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New Additions July 2016

Karmayogi: A Biography of E.Sreedharan … by  M.S.Ashokan

A dramatic and inspiring story of E. Sreedharan, the much-admired engineer and technocrat who won accolades for finishing the Delhi Metro project within budget and on time, in the face of severe constraints.

The Hindu

Think Link


TED Talk: the Official TED Guide to Public Speaking … by Chris Anderson, Head of TED

Chris Anderson has shown how carefully crafted short talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, sharing knowledge, and promoting a shared dream.

He has worked behind the scenes with all the TED speakers who have inspired us the most, and here he shares insights ……. Everything from how to craft your talk’s content to how you can be most effective on stage.

Forbes

CBS News

 

New Additions June 2016

Think Big and Kick Ass: in Business and Life… by  Trump and Bill Zanker

Trump and Zanker, together they are living examples of how thinking BIG and knowing when to back up your opinions aggressively – regardless of what your critics or opponents might say   – can help you maximize your personal and professional achievements.

Also find real life stories from people who’ve applied the think BIG formula in their own lives.

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The New Age of Innovation: Creating Co-Created Value Through Global Networks … by C.K.Prahalad, M.S.Krishnan

C.K.Prahalad, the world’s premier business thinker, and technology expert M.S.Krishnan, unveil the missing link in connecting strategy to execution – building organizational capabilities that allow companies to achieve and sustain continuous change and innovation.

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Managing Executive Success: Coping with the Real Corporate World  … by Walter Vieira

Walter Vieira shares his varied experience in order to help executives cope with pressures as also to plan for a second career ….. The book provides practical insights into a wide range of sensitive issues not often discussed, which include:

  • Power and politics at the workplace
  • Critical career decisions
  • Handling disappointments and failure
  • Ethics and values
  • Discretion and tact

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Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money – That The Poor And Middle Class Do Not … by Robert Kiyosaki

“The main reason people struggle financially is because they have spent years in school but learned nothing about money. The result is that people learn to work for money … but never learn to have money work for them.” – Robert Kiyosaki   (www.richdad.com)

New additions May 2016

Public Speaking for Success: the Complete Programme … by  Dale Carnegie

The essential elements of how to prepare and deliver a speech
How to grab the audience’s attention right at the start
How to persuade your listeners to agree with your message
The use of body language in enhancing your presentation
How to close your talk, ensuring your point has been made ….

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George Wahsington Carver: Scientist and Symbol … by Linda McMurry

How did Washington Carver, whose concrete accomplishments on paper did not amount to much more than “doing something “ with peanuts, sweet potatoes, homemade paints and recipes, come to be known as a great man who made brilliant inventions? How was it that his more significant contributions were lost in the myth-making that surrounded him? Linda McMurry addresses these questions and others as she joins biography with a sensitive exploration of Carver as a symbol of black ability and achievement

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 The Mind of an Engineer  … by Purnendu Ghosh, Baldev Raj, Editors

The book is an initiative of the INAE (Indian National Academy of Engineering) and a reflection of the experiences of some of the Fellows of the INAE in the fileds of science, technology and engineering. It is about the reminiscences, eufeka moments, inspirations, challenges and opportunities in the jouney the professionals took toward self-realisation and the goals they achieved.

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 IP for Development: The Emerging Paradigm … by Karuna Jain, Mukundan R, Editors

Based on the accepted papers for the 1st International Conference on Management of Intellectual Property and Strategy, 2nd – 5th February 2012

New additions April 2016

The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World … by Michael Marmot (Publication 2015)

There are dramatic differences in health between countries and within countries. But this is not a simple matter of rich and poor. A poor man in Glasgow is rich compared to the average Indian, but the Glaswegian’s life expectancy is 8 years shorter. The Indian is dying of infectious disease linked to his poverty. ..

In all countries, people at relative social disadvantage suffer health disadvantage, dramatically so. Within countries, the higher the social status of individuals the better is their health.

What makes these health inequalities unjust is that evidence from round the world shows we know what to do to make them smaller. This new evidence is compelling. It has the potential to change radically the way we think about health, and indeed society.

Review

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Frugal Innoation: How To Do Better With Less  … by Navi Radjou, Jaideep Prabhu (Publication 2015)

(Winner of the CMI Management Book of the Year 2016)

Frugal innovation is a way that companies can create high-quality products with limited resources. Once the preserve of firms in poor markets, Western companies are now seeking ways to appeal to cost-conscious and environmentally-aware consumers at home. With an estimated trillion-dollar global market for frugal products, and with potentially huge cost savings to be gained, frugal innovation is revolutionizing business and reshaping management thinking. This book explains the principles, perspectives and techniques behind frugal innovation, enabling managers to profit from the great changes ahead

Review

 

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Getting Beyond Better: how social entrepreneurship works … by Roger Martin, Sally Osberg (Publication 2015)

The book begins with a probing and useful theory of social entrepreneurship.Getting Beyond Better offers a bold new framework demonstrating how and why meaningful change actually happens in the world, and offering concrete lessons and a practical model for businesses, policy-makers, and civil society organizations to generate new value, again and again.

Livemint

New additions March 2016

The Golden Tap: The Inside Story of Hyper Funded Indian Start-ups … by Kashyap Deorah (Publication 2015)

In a remarkably honest, no-holds barred account, Kashyap – himself a serial entrepreneur – demystifies the technology ecosystem that exists in India today. From the origins of Amazon and Google, to the growth of Flipkart and Ola ……he plots and chronicles a connected global sequence of events…..

Is this the business model of the future? Or merely a game of poker played by master inverstors?

