Unique insights to implement big data analytics and reap big returns to your bottom line Focusing on the business and financial value of big data analytics, respected technology journalist Frank J. Ohlhorst shares his insights on the newly emerging field of big data analytics in Big Data Analytics. This breakthrough book demonstrates the importance of analytics, defines the processes, highlights the tangible and intangible values and discusses how you can turn a business liability into actionable material that can be used to redefine markets, improve profits and identify new business opportunities. Reveals big data analytics as the next wave for businesses looking for competitive advantage Takes an in-depth look at the financial value of big data analytics Offers tools and best practices for working with big data Once the domain of large on-line retailers such as eBay and Amazon, big data is now accessible by businesses of all sizes and across industries. From how to mine the data your company collects, to the data that is available on the outside, Big Data Analytics shows how you can leverage big data into a key component in your business's growth strategy.
In Left on Red, venture capitalist and business innovator Bill Glynn reveals how visionary thinkers and risk-takers build great companies by doing the opposite of the expected. Today?s coolest and most successful businesses?including Google, Apple, and YouTube?were built by people who break the rules and bring radical ideas to life. If you?re an entrepreneur or an executive, this book gives you the inspiration and the guidance to bring your radical ideas to life?and change the world in the process.
Questions concerning retirement savings abound, but the one question on everyone’s mind is, «How much is enough to provide for the type of retirement I want?» How Much Is Enough? provides the answer by helping readers build a customized plan. Author and financial planning expert Diane McCurdy clearly explains how to save on taxes and invest wisely, so that readers can find the money they need to reach their retirement goals. Readers will also learn how to comfortably work with financial advisors and manage the investments needed for retirement. Filled with in-depth insight and practical advice, How Much Is Enough? is a refreshing approach to defining retirement goals and building a personalized plan to reach them.
The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller-now in a new, updated paperback edition Today's online influencers are Web natives who trade in trust, reputation, and relationships, using social media to accrue the influence that builds up or brings down businesses online. In Trust Agents, two social media veterans show you how to tap into the power of social networks to build your brand's influence, reputation, and, of course, profits. In this revised paperback version, learn how businesses are using the latest online social tools to build networks of influence and how you can use those networks to positively impact your business. Combining high-level theory and practical actions, this guide delivers actionable steps and case studies that show how social media can positively impact your business. New edition features specific first moves for entering social media for small businesses, educators, travel and hospitality enterprises, nonprofit organizations, and corporations Authors both have a major presence on the social Web as well as years of online marketing and new media experience If you want your business to succeed, don't sit on the sidelines while new markets and channels grow. Instead, use the Web to build trust with your consumers using Trust Agents.
How to find great employees, make great hires, and take your business to the next level It is always easy to find people who want a job, but it's never easy to find and hire A-players. In How to Hire A-Players, consultant Eric Herrenkohl shows owners, executives, and managers of small and medium-size businesses where and how to find A-player employees. It is these individuals who will help keep quality high and growth and profits strong. Herrenkohl explains how to use your existing marketing, sales, and networking efforts to find top candidates. He provides current examples of companies that consistently hire A-players without big recruiting departments as well as step-by-step explanations for making these strategies work in your own company. Shows you how to find and hire top employees. Ideal for owners of small businesses, executives and managers of large businesses, as well as corporate recruiters and HR specialists who need new ideas Herrenkohl's client list includes privately held businesses in over 50 industries as well as big corporate names like Bank of America, Edward Jones, and Northwestern Mutual Life A-player employees are the life blood of any growing business. This handy hiring guide shows you where to look, what to ask, and who to hire to boost your business today
It's no longer good enough to build a company to last; today it's about building a company to ignite change. The Power of Positive Destruction reveals how to start a new business, disrupt an industry, and adapt to changing environments by leveraging technology and a new mindset. Serial entrepreneur Seth Merrin has built businesses by seeing issues with the status quo and introducing positive changes that have disrupted—and revolutionized—industries. In this book, he breaks down his process step-by-step to show you what you need to know to successfully start a company and transform an industry. Merrin's incredible story, coupled with real, actionable advice, will resonate with anyone who wants to be a catalyst of change. With this book, readers will learn to see the inefficiencies, ineptitudes, and everyday problems that others dismiss as the cost of doing business and create «unfair competitive advantages» to stack the deck—and win. You'll see how problems in current business models are really opportunities of which to take advantage and learn what you need to know and do to seize those opportunities —no matter where you work. Seth Merrin saw Wall Street as it was, then built a company to turn it into what it could be—safer and more efficient for investors. This book shows you how he did it, and how you can too, with the power of positive destruction. Discover how to turn status quo into disruption Understand how to stack the deck in your favor to achieve the best possible chances of success Learn how to build and run a company and design a culture for constant change Acquire new skills to create strategy, sell your disruptive product or service, and negotiate effectively Technology and innovation can disrupt or transform any industry. It's happening faster and more broadly now than ever, creating myriad opportunities for everyone. But winning in this new world is not easy. The incumbents will fight mightily against it and even those who would benefit from change may first express fear. This book reveals the techniques from identifying the opportunities to designing and executing the strategy you'll need to succeed. With The Power of Positive Destruction you can to tap into your inner change agent and transform your company, your industry, and the world.
