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For most people, a fear of redundancy hangs over them like a dark cloud. In Andrew Taylor's case, it was a sudden, brutal push in the back. Building on his contribution to the Aftershock series on dealing with redundancy in The Sunday Times and his own personal experiences, Burning the Suit shows how it can be used as an opportunity to take control of your life. This is for anyone who is looking for more in life than a 9-5 job, featuring: Disaster or Opportunity? What am I going to do? Taking stock, taking control, and taking a new opportunity Outplacement agencies, counsellors, and career coaches Selling yourself Being your own boss Networking Making it happen

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If you are not living on the edge, then you are taking up too much room Think of the richest square mile in Britain and your thoughts turn to The City of London or Chelsea. In fact, a small village in Cheshire is home to more millionaires per square mile than anywhere else in Britain. It is a place where one-in-twenty houses sells for more than £1 million, 20% of the residents enjoy a seven-figure income and in an index of ‘poshness’ Alderley Edge scored 136 out of a maximum 137. The media like to focus on the glitz and the glamour, an image of a shallow nouveau riche. But that is not the real story. The entrepreneurial spirit is concentrated in these streets like nowhere else in Britain. These are self-made people, entrepreneurs with amazing stories of triumphs, tribulations, disasters and incredible recoveries. There is another side to Alderley Edge and the ‘Golden Triangle’, one that the outsider would not necessarily see… PRAISE FOR TO THE EDGE ‘Malcolm McClean has an incredible knack for uncovering those small insights which can make a big difference. In this inspirational book he gets inside the minds of wealth creators as only he can. These are the people that drive our economy. Their quirky, unusual and sometimes extraordinary way of looking at the world is one which we should embrace.’ –Lord Mawson OBE, Founder the Water City Group & President of CAN

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How effective is the communication you experience every day? How often have you been bored during a presentation? Failed to win a piece of business that, deep down, you know you should have won? Had a tedious, pointless networking conversation? Countless times, no doubt. Too much information and not enough relevance is a problem that pervades almost all business communication. You see, the way many people communicate is like filling a bucket with jelly, flinging it at their audience, and hoping some of it sticks. It's ineffective, it's irritating and, above all, it's very messy. So what's the answer? More relevance and a lot less jelly. The Jelly Effect teaches you simple, memorable and costless ways to win more attention and more business. Imagine how effective you'd be if you communicated only what was relevant 100 percent of the time. You would be better at talking to others, presenting, networking and selling. You would excel in interviews, meetings and pay-rise discussions. The benefits would be endless. The Jelly Effect shows you how to raise your game to a different level. You'll never fling another bucket of jelly again… PRAISE FOR THE JELLY EFFECT 'The most effective, original and insightful book on business communication that I have ever read.' –Dr. Ivan R. Misner, NY Times bestselling author of Truth or Delusion? and founder of Business Network International 'Andy Bounds has a totally unique and inspiring way of communicating. He also has this tremendous ability to help others achieve more when they communicate. Every single person he's worked with at npower has found his guidance to be immensely valuable, and to have made a real difference. My advice: read this book – it will help you communicate with, and relate to, people better than ever before.' –Heidi Walton, npower, People Development Manager 'They say the definition of genius is the ability to make the complex simple. If that's the case then Andy Bounds is a genius. This book is packed with insight and ideas that make the whole art of communication and connecting with people both easy to understand and apply. Yes, you'll have the occasional B.F.O.( Blinding Flash of the Obvious) moment and wonder why on earth you've never thought of some of the ideas before…truth is we need some one like Andy with his incredibly easy style of writing to wake us up to the obvious. I defy anyone who reads this book and applies the insights to their own business not to see a increase in both their profit and their profile.' –Paul McGee, International speaker and best selling author of S.U.M.O. (Shut Up, Move On)

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Every bit as good as the beer itself. —SIR RICHARD BRANSON, Founder and Chairman, Virgin Group So what does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? There are many different answers, but according to Karan Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer, do the following and you won't go far wrong: be creative, go the extra mile, have confidence in yourself and your team, get lucky, be disciplined, take the long-term view, learn constantly and don't be afraid of serious amounts of hard work. Bottled for Business gets to the heart of how and why Cobra Beer has developed into one of the world's best-loved brands. It is a story infused with the passion, belief, energy and vision of its founder and shares the ups and downs of how Cobra got to where it is today. But more than that, it is a story of inspiration for anyone who has dreams of running their own business. PRAISE FOR BOTTLED FOR BUSINESS «The inside scoop from one of the country's leading entrepreneurs—essential reading.» —Richard Reed, Co-founder, Innocent Drinks «Inspiring! A fascinating story of one entrepreneur's journey, worth the cover price for the 'Financing Cobra' chapter alone. Bilimoria has learned every trick in the book about how to finance a growing business. If you're running a growing business, and don't want to give away the store, READ THIS BOOK!» —John Mullins, Professor, London Business School and author, The New Business Road Test «An inspirational story.» —Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPP «Bottled for Business is the extraordinary account of a Cambridge-educated Indian lawyer's dogged pursuit against the odds. The book is compelling, not least because it strikes at the Achilles heel of entrepreneurship in that it details the translation of a vision into reality. A clever and useful book.» —Dr Mark de Rond, University Senior Lecturer at Judge Business School and Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge University «Reflecting the enormous success of his business career, I have no doubt that Bottled for Business will be a bestseller.» —Lord Levene, Chairman, Lloyd's, and former Lord Mayor of London

