All great business ideas come from visionary geniuses. Right? Wrong!
In fact most major breakthroughs and innovations happen when people take an existing idea and build on it, and in Borrowing Brilliance David Kord Murray shows exactly how it’s done. A successful businessman and entrepreneur himself, he has evolved a unique and highly practical method both for tackling existing problems and coming up with fresh thinking on everything from improving structures that have faltered to developing completely new products.
It takes just six simple steps.₵50.00₵50.00Quick View
“If the 1980s were about quality and the 1990s were about reengineering, then the 2000s will be about velocity. About how quickly the nature of business will change…The successful companies of the next decade will be the ones that use digital tools to reinvent the way they work.” — Bill Gates
His vision changed our world. But in this monumental work Bill Gates argues that the capabilities of computers, software, and networks are only beginning to be harnessed and that your company must start building a modern, digital nervous system now in order to compete quickly and intuitively in the new millennium.
In Business @The Speed of Thought, Gates, one of the worlds most successful, strategically-thinking CEOs explains how to turn your hardware and software into a powerful, evolving network of information by looking at the digital systems in place at Microsoft and other leading corporations. Gates shows how your company can:
- Convert every paper process to a digital process – and end information bottlenecks
- Use networks to create fast-reacting virtual teams to work together among traditional departments
- Decrease cycle time by using digital transactions with suppliers and partners to get products out before the competition
- Knock down the walls of your company, and electronically build new business relationships and new markets
When Execution was first published in 2002, it changed the way we did our jobs. By analysing the discipline of getting things done, it helped thousands of business people to make the final leap to success. Now, Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan reframe their empowering message for a world in which the old rules have been shattered and radical change is becoming routine. For the foreseeable future:
– Growth will be slower. But the company that executes well will have the confidence, speed and resources to move fast as new opportunities emerge.
– Competition will be fiercer, with companies searching for any possible advantage in every area.
– Governments will take on new roles in their national economies. And companies that execute well will be more attractive as partners and suppliers, and better prepared to adapt to new waves of regulation.
– Risk management will become a top priority for every leader, and every company will be looking for the edge in detecting new internal and external threats.
Forget formulating a ‘vision’, then leaving others to carry it out: Execution shows you how to link together people, strategy and operations – the three core elements of every organisation – and create a business based on dialogue, intellectual honesty and realism. With case histories from the real world – including such recent examples such as the diverging paths taken by Jamie Dimon at JPMorgan Chase and Charles Prince at Citigroup – Execution provides the realistic and hard-nosed approach to business success that could only come from authors as accomplished and insightful as Bossidy and Charan.₵60.00Quick View
Fate of System Thinking: Lessons for Decision Optimisation – Stories from UT Bank, Capital Bank and UniBank
With a history of over a century, the banking industry in Ghana has had periods of financial distress and has had to deal with the persistent problem of lack of financing for indigenous businesses.
UT Bank developed a business model that sought to solve the problem of lack of finance for the informal sector. The UT approach became a model for many other financial institutions. The liquidation of UT Bank and Capital Bank as well as the appointment of an administrator for uniBank signal significant problems worth exploring. Banking serves as the foundational industry for building an economy, thus the banking challenges unearth a far bigger challenge in the dynamics of our economy. Until we have fully understood what the issues are, we are unlikely to identify what the solutions should be.
The author is convinced that the world needs to appreciate the causes of the collapse of these institutions so as to stop fiddling with the symptoms and the demonization without knowledge of cause. This book shares the author’s personal experience and lessons from working with both UT Bank and Capital Bank. He is a financial services educator and has a good understanding of indigenous enterprises. The lessons are intended to revolutionize the way businesses are organized and how individuals approach decision making. The book will help organisations build stronger, sustainable, diverse and more effective systems from the ashes of UT Bank, Capital Bank and uniBank.₵80.00Quick View
Fate of System Thinking: Lessons for Decision Optimisation – Stories from UT Bank, Capital Bank and UniBank₵80.00
For God, Country & Coca-Cola: The Definitive History of the Great American Soft Drink and the Company That Makes ItFrom its invention as a cocaine-laced patent medicine in the Gilded Age to its globe-drenching ubiquity as the ultimate symbol of consumer capitalism in the twenty-first century, Coca-Cola’s dramatic history unfolds as the ultimate business saga. In this fully revised and expanded edition of For God, Country & Coca-Cola, Mark Pendergrast looks at America’s cultural, social, and economic history through the bottom of a green glass Coke bottle and tells the captivating story of the world’s most recognizable consumer product.₵100.00Quick View
For God, Country & Coca-Cola: The Definitive History of the Great American Soft Drink and the Company That Makes It₵100.00
In Search of Excellence has long been a must-have for the boardroom, business school and bedside table, and continues to influence the thinking of leaders and managers across the globe today.
Based on a study of forty-three of America’s best-run companies from a range of sectors — consumer goods, technology, services — the book identifies eight common ‘attributes of excellence’ that made these organisations successful. Though many of the profiled companies have since lost their edge (or disappeared completely), these eight management principles, each highlighted in a chapter in the book, have shown themselves to be timeless.
