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Our business books give budding entrepreneurs and business people all the facts, stats and information they need to make running a company a success. These, along with our business strategy books, help make advertising, sales, marketing and business innovation more accessible.

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    How Business Works (Hardback)

    DK

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    Defines and explains the key concepts behind business, finance and company management. With the right knowledge, business does not have to be difficult. Do you know the difference between profit margin, gross profit and net profit? What is cash flow or a limited company? How Business Works answers hundreds of questions and is an invaluable reference for anyone wanting to learn about business. This unique guide explains complex business concepts using simple, easy-to-understand language while defining hundreds of business terms such as stocks and shares, limited companies, partnerships and bond issues. Essential know-how is offered on everything from starting a small business to marketing your company and building your teams. No other business book explains the subject visually and in such a concise and immediate manner.
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    The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (Paperback)

    John Perkins

    False economics. Threats, bribes, extortion. Debt, deception, coups, assassinations and unbridled military power. These are the tools used by the `corporatocracy' - a vast network of corporations, banks, colluding governments and rich and powerful individuals - to ensure that they retain and expand their wealth and influence, growing richer and richer as the poor become poorer. In his original, post 9/11 book, John Perkins revealed how he was recruited as an economic hit man in the 1970s, and exposed the corrupt methods American corporations use to spread their influence in the developing world, cheating countries out of trillions of dollars. In this new, extensively updated edition he lays bare the latest, terrifying evolution of the economic hit man, and how the system has become even more entrenched and powerful than ever before. In New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins provides fresh and chilling evidence of how the corporatocracy has grown its influence to every corner of the globe, making us all unwitting slaves to their regime. But he also provides advice on how we can end our unconscious support of the system and its self-serving, lethal economy.
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    Shoe Dog (Paperback)

    Phil Knight

    Phil Knight, the co-founder of Nike, reveals his life story in this candid memoir.

    He talks about starting his own business at the age of just 24 and explains the risks and setbacks that he faced along the way to becoming the man behind one of the world's most iconic brands.

    This is an inspiring biography about building something from scratch and overcoming adversity to make your mark (or leave a footprint!) on the world. If you're thinking of buying this book, just do it!
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    Good to Great (Hardback)

    Jim Collins

    Can a good company become a great one and, if so, how? After a five-year research project, Collins concludes that good to great can and does happen. In this book, he uncovers the underlying variables that enable any type of organization to make the leap from good to great while other organizations remain only good. Rigorously supported by evidence, his findings are surprising - at times even shocking - to the modern mind. "Good to Great" achieves a rare distinction: a management book full of vital ideas that reads as well as a fast-paced novel.
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    The Lives of Bees (Hardback)

    Thomas D. Seeley

    How the lives of wild honey bees offer vital lessons for saving the world (TM)s managed bee colonies Humans have kept honey bees in hives for millennia, yet only in recent decades have biologists begun to investigate how these industrious insects live in the wild. The Lives of Bees is Thomas Seeley (TM)s captivating story of what scientists are learning about the behavior, social life, and survival strategies of honey bees living outside the beekeeper (TM)s hive "and how wild honey bees may hold the key to reversing the alarming die-off of the planet (TM)s managed honey bee populations. Seeley, a world authority on honey bees, sheds light on why wild honey bees are still thriving while those living in managed colonies are in crisis. Drawing on the latest science as well as insights from his own pioneering fieldwork, he describes in extraordinary detail how honey bees live in nature and shows how this differs significantly from their lives under the management of beekeepers. Seeley presents an entirely new approach to beekeeping "Darwinian Beekeeping "which enables honey bees to use the toolkit of survival skills their species has acquired over the past thirty million years, and to evolve solutions to the new challenges they face today. He shows beekeepers how to use the principles of natural selection to guide their practices, and he offers a new vision of how beekeeping can better align with the natural habits of honey bees. Engagingly written and deeply personal, The Lives of Bees reveals how we can become better custodians of honey bees and make use of their resources in ways that enrich their lives as well as our own.
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    Work Like a Woman (Paperback)

    Mary Portas (Author)

    Mary Portas, widely known as the Queen of Shops, offers expert advice that will help you call time on alpha culture and be more productive, collaborative and altogether happier!

