Let’s Meet Blockchain: Technology Changing for Work, Creating, and Playing


A quiet revolution is taking place within the computer ecosystem; one that will change the way we do business on the internet.

It’s called blockchain, and it promises to disrupt the way people interact with one another online, whether its messaging, banking, keeping up with medical records, land records, booking a vacation, socializing, or voting. Programs are also being developed to use blockchain to serve as one’s identity “papers.”

Blockchain technology is based on the idea that all online transactions should be between two people without the need for public or private third-party oversight. Blockchain technology developers believe thoughts and ideas should be shared, not quashed. It’s a world where web platforms are governed by their members, not a board of directors; privacy comes first, and one’s personal information is kept private, not for third parties to take and sell as they, please.

Blockchain technology offers everyone opportunities to take part. Anyone can participate in the fast-growing world using non-fungible tokens (NFTs), where works of art, music, literature, and poetry can be tokenized and sold or traded on a blockchain.

These components comprise the next generation of the world wide web, which is referred to as Web 3.0. Billions of dollars are being spent to create infrastructure to create a viable framework to mainstream blockchain.

This book offers a peek into this new world with examples of how this technology is being used today as well as the hurdles, including legal challenges, it must overcome to be viable.

So, if you’re ready, let’s meet blockchain.

Leading from the Top: Presidential Lessons in Issues Management


Leading from the Top is a journey through 90 years of American presidential history to glean lessons in issues management from those who dealt with the most complex issues, on the biggest stage and under the most intense scrutiny. Reading the book, you will learn why asking permission, reframing the issue, and knowing the length of your runway are all important components in successful issues management.

This book uses history to build on common knowledge to accelerate recall of the concepts presented. It looks at fifteen presidents, from Franklin Roosevelt to Joe Biden, and examines one issue each managed. Each chapter ends by assessing success or failure through the lens of issues management consulting and providing succinct lessons that readers can draw from and apply to conflict resolution, problem-solving and crisis management.

Leading from the Top is written for both aspiring and seasoned leaders to learn about or refine their issues management approaches as well as the reader who is interested in a different way to assess our presidents. This said, the book is not written to be prescriptive on any of the issues presented, but simply to provide perspective and tools to use to do your own assessments going forward.

Succeeding as a Young Entrepreneur: Lessons in Life and Business


Succeeding as a Young Entrepreneur describes Harvey Morton’s inspirational journey from being bullied at school, told by teachers that he would never succeed, to winning his first business award when he was fourteen years old. Later, becoming an Ambassador for Youth Employment UK, and going on to work with a long list of well-known brands including Sheffield Hallam University, Santander, and the BBC.

The importance of being passionate about the career you choose and giving back when you can, to make a difference to others’ lives, is highlighted. While continuing to work hard towards achieving your goals–irrespective of how many times you fail or become discouraged by negativity. Similarly, the necessity of assessing every risk you take, learning how to do what you need to, and not ignoring self-development. So that you can take advantage of opportunities, and eventually create your own.

Until you truly are… an entrepreneur.

The lessons in life and business which Harvey Morton shares in Succeeding as a Young Entrepreneur are an essential first step on the path to success.

Stop Harming Customers: A Compliance Manifesto


Since the year 2000, banks have been fined almost a third of a trillion dollars. Yet, every year billions more are imposed. Why? This book explains why banks break the law (it’s not just the money), explains the challenges facing Compliance functions, considers that the majority of financiers don’t want to do wrong, and puts forth a proposal to stop banks from harming customers.

The lessons in this book are applicable to any business where profit motives can conflict with customer benefit–in short, every business. (And if you’re interested in cryptocurrency, this book’s for you too!)

Talent Disruption: People Are The Brands


This book proposes a solution to the human capital challenges faced by service industries amidst unprecedented labor shortages, and technological and geopolitical shifts. It offers a framework for diagnosing the root causes of talent disruption.

Talent Disruption provides a detailed roadmap and tools for building a talent engine powered by AI, big data, and analytics. The results are a growing talent pipeline, greater productivity, and higher profit margins.

How the Harvard Business School Changed the Way We View Organizations


Listen, observe, test—these three words lie at the heart of a powerful method for businesses’ transformation.

Behind this method is a deceptively simple idea: managers and management scholars must first take the pulse of a real business, get its case history, diagnose its problems, and only then solve them. Invented by the scholars who launched Harvard Business School, this medical model will still cure companies today.

