevance and interest to older computer users and the technologically terrified, including travel, shopping and much more, this book even covers online dating!The author approaches the subject in a highly accessible way, covering emailing, making calls over the Internet, shopping online, banking, setting up a blog and searching online. Starting from first basics, it begins with how to choose the right computer, software and peripherals. Made up of of self-contained chapters with the emphasis on what the computer is being used for, rather than scary technical stuff about the software needed, this book covers key areas of interest including: getting started with email, sending and receiving emails and attachments; making phone calls over the internet (VOIP etc), 'chatting' online; reading and writing blogs; keeping your personal information safe online and keeping your computer safe from viruses; finding what you need on the internet, shopping, banking and online auctions. Filled with clear instructions and supported with screenshots, tips, hints and a full 'jargon-busting' glossary, it assumes no prior knowledge of using the internet and email, guiding you with practical good humour to success.The Internet and Email for the Over 50s includes: Chapter 1: Choosing a computerChapter 2: Other equipment you might needChapter 3: Programs (software) you might needChapter 4: Getting started on your computerChapter 5: Setting up your email addressChapter 6: Sending and receiving emailsChapter 7: Sending and receiving email attachmentsChapter 8: Organizing email messages and contactsChapter 9: Getting started on the InternetChapter 10: Keeping organized when using the WebChapter 11: Making phone calls over the internetChapter 12: Chatting over the internetChapter 13: Getting involved with online communities Chapter 14: Reading and writing blogsChapter 15: Keeping your personal information safe onlineChapter 16: Keeping your computer safe from online threatsChapter 17: Arranging and booking your travelsChapter 18: Banking online and other financial servicesChapter 19: Buying from an online auctionChapter 20: Selling at an online auctionChapter 21: Doing your grocery shoppingChapter 22: Working and learningChapter 23: Accessing TV, radio and gamesChapter 24: Accessing music and filmsChapter 25: Dating onlineChapter 26: Websites for the over 50s Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.Author insightsLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.Test yourselfTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.Extend your knowledgeExtra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject.Five things to rememberQuick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.Try thisInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
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  • Improve Your Time Management: Teach Yourself

    By Polly Bird
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    Polly Bird
    Is this the right book for me?Improve your Time Management is the definitive guide to the basics of time management - the art of organizing your life so that you are in control. You don't need complicated equipment, dozens of staff or a six-month break to learn how to save time and achieve more. All you need is a willingness to try some of the ideas in this book and the energy to start now.The book starts by asking you what you want to do with your life and explains how to work out how you really spend your time. It helps you to find out what you do that wastes time and tells you how to eliminate it then shows you how to plan your life better so that you deal with important activities and tasks at the most appropriate times. It tackles time-wasting activities such as paperwork, phone calls and meetings. And just to make sure that you aren't the only person in your office working at optimum efficiency, it explains how to instill good time management practices in your staff.By the time you finish the book, you will not only be using your time more effectively but will have more of it. This book will help you turn time into your best friend rather than your worst enemy.Improve Your Time Management includes:Chapter 1: Choose your personal prioritiesChapter 2: How much time have you got?Chapter 3: Plan your timeChapter 4: Using transition timeChapter 5: Conquer procrastinationChapter 6: Learn to say 'no'Chapter 7: Reduce paperworkChapter 8: Subdue your phoneChapter 9: Master your meetingsChapter 10: The art of delegatingChapter 11: Deal with information overloadChapter 12: Time management trainingLearn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and added features:Not got much time?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.Author insightsLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.Test yourselfTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.Extend your knowledgeExtra online articles to give you a richer understanding of time management.Try thisInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
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    Improve Your Project Management: Teach Yourself

    By Phil Baguley
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    Phil Baguley
    The ability to manage projects in an effective and efficient manner - on schedule and on budget - is a vital skill to have and a real asset for any business and even any home project. Improve Your Project Management helps you to gain this important skill - using a progressive, step-by-step approach. Covering everything from building the right team chemistry to micro-managing finances and dealing with unexpected problems, this book will arm you with all you need to become a great project manager.NOT GOT MUCH TIME?One and five-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.AUTHOR INSIGHTSLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.TEST YOURSELFTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGEExtra online articles at www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of project management.FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBERQuick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.TRY THISInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
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    India Inc.

    By Vikas Pota
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    Vikas Pota
    Pota shortlists 10 Indian high achievers who cover every aspect of India's growing prowess and highlights what these people have done to make it big. Besides a keen focus on information technology, others profiled work in fields as diverse as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, banking, manufacturing, entertainment and green energy. A fascinating insight into the minds of movers and shakers behind the success of huge corporations, including Narayana Murthy, Chairman of Infosys, K V Kamath, Chairman of ICICI Bank and role model Kiran Mazumdar Shaw who broke through the male-dominated Indian business world to become Chairwoman of Biocon India, Asia's largest biotechnology company.
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  • Instant Manager: Time Management

    By Polly Bird
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    Polly Bird
    Whether you are finding your way as a manager or you want to enhance the skills you already have, the Instant Manager series is exactly what you need! Written by leading experts, these books are inexpensive, concise but above all authoritative guides to the subject at hand. The portable format allows you to carry the book wherever you go and to fit learning and development into your busy work life. Based on the 10 most FAQs, each chapter ends with a quick tip that can be taken on board immediately. A tear out card covering the most salient points allows you to carry the expertise with you wherever you go.Time Management includes coverage of the following, specifically tailored to give you an understanding of how time management can help you at work: what time management is and why it is important in management, how to plan your time, how to deal with all the paper, phone calls and electronic communication that forms such a large part of the working day, how to delegate and how to save time at meetings. Backed by the authority of the Chartered Management Institute, this is an essential addition to the manager's library.
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  • Instant Manager: Overcoming Information Overload

    By Tina Konstant
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    Tina Konstant
    Whether you are finding your way as a manager or you want to enhance the skills you already have, the Instant Manager series is exactly what you need! Written by leading experts, they are inexpensive, concise but above all authoritative guides to the subject at hand. The portable format allows you to carry the book wherever you go and to fit learning and development into your busy work life.Based on the 10 most FAQs, each chapter ends with a quick tip that can be taken on board immediately. A tear out card covering the most salient points allows you to carry the expertise with you wherever you go.Information is unlimited but our ability to manage it is not. But where overload can come from any number of sources and affects every individual differently, the root cause of information overload is the same for everyone: the shift in perception from being in control to chaos. This book is for anyone who feels helpless and frustrated as a result of information overload. It is also essential reading for anyone who has more work than time, is reluctant to speed-read in case vital information is missed or regularly deals with difficult, dull or technical information.Each chapter will include top tips for immediate results, answers to key questions on how to get out of overload (and avoid it happening again) and strategies that work.Backed by the authority of the Chartered Management Institute, this is an essential addition to the manager's library.
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