The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs

By Kevin D. Johnson

To achieve unimaginable business success and financial wealth—to reach the upper echelons of entrepreneurs, where you’ll find Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Sara Blakely of Spanx, Mark Pincus of Zynga, Kevin Plank of Under Armour, and many others—you have to change the way you think. In other words, you must develop the Entrepreneur Mind, a way of thinking that comes from learning the vital lessons of the best entrepreneurs. In a praiseworthy effort to distill some of the most important lessons of entrepreneurship, Kevin D. Johnson, president of multimillion-dollar company Johnson Media Inc. and a serial entrepreneur for several years, shares the essential beliefs, characteristics, and habits of elite entrepreneurs. Through the conviction of his own personal experiences, which include a life-changing visit to Harvard Business School, and the compelling stories of modern-day business tycoons, Johnson transforms an oftentimes complex topic into a lucid and accessible one. In this riveting book written for new and veteran entrepreneurs, Johnson identifies one hundred key lessons that every entrepreneur must learn in seven areas: Strategy, Education, People, Finance, Marketing and Sales, Leadership, and Motivation. Lessons include how to think big, who makes the best business partners, what captivates investors, when to abandon a business idea, where to avoid opening a business bank account, and why too much formal education can hinder your entrepreneurial growth. Smart and insightful, The Entrepreneur Mind: 100 Essential Beliefs, Characteristics, and Habits of Elite Entrepreneurs is the ultimate primer on how to think like an entrepreneur.

Fringe Benefits and Health Care: Managing Human Resources (Local Government Cases)

By Dave Millheim, James M. Banovetz

Managing Human Resources: Local Government Cases: Fringe Benefits and Health Care Describes the challenges Sun City must consider in order to provide full insurance coverage to employees and its retired employees. This e-book also highlights the need for management to play very sophisticated games of council-management and labor-management relations.

Political Ambitions versus the Public Good: Cases in Effectiveness: Enhancing the Governing Bodys Effectiveness (Managing Local Government)

By Jerry Kloby

Managing Local Government: Cases in Effectiveness: Enhancing the Governing Body’s Effectiveness: Political Ambitions versus the Public Good portrays a situation where a mayor is forced to investigate a landlord’s claim that wholesale eviction of his tenants was required by a utility company to upgrade an inadequate heating system in a housing complex. This e-book highlights the tensions that arise when a community experiences rising living costs and competing demands for economic development.

Effective Council Meetings (InFocus Reports)

By Robert K. Bush

Effective Council Meetings focuses on preserving (or bringing back) the level of respect, courtesy, and civility needed in council meetings to successfully conduct the public’s business. This e-book addresses the need to adopt rules of procedure, whether formal or informal, that establish clear standards of behavior and ensure a proper level of decorum; offers a simplified and slimmed-down version of Robert’s Rules of Order, applying the salient points of parliamentary procedure to the conduct of public meetings; and introduces a values framework as a way to help elected officials identify what lies at the root of public problems and make wise decisions in response.

Rural Tourism Development: Localism and Cultural Change (Tourism and Cultural Change)

By E. Wanda George, Heather Mair, Donald G. Reid

Rural tourism represents a merging of perhaps two of the most influential yet contradictory features of modern life. Not only are the forces of economic, social, cultural, environmental and political change working to redefine rural spaces the world over, but broad global transformations in consumption and transportation patterns are reshaping leisure behaviour and travel. For those concerned with both the nature of change in rural areas and tourism development, the dynamics and impacts of integrating these two dramatic shifts are not well known but yet are becoming increasingly provocative discourses for study. This book links changes at the local, rural community level to broader, more structural considerations of globalization and allows for a deeper, more theoretically sophisticated consideration of the various forces and features of rural tourism development. While Canadian in content, the cases and discussions presented in this book can be considered generally relevant to any rural region, continentally and globally, that has undertaken or is considering rural tourism development.

Thinking, Fast and Slow

By Daniel Kahneman

Major New York Times bestsellerWinner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award in 2012Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2011A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 TitleOne of The Economists 2011 Books of the Year One of The Wall Street Journals Best Nonfiction Books of the Year 20112013 Presidential Medal of Freedom RecipientKahnemans work with Amos Tversky is the subject of Michael Lewiss The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our MindsIn the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation―each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions.Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives―and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Winner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2011, Thinking, Fast and Slow is destined to be a classic.

