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Monday, April 6, 2009

House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street by William Cohan

Any book that has "wretched excess" in the title is sure to grab my attention! Although given the subject matter I would have probably picked up  House of Cards without this particular subtitle.  Books on Wall Street hold some dark fascination and I have read everything from The Predator's Ball by Connie Bruck to Michael Lewis' Liar's Poker

The first section of the book is a detailed a day by day account of the final Bear Stern's meltdown.  There was a lot going on, some of it quite technical.  Cohan struggles to explain a lot of complex and technical transactions and the people at the center of the action. 

There is a lot of technical detail to plow through.  And there are even more people people to keep tract of.  I found myself a little confused by roles, titles and events; never mind the technical parts of the transactions.  In this section, he gets an A for effort and a D for accomplishment.

In part two, he backs up tells the eighty-five year history of Bear Sterns and it's last four CEOs. He draws finely detailed portraits of the men and the corporate culture they fostered.  In part three he details more current history (2001-2008) of the Firm, Wall Street and the US government.  By the time you have read all these pages you really understand how the combination of the men, the government and the corporate cultures on Wall Street worked to bring down the entire firm.  Here he gets an A for effort and a B+ for accomplishment.

I have to say, I was rather disappointed overall.  The book has a thrown together quality about it.  It would have benefited greatly from decent editing.  Much of the material was restated over and over again.  Cohan relies on a lot of quoted statements pulled directly (and indiscriminately) from other sources.  The flow is often confusing and the sequence of the sections didn't work very well. 

Unfortunately, there are some glaring and inexcusable errors as well. The first one is on the very first page where he states that Orlando, Florida is 2,500 miles from New York City.  A simple Google search will tell you it is only 1,081. 

If, however, you are willing to plow through the errors and the extraneous material you will glean a pretty good understanding of what happened at Bear Sterns and why. 

If you do decide to read it, start with part two.

On March 5, 2008, at 10:15 A.M., a hedge fund manager in Florida wrote a post on his investing advice Web site that included a startling statement about Bear Stearns & Co., the nation’s fifth-largest investment bank: “In my book, they are insolvent.”

This seemed a bold and risky statement. Bear Stearns was about to announce profits of $115 million for the first quarter of 2008, had $17.3 billion in cash on hand, and, as the company incessantly boasted, had been a colossally profitable enterprise in the eighty-five years since its founding.

Ten days later, Bear Stearns no longer existed, and the calamitous financial meltdown of 2008 had begun.
How this happened – and why – is the subject of William D. Cohan’s superb and shocking narrative that chronicles the fall of Bear Stearns and the end of the Second Gilded Age on Wall Street. Bear Stearns serves as the Rosetta Stone to explain how a combination of risky bets, corporate political infighting, lax government regulations and truly bad decision-making wrought havoc on the world financial system.

Cohan’s minute-by-minute account of those ten days in March makes for breathless reading, as the bankers at Bear Stearns struggled to contain the cascading series of events that would doom the firm, and as Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, New York Federal Reserve Bank President Tim Geithner, and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke began to realize the dire consequences for the world economy should the company go bankrupt.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The Manager's Handbook: 80+ Open Courseware Collections to Help You Be a Better Leader

By Jessica Merritt

Although becoming a leader may seem simple, the fact is that there's a lot of consideration that goes into management. You not only have to stay on top of your team, but make sure that you're fostering communication, growth and productivity. Here, we'll take a look at a number of high quality courses that will show you how to take care of these issues and more.


Get started with learning about management and leadership through these courses.

  1. Successful Management Techniques and Strategies: Check out this lecture to find out about techniques and strategies that you can implement in your work as a manager.
  2. Fundamentals of Management: This presentation offers lots of great information on management, efficiency, and leadership.
  3. Defying Gravity: In this course, you'll see how some leaders make the impossible possible.
  4. Designing and Leading the Entrepreneurial Organization: Learn how to put together a great team and organization through this course.
  5. Effective Leadership: Learn how to become a better leader with this presentation.
  6. Practical Leadership: Check out this course to see how individual students work to achieve improvements in their leadership.
  7. Leadership Mashups: Innovation: In this presentation, you'll learn how to improve yourself as a leader through mashups.
  8. Issue Management: This presentation will help you understand how to tackle management issue by issue.
  9. Understanding management: Get a good look at what exactly management means with this course.
  10. Management vs. Leadership: This presentation describes the differences between management and leadership.
  11. Change management: Use this course to learn how you can effectively manage in times of change.
  12. Leadership and Agility: In this course, you'll learn what it means to be a flexible, agile leader.
  13. The Toyota Way-14 Management Principles: Check out this presentation to see how Toyota handles management.


