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Strategy journeysStrategy Journeys: A Guide to Effective Strategic Planningby David Booth

Routledge ISBN-13: 978-1138696761

Strategy Journeys starts from the premise that strategic planning suffers from a bad press: it can be seen as complex, technical, remote from the day-to-day reality of an organisation, undertaken by an elite specialist executive group, producing threatening changes whose rationale is barely understood – or, perhaps worse still, having no worthwhile impact at all.For many senior executives, strategic planning is too daunting a task, which is why they often seek help from those with the expertise to guide the process: they have a severe lack of confidence in their own ability to design, plan and implement such an important and major project.

Yet organisations have never had greater need for a flexible, resilient and engaging approach to strategic planning than now. How do those leading an organisation know where to start, what approach to take and how to go about the process of strategic planning?

David Booth aims to help them by demystifying the concept and propounding a ‘first principles’ approach to developing a strategic plan within the context of the individual organisation and with the flexibility to adapt the process to focus on what really matters. He suggests the key questions that should be asked when considering embarking on a strategic planning ‘journey’ to help design and guide the process.

Rethinking reputational risk

Rethinking reputational risk: how to manage the risks that can ruin your business, your reputation and you
by Anthony Fitzsimmons and Prof Derek Atkins

Kogan Page ISBN-13: 978-0749477363

Explains the underlying behavioural and organizational risks that can leave organisations vulnerable to what can be catastrophic reputational damage.

Provides a framework and insights that will help risk managers and boards to focus on and deal with the fundamental behavioural risks that underlie reputational risks.

A company's reputation is one of its most valuable assets, and reputational risk is high on the agenda at board level and amongst regulators. Rethinking reputational risk explains the hidden factors which can both cause crises and tip an otherwise survivable crisis into a reputational disaster. It uses case studies such as BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Volkswagen's emissions rigging scandal, Tesco, AIG, EADS Airbus A380, and Mid-Staffordshire NHS Hospital Trust.

The Authors:

Anthony Fitzsimmons is Chairman of Reputability LLP and an authority and leading thinker on reputational risk and the propensity of behavioural and organizational risks to cause reputational damage. With insights gained from the ringside view of the crisis lawyer, coupled with the extensive experience of his partners, the Reputability team helps organizations and their leaders to find, see and deal with these risks.

Derek Atkins BSc PhD MIMMM CEng FCIM FCII Chartered Insurer is a visiting Professor at the Cass Business School, teaching risk management, reputational risk, and insurance, and a partner in Reputability LLP. He is co-author of a dozen books including 'Roads to Ruin', the seminal Cass Business School report for Airmic and the Chartered Insurance Institute text book Insurance Corporate Management.

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Leadership and organisational problem solving - learning to lead and manage the organisational maze, Almeric Johnson

Leadership and organisational problem solving - learning to lead and manage the organisational maze, Almeric Johnson

Austin Macauley Publishers ISBN-13: 978-1785546624

Using an organisational approach to lead and manage an organisation is a complex field, and there are few books written by experienced and qualified authors who fully understand the subject.

Almeric Johnson, has written a comprehensive guide for those who want to develop their understanding of these enabling processes of leading and managing transition for change. Offering his years of experience providing many real-life case studies from the workplace that demonstrate the application of the decision-making processes for developing the ability to resolve multiple problems simultaneously.

Each aspect is explained thoroughly in an understandable and clear way, covering all the typical concepts and problems encountered when attempting to improve the performance of individuals, teams and the overall organisation.

Whether you're a CEO or an executive who needs a new approach to problem-solving, or if you are already midway through implementing organisational change and experiencing what may appear to be intractable problems you will find this book an extremely useful source of insightful advice, encouragement and practical know-how. These enabling developmental processes are motivationally addictive and will leave you asking why you were not made aware of them earlier.

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The trusted executive

The Trusted Executive: Nine Leadership Habits that Inspire Results, Relationships and Reputation by John Blakey

Kogan Page ISBN-13: 978-0749474225

The Trusted Executive helps leaders create a strategy for building trust in a globalized, technology-enabled, diverse and increasingly sceptical world.

