Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Dare to Design Your Life
Scorpions at work
Don't lose heart when you come across people who emanate so much negative energy, cheers Jagdish Joshi in Dare to Design Your Life. In your everyday work-life, you will find more than one scorpion, which will sting you even if you try to be good and helpful, he observes. “For, such people do not know that you are someone with good intentions. But the challenge here is not to be bogged down with such incidents and to continue working at your own pace.”
Double your Income doing what You Love
Order and wealth
How can you create ‘the richest and fullest possible life'? Try MAINLY, suggests Raymond Aaron in Double your Income doing what You Love. The acronym stands for ‘six pathways of life' for each month, he explains: Mess (choosing to clean a mess); Acknowledgement (expressing gratitude); Increase in wealth (improving your financial situation); New (doing something new); Learn (learning something); and Yourself (doing something just for yourself).
Rocking the Boat
Debra E. Meyerson
Four negotiation strategies
Be it a job offer or a car purchase, business deal or restaurant choice, people negotiate constantly, says Debra E. Meyerson in Rocking the Boat: How to effect change without making trouble. Most negotiations, however, do not initially seem likenegotiations, she cautions; they feel more like threats, criticisms, affronts, or outright attacks.
Dealing with retailers
Many suppliers find retailers, especially the major chains, brutal to deal with and feel that they are squeezed by the retailers' power to control access to the consumers they need to reach, writes Julian Dent in Distribution Channels: Understanding and managing channels to market.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Leadership and Change Management
Signals of destructive leadership
Aberrations in leadership can be traced both to the so-called leaders and the so-called followers notes Annabel Beerel in Leadership and Change Management. Our fascination with and projections on leaders often result in us selecting the wrong people to lead us, she writes.
Technical Guide on Internal/Concurrent Audit of Investment Functions of Insurance Companies
Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
The internal or concurrent auditor may not sit in judgment of the decision taken by the authorised official; yet, the auditor will have to see that the transactions or decisions are within the policy parameters laid down by the Board/Investment Committee; that they do not violate the instructions of IRDA and the Insurance Act, 1938; and that they are within the delegated authority and in compliance with the terms and conditions for exercise of delegated authority. Thus directs the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in Technical Guide on Internal/Concurrent Audit of Investment Functions of Insurance Companies.
Cloud Computing for Dummies
Judith Hurwitz et al.
Economics of cloud
You might want to add a new business application, but lack the funds. Rather than wallow in despair, think cloud! The cloud, for starters, is ‘a set of hardware, networks, storage, services, and interfaces that enable the delivery of computing as a service,' as Judith Hurwitz et al. define in Cloud Computing for Dummies.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Honey, I Shrunk the World
Five tips on ORM
It is perhaps time to move beyond Gen-X and Gen-Y. Enter the Gen-I (Generation Internet), the independent-thinking, globally-connected folks. Gen-I's openness to adapt to change and willingness to experiment with brands has made them a hot target for every smart marketer, notes Honey, I Shrunk the World: The essential global digital media handbook.
The Checklist Manifesto
4 elements of professionalism
Computers take numerous tasks off our hands — such as tasks of calculation, processing, storage, and transmission; and technology undoubtedly increases our capabilities, acknowledges Atul Gawande in The Checklist Manifesto: How to get things right.
Money vs job satisfaction
You do interesting work, you like the hours and the people, but the pay is measly. An option that seems attractive is to take a standard position in a larger organisation at a salary 50 per cent more than what you are getting now. So, what should you do? Go for money or job satisfaction? Stay put, says Lucy Kellaway in The Answers: All the office questions you never dared to ask.
Build the psychological balance sheet
How do you assess the strength of a business? By studying the financials, such as cash flow, income statements, balance sheet, stock price, and so on? Certainly, these are crucial metrics, but we need to recognise the difference between cause and effect, says Price Pritchett in Deep Strengths: Getting to the heart of high performance.
Sell Like a Great Man, Give Service Like a Madman
Follow the SHEEP
Jagdish Joshi laments that some major brands seem to behave as if customers couldn't live without their products. There is nothing called `monopoly' in this 21st century market, he writes in Sell Like a Great Man, Give Service Like a Madman.
Building the Value Machine
Map the customer's activity cycle
A good supplier should take more interest in a customer's problems than the customer, says Peter Cheverton in Building the Value Machine. For the customer, a problem is merely something to be solved; for the supplier, a problem is lifeblood, he adds.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Simply Fly: A Deccan odyssey
Captain's cost-saving tips
You know Captain Gopinath as the one who flew planes for the common man. Not as one who herded donkeys. But that is just one of the many stories you'd read in Simply Fly: A Deccan odyssey. A chance conversation with a washerman makes the author weigh the economic advantages of donkeys, at a time when electricity was a distant dream in his village.
Professional Ubuntu Mobile Development
Ian Robert Lawrence and Rodrigo Cesar Lopes Belem
Four models of software evolution
Beginning with mobile Linux, Professional Ubuntu Mobile Development covers topics such as power management, application development, packaging, theming, kernel fine-tuning, testing and so on, all aimed at developers interested in `a practical, hands-on way of learning development on mobile devices.'