    Drawing on decades of business experience, she talks about how women and men can come together for the benefit of everyone and how whatever level you are at and wherever you work, you can make a significant impact.
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    Blah! Blah! Blah! (Paperback)

    Dave Buonaguidi

    Dave Buonaguidi has been a maverick in the advertising world for over 30 years. This book is a rambling journey through his diverse career, from small London ad agencies to top multinationals. Along the way he co-founded four creative agencies, found success as a print artist and now works as a business adviser to start-ups and a public speaker. Over the years Dave has learnt a thing or two about how to build a strong team that turns out outstanding work. His story shows that working your bollocks off pays dividends, that if you're nice and good, interesting projects will come your way, that everything gets better when you're having fun and that doing great work is f**king hard. He also reveals what makes a good pitch, what makes somewhere a great place to work and who and how to hire. Littered with stupid points of view, ridiculous rants, a few bits of art and other stories, this is part memoir, part business book, for anyone who hates the status quo but wants to work hard, make brilliant work and be happy doing it.
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    Super Thinking (Paperback)

    Gabriel Weinberg

    Turn yourself into a superthinker and make the right decisions every time. You want to make better decisions. You want to be right more of the time professionally and personally. However, being more right consistently is a hard problem because the world is such a complex, evolving place. How do you navigate this complexity? Mental models are decision-making tools that guide our perception of the world and our behaviour in it. They help us understand life, make decisions and solve problems. The best models help us make intelligent investments, develop ground-breaking technologies and even travel to outer space. - Note your frame of reference before debating someone with different political views. If you understand how your perspective contrasts with someone else's you can prevent the conversation from getting hostile. - Apply the sunk cost fallacy to the end of a doomed project. Just because you've put a lot of hours into it doesn't mean that you have to keep going. - Before blaming someone, consider Hanlon's Razor, 'Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by carelessness'. - Try to solve mysteries with Occam's Razor, 'Among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected'. When you hear hoof beats, think of horses not zebras. Building on our knowledge of well-known models such as the Bandwagon Effect or Paradigm Shift and introducing us to the lesser known like the Eisenhower Matrix or the Boiling Frog Symbol, this indispensable book distils the most effective mental models into a single, digestible volume. It will make even the most complex models accessible and engaging to enable you to make better, more informed decisions in every part of your life.
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    Make, Think, Imagine (Hardback)

    John Browne

    Today's unprecedented pace of change leaves many people wondering what new technologies are doing to our lives. Has social media robbed us of our privacy and fed us with false information? Are the decisions about our health, security and finances made by computer programs inexplicable and biased? Will these algorithms become so complex that we can no longer control them? Are robots going to take our jobs? Will better health care lead to an ageing population which cannot be cared for? Can we provide housing for our ever-growing urban populations? Will we all be terrorised by autonomous drones that can identify and kill us, one by one? And has our demand for energy driven the Earth's climate to the edge of catastrophe? John Browne argues that we need not and must not put the brakes on technological advance. Civilisation is founded on engineering innovation; all progress stems from the human urge to make things and to shape the world around us, resulting in greater freedom, health and wealth for all. Drawing on history, his own experiences and conversations with many of today's great innovators, he uncovers the basis for all progress and its consequences, both good and bad. He argues compellingly that the same spark that triggers each innovation can be used to counter its negative consequences. Make, Think, Imagine provides an eloquent blueprint for how we can keep moving towards a brighter future.
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    How to Have a Happy Hustle (Paperback)

    Bec Evans

    How to Have a Happy Hustle shares the `secrets' and skills of innovation experts and startup founders to help you make your ideas happen. If you're looking for fulfilment outside the day job, have an idea but don't know where to start, or are held back by a lack of confidence, experience, time or money, Bec Evans will help you get off the starting blocks with this complete guide to making your ideas happen. There's no getting away from it - hustling is hard work - but with practical tools, inspiring stories, science-backed research and guidance every step of the way, you'll find what makes you happy as you build your side hustle.
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    Negotiating (Paperback)

    David Brown

    The negotiating secrets that experts and top professionals use. Get results fast with this quick, easy guide to the fundamentals of Negotiating. Includes how to: * Set clear goals and limits * Understand your potential adversary or partner * Use and interpret body language * Deal with difficult people * Close brilliant deals
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    Superhuman Innovation (Paperback)