Damningly, during the last thirty years business schools embraced the presumptions of economists, game theorists, and other calculators of abstraction. The solving of real-world, real-time problems has atrophied and stagnated. In this book, renowned scholar and emeritus professor Jay W. Lorsch marshals evidence, history, and insights from his more than fifty-year career at Harvard Business School to make the case for a return to the medical model–the practices of listening, observing, and testing in which the fields of human relations and organizational behavior are rooted.

By telling the history of the development of his field, Lorsch demonstrates how the medical model emerged in the years before World War II and for decades helped managers, management scholars, and consultants diagnose and solve the problems besetting companies large and small. Explaining the case studies that define the practice, he discusses how the model has been refined and reapplied by later generations and how it can continue to address issues such as diversity, leadership, competition, and optimal corporate board structures.

Forging Dynasty Businesses: The Competitive Edge of Enduring Teams


People are one of the few remaining, reliable sources of sustainable, competitive advantage. Competitors will copy marketing strategies, and technology and process advantages will fade over time, but having the best people for your organization will turn customers into raving fans, allowing you to have a more enjoyable ride as you achieve your goals.

Most business owners give lip service to the mantra that people are our greatest assets, but how many really grasp the deeper implications of this? After all, people are listed on income statements as an expense (payroll) but are nowhere to be found under assets on our balance sheets.

This book provides the keys to unlock the fundamental elements of an organization that serve as the foundation for small businesses to perpetually attract and retain top talent—those who fit with the organization’s culture and core values and who contribute to achieving the organization’s goals.

Wealth Management


This book empowers individuals with practical knowledge to manage their financial wealth from their first job until retirement and beyond.

The first main theme is investments and covers security types, investment strategies, and asset allocations for individual investors. The foundation for this theme is the magical behavior of investment returns across securities and time, and the concept of market efficiency.

Next, the author details tax minimization, beginning with an understanding of how taxes deplete investment value. He then illuminates various tax loopholes and strategies that individuals can exploit, including:

  • the use of tax-favored investment accounts,
  • opportunistic trading,
  • picking ETFs over mutual funds,
  • gifting to bypass estate taxes.

Lie also covers the many pitfalls in the world of wealth management. Several stem from investors’ ignorance or irrational behavior, while others are concocted by financial institutions to fleece individual investors. Either way, the readers learn to avoid them.

Other topics also discussed include:

  • What types of insurance should individuals purchase?
  • When should a mortgage be refinanced?
  • And how can individuals avoid costly probate court for the estate?

This book is useful for university courses on wealth management and for all individuals who want to secure their financial future. This includes you.

The Start-Up Junkie’s Playbook: A 30-Step Plan to Launch Your Business



Start-up junkies are a unique tribe; inquisitive, keen, motivated, inspired, committed to succeed, and have a profound love of business. Are you part of the tribe? Let’s find out.

Business start-up advice needs to come from someone who has the bruises and laurels to prove that they have ‘skin in the game’. Anything less is like getting child-rearing advice from your childless (but well-intentioned) Aunt Frieda.

In thirty steps, The Start-up Junkie’s Playbook leads you through a planning and introspective journey. It offers a unique viewpoint on getting into business, or when to walk away from your entrepreneurial dream – the ‘go/no go’ decision-making junction.

The Start-up Junkie’s Playbook goes far beyond business plan thinking. Along with time-honored strategies, it also offers up a personal perspective for the fledgling entrepreneur; scrutiny of your interests and abilities; taking pregnant pauses to reflect and possibly tweak your business vision and moving forward at your own pace.

Along the way there are stories (often outrageous) about the author’s experiences and those of his clients, as well as structured workbooks accompanying each chapter to best understand and absorb what mentoring/counsel is being offered.

The Sales Momentum Mindset: Igniting and Sustaining Sales Force Motivation


Unleash your sales potential with The Sales Momentum Mindset. This transformative guide is the key to unlocking sustainable sales force motivation by doing something radical: ignoring motivation. Crafted for sales professionals and managers alike, it offers a fresh perspective on sales performance, designed to ignite production and guide teams towards unprecedented growth.

Discover the power that comes from focusing on momentum instead of motivation, understand its impact on sales culture, and learn how to convert it into significant, lasting results. Gain insights into a new language and framework around momentum, presented in a down-to-earth narrative that will resonate with every level of sales experience.

Authored by a seasoned sales veteran, the book’s authentic stories and enlightening visuals reveal an innovative approach to sales performance management. Find what’s achievable when you step away from obsolete motivational approaches, and instead cultivate a Momentum Mindset.

No matter what you sell or your level of experience, The Sales Momentum Mindset is set to revolutionize your perception of sales and sales force management. Step into a new era of sales success. This is your manual for momentum-based sales transformation.

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