Financial (or business) acumen is essential for all managers and owners of businesses if they are to truly understand how to make them successful. Yet, for general (non-financial) managers and owners, business finance is often perceived to be “difficult” and/or plain boring. This book, written by an experienced and popular teacher of finance to thousands of non-financial managers, explains in very simple but engaging terms what are the goals of a business, how it is set up to make money, what are the key measures of this financial health, and what are the key factors affecting those measures. Concise and designed for great accessibility, this is the dream-book for all those non-financial managers and owners who want a quick and motivating read on finance in order to obtain that necessary business acumen.
A small but powerful book that makes understanding business finance a breeze.
Every successful business manager and owner must have an understanding of finance – this is their dream-book on the basics of finance.
The author has over 30 years of experience teaching finance to thousands of non-financial managers around the world.
Concise and engaging – business finance simplified for anyone to understand and learn it painlessly and quickly.
Interesting examples and anecdotes, combined with diagrams and graphics, makes it completely different to most other books about finance.
Publisher: LID Publishing
Number of pages: 184pp
Dr. Philip Young is a corporate education consultant with over 30 years of experience in the design and delivery of business seminars and training programs in finance, strategy, and marketing. His primary focus is on courses in finance for non-financial managers, more generally referred to today as “business acumen.”
This book is a good overview of business finance. I think it will be very helpful to all non-financial managers and professionals who want to enhance their knowledge of this subject.
Edward M. Cassar, EVP and CFO, LexisNexis Legal & Professional
Dr Young’s book proves once again that there is an intrinsic connection between business finance and marketing. An extremely helpful book for marketers and salespeople who are trying to be more successful at what they do.
Barry J. Silverman, Senior Director of Strategy, Interbrand
A practical explanation of how finance is used in the daily life of a business. Phil also does a great job of demystifying accrual accounting as well as the key terms and acronyms that we use in our profession.
How is it that some brands and companies manage to last decades, fending off crises and turbulence and continuing to prosper, while others fail? What does it take to achieve sustainable value and success?
In this timely and important book, Luis Gallardo argues that executives and managers not only have to think holistically (in terms of strategy, structure and operations), but also act personally (to become “rousers”) if they are to succeed in these ever-changing times. As a manager, you have to engage and people, from top to bottom, and provide an understanding of the company’s mission and brand. As well as taking a broad, systems approach, you have to rouse (ignite and excite) the people in your organisation in order to make things happen. This balance between strategy and tactics, big picture and detail, planning and action, corporate direction and personal responsibility is the key to progress and resilience for your company in today’s turbulent times.
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What really sets these highly successful and rich individuals apart is their courage to be different from the majority of those around them. They challenge traditional ways of thinking and they set their goals and ambitions considerably higher than most people. Their stories serve as powerful guidelines for anyone who wants to aim higher and achieve much more than those around you.
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Through ten commandments – starting with “Be humble – as a manager, you are also an employee” – management expert Kelly Odell provides a new perspective on how we should behave as managers in this age of differing cultures and values. How we think about people, motivation, power and relationships is the foundation for successful management. Odell argues that too much emphasis is placed on the leader setting a good example and becoming a (heroic) role model, when in fact a leader whose priority is on other people is more likely to create value for their company and succeed as a manager.
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We all depend on banks. They help us save and they help us spend. Yet for many they represent everything that's wrong with the world of finance. Poor service, high fees, creaking IT infrastructure and a market controlled by just a few providers have combined in recent years to create a personal banking crisis every bit as severe as the global financial crisis. How have things got so bad? Why are banks unable to balance providing good customer service with making a profit? And what can we do to protect ourselves from the tricks banks play to part us with our hard-earned money? This ground-breaking book, written by three insiders, reveals why banks do the things they do. From designing products they know will rip customers off to cutting branches they know their customers rely on, they explain how many banks' failing business models force them to make the wrong choices again and again. They make a rallying call for us all to be better informed about how everyday banking products actually work and to be wary of the many tricks and techniques product managers devise to make money.
This is the autobiography of one of the most influential management consultants of recent times. Herbert Henzler grew up in the German village of Neckarhausen during the Second World War. Starting his career as a sales apprentice with Shell, he went on to study at the universities of Saarland, Ludwig-Maximillian and California, Berkeley, where he received his PhD in economics.
In 1970, Henzler accepted an offer to join McKinsey & Company, a rapidly growing firm that would eventually become the world’s leading consultancy group. Working in its German office, Henzler quickly rose to Partner in 1975 and then Director in 1978. His spectacular rise continued when, in 1985, Henzler became head of McKinsey’s German office and one of the most powerful management consultants in the world. Honest and at times direct, this book provides a rare insight into the world of management consultancy and how one man made it to the top by constantly pushing the boundaries.
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Success is often measured by financial successes and business acheivements. The intention of this book is to help entrepreneurs, leaders and individuals to reflect and re-evaluate their current level of success, to see whether it is serving them or the people around them. Where their notions of what it is to be successful have come from, and whether they now feel appropriate to them.Authentic Success is by its very nature a personal journey of exploration and there are no rights or wrongs to each journey. What matters is whether it resonates with you.
This book enables you to create a life path for yourself that is more harmonious for you to enjoy and experience, which in turn is more harmonious and satisfying for those around you. In that way we all could achieve more with less effort and less strife, which ultimately will help the world, become a slightly better place to live in.
In 2012, the Chinese company Huawei Technologies overtook Ericsson to become the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer, firmly establishing itself on the world business map. Today, it has over 170,000 employees worldwide and in 2014 the company generated a remarkable profit of $5.5 billion.
Whilst research and development and the technology that results from it are core drivers of Huawei’s success, the company’s amazing growth is also determined by its human resource strategy. This is based on a “customer-first” attitude, the belief that obtaining opportunities is through hard work and, above all, “a dedication to do the best in anything we do”. How Huawei promotes this dedication amongst its workforce is the subject of this important book. Through original incentive systems, employee ownership and the mentality to act like a boss, Huawei has managed to create a culture of dedication that has become the bedrock of its growth today.
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