In partnership with international relief agency CARE, an inspiring look at how women around the world are developing businesses and creating opportunity. In this ground-breaking business book, management expert Mary Cantando examines the stories of women in the developing world who, with help from the non-profit organization CARE, have capitalized on personal and professional opportunities, contributed to their communities, influenced their physical environment, and overcome discrimination on the road to establishing self-sufficiency and building strong lives and strong businesses Structured around these five principles CARE's mission statement, Leading with Care expertly bridges inspiring stories of human endeavor with straight-up business lessons that all of us can apply to our work and organizations. Featuring interviews with top female executives at American companies who devote their own time and resources to CARE, we see just how much we can learn when it comes to growth, opportunity, and community. Each section ends with a discussion and specific questions that will help you integrate the lessons in your own life. In an ever-shifting world, CARE's message is timeless. Its practical approach to building businesses and self-sufficiency, in any economy, in any nation, gives us all hope and the power to create our own secure futures.
For the past three decades, we have been steadily creating an extreme 'time-crunch economy' that has affected jobs, portfolios, businesses and lives. But the 'time-crunch economy' is turning into 'the leisure economy' and it will mean wrenching adjustments for our lives and institutions. Everyone from consumers, investors, businesses, and policy-makers will need to understand the changes afoot. The Leisure Economy posits profound economic changes in North America due to both the retirement of the baby boomers and the attitudes of ascendant generations X and Y. Looking at trends in demographics, economics and generational change, this book looks at how to stay ahead of the leisure economy and predicts who will be the winners and losers in the seismic shift ahead.
We all have the capacity to be happy. There may be occasions in your life where this seems a challenging concept, however there are some very definite things that you can do to make sure that you are happy more often than not. After all, happy people get sick less often, they have more energy, are more creative, sustain more positive relationships and are more fun to be around. With the help of Liggy Webb, you can create your own personal happiness toolkit! How to be Happy will help you feel more self-empowered and in control of any situation, helping you progress in your work and personal life. You will learn how to: • Build your self-confidence to make the best of who you are • Be open to learning new things, to become more effective and creative • Develop an attitude of gratitude to appreciate life more • Encourage and sustain positive relationships • Build your resilience and emotional strength to cope with stress and manage change • Foster a healthy attitude and get fit for life You can make the decision right now to be happier if you really want to be. Life is what you make it – so learn how to be happy, effective and energetic – and watch how it inspires those around you.
This book has been written by an experienced entrepreneur who has built a highly successful online business. He understands the challenges first hand, and gives readers invaluable advice about the how they too can make it big in the digital world. —Luke Johnson, Chairman Risk Capital partners and Financial Times columnist Online business can be a goldmine – or a minefield. David Soskin, former CEO of Cheapflights and Chairman of mySupermarket.co.uk, has faced all the problems thrown up by building a business on the Internet, and solved them. Here, he shows you how to: Convert a brilliant idea into something that actually pays Get the funding you need to expand Build a great team of staff and advisers Keep the cash flowing Go global! Net Profit provides much needed inspiration and reassurance for would-be start ups and established businesses who want to do more online. «I wish this book had been written ten years ago when I first entered the e-commerce industry.» —Glenn Fogel, EVP – Corporate Development and International, Priceline.com «David Soskin combines the insightful mind of a top consultant, the hardened vision of a serial entrepreneur, and the practicality of a successful businessman. Read this book!» – Robin Buchanan, Adviser/Board member of multiple companies, previously the Dean and President of London Business School and also the UK Senior Partner of Bain & Company, the leading global consulting firm.
Human beings often struggle to find a life filled with passion, happiness... and just plain goodness. This struggle drives many to depression, addictive tendencies, or even self-destruction. Author and New Thought minister Edward Viljoen argues that the struggle need not be an arduous or painful one - that through garden-variety acts of kindness, faith, and compassion we can create beautiful lives. Using stories, personal examples, tips, and exercises, this book will guide the reader to realize that wherever they are, they can create meaning and beauty in their life and in the world. Viljoen provides deep insights into how we can live happier lives including: -How life is a paradox of both wholeness and brokenness-How caring about the ordinary things causes extraordinary life experiences-How society's messages about perfection distract us from our ordinary goodness-How faith is a muscle that must be exercised-How in moments of exasperation we sometimes lose our composure, and how that is nothing to be ashamed about-How ordinary goodness leads to a redefining of DivinityPeople spend much of their lives trying to be fulfilled and happy. What this book shows is that this is attainable - nothing extraordinary required.