    Chris Duffey

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the new electricity of our times. It is revolutionizing industries the world over, and changing how we fundamentally view and understand work. Superhuman Innovation argues that AI will supercharge the workforce and the world of work, can be harnessed to deliver powerful change to how companies innovate and gain competitive advantage. It is a practical guide to how AI and Machine Learning are impacting not only how businesses, brands, and agencies innovate, but also what they innovate: products, services and content. In a world of product and pricing parity, the delivery of superior service experience has become the new marketing, and the new real competitive edge. With AI companies can harness the power of data, personalization and on-demand availability, at the touch of an intelligent button. Superhuman Innovation discusses how AI will serve the superstar innovators of tomorrow, by enabling them to see deeper insights and set sail for higher goals. It unearths a powerful five-pronged model which describes how AI enables innovation through the offerings of Speed (facilitating work processes), Understanding (revealing and mastering deep insights), Performance (customization of delivery to customers), Experimentation (the iterative process of reinvention and feedback) and Results (tangible, measurable and optimizable results). The book is supported by varied and innovative case studies from a variety of industries.
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    Good Charts Workbook (Paperback)

    Scott Berinato

    Are you ready to create your own "good charts"--data visualizations that more effectively communicate your ideas and research and that advance your career? The original Good Charts has changed the dataviz and management landscape by helping readers understand how to think visually, and by laying out a process for creating powerful data visualizations. Since its publication, the market has consistently demanded more practical content and tools to help people in all kinds of enterprises gain the skills they need to get started. The Good Charts Workbook extends the usefulness of Good Charts by putting theory into practice and helping readers to apply its principles. Author, HBR editor, and dataviz expert Scott Berinato leads you, step-by-step, through several example datasets and basic charts, providing space for users to practice the Good Charts talk-sketch-prototype process for improving those charts. Users are prompted at each step with reminders and hints about how to proceed. Examples will include a "Discussion Key" showing how to approach the challenge and why. Each challenge focuses on a different, common visualization problem such as simplification, storytelling, creating conceptual charts, and many others. Good Charts Workbook is the must-have complement to Good Charts, helping you become more sophisticated in understanding the dataviz around you and more effective in using dataviz to make your case.
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    HBR Guide to Thinking Strategically (HBR Guide Series) (Paperback)

    Harvard Business Review

    Bring strategy into your daily work. It's your responsibility as a manager to ensure that your work--and the work of your team--aligns with the overarching objectives of your organization. But when you're faced with competing projects and limited time, it's difficult to keep strategy front of mind. How do you keep your eye on the long term amid a sea of short-term demands? You need to change the way you think. The HBR Guide to Thinking Strategically provides practical advice and tips to help you see the big-picture perspective in every aspect of your daily work--from making decisions to setting team priorities to attacking your own to-do list--and help you become the leader you aspire to be. You'll learn how to: Understand your organization's strategy Align your team around key objectives Focus on the priorities that matter Spot trends in your company and in your industry Consider future outcomes when making decisions Manage trade-offs Embrace a leadership mindset
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  • BRPUE

    Making & Marketing a Successful Art & Craft Business (Paperback)

    Fiona Pullen

    A revised and updated edition of Craft a Creative Business, this is a must-read guide for anyone wanting to turn their hobby, craft or art skills into a successful business. Fiona Pullen, owner of The Sewing Directory, covers every aspect of setting up a small creative business clearly and simply; giving advice on the importance of identifying markets, focusing on a USP (unique selling point), assessing the competition, making sure the price is right and setting goals. Also included are sections on product photography and videography, branding and legal matters. Particular emphasis is placed on online selling, with detailed information on markets, blogging, using social media and the importance of analytics and SEO (search engine optimisation). Information on offline selling is included too, with notes on selling at craft fairs, trade fairs and markets, selling through retail outlets, running courses and workshops, and featuring work in the media. Every chapter is supported by practical activities to help you apply the lessons to your business, along with insights and advice from dozens of successful business professionals including Debbie Shore, Torie Jayne and Laura Strutt.
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    Finding My Virginity (Paperback)

