Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Volunteering in a positive way

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From Seva to Cyberspace
Femida Handy, Meenaz Kassam, Jillian Ingold and Bhagyashree Ranade
(http://www.sagepublications.com/)

Potential of virtual volunteering

Describing Karmayog as ‘an excellent example’ of how technology has impacted volunteering in a positive way, Femida Handy, Meenaz Kassam, Jillian Ingold and Bhagyashree Ranade write in From Seva to Cyberspace: The many faces of volunteering in India that ‘virtual volunteering’ is attracting technologically savvy youth to participate in volunteer projects in India and to collaborate with others globally to make a difference.

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Tracing the growth of Airtel

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Darwin's Brands
Anand Halve
(http://www.sagepublications.com/)

Strategies of successful brands

In 1992, a research firm gave a market report to Bharti Airtel. Talking about it in a media interview, in 2000, Sunil Mittal reminisced that the report had spoken of a market for 5,000 cellular phones in Delhi. “That was one more confirmation that these reports were silly and nonsensical, so we tore and threw it away. Even before the project was up, I was sure that on the first day of booking, we would have 5,000 connections, leave alone the market being that size!” reads a snatch of Mittal-speak cited in ‘Darwin's Brands: Adapting for success' by Anand Halve.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Wealth building strategy

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The Success Principles
Jack Canfield
(HarperCollins)

Begin by writing down your financial goals

To become wealthy, you will need to identify and replace any negative or limiting beliefs you may have about money, says Jack Canfield in ‘The Success Principles: How to get from where you are to where you want to be’ (HarperCollins).

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The power of ‘yes'

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Business at the Speed of Now
John M. Bernard
(http://www.wiley.com/)

Check if you can say ‘yes’ now

Customers increasingly demand the ‘yes’ answer to each and every question they ask, and they want what they want, and they want it now, says John M. Bernard in Business at the Speed of Now.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

'Think globally'

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The Shadow Market
Eric J. Weiner
(http://www.landmarkonthenet.com/)

Follow the ‘smart money'

Rich foreign governments control impressive amounts of capital today, running to several trillions, but they are relatively new to investing, observes Eric J. Weiner in ‘The Shadow Market: How sovereign wealth funds secretly dominate the global economy'.

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The strategic difference

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Good Strategy/Bad Strategy
Richard Rumelt
(http://www.vivagroupindia.com/)

Leverage the ‘pivot point'

When 7-Eleven was expanding its operations in China, what was the outstanding advantage that the company enjoyed? Cleanliness and service, says ‘Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The difference and why it matters' by Richard Rumelt.

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The skill of learning new skills

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The DNA of Success Stories
Jack Zufelt
(http://www.tatamcgrawhill.com/)

Ability to earn is precious

Your most valuable asset is not your car, furniture, house, investments, or money in the bank, but your ability to earn money, each day, week, month, and year, says Brian Tracy in one of the chapters of ‘The DNA of Success Stories' put together by Jack Zufelt.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Google, a biography

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I'm Feeling Lucky
Douglas Edwards

‘Hard question' at Google interview

After having worked in Google as employee number 59 from 1999 to 2005, Douglas Edwards finds himself to be impatient with the way the world works. “Why is it so hard to schedule a recording on my DVR? Why aren't all the signal lights synched to keep traffic flowing at optimum speed? Why, if I punch in my account number when I call customer service, do I have to give it to them again when I get a live person?” Listing all these questions in I'm Feeling Lucky , he adds that these are all solvable problems, because smart people, motivated to make things better, can do almost anything.

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Organisational rigidities

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Serial Innovators
Claudio Feser
(http://www.wiley.com/)

Age control for firms

The human brain regularly develops rigidities in the form of biases, lack of self-confidence, and habits; and organisational constructs composed of human beings are no different, underlines Claudio Feser in ‘Serial Innovators: Firms that change the world'.

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Monday, January 02, 2012

Empty calories of the paper economy

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Cannibal Capitalism
Michael Hill
(http://www.wiley.com/)

Starving economy

When exploitation overtakes creation, and investing is trampled by gambling with someone else's money, what you have is the modern form of cannibalism that used to be attributed to ‘some isolated South Pacific tribes or certain pre-colonial African cultures'. In truth, the existence of cannibalism among aboriginal peoples has been greatly exaggerated by the conquistadors and other colonialists to justify their aggression, notes Michael Hill in ‘Cannibal Capitalism: How big business and the Feds are ruining America'.

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'A key trait of tax havens is opacity'

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Tax Havens
Ronen Palan, Richard Murphy, and Christian Chavagneux
(http://www.landmarkonthenet.com/)

Stirring up the havens

A story narrated by Sigmund Freud in ‘The Interpretation of Dreams' is about a man who offered three arguments when accused by his neighbour of having returned a kettle in a damaged condition: That he had returned the kettle undamaged; that it was already damaged when he borrowed it; and that he had never borrowed it in the first place. The three arguments are inconsistent, and Freud notes that it would have been better if he had only used one, explains a Wikipedia page on the ‘Kettle logic.' The arguments offered by tax havens are no different, say Ronen Palan, Richard Murphy, and Christian Chavagneux in ‘Tax Havens: How globalization really works'.

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For the success of any enterprise ...

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‘The Art of Effective Giving'
R. M. Lala
(Harper)

Role of philanthropy in business

One of the five ‘guidelines' J. R. D. Tata drew up for himself in 1965 was that no success or achievement in material terms is worthwhile unless it serves the needs or interests of the country and its people and is achieved by fair and honest means. Another guideline, as listed by R. M. Lala in ‘The Art of Effective Giving', is that good human relations not only bring great personal rewards but are essential to the success of any enterprise.

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Gender equity

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Media, Gender, and Popular Culture in India
Sanjukta Dasgupta, Dipankar Sinha, and Sudeshna Chakravarti
(http://www.sagepublications.com/)

Social experiments in gender equity

Originally an introverted game played in Britain and a few of her colonies, cricket has been commoditised and marketed to the maximum possible extent, aided among other factors by technology and epitomised by its latest incarnation Twenty20, write Sanjukta Dasgupta, Dipankar Sinha, and Sudeshna Chakravarti in Media, Gender, and Popular Culture in India: TrackingChange and Continuity.

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