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Our latest books speak of radical changes to office life and offer answers that directly address the uncertain economic evironment in the wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic:

1) Crisis Ahead: 101 Ways to Prepare for and Bounce Back from Disasters, Scandals and Other Emergencies by Edward Seagal and Nicholas Brealey, June 2020

2) Bounce Back: How to Fail Fast and be Resilient at Work by Susan Kahn and Kogan Page, 2019

3) Couples that Work: How Dual-Career Couples Can Thrive in Love and Work by Jennifer Petrigilieri

4) Don't Panic: How to Manage your Finances - and Financial Anxieties - During and After Coronovirus by Christine Ibbotson, May 2020

5) Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg 2015

6) Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing your Humanity by Kim Scott, 2019

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To build a successful business, you need to stop doing random acts of marketing and start following a reliable plan for rapid business growth. Traditionally, creating a marketing plan has been a difficult and time-consuming process, which is why it often doesn't get done.

In The 1-Page Marketing Plan, serial entrepreneur and rebellious marketer Allan Dib reveals a marketing implementation breakthrough that makes creating a marketing plan simple and fast. It's literally a single page, divided up into nine squares. With it you'll be able to map out your own sophisticated marketing plan and go from zero to marketing hero.

Whether you're just starting out or are an experienced entrepreneur, The 1-Page Marketing Plan is the easiest and fastest way to create a marketing plan that will propel your business growth.

In this groundbreaking new book you'll discover:
• How to get new customers, clients, or patients and how make more profit from existing ones.
• Why “big business” style marketing could kill your business and strategies that actually work for small and medium-sized businesses.
• How to close sales without being pushy, needy, or obnoxious while turning the tables and having prospects begging you to take their money.
• A simple step-by-step process for creating your own personalized marketing plan that is literally one page. Simply follow along and fill in each of the nine squares that make up your own 1-Page Marketing Plan.
• How to annihilate competitors and make yourself the only logical choice.
• How to get amazing results on a small budget using the secrets of direct response marketing.
• How to charge high prices for your products and services and have customers actually thank you for it.

 

Now a Netflix series starring Octavia Spencer, Self Made (formerly titled On Her Own Ground) is the first full-scale biography of “one of the great success stories of American history” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), Madam C.J. Walker—the legendary African American entrepreneur and philanthropist—by her great-great-granddaughter, A’Lelia Bundles.

The daughter of formerly enslaved parents, Sarah Breedlove—who would become known as Madam C. J. Walker—was orphaned at seven, married at fourteen, and widowed at twenty. She spent the better part of the next two decades laboring as a washerwoman for $1.50 a week. Then—with the discovery of a revolutionary hair care formula for black women—everything changed. By her death in 1919, Walker managed to overcome astonishing odds: building a storied beauty empire from the ground up, amassing wealth unprecedented among black women, and devoting her life to philanthropy and social activism. Along the way, she formed friendships with great early-twentieth-century political figures such as Ida B. Wells, Mary McLeod Bethune, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Booker T. Washington.

 

The go-to health and fitness guide for time-poor leaders in business and beyond by Australian expert Greg Stark.

You work 60-hour weeks, you’re the best in your field, and you chase success daily. But are you looking after the very assets – your health and fitness – that will ensure you keep hitting your targets?

Greg Stark focuses on the four pillars of performance – mindset, movement, nutrition and recovery – to show you how to challenge and nurture your body to reach peak proficiency at work. Through small, focused investments you can boost your energy levels, be pain free, build your confidence, increase your resilience, improve your productivity and ultimately do more of the things you love.

With methods backed by science and research, Sweat Equity is also packed with the testimonials and case studies of lawyers, accountants, bankers, company directors and entrepreneurs, along with insights from elite athletes such as Phil Kearns, Mark Bosnich, Wendell Sailor and Nathan Charles.

‘provides the framework to become your own personal health coach and achieve your personal best.’
Phil Kearns, former Wallabies captain and CEO of InteRisk

 

At twenty-five years old, Anna Wiener was beginning to tire of her assistant job in New York publishing. There was no room to grow, and the voyeuristic thrill of answering someone else's phone had worn thin.

Within a year she had moved to Silicon Valley to take up a job at a data analytics startup in San Francisco. Leaving her business casual skirts and shirts in the wardrobe, she began working in company-branded T-shirts. She had a healthy income for the first time in her life. She felt like part of the future.

But a tide was beginning to turn. People were speaking of tech startups as surveillance companies. Out of sixty employees, only eight of her colleagues were women. Casual sexism was rife. Sexual harassment cases were proliferating. And soon, like everyone else, she was addicted to the internet, refreshing the news, refreshing social media, scrolling and scrolling and scrolling. Slowly, she began to realise that her blind faith in ambitious, arrogant young men from America's soft suburbs wasn't just her own personal pathology. It had become a global affliction.

Uncanny Valley is a coming of age story set against the backdrop of our generation's very own gold rush. It's a story about the tension between old and new, between art and tech, between the quest for money and the quest for meaning – about how our world is changing forever.

About the Author

Anna Wiener is a contributing writer to The New Yorker online, where she writes about Silicon Valley, start-up culture, and technology. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, New York, Wired, The New Republic , and n+1, as well as in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017.

She lives in San Francisco.

Debbie Price-Ewen