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The Three-Box Solution

The Three-Box Solution
  • Author : Vijay Govindarajan
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-04-26
  • Total pages :256
  • ISBN : 9781633690158
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Summary : How to Innovate and Execute Leaders already know that innovation calls for a different set of activities, skills, methods, metrics, mind-sets, and leadership approaches. And it is well understood that creating a new business and optimizing an already existing one are two fundamentally different management challenges. The real problem for leaders is doing both, simultaneously. How do you meet the performance requirements of the existing business—one that is still thriving—while dramatically reinventing it? How do you envision a change in your current business model before a crisis forces you to abandon it? Innovation guru Vijay Govindarajan expands the leader’s innovation tool kit with a simple and proven method for allocating the organization’s energy, time, and resources—in balanced measure—across what he calls “the three boxes”: • Box 1: The present—Manage the core business at peak profitability • Box 2: The past—Abandon ideas, practices, and attitudes that could inhibit innovation • Box 3: The future—Convert breakthrough ideas into new products and businesses The three-box framework makes leading innovation easier because it gives leaders a simple vocabulary and set of tools for managing and measuring these different sets of behaviors and activities across all levels of the organization. Supported with rich company examples—GE, Mahindra & Mahindra, Hasbro, IBM, United Rentals, and Tata Consultancy Services—and testimonies of leaders who have successfully used this framework, this book solves once and for all the practical dilemma of how to align an organization on the critical but competing demands of innovation.

The Three Box Solution

The Three Box Solution
  • Author : Vijay Govindarajan
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-04-26
  • Total pages :256
  • ISBN : 1633690148
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Summary : Leaders already know that innovation calls for a different set of activities, skills, methods, metrics, mind-sets, and leadership approaches--it is well-understood that creating a new business and optimizing an already existing one are two fundamentally different management challenges. The real problem for leaders is doing both, simultaneously. How do you meet the performance requirements of the current business--one that is still thriving--while dramatically reinventing it? How do you foresee a change in your current model before a crisis forces you to abandon it? Vijay Govindarajan expands the leader’s innovation toolkit with a simple and proven method for allocating the organization’s energy, time, and resources--in balanced measure--across what he calls "the three boxes”: * Box 1: The present--Keep the current business going * Box 2: The past--Forget what made the business successful in the past * Box 3: The future--Create the new model The "three box” framework makes leading innovation easier because it gives leaders a simple vocabulary and set of tools for managing and measuring the different sets of behaviors and activities, across all levels of the organization. Supported with rich company examples--such as Mahindra & Mahindra, Hasbro, IBM, United Rentals, Dunnhumby, Nucor, and Tata--and testimonies of leaders who have successfully used this framework to lead innovation, this book solves once and for all the practical dilemma of how to align an organization on the critical but competing demands of innovation.

The Three-Box Solution Playbook

The Three-Box Solution Playbook
  • Author : Vijay Govindarajan,Manish Tangri
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2020-05-05
  • Total pages :240
  • ISBN : 9781633698314
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Summary : A new, comprehensive playbook for innovation from the New York Times bestselling author of Reverse Innovation, Vijay Govindarajan In his seminal book The Three-Box Solution, Vijay Govindarajan offered an amazingly simple and highly effective framework for leading innovation: Execute the present core business at peak efficiency (Box 1) Avoid the inhibiting traps of past success (Box 2) Build a future day by day through breakthrough innovations (Box 3) Since the book's publication, companies across the globe have used the three-box framework to great success. Now, along with Manish Tangri, a corporate dealmaker at Intel, Govindarajan goes deeper into the most crucial box of all: creating the future. Together they provide a repeatable process for companies to create new breakthroughs--from ideation through incubation to scaling. Full of worksheets, exercises, tools, and examples, The Three-Box Solution Playbook is the guide you and your team need to drive innovation and growth--and continually revitalize your company.