Through innovative coaching exercises, self-assessment exercises, inspirational interviews with international CEOs and underpinned by rigorous academic research, The Trusted Executive gives leaders the tools to build trust through three key pillars: ability, integrity and benevolence. Underpinning these pillars lie nine habits of trustworthiness; habits that will enable executives to deliver outstanding results, inspiring relationships and a positive contribution to society. With tools for measuring and developing leadership trust and focused strategies for handling trust violations, The Trusted Executive takes account of the ever-changing, increasingly diverse and multi-generational work environment.

An essential tool for leaders who want to create a positive long-term legacy.

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Start to grow

Start To Grow: An Entrepreneur's Guide from Business Idea to Early Success by Philip Bain

Grosvenor House Publishing Ltd.

ISBN-13: 978-1781484906

Start to Grow, is an entrepreneur's guide to starting and growing a business. Based on the personal experiences of the authors own personal experience of launching and growing businesses, it a very action orientated, easy to read book that will help people decide whether starting a business is for them.

And if they do decide that it is - then the book explains how to start a business, grow it and make it a success.

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Presentation skills

Presentation Skills: The Ultimate Guide To Delivering The Perfect Presentation by Patrick Ebbs

The Book Publishing Academy   ISBN-13: 978-1910662168

This concise and easy to read book is your ultimate guide to becoming a great presenter. You will learn the most effective strategies and tips that will transform your speaking skills, enabling you to prepare, structure and deliver effective presentations that you and your audience will enjoy. Proven techniques on how to structure the presentation, how to use your voice, body language, humour - how to eliminate filler words, engage your audience and overcome your fear - are all included. Also covered, are techniques found in some of the most powerful speeches, the skill of giving and receiving feedback and a useful Preparation and Evaluation checklist. There are techniques to help you deliver successful off the cuff speeches, how to be more effective at meetings, develop your listening skills and how to handle a question and answer session.

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Resource-ful consulting, Izod

Resource-ful Consulting: Working with your Presence and Identity in Consulting to Change, Karen Izod and Susan Rosina Whittle

The book provides an asset-based approach to consulting, where the resources to work at this 'stuckness' come from the way that we think about and use ourselves: our Identity and our Presence. The authors propose that developing capacities to recognise and analyse who we bring into our consulting, and how we bring ourselves is central to resource-ful practice. Without a skill-ful integration of these resources, the potential for change can be compromised. The book is structured in seven sections: Potential Space, Identity, Presence, Role Space, Practice, Change, and Future Developments. Focussing on practitioners' preoccupations, the authors offer models, theories, tales and activities to help describe and analyse your Identity and your Presence. They tell stories which question how your Practice supports or compromises change, and suggest playful experimentation as a route to Change, and the development of a more resource-ful approach to your consulting practice.

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Understanding markets and strategy: how to exploit markets for sustainable business growth, Malcolm Morley

In order to expand your business in existing and into new and diverse markets, it is vital that strategies and plans can be developed with realistic prospects of success. Understanding Markets and Strategy explains the context, meaning and value of markets. It shows you how to analyze them, develop appropriate strategies and respond appropriately to changing competitive dynamics, ensuring that resources are used to create the greatest chances of success. Debunking myths around how markets are defined, it explores how to exploit the assets you currently possess and how to develop new assets for the target market. It also explores the implications for the strategies, resources, competencies and capabilities of expansion into international territories on your organization. The author explains, with practical tools and techniques, how marketing needs to be a product of, and consistent with, strategic competitive and corporate analysis.

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Leadership psychology, Alan CutlerLeadership Psychology: how the best leaders inspire their people, Alan Cutler

A better understanding of the psychological relationships at play within current working environments will enable leaders to achieve greater success for themselves and their organizations. Leadership Psychology outlines how inspirational leaders across a range of award-winning companies of all sizes understand their employees' psychological needs and use that knowledge to affect behaviour and enhance performance. The book showcases examples of leadership best practice in businesses featured in The 2013 Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for Survey. This book provides up-to-the-minute practical guidance, based upon a rigorous psychological foundation, to executives holding operational or strategic leadership positions in businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Leadership psychology, Alan Culter

Service Desk and Incident Manager: Careers in IT Service Management (BCS Guides to IT Roles), Peter Wheatcroft

The role of a service desk manager is to provide the single point of contact between an IT organisation and its users. Responsibilities include developing, implementing, monitoring and improving processes and procedures relating to the management of incidents and service requests and handling the communication between an IT provider and its users. This book gives an excellent introduction to the role, covering areas such as purpose, required skills and career progression, as well as tools, standards and frameworks. 

