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  • A Candid Handbook for Women doing Business in Kenya PB

    A Candid Handbook for Women doing Business in Kenya PB

    Ksh 1599

    Brief Summary  The journey of ‘Candid Business’, started from a conversation with very successful business women while on a visit to the United States. An organization of which I am a member, had given me the opportunity to attend a series of workshops. The open candid discussion on women in business by female entrepreneurs was inspirational. Back in Kenya I couldn’t wait to replicate some of these discussions. I have always enjoyed candid conversations, and find that everyone has a story, and that there are lessons to learn in every personal interaction. I am certainly an ‘accidental entrepreneur’ having started my business Willart Productions Ltd, purely out of the need to keep busy after quitting full time employment. Through this journey I discovered freedom in my various roles in life, including being a wife, mother and daughter. I matured, gained confidence and embraced the roles of leadership that being a business owner presents. As I talked to the women featured in this book, I saw them laugh, cry, exclaim, and sometimes remain silent as they quietly, reflected on their own journey. For all of them, business IS personal, its part and parcel of who they are. Some I met for the first time, but after the interview we felt we had known each other their entire life. I hope that A Candid Handbook for Women doing Business in Kenya, will begin such discussions amongst entrepreneurs and that real authentic stories will spark exciting meaningful conversations.  

  • A Candid Handbook for Women Doing Business in Kenya HB

    A Candid Handbook for Women Doing Business in Kenya HB

    Ksh 1999

    Brief Summary  The journey of ‘Candid Business’, started from a conversation with very successful business women while on a visit to the United States. An organization of which I am a member, had given me the opportunity to attend a series of workshops. The open candid discussion on women in business by female entrepreneurs was inspirational. Back in Kenya I couldn’t wait to replicate some of these discussions. I have always enjoyed candid conversations, and find that everyone has a story, and that there are lessons to learn in every personal interaction. I am certainly an ‘accidental entrepreneur’ having started my business Willart Productions Ltd, purely out of the need to keep busy after quitting full time employment. Through this journey I discovered freedom in my various roles in life, including being a wife, mother and daughter. I matured, gained confidence and embraced the roles of leadership that being a business owner presents. As I talked to the women featured in this book, I saw them laugh, cry, exclaim, and sometimes remain silent as they quietly, reflected on their own journey. For all of them, business IS personal, its part and parcel of who they are. Some I met for the first time, but after the interview we felt we had known each other their entire life. I hope that A Candid Handbook for Women doing Business in Kenya, will begin such discussions amongst entrepreneurs and that real authentic stories will spark exciting meaningful conversations.  

  • HBRs 10 Must Reads on Strategy

    HBRs 10 Must Reads on Strategy

    Ksh 2499

    Brief Summary  Is your company spending too much time on strategy development—with too little to show for it? If you read nothing else on strategy, read these 10 articles (featuring “What Is Strategy?” by Michael E. Porter). We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you catalyze your organization's strategy development and execution. HBR's 10 Must Reads on Strategy will inspire you to: • Distinguish your company from rivals • Clarify what your company will and won't do • Craft a vision for an uncertain future • Create blue oceans of uncontested market space • Use the Balanced Scorecard to measure your strategy • Capture your strategy in a memorable phrase • Make priorities explicit • Allocate resources early • Clarify decision rights for faster decision making  

  • HBR Guide to Getting the Right Work Done

    HBR Guide to Getting the Right Work Done

    Ksh 2099

    Brief Summary  Is Your Workload Slowing You--And Your Career--Down? Your inbox is overflowing. You're paralyzed because you have too much to do but don't know where to start. Your to-do list never seems to get any shorter. You leave work exhausted but have little to show for it. It's time to learn how to get the right work done.  In the "HBR Guide to Getting the Right Work Done," you'll discover how to focus your time and energy where they will yield the greatest reward. Not only will you end each day knowing you made progress--your improved productivity will also set you apart from the pack.  Whether you're a new professional or an experienced one, this guide will help you:  • Prioritize and stay focused,  • Work less but accomplish more,  • Stop bad habits and develop good ones,  • Break overwhelming projects into manageable pieces,  • Conquer e-mail overload, and  • Write to-do lists that really work.  