Beyond the Idea

Beyond the Idea
  • Author : Vijay Govindarajan,Chris Trimble
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-09-24
  • Total pages :192
  • ISBN : 9781466835412
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Summary : The New York Times bestselling authors of Reverse Innovation and How Stella Saved the Farm distill more than a decade of exclusive research into one short, powerful, action-oriented book. Companies stumble when they imagine that innovation is mostly about ideas. The reality is that ideas are only beginnings. Indeed, even a company with the world's best idea still faces a devilish challenge: it must build the business of tomorrow without endangering the business of today. Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble are the world's leading authorities on the successful management of innovation. In Beyond the Idea, they distill more than a decade of research and insight into a practical, accessible, read-at-one-sitting handbook that offers invaluable guidance for anyone charged with making innovation happen: executives, managers, consultants, project leaders, and teams. By offering specific action steps, Beyond the Idea extends the elegant conceptual insights from How Stella Saved the Farm, Govindarajan and Trimble's parable. Beyond the Idea shows exactly how to: - Build a team with a very particular structure, one that makes it possible to simultaneously build something new and sustain what exists. - Manage any innovation initiative as a disciplined experiment. - Implement three distinct models for moving from ideas to action. Beyond the Idea is an essential book for any business that recognizes that innovation always has been, and always will be, the key to long term growth and vitality.

The Other Side of Innovation

The Other Side of Innovation
  • Author : Vijay Govindarajan,Chris Trimble
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2010-09-02
  • Total pages :240
  • ISBN : 9781422162309
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Summary : In their first book, Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators, the authors provided a better model for executing disruptive innovation. They laid out a three-part plan for launching high-risk/high-reward innovation efforts: (1) borrow assets from the existing firms, (2) unlearn and unload certain processes and systems that do not serve the new entity, and (3) learn and build all new capabilities and skills. In their study of the Ten Rules in action, Govindarajan and Trimble observed many other kinds of innovation that were less risky but still critical to the company's ongoing success. In case after case, senior executives expected leaders of innovation initiatives to grapple with forces of resistence, namely incentives to keep doing what the company has always done--rather than develop new competence and knowledge. But where to begin? In this book, the authors argue that the most successful everyday innovators break down the process into six manageable steps: 1. Divide the labor 2. Assemble the dedicated team 3. Manage the partnership 4. Formalize the experiment 5. Break down the hypothesis 6. Seek the truth. The Other Side of Innovation codifies this staged approach in a variety of contexts. It delivers a proven step-by-step guide to executing (launching, managing, and measuring) more modest but necessary innovations within large firms without disrupting their bread-and-butter business.

Reverse Innovation

Reverse Innovation
  • Author : Vijay Govindarajan,Chris Trimble
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012-04-10
  • Total pages :256
  • ISBN : 9781422183984
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Summary : A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Amazon Bestseller Reverse Innovation is the new business idea everyone is talking about. Why? Because it presents the blueprint for scaling growth in emerging markets, and importing low-cost and high impact innovations to mature ones. Innovation is no longer the exclusive domain of the Silicon Valley elite. Reverse Innovation will open your eyes to the fact that the dynamics of global innovation are changing—and if you want your firm to survive, you’d better pay attention. The gap between rich nations and emerging economies is closing. No longer will innovations travel the globe in only one direction, from developed to developing nations. They will also flow in reverse. CEOs of the world’s most influential companies agree and have cited Reverse Innovation as their playbook for the next generation of global growth. Authors Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth explain where, when, and why reverse innovation is on the rise and why the implications are so profound. Learn how to make innovation in emerging markets happen and how such innovations can unlock even greater opportunity throughout the world. You’ll follow some of the world’s leading companies (including GE, Deere & Company, P&G, and PepsiCo) through stories that illustrate exactly what works and what doesn’t. If you’re in a Western economy, you need to accept that the future lies far from home. But the idea is not just for Western audiences. If innovation is at the heart of your company or your career, no matter where you practice business, Reverse Innovation is a phenomenon you need to understand. This book will help you do that.

