Srikumar S. Rao, a professor at Columbia University and other leading business schools, shares the techniques that have earned him acclaim from entrepreneurs and CEOs of the world. This guide will give you all the tools you need for personal mastery. The premise is simple: A person’s ideal life, especially his or her career, can be carefully conceived and crafted. Based on Rao’s popular course, “Creativity and Personal Mastery”, at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, this book offers a series of readings, exercises and lessons drawn from Eastern philosophy and Western knowledge. The ultimate goal according to this book: Create the security and balance you deserve by fleshing out both the functional models and the results you desire.
Are You Ready to Succeed?: By Srikumar S. Rao, Rider Books, 255 pages, Rs395.
Every day in Mumbai, close to 2 million professionals and businessmen depend on a small team of about 5,000 people, known as the ‘dabbawalas’, to bring them their exact choice of lunch on time. This extraordinary business venture of the “dabbawalas” hailed universally as an example of efficiency and simplicity in the supply-chain sector, is brought to light in this useful book. What can other businesses and professionals learn from them, and how can we apply their philosophy in our lives? The phenomenon has already been a subject of study at IIMs across the country.
Dabbawalas: By Srinivas Pandit, McGraw-Hill India, 105 pages, Rs145.
Everyone agrees there hasn’t been a better time to invest in the Indian stock market than now. Before you take the plunge, this will come as a handy guide. Investment expert David Rye offers an excellent introduction to the pitfalls of investing in the stock market and strategies on how to avoid them. He tells investors how to avoid common mistakes; serious investors will benefit from the book. Rye also provides step-by-step strategies for readers to follow consistently for maximum returns. Packed with valuable insight into explanations of stock market buzzwords and definitions of investment terms, this book could especially help beginners.
25 Stupid Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make in the Stock Market:By David Rye, McGraw-Hill India, 320 pages, Rs275.
James Womack and Daniel Jones are well-recognized contributors to the lean business movement. Lean Solutions is the consultants’ fifth book together, following earlier works such as Lean Thinking and The Machine that Changed the World. According to Womack and Jones, a huge disconnect exists today between consumers and providers. Consumers have a greater selection of higher quality goods and services to choose from. So, why aren’t consumers any happier?
The authors establish the principles of lean consumption and how it will simultaneously benefit both consumers and companies. The book isn’t for all readers, though—it’s full of steps and modules that only the most patient and willing entrepreneur would want to learn.
Lean Solutions: How Companies and Customers can Create Value and Wealth Together: By James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones, Simon & Schuster, 354 pages, Rs610.
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This is a practical guide to essential negotiation skills. Using the latest research of the Harvard Negotiation Project, the group that brought the groundbreaking Getting to Yes, this is a guide for anyone who faces difficulty in formal negotiation. It explains how emotions can be stimulated to achieve desired results. If you’re trying to convince a new employer or buying or selling a company, Roger Fisher, Daniel Shapiro and their colleagues at the Harvard Negotiation Project make your task easy. The authors have structured the book around five key emotions—appreciation, affiliation, autonomy, status and role—which they identify as most critical to productive negotiations.
Building Agreement: Using Emotions as you Negotiate: By Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro, Random House, 244 pages, Rs350.
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