These courses will teach you why your behavior is vitally important, and what you can do about it.

  1. Emotional Intelligence: In this course, you'll learn about how to better understand the emotions of your team.
  2. The Importance of Self Analysis for the School/Community Leader: See why it's vitally important to self-analyze.
  3. Making decisions: Learn more about the process of decision making in this course.
  4. Leadership and Management Skills: This presentation covers a number of different traits and skills necessary to successful management.
  5. Eight Leader Behaviors that Increase Motivation, Morale, and Performance...and One that Won't: Here you'll learn about important behaviors that every good manager should exhibit.
  6. Establishing Relationships with Other Professionals: Learn how to properly connect with other management professionals through this course.


Make sure that your communication skills are up to snuff using these courses.

  1. Communicating With Data: In this course, you'll learn how to use data when making management decisions.
  2. Internet Marketing Strategies: Log in to this course to learn how you can market online, from a manager's perspective.
  3. Marketing communications as a strategic function: Help define your organization through effective management of marketing.
  4. How to Conduct a Meeting in an Intercultural Setting: Learn how to properly execute a meeting among different cultures.
  5. Business communications in the age of spin: This course will ask you to consider how deceptive communication can have an effect on business.
  6. Dynamic Leadership" Using Improvisation in Business: Check out this course to learn how you can use improvisational techniques in management.


These courses will ask you to take cultural issues into your leadership consideration.

  1. Cross-Cultural Leadership: Consider the way leadership is effected by many different cultures in this course.
  2. Introduction to Business Cultures: In this course, you'll learn how different companies and organizations are different from one another.
  3. Managing local practices in global contexts: See how you can practice management with a global view using this course.


A major part of leadership is ensuring that your organization's money is spent wisely, and these courses will help you do so.

  1. Financial Accounting Principles: Check out this course to learn the essentials of accounting for managers.
  2. Managerial Economics: Prepare yourself for managing finance in your team with this course.
  3. Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance for Governmental and Nonprofit Organizations: In this accounting course, you'll learn how to deal with finance like a government or nonprofit leader.
  4. Business Purchasing: strategy and practices: Check out this course to learn how to effectively manage purchases.
  5. Advanced Microeconomics: Check out this course for a more in-depth look at macroeconomics.
  6. Applied econometrics: Learn how to collect and use "econometrics" in management.
  7. Principles and Practices of Fundraising: Learn important details that you'll need to know when operating a fund-raising campaign.
  8. Macroeconomics for Managers: Get a broad look at macroeconomic theory and policy as it relates to management.
  9. Managerial Accounting: Learn all of the important accounting concepts you need to know about as an effective manager.
  10. Managerial Finance: Consider all of the important financial decisions you have to make as a manager with this course.
  11. Advanced Microeconomics: Check out this course to get a better understanding of microeconomics for business.


These courses will show you how to be an ultra-efficient manager.

  1. Internet and Integrated Productivity Software for Managers: In this course, you'll get a good look at productivity tools that you and your team have available to use.
  2. Time Management: This presentation will help you get control of your time management.
  3. Simulation for Management Decision Making: This course explores how you can make managerial decisions using simulation models.
  4. Crisis Management and Emergency Preparedness: Learn how to deal with emergencies that may arise for you as a manager.


Without a team, you're not a leader, so learn how to properly deal with people through these courses.

  1. Product Design and Development: Learn about team interaction in this course that requires different teams to collaborate and create a product design.
  2. Leadership Development: In this course, you'll consider group dynamics and leadership.
  3. Building and Leading Effective Teams: This course will show you how to develop team skills.
  4. Managerial Psychology: Here you'll learn about psychology and organizational theory as it relates to management.
  5. Does attractiveness rule the world?: Find out if it's important to be an attractive leader to be effective.
  6. Power Play: Check out this course to learn how power affects our lives and relationships.
  7. Working Knowledge: Employee Innovation and the Rise of Corporate Intellectual Property, 1800-1930: See how companies have dealt with intellectual property in the past, and consider how you can handle it in your own organization.
  8. Leading Organizations: Check out this course to get a look at how human processes have an effect on organizations.
  9. Human resources: recruitment and selection: Get valuable information about hiring new employees in this course.
  10. Making and using rules: Learn how to create, interpret, and apply rules in this course.
  11. Does investing in excellence pay?: Consider how important it is to hire excellent employees through this course.
  12. Managing relationships: Learn how to effectively manage relationships when taking part in fundraising efforts.
  13. Giving and Receiving Feedback: In this course, you'll see how to effectively give feedback to team members.
  14. Business relationships-do they count anymore?: Visit this course to consider how important relationships are to management.
  15. Human Resource Management: Learn how to effectively manage the people in your team with this course.
  16. Choosing people-the ultimate talent?: In this course, you'll consider the importance of properly assembling your team.
  17. Training and Human Resources Development: Learn how to address needs through proper training in this course.


