"Being a business leader is similar to being a commander in war.”
This sentiment sets the tone for a tactical guide to not only surviving but thriving amid industry disruption, globalization, and digital transformation.
In today’s concrete jungle, the life of an entrepreneur and business leader can be perilous. Each day brings the possibility of new opportunities, unforeseen risks, and inevitable emergencies. At every turn, technology is either friend or foe (and sometimes both). The enemy isn’t just across town; they’re across the globe, waging cybersecurity attacks in constant succession. Everyone is fighting for the same customers, employees, resources, protections, and market share.
The name of the game? Do more with less.
The mission? Protect your bottom line.
Technology is non-negotiable. Ignorance is peril. Knowing which technology solutions make the most sense for your business can no longer be left to chance.
Quibi was going to put short, premium-quality videos in the hands of millions of content-hungry mobile consumers around the globe. The Apple Newton combined cool with indispensable in a way that was expected to spark a new mobile device market that was much bigger than the personal computing market. The $2,500 Tata Nano automobile was touted as a major gamechanger for India and the millions of aspiring middle-class customers who would surely buy one. The Segway personal transporter was introduced with fanfare as a marvel of technology that was poised to change urban transportation.
Each one of these products was to set the world on fire—disrupting markets and changing our lives forever.
Until they didn’t.
In his groundbreaking book, Anticipate Failure, Lak Ananth—CEO of global venture capital firm Next47—describes the most common patterns of failure in innovation. He starts with the premise that building a business based on innovation is a perilous endeavor, and failures big and small are always around the corner. Ananth then dives into instances of failures, guiding the reader to understand root causes. Finally, he provides readers with insights and coaching that will enable them not just to avoid failure, but to anticipate it and then get through it on the way to success.
The goal of risk management isn’t to eliminate risk. It’s to understand it. Strategic risk management isn’t just about how, it’s about why.
In The Upside of Risk, author Michael Berman shows readers why risk management and strategic planning are inseparable. Building off research, historical examples, and the most current enterprise risk management framework, he shows why good risk management isn’t about risk avoidance. It’s about risk awareness, which empowers financial institutions to be prepared, protected, and positioned for opportunities.
Underlining his message with lessons learned from the financial crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, Berman coaches readers to critically and systematically evaluate the assumptions propelling the decision-making process. From governance and culture to risk assessments and setting measurable strategy goals and objectives, he demonstrates why the most successful financial institutions approach risk management with curiosity and an open mind, leveraging their discoveries to make smarter decisions that support long-term strategic goals.
Your small business survival guide for the remote work environment
In Remote Work Technology: Keeping Your Small Business Thriving From Anywhere, experienced SaaS and telecommunications entrepreneur Henry Kurkowski delivers a step-by-step walkthrough for using SaaS technology and communication apps to power your small business from anywhere on the planet.
You'll learn how to capitalize on the ability to hire a geographically distributed workforce and excel at serving clients at a distance. You'll also discover why and how you need to alter your approach to management and spot the common pitfalls that litter the way to a truly distributed business.
This important book includes:
Valuable case studies of businesses that embraced the reality of remote working during and after the COVID-19 pandemic and cautionary tales of unexpected challenges that arose during the transition.
Discussions of how to incorporate remote workers into efficient workflows to increase your business' productivity
Explorations of how to support your employees when you can't just pop into their office
Finalist Business: Technology 2021 Best Book Awards
Monster explains how we can responsibly engage with technology, and avoid its darker tendencies, while accepting its necessary gifts. The authors, insiders at one of the world's largest tech consulting firms, give a unique take on:
The addictive nature of tech and how to fight it
The growing backlash against big tech--where it's right and what it misses
Crucial steps for taming technology's role in your life and in your organization--without becoming a modern Luddite
Written for managers, leaders, and employees at companies of all sizes and in all industries, Monster will help you understand and take control of technology's powerful role in your life and your organization.
Finalist Business: Technology 2021 Best Book Awards
The Data Mirage: Why Companies Fail to Actually Use Their Data is a business book for executives and leaders who want to unlock more insights from their data and make better decisions.The importance of data doesn’t need an introduction or a fancy pitch deck. Data plays a critical role in helping companies to better understand their users, beat out their competitors, and breakthrough their growth targets.
However, despite significant investments in their data, most organizations struggle to get much value from it. According to Forrester, only 38% of senior executives and decision-makers “have a high level of confidence in their customer insights and only 33% trust the analytics they generate from their business operations.”
This reflects the real world that I have experienced. In this book, I will help readers formulate an analytics strategy that works in the real world, show them how to think about KPIs and help them tackle the problems they are bound to come across as they try to use data to make better decisions.