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Five keys of powerful business relationships :how to become more productive, effective, and influential / Sallie J. Sherman, Joseph P. Sperry, Steve Vucelich. New York: McGrawHill, 2014.

A game-changing guide that will help you leverage every critical relationship in your organization for greater success. The authors combine their knowledge and experience to show you how to get maximum value from virtually every relationship–both internal and external. You’ll learn how to spot those relationships that are not generating their full power–and turn them into drivers of profit and growth. You’ll discover new ways to eliminate barriers to performance and boost the energy of individuals, teams, groups, and your organization as a whole.

Creating value in nonprofit-business collaborations :new thinking and practice / James E. Austin, M. May Seitanidi. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2014.

With over a hundred case examples from around the globe and hundreds of literature references, the book reveals how collaboration between businesses and nonprofit organizations can most effectively co-create significant economic, social, and environmental value for society, organizations, and individuals. It features the ground-breaking Collaborative Value Creation framework that can be used for analyzing the sources, forms, and processes of value creation in partnerships between businesses and nonprofits. The book is a step-by-step guide for business managers and non-profit practitioners for achieving successful cross-sector partnerships. It examines the key dimensions of the Collaborative Mindset that shape each partner’s collaborative efforts. It analyzes the drivers of partnership evolution along the Collaboration Continuum, and sets forth the key pathways in the Collaboration Process Value Chain. The book concludes by offering Twelve Smart Practices of Collaborative Value Creation for the design and management of cross sector partnerships.

Gen Y now :millennials and the evolution of leadership, second edition /John W. “Buddy” Hobart, Herb Sendek.  San Francisco: Wiley, 2014.

In this book, top team leadership gurus Buddy Hobart and Herb Sendek explore all the myths about Gen Y and show you how Millennials can be your most creative, motivated, and loyal employees. This book goes from demographic research to concrete practice, explaining that Generation Y is more than we’ve been led to believe. They value authenticity, flexibility, and recognition. Using the strategies in Gen Y Now, you can hire and retain these demanding workers, and the payoffs could be huge. Keep up with current trends and technologies to move your organization into the future; Attract the best young talent in preparation for the mass retirement of Baby Boomers and Gen X; Understand how demographic trends impact the way your intergenerational teams think; Inspire motivation in Millennial employees, reducing dissatisfaction and turnover costs. There are 80 million Millennials, and they are transforming the modern workforce. Gen Y Now contains the leadership strategies you need to manage and motivate the Millennial generation.

Serve to be great :leadership lessons from a prison, a monastery, and a board room / Matt Tenney. New Jersey: Wiley, 2014.

In this book, the author offers his life experiences and unique insights to help leaders apply the powerful principles of servant leadership. Servant leaders are not weak or timid. Motivated by the aspiration to serve, they achieve true power by empowering others to achieve excellence. This is a practical guide to becoming a leader people want to follow. By shifting focus from short-term gain to serving others, leaders can create great workplace cultures that deliver superior, long-term results. Serve to Be Great is the perfect playbook for realizing the ultimate in personal and business success.

Connected by design :7 principles of business transformation through functional integration / Barry Wacksman and Chris Stutzman. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2014.

Some highly valued companies–including Amazon, Apple and Google–have harnessed a new business model of functional integration to build highly interactive ecosystems of interrelated products and digital services, gaining new levels of customer engagement. This model a unique competitive edge by using transformative digital technologies to deliver high-value customer experiences, generate repeat business, and unlock lucrative new business-to-business revenue streams. The book shows how to use functional integration to achieve transformative growth within any type of company. Based on R/GA’s pioneering work with firms at the forefront of functional integration, this book identifies seven principles companies must follow in order to create and deliver new value for customers and capture new revenues. It explains how functional integration drove the transformation of market-leading companies as diverse as Nike, General Motors, McCormick & Co., and Activision to establish authentic brand relationships with their customers, enter new categories, and develop new sources of income.

