Business model

A one–page tool to reinvent yourself and your career

The global bestseller Business Model Generation introduced a unique visual way to summarize and creatively brainstorm any business or product idea on a single sheet of paper. Business Model You uses the same powerful one–page tool to teach readers how to draw “personal business models,” which reveal new ways their skills can be adapted to the changing needs of the marketplace to reveal new, more satisfying, career and life possibilities. Produced by the same team that created Business Model Generation, this book is based on the Business Model Canvas methodology, which has quickly emerged as the world′s leading business model description and innovation technique.

A business model describes the rationale of how an organization creates, delivers, and captures value, in economic, social, cultural or other contexts. The process of business model construction is part of business strategy.
In theory and practice, the ter

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Haim Shapira

How Game Theory, Strategy and Probability Rule Our Lives

This book provides many humorous anecdotes and insightful examples of how our daily lives are affected by Game Theory. Game Theory is the mathematical formalization of interactive decision-making – it assumes that each player’s goal is to maximize his/her benefit, whatever it may be. Players may be friends, foes, political parties, states, or any entity that behaves interactively, whether collectively or individually. One of the problems with game analysis is the fact that, as a player, it’s very hard to know what would benefit each of the other players; some of us are not even clear about our own goals or what might actually benefit us. Haim Shapira uses multiple examples to explain what Game Theory is and how the different interactions between decision-makers can play out. In this book you will: Meet the Nobel Laureate John F Nash and familiarize yourself with his celebrated equilibrium Learn the basic ideas of the art of negotiation Visit the gladiators’ ring and apply for a coaching position Build an airport and divide inheritance Issue ultimatums and learn to trust

Haim Shapira was born in Vilnius, Lithuania in 1962 and immigrated to Israel at the age of 14 in 1977.
Haim Shapira is an Israeli mathematician, pianist, speaker, philosopher and game theorist. He writes in Hebrew, and his books have been translated into E

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The Undoing Project

My favourite writer full stop. Engages both heart and brain like no other’ Daily Telegraph

In 1969 two men met on a university campus. Their names were Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. They were different in every way. But they were both obsessed with the human mind – and both happened to be geniuses. Together, they would change the way we see the world.

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds is a 2016 nonfiction book by American author Michael Lewis, published by W.W. Norton.

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Human Universe (book)

‘Engaging, ambitious and creative’ Guardian

Human Universe tackles some of the greatest questions that humans have asked to try and understand the very nature of ourselves and the Universe in which we live. Through the endless leaps of human minds, it explores the extraordinary depth of our knowledge today and where our curiosity may lead us in the future. With groundbreaking insight it reveals how time, physics and chemistry came together to create a creature that can wonder at its own existence, blessed with an unquenchable thirst to discover not just where it came from, but how it can think, where it is going and if it is alone.

Human Universe is a 2014 book by the theoretical physicists Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen. The book aims to explore Human life as well as understand what it is, and is explained in a way that is accessible to a general reader. The book is based on a series wi

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Freakonomics Radio

A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

This is the message at the heart of Freakonomics, Levitt and Dubner’s rule-breaking, iconoclastic book about crack dealers, cheating teachers and bizarre baby names that turned everyone’s view of the world upside-down and became an international multi-million-copy-selling phenomenon.

Freakonomics Radio is an American public radio program which discusses socioeconomic issues for a general audience. The show is a spin-off of the 2005 book Freakonomics. Journalist Stephen Dubner hosts the show, with economist Steven Levitt as a regular gu

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High-intensity interval training

Maximiz health and fitness benefits

We all know we should exercise more – but many of us just don’t have time. The current NHS guidelines advise 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, and for people with busy lives that can feel like an impossible challenge. But what if you could get all the health and fitness benefits of that 150 minutes in far less time?

High-intensity interval training (HIIT), also called high-intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE) or sprint interval training (SIT), is a form of interval training, a cardiovascular exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise w

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Lunch Hacks and Recipes to Squeeze More Nutrients Into Your Day

With over 90 ideas for packed lunches, salads, soups, snacks and more, every recipe in Packed has been specially designed to help you use your lunchtime better to recharge, get the nutrients you need and ensure your energy stays high throughout the day. Packed with expert nutritional advice as well as time-saving tips and shopping strategies, it s never been easier to whip up healthy work-day lunches that leave you feeling great. Quick and easy recipes that will make you say goodbye to soggy sandwiches forever, but still save you money by stopping you buying expensive work lunches.