Learn how to properly build your management strategy with these courses.

  1. Strategic Management: In this course, you'll learn about analytical approaches and strategic practices.
  2. Strategic view of performance: Take these approaches in your management strategy.
  3. Business strategies and competition: Consider the use of strategy and competition in this course.
  4. Management Strategy: Check out this course to learn more about management strategy and relationships.


These courses will ask you to take ethics into account in management.

  1. Literature, Ethics and Authority: Take a look at stories to consider how your authority intersects with ethics.
  2. Business Ethics: Study ethical theory and consider ethical leadership in a corporate environment with this course.
  3. The Case for Sustainable Business: Learn why it's important to operate your business in a sustainable way.
  4. Corporate Governance: In this course, you'll learn all about ethics in corporations.
  5. Creating an ethical organization: This course will show you how to take a more "human-centered" approach to management.


Part of being a manager is knowing how to properly handle projects, and these courses will teach you how to do just that.

  1. Preparing a project: Take a look at this course to learn how to properly manage a project.
  2. Planning a project: Check out this course to see charts, estimation, and other skills necessary for planning a successful project.
  3. Managing projects through people: Learn the importance of properly managing people in a project with this course.
  4. Implementing the project: See how you can monitor and stay on top of project progress.
  5. Completing the project: In this course, you'll learn how to properly bring a project to a close.


In these courses, you'll learn how organizations work.

  1. Organizational Processes: Understand how organizational settings work so that you'll be able to properly analyze and manage them.
  2. Environmental factors and organizations: Learn how to be a more responsible manager with this course.
  3. Managing Organizational Change: In this course, you'll learn how to effectively deal with change in your group.
  4. People and Organizations: See how different organizations work, and get a look at some of the concepts and tools you can use as a manager.


Check out these courses for even more great management guidance.

  1. Management in Music: In this course, you'll learn the details of managing a music career.
  2. Analyzing the Leadership Behavior of School Principals: Take a look at leading a school to better understand how to be a good manager.
  3. Governance and management in the not-for-profit sector: See how management happens in nonprofits with this course.
  4. Finding information in business and management: In this course, you'll learn how to identify and properly use information in management.
  5. Competitive information and disinformation: Use this course to learn how to gather helpful information about your competition.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Nonprofits And Death to Sacred Cows? Read It To Believe It!


'The Budget Building Book for Nonprofits:' by Murray Dropkin & Jim Halpin. This eBook steps you through the terminology and methodology of preparing and using budgets in the special case of the nonprofit organization. The eBook could use a few more computational examples, but it has excellent worksheets and checklists to simplify the task and keep you on track. It says what it has to say very concisely, which helps you to focus on the tips and pointers. It is really like an annotated workbook, complete with a sample budget. If you have to do this stuff, this book is invaluable. The author did an excellent job in bringing the complex and problematic issues of budgeting for Nonprofit organizations and takes you step by step into the process. The Budget Building eBook for Nonprofits takes the fear out of budgeting.

'Death to All Sacred Cows' by Beau Fraser. Death to all Sacred Cows is a non-business book, business eBook. The authors intelligently and with a lot of humor advocate original thinking and reasonable questioning of the status quo as the only way to make a serious mark whether you are a company competing against a market leader or an individual trying to advance your career. "The customer is always right", died a humorous death as did "Teams create the best solutions" and "Internal competition Leads to Better Results" in chapter length explanations about why the sacred cow is dangerous and why it deserves to die. Unlike most business books whose authors try to impress me with their intelligence, Death to All Sacred Cows wins me over with approachable charm and well-argued examples of why everything I thought was true is in fact false. Well worth reading. Use the Coupon Code below to receive a Discount on either of these two eBook Titles.

