By Michael Lewis
This light-hearted look at business relations between Japan and the West follows the fortunes of two cultural transplants - Bob Collins, a forthright American insurance executive who lives and works in Tokyo, and Shuji Tomikawa, a Harvard-educated Japanese working for Mitsui Real Estate in New York City.Through his meetings with these men, the author is able to draw some surprising conclusions about current Japanese business practices, both in relation to foreigners attempting to trade with them, and in terms of their own headlong rush into overseas markets, from the Ginza bars of Tokyo to the wino gangs of Times Square.
Pack Instant Manager Be in Control
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.
By Irving H. Buchen
Outsourcing. Global expansion. And a growing brain drain of American-trained talent. Is business losing its edge? This bold, fresh look at the positive forces driving the global competitiveness of U.S. business demonstrates that the American work ethic is alive and well--and credits human resources with giving it a new lease on life. Focusing on how HR has successfully merged research, technology and metrics to document and measure workplace culture, Partnership HR illuminates the creativity and innovation of today's workforce and its willingness to do whatever it takes to catch up, keep up and get ahead. Author Irving Buchen challenges organizational leaders and HR professionals alike to continue building alliances across the organization as advocates for the growth of the workforce, and to nurture and support this new performance ethic. He explores the key facets of recruitment and retention, delivers a new handbook for evaluation and training and examines the changing role of human resources and the developing workplace demographics. With exercises, tools and best-practice examples, Partnership HR offers key lessons from the very best and most successful companies that are encouraging the development of emerging worker hybrids--employee-managers, manager-leaders and leader-futurists--whose job profiles benchmark the future of HR.
Patrick Moore's Astronomy: Teach Yourself
By Patrick Moore
Patrick Moore's Astronomy 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.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 astronomy.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.
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
People Management In A Week
By Norma Barry
Managing people just got easierThe book gives you a sound understanding of the concept of people management; the role of people managers; people motivational theories; the various people management styles and their appropriateness; the tools available to people managers to help them do their jobs effectively; techniques for managing performance; and an insight into how people managers candevelop their teams.Management, along with leadership, is one of the most studied topics in organizations. There is a wealth of literature covering the subject and there are many views on what makes a good manager and what their role is, together with how effective teams are managed and developed. Many hold the view that management is best learned through doing. Nevertheless, this book provides practising, junior and aspiring managers with a fundamental understanding of the principles and challenges of managing people, together with guidance on how to be an effective people manager. It should help you underpin your practice with sound, simply presentedsummaries of various theories and techniques.Whether you choose to read it in a week or in a single sitting, this is your fastest route to success:- Sunday: Understand how people management relates to leadership, and the features and tools of a people management role.- Monday: Explore the various managerial levels and roles and the responsibilities and qualities of people managers.- Tuesday: Gain an overview of people management styles and their advantages and disadvantages in different situations.- Wednesday: Examine the external and internal organisational contexts of people managerial jobs.- Thursday: Use your power and influence effectively to motivate teams, tackle poor performance and provide positive feedback and encouragement.- Friday: Develop your coaching and mentoring ability and learn to identify and utilise your team's specific skills.- Saturday: Maintain successful performance through effective delegation, planning and strategy, and good communication.
People Skills In A Week
By Christine Harvey
The ability to communicate effectively is crucial to anyone who wants to advance their career.Written by Christine Harvey, a leading expert on workplace communication, this book quickly teaches you the insider secrets you need to know to in order to communicate better.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!
Personal Impact at Work in a Week: Teach Yourself
By Christine Harvey
The ability to present yourself in such a way as to make an impact, is crucial to anyone who wants to advance their career.Written by Christine Harvey, a leading expert on business communication, this book quickly teaches you the insider secrets you need to know to in order to make a difference at work.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!
