Business

Business

  • The Four by Scott Galloway

    The Four by Scott Galloway

    Ksh 1199

    Brief Summary The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google are the four most influential companies on the planet. Just about everyone thinks they know how they got there. Just about everyone is wrong. For all that's been written about the Four over the last two decades, no one has captured their power and staggering success as insightfully as Scott Galloway. Instead of buying the myths these companies broadcast, Galloway asks fundamental questions. How did the Four infiltrate our lives so completely that they're almost impossible to avoid (or boycott)? Why does the stock market forgive them for sins that would destroy other firms? And as they race to become the world's first trillion-dollar company, can anyone challenge them? In the same irreverent style that has made him one of the world's most celebrated business professors, Galloway deconstructs the strategies of the Four that lurk beneath their shiny veneers. He shows how they manipulate the fundamental emotional needs that have driven us since our ancestors lived in caves, at a speed and scope others can't match. And he reveals how you can apply the lessons of their ascent to your own business or career. Whether you want to compete with them, do business with them, or simply live in the world they dominate, you need to understand the Four.  

  • Gemba Kaizen by Masaaki Imai

    Gemba Kaizen by Masaaki Imai

    Ksh 4799

    Brief Summary Gemba Kaizen: A Commonsense Approach to a Continuous Improvement Strategy Written by Masaaki Imai, pioneer of modern business operational excellence and founder of the Kaizen Institute, Gemba Kaizen, Second Edition is an in-depth revision of this renowned, bestselling work. The book reveals how to implement cost-effective, incremental improvements in your most critical business processes. Global case studies from a wide range of industries demonstrate how gemba kaizen has been successfully used to: • Maximize capacity and reduce inventory at Unga Limited, one of Kenya's largest flour-milling operations • Change the IT culture at Achmea, a large European insurance firm • Exceed customer expectations at Walt Disney World in the United States • Improve quality at Inoue Hospital in Japan • Transform retail processes at Sonae MC, Portugal's largest employer • Practice daily kaizen at Tork Ledervin, a weaving plant in Brazil • Stamp out muda at Sunclipse, an industrial packaging distributor in the United States • Manage quality improvement by total workforce involvement at Xuji Group Corporation, an electrical manufacturer in China • Implement gemba kaizen at many other companies worldwide To thrive in today's competitive global economy, organizations need to operate more effectively and profitably than ever before. Developing problem solvers, increasing productivity, improving quality, and reducing waste are essential success factors. Proven strategies for achieving these goals are included in this pioneering guide. This comprehensive resource offers detailed coverage of important gemba kaizen topics, including: • Quality, cost, and delivery in the gemba • The five steps of workplace organization • Identifying and eliminating muda--any non-value-adding activity • Visual management • Supervisors' roles in the lean workplace • Gemba managers' roles and accountability in sustaining high performance • Just-in-time and total flow management • The CEO’s role in leading a kaizen culture The methods presented in Gemba Kaizen, Second Edition reveal that when management focuses on implementing kaizen (incremental, continuous improvement) in the gemba (the worksite) unique opportunities can be discovered for increasing the success and profitability of any organization.  

  • Profit over People by Noam Chomsky

    Profit over People by Noam Chomsky

    Ksh 1599

    Brief Summary Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order In "Profit Over People," Noam Chomsky takes on neoliberalism: the pro-corporate system of economic and political policies presently waging a form of class war worldwide. By examining the contradictions between the democratic and market principles proclaimed by those in power and those actually practiced, Chomsky critiques the tyranny of the few that restricts the public arena and enacts policies that vastly increase private wealth, often with complete disregard for social and ecological consequences.  Combining detailed historical examples and uncompromising criticism, Chomsky offers a profound sense of hope that social activism can reclaim people's rights as citizens rather than as consumers, redefining democracy as a global movement, not a global market.  