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Product manager

How Top Product Managers Launch Awesome Products and Build Successful Teams

In today’s lightning-fast technology world, good product management is critical to maintaining a competitive advantage. Yet, managing human beings and navigating complex product roadmaps is no easy task, and it’s rare to find a product leader who can steward a digital product from concept to launch without a couple of major hiccups. Why do some product leaders succeed while others don’t? This insightful book presents interviews with nearly 100 leading product managers from all over the world. Authors Richard Banfield, Martin Eriksson, and Nate Walkingshaw draw on decades of experience in product design and development to capture the approaches, styles, insights, and techniques of successful product managers. If you want to understand what drives good product leaders, this book is an irreplaceable resource. In three parts, Product Leadership helps you explore: Themes and patterns of successful teams and their leaders, and ways to attain those characteristics Best approaches for guiding your product team through the startup, emerging, and enterprise stages of a company’s evolution Strategies and tactics for working with customers, agencies, partners, and external stakeholders

A product manager communicates product vision from the highest levels of executive leadership to development and implementation teams. The product manager investigates, selects, and drives the development of products for an organization, performing the act

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Renata Salecl

he Tyranny of Choice explores how late capitalism’s shrill exhortations to ‘be oneself’

We are encouraged from all sides to view our lives as being full of choices. Like the products on a supermarket shelf, our careers, our relationships, our bodies, our very identities seem to be there for the choosing. But paradoxically this seeming freedom to choose can create extreme anxiety, and feelings of inadequacy and guilt. The Tyranny of Choice explores how late capitalism’s shrill exhortations to ‘be oneself’ can be a tyranny which only leads to ever-greater disquiet and how insistence on choice being a purely individual matter prevents social change.

Renata Salecl (born 1962) is a Slovene philosopher, sociologist and legal theorist. She is a senior researcher at the Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana, and holds a professorship at Birkbeck College, University of Lond

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Brian Cox (physicist)

You don’t need a Large Hadron Collider or a Hubble Space Telescope to explore the cosmos. You just need this book.

When exactly did life begin? What really happened during the big bang – and before it? Is the universe expanding? Is dark matter real? Do we live in one of many worlds? What’s more, how can we prove any of this? This book is all about how we – any of us – can gain an understanding of the Universe in all its awe-inspiring glory. Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw take us on an epic journey of scientific exploration, revealing how the biggest questions – from the size of the earth to the distance to the stars – are answerable from our own back gardens.

Brian Edward Cox (born 3 March 1968) is an English physicist who serves as professor of particle physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester. He is best known to the public as the presenter of science programmes, especia

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Film

Twenty-four frames a second, 100 heartbeats a minute, a dozen emotional highs an hour – and shockwaves that last a lifetime: that’s cinema.

Films entertain us like nothing else can, but they also have the power to change our lives. A film can frighten or reassure us, make us laugh, make us sad or remorseful, make us want to change the world.

Film, also called a movie, motion picture, theatrical film, or photoplay, is a series of still images that when shown on a screen create an illusion of motion images (due to the phi phenomenon).
This optical illusion causes the audience to perceive continu

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Brilliant project management

What the best project managers know, do and say

Brilliant Project Management Whether you are organising an important event or heading up a large team, running a project can be a daunting process. Spiralling costs and missed deadlines are part of everyday life for many project managers – in fact, more projects fail than succeed! But project management doesn’t have to be this way. It is possible to manage projects that consistently meet deadlines and come in within budget

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Future crimes

Inside The Digital Underground and the Battle For Our Connected World

Technological advances have benefited our world in immeasurable ways, but there is an ominous flipside. Criminals are often the earliest, and most innovative, adopters of technology and modern times have led to modern crimes. Today’s criminals are stealing identities, draining online bank-accounts and wiping out computer servers. It’s disturbingly easy to activate baby cam monitors to spy on families, pacemakers can be hacked to deliver a lethal jolt, and thieves are analyzing your social media in order to determine the best time for a home invasion. Meanwhile, 3D printers produce AK-47s, terrorists can download the recipe for the Ebola virus, and drug cartels are building drones. This is just the beginning of the tsunami of technological threats coming our way. In Future Crimes, Marc Goodman rips open his database of hundreds of real cases to give us front-row access to these impending perils. Reading like a sci-fi thriller, but based in startling fact, Goodman raises tough questions about the expanding role of technology in our lives. Future Crimes is a call to action for better security measures worldwide, but most importantly, will empower readers to protect themselves against these looming technological threats – before it’s too late.

