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Executive Power: Use the Greatest Collection of Psychological Strategies to Create an Automatic Advantage in Any Business Situation

Executive Power is typical Lieberman, and I mean that in a good way. Having already read You Can Read Anyone, I had high hopes . . .and they were not dashed. The book is divided into specific chapters, so you don't have to wade through anything that doesn't interest you, even though I found just about every page has highly intriguing insights into human nature. As is his style, the book also has very little fat and fluff. He may have...

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Marketing and Finance: Creating Shareholder Value (2nd edition)

The truest sign that an executive has reached, or is on a trajectory towards a senior position is when they start to look outside of their own functional silo and consider business issues that normally lie within the remit of other departments. Nowhere is this more true than at the marketing/finance interface. At this mission-critical boundary, senior marketers must understand the implications of their strategies not just for sales o...

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From Products to Services: Insights and experience from companies which have embraced the service economy

“I am truly excited to see a practical business guide to help companies transform their business model from a products focus to a services orientation. Laurie Young details in very practical ways, the reasons and methodologies for change. The new services economy is driven by our customers and companies who are not listening to their customer’s needs will be left behind to flounder in the industrial age. I would recommend this book t...

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Quantitative Finance: Its Development, Mathematical Foundations, and Current Scope

A rigorous, yet accessible, introduction to essential topics in mathematical finance Presented as a course on the topic, Quantitative Finance traces the evolution of financial theory and provides an overview of core topics associated with financial investments. With its thorough explanations and use of real-world examples, this book carefully outlines instructions and techniques for working with essential topics found within quantita...

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Corporate Governance: How to Add Value

This was a great book which helped me to review the main existing CG codes and their origines. This book present the value school of corporate governance, outlining a multitude of areas where corporate governance could add real worth, and showing how this can be put into effect. No “one-size-fits-all” model emerges as a solution. Rather, the insights in this book take idiosyncrasies and dynamics over time into consideration. They con...

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Scenarios for Success: Turning Insights in to Action

“The era of clear dangers, simple problems and predict-and-control approaches is past. Many groups and organizations are searching for more effective means to survival, continued success and strategic renewal in a context clouded by competing interests, multiple worldviews and turbulent change. As cycles of fashion in managerial practices shorten, scenario thinking and planning has endured with continued, if not increased, relevance....

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Market Sense and Nonsense: How the Markets Really Work

Most of the material in here is covered in Schwager's other books, but there are one or two chapters that are new and worth reading. In particular, I believe the ones about efficient markets hypothesis and his discussion of correlations (people familiar with his work on correlations will know the new correlation material when they see it) are worth going through carefully- much of the rest could probably just be skimmed if you've rea...

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The New Depression: The Breakdown of the Paper Money Economy

The New Depression is an important book. I think the subject matter is beyond the grasp of a mass market audience but not at all boring or too complicated for those with some financial education or a keen interest in the subject. I mention this point because a few chapters necessarily lay a logic foundation for what follows and that requires some discussion of money and credit. Don't be scared off by my mild caveat. This tightly writ...

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Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City

Outstanding. It would be wonderful if more books were written in this format; essentially the author takes one of his premises, genuinely giving without expectation, and uses it to write a book. Although I would bet he could write a wonderful book on his own, using the direct words and and experiences of others makes this book even better. It is always a good idea to learn from the experiences of others, in this case you learn from t...