Persuasion And Influence In A Week
By Di McLanachan
SundayExplore factors that influence, both positively and negatively and discover how influencing is selling MondayUnderstand the power of personality and charisma and ensure you are putting the right message acrossTuesdayUse the Assertiveness Sentence technique to sound more confident in any situationWednesdayDiscover the three elements of communication and how to use them to build rapid, effective rapport with othersThursdayLearn to recognize the internal filters that we all have and utilize them in patterns of persuasionFridayUse NLP models to influence at an unconscious level, including the technique of 'chunking' to gain agreement SaturdayLearn how to use proven persuasion techniques such as emotional 'triggers', scarcity, the law of reciprocity, the power of three, and the AIDA formula
Philosophy of Science: Teach Yourself
By Mel Thompson
A modern understanding of the world is unthinkable without science, but what exactly is it? What does it mean to say that something is 'scientific'? How are its results justified? From the genetic basis of life, to the structures of the universe and the atom, TEACH YOURSELF PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE explores how the key ideas that shape our world have been developed.- Investigate the history of science.- Examine scientific method.- Discover key philosophers and scientists.- Explore the impact of science on Western thought.
Plan A Secure Retirement: Teach Yourself
By Trevor Goodbun
Are you only a few years away from retirement and fearful of how you will manage, particularly in the current financial climate? This book is aimed at those about to retire who want to make the most of their money in retirement but it's about much more than just pensions. All other aspects of managing finances for retirement are covered, from getting the best deal on a current account to leaving an inheritance in the most tax efficient way. And all in just one handy, portable book complete with jargon-buster!Each chapter covers a specific aspect of retirement finances providing the facts in an understandable way, along with advice and tips. Throughout the book, case studies and the author's extensive personal experience of dealing with pension planning are used to clearly illustrate the points being made. No book can replace specific tailored advice from an expert but this book will help you to make more of your money through your own actions and tell you exactly where expert help is needed. Areas covered include:-Understanding pensions-Essential things to do and find out before retiring-Income tax, capital gains tax and National Insurance-Investments, including investing in property and equity release-Passing on wealthand the book finishes with advice on things you can do after retirement to help your financesWritten in a clear and reassuring way it will melt away the mystique of pensions and tackle the all-round financial aspects of planning for a comfortable retirement.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 at www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of NLP.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.
Plan Now, Retire Happy
By Alvin Hall
When it comes to your retirement, it's easy to stick your head in the sand thinking you are too young, too busy and too cash-strapped to worry about the future. Or maybe you're discouraged by all the bad news about pensions? But as the nation's favourite money man explains, even the recession is no excuse to stop planning ahead. But where do you start? And who should you trust? In this step-by-step guide to pensions and building financial security, Alvin Hall separates the myths from the realities, and shows how a little planning and action today will empower you tomorrow. From the very first step of visualising your retirement, to creating a sound and flexible investment plan that allows you to make the most of your money - whatever your circumstances.
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
Plumbing Made Easy: Flash
By Roy Treloar
The books in this bite-sized new series contain no complicated techniques or tricky materials, making them ideal for the busy, the time-pressured or the merely curious. Plumbing Made Easy is a short, simple and easy to follow guide to mastering some simple plumbing jobs that might occur on an everyday basis. By learning some basic skills and techniques you can learn how to carry out repairs and simple projects - in just 96 pages. Ideal for the busy or the thrifty, Plumbing Made Easy is a quick, to-the-point guide for those who want to complete simple plumbing jobs quickest time possible.
Political Skill at Work
By Gerald R. Ferris
In today's organizations, career success depends more on political skill-the ability to influence, motivate, and win support from others-than on almost any other characteristic. Political Skill at Work delivers the "how" to influence at work, not just the "what." The authors of this innovative study explore how people high in political skill are more successful at getting hired, building a reputation, and establishing leadership. From the worlds of business, politics, education, and sports, they offer compelling examples of political skill in action. And, for the first time, they provide ways to measure and enhance this powerful ability. Anyone interested in personal or professional development will find this book worthwhile.
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.
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.
The Power of A Positive No
By William Ury
The most powerful word in the language is one that most people find difficult to say. Yet when we know how to use it correctly, it has the power to profoundly transform our lives. That word is 'No'. In Getting to Yes, William Ury helped millions of people across the world discover how to transform their working and personal relationships by saying Yes. In this wise and insightful 'prequel' to the international bestseller, Ury asserts that, although you may be able to say Yes, you cannot get to the right Yes until you know how to say No. Most of us are reluctant to say No when we fear the word could spoil relationships with bosses; lose the deal with clients or upset family members. This indispensable book will help readers know whether and how to say No and provides a simple, proven five-step solution and tried and tested techniques to tackle this everyday dilemma.
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.