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Essentials of Finance and Accounting for Non financial Managers  

Author: E. Field
ISBN: 0814471226
Format: Paperback
Date Published: 1 May, 2002
This indispensable book explains exactly what accounting and finance people do in a corporation. It shows clearly what different financial documents do and demonstrates how financial decisions are manifestations of company goals. Readers will learn how to interpret company financial documents and incorporate the information into their approach to their own work and the initiatives of their departments.
  • Explains exactly what accounting and finance people do in a corporation. 
  • Shows clearly what different financial documents do and demonstrates how financial decisions are manifestations of company goals. 
  • Explains how to interpret company financial documents and incorporate the information into the reader's approach to their own work and the initiatives of their department.
  • Examples show how managers can connect corporate financial information directly to their own strategies and actions. To demonstrate these connections, the author covers such topics as: balance sheets and income / cash-flow statements; reading and understanding annual reports; fixed-cost and variable-cost issues; and financial analysis, budgeting and forecasting. This book should be of interest to: managers and department supervisors and anyone managing a budget; business owners; and self-employed professionals.

 

Finance and Accounting for Non financial Managers

Jack Welch Speaks   

Author: Janet. Lowe
ISBN: 0-471-24272-1
Format: Paperback
Date Published: February 1998
This is the best single source of comments by Jack Welch, he approaches the conclusion of his illustrious career at GE.  Lowe deserves great credit for her editorial skills.  Her selections are outstanding and well-organized.  Topics covered;
  • Setting proper priorities
  • Allocating resources
  • anticipating and then preparing for an uncertain future
  • responding to unexpected crises
  • healing self-inflicted wounds, 
  • eliminating deadwood
  • adjusting or abandoning ineffective strategies

 

All of Jack Welch's wisdom, management messages and lessons are all packed into this book.  In this book you'll learn about how managers shouldn't muddle but lead by exciting and inspiring their team.  The importance of speed, simplicity and self-confidence.  

 

When Jack Welch speaks - EVERYONE should listen.

 

The Essay of Warren Buffet   

Author: W. Buffet
ISBN: 0-071-35481-6
Format: Paperback
Date Published: April 11, 2001
Buffett, the Bard of Omaha, is a genuine American folk hero, if folk heroes are allowed to build fortunes worth upward of $15 billion. He's great at homespun metaphor, but behind those catchy phrases is a reservoir of financial acumen that's generally considered the best of his generation. For example, in an essay on CEO stock options, he writes, "Negotiating with one's self seldom produces a barroom brawl." This is his way of saying that an executive who can give himself compensation totally disproportionate to his performance surely will. There are uncountable gems of financial wisdom to be harvested from these essays, taken from the annual reports he writes for Berkshire Hathaway, his holding company. Just to pick one more, here's a now-famous line about those he competes with when making stock-market investments: "What could be more advantageous in an intellectual contest--whether it be chess, bridge, or stock selection--than to have opponents who have been taught that thinking is a waste of energy?"

While Buffett has a policy of seldom commenting on stocks he owns--he feels public pronouncements will only lead to the public's expectation of more public pronouncements, and he likes to keep his cards close to his vest--he loves to discuss the principles behind his investments. These come primarily from Ben Graham, under whom Buffett studied at Columbia University and for whom he worked in the 1950s. First among them is the idea that price is what you pay and value is what you get--and if you're a smart investor, the first will always be less than the second. In that sense, the value of the lessons learned from Buffett's Essays could be far greater than the book's price.

 

  • This book alone truly offers that clarity of vision.
  • Buffett is the keenest observer of the workings of modern finance and businesses alive today. He blows away the smoke and mirrors, and lays out the truth underlying how the business systems actually work.
Academic and Management students.

 

The Strategy-Focused Organization:      

Author: R. Kaplan, D. Norton
ISBN: 1-578-51250-6
Format: Hardcover
Date Published:  
In their previous book, The Balanced Scorecard, Robert Kaplan and David Norton unveiled an innovative "performance management system" that any company could use to focus and align their executive teams, business units, human resources, information technology, and financial resources on a unified overall strategy--much as businesses have traditionally employed financial management systems to track and guide their general fiscal direction.  In The Strategy-Focused Organization, Kaplan and Norton explain how companies like Mobil, CIGNA, and Chemical Retail Bank have effectively used this approach for nearly a decade, and in the process present a step-by-step implementation outline that other organizations could use to attain similar results.  Their book is divided into five sections that guide readers through development of a completely individualized plan that is created with "strategy maps" (graphical representations designed to clearly communicate desired outcomes and how they are to be achieved), then infused throughout the enterprise and made an integral part of its future.  In several chapters devoted to the latter, for example, the authors show how their models have linked long-term strategy with day-to-day process for doing so, monitoring progress, and initiating corrective actions if necessary

 

The Strategy Focused Organization is a great example of how practical management concepts grounded in solid research grow in usefulness.  History will juedge this to be one of the most important books on strategy ever written because it bridges the chasm between concept and implementation.  
Every manager should have this book

 

The HR Scorecard      

Author: B. Becker, M. Huselid, D. Ulrich
ISBN: 1-578-51136-4
Format: Hardcover
Date Published:  
Providing the tools and systems required for leading a "measurement managed" HR architecture, this important book heralds the emergence of human resources as a strategic powerhouse in today's organizations.