  • Creating Competitive Advantage by Jaynie L Smith

    Creating Competitive Advantage by Jaynie L Smith

    Ksh 2299

    Brief Summary Creating Competitive Advantage: Give Customers a Reason to Choose You Over Your Competitors Why should I do business with you… and not your competitor? Whether you are a retailer, manufacturer, distributor, or service provider – if you cannot answer this question, you are surely losing customers, clients and market share. This eye-opening book reveals how identifying your competitive advantages (and trumpeting them to the marketplace) is the most surefire way to close deals, retain clients, and stay miles ahead of the competition. The five fatal flaws of most companies: • They don’t have a competitive advantage but think they do • They have a competitive advantage but don’t know what it is—so they lower prices instead • They know what their competitive advantage is but neglect to tell clients about it • They mistake “strengths” for competitive advantages • They don’t concentrate on competitive advantages when making strategic and operational decisions The good news is that you can overcome these costly mistakes – by identifying your competitive advantages and creating new ones. Consultant, public speaker, and competitive advantage expert Jaynie Smith will show you how scores of small and large companies substantially increased their sales by focusing on their competitive advantages. When advising a CEO frustrated by his salespeople’s inability to close deals, Smith discovered that his company stayed on schedule 95 percent of the time – an achievement no one else in his industry could claim. By touting this and other competitive advantages to customers, closing rates increased by 30 percent—and so did company revenues. Jack Welch has said, “If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.” This straight-to-the-point book is filled with insightful stories and specific steps on how to pinpoint your competitive advantages, develop new ones, and get the message out about them.  

  • Political Risk by Condoleezza Rice and Amy B Zegart

    Political Risk by Condoleezza Rice and Amy B Zegart

    Ksh 2199

    Brief Summary Political Risk: How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity The world is changing fast. Political risk-the probability that a political action could significantly impact a company's business-is affecting more businesses in more ways than ever before. A generation ago, political risk mostly involved a handful of industries dealing with governments in a few frontier markets.  Today, political risk stems from a widening array of actors, including Twitter users, local officials, activists, terrorists, hackers, and more. The very institutions and laws that were supposed to reduce business uncertainty and risk are often having the opposite effect. In today's globalized world, there are no "safe" bets. POLITICAL RISK investigates and analyzes this evolving landscape, what businesses can do to navigate it, and what all of us can learn about how to better understand and grapple with these rapidly changing global political dynamics. Drawing on lessons from the successes and failures of companies across multiple industries as well as examples from aircraft carrier operations, NASA missions, and other unusual places, POLITICAL RISK offers a first-of-its-kind framework that can be deployed in any organization, from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Organizations that take a serious, systematic approach to political risk management are likely to be surprised less often and recover better. Companies that don't get these basics right are more likely to get blindsided.  

  • Leadership Beyond the Boardroom by Dr Fred Mugambi

    Leadership Beyond the Boardroom by Dr Fred Mugambi

    Ksh 1499

    Brief Summary  Leadership Beyond the Boadroom: a code for emerging leaders.  

  • Dubai The Vulnerability of Success by Christopher Davidson

    Dubai The Vulnerability of Success by Christopher Davidson

    Ksh 2499

    Brief Summary Dubai is a remarkable success story. From its origins as a small fishing and pearling community, the emirate has steadily grown in strength to become the premier trading center of the Arabian Gulf. It is also the locus of an exciting and innovative architectural revolution.  Despite the lack of democratization and genuine civil society, Dubai is now a booming metropolis of more than two million people, most of whom are expatriates enjoying the benefits of the city's increasingly diversified economy. After providing a detailed history, Christopher Davidson explains Dubai's current prosperity by presenting an in-depth study of its post-oil development strategies and how they were implemented against a backdrop of near complete political stability.  Davidson addresses future problems that may surface as the need for sustained foreign direct investment encourages far-reaching socioeconomic reforms, many of which may affect the legitimacy of the traditional monarchy.  

  • The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek Hardcover

    The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek Hardcover

    Ksh 2399

    Brief Summary Do you know how to play the game you're in? In finite games, like football or chess, the players are known, the rules are fixed, and the endpoint is clear. The winners and losers are easily identified. In infinite games, like business or politics or life itself, the players come and go, the rules are changeable, and there is no defined endpoint. There are no winners or losers in an infinite game; there is only ahead and behind. The more I started to understand the difference between finite and infinite games, the more I began to see infinite games all around us. I started to see that many of the struggles that organizations face exist simply because their leaders were playing with a finite mindset in an infinite game. These organizations tend to lag behind in innovation, discretionary effort, morale and ultimately performance. The leaders who embrace an infinite mindset, in stark contrast, build stronger, more innovative, more inspiring organizations. Their people trust each other and their leaders. They have the resilience to thrive in an ever-changing world, while their competitors fall by the wayside. Ultimately, they are the ones who lead the rest of us into the future. Any worthwhile undertaking starts with Why - the purpose, cause or belief that inspires us to do what we do and inspires others to join us. Good leaders know how to build Circles of Safety that promote trust and cooperation throughout their organizations. But that's not enough to help us chart a course through the unpredictable, often chaotic landscape of today's marketplace. I now believe that the ability to adopt an infinite mindset is a prerequisite for any leader who aspires to leave their organization in better shape than they found it.  

