Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Espresso Book Machine

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Not for Free
Saul J. Berman
(http://www.landmarkonthenet.com/)

Survival in a sea of ‘free'

In the publishing industry, there is the long tail — of ‘rare, out-of-print, esoteric, or low-demand titles' — and this can find new life in ‘Espresso Book Machine,' writes Saul J. Berman in Not for Free: Revenue strategies for a New World.

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The two 'opposite' impacts

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Romancing the Balance Sheet
Anil Lamba
(http://www.landmarkonthenet.com/)

If accounting is clerical, finance is intellectual

Debit and credit are two commonly used, yet greatly misunderstood, accounting words, laments Anil Lamba in Romancing the Balance Sheet. Stating that he has rarely come across anybody who can confidently attribute a meaning to each of these words, he informs that there is invariably a feeling that one is a gain, the other a loss; and that one is positive, and the other, negative.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The digital reality

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Moral Rights
Mira T. Sundara Rajan
(http://www.oup.com/)

Ownership in a digital world

Countries that are highly technological have promoted the extension of ‘moral rights' to new technologies, from computer programs to collaborative works such as film, writes Mira T. Sundara Rajan in Moral Rights: Principles, practice and new technology.

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Measuring the value of the workforce

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Lean Labor
Gregg Gordon
(http://bit.ly/F4TGreggG)

Sustainability of workforce-driven innovation

While labour may be the most controllable resource for a manufacturer, it is also the most difficult to manage, writes Gregg Gordon in ‘Lean Labor: A survival guide for companies facing global competition'.

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The 'loose' organisation

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Loose
Martin Thomas
(http://www.landmarkonthenet.com/)

Let ‘organised chaos' work for you

Most leaders, if willing to make an honest appraisal, would accept that the institutions they run have become too slow, too process-bound and too cautious, says Martin Thomas in Loose: The future of business is letting go.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

'Gamble your early winnings'

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Red Joker Rules
Pat Holland
(http://www.landmarkonthenet.com/)

Lessons for investors from the gambling world

Foremost in the list of rules, in ‘Red Joker Rules: The 35 Rules of Gambling That All Investors Should Know' by Pat Holland, is ‘Start early.' The gambler who arrives at the racecourse in a flustered state just as the horses are cantering down for the fifth race on the card is not going to win much, advises the author.

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Better-is-better

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The New Capitalist Manifesto
Umair Haque
(http://www.landmarkonthenet.com/)

Shift ‘from goods to betters'

In the twentieth century, worse was often better, writes Umair Haque in The New Capitalist Manifesto: Building a disruptively better business. “What was better for the bottom line was — perhaps not immediately, absolutely, or deliberately, but often, ultimately, and sometimes unwittingly — worse for people, communities, and society,” he explains.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Three key attributes of leaders

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Better Under Pressure
Justin Menkes
(http://www.hbr.org/)

How leaders find order in chaos

One of the three key attributes of leaders is finding order in chaos, writes Justin Menkes in Better Under Pressure: How great leaders bring out the best in themselves and others.

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Value the customers

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The Mirror Test

Jeffrey W. Hayzlett





Customers are not numbers to small businesses; they are people and that is your innate advantage over the big boys, says Jeffrey W. Hayzlett in The Mirror Test: Is your business really breathing?


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A social media journey

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The Thank You Economy
Gary Vaynerchuk
(http://www.landmarkonthenet.com/)

How a dentist gave her biz more teeth

Can you ever love your dentist? The answer could be ‘yes,' as one learns from the social media case of Dr Irena Vaksman, narrated by Gary Vaynerchuk in The Thank You Economy.

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CSR, an investment

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Corporates & Social Responsibility
K. N. Ajith
(Eeswaar Books)

Sustainable social responsibility

Corporate affluence can be sustained only when social development takes place along with economic development, reminds K. N. Ajith in Corporates & Social Responsibility (Eeswaar Books).

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Conditions of transparency

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How
Dov Seidman
Wiley India

Shift from managing reputation to earning it

Though reputation, like trust, is not a new concept in business, there has been an explosion of interest around the subject since the mid-1990s, observes Dov Seidman in How, recently out as a reprint from Wiley India.

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