    Sir Richard Branson

    Never lose the thrill of trying something for the first time. Now updated with new chapters, as Richard reveals the secrets behind the game-changing Virgin Hyperloop, and reaches for the stars with Virgin Galactic. Fifty years ago, Sir Richard Branson started his first business. In his new autobiography, Finding My Virginity, the Virgin Founder shares his personal, intimate thoughts on five decades as the world's ultimate entrepreneur. Following on from where bestselling Losing My Virginity left off at the dawn of the new millennium, Finding My Virginity reveals how Branson created 12 different billion dollar businesses and hundreds more companies across dozens of sectors, whilst breaking world records on land, sea and air. It takes us behind the scenes as Sir Richard Branson creates the world's first commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic, and handles the biggest crisis he has ever faced. Join Sir Richard as he juggles working life with raising his children Holly and Sam, building a marriage with his wife Joan and creating a unique company culture. Discover how he created a new life on Necker Island, while continuing to grow the Virgin brand into all corners of the world. Get the real story behind adventures and run-ins with everyone from Bill Gates and Kate Moss to Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama. This is the true account of how the Virgin Founder reinvented himself and his brand for the 21st century, while continuing to push boundaries, break rules and reach for the stars in more ways than one. This is the story of the man behind the beard, the business, the bravado and the brand. Find out how the ultimate entrepreneur did it for the first time - all over again.
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    Japan: A Guide to Traditions, Customs and Etiquette (Paperback)

    Boye Lafayette De Mente

    This is the first book to explain in detail why the Japanese think and behave as they do. In Japan: A Guide to Traditions, Customs and Etiquette veteran Japanologist Boye Lafayette De Mente unlocks the mysteries of Kata - the cultural forms that shape and define Japanese etiquette, character and world view. These forms are responsible for creating the unique traits and talents which distinguishes the Japanese people. Kata governs virtually all interactions in Japan and remains the key to understanding Japanese business etiquette as well as daily communication. In seventy short, clear essays ranging from "The Art of Bowing" and "Importance of the Apology" to "The Compulsion for Quality" and "Exchanging Name Cards", De Mente unravels the complexities of Japanese culture and etiquette by exploring the origin, nature, use and influence of Kata in Japanese life. By virtually delving into Japanese history and the collective Japanese psyche, readers will experience the modern expressions of this ancient culture and specific way of thinking.
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    The Mindset of Success (Paperback)

    Jo Owen

    This book is not about changing who you are, but becoming the best version of yourself. The Mindset of Success provides a clearly structured set of tools to change the way you think, act and perform, pushing you beyond good management to great leadership. After fourteen years of researching leaders around the world, Jo Owen has found that the best and most successful leaders have something more powerful than just skill. They act differently because they think differently. This book will help you unlock your true potential, showing you how to acquire the seven key mindsets that lead to success, whilst making the most of your existing talent and focusing on your natural strengths. This is the second edition of the best-selling The Mindset of Success and it has been updated with new cutting-edge research, targeted business advice and guidance on how your mindset must change as you move through your career. From spies to sports, education to entrepreneurship, business to beyond, Jo Owen's original research and interviews will show you how outstanding leaders think and behave differently from the merely good. This is the mindset difference and, once you have it, you have an advantage which lasts for a lifetime and will work for you time and time again. Using this unique book to develop your right mindset will enable you to open up new career possibilities and achieve far more than you could have imagined.
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    Jo Malone: My Story (Paperback)

    Jo Malone

    Jo Malone is the inspirational British businesswoman responsible for creating her globally renowned beauty business and, more recently, her new brand 'Jo Loves'. This, her first autobiography, tells in full her incredible journey from modest beginnings as a teenager, struggling with dyslexia and leaving school with no qualifications, to becoming an international brand name and one of the world's most successful entrepreneurs. Jo's lively story explores how her fascination with smell teamed with her natural ability to create world-famous blends such as 'Lime, Basil & Mandarin', revolutionised the way we think about fragrance. Her unique talent for pioneering innovation and originality within her field is unrivalled. Yet, despite her success, she has faced huge challenges with courage and determination, including being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 37 and told she only had nine months to live, and her decision to go it alone after selling the original Jo Malone brand to the Estee Lauder Corporation and walking away in 2006. Jo's commitment and down-to-earth approach to life, work and family makes her one of the most likeable and well respected personalities in British retail and her honesty, hard work and entrepreneurial grit is an inspiration to all.
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    How to Talk to Absolutely Anyone (Paperback)

