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  • Black Titan A G Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire

    Black Titan A G Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire

    Ksh 1699

    Brief Summary The grandson of slaves, born into poverty in 1892 in the Deep South, A. G. Gaston died more than a century later with a fortune worth well over $130 million and a business empire spanning communications, real estate, and insurance. Gaston was, by any measure, a heroic figure whose wealth and influence bore comparison to J. P. Morgan and Andrew Carnegie. Here, for the first time, is the story of the life of this extraordinary pioneer, told by his niece and grandniece, the award-winning television journalist Carol Jenkins and her daughter Elizabeth Gardner Hines. Born at a time when the bitter legacy of slavery and Reconstruction still poisoned the lives of black Americans, Gaston was determined to make a difference for himself and his people. His first job, after serving in the celebrated all-black regiment during World War I, bound him to the near-slavery of an Alabama coal mine—but even here Gaston saw not only hope but opportunity. He launched a business selling lunches to fellow miners, soon established a rudimentary bank—and from then on there was no stopping him. A kind of black Horatio Alger, Gaston let a single, powerful question be his guide: What do our people need now? His success flowed from an uncanny genius for knowing the answer.  Combining rich family lore with a deep knowledge of American social and economic history, Carol Jenkins and Elizabeth Hines unfold Gaston’s success story against the backdrop of a century of crushing racial hatred and bigotry. Gaston not only survived the hardships of being black during the Depression, he flourished, and by the 1950s he was ruling a Birmingham-based business empire. When the movement for civil rights swept through the South in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Gaston provided critical financial support to many activists. At the time of his death in 1996, A. G. Gaston was one of the wealthiest black men in America, if not the wealthiest. But his legacy extended far beyond the monetary. He was a man who had proved it was possible to overcome staggering odds and make a place for himself as a leader, a captain of industry, and a far-sighted philanthropist. Writing with grace and power, Jenkins and Hines bring their distinguished ancestor fully to life in the pages of this book. Black Titan is the story of a man who created his own future—and in the process, blazed a future for all black businesspeople in America.  

  • Executing Your Strategy How to Break it Down and Get it Done

    Executing Your Strategy How to Break it Down and Get it Done

    Ksh 3499

    Brief Summary Why do businesses consistently fail to execute their competitive strategies? Because leaders don't identify and invest in the full range of projects and programs required to align the organization with its strategy. Moreover, even when strategy makers do break their plans down into doable chunks, they seldom work with project leaders to prioritize strategic investments and assure that needed resources are applied in priority order.  And they often neglect to revise the strategic portfolio to fit the demands of a dynamic environment, or to stay connected to strategic projects through completion, as new products, services, skills and capabilities are transferred into operations. In Executing Your Strategy, Mark Morgan, Raymond Levitt, and William Malek present six imperatives that enable you to do the right strategic projects—and do those projects right. And it is no accident that the six imperatives combine to create the acronym INVEST:  • Ideation—Clarify and communicate purpose, identity and long range intention;  • Nature—Develop alignment between strategy, structure and culture based on ideation;  • Vision—Create clear goals and metrics aligned to strategy and guided by ideation— • Engagement—Do the right projects based on the strategy through portfolio management;  • Synthesis: Do projects and programs right, in alignment with portfolio; and  • Transition: Move the project and program outputs into operations where benefit is realized.  Full of intriguing company examples and practical advice, this crucial new resource shows you how to make strategy happen in your organization.  

  • Lean Thinking Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation

    Lean Thinking Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation

    Ksh 2199

    Brief Summary Expanded, updated, and more relevant than ever, this bestselling business classic by two internationally renowned management analysts describes a business system for the twenty-first century that supersedes the mass production system of Ford, the financial control system of Sloan, and the strategic system of Welch and GE. It is based on the Toyota (lean) model, which combines operational excellence with value-based strategies to produce steady growth through a wide range of economic conditions. In contrast with the crash-and-burn performance of companies trumpeted by business gurus in the 1990s, the firms profiled in Lean Thinking -- from tiny Lantech to midsized Wiremold to niche producer Porsche to gigantic Pratt & Whitney -- have kept on keeping on, largely unnoticed, along a steady upward path through the market turbulence and crushed dreams of the early twenty-first century. Meanwhile, the leader in lean thinking -- Toyota -- has set its sights on leadership of the global motor vehicle industry in this decade. Instead of constantly reinventing business models, lean thinkers go back to basics by asking what the customer really perceives as value. (It's often not at all what existing organizations and assets would suggest.) The next step is to line up value-creating activities for a specific product along a value stream while eliminating activities (usually the majority) that don't add value.  Then the lean thinker creates a flow condition in which the design and the product advance smoothly and rapidly at the pullof the customer (rather than the push of the producer). Finally, as flow and pull are implemented, the lean thinker speeds up the cycle of improvement in pursuit of perfection. The first part of this book describes each of these concepts and makes them come alive with striking examples. Lean Thinking clearly demonstrates that these simple ideas can breathe new life into any company in any industry in any country. But most managers need guidance on how to make the lean leap in their firm. Part II provides a step-by-step action plan, based on in-depth studies of more than fifty lean companies in a wide range of industries across the world. Even those readers who believe they have embraced lean thinking will discover in Part III that another dramatic leap is possible by creating an extended lean enterprise for each of their product families that tightly links value-creating activities from raw materials to customer. In Part IV, an epilogue to the original edition, the story of lean thinking is brought up-to-date with an enhanced action plan based on the experiences of a range of lean firms since the original publication of Lean Thinking. Lean Thinking does not provide a new management "program" for the one-minute manager. Instead, it offers a new method of thinking, of being, and, above all, of doing for the serious long-term manager -- a method that is changing the world.  