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Playing to Win is a handbook for women who want to be successful. Karren Brady did it. At 23 she took over as Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club, becoming the youngest ever female Managing Director of a UK PLC when it floated in 1997. Although the club was the «football equivalent of a rubbish dump» and women were barely even seen on the terraces in the early 90s, Karren Brady persuaded her backers to acquire the club and single-mindedly revolutionised it, clearing the debt, taking Birmingham City into the Premier League and transforming it into a viable business. How did she do it? How did a 23-year-old woman with little previous experience at this level of management walk into a man?s world and achieve such success? In Playing to Win, she reveals her secrets and shares with other women the techniques they can adopt to succeed in their own lives, on their own terms. Her ten motivational rules are self-help classics: ambition, determination, courage, charm, hard work, attitude, humour, confidence, focus and communication. Playing to Win shows women how to grow in each of these areas and achieve the success they dream of. And like all great self-help, her principles apply across all areas of experience – work and personal life. Playing to Win is a handbook for success in any situation. Moving from Karren?s story, how she has transformed a business and maintained a full and stable personal life, to a chapter-by-chapter study of the ten principles successful women need to adopt, Playing to Win is essential reading for women who want to have it all.

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The brand new book from the international bestselling self-help author Robert Kelsey's internationally bestselling self-help books have helped tens of thousands of people overcome fear of failure and under confidence. Now Robert is back and is here to debunk the ever pervasive myths around the trail-blazing rebel outsider.... Our culture celebrates outsiders while – in reality – slamming the door in their face. The modern world craves innovation while alienating original thinkers. It encourages creativity while shutting-out all but a privileged few from individualistic expression. What a waste! Yet achieving great things as a genuine outsider is possible. Outsiders can find their own way – succeeding without compromising their individuality. They just need to forge an edge. The Outside Edge is all about learning to harness the unique vantage point you possess in order to give yourself the edge required to succeed. It will show you when to embrace your outsider status and go against convention, and when to play the game, do as the insiders do and make sure you can get progress. Think of The Outside Edge as a manual for positively directing your insecurity, awkwardness and role-confusion – towards a meaningful future, shaped and pursued on your own terms. By getting The Outside Edge you can: Identity and understand the causes of feeling like an «outsider» Accept yourself while focusing on «finding meaning» for your life Motivate yourself using strong goals, often harnessing creativity Acquire the skills needed to succeed on your own terms Avoid pitfalls such as poor judgement, negativity and extremism.

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A luxury, keep-sake edition of an ancient Chinese scripture This ancient text, fundamental to Taoism, has become a source of inspiration and guidance for millions in modern society. It's focus on attunement, rather than mindless striving, offers an alternative to command-and-control leadership and a different way of seeing personal success – a position that has led to this ancient Chinese text becoming an internationally bestselling personal development guide. Now the text has been given a makeover and this deluxe, gift edition is set to become the market leader, following in the footsteps of the other bestselling Capstone Classic editions. Includes: Paints a picture of a person in full attunement Illustrates how fulfillment and peace, without struggle, can deliver to us what we need and desire An alternative way to view personal success A new introduction by Tom Butler Bowdon, the classic personal development expert

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Generally, leadership is about influencing people to make big things happen. Management is a process of organizing people to get things done. They are different skills, but equally critical to success in today’s workplace. The key is to know which approach works best in which situation. Written in a clear, simple style, Self-Coaching Leadership redefines and demystifies the journey to leadership. Angus McLeod’s no-nonsense thinking, straightforward approach and practical tools enable readers to more easily identify when a leader is needed – and coach themselves toward improved influence, performance and effectiveness.

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The client/agency relationship is an area fraught with potential problems. Competition in the field has now augmented the necessity to understand the working relationship far more thoroughly to help the client to get better value from the agency. The demand has moved from the need for client satisfaction to the need for excellence when it comes to agency performance. Only by having a good relationship can a client get the best advertising (and the same applies to both sides of the equation). A good relationship rests on a raft of elements, all of which are covered in this book.

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Thinking of starting your own business? You've come to the right place. Thousands of people take the plunge every year for thousands of different reasons; the lifestyle, the opportunity to start over again, the chance to make serious money. No one ever got rich lining their boss's pockets. So you really want to go it alone? Here's how. Make Your First Million shows you how to set up your business the right way. It covers business plans, raising finance, financial planning, the opening days, working capital, growing your business, premises, staff, branching out, preparing for exit, and much, much more. As presenter of Channel 4’s Risking it All, serial entrepreneur Martin Webb has guided many fledgling businesses through the start-up process. His advice, tips and insider secrets will help you transform your dream into reality. Why spend your life working for the man when you could be out there making your first million?