The Chemistry of Strategy: Strategic Planning for the Not-Yet-Fortune 500 by: John W. Myrna
This book offers readers something they can’t find in today’s most popular business books: a practical, tested perspective and strategic planning process that works for the legions of companies that don’t have the resources of an Apple, GE, or P&G. Readers will gain a deep understanding of what strategy and strategic planning is; why it’s critical to their organization and their own success; and how to create, implement and sustain a strategy that literally turns vision into reality.
Executive teams are searching for the magic elixir of success. The appeal of such alchemical magic is obvious. If a company’s managers do just this one simple thing, or follow this simple, easy plan, they too can enjoy profit margins and stock prices just like the “it” company of the moment.
The process of successfully growing an organization is like mixing chemicals together to create a reaction. Ask the typical executive to name the most valuable tool in the process of creating a chemical reaction, and they’ll offer such answers as the quantity of certain chemicals, the quality of the lab facility, the combination of two or more elements and so on. That’s because we tend to be so rooted in tactical thinking that we miss the larger equation.
The reality is that the most important tool in creating the desired chemical reaction – or growing a company – is the formula that describes its “big picture” results.
The primary formula for strategy is simple enough:
(What + Why + How) → The Future
What do we want the company to look like in the future?
Why do we want to look like that?
How do we get there?
(What + Why + How) = Strategy
This strategic planning approach derives from the author’s own alchemist-like professional search to find the magic formula for transforming the value of companies.
ACT Now or Fail! Become an A.C.E. and Lead the Way! by: Christopher Whipple
This book reveals a new concept that all great leaders have utilized but few if any have recognized: By presenting followers with a goal that offers a better future, thereby eliminating fears or major concerns, the leader creates an environment where teamwork naturally thrives, making extremely difficult objectives obtainable. This motivates followers, eliminating the need to utilize critical resources for motivation, and creating an efficiency that no supervision could ever achieve. Once followers start working as a team for the good of the organization, improvements naturally follow, especially in quality. Until now, definitions for quality have been vague and unhelpful at guiding organizations on where to improve. The new definition for quality introduced in this book will assist leaders in any organization to clarify exactly what quality is for that organization, making it possible for each worker to improve their products and services with each action taken. The benefits gained will improve employee and customer satisfaction to previously unheard-of levels. A clarification of how feelings impact overall results will change how future employees and organizations behave, creating an environment that is highly sustainable. Chris Whipple, president of Advanced Corporate Teams, provides training to develop Advanced Corporate Executives (A.C.E.). With over 20 years of management experience and a desire to share best practices, he set out to document a clear process for implementing goals. His research uncovered several missing details that the quality gurus never discovered. This book fills in the gap. He is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in business management and can be contacted via the Advanced Corporate Teams website: www.advancedcorporateteams.com.
The Emerging Markets Handbook: An analysis of the investment potential in 18 key emerging market economies by: Pran Tiku
FINDING TOMORROW’S MARKETS FIRST Tomorrow’s booming economies are today’s emerging markets. Overlooked by most investors, these markets offer serious opportunities for those prepared to move ahead of the crowd and take their investing off the beaten path. If you’re an investor unafraid of the unfamiliar and looking to carve out extraordinary opportunities in new markets, this book should be your starting point. THE EMERGING MARKETS HANDBOOK provides investors with a highly detailed examination of 18 countries that could host the stock market stars of the future – from Chile and China to Thailand and Turkey. At its heart is an analysis of the 18 economies’ strength and potential for growth. This assessment is based on the ten crucial drivers of growth, including demographics, business conditions, capital markets and more. Following exhaustive research into the numbers behind each of these drivers, Pran Tiku is able to draw on a wealth of data from respected sources to form conclusions about the current position and future prospects of each market. He illustrates this data with explanatory charts and tables, allowing readers to trace recent trends and compare this to where the countries stand now. Providing a groundbreaking ranking of all emerging markets, the author goes on to sort them into standouts, in-betweeners and strugglers. This means you can truly see which markets offer the most commanding opportunities, which have room for development and which currently present a poorer investment case. Finally, the HANDBOOK concludes with a look at investment vehicles that can be used to access emerging market investments and a survey of the industries and companies that are likely to be the primary players within these 18 economies in the future. THE EMERGING MARKETS HANDBOOK is your indispensable guide to finding the future’s hottest markets. No investor can afford to be left behind.
Risk-Free Technology: How Small to Medium Businesses Can Stem Huge Losses From Poorly Performing IT Systems by: Charles L. Nault
IT has now reached “utility” status everywhere, at least from an expectation standpoint. Just as the utility of electricity is required to power our lights and equipment, and oil or gas insures our heat in the winter, a firm’s network infrastructure MUST be always in place to maintain its Internet access, computerization, phone system and a host of other mission-critical applications.
Contrary to days passed, companies can no longer function without these. Their customers, employees and vendors expect business networks to be fully functional, expeditious, security protected and accessible around the clock.
This book addresses the implications of failing to insure that all your IT functions are “utility-status,” and tells non-technical executives what needs to be done from a managerial perspective to achieve true utility status, as well as how to pro-actively monitor such functions to make sudden catastrophes a thing of the past. The book will provide case studies of companies who have lost money and business because they failed to heed this message.
Free Agent: The Independent Professional’s Roadmap to Self-Employment Success by: Katy Tynan
There is a seismic shift underway in the employer/employee relationship that is redefining the nature of jobs and careers. Sole proprietors and independent contractors now represent more than 20 percent of the workforce, and that number is expected to reach nearly 50 percent within the next 10 years.
Despite the proliferation of people engaging in freelance and contract work, however, the path to success is not always easy. Free Agent: The Independent Professional’s Roadmap to Self-Employment Success details a pragmatic action plan to help you succeed in this new skills marketplace.
Supplying practical strategies to help you get ahead of the change and become an in-demand resource with a steady stream of income, the book describes how work is changing and what is driving the growth of freelancing. Next, it explains how to get your new independent venture off the ground, how to find your first client, and what you need to know to avoid common pitfalls.
To transition successfully from employee to free agent, you must have a plan to avoid the pitfalls and a support team to give you the expertise on complicated topics such as business structure, contracts, and accounting. This book is your guide to successfully navigating the transition.
Detailing the tools and practices that will enable you to succeed as a free agent, the book includes case studies and interviews with those who have already made the transition. The book concludes by describing how to optimize your new freelance work style to make the most of your time and energy, so you can focus on doing more of what you love.