The benchmark book on to the effects and implications of social media on our daily lives, and how businesses can harness its power Socialnomics is an essential book for anyone who wants to understand the implications of social media on our daily lives and how businesses can tap the power of social media to increase their sales, cut their marketing costs, and reach consumers directly. In this revised and updated second edition, author Erik Qualman presents new material based on meeting with 75 Fortune 1000 companies, 50 colleges and universities, and over 100 small businesses & non-profits since the first edition. Qualman's materials have been used from IBM to NASA to Harvard to local businesses. Lists the top ten easy opportunities that companies and organization miss when it comes to social media Describes where social media should reside in an organization and the necessary building blocks for success Explains why over 50 percent of companies still block social media to their employees and why this is a detriment to success Shares proper training methods for your ENTIRE organization on social media; not just the chosen few Reviews the top companies, organizations and individuals using social media, explaining what separates them from other companies and how to replicate their success Social media can transform your business and your relationship with consumers. Discover what social media can do for you, and what you can do for others while using social media.
In a competitive age, thought leadership has emerged as a subtle but powerful way to grow your business, establish credibility and demonstrate expertise, build your profile and forge relationships with prospects and customers. Thought leadership material can take many forms, including public speaking, websites, the media, advertising, writing books, online forums, webinars and blogging. This book will show you how to take your great ideas and craft them into a clear point of view which can influence others. The book is organised into three parts: 1. Think: Defines thought leadership and how to transform your great ideas into effective thought leadership material. 2. Write: Shows you how to articulate your ideas into effective communication. 3. Grow: Demonstrates how thought leadership can be marketed to grow your business and profile. Key features: Shows you how to go from expert to influential thought leader Written by Grant Butler, former Australian Financial Review journalist and now managing director of Australia's largest corporate writing firm. Explains techniques used by politicians, public figures and the CEOs of our biggest companies. Think Write Grow studies the techniques of the great communicators of recent times, from Barack Obama and Boris Johnson to Tim Flannery and Malcolm Turnbull.
The business leader's guide to creating a great workplace from the Great Place to Work Institute In this follow-up guide to The Great Workplace, experts from Great Place to Work® Institute, Inc. reveal the most common excuses managers use for why they can't create a great workplace. Authors Jennifer Robin and Michael Burchell poke holes in every single excuse. Whether the reasons involve the organization's leadership, employees, environment, or any other factor, the authors explain that if managers lead people properly, they can create a great workplace. The authors explore how managers can interrupt their own negative thought patterns and instead create lasting change, and they describe how great workplaces have surmounted very real difficulties with aplomb. Includes case studies, stories, tips, and tools for managers who want to transform their organizations From the experts at the Great Place to Work, a global research, consulting, and training firm that operates in nearly 50 countries Proves that any and every organization can change for the better when managers have the right tools and mindset Creating a place where people want to work and want to succeed is the primary key to success for every manager. No Excuses shows that managers in any organization can transform their workplace—if they'll only get out of their own way first.
How to create a company that not only sustains, but surpasses-that moves beyond the imperative to be «less bad» and embrace an ethos to be «all good» From the Inspired Protagonist and Chairman of Seventh Generation, the country's leading brand of household products and a pioneering «good company,» comes a one-of-a-kind book for leaders, entrepreneurs, and change agents everywhere. The Responsibility Revolution reveals the smartest ways for companies to build a better future-and hold themselves accountable for the results. Thousands of companies have pledged to act responsibly; very few have proven that they know how. This book will guide them. The Responsibility Revolution presents fresh ideas and actionable strategies to commit your company to a genuine socially and environmentally responsible business and culture, one that not only competes but wins on values. Points the way for innovators and influencers to generate trust by becoming transparent, elicit people's passion and creativity, turn customers into collaborators, transform critics into allies, rewrite the rules and reinvent business Shows how to build a socially and environmentally responsible yet genuinely good company and an authentic brand Drawing on groundbreaking interviews with real-world change leaders, Hollender and Breen present lessons and insights from the «good company»' parts of big companies like IBM and eBay, trailblazers like Patagonia and Timberland, and emerging dynamos like Linden Lab and Etsy The Responsibility Revolution equips people with the tactics, models, and mind-sets they need to compete in a world where consumers now demand that companies contribute to the greater good.
A fascinating look at ESPN and its success as a brand ESPN The Company reveals the inside scoop on the biggest business story in sports, detailing the creative and innovative spirit and practices that drove the programming, products, and services of the most powerful and prominent name in sports media. The authors provide a behind-the-scenes perspective on how ESPN dealt with their many partners and how they handled mistakes and missteps along the way-from the humble beginnings of ESPN as an underrated startup to the pinnacle of their success as a major industry player. ESPN and other great organizations invest in their people. They train them. They believe that if you spend the time and resources turning talented performers into leaders, you're going to get better organizational performance and engender higher levels of commitment and sweat. ESPN The Company Explores the dedication to excellence that makes ESPN the «Worldwide Leader in Sports» Reveals how the steps ESPN has taken to excel can be applied to whatever type of business you're in Shares the lessons learned at ESPN about launching and growing a wildly successful enterprise Engaging and informative, this entertaining guide reveals how any company can benefit by embracing the best practices of ESPN.