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  • Great by Choice by Jim Collins

    Great by Choice by Jim Collins

    Ksh 2499

    Brief Summary The new question: Ten years after the worldwide bestseller "Good to Great," Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In "Great by Choice," Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times. The new study: "Great by Choice" distinguishes itself from Collins's prior work by its focus on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today. The new findings: The best leaders were more disciplined, more empirical, and more paranoid. Following the belief that leading in a "fast world" always requires "fast decisions" and "fast action" is a good way to get killed. The great companies changed less in reaction to a radically changing world than the comparison companies. This book is classic Collins: contrarian, data-driven, and uplifting. He and Hansen show convincingly that, even in a chaotic and uncertain world, greatness happens by choice, not by chance.

  • Strategic Planning How to Deliver Maximum Value through Effective Business Strategy

    Strategic Planning How to Deliver Maximum Value through Effective Business Strategy

    Ksh 1799

    Brief Summary Closely aligning with the military strategy concepts that the ancient Chinese warrior-philosopher Sun Tzu developed in The Art of War over 2500 years ago, Strategic Planning is a practical guide written by two German experts in strategy and innovation. Witmann and Reuter help leaders develop the ability to recognize opportunities in their corporate environment and take advantage of these opportunities effectively and flexibly by implementing revenue-generating strategies.   To foster active participation, they engage readers in direct question "workshops" that can be worked through individually or in teams, guiding them through analysis of value-based management, the strategic environment, strategic strength development, building strategies to suit products, and techniques to gain competitive advantage.   A full case study in strategy and business planning further coaches readers in handling the challenges of value creation and long-term success.  

  • Twelve Management Skills For Success by Ram Narain

    Twelve Management Skills For Success by Ram Narain

    Ksh 1799

    Brief Summary  The book can also be used as a learning tool and readymade training material for managers and supervisors to acquire core management skills at low cost and in a short time by governmental and business organisations.

  • Guide to the Management Gurus by Carol Kennedy

    Guide to the Management Gurus by Carol Kennedy

    Ksh 2299

    Brief Summary  The ten additional full-length entries range from classic gurus such as Henry Gantt and the Gilbreth time-and-motion pioneers to the latest thinkers influencing 21st-century business, including Clayton Christensen, master of innovation theory, and Karen Stephenson with her ground-breaking insights into human networks. The lives and work of more than 55 gurus are covered in clear and accessible style, along with penetrating analysis of their ideas and influence on management. Guide to the Management Gurus has sold around the world since its first publication in 1991, and has been translated into more than 15 languages, including Russian, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.  

  • 50 Management Ideas You Really Need to Know

    50 Management Ideas You Really Need to Know

    Ksh 1999

    Brief Summary  The fourth title in the Quercus Ideas You Really Need to Know series demystifies the management concepts that any budding entrepreneur would want to grasp.  The 50 bite-sized topics expound the wisdom of the well-known business gurus (from Peters and Porter to Welch and Gates), explain helpful theories and tools (Ansoff's Product/Market grid, the 4Ps, Boston Matrix), expand on management ideas (branding, outsourcing, supply and demand) and cover the latest commercial concepts from the online world.  

  • Building Better Boards A Blueprint for Effective Governance

    Building Better Boards A Blueprint for Effective Governance

    Ksh 4999

    Brief Summary  No More Rubber Stamps Dominant corporate CEOs once saw their boards as the rubber stamps they needed to implement their favorite programs. Changes in corporate governance standards, company scandals in Europe and the U.S., and new challenges to executive authority have altered that attitude.  Shareholders and the public now question what corporate boards should do for their companies and how they should manage their relationships with executive management. Boards can deal with this increased scrutiny either by providing the minimum oversight mandated by the stock exchanges and various regulatory bodies, or by making a more significant contribution to their corporations by exercising their collective experience and expertise. Under the old minimum standard approach, the board oversaw the audit committee and the ethics code, but little else.  

  • Pioneering Portfolio Management by David F Swensen

    Pioneering Portfolio Management by David F Swensen

    Ksh 3599

    Brief Summary  Pioneering Portfolio Management: An Unconventional Approach to Institutional Investment. An indispensable roadmap for creating a successful investment program from Yale’s chief investment officer, David F. Swensen. In the years since the now-classic Pioneering Portfolio Management was first published, the global investment landscape has changed dramatically -- but the results of David Swensen's investment strategy for the Yale University endowment have remained as impressive as ever. Year after year, Yale's portfolio has trumped the marketplace by a wide margin, and, with over $20 billion added to the endowment under his twenty-three-year tenure, Swensen has contributed more to Yale's finances than anyone ever has to any university in the country.  What may have seemed like one among many success stories in the era before the Internet bubble burst emerges now as a completely unprecedented institutional investment achievement. In this fully revised and updated edition, Swensen, author of the bestselling personal finance guide Unconventional Success, describes the investment process that underpins Yale's endowment. He provides lucid and penetrating insight into the world of institutional funds management, illuminating topics ranging from asset-allocation structures to active fund management. Swensen employs an array of vivid real-world examples, many drawn from his own formidable experience, to address critical concepts such as handling risk, selecting advisors, and weathering market pitfalls. Swensen offers clear and incisive advice, especially when describing a counterintuitive path. Conventional investing too often leads to buying high and selling low. Trust is more important than flash-in-the-pan success. Expertise, fortitude, and the long view produce positive results where gimmicks and trend following do not. The original Pioneering Portfolio Management outlined a commonsense template for structuring a well-diversified equity-oriented portfolio. This new edition provides fund managers and students of the market an up-to-date guide for actively managed investment portfolios.  