Collective Genius

Collective Genius
  • Author : Linda A. Hill,Greg Brandeau,Emily Truelove,Kent Lineback
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2014-05-13
  • Total pages :272
  • ISBN : 9781422187593
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Summary : Why can some organizations innovate time and again, while most cannot? You might think the key to innovation is attracting exceptional creative talent. Or making the right investments. Or breaking down organizational silos. All of these things may help—but there’s only one way to ensure sustained innovation: you need to lead it—and with a special kind of leadership. Collective Genius shows you how. Preeminent leadership scholar Linda Hill, along with former Pixar tech wizard Greg Brandeau, MIT researcher Emily Truelove, and Being the Boss coauthor Kent Lineback, found among leaders a widely shared, and mistaken, assumption: that a “good” leader in all other respects would also be an effective leader of innovation. The truth is, leading innovation takes a distinctive kind of leadership, one that unleashes and harnesses the “collective genius” of the people in the organization. Using vivid stories of individual leaders at companies like Volkswagen, Google, eBay, and Pfizer, as well as nonprofits and international government agencies, the authors show how successful leaders of innovation don’t create a vision and try to make innovation happen themselves. Rather, they create and sustain a culture where innovation is allowed to happen again and again—an environment where people are both willing and able to do the hard work that innovative problem solving requires. Collective Genius will not only inspire you; it will give you the concrete, practical guidance you need to build innovation into the fabric of your business.

Inside the Box

Inside the Box
  • Author : Drew Boyd,Jacob Goldenberg
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2014-06-10
  • Total pages :272
  • ISBN : 9781451659290
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Summary : "This counterintuitive and powerfully effective approach to creativity demonstrates how every corporation and organization can develop an innovative culture. The traditional attitude toward creativity in the American business world is to 'think outside the box'-- to brainstorm without restraint in hopes of coming up with a breakthrough idea, often in moments of crisis. Sometimes it works, but it's a problem-specific solution that does nothing to engender creative thinking more generally. 'Inside the Box' demonstrates Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT), which systemizes creativity as part of the corporate culture."--Provided by publisher.

BUSINESS ENTITY-RELATIONSHIP MODEL

BUSINESS ENTITY-RELATIONSHIP MODEL
  • Author : ALBERTO GONZÁLEZ CARRASCO,LUIS MÜLLER HEIBERG
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2017-08-29
  • Total pages :324
  • ISBN : 9788461743469
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Summary : An entity-relationship approach to the business, a structured, systematic and intuitive business model of entities, relationships and key data for innovation, entrepreneurship and management. The Business Entity-Relationship Model (ERM) presented in this work enables: - acquire a logical and interrelated view of the key elements of the business and its application in the processes of innovation, entrepreneurship and business management - provide a new definition of the business concept, represent all businesses generically, their specific types and any particular business - redefine innovation more broadly, generate ideas and increase innovation capacity - tackle entrepreneurship with an integrated and interdependent vision of the key elements of the new business - plan, execute and control the business strategy against competitors in a sector of economic activity - identify the origin and understand the apparently complex, heterogeneous and abstract concepts used in business management and generate new key or strategic data in an organized and homogeneous form The new model is based on the Entity-Relationship technique, which allows the representation of the real world by elements called entities and relationships that occur between them. In addition, new concepts called supra-entities, supra-relationships and supra-attributes to cover the diversity of situations and perspectives existing in reality are proposed.

Entrepreneurial Journalism: How to Build What's Next for News

Entrepreneurial Journalism: How to Build What's Next for News
  • Author : Mark Briggs
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011-10-12
  • Total pages :320
  • ISBN : 9781608714209
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Summary : Launch yourself into the new news economy. The digital revolution that provides so many options for news consumers also means massive opportunity for journalists. The trick: see the disruption as an opening you can attack. Entrepreneurial Journalism will inspire you with what's possible and show you the mechanics behind building a business. Working through eight clear and concise stages, you'll explore the secrets of successful news startups (including how they're making money) and learn how to be an upstart yourself, building an innovative and sustainable news business from scratch. Each chapter starts with a real entrepreneur's experience, teasing out how savvy and opportunistic journalists found their way to success. Mark Briggs then helps you size up the market, harness technology, turn your idea into a product or service, explore revenue streams, estimate costs, and launch. "Build Your Business" action items at the end of each chapter get you thinking through each step of your business plan. Discover how traditional news organizations are evolving and innovating, where the jobs are today and where the new jobs will be tomorrow. Learn from the pioneers, and become one.