These simple business truths, so eloquently encapsulated by Peters and Waterman, are proof that the fundamentals of management – a focus on people, customers and value, entrepreneurship and excellence – ring as true today as they ever did.
In Search of Excellence is a seminal business book, worthy of a place on the bookshelves of anyone who wants to understand how effective management works in practice.₵70.00Quick View
Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Values contains a selection of some of Ken Ofori-Atta’s most powerful speeches and writings, a relevant reference material for teaching and enforcing the values that Ken Ofori-Atta deems important in making a social, respectable being and building a strong, prosperous nation.
In his words and use of symbols, Ofori-Atta pays homage to Ghana, a central focus in his book. Similarly, he portrays his Christian background and his unwavering reliance on God through the biblical scriptures he uses as the basis for discussions on his ideologies and philosophies.
Ofori-Atta reiterates patriotism as a Ghanaian and as an African throughout the book, as he discusses leadership and entrepreneurship.₵100.00Quick View
This management handbook covers the most up-to-date thinking on key business issues, such as the impact of new technology and the Internet, customer focus, e-commerce, the new economy, and the globalization of business. The book includes a business directory of management organizations and institutions.₵60.00₵60.00Quick View
Have you ever wondered what it will take to transform each African country into a prosperous nation where each citizen has a real opportunity to thrive? Africa’s narrative has been shaped by a vision of the future that remains bleak. A vision that says a little more is okay for the African. It is time to challenge and change our paradigm of what great outcomes look like for an African country.
It is time for The Bold New Normal of an Africa where citizens of each country genuinely have the opportunity to prosper.
The formula for sustainable prosperity has been tried and tested world over. Why then do we continue to hope that a different method, that has thus far failed the continent, will create sustainable prosperity?
The Bold New Normal is a timely publication that coincides with the 400th anniversary of the start of slavery: the year of return. 400 years since the unraveling of African began, it is time to piece her back together and focus forward. It is surely the time for The Bold New Normal!₵50.00Quick View
The Future is Smart: How Your Company Can Capitalize on the Internet of Things and Win in a Connected Economy (Hardcover)
Are you ready for the IoT revolution? The Internet of Things (IoT) will soon be everywhere—embedded in interconnected devices we’ll use every day.
Already, cars, appliances, and wearables transmit realtime data to improve performance…and new IoT products can even save your life. Consumer goods are just the tip of the iceberg. Amid projections that 30 billion smart devices will be linked in the near future, traditional companies such as Siemens, GE, and John Deere are preparing for profound changes to management, strategy, manufacturing, and maintenance.
With the IoT, for example, sensors warn when a critical assembly-line part is about to break, or track how customers actually use products. Data hubs collect and share information instantly with departments, supply chains, partners, and customers— anchoring the organization and replacing hierarchies with circular systems.
The Future is Smart documents the shifts now under way. Written by a leading IoT strategist, the book explains how companies are tapping technology to:
- Optimize supply chains
- Maximize quality
- Boost safety
- Increase efficiency
- Reduce waste
- Cut costs
- Revolutionize product design
- Delight customers
For those who are ready, the opportunities are endless. This big-think book reveals concrete actions for thriving in this new tech-enabled world.₵90.00Quick View
The Future is Smart: How Your Company Can Capitalize on the Internet of Things and Win in a Connected Economy (Hardcover)₵90.00
A proven system for rallying all of an organizations’ employees around a new vision and ideas for making the vision stickWhen something at work isn’t going smoothly, managers struggle with what part of the problem to tackle first. Do they start with cost reduction? Or should they go for process improvements first? The authors—who have helped hundreds of companies and individuals change and improve—say spend time and money adjusting the systems in which people operate, rather than targeting people and their performance directly. The authors show that it’s in fact possible to change everything at once—with a focus on making such transformations permanent and repeatable.
- Brand-new Introduction written for the paperback edition
- Filled with illustrative examples from Northrup Grumman, BHP-Billiton, Reebok, Harvard Business School, and many others
- Two experts in the field show how to make major transformations happen
The book outlines a process for engaging all employees to buy-in to an improved vision of an organization’s new and improved future.₵60.00Quick View
While upbeat lingo abounds about complementing strategic objectives and driving productivity, the fact is that most training does not make a significant enough impact on business results, and when it does, training professionals fail to make a convincing case about the value added to the bottom line. The vaunted business partnership model has yet to be realizedand in tough economic times, when the training budget is often the first to be cut, training is on trial for its very existence.
Using a courtroom trial as a metaphor, Training on Trial seeks to get to the truth about why training fails and puts the business partnership model to work for real. Readers on both sides of the courtroom will learn how to stop viewing training as a cost center, and bridge the gulf between what learning functions deliver and what business units need to execute their strategies.
A thought-provoking read for trainers and business unit leaders alike, Training on Trial provides a new application of the Kirkpatrick Four-Level Evaluation Model and a multitude of tips and techniques that allow lessons learned to be put into action now.₵150.00₵150.00Quick View