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Leverage in the Desert: The Birth of Private Equity in the Middle East, Imtiaz Hydari

An insider's glimpse into the leveraged buyout of Inchcape Middle East (IME), a transaction that paved the way for private equity to emerge as a multi-billion dollar business in the Middle East region. Leverage in the Desert is an important study how the transaction was pulled off, what role the investment bank played and how the deficit helped in the negotiating process. The deal has gone down in history as a landmark transaction and one of the biggest upsets the Middle East has ever seen. 

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Leadership assessment for talent developmentLeadership Assessment for Talent Development, Tony Wall and John Knights (editors)

Comprised of contributions from business leaders who have become experts in leadership development, and academics in work-based learning, the book offers practical ways to use leadership assessments to enhance talent, rather than stifle it. Engaging and accessible for HR and coaching professionals, it goes beyond emotional intelligence towards transpersonal leadership, and is drawn from the extensive experience and research of practitioners in the field of leadership talent development.

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Leading High PerformanceLeading high performance: applying the winning principles of sports coaching in your organisation, by Murray Eldridge

How to develop high performance in any organization using the principles that drive success in sports coaching.

There is much that business, especially leaders, can learn from coaches and sport. Leading High Performance takes those elements of sports coaching that are relevant to business and shows how the principles of coaching, sports science, training and even psychology offer tremendous opportunities for achieving high performance in all organisations. It looks at ways in which high performance is achieved in sport and describes, using examples, how this approach develops individuals, encouraging them towards high performance. It then analyses the most relevant ideas and techniques, converting them into easily applicable business models and tools.

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ChangeChange, by Stavros Baroutas

Click on the the book jacket opposite to read more about Stavros Baroutas' book 'Change' and to order your copy.

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Career PresentationCareer Presentation; by Mansoor Ismail

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The landmarks of his ideasPeter F. Drucker, by Peter Starbuck

A detailed account of the life and works of eminent management ‘guru’ Peter Drucker is provided here. Beginning with Drucker’s early schooldays in Vienna at the turn of the 20th Century, the author charts the formation and development of Drucker’s ideas including his Management by Objectives (MbO) approach. The text concludes at the end of Drucker’s life, highlighting the significant impact and contribution his ideas have had upon the discipline of management.

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The formative European influences that shaped the thinking of Peter Ferdinand Drucker and how they manifest themselves in his later ideas by Peter Starbuck.

A thesis submitted for the award of a Doctor of Philosophy Degree is presented. The influences which shaped the thinking of Peter F Drucker during his formative years in Austria and Germany and the interim period in England from 1933 to 1937 are examined. Separate sections consider the evolution of Drucker's view on ethics, society and economics and the process by which Drucker's ideas on management evolved is explained. Thinkers covered include: Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, Max Weber, Karl Marx, Frederich Stahl, de Tocqueville, John Maynard Keynes and Schumpeter.

Business as usualBusiness as usual: the Miquel way, by Karen Cunningham

In his thirty years at Arthur Bell & Sons, Professor Raymond Miquel CCMI, CBE transformed the traditional whisky distillers into one of the most successful companies in Scotland with the Bell's brand becoming a household name. At the same time Bell's maintained a social responsibility for its workforce and local communities as well as an active policy in sport, personal development and welfare reflecting Miquel's own priorities and beliefs. He makes no secret of his commitment to Scotland and his belief that local Scottish companies and workers can, given the leadership and direction, compete as equals with the best in the world.

The Bell's takeover of Canning Town Glass and its political implications is described along with the takeover of Gleneagles Hotel. The impact of the latter would have a significant baring on the ensuing battle Miquel had with Guinness. Karen Cunningham tells of the intrigue and double standards throughout the Guinness bid and the subsequent disappearance of one of Scotland's strongest independent companies. After Bell's he looked for a new challenge with Bellhaven Brewery. After accomplishing so much in two short years Miquel was ousted before achieving his ambitious objectives. Away from business matters the book covers his period in sports administration. As Chairman of the Scottish Sports Council he faced head on the difficulties of running a government quango. His involvement with Lees of Scotland which he saved from administration in 1993 and floated on the Alternative Investment Market in 2005 is well documented, as is his continuing association with Glasgow University Business School.

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