The Budget-Building Book for Nonprofits: A Step-by-Step Guide for Managers and Boards (Adobe Reader) eBook edition by Dropkin, Murray, Halpin, Jim
This best-selling nuts-and-bolts workbook, now in its second edition, has become the gold standard for nonprofit managers and boards who must work through the budget cycle. The book offers practical tools and guidance for completing each step of the budgeting process.
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Death to All Sacred Cows eBook edition by Fraser, Beau
Never say something offensive in a headline. BANG. Try to find the right balance between playing it safe and pushing the envelope. It's okay to act like a jerk when you're talented. BANG. Sometimes you have to look below the bottom line to see what something's really costing you. A good idea sells itself.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Business Views Abroad


'What's Next: The Experts' Guide' by Jane Buckingham. This eBook offered incredible insights on the future! I loved it. It was fun to compare my own predictions with those of the experts. I have been a huge fan of Jane Buckingham since her Modern Girl books, and her latest experts' guide is a must-read for anyone who wants to know how the most compelling people think and feel about what the future holds. It is a fascinating assortment of experts with brilliant points of view.

'Die Broke' by Stephen Pollan. Retirement, as the author points out, is a myth. There is no such thing as retirement. Retirement at age 65 was arbitrarily made up years ago to get rid of the elderly so younger people could fill up those jobs. Interesting point but not sure if I totally agree. My favorite quote from the book was this little gem: "Forget about the pursuit of a holistic work life. You cannot successfully integrate your work and the rest of your life. Your work is not your life. Your work is what you do so you can have a life." Be sure to check below for the Coupon Code. Use it at Checkout to receive a Discount on either or both of these two eBook Titles.

What's Next: The Experts' Guide eBook edition by Buckingham, Jane
In her role as founder and president of The Intelligence Group, a consulting and trend-spotting company at the forefront of predictions about the ever-elusive youth and consumer market, Jane Buckingham spends her days looking for the telling details in today's culture that give clues about what our future holds.
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Die Broke eBook edition by Pollan, Stephen
From America's most trusted financial advisor comes a comprehensive guide to a new and utterly sane financial choice. In Die Broke, you'll learn that life is a game where the loser gives his money to Uncle Sam at the end.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Straight From The Horses Mouth


'Incorporate Your Business: A Legal Guide to Forming a Corporation in Your State' by Anthony Mancuso. I looked at several books and found this one by Nolo to be COMPLETE, SUPERB, EASY TO FOLLOW. It explains benefits of incorporating then lead you through very clear systematic instructions. The author (attorney) has written many related books in similar clear step-by-step fashion. I found this eBook to be clear, informative and exactly what I was looking for. I would recommend this eBook to others.

'Winning Legal Strategies for Mergers & Acquisitions' by Aspatore books Staff. There are about 20 pages of incredibly useful information in this book and if your firm is paying it is certainly worth the money. However, there are a couple great parts of the deal that quickly break down different ways of structuring deals, pros and cons of different non-cash payouts etc. that are very insightful. Be sure to use the Coupon Code below to receive a Discount on either of these two eBook Titles.

Incorporate Your Business: A Legal Guide to Forming a Corporation in Your State, 4th Edition (Adobe Reader) eBook edition by Mancuso, Anthony
Incorporate Your Business lays out everything you need to know about corporate laws and regulations in your state, clearly explaining: why and when to incorporate what you need to know about corporate taxation whether to elect S corporation tax status how to incorporate an existing business
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Winning Legal Strategies for Mergers & Acquisitions eBook edition by Aspatore Books Staff;
Winning Legal Strategies for Mergers & Acquisitions is an authoritative, insider's perspective on the ins and outs of mergers & acquisitions, one of today's most dynamic fields of law. Featuring chairs and senior partners of M&A from some of the nation's leading firms, this book is a guide for executives and attorneys seeking the edge in their next transaction.
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Sunday, December 30, 2007

It's All A Bunch Of Bull


'A Bull In China' by Jim Rogers. Jim Rogers is one of the few people I respect on Wall Street. A Yankee brain with an Alabama soul devoid of the usual B.S. found in the world of finance. His writing style is lucid, concise and down-to-earth. This eBook drives home the impact China will have on the brave new world. You can look forward to your grandchildren dating Jackie Chan look-alikes. And if the Chinese government chooses to cash in its immense American holdings, your going to wish you were born in a rice paddy.

'Finding the Next Starbucks' by Michael Moe. Every amateur investor's dream is to find the "Next Big Thing," but actually accomplishing this is harder than it sounds. The book lays a great framework for identifying investment ideas...very easy to read, simple but powerful, very engaging. I loved the interviews and industry discussions...a must read for investors, researchers and students alike. Use the Coupon Code below to receive a Discount on either of these two eBook Titles.