International Project Management
Well-mixed teams can develop new products faster
How do you establish trust in international projects? Sample this, from International Project Management by Kathrin K”ster (www.sagepublications.com): "A US-American project manager invited his Asian team members to where he was located in the USA on the East Coast. Instead of dining out with them in a high-class restaurant, he took them along to hockey and baseball games where they all had hot dogs and beer."
Big dreams in small places
One of the villages in Kalahandi district of Orissa is Rupra Road. “The village is bustling and cosmopolitan, judging by the four different styles and weaves of women's saris on display at the market: Adivasi, Dalit, Marwari, and Oriya. Children yell out, ‘Sarpanch, sarpanch…' as our jeep goes by,” writes Indira Maya Ganesh in one of the essays included in Sarpanch Sahib.
Writing for the Media
The idea of writing for the media can be an enticing one, but media writing has to begin with an idea, says Usha Raman in Writing for the Media. At times, the media process facilitates things. For example, `an entry in the daily logbook of a newspaper or magazine office' may tell you what your assignments for the day are; a collective debate among the editorial staff may assign ideas to reporters and feature writers; staff meeting discussions may outline plans for forthcoming issues of the publication; and beat reporters may find their ideas `lodged in long conversations with sources, or in records they have been following over time.'
Robert East, Malcolm Wright and Marc Vanhuele(http://www.sagepublications.com/)
Consumer-generated media (CGM) on the Internet - such as blogs, discussion groups and e-mailing - has produced a form of influence very similar to WOM (word-of-mouth), write Robert East, Malcolm Wright and Marc Vanhuele in Consumer Behaviour: Applications in marketing.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Succeeding from the inside out
If you find life burdensome and boring, here is Supercoach with 10 secrets from Michael Neill to make a difference to yourself. This is a book about succeeding from the inside out, he writes in the intro. “Traditional coaching takes place primarily on a horizontal dimension — coaches assist their clients in getting from point A to point B. Yet lasting, sustainable change nearly always happens in the vertical dimension — a deepening of the ground of being of the client and greater access to inspiration and spiritual wisdom.”
Using a tiny Sony mobile handset, Iqbal calls Captain Sami. “Just two miles away as the crow files, Sami answered his phone. He, along with Tiwathia, Dhankar, Khare and Ankita, were parked at the Officers' Mess behind the military hospital at Khadki,” narrates Mukul Deva in Blowback.
Be extremely restless
Tracing the story of Shiv Nadar, a recent book on top entrepreneurs studies how HCL's investments in R&D have resulted in the company gaining expertise in the hugely profitable aerospace and defence sectors. “Its latest success story is in the field of proprietary technology, allowing it to offer image processing solutions for a whole range of applications, including high-resolution images from satellites,” writes Vikas Pota in India Inc.
Software Engineering: A precise approach
In the industrial-strength software domain, there are three basic forces at play — viz. cost, schedule, and quality — says Pankaj Jalote in Software Engineering: A precise approach. The software should be produced at a reasonable cost, in a reasonable time, and should be of good quality, he explains.
Synergies that favour software
The impressive performance of the software sector in attracting investment and augmenting exports is due to the fact that government evolved, implemented, and pursued on a sustained basis a proactive policy, says Ashok Kundra in India-China: A comparative analysis of FDI policy and performance.
The Design of Business
Creating value across the knowledge funnel
Among CEOs, Steve Jobs is widely viewed as a design thinker, thanks to the many captivating products from Apple's stable. But he is not the solitary design genius of popular imagination, writes Roger Martin in The Design of Business: Why design thinking is the next competitive advantage.
The Real Business of IT
Richard Hunter and George Westerman
IT value that talks business
There has never been a better time for a capable executive to take on the role of CIO (chief information officer), avers a new book from Harvard Business Press. “We would not be surprised to see executives on the CEO track make a point of adding the CIO role to their resumes, just as previous generations of executives sought stints in product management and marketing,” write Richard Hunter and George Westerman in The Real Business of IT: How CIOs create and communicate value.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
The Way of the VC
Winning techniques of star venture capitalists
Do it, run it, teach it, or own it – that's what venture capitalists believe in,
says Yinglan Tan in The Way of the VC: Having top venture capitalists on your board. The relationship between the venture capitalist and the entrepreneur is a lot like tango dancing, he analogises. “Just like a pair of tango dancers, VCs and entrepreneurs must understand each other's roles, coordinate their moves, and work with the same expectations.”
Conquer the Crash
Robert R. Prechter, Jr.
Staying alive through the financial crisis
If you are among those who think that money is safe because it is in bank certificates of deposit, corporate bonds, municipal bonds, money-market funds, and so on, Conquer the Crash: You can survive and prosper in a deflationary depression, second edition, has a word of caution: That most of these investments depend upon the solvency of some creditor institution that will probably not survive the developing depression.
Marina Yue Zhang
Untapped blue-collar class is long tail of the China market
Being successful in today's China is about more than just generating net revenues; it is about maintaining or even expanding market share, which requires engaging a critical mass of customers, says Marina Yue Zhang in China 2.0. Brand loyalty may not yet be strong for many products and services because of the different developmental stage of Chinese consumers, she adds.
May Lee Live and in Person
It's all about intention
The whole exercise of media buying and selling can be both complicated and rudimentary, finds May Lee in May Lee Live and in Person. "Complicated because of the variables involved when negotiating a licensing deal, such as time period, territories, exclusive or non-exclusive, and platforms - cable, Internet, mobile."