Strategy for the corporate level :where to invest, what to cut back and how to grow organisations with multiple divisions, 2nd edition /Andrew Campbell … [et al.].  San Francisco, 2014.

This book covers strategy for organisations that operate more than one business, a situation commonly referred to as group-level or corporate-level strategy. Corporate-level strategy addresses four types of decisions that only corporate-level managers can make: which businesses or markets to enter, how much to invest in each business, how to select and guide the managers of these businesses, and which activities to centralise at the corporate level. This book gives managers and executive students all the tools they need to make and review effective corporate strategy across a range of organisations

The enlightened organization :executive tools and techniques from the world of organizational psychology / Catherine Berney. London; Philadelphia : Kogan Page, 2014.

Focusing on more than just corporate governance and organizational structures, this book explores how individual leaders can develop their own skills to contribute to the success of the business by developing an engaged, empowered and transparent organization. It discusses the organization and its responsibility to enable success by putting in place processes that support an “enlightened” culture where people are involved and invested in the organization. An organizational psychology expert, the author draws on her background to show leaders and managers how to enable others to become accountable for their individual and collective potential and create a culture of free and authentic dialogue. Providing useful tools and techniques to apply in practice, she discusses the types of processes that need to be put in place, such as leadership, culture, remuneration, reward, communication and collaboration, and examines the leader’s role in building an enlightened organization.

Building a global learning organization :using TWI to succeed with strategic workforce expansion in the LEGO Group /Patrick Graupp, Gitte Jakobsen, John Vellema. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2014.

The book outlines the organizational and planning models used by the LEGO Group to create the internal ability to give and receive tacit skills and knowledge. Describing how and why TWI is used as the foundation for success in knowledge transfer across diverse languages and cultures, it provides step-by-step guidance on how to establish a solid organizational foundation for your own learning organization. Providing expert insight into the work of culture change, the book explains how to work with people to create motivation for moving to a new system of learning. It details the critical elements that made the implementation at the LEGO Group a success, identifies the stumbling blocks they encountered along the way, and explains how they were overcome. Case studies describe in detail what these efforts looked and felt like in actual application. The TWI program has long been recognized for its ability to generate results.

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Four ways to giving a great speech (Business Day)

Source: BDlive.co.za

IF YOU are a great writer, do not assume that your writing will translate immediately to the spoken word. When giving a speech, simply reading an essay to an audience can bore them to tears.

Here are some ways to adapt. A speech is not an essay on its hind legs, and great speech writers and public speakers adapt accordingly:

  1. SIMPLIFY. The average adult reads 300 words a minute, but people can only follow speech closely at around 150-160 words a minute. It’s important, then, to write brief and clear speeches. Ten minutes of speaking is only about 1,300 words.
  2. SIGNPOST AND REVIEW. In a written essay, readers can revisit confusing passages or missed points. Once you lose someone in a speech, she may be lost for good. In your introduction, state your thesis and then lay out the structure of your speech ahead of time (for instance, “we’ll see this in three ways: x, y and z”). Then, as you work through your speech, open each new point with a signpost to let your listeners know where you are with words such as, “to begin,” “secondly” and “finally,” and close each point with a similar, review-oriented signpost (for instance, “so we see, the first element of success is x”).
  3. DROP THE STATISTICS AND TELL A STORY. Lead or end an argument with statistics. But never fall into reciting strings of numbers or citations. Your audience will better follow, remember and internalize stories.
  4. YOU ARE YOUR PUNCTUATION. When you’re speaking, your audience doesn’t have the benefit of visual signifiers of emphasis, change in pace, or transition — commas, semicolons, dashes and exclamation points. They can’t see question marks or paragraph breaks. Instead, your voice, your hand gestures, your pace and even where and how you’re standing on stage give the speech texture and range. Vary your excitement, tone and volume for emphasis. Use hand gestures consciously and in accordance with the points you’re trying to make. Walk between main points while delivering the speech — literally transitioning your physical position in the room to signify a new part of the argument. Resist the urge to read your speech directly from the page. Become the punctuation your audience craves.