BULL IN CHINA eBook edition by Rogers, Jim
If the twentieth century was the American century, then the twenty-first century belongs to China. Now the one and only Jim Rogers shows how any investor can get in on the ground floor of “the greatest economic boom since England’s Industrial Revolution.” In this indispensable new book, one of the world’s most successful investors, Jim Rogers, brings his unerring investment acumen to bear on this huge and unruly land now being opened to the world and exploding in potential.
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Finding the next Starbucks eBook edition by Moe, Michael
Michael Moe was one of the first research analysts to identify Starbucks as a huge opportunity following its IPO in 1992. And for more than fifteen years, he has made great calls on many other stocks, earning a reputation as one of today's most insightful market experts.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Being A Quiet Puncher, Is That Possible?


'Punching In' by Alex Frankel. This is a great book! All business owners/entrepreneurs, sociologists, and industrial psychologists must read "Punching In". The author informally studied different cultures of well-known businesses, such as UPS, Starbucks, and Enterprise. Only one of these companies would I work for, after reading this book. "Punching In" is fascinating for those who are business-minded. It is hilarious, and it is from the personal experience of the author.

'Quiet Leadership' by David Rock. In the first major book to explore what business leaders ought to know about the brain, David Rock creatively marshals an abundance of new research to coherently explain how it advances the use of mind-based brain change as the dynamic element of better leadership training. The key to the future of leadership development lies in these pages. Below is a Coupon Code to receive a Discount at Checkout.

Punching In eBook edition by Frankel, Alex
Curious to know just what happens behind the "employees only" doors of big companies, journalist Alex Frankel embarked on an undercover reporting project to find out how some of America's well-known companies win the hearts and minds of their retail and service employees. Frankel knew the only way to find answers was to go native.
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Quiet Leadership eBook edition by Rock, David
Improving the performance of your employees involves one of the hardest challenges in the known universe: changing the way they think. In constant demand as a coach, speaker, and consultant to companies around the world...
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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Blog About Blogging... And Law That We Understand


'Realty Blogging' by Peter Tetzakian. As more traditional marketing avenues and vehicles continue to lose market share to their digital cousins, the real estate industry would be wise to gain as much understanding as we can about all of the potential advantages inherent in the organic World Wide Web, and all the new strategies, including blogging. In this new book, Richard expertly details and clarifies this new phenomenon for real estate professionals. It is the best eBook on blogging for real estate professionals.
'The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the System' by Paul Bergman, Sara J. Barrett. An excellent source book for "getting it right" for lay persons who want to "cut to the quick" in the search for answers to legal problems concerning the criminal law system. No mumbo jumbo legalese here, just straight talk in plain English. Kudos to you and your effort. Look at the bottom of this Blog for the Coupon Code to receive a Discount on these two eBook Titles.

Realty Blogging eBook edition by Tertzakian, Peter
Are you blogging for your real estate business? Realty Blogging shows you how to fully utilize this powerful, direct-communication marketing tool, giving you all the know-how you need to capture the interest and business of local homeowners, buyers, and sellers.
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The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the System (Adobe Reader) eBook edition by Bergman, Paul, Berman-Barrett, Sara J.
The best plain-English book on criminal law available! The criminal justice system is a complex maze, full of confusing rules and procedures. Fortunately, you can turn to this book for clear and complete explanations. The Criminal Law Handbook answers your questions about every part of a criminal case. Find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about how the system works and why police, lawyers and judges do what they do. It covers:
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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Do You Follow The Leader?


'Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life' by Donald Trump. This was a great motivational book full of insight from one of the best. It is annoying how people cannot appreciate another person's success such as Donald Trump. It is just my opinion that when a man worth billions of dollars writes a fantastic book on how he got there and gives you tips along the way to help you become successful, you take his advice. It's a must read!
'Enough' by Juan Williams. I tend to like Juan William's take on issues of race relations in America today and purchased this book because I thought it might be enlightening. Unfortunately, I was rather disappointed. Instead of providing more insight into the current state of affairs, it tended to be largely an expansion on Cosby's 2004 speech at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. There are a couple of reasons I would not give this book a Five Star Rating. First, the book tends to repeat itself. Second, it comes across as too much of a defense of Bill Cosby. However, I recommend reading this book as it does fill in many gaps as to how we got to where we are now. Look below for the Coupon Code to receive a discount on these two eBook titles.

Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life eBook edition by Trump, Donald J.
Donald J. Trump is an icon: the very definition of the American success story. The star of The Apprentice and developer of some of the planet's most prestigious real estate, he's been on the bottom and risen to become one of the world's wealthiest men.
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ENOUGH by Williams, Juan
Half a century after brave Americans took to the streets to raise the bar of opportunity for all races, Juan Williams writes that too many black Americans are in crisis—caught in a twisted hip-hop culture, dropping out of school, ending up in jail, having babies when they are not ready to be parents, and falling to the bottom in twenty-first-century global economic competition. In Enough, Juan Williams issues a lucid, impassioned clarion call to do the right thing now, before we travel so far off the glorious path set by generations of civil rights heroes that there can be no more reaching back to offer a hand and rescue those being left behind.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Knowledge Is Power!


"The Blue Way illuminates the essential political nature of corporations and personal investing-and then charts a course to bring socially progressive investing to a whole new level. This book can change the world." - Ben Cohen. This is an important, timely book. Adamson and Andrew make a compelling case that sustainable investing strategies and progressive economic policies simply work better over the long term.
"Deflation", this book has a lot of interesting history about booms and busts since the 1800s. Moreover, even though history does not repeat itself exactly, the author explains what lessons can be learned. Deflation is a subject that most of us have not thought about much. This eBook will get you thinking. Both of these titles compliment each other. I found them interesting. From experience, when reading Investment, or Economy based books I have a hard time staying stimulated and interested. I found that not the case with these eBooks. New and notable, a must read. Check below for your coupon code to receive a discount on these two titles.

BLUE WAY eBook edition by Adamson, Daniel de Faro
Turning conventional wisdom on its head, The Blue Way shows why socially progressive companies that make political contributions to "blue" politicians and causes outperform "red" companies.The idea that progressives are better at businesses than conservatives will surprise most people - including many progressives. But as The Blue Way shows, in nearly every sector of the economy, blue companies are the top performers. As a result, an investor who places his money in stocks of blue companies will do better than one who chooses red companies or who chooses to invest in the market as a whole. In The Blue Way, Daniel Adamson and Joe Andrew, cofounders of Blue Investment Management, identify the companies that have the most progressive social values - fair wages, equal opportunity, environmental responsibility - and also contribute to progressive political causes (or are at least neutral).
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Deflation eBook edition by Farrell, Chris
Deflation is one of the most feared terms in economics. It immediately conjures visions of abandoned farms and idle factories, and streams of unemployed workers standing in breadlines. In this important new book, Chris Farrell explains that deflation need not presage a collapse. In the process he provides new ways of looking at our economic and financial futures. More than an introduction to the subject, Farrell points out that deflation has always been a fundamental aspect of the business cycle. As they did in 19th-century America, deflation and fast economic growth can coexist. However, the impact on business, consumers, investors, policymakers -- and you -- is the subject of this incisive volume.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Dog eat Dog World. Leaders and Leadership


Dog eat Dog World! Trades, tricks, and quotes from some of the best businessmen of our time.

These two titles are inspiring to me for they give a good look from the inside on what drives success. After reading these eBooks, I realize that success and good business come from a variable of places depending on the motivation, whether it is running a household, corporate CEO, or being deamed the "Pit Bull" of your trade. It seems that successful people are not just this species that have this "special gene" that are only a small % of our population, but can be learned behavior from people we admire..

Both these titles are a very good read and I had that warm and fuzzy feeling inside... Butterfly's... call it what you will. You get my point! Nonetheless, I too can take a bite out of the successful pie and so can you.

Pit Bull eBook edition by Schwartz, Martin
Welcome to the world of Martin "Buzzy" Schwartz, Champion Trader--the man whose nerves of steel and killer instinct in the canyons of Wall Street earned him the well-deserved name "Pit Bull." This is the true story of how Schwartz became the best of the best, of the people and places he discovered along the way and of the trader’s tricks and techniques he used to make his millions.
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The 100 Greatest Leadership Principles of All Time eBook edition by Pockell, Leslie, Avila, Adrienne
For anyone preparing to step into a leadership role--be it a corporate CEO, business team leader, church deacon, or head of a household--this unique collection of quotes from 100 great leaders of armies, social movements, political revolutions, fashion revolutions, businesses, and nations is sure to inspire.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Knowing What to Do & If You're The Right Person For the Job

getting down to business

Our professional lives are such a huge part of our overall lives - getting things done, getting them done right, it just isn't always that simple anymore. With so many things begging for our attention at work, I've selected two titles to feature this week to help you focus and maximize your time there. The more you bring to your job, the more you'll get out of it.