The Three Sector Solution

The Three Sector Solution
  • Author : John Butcher,David Gilchrist
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2016-07-15
  • Total pages :374
  • ISBN : 9781760460396
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Summary : This collection of essays had its origins in a one-day workshop held in August 2015 at The Australian National University. Jointly convened by Dr John Butcher (ANZSOG) and Professor David Gilchrist (Curtin Not-for-profit Initiative) the purpose of the workshop was to bring together academic researchers, policy practitioners and thought leaders to address a variety of emerging issues facing policymakers, public sector commissioners, not-for-profit providers of publicly funded services, and businesses interested in opportunities for social investment. The workshop itself generated a great deal of interest and a ‘baker’s dozen’ of contributors challenged and engaged a full house. The level of enthusiasm shown by the audience for the subject matter was such that the decision to curate the presentations in the form of a book was never in doubt. The editors trust that this volume will vindicate that decision. At one time the state exercised a near monopoly in the delivery of social programs. Today, almost every important public problem is a three sector problem and yet we have little idea of what a high-performing three sector production system looks like. It is the editors’ hope that this volume will provide a foundation for some answers to these important public policy questions.

The Kilkenny Cat - Book Three

The Kilkenny Cat - Book Three
  • Author : William Forde
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2015-02-09
  • Total pages :400
  • ISBN : 9781326180522
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Summary : The Kilkenny Cat Trilogy is an allegorical story of all manner of discrimination practised throughout the world; particularly in Ireland, Jamaica and England. Told through the eyes and experiences of travelling gypsy cats, it is a 'must' for all cat lovers and students of the 'Northern Riots', Ireland, Jamaica, 'Black v White' and 'Good v Evil. 'It is suitable for reading by teenagers and adults.

The Power of Pressure

The Power of Pressure
  • Author : Dane Jensen
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2021-08-31
  • Total pages :304
  • ISBN : 9781443461566
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Summary : Be energized, but not overwhelmed What’s the most pressure you’ve ever been under? How did you react? What helped? What didn’t? Over the past five years, Dane Jensen has asked these questions of thousands of high performers—from Olympic gold medalists to Navy SEALs, politicians, executives and busy parents. What has emerged from these conversations is that while everyone’s experiences under pressure are unique, pressure follows patterns and develops in predictable ways. If we can recognize the patterns, we can improve our ability to sidestep the biological traps that can sabotage us—and use the energy that accompanies pressure to thrive. The Power of Pressure combines the insights gathered from Jensen’s work with the latest research in biology and neuroscience to help you understand and use the “pressure equation” of importance, uncertainty and volume escape the traps of pressure with effective tools and tactics be ambidextrous so that you can handle pressure both in peak pressure moments and over the long haul reduce tension, sleep better and have more energy so that you can meet challenges head-on recognize pressure moments so that you can prepare for when you will likely the feel the heat leverage strategies so that you can give everything you’ve got when it’s most important And more! How we navigate our highest-pressure moments has a huge impact on the overall trajectory of our lives, both in terms of how successful we are and how much we enjoy the journey along the way.

How Stella Saved the Farm

How Stella Saved the Farm
  • Author : Vijay Govindarajan,Chris Trimble
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-03-12
  • Total pages :160
  • ISBN : 9781250022240
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Summary : How Stella Saved the Farm is a simple parable about making innovation happen. Written by the authors of the New York Times bestselling Reverse Innovation: Create Far From Home, Win Everywhere, the story resonates in organizations of all types—public sector, private sector, and social sector, from mammoth corporations to small organizations employing just a few dozen people. The parable is about a farm in trouble. Bankruptcy, or the grim prospect of being acquired by a hostile competitor, threaten. The farm succeeds only if the team pulls together and innovates. The main characters in the story—Stella, Deirdre, Bull, Mav, Einstein, Rambo, Maisie, and Andrea—are all like people you know, maybe even yourself. The tale includes an unexpected leadership challenge, an ambitious call to action, a bold idea, countless internal obstacles and conflicts, fears, joys, triumphs, and even a love interest. It's a story that can be enjoyed by anyone. How Stella Saved the Farm delivers eight simple lessons to guide innovation initiatives to success. It prepares business leaders to avoid some of innovation's most toxic myths, teaches how to build the right kind of team, and shows how to learn quickly from experience.