  • The Commanding Heights The Battle for the World Economy

    The Commanding Heights The Battle for the World Economy

    Ksh 1499

    Brief Summary The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Prize joins a leading expert on the global economy to present an incisive narrative of the risks and opportunities that are emerging as the balance of power shifts around the world between governments and markets -- and the battle over globalization comes front and center. A brilliant narrative history, The Commanding Heights is about the most powerful economic forces at work in the world today, and about the people and the ideas that are shaping the future.  Across the globe, it has become increasingly accepted dogma that economic activities should be dominated by market forces, not political concerns. With chapters on Europe, the US, Britain, the Third World, the Arab States, Asia, China, India, Latin America, and the former communist countries, Yergin and Stanislaw provide an incisive overview of the state of the economy, and of the battles between governments and markets in each region.  Now updated throughout and with two new chapters, The Commanding Heights explains a revolution which is unfolding before our very eyes.  

  • The Economist Guide To Supply Chain Management by David Jacoby

    The Economist Guide To Supply Chain Management by David Jacoby

    Ksh 2899

    Brief Summary Globalisation, technology and an increasingly competitive business environment have encouraged huge changes in what is known as supply chain management, the art of sourcing components and delivering finished goods to the customer as cost effectively and efficiently as possible.  Dell transformed the way people bought and were able to customise computers. Wal-Mart and Tesco have used their huge buying power and logistical skills to ensure the supply and stock management of their stores is finely honed.  Manufacturers now make sure that components are where they are needed on the production line just in time for when they are needed and no longer. Such finessing of the way the supply chain works boosts the corporate bottom line and can make the difference between being a market leader or an also ran.  This guide explores all the different aspects of supply chain management and gives hundreds of real life examples of what firms have achieved in the field.  

  • Marketing A Guide to the Fundamentals by Patrick Forsyth

    Marketing A Guide to the Fundamentals by Patrick Forsyth

    Ksh 2199

    Brief Summary Even though organizations have become increasingly marketing-focused in their approach - and it is clear that marketing is more than just the 'marketing department' - marketing is one of the most misunderstood areas of business.  Philip Kotler, an American marketing guru, defines it as 'the business function that identifies current unfulfilled needs and wants, defines and measures their magnitude, determines which target markets the organization can best serve and decides on appropriate products, services, and programmes to serve these markets.  Thus marketing serves as the link between a society's needs and its pattern of industrial response'. The late Peter Drucker, a leading management thinker, was content to say simply: 'Marketing is looking at the business through the customers' eyes'. This new guide clarifies exactly what marketing is and how it works, and it explains the techniques involved. For anyone who wants to understand the marketing mix, the factors involved in pricing policy, the different methods of market research, indeed the whole business of marketing, this guide to the fundamentals will be invaluable.  

  • Economics Making Sense of the Modern Economy by Richard Davies

    Economics Making Sense of the Modern Economy by Richard Davies

    Ksh 2599

    Brief Summary The world of economics is changing. Years of turmoil in the global economy mean that nothing will ever be quite the same again. This is the starting point and theme of this radically revised Economist books classic.  Richard Davies takes us on a journey through the paper's own analysis of the state of the world's economies, how we reached this point and what to expect in the next decade.  He explores:  • What’s gone wrong since 2008, why it's happened and how we can stop it happening again  • The shifting focus of economics from banking to labour economics • A new breed of firm with economics at their operational core  • the future hopes and challenges for the world economy Along the way, we encounter the global economy laid bare, from banks, panics and crashes to innovative new policies to improve how markets function; from discussions around jobs, pay and inequality to the promise of innovation and productivity; and from the implications of emerging markets and the globalisation of trade through to the sharing economy and the economics of Google and eBay.  The result is a fascinating review of the global economy and the changing role of economics in the new world order.  