    Mark Rhodes

    Talk to anyone, anytime, about anything with confidence. How to Talk to Absolutely Anyone is your personal handbook for stepping up your communication game. Part confidence coach and part social manual, this book reveals the reasons behind your reserve and offers real, practical ways to break through the barriers and make a connection. Whether you fear judgement and rejection or just don't know what to say, these simple exercises will equip you with a gold mine of social tools to get you through any situation. This new second edition has been updated to include the complete 30-day Zero to Hero Personal Confidence Course, to help you build your skills and increase your chances of getting what you want out of any conversation. Working step-by-step, you'll learn how to approach strangers, strike up a conversation and exit gracefully; by first changing your outlook, you develop the ability to navigate even tricky situations with confidence and ease. Conversation skills affect more than your social life they can impact your career as well. In removing your social hesitance, you open up a whole new world of effective communication with customers and colleagues, and begin building the relationships that get you closer to your goals. This book provides real-world techniques to help you get better and better every day, enabling you to: * Overcome your fear of rejection. * Strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere. * Open up to make real connections and build strong rapport. * Carry your confidence into networking, sales and more. Leave the days of awkwardness behind you. Stop running away from uncomfortable interactions and start getting comfortable instead. Whether you need to close the deal, build contacts or just make small talk at a party, How to Talk to Absolutely Anyone helps you build the confidence and skills you need to talk your way to success.
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    The Jelly Effect (Paperback)

    Andy Bounds

    Like throwing jelly at a wall, poor communication never sticks. Too much information and not enough relevance is a problem that pervades almost all business communication. So what's the answer? More relevance and a lot less jelly. The Jelly Effect teaches you simple, memorable and costless ways to win more attention and more business. Imagine how effective you'd be if you communicated only what was relevant 100 percent of the time. You would be better at talking to others, presenting, networking and selling. You would excel in interviews, meetings and pay-rise discussions. The benefits would be endless. The Jelly Effect will show you how to get the best out of any situation, whether you're speaking to an individual or a group, formally or informally, inside or outside your organisation. By the time you close the final page of this book, you will be armed with practical, proven techniques that will help you be more effective in all your business dealings. "Andy Bounds taught me more about effective presenting than a lady who'd previously taught two US presidents." -Drayton Bird, chairman of Drayton Bird Partnership and world leading authority on direct marketing
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    Stand and Deliver (Paperback)

    Dale Carnegie Training

    Stand and Deliver gives you everything you need to know to become an incredibly poised, polished, masterful communicator. Someone who can hold an audience of 1, 10, or 1000 in the palm of your hand, from the first word you speak to them until the last. You will learn...* How to identify your authentic self so that you project an original and unique style * How to win over any audience in ONE MINUTE * A 5-point checklist that will make stage fright disappear * A powerful tactic for getting your listeners to act the way you want them to (works equally well with colleagues, children...anyone you talk to!) * The renowned "Magic Formula" technique -- a no-fail 3-step process that ensures your listeners not only remember what you say, but make immediate and positive changes based on it * The secrets to handling hostile or potentially embarrassing questions with ease and professionalism Stand and Deliver is packed with tips, strategies, and secrets you can use immediately to begin dramatically improving all of your communications. You'll be surprised and thrilled by how frequently you find yourself reaching into this amazing arsenal of techniques to help you achieve your goals, and what an enormous impact they will have on every facet of your life.
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    Make Serious Money on eBay UK, Amazon and Beyond (Paperback)

    Dan Wilson

    Do you want to make money selling online? If so, there's never been a better time. Today, you can profit not only from eBay, but also by plugging into Amazon and other exciting marketplace opportunities. And, whether you're just looking at a clear-out, need a second income, or want to establish an e-commerce enterprise, this book is your indispensable guide. In this brand new third edition of his bestselling Make Money on eBay UK, Dan Wilson has distilled nearly 15 years experience with eBay, small businesses and internet selling. Whether you are a fledgling seller, full-time trader or e-entrepreneur, Make Serious Money on eBay UK, Amazon and Beyond is the guide to keep by your side.
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    Talkability (Paperback)

    James Borg

    A new book from James Borg - on what to say and how to say it - so you can get more from the way you talk. All the day-to-day conversations that you have in your private and working life result in a particular outcome. How many times do you come away from a situation and think you could have handled it better? The realization that you should have used different words or said things in a different tone which might have produced a more positive result or avoided friction. How often have you felt frustrated at your inability to state your case and to explain your thoughts well enough for the other person to grasp your point? Make no mistake - talk is our most precious commodity. Human interaction and face to face communication came long before social media websites, e-mail and texting. Yet more and more people have lost the art of conversing effectively and successfully as the 'screen' replaces conversation. Talkability provides tried and tested suggestions to help you get your points across and make things happen.
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