  • Leaders Strategies for Taking Charge by Warren Bennis and Burton Nanus

    Leaders Strategies for Taking Charge by Warren Bennis and Burton Nanus

    Ksh 1599

    Brief Summary In this illuminating study of corporate America's most critical issue—leadership—world-renowned leadership guru Warren Bennis and his co-author Burt Nanus reveal the four key principles every manager should know: Attention Through Vision, Meaning Through Communication, Trust Through Positioning, and The Deployment of Self. In this age of "process", with downsizing and restructuring affecting many workplaces, companies have fallen trap to lack of communication and distrust, and vision and leadership are needed more than ever before. The wisdom and insight in Leaders addresses this need. It is an indispensable source of guidance all readers will appreciate, whether they're running a small department or in charge of an entire corporation.  

  • Turn the Ship Around by L David Marquet

    Turn the Ship Around by L David Marquet

    Ksh 1599

    Brief Summary Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders. "Leadership should mean giving control rather than taking control and creating leaders rather than forging followers." David Marquet, an experienced Navy officer, was used to giving orders. As newly appointed captain of the USS Santa Fe, a nuclear-powered submarine, he was responsible for more than a hundred sailors, deep in the sea. In this high-stress environment, where there is no margin for error, it was crucial his men did their job and did it well. But the ship was dogged by poor morale, poor performance, and the worst retention in the fleet. Marquet acted like any other captain until, one day, he unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. When he asked why the order wasn't challenged, the answer was "Because you told me to." Marquet realized he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things. That's when Marquet took matters into his own hands and pushed for leadership at every level. Turn the Ship Around! is the true story of how the Santa Fe skyrocketed from worst to first in the fleet by challenging the U.S. Navy's traditional leader-follower approach. Struggling against his own instincts to take control, he instead achieved the vastly more powerful model of giving control. Before long, each member of Marquet's crew became a leader and assumed responsibility for everything he did, from clerical tasks to crucial combat decisions. The crew became fully engaged, contributing their full intellectual capacity every day, and the Santa Fe started winning awards and promoting a highly disproportionate number of officers to submarine command. No matter your business or position, you can apply Marquet's radical guidelines to turn your own ship around. The payoff: a workplace where everyone around you is taking responsibility for their actions, where people are healthier and happier, where everyone is a leader.  

  • Succeeding When You are Supposed to Fail by Rom Brafman

    Succeeding When You are Supposed to Fail by Rom Brafman

    Ksh 1599

    Brief Summary Succeeding When You're Supposed to Fail: The 6 Enduring Principles of High Achievement IN COUNTLESS STUDIES, PSYCHOLOGISTS HAVE DISCOVERED A SURPRISING FACT: For decades they assumed that people who face adversity—a difficult childhood, career turbulence, sudden bouts of bad luck—will succumb to their circumstances. Yet over and over again they found a significant percentage are able to overcome their life circumstances and achieve spectacular success. How it is that individuals who are not “supposed” to succeed manage to overcome the odds? Are there certain traits that such people have in common? Can the rest of us learn from their success and apply it to our own lives? In Succeeding When You’re Supposed to Fail, Rom Brafman, psychologist and coauthor of the bestselling book Sway, set out to answer these questions. In a riveting narrative that interweaves compelling stories from education, the military, and business and a wide range of groundbreaking new research, Brafman identifies the six hidden drivers behind unlikely success. Among them: •The critical importance of the Limelight Effect—our ability to redirect the focus of our lives to the result of our own efforts, as opposed to external forces •The value of a satellite in our lives—the remarkable way in which a consistent ally who accepts us unconditionally while still challenging us to be our best can make a huge difference •The power of temperament—people who are able to tunnel through life’s obstacles have a surprisingly mild disposition; they don’t allow the bumps in the road to unsettle them By understanding and incorporating these strategies in our own lives, Brafman argues, we can all be better prepared to overcome the inevitable obstacles we face, from setbacks at work to challenges in our personal lives.  

  • Clear Leadership by Gervase R Bushe

    Clear Leadership by Gervase R Bushe

    Ksh 1699

    Brief Summary Clear Leadership: Sustaining Real Collaboration and Partnership at Work. Expanding on the fresh concepts that made the first edition of 'Clear Leadership' such a success, Bushe brings up-to-date the tools and techniques needed to build sustaining partnerships and make today's collaborative organizations work.  

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