The 10 most important things in the world right now (Business Insider)

By: Dina Spector

Source: BusinessInsider.com

1.As pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong enter their fourth day, Hong Kong’s chief executive Leung Chun-ying has demanded that the Occupy Central founders “stop this campaign immediately.” Meanwhile, the Occupy Central movement issued an ultimatum to Chun-ying: Meet their Oct. 1 deadline for greater democracy or step down.

2.Omar Gonzalez, the man who was arrested for breaking into the White House, reportedly made it as far as the East Room, much deeper into the building than the Secret Service originally said. 

3.The US is set to become the world’s largest producer of petroleum, overtaking Saudi Arabia for the first time in over two decades, the Financial Times reports. 

4.Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared ISIS to Hamas in a speech to the UN General Assembly on Monday. “When it comes to their ultimate goals, ISIS is Hamas, and Hamas is ISIS,” he said. 

5.Apple has received the go-ahead to start selling iPhone 6 in China, although it’s not clear when the devices will be available for purchase. 

6.Islamic State militants have released a third propaganda video featuring captured British journalist John Cantlie.

7.Spain’s central government has suspended Catalonia’s vote for independence scheduled for Nov. 9.

8.New Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will continue talks with US President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday.

9.A new report by the World Wildlife Fund finds that Earth has lost 50% of the animal population in the past 40 years. 

10.Scientists have made a direct link between last year’s oppressive heat waves in Australia and climate change.

And finally

Netflix will release the sequel to Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” at the same time that the film hits theaters. 

How the ‘aspirationals’ are changing the world (World Economic Forum Blog)

“Solutions to some of our intractable global challenges could be found in 2.5 billion empowered, young and urban shoppers. These are the “aspirationals”, and the way they are uniting style and social status with sustainability values represents both an opportunity for business and a lever for change. Aspirational consumers love shopping, but they also want to be socially and environmentally responsible and they respond to brands that take initiatives in this direction.

Aspirationals are redefining modern consumption, unlocking the market for sustainable products and services, and propelling the economy forward through new business models.”

Source: forumblog.org

Mozambique economy 2014: recent developments and prospects

 

Mozambique’s offshore fields hold a combined 150 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas, estimated to be enough to meet world consumption for more than two years. Negotiations between international consortia and the government to build a USD 40 billion LNG plant are dragging on with several players competing for the contract. The main consortium leaders, the US company, Anadarko, and Italian company, Eni, have reduced their investments in the project, selling stakes to new partners primarily from power hungry emergent economies. This has a two-fold outcome of diversifying funding sources for the LNG projects, while also potentially securing new markets for the final product. New entrants from India (ONGC Videsh) and China (CNPC) joined India’s Bharat Petroleum Corporation, Japan’s Mitsui & Co, Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production, and Galp Energia from Portugal. With an international partner yet to be selected, LNG production along with the sizeable contribution it will make to public finances is unlikely to start before 2020.

Source: www.clubofmozambique.com

How to keep your creativity flowing after vacation ends (Forbes)

Nothing jolts the brain awake as much as a change of environment, and that includes the physical space you’re in and the people you meet. New places and new people stimulate new ways of thinking.

Schedule mini brain vacations – Your brain needs a break. It also needs unfamiliar surroundings to make new connections and to see the world in a different way.

Consider adopting a Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) – Companies that are based on this principle measure the results of an employees’ performance while giving them the autonomy and freedom to work where they like and when they like.

Give your team opportunity to learn new things – Many companies bring in outside experts at least once a week, giving their employees an opportunity to get away from their computers for an hour or two and to kick-start their brains with new ways of thinking.

Loosen the travel budget – Sharing knowledge and good times in new or unfamiliar environments will jolt the collective creativity of the team.

Don’t over schedule off-sites – If you do plan to hold more off-site meetings or conferences, avoid over scheduling. The brain needs a break from the office. It also needs a break from endless PowerPoint meetings at an off-site.”

Source: www.forbes.com