Three experts in the field outline a powerful measurement system that highlights the indisputable role HR can play as both a prime source of sustainable competitive advantage and a key driver of value creation.  They draw from an ongoing study of nearly 3.000 firms to outline a seven-step process they call an HR SCORECARD, specifically designed to embed human resources systems within a firm's overall strategy and manage the HR architecture as a strategic asset.  Building on the proven Balanced Scorecard model, they also show how to link HR's results to measures-such as profitability and shareholder value-that line managers and senior executive will understand and respect.

The authors argue that human resource's strategic role begins with designing an HR architecture-the HR function, the HR system, and strategic employee behaviors-that relentlessly emphasizes the reinforces and implementation of the firm's strategy.  Using eompelling examples from a variety of leading companies, they explain how to develop and implement an HR Scorecard in order to both manage the HR architecture as a strategic asset, as well as measure the contribution of that asset to firm performance.

 

A text outlining a powerful measurement system for highlighting the role that human resources plays as a source of competitive advantage and a driver of value creation in a company.  Builds on the proven Balanced Scorecard model, showing how to link HR's results to measures that gain respect such as profitability and shareholder value.
Human Resources academics and Managers.

 

The Art of Possibility      

Author: R. Zander, B. Zander
ISBN: 0--875-84770-6
Format: Paperback
Date Published: September 2000
The lure of this book's promise starts with the assumption in its title, Possibility--that big, all-encompassing, wide-open-door concept--is an art?  Well, who doesn't want to be a skilled artist, whether in the director's chair, the boardroom, on the factory floor, or even just in dealing with life's everyday situations?  Becoming an artist, however, requires discipline, and what the authors of The Art of Possibility offer is a set of practices designed to 'initiate a new approach to current conditions, based on uncommon assumptions about the nature of the world."

If that sounds a little too airy-fairy for youk don't be put off; this is no mere self-improvement book, with a wimpy mandate to transform its readers into" nicer" people.  Instead, it's a collection of illustrations and advice that suggests a way to change your entire outlook of life and, in the process, open up a new realm of possibility.

 

  • Packed with examples of personal and professional interactions, the book presents complex ideas on perception and recognition in a readable, useable style.
  • Provides insight as well as inspiration into leadership
Everyone - companies should encourage staff to reference or read this book to increase staff motivation.

 

Fast Track:  Delegation    

Author: A. Forrest
ISBN: 1858359538
Format: Soft cover
Date Published: January 2001
Whether your job title is manager, team leader or supervisor, if you have people reporting to you, then you are in a position to delegate.  Delegation is a powerful tool, and one which needs to be handled with skill and confidence...

Packed with practical advice and insights, this succinct yet comprehensive guide outlines the essentials of successful delegation - a process that not only frees up your time to work on what really matters, but also enables your 'delegate' to build their skills and experience.

 

  • What is delegation?
  • Overcoming barriers to delegation
  • Identifying opportunities for delegation
  • Creating the right climate for delegation - building trust, dealing with mistakes.
  • Following up after delegation - checking not stifling.
Corporate libraries, Managers... 

 

Fast Track:  Appraisal and performance management

Author: A. Naisby
ISBN: 1904298117
Format: Paperback
Date Published: 19 July, 2002
Experience has shown that good performance cannot be "appraised in" at a one-off, annual review any more than quality can be "inspected in" after manufacture.  To achieve the best results, appraisal must become a dynamic, ongoing process of performance management through objectives and staff development.

Offering step-by-step advice on choosing, implementing or enhancing an appraisal scheme for your organisation - and packed with practical tips and information - this succinct yet comprehensive guide helps you approach appraisal with both skill and confidence.  Written for busy individuals, this easy-to-read book is designed to be of immediate practical benefit.

 

  • Building a performance appraisal system
  • Measuring performance
  • managing reward
  • Preparing for appraisal, understanding the process
  • The skills of appraisal interviewing.
Corporate libraries. - Managers  

 

The Balanced Scorecard    

Author: R. Kaplan, D. Norton
ISBN: 0-875-84651-3
Format: Hardcover
Date Published: September 1996
Here is the boo--by the recognized architects of the Balanced Scorecard--that shows how managers can use this revolutionary tool to mobilize their people to fulfill the company's mission.  More than just a measurement system, the Balanced Scorecard is a management system that can channel the energies, abilities, and specific knowledge held by people throughout the organization toward achieving long-term strategic goals.

 

  • This book is simply the Rosetta Stone of communicating and managing strategy.
  • Read this book to enjoy much more prosperity.

 

Strategy students and managers. 