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Tourism

Tourism is travel for pleasure or business; also the theory and practice of touring, the business of attracting, accommodating, and entertaining tourists, and the business of operating tours. Tourism may be international, or within the traveller’s country.

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Dark art

The Dark Art: my undercover life in global narco-terrorism

What exactly is ‘undercover’? From a law-enforcement perspective, it’s the art of skillfully eliciting incriminating statements. Edward Follis mastered this dark art over the course of his distinguished 27 years with the US’s Drug Enforcement Administration, where he bought bags of coke in a red Corvette, negotiated multi-million-dollar deals on board private jets, and developed covert relationships with men who were not only international drug-traffickers, but ― in some cases ― operatives for Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and the Mexican federation of cartels. Spanning five continents and filled with harrowing stories about the world’s most ruthless drug lords and terrorist networks, Follis’s memoir reads like a thriller. Yet every word is true, and every story is documented. The first and only insider’s account of the confluence between narco-trafficking and terrorist organisations, The Dark Art is an electrifying page-turner.

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Bill hicks

Bill Hicks Live: Relentless

Live stand up performance from the late American comedian Bill Hicks. Recorded at the Centaur Theatre during the annual Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada, Hicks discusses an array of topics including pornography, religion, war and mortality.

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Grass

Grass (Mainstream Sport)

Grass is the incredible story of Phil Sparrowhawk, a working-class boy with gambling in his blood. Like most punters, he enjoyed an incredible run of luck, but finally rolled the dice once too often.Coming from a family of bookmakers, he wanted to strike out on his own and before he had come of age he had accumulated a small fortune from street trading. He then staked his entire capital on Njinsky in the 1970 Derby – and won. With his now large capital base, he launched a business importing clothes. Enter Howard Marks (aka Mr Nice), who was enthused by Phil’s Far East connections and introduced him to the far more lucrative world of the ‘movement of beneficial herbs’ – or, as it is known to the authorities, drug smuggling. Phil struck out on his own and from his new base in Thailand became involved in many large-scale cannabis deals while at the same time developing highly successful legitimate businesses. Sailing close to the wind became Phil’s preferred choice of travel through life. Read of his encounters with Greenpeace, Mother Teresa, gangsters and leading politicians, Lord Moynihan, religious cults, former pop singers and many other diverse characters as his life became more and more surreal. The winning streak came to an end in 1988 when the US Drug Enforcement Agency closed in. Phil’s 30m fortune was promptly confiscated and he spent the next four years in two of Thailand’s most notorious jails before being extradited to the US,

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Business analyst

The Business Analyst’s Handbook

The Business Analyst (BA) plays an important role as liaison between business stakeholders and the technical team (software developers, vendors, etc.), ensuring that business needs are reflected in any software solution. Despite the importance of the job, there is currently no book specifically designed as a comprehensive reference manual for the working BA. The Business Analyst’s Handbook solves this problem by providing a useful compendium of tools, tables, lists, and templates that BAs can use on-the-job to carry out their tasks. For example, you might be preparing for an interview session and use the book’s checklist of interviewees to verify whether there is appropriate coverage of business stakeholders. Or you might be asked to review some diagrams and refer to the Glossaries of Symbols (organized by diagram type) for guidance. Or you may be asked to prepare textual requirements documentation and refer to the Business Requirement template for a list of artifacts and table of contents. Whatever your BA needs, the Business Analyst’s Handbook places the necessary information right at your fingertips.

A business analyst (BA) is someone who analyzes an organization or business domain (real or hypothetical) and documents its business or processes or systems, assessing the business model or its integration with technology.
The role of a systems analyst can

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Change bring it one

A simple, workable framework for leading and managing successful business transformation

“Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof” J. K. Galbraith. Change is inevitable in any business but it is almost always resisted from within. As a management consultant Keely Nugent frequently witnesses the hurdles organisations face when implementing change within the business. Over the years she has also observed this same inflexibility in horses being prepared for international competitions. ‘Change: Bring it on!’ builds on tried and tested techniques and emotional engagement used in the training of horses and applies these theories to the world of business. Through the ongoing example of a fictional company, ‘Change: Bring it on!’ provides a very simple framework that demonstrates how to establish a winning team, how leaders should work together to achieve success, how to plan and manage change and how to deal with the inevitable obstacles along the way.

