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release date: Oct 22, 2018
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People-Centered Leadership (2 Book Series)
From Book 1: Too often, leaders see a 'gap' as a problem or something to avoid. In his work with leaders and organizations at growth-transition points, Scott Patchin has become convinced that the basic challenge of leadership comes down to creating and managing the gaps - those spaces between where you are now and where you want to be.

In this insightful whitepaper, Patchin outlines the three key gaps that every leader must master for effective leadership and the steps you can take to fill those gaps. He then looks at the four habits you should develop and commit to in order to successfully manage each individual performance gap.

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- Three hidden threats to effectively managing the gap
- How to take ownership of your gaps
- Steps to create an action plan
- Self-assessment
release date: Aug 07, 2018
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Leadership A Brain-Friendly Guide: 21 Leadership Tips for Up and Coming Leaders
Leaders make a difference. What kind of difference will you make? Positive or negative?
Leadership begins with you, your belief in yourself and your ability to be open and continue to learn and grow as you help others learn and grow.
Only credible leaders that are trusted and insightful can earn the commitment of their people. Only commitment of your people can lead to a great organization.
release date: Jan 05, 2014
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Gems from Warren Buffett - Wit and Wisdom from 34 Years of Letters to Shareholders
A lifetime of Warren Buffett's wit & wisdom in just 122 pages (print version).

This isn't another investment tutorial or biography on Warren Buffett. Instead, it's a collection of 240 of his wittiest and most insightful thoughts ("gems"), culled from 34 years of his letters to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders.

These gems lighten spirits with their humor, enlighten minds with their wisdom, and provide an interesting view into one of America's most successful CEOs.

This book captures the essence of Warren Buffett's iconic letters in an entertaining and digestible format

20% of sales (not just profits) are donated to the GLIDE charity, as part of the agreement to use Warren Buffett's copyrighted content.
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release date: Feb 28, 2018
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Time Predictions: Understanding and Avoiding Unrealism in Project Planning and Everyday Life (Simula SpringerBriefs on Computing)
This book is published open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

Predicting the time needed to complete a project, task or daily activity can be difficult and people frequently underestimate how long an activity will take. This book sheds light on why and when this happens, what we should do to avoid it and how to give more realistic time predictions. It describes methods for predicting time usage in situations with high uncertainty, explains why two plus two is usually more than four in time prediction contexts, reports on research on time prediction biases, and summarizes the evidence in support of different time prediction methods and principles. Based on a comprehensive review of the research, it is the first book summarizing what we know about judgment-based time predictions.
Large parts of the book are directed toward people wishing to achieve better time predictions in their professional life, such as project managers, graphic designers, architects, engineers, film producers, consultants, software developers, or anyone else in need of realistic time usage predictions. It is also of benefit to those with a general interest in judgment and decision-making or those who want to improve their ability to predict and plan ahead in daily life.
release date: Jul 31, 2018
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RESTART Sustainable Business Model Innovation (Palgrave Studies in Sustainable Business In Association with Future Earth)
Taking the business model as point of departure, this open access book explores how companies and organizations can contribute to a more sustainable future by designing innovative models that are both sustainable and profitable. Based upon years of research, it draws together theoretical foundations and existing literature on the topic of sustainable business alongside case studies and practical solutions. After examining the theoretical foundations of sustainable business model innovation, the authors present their own framework – RESTART. Consisting of seven factors, this framework can be the basis for restarting any business model. The final section outlines a research agenda for sustainable business informed by the perspectives and frameworks put forward in this book.
release date: Nov 09, 2016
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DevOps for Digital Leaders: Reignite Business with a Modern DevOps-Enabled Software Factory
Learn to design, implement, measure, and improve DevOps programs that are tailored to your organization. This concise guide assists leaders who are accountable for the rapid development of high-quality software applications.

In DevOps for Digital Leaders, deep collective experience on both sides of the dev–ops divide informs the global thought leadership and penetrating insights of the authors, all three of whom are cross-portfolio DevOps leaders at CA Technologies. Aruna Ravichandran, Kieran Taylor, and Peter Waterhouse analyze the organizational benefits, costs, freedoms, and constraints of DevOps. They chart the coordinated strategy of organizational change, metrics, lean thinking, and investment that an enterprise must undertake to realize the full potential of DevOps and reach the sweet spot where accelerating code deployments drive increasing customer satisfaction, revenue, and profitability. 

Digital leaders are charged to bridge the dev–ops disconnect if their organizations are to survive and flourish in a business world increasingly differentiated by the degree to which dynamic application software development harmonizes with operational resilience and reliability. This short book applies the DevOps perspective to the competitive challenge, faced by every high-performance IT organization today, of integrating and automating open source, cloud, and enterprise tools, processes, and techniques across the software development life cycle from requirements to release.

What You Will Learn:

  • Remove dependencies and constraints so that parallel practices can accelerate the development of defect-free software
  • Automate continuous delivery across the software life cycle to eliminate release bottlenecks, manual labor waste, and technical debt accumulation
  • Generate virtualized production-style testing of applications through real-time behavioral analytics
  • Adopt agile practices so operations teams can support developer productivity with automated feedback, streamline infrastructure monitoring, spot and resolve operations issues before they impact production, and improve customer experience
  • Identify the DevOps metrics appropriate to your organization and integrate DevOps with your existing best practices and investment


Who This Book Is For:

IT leaders in large companies and government agencies who have any level of responsibility for the rapid development of high-quality software applications. The secondary readership is members of development and operations teams, security professionals, and service managers.
release date: Mar 01, 2016
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Managing and managing people
This 8-hour free course introduced the world of management and looked at a range of topics, including what managers do and the skills they require.
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release date: Nov 23, 2010
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release date: Aug 22, 2018
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Applying the Kaizen in Africa: A New Avenue for Industrial Development
At present, how to develop industries is a burning issue in Africa, where population growth remains high and economic development has thus far failed to provide sufficient jobs for many, especially young people and women. The creation of productive jobs through industrial development ought to be a central issue in steering economic activity across the continent.The authors of this book, consisting of two development economists and five practitioners, argue that the adoption of Kaizen management practices, which originated in Japan and have become widely used by manufacturers in advanced and emerging economies, is decisively the most effective first step for industrial development in Africa.This open access book discusses what Kaizen management is, why it is applicable to Africa, and why it can provide Africa with a springboard for sustainable economic growth and employment generation.
release date: May 22, 2017
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Knowledge Solutions: Tools, Methods, and Approaches to Drive Organizational Performance
This book is open access under a CC BY-NC 3.0 IGO license.

This book comprehensively covers topics in knowledge management and competence in strategy development, management techniques, collaboration mechanisms, knowledge sharing and learning, as well as knowledge capture and storage. Presented in accessible “chunks,” it includes more than 120 topics that are essential to high-performance organizations. The extensive use of quotes by respected experts juxtaposed with relevant research to counterpoint or lend weight to key concepts; “cheat sheets” that simplify access and reference to individual articles; as well as the grouping of many of these topics under recurrent themes make this book unique. In addition, it provides scalable tried-and-tested tools, method and approaches for improved organizational effectiveness. The research included is particularly useful to knowledge workers engaged in executive leadership; research, analysis and advice; and corporate management and administration. It is a valuable resource for those working in the public, private and third sectors, both in industrialized and developing countries.

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