 

Systems Analysis and Design 4th Ed

Author: G. Shelley, T Cashman 
ISBN: 0789559579
Format: Paperback
Date Published: December 27, 2000
This title allows students to do systems analysis and design right from the start. Examples and cases are drawn from actual systems projects that enable students to learn in the context of solving problems, much like the ones they will encounter on the job. A blend of traditional development and current techniques, such as client-server and object-oriented development, graphical user interfaces, and electronic data interchange are provided. The clear writing style makes systems analysis and design easy to understand.

  • The text book was prescribed 
  •  It is easy to read, got plenty of practical case studies, review questions, quality graphics, etc. 
  • The subject has been well researched and written in an easy to follow format.
  • On-line sites useful and powerful. Plenty of referrals, etc.
Students and lecturers in I.T

 

Guide to Linux Installation and Administration

Author: N. Wells
ISBN: 061900097X
Format: Paperback
Date Published: May 23, 2000
This title provides thorough preparation for Exams 1 and 2 of the new Sair Linux and GNU Certification, and Level One exams of Linux Professional Institute Certification. It covers the essentials of installing, configuring, maintaining, administering, and troubleshooting the Linux Operating System. Additionally, it offers extensive pedagogical features, including review questions and case projects at the end of each chapter.

Thomson Learning) A hands-on, practical guide that is used to master Linux installation and administration. Discusses the history and culture of Linux and open source software. Prepares users for Exams 1 and 2 of the Sair Linux and GNU Certified Linux Administration Certification. Softcover.
  • Excellent teaching material for GNU and Sair Linux.
  • Good preparation book, it takes you step by step preparing for the certification. 
  • Reference material for NET ADMIN 
 BEST Book for Trainees and students of LPI level 1 and the 2 exams of the GNU & Sair linux certification, 

 

How to Make It Big as a Consultant  

Author: W. Cohen PhD
ISBN: 0814470734
Format: Paperback
Date Published: 1 May, 2001
A manual that shows how to start a consulting practice and build it successfully in minimal time and with little risk of investment or resources. This third edition has new chapters on how to do effective research and using the Internet to find a multitude of business opportunities.

 

  • A consolidated course in entrepreneurial ship
  • Covers the basics for starting your own service based business; concept clarification, proposal development, promotion, entering into contracts, financial record keeping advise. 
  • Fun to read.. 
 Consultants and entrepreneurs.

 

Software Engineering 5th Ed

Author: Pressman
ISBN: 0071181822
Format: Paperback
Date Published: 1 December, 2000
This comprehensive 5th edition provides excellent explanations of all the important topics in software engineering and enhances them with diagrams, examples, exercises, and references. In the fifth edition, a new design has been added to make the book more user friendly. Several chapters have been added including chapters on Web Engineering and User Interface Design. The fifth edition is supported by an Online Learning Center, which is an enhanced website that supports both teachers and students. Some of the materials that can be found on this website include: Transparency Masters, Instructor's Manual, Software Engineering essays, Testing and Quizzing, and Case Studies.

 

  • Use as a standard reference for software engineers. 
  • Provides explanations of all the important topics in software engineering and enhances them with diagrams, examples, exercises, and references.

 

 The book is geared toward both the practitioner and the student, giving it added value for students even after they graduate

 

Stop Telling, Start Selling 

Author: L. Richardson
ISBN: 0070525587
Format: Paperback
Date Published: October 1997
In this revised edition of her best-seller, noted sales consultant Linda Richardson offers salespeople the tools they need to successfully use customer-focused, dialogue selling. Featuring real-world dialogue samples, helpful dos and don'ts, self-tests, checklists, and other useful tools, this guide offers insight on every aspect of face-to-face selling, from the initial introduction through the needs identification and the negotiation of terms and price to the successful close, with prime emphasis on the six critical skills necessary to the dialogue-driven sales call: presence, rapport building, questioning, listening, product positioning, and checking

From the Back Cover
In just a few short years since its publication, Stop Telling, Start Selling has become a leading textbook for sales training, used by more than 150 of the world's leading corporations. Why? Because it shows how to differentiate yourself, your product, and your organization in a hyper competitive world of look-alike products.

The secret weapon is "dialogue selling" and this book shows you how to do it. "Much of what appears to be 'consultative selling' today is a masquerade for product selling," explains Linda Richardson, sales training consultant to many of the Fortune 500 and author of Selling by Phone and Sales Coaching. If you want to earn your customer's interest, trust and business STOP telling the customer about your product or service. Go beyond "customer focus." START a true customer dialogue.

In this newly revised and updated edition of Stop Telling, Start Selling Richardson teaches you the critical skills you need to revitalize your sales process, including how to:

-Understand your customer's political, personal, and business needs
-Position your message so it is important to your customer
-Unlearn manipulative tactics that can kill a sale early on
-Gather customer feedback to adjust your message as you go
-Maintain selling momentum and shorten the sales cycle

 

  • Aims to show how customer-focused sales dialogue differs from old-style product selling. 
  • States that the new approach creates trust and sets reps and products apart from their competition. 
  • Contains new chapters on self and peer coaching and negotiating terms and price

 

 Stop Telling, Start Selling will help you truly listen to customers and put them first, that's what it takes to win the trust and the business of today's sophisticated customers.

 

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