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Creative thinking plan

How to generate ideas and solve problems in your work and life

The processes involved in creative thought seem mysterious and can often elude us. Yet the ability to think creatively and productively is vital to our personal and professional lives.Creativity is a major economic force in the 21st century and an essential part of everyday life. Being smart in today’s world means we have to be flexible to the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Demands upon us can change daily, our personal circumstances alter and the markets within which we operate shift. To achieve harmony, balance and success through all this constant change we need to think creatively.

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Scotland

Scotland (; Scots: [ˈskɔt.lənd]; Scottish Gaelic: Alba [ˈal̪ˠapə]) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain. It shares a border with England to the south, and is otherwise surrounded by th

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Marrakesh

Marrakesh ( or ; Arabic: مراكش‎‎ Murrākuš; Berber: ⴰⵎⵓⵔⴰⴽⵓⵛ Meṛṛakec), also known by the French spelling Marrakech, is a major city of the Kingdom of Morocco. It is the fourth largest city in the country, after Casablanca, Fez and Tangier. It is the capita

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Civilization 6 killer apps of western power

In this vital, brilliant book, Niall Ferguson reveals the six ‘killer applications’ that the Rest lacked: competition, science, property rights, medicine, consumerism and the work ethic. And he asks: do we still have these winning tools? Or is this the end of Western ascendancy?

In 1412, Europe was a miserable backwater ravaged by plague, bad sanitation and incessant war, while the Orient was home to dazzling civilizations. Yet, somehow, the West came to dominate the Rest for most of the next half millennium.

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History of Europe

History of Europe

From the Ice Age to the Cold War, from Reykjavik to the Volga, from Minos to Margaret Thatcher, Norman Davies here tells the entire story of Europe in a single volume. It is the most ambitious history of the continent ever undertaken.

The history of Europe covers the peoples inhabiting Europe from prehistory to the present.
The period known as classical antiquity began with the emergence of the city-states of ancient Greece. Later, the Roman Empire came to dominate the entire Mediterran

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Crowdsourcing

How the Power of the Crowd is Driving the Future of Business

Jeff Howe coined the word ‘Crowdsourcing’ in a 2006 article for Wired magazine to describe the way in which the Internet has broken down traditional employer/employee relationships to create vibrant new enterprises that are ‘staffed’ by informal, often large gatherings of enthusiasts. A few weeks before the article hit the newsstands, a Google search for the word ‘Crowdsourcing’ returned zero results. One month after the article appeared, the same search returned nearly 500,000 hits.

Crowdsourcing is a specific sourcing model in which individuals or organizations use contributions from Internet users to obtain needed services or ideas. Crowdsourcing was coined in 2005 as a portmanteau of crowd and outsourcing. This mode of sourcing, wh

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Morocco

Morocco (; Arabic: المَغرِب‎, translit. al-maġrib, lit. ‘place the sun sets; the west’‎; Standard Moroccan Tamazight: ⵍⵎⵖⵔⵉⴱ‎, translit. Lmeɣrib‎; French: Maroc), officially known as the Kingdom of Morocco (Arabic: المملكة المغربية‎, translit. al-Mamlakah

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Beat cancer

How to Regain Control of Your Health and Your Life

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, you want to do everything possible to beat the disease. But with so much conflicting advice and so many options available, how do you decide on the best treatment plan for you? In this major new book, Professor Jane Plant and Professor Mustafa Djamgoz present a clear and scientifically sound 10-step programme to help you beat cancer. At a time when you may be feeling helpless and confused, this book provides the essential guidance you need to take control of your life and regain your health with targeted advice for specific cancers.

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Cancer chronicles

The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine’s Deepest Mystery

When the woman he loved was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, science-writer George Johnson embarked on a journey to learn everything he could about the disease and the people who dedicate their lives to understanding and combating it. What he discovered is that a revolution is now under way – an explosion of new ideas about what cancer really is and where it comes from. He combs through the realms of epidemiology, clinical trials, laboratory experiments and scientific hypotheses, to reveal what we know and don’t know about cancer, showing why a cure remains such a slippery concept. His luminous accounts describe tumors that evolve like alien creatures inside the body, paleo-oncologists who uncover petrified tumors clinging to the skeletons of dinosaurs and ancient human ancestors, and the surprising reversals in science’s comprehension of the causes of cancer, with the foods we eat and environmental toxins playing a lesser role. Perhaps most fascinating of all is how cancer borrows natural processes involved in the healing of a wound or the unfolding of a human embryo and turns them against the body.

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