Forbes

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Mantras for Suceess: India’s CEOs Tell You How to Win … by Suhel Seth (Publication 2015)

The icons of Indian Business are universally hailed for their business acumen, drive, foresight and their leadership ….. These men and women have scaled ever greater heights of achievement because they follow a few essential rules – their mantras for success. Simple, yet thought-provoking, these mantras will help you unlock your potential and succeed in your career as well as in other aspects of your life.

The Hindu

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No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All The Trends … by Richard Dobbs, James Manyika, Jonathan Woetzel (Publication 2015)

The rise of emerging markets, the accelerating impact of technology on the natural forces of market competition, an ageing world population, and the flows of trade, capital and people are simultaneously exercising a radical and transformative impact on businesses and economies around the world.

No Ordinary Disruption brilliantly illustrates the shifting locus of economic dynamism from the west to emerging markets with startling new facts ……

London School of Economics

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Affluenza … by Oliver James

 An epidemic of ‘affluenza’ is sweeping through the English-speaking world, an obsessive, envious, keeping-up-wth-the-Joneses, that makes us twice as prone to depression, anxiety and addictions than people in other developed nations. And now we are infecting the rest of the world with this virulent virus.

The Guardian, UK

New Additions on Business Planning

The Business Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained … by Sam Atkinson, Sr. Editor, DK Publishers

Learning about business can be daunting, but The Business Book makes it easier than ever by giving you all the big ideas simply explained. Simple explanations and stylish infographics open up the business world to even the complete novice. The Business Book is the perfect primer to key theories of business and management, covering inspirational business ideas, business strategy and alternative business models. 100 key quotations introduce you to the work of great commercial thinkers, leaders and gurus from Henry Ford to Steve Jobs and to topics spanning from start-ups to ethics. Whether you are a would-be entrepreneur or just have an interest in business, The Business Book is an all-in-one guide to business management, theory and strategy.

How Business Works: A Graphic Guide to Business Success … by Georgina Palffy, Sr. Editor, DK Publishers

With the right knowledge, business does not have to be difficult. Do you know the difference between profit margin, gross profit and net profit? What is cash flow or a limited company? How Business Works answers hundreds of questions and is an invaluable reference for anyone wanting to learn about business.This unique guide explains complex business concepts using simple, easy-to-understand language while defining hundreds of business terms such as stocks and shares, limited companies, partnerships and bond issues. Essential know-how is offered on everything from starting a small business to marketing your company and building your teams.

No other business book explains the subject visually and in such a concise and immediate manner.

Must reads in our collection Dec. 2015

How to write a Business Plan … by Brian Finch

An expert guidance to produce an effective plan…

Structure of the plan

The business background

The market

The proposal

The sales forecast

Financial information

Legal issues

PDF

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Business Plans That Work: A Guide For Small Business … byJeffry Timmons, Zacharakis, Spinelli

             Entrepreneurs are driving a new era of flobal transformation and growth. But before they can turn ideas into profit making ventures, they must craft a business plan that crystallizes and legitimizes those ideas for customers, key talent and investors.

A Guide       

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The Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Running a Business … Steve Mariotti

Discover the tremendous entrepreneurial opportunities now readily available through the internet. The book shows how to:

Prepare a winning business plan

Register your business legally

Understand finance

Use the Internet to reach customers, around the world

Conduct market research

Steve Mariotti

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Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur’s Soul: Advice and Inspiration for fulfilling Dreams … Jack Canfield

A compilation of short stories from entrepreneurs….who share their experiences of success, failure and courage with helpful advice mixed in.

Goodreads

New Books in our collection – Nov 2015

Climbing the Limitless Ladder: A Life in Chemistry …by Bharat Ratna C.N.R. Rao
An autobiographical account of doing scientific research in India. It provides an insight to the perseverance of a scientist from a developing country. His relentless pursuit of excellence in chemistry is a source of inspiration to young scientists facing modern day challenges.

The Hindu – Review

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Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of Spacex and Tesla Is Shaping Our Future … by Ashlee Vance
Musk is the man behind PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and SolarCity, each of which has sent shock waves throughout business and industry. In this lively, investigative account, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance offers an unprecedented look into the remarkable life and times of Silicon Valleys’s most audacious businessman.
Review
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The Outsoucer: The Story of India’s IT Revolution … Dinesh Sharma
Dinesh Sharma presents the of the Indian IT Industry as a fascinating story of the entrepreneurship of young Indians.

MIT Press
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Put Your Science To Work: The Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists … Peter Fiske
The book helps you explore all the options and develop dynamite strategies for landing the job of your dreams. It offers expert help from networking to negotiating a job offer.
Some Chapter Headings:
Specific Opportunities
CVs and Resumes-there is a difference
Six Resume Case Studies
Cover Letters
The Interview and Beyond

Booklet

Books added to collection (May 2010)

We have added nearly 500 books in the last 3 months. I shall be listing them a few at a time. For more details, please refer to our online catalog.

  • Oxford Guide to Effective Writing and Speaking
  • Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki
  • Getting to Plan B by John Mullins, Randy Komisar
  • Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Josh Lerner
  • Managing the Nonprofit Organization by Peter Drucker
  • Street Smart financial Basics for Nonprofit Managers by Thomas McLaughlin
  • Let My Peiople Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard
  • Monk and the Riddle – the art of creating a life while making a living by Randy Komisar
  • When Technology Fails by Matthew Stein
  • Technological Options for Sanitation

Library Update May 2010

Greetings from the VC Library!

I hope all our members have had a lovely time with family especially and friends this summer.

Those of you with school age children must be busy gearing up for the new scholastic year.  Once you get back to routine, hope you find time for the Library !

We too have been busy selecting, sourcing and adding to our collection of books.  Pardon my boasting, but it truly is an exclusive and selective collection of books  that we have added. Please browse our catalog to check out for yourself on www.vcenterlibrary .org

As always any recommendation for books is always welcome from members and you may send them online too.

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