  • HBRs 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself

    HBRs 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself

    Ksh 2499

    Brief Summary  The path to your professional success starts with a critical look in the mirror. If you read nothing else on managing yourself, read these 10 articles (plus the bonus article “How Will You Measure Your Life?” by Clayton M. Christensen). We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles to select the most important ones to help you maximize yourself. HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself will inspire you to: • Stay engaged throughout your 50+-year work life • Tap into your deepest values • Solicit candid feedback • Replenish physical and mental energy • Balance work, home, community, and self • Spread positive energy throughout your organization • Rebound from tough times • Decrease distractibility and frenzy • Delegate and develop employees' initiative This collection of best-selling articles includes: bonus article “How Will You Measure Your Life?” by Clayton M. Christensen, "Managing Oneself," "Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey?" "How Resilience Works," "Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time," "Overloaded Circuits: Why Smart People Underperform," "Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life," "Reclaim Your Job," "Moments of Greatness: Entering the Fundamental State of Leadership," "What to Ask the Person in the Mirror," and "Primal Leadership: The Hidden Driver of Great Performance."   

  • HBRs 10 Must Reads on Communication

    HBRs 10 Must Reads on Communication

    Ksh 2499

    Brief Summary  NEW from the bestselling HBR’s 10 Must Reads series. The best leaders know how to communicate clearly and persuasively. How do you stack up? If you read nothing else on communicating effectively, read these 10 articles. We’ve combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you express your ideas with clarity and impact—no matter what the situation. Leading experts such as Deborah Tannen, Jay Conger, and Nick Morgan provide the insights and advice you need to: • Pitch your brilliant idea—successfully • Connect with your audience • Establish credibility • Inspire others to carry out your vision • Adapt to stakeholders’ decision-making styles • Frame goals around common interests • Build consensus and win support  

  • HBR Guide to Office Politics

    HBR Guide to Office Politics

    Ksh 2099

    Brief Summary  Every organization has its share of political drama: Personalities clash. Agendas compete. Turf wars erupt. But you need to work productively with your colleagues―even difficult ones―for the good of your organization and your career. How can you do that without compromising your personal values? By acknowledging that power dynamics and unwritten rules exist―and navigating them constructively. The HBR Guide to Office Politics will help you succeed at work without being a power grabber or a corporate climber. Instead you’ll cultivate a political strategy that’s authentic to you. You’ll learn how to: • Gain influence without losing your integrity • Contend with backstabbers and bullies • Work through tough conversations • Manage tensions when resources are scarce • Get your share of choice assignments • Accept that not all conflict is bad Arm yourself with the advice you need to succeed on the job, from a source you trust. Packed with how-to essentials from leading experts, the HBR Guides provide smart answers to your most pressing work challenges.

  • HBR Guide to Finance Basics for Managers

    HBR Guide to Finance Basics for Managers

    Ksh 2199

    Brief Summary  Don’t Let Your Fear of Finance Get In The Way Of Your Success Can you prepare a breakeven analysis? Do you know the difference between an income statement and a balance sheet? Or understand why a business that’s profitable can still go belly-up? Has your grasp of your company’s numbers helped—or hurt—your career? Whether you’re new to finance or you just need a refresher, this go-to guide will give you the tools and confidence you need to master the fundamentals, as all good managers must. The HBR Guide to Finance Basics for Managers will help you: • Learn the language of finance • Compare your firm’s financials with rivals’ • Shift your team’s focus from revenues to profits • Assess your vulnerability to industry downturns • Use financial data to defend budget requests • Invest smartly through cost/benefit analysis  

  • HBRs 10 Must Reads The Essentials

    HBRs 10 Must Reads The Essentials

    Ksh 2499

    Brief Summary  Change is the one constant in business, and we must adapt or face obsolescence. Yet certain challenges never go away. That's what makes this book "must read." These are the 10 seminal articles by management's most influential experts, on topics of perennial concern to ambitious managers and leaders hungry for inspiration--and ready to run with big ideas to accelerate their own and their companies' success. If you read nothing else - full stop - read: • Michael Porter on creating competitive advantage and distinguishing your company from rivals • John Kotter on leading change through eight critical stages • Daniel Goleman on using emotional intelligence to maximize performance • Peter Drucker on managing your career by evaluating your own strengths and weaknesses • Clay Christensen on orchestrating innovation within established organizations • Tom Davenport on using analytics to determine how to keep your customers loyal • Robert Kaplan and David Norton on measuring your company's strategy with the Balanced Scorecard • Rosabeth Moss Kanter on avoiding common mistakes when pushing innovation forward • Ted Levitt on understanding who your customers are and what they really want • C. K. Prahalad and Gary Hamel on identifying the unique, integrated systems that support your strategy  

