Welcome to our AMBA Book Club. We're pleased to present you with a selection of books that we believe will not only pique your interest but also introduce you to new and exciting authors and titles.
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How many times have you begun the day intent on being productive, only to become bogged down with emails or pointless meetings and then leave the office having achieved virtually nothing? Futurethink CEO, Lisa Bodell presents a new philosophy that allows staff to focus on adding value to their businesses.
In 1948, the World Health Organisation defined health as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely an absence of disease or infirmity.’ Today, we are overloaded with information, and as a result, our professional and personal lives are affected.
Gentilin reflects on his own experience to underline his adherence to ethical behaviour, and how the people he works with are affected because of it.
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It is easy to know if a business is profitable or not, but it takes another level of understanding to know why. The Profitability Test aims to relate this understanding and educates readers in a systemic way, which will enable them to answer questions about profitability in detail, and use what they have learnt in their own business. Unlike other books, Stuart puts you in the centre and highlights the role individual value has in business. The Profitability Test is clear and concise, and builds upon theories created over the last 20 years. Scholars, students and experts have hailed The Profitability Test as a significant contribution to the field.
How did some of the most powerful people in business get to where they are today? Vanham documents their compelling stories and highlights that there are many paths to becoming a CEO. Some took advantage of a big break while others walked away from the business world, but in the end, it is all about the right path for you. Vanham aims to deliver lessons through these real-life stories, such as making decisions based on your dreams, and how to adapt to situations. Before I was CEO portrays CEOs in a different light, is deeply personal and very well written. It shows that anyone can become a CEO because at the end of the day, they are just like you and me.
The problem of growth in Africa has been attributed to factors such as the lack of education and clean water. To combat this, entrepreneurs have tried to develop solutions to social problems. Even though a lot of projects are successful, they do not extend across the whole continent. In this book, Social Innovation in Africa, Nwuneli describes her method for achieving ‘scale at impact’ which includes, finding talent and forming partnerships, public and private. She argues that before all this is done however, the knowledge gap must be bridged among innovators. Nwuneli has written a practical book that challenges the frameworks of thinking. It features numerous interviews that change the perception of the continent and Nwuneli’s ideas have relevance not just in Africa, but across the world.
Ethical behaviour comes from practice, where leaders set the standard with every action, states Gentilin. In his book, Gentilin reflects on his own experience including his role at an FX trading desk, to underline his adherence to ethical behaviour, how he has used moral courage in the workplace and how the people he works with are affected because of it. He has written an informed and useful book about this subject and it is clear his knowledge about ethics is strong. It is a detailed and authentic take on an important issue that not many people talk about.
How do you become successful? How do you start and run a business? How do you turn your dreams into reality? These are the questions we all want answered, but where do we start and how do we get there? In Upgrade Your Life, Divilly argues that before you can change others, you have to change yourself. He states that action is key and that dreams should be motivating, not draining. In turn, this will create businesses with foundations of purpose and profit. Divilly knows what it takes to achieve dreams. He shares his step by step plan in an invigorating way so you too can achieve your career goals while maintaining a balance between work and play.
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