Rapport dinformation sur les agricultures des Outre-mer (French Edition)

By Assemblée nationale

La Délégation aux outre-mer de l’Assemblée nationale a souhaité se saisir, au mois de février 2013, de la question de l’agriculture ultramarine. Il s’agissait ainsi de rappeler toute la place qui revenait à cette dernière dans l’économie, et également de préparer la discussion de la prochaine loi d’avenir. La réflexion de la Délégation s’est organisée autour de quatre grands thèmes : les structures agricoles, l’installation des jeunes, le statut des agriculteurs et le fonctionnement des filières. Elle a adopté 39 propositions pour aboutir à des réformes ambitieuses.– Sur les structures foncières, pour éviter la diminution des surfaces cultivables, elle propose d’accroître les informations dont peuvent disposer les CDCEA (Commissions départementales de la consommation des espaces agricoles), de simplifier la mise en place de certains instruments fonciers (par exemple les ZAP ou Zones agricoles protégées) et de donner des moyens financiers et techniques supplémentaires aux SAFER. Elle juge aussi utile, pour éviter les blocages au décès des exploitants, de faciliter la transmission des entreprises du vivant de leurs propriétaires, ce qui peut s’effectuer par la promotion de certains moyens juridiques existants (comme le mandat à effet posthume) ou par la création de moyens sociétaux nouveaux.– Pour l’installation des jeunes, la Délégation estime nécessaire d’améliorer l’accès de ces derniers au crédit. Cela suppose, naturellement, que l’installation soit viable, mais aussi que des garanties effectives soient mises en place par l’État pour favoriser l’obtention des prêts. Il convient également d’adapter les contrats de génération à l’agriculture, et spécialement à l’agriculture ultramarine.– S’agissant du statut des agriculteurs, un effort particulier doit porter sur la formation. Il paraît indispensable de redonner toute sa place au lycée agricole comme centre et lieu d’animation du monde rural. Il convient d’augmenter les enseignements dispensés dans les fermes agricoles ; d’améliorer les liens des lycées et des collèges avec les RITA (Réseaux d’innovation technique et de transfert) et de créer des modules de cours sur toutes les questions liées à l’installation dans les CFA et les centres de formation continue pour adultes.– Pour les filières, il serait souhaitable de consolider les crédits du POSEI, d’éviter impérativement leur« découplage » avec ceux de la PAC et de compenser les diminutions éventuelles visant certains secteurs par des crédits nationaux. Il faudrait également améliorer les fonds propres des organisations professionnelles des filières de diversification et promouvoir systématiquement des actions de valorisation des produits locaux sur les différents marchés.Enfin, en complément des instruments de mise en oeuvre opérationnelle des politiques (services déconcentrés des ministères, etc.), il est nécessaire de créer des comités de pilotage, au niveau des territoires, sur certains sujets essentiels. En tout premier lieu, il faudrait en créer un pour le suivi des crédits du FEADER, ces crédits devant être prochainement régionalisés.

How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

By John C. Maxwell

Gather successful people from all walks of life-what would they have in common? The way they think! Now you can think as they do and revolutionize your work and life! A Wall Street Journal bestseller, HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE THINK is the perfect, compact read for todays fast-paced world. Americas leadership expert John C. Maxwell will teach you how to be more creative and when to question popular thinking. Youll learn how to capture the big picture while focusing your thinking. Youll find out how to tap into your creative potential, develop shared ideas, and derive lessons from the past to better understand the future. With these eleven keys to more effective thinking, youll clearly see the path to personal success.

The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business

By Josh Kaufman

Getting an MBA is an expensive choice-one almost impossible to justify regardless of the state of the economy. Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business. You can get better results (and save hundreds of thousands of dollars) by skipping business school altogether. Josh Kaufman founded as an alternative to the business school boondoggle. His blog has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the best business books and most powerful business concepts of all time. Now, he shares the essentials of entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, negotiation, operations, productivity, systems design, and much more, in one comprehensive volume. The Personal MBA distills the most valuable business lessons into simple, memorable mental models that can be applied to real-world challenges. The Personal MBA explains concepts such as: The Iron Law of the Market: Why every business is limited by the size and quality of the market it attempts to serve-and how to find large, hungry markets. The 12 Forms of Value: Products and services are only two of the twelve ways you can create value for your customers. The Pricing Uncertainty Principle: All prices are malleable. Raising your prices is the best way to dramatically increase profitability – if you know how to support the price youre asking. 4 Methods to Increase Revenue: There are only four ways a business can bring in more money. Do you know what they are? 

Unknown Taxpayer Preferences: Cases in Decision Making (Managing Local Government)

By Barry M. Feldman, James M. Banovetz

Managing Local Government: Cases in Decision Making: Unknown Taxpayer Preferences demonstrates the most common and difficult of contradictory public interest demands: the publics strong, unambiguous demand for lower taxes, which has persisted together with the publics continuing demand for more spending for favorite programs. This e-book demonstrates the need for local goverment staff to stay out of local politics, but that option is not available in this case.