Jim Kilts offers a wonderful insight into his success in acheiving and maintaing focus on the essential tasks at hand as CEO of three major companies."Doing What Matters," is filled with wonderful vignettes to bring Kilt's experiences to life.

Macus Buckingham brings the focus back to you and what you can bring to your daily tasks. Whether you're the CEO, or you are working in the mail room - "Go Put Your Strengths to Work," will help you maximize your skills to improve your whole experience of work.

by Kilts, James M., Manfredi, John F., Lorber, Robert
When Warren Buffett was asked why the Gillette board of directors chose Jim Kilts to be CEO, he said, “Jim made as much sense in terms of talking about business as anybody I’ve ever talked to. If you listen to Jim analyze a business situation you get absolutely no baloney. And, frankly, finding someone like that is a rarity.”

There is only one CEO in recent times who has faced—and succeeded at—the extraordinary challenges of leading three major companies—Gillette, Nabisco, and Kraft—into prosperous futures by doing what matters on the fundamentals.

That CEO is Jim Kilts. In this vivid first-person account he reveals his system for success that is both cutting-edge and back-to-basics. Doing What Matters—the action plan for identifying and tackling what’s important and ignoring the rest—is the key to winning in a warp-speed world where the need for revolutionary speed and decisiveness increases by the day.

Kilts illustrates his ideas with colorful stories, such as “that little red razor.” A new product idea he proposed early on at Gillette, it was initially shelved because “everyone knew you couldn’t sell a red razor,” but went on to become one of Gillette’s biggest marketing successes ever.

Jim Kilts’s focus on both business fundamentals and personal attributes provides the “complete package,” showing how to get results that make a difference through:

• Intellectual integrity: The ability to face the unvarnished truth about yourself and your business and using what you see as the basis for action.

• Generating emotional engagement and enthusiasm: Using the force of your personality and ideas to infuse people and an entire organization with a sense of purpose and mission.

• Action: Gillette, with just five product lines, had over 20,000 SKUs. After studying the issue for over two years, there were still 20,000. How Kilts got Gillette off the dime to pare down the number to 7,000 almost overnight is an astonishing example of getting the rubber to meet the road—with enormous benefits to the business.

• Understanding the right things through an overarching concept to frame and filter issues: For Jim Kilts it was Total Brand Value, the framework he used in the consumer products industry for achieving better, faster, and more complete results than the competition.

Whether you’re CEO of a multibillion-dollar global company, the brand manager for a product, an entrepreneur starting a small business, or just beginning a career, Doing What Matters provides the practical ideas that get results—ranging from a day one action plan for starting a new job to a chorus of cheers and support to a program of total innovation that involves everyone in changes from small to “big bang.”
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Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance
by Buckingham, Marcus,
'Beginning with the million-copy bestsellers First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths, Marcus Buckingham jump-started the strengths movement that is now sweeping the work world, from business to government to education. Now that the movement is in full swing, Buckingham's new book answers the ultimate question: How can you actually apply your strengths for maximum success at work? Research data show that most people do not come close to making full use of their assets at work -- in fact, only 17 percent of the workforce believe they use all of their strengths on the job. Go Put Your Strengths to Work aims to change that through a six-step, six-week experience that will reveal the hidden dimensions of your strengths. Buckingham shows you how to seize control of your assets and rewrite your job description under the nose of your boss. With structured exercises that will become part of your regular workweek and proven tactics from people who have successfully applied the book's lessons, Go Put Your Strengths to Work will arm you with a radically different approach to your work life. As part of the book's program you'll take an online Strengths Engagement Track, a focused and powerful gauge that has proven to be the best way to measure the level of engagement of your strengths or your team's strengths. You can also download the first two segments of the renowned companion film series Trombone Player Wanted. Go Put Your Strengths to Work will open up exciting uncharted territory for you and your organization. Join the strengths movement and thrive.
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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Business doesn't have to be Busy-ness - Work Smarter, not Harder

4 hour work week

In the changing world of business and industry, working smarter - not harder is the key. Here are two eBooks to help you examine how you work and if it's working for you.