  • The Balanced Scorecard Translating Strategy into Action

    The Balanced Scorecard Translating Strategy into Action

    Ksh 5499

    Brief Summary  The Balanced Scorecard translates a company's vision and strategy into a coherent set of performance measures.  The four perspectives of the scorecard--financial measures, customer knowledge, internal business processes, and learning and growth--offer a balance between short-term and long-term objectives, between outcomes desired and performance drivers of those outcomes, and between hard objective measures and softer, more subjective measures.  In the first part, Kaplan and Norton provide the theoretical foundations for the Balanced Scorecard; in the second part, they describe the steps organizations must take to build their own Scorecards; and, finally, they discuss how the Balanced Scorecard can be used as a driver of change.  

  • Tourism Development in Kenya Critical Issues Challenges and Alternatives in the New Millennium

    Tourism Development in Kenya Critical Issues Challenges and Alternatives in the New Millennium

    Ksh 1299

    Brief Summary  Tourism, which was once Kenya’s top foreign exchange earner, has suffered a big slum in the past decade. Various reasons can be given for this. The post-election violence witnessed in 2007, lack of investment in the sector, poaching and, more recently, security challenges posed by the unending terrorist attacks in the country, are all sending the development of the sector in the wrong direction. It was time someone took a critical look at the industry. The book Tourism Development of Kenya: Critical Issues, Challenges & Alternatives in the New Millennium comes at a time when everyone is looking for solutions for the ailing sector. Authored by Prof John Akama and published by East Africa Educational Publishers, the book covers various perspectives on tourism development in Kenya. It is a synthesis and critical analysis of economic, social, political, cultural and environmental issues that affect the development of tourism in Kenya and other African countries.  

  • Bounce The Art of Turning Tough Times Into Triumph

    Bounce The Art of Turning Tough Times Into Triumph

    Ksh 1899

    Brief summary  Why do many people and companies crumble in the face of difficulty, while others use adversity to bounce back even stronger? Here from New York Times bestselling author Keith McFarland is a leadership fable for those wary of fables, a story that rejects pat, heard-it-before advice and shows–in a startlingly fresh way–how to use challenges to make both yourself and your organization stronger. Mike Maloney, division manager for Boston-area tech firm CRX, returns from a business trip late one night feeling demoralized. His unit is about to lose its biggest customer and its most valuable employee. Mike wonders how much longer he and his staff can keep up their relentless work schedule and meet upper management’s new request for cost cuts. Something has to give. Hoping to blow off steam, he heads to a gym, where he runs into Joe, a former army Ranger. After listening to Mike vent about the cards he’s been dealt, the ex-soldier says, "Sounds like your company is ready to bounce." Mike looks confused, so Joe begins tutoring him in lessons from the battlefield. It is precisely when all seems lost, says Joe, that the opportunity exists to rethink a situation and make real progress.  Over the next two weeks, Joe turns Mike’s view of himself and his company upside down. Despite his Ivy League MBA and extensive experience running companies, Mike has a lot to learn from this young grunt just back from Afghanistan. For example, he learns that under pressure, people experience two kinds of anxiety–one that hurts performance and one that helps it. Mike uses the insight to get his troops running toward the sound of gunfire, and in the process, learns that "bounce" can happen outside the workplace, too. With Joe’s help, he finds his own personal bounce. Drawing inspiration from such sources as the work of M.I.T. social scientist Ed Schein, the film Saving Private Ryan, and his own experiences as a CEO leading companies, McFarland cleverly weaves a story whose practical insights can be put to use immediately. With an invaluable wrap-up section at the book’s end that analyzes each of the key ideas and shows how they can be applied in work and personal life, Bounce may be the most indispensable guide to facing challenges ever written.  

  • The Profit Zone by Adrian J Slywotzky, Bob Andelman and David J Morrison

    The Profit Zone by Adrian J Slywotzky, Bob Andelman and David J Morrison

    Ksh 1699

    Brief summary  The Profit Zone: How Strategic Business Design Will Lead You to Tomorrow's Profits. The book that answers the most fundamental question in business: Where Will I Make a Profit Tomorrow? Why do some companies create sustained, superior profits year after year? Why are they always far ahead of their competitors in discovering the ever-changing profit zones of their industry? Why do others languish as their traditional way of doing business turns into a no-profit zone? The Profit Zone provides the answers. It is a brilliant, original, and practical explanation of how and why high profit happens.  

  • Effective Interviewing A Handbook of Skills Techniques and Applications

    Effective Interviewing A Handbook of Skills Techniques and Applications

    Ksh 1099

    Brief Summary The ability to conduct a successful interview has become an essential business skill. Showing how the process of interviewing has developed, chartered occupational therapist Robert Edenborough, gives practical advice on its use in a variety of contexts.  He also provides coverage of methods and techniques currently in practice as well as looking at the future of interviewing.  

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