  • The Death of Money

    The Death of Money

    Ksh 1699

    Brief Summary  The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System The international monetary system has collapsed three times in the past hundred years, in 1914, 1939, and 1971. Each collapse was followed by a period of tumult: war, civil unrest, or significant damage to the stability of the global economy. Now James Rickards, the acclaimed author of Currency Wars, shows why another collapse is rapidly approaching—and why this time, nothing less than the institution of money itself is at risk.  The American dollar has been the global reserve currency since the end of the Second World War. If the dollar fails, the entire international monetary system will fail with it. No other currency has the deep, liquid pools of assets needed to do the job.  Optimists have always said, in essence, that there’s nothing to worry about—that confidence in the dollar will never truly be shaken, no matter how high our national debt or how dysfunctional our government. But in the last few years, the risks have become too big to ignore. While Washington is gridlocked and unable to make progress on our long-term problems, our biggest economic competitors—China, Russia, and the oil producing nations of the Middle East—are doing everything possible to end U.S. monetary hegemony. The potential results: Financial warfare. Deflation. Hyperinflation. Market collapse. Chaos.  Rickards offers a bracing analysis of these and other threats to the dollar. The fundamental problem is that money and wealth have become more and more detached. Money is transitory and ephemeral, and it may soon be worthless if central bankers and politicians continue on their current path. But true wealth is permanent and tangible, and it has real value worldwide. The author shows how everyday citizens who save and invest have become guinea pigs in the central bankers’ laboratory. The world’s major financial players — national governments, big banks, multilateral institutions — will always muddle through by patching together new rules of the game. The real victims of the next crisis will be small investors who assumed that what worked for decades will keep working.  Fortunately, it’s not too late to prepare for the coming death of money. Rickards explains the power of converting unreliable money into real wealth: gold, land, fine art, and other long-term stores of value. As he writes: “The coming collapse of the dollar and the international monetary system is entirely foreseeable... Only nations and individuals who make provision today will survive the maelstrom to come.”  

  • The Deals That Made the World

    The Deals That Made the World

    Ksh 1399

    Brief Summary  The Deals That Made the World: Reckless Ambition, Backroom Negotiations, and the Hidden Truths of Business. While the laws that guide our lives are written by the politicians we elect, much of the world around us - from the food we eat to the products we buy to the medications we take - is shaped by private negotiations and business deals few of us know about. For twenty years, Peretti has interviewed the people behind the decisions that have altered our world, from CEOs of multinational corporations to politicians, economists, and scientists. In The Deals that Made the World, Peretti draws on his vast knowledge to reveal a host of fascinating and startling connections, from how Wall Street's actions on food commodities helped spark the Arab Spring to the link between the AIDS epidemic in 1980s San Francisco and the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008.  He proves a sure guide, combining both eye-opening on-the-ground reporting and a narrative flair that makes esoteric financial and business concepts clear and understandable. Like Steven Levitt, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Brad Stone, Michael Lewis, and Malcolm Gladwell, Peretti takes the ordinary and turns it inside out to give us a compelling new perspective on our lives and our world.

  • Every business is a growth business

    Every business is a growth business

    Ksh 1799

    Brief Summary  Every Business Is a Growth Business: How Your Company Can Prosper Year After Year What's the number one item on every company's agenda? Profitable Growth. Every Business Is a Growth Business is your one-stop guide to making profitable growth happen. It's a radical and refreshing source of ideas, inspiration, and common sense, all based on the unparalleled experience and access of Ram Charan and Noel Tichy.   Charan and Tichy have worked with some of the world's leading executives--people such as Jack Welch of GE, Eckhard Pfeiffer of Compaq, Larry Bossidy of Allied Signal, John Reed of Citigroup, Dick Brown of Cable & Wireless, Alex Trotman and Jacques Nasser of Ford, and the senior management of Coca-Cola--who have transformed their companies into profitable growth machines. Every Business Is a Growth Business is a distillation of what the authors and these unique leaders have learned about profitable growth: If your business isn't growing sustainably and profitably, it's dying. Any business can grow profitably. There is no such thing as a mature business. A company grows because growth is in the corporate mindset, created by the company's leaders. The mindset of growth starts at the top, but it must reach all the way to the bottom. Sustainable growth is profitable and capital-efficient. "Broadening your pond," changing your company's genetic code, developing a growth strategy from the outside in, and other unique ideas. Every Business Is a Growth Business includes inside accounts of how GE Medical, Allied Signal, Compaq, Citibank, Reynolds and Reynolds, Praxair, and GE Capital developed profitable growth strategies. It includes "The Handbook for Growth," a highly practical guide that will be an immense help as you and your team develop your company's profitable growth strategy.  

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