The Three Tensions: Winning the Struggle to Perform Without Compromise (Adobe Reader) eBook edition
by Dodd, Dominic
A manager argued that he could either increase his business unit's margins or its sales, but not both. His chief executive reminded him of the time when people lived in mud huts and faced the stark choice between light and heat: punch a hole in the side of your hut and you let the daylight in but also the cold, or block up all the openings and you stay warm but sit in darkness. The invention of glass made it possible to overcome the dilemma—to let in the light but not the cold. How then, he asked his manager, will you resolve your dilemma between no sales or no margin improvement? Where is the glass?
From the Introduction

"To win, leaders have to push their companies beyond trade-offs. They must find strong growth at premium returns, not one or the other. They must deliver great results today and build for the future at the same time, not push for earnings that can't be sustained. The Three Tensions is about having both at the same time, more of the time. I recommend it to any manager serious about winning."
—James Kilts, former chairman, CEO, and president, The Gillette Company

"Leadership can't be just about telling people what you expect of them. The Three Tensions sets out a range of helpful tactics leaders can adopt to really engage their people in the search for good performance on many fronts."
—Andrew Cosslett, chief executive, InterContinental Hotels Group PLC

"The Three Tensions speaks to fundamental management issues, perhaps the most fundamental. Managers looking for new ideas on how to improve performance will find it very stimulating. I found my own thinking very much influenced by it."
—John Roberts, professor of economics, strategic management, and international business, Stanford Business School

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4-HOUR WORKWEEK eBook edition
by Ferriss, Timothy
"It's about time this book was written. It is a long-overdue manifesto for the mobile lifestyle, and Tim Ferriss is the ideal ambassador. This will be huge."
–Jack Canfield
Co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul®, 100+ million copies sold

"This is a whole new ball game.  Highly recommended."
–Dr. Stewart D. Friedman
Adviser to Jack Welch and Former Vice President Al Gore on Work/Family Issues
Director of the Work/Life Integration Project, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

"Stunning and amazing. From mini-retirements to outsourcing your life,
it's all here. Whether you're a wage slave or a Fortune 500 CEO, this
book will change your life!"
–Phil Town
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Rule #1

"The 4-Hour Workweek is a new way of solving a very old problem: just how can we work to live and prevent our lives from being all about work?  A world of infinite options awaits those who would read this book and be inspired by it!"  
–Michael E. Gerber
Founder & Chairman of E-Myth Worldwide and the World's #1 Small Business Guru

“Timothy has packed more lives into his 29 years than Steve Jobs has in his 51.”
–Tom Foremski
Journalist and Publisher of

Thanks to Tim Ferriss, I have more time in my life to travel, spend time with family and write book blurbs. This is a dazzling and highly useful
–A.J. Jacobs
Editor-at-Large, Esquire Magazine, Author of The Know-It-All

"If you want to live life on your own terms, this is your blueprint."
–Mike Maples
Co-founder of Motive Communications (IPO to $260M market cap), Founding Executive of Tivoli (sold to IBM for $750M)

"Tim is Indiana Jones for the digital age. I've already used his advice to go spearfishing on remote islands and ski the best hidden slopes of Argentina. Simply put, do what he says and you can live like a millionaire."
Albert Pope
Derivatives Trading, UBS World Headquarters

This engaging book makes you ask the most important question that you will ever face: What exactly is it that you want out of work and life, and why? Tim Ferriss is a master of getting more for less, often with the help of people he doesn't even know, and here he gives away his secrets for fulfilling your dreams.”
–Bo Burlingham
Editor-at-Large, Inc. magazine
Author of Small Giants: Companies That Choose To Be Great Instead of Big

"Reading this book is like putting a few zeros on your income.  Tim brings lifestyle to a new level–listen to him!"
–Michael D. Kerlin
McKinsey & Company Consultant to Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund
J. William Fulbright Scholar
"Part scientist and part adventure hunter, Tim Ferriss has created a road map for an entirely new world.  I devoured this book in one sitting–I have seen nothing like it."
–Charles L. Brock
Chairman and CEO, Brock Capital Group
Former CFO, COO, and General Counsel, Scholastic, Inc.
Former President
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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Back to School - Required Reading Reinvented

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To celebrate Labor day we, at eBooksAboutEverything, are giving you an additional 5% off on these fun titles, to divert you from giving up your summer fun & buckling down to work...
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Jinx by Cabot, Meg
ISBN: 9780061254437
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
Year Published: 2007
The only thing Jean Honeychurch hates more than her boring name (not Jean Marie, or Jeanette, just . . . Jean) is her all-too-appropriate nickname, Jinx. Misfor-tune seems to follow her everywhere she...(by Meg Cabot, author of, "The Princess Diaries" & "Size 14 is Not Fat Either")
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FOREVER IN BLUE by Brashares, Ann
ISBN: 9780375843181
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Year Published: 2007
By the author of, "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,"... Brashares continues to deliver a delightful and comforting story of friendship, life and more from the blue-jean's eye view...
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