  • Buying Professional Services by Fiona Czerniawska and Peter Smith

    Buying Professional Services by Fiona Czerniawska and Peter Smith

    Ksh 2899

    Brief Summary Buying Professional Services: How to Get Value for Money from Consultants and Other Professional Service Providers. Public and private sector organisations are spending huge amounts of money buying professional services, and most are doing it badly, without sufficiently rigorous procurement processes or an adequate understanding of the marketplace, resulting in wasted money and disappointing outcomes. Even among those organizations with formal procurement processes and techniques, many are applying them inappropriately and therefore achieve similarly poor results.  On the other side of the fence, many professional services firms don't understand how the increasing application of procurement processes could affect the way they get business and work with clients, the way they charge and, ultimately, their profitability. Furthermore, while they are working together, both professional services providers and their clients too often behave in ways that reduce the potential benefits to both parties. Using real examples from a range of private sector firms, government departments and the professional services firms themselves, this book explores what users and providers of professional services need to do to ensure that the users' money is well spent and the providers' earnings are well earned. "A practical and thought provoking guide that gets to the heart of the matter about what differentiates this category of spend."—Helen Wilber FCIPS, Senior Procurement Manager, Professional Services, Group Procurement, Royal Mail "This insightful book will help buyers and providers of professional services get a better understanding of the issues – and achieve better results."—Lindsay Morgan,Partner and Head of Global Real Estate, Norton Rose LLP and Group    

  • The Economist Guide to Management Ideas and Gurus by Tim Hindle

    The Economist Guide to Management Ideas and Gurus by Tim Hindle

    Ksh 2199

    Brief Summary Developed from the Guide to Management Ideas this new book not only includes the most significant ideas that have influenced the management of business over the past century, but it also includes entries on the most influential business thinkers of the past and present.  Entries on ideas include: Active Inertia; Disruptive Technology; Genchi Genbutsu (Japanese for "Go and See for Yourself"); The Halo Effect; The Long Tail; Pareto Principle ; Six Sigma;, Skunkworks; SWOT analysis; Thin Slicing; Tipping Point; Triple Bottom Line. Among management gurus, the following are included: Igor Ansoff; Warren Bennis; Dale Carnegie; Alfred Chandler; Jim Collins; Stephen Covey ;W. Edwards Deming; Peter Drucker; Henri Fayol; Sumantra Ghoshal; Gary Hamel; Michael Hammer; Charles Handy; Geert Hofstede; Joseph Juran; Rosabeth Moss Kanter; Robert Kaplan; Philip Kotler; Theodore Levitt; J Abraham Maslow; Konosuke Matsushita; Elton Mayo; Douglas McGregor; Henry Mintzberg; Kenichi Ohmae; C. Northcote Parkinson; Tom Peters; Michael Porter; E.F. Schumacher; Peter Senge; Herbert Simon; Alfred Sloan; F. Winslow Taylor; Alvin Toffler; Robert Townsend.   

  • Successful Strategy Execution by Michel Syrett

    Successful Strategy Execution by Michel Syrett

    Ksh 2299

    Brief Summary The Economist: Successful Strategy Execution: How to keep your business goals on target. Strategy-to-performance gaps foster a culture of under-performance Unrealistic plans create the expectation throughout the organisation that plans simply will not be fulfilled.  This book shows how to overcome such failings and implement strategy effectively. Common failings include: Companies rarely track their performance against long-term plans - less than 15% of companies make it a regular practice to go back and compare the business' results with the performance forecast for each business unit in its prior years' strategic results . Results rarely meet projections - when companies do track performance, it rarely matches the prior years' projection. The consequence is year-after-year of under-performance relative to the original plan . A lot of value is lost in translation - a combination of poor communications, misapplied resources, limited accountability and lack of information creates an in-built strategy-to-performance gap    

  • Entrepreneur How to Start an Online Business by Lucy Tobin

    Entrepreneur How to Start an Online Business by Lucy Tobin

    Ksh 2399

    Brief Summary The secrets of the UK's biggest online entrepreneurs revealed   Thinking of starting a business? Already have a business online and looking to take it to the next level? The wonderful world wide web has made creating a start-up that much easier. Thousands of people are out there reaping the rewards the web can bring. If you want to join them, you've come to the right place.  Profiling today's foremost web entrepreneurs, Lucy Tobin - who meets successful business founders every week writing an enterprise column for The Evening Standard – takes us through their start-up stories and maps out exactly what's made them so successful.  You’ll hear first-hand from the bright sparks behind some of the UK's top online businesses. With interviews, practical advice and insights, you'll learn how they did it, what they recommend, and how you can do it too.  

  • High output management by Andrew Grove

    High output management by Andrew Grove

    Ksh 1899

    Brief Summary The essential skill of creating and maintaining new businesses—the art of the entrepreneur—can be summed up in a single word: managing. In High Output Management, Andrew S. Grove, former chairman and CEO (and employee number three) of Intel, shares his perspective on how to build and run a company.  Born of Grove’s experiences at one of America’s leading technology companies, this legendary management book is a Silicon Valley staple, equally appropriate for sales managers, accountants, consultants, and teachers, as well as CEOs and startup founders.  Grove covers techniques for creating highly productive teams, demonstrating methods of motivation that lead to peak performance—throughout, High Output Management is a practical handbook for navigating real-life business scenarios and a powerful management manifesto with the ability to revolutionize the way we work. 

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