Reverse Innovation in Health Care

Reverse Innovation in Health Care
  • Author : Vijay Govindarajan,Ravi Ramamurti
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2018-06-19
  • Total pages :288
  • ISBN : 9781633693678
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Summary : Health-Care Solutions from a Distant Shore Health care in the United States and other nations is on a collision course with patient needs and economic reality. For more than a decade, leading thinkers, including Michael Porter and Clayton Christensen, have argued passionately for value-based health-care reform: replacing delivery based on volume and fee-for-service with competition based on value, as measured by patient outcomes per dollar spent. Though still a pipe dream here in the United States, this kind of value-based competition is already a reality--in India. Facing a giant population of poor, underserved people and a severe shortage of skills and capacity, some resourceful private enterprises have found a way to deliver high-quality health care, at ultra-low prices, to all patients who need it. This book shows how the innovations developed by these Indian exemplars are already being practiced by some far-sighted US providers--reversing the typical flow of innovation in the world. Govindarajan and Ramamurti, experts in the phenomenon of reverse innovation, reveal four pathways being used by health-care organizations in the United States to apply Indian-style principles to attack the exorbitant costs, uneven quality, and incomplete access to health care. With rich stories and detailed accounts of medical professionals who are putting these ideas into practice, this book shows how value-based delivery can be made to work in the United States. This "bottom-up" change doesn't require a grand plan out of Washington, DC, agreement between entrenched political parties, or coordination among all players in the health-care system. It needs entrepreneurs with innovative ideas about delivering value to patients. Reverse innovation has worked in other industries. We need it now in health care.

Predictable Magic

Predictable Magic
  • Author : Deepa Prahalad,Ravi Sawhney
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2010-07-19
  • Total pages :208
  • ISBN : 0131388045
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Summary : Companies invest fortunes on innovation and product strategy. But, by some estimates, 80% of new products fail or dramatically underperform every year, though a few rare products succeed brilliantly. Why is this the case? Their creators have seamlessly integrated corporate strategy with design. They don’t deliver utilitarian objects: they craft rewarding, empowering experiences. To outsiders, this looks like magic: incomprehensible, and impossible to reproduce. But it isn’t. Predictable Magic presents a complete design process for making the “magic” happen -- over and over again. Veteran industrial designer Ravi Sawhney and business strategist Deepa Prahalad introduce Psycho-Aesthetics, a breakthrough approach for systematically creating deep emotional connections between consumers and brands. Step by step, the authors cover everything from research to strategy, implementation to consumer experience. They also demonstrate Psycho-Aesthetics at work – in case studies from some of the world’s top companies, including Sprint, Medtronic, Amana, and Hyundai. You’ll see how these great companies have used Psycho-Aesthetics to go beyond the utilitarian (or even the merely “beautiful”), to build products that powerfully connect with people… touch them… move them... time and again.

The Little Black Book of Innovation

The Little Black Book of Innovation
  • Author : Scott D. Anthony
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2012
  • Total pages :283
  • ISBN : 9781422171721
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Summary : Innovation transforms companies and markets. It's the key to solving vexing social problems. And it makes or breaks professional careers. But for all the enthusiasm the topic inspires, the practice of innovation - how to do it-has remained stubbornly impenetrable. No longer. In The Little Black Book of Innovation, leading thinker Scott D. Anthony draws from research, Innosight fieldwork with global giants such as Procter & Gamble, and personal experience launching and investing in start-up companies to demystify the discipline of innovation. With wit and remarkable insight born of years of both leading and teaching innovation, Anthony presents a simple definition of the concept, breaks down the essential differences between its various types, and illuminates its vital role in organizational success and personal growth.

Conversations That Win the Complex Sale: Using Power Messaging to Create More Opportunities, Differentiate your Solutions, and Close More Deals

Conversations That Win the Complex Sale: Using Power Messaging to Create More Opportunities, Differentiate your Solutions, and Close More Deals
  • Author : Erik Peterson,Tim Riesterer
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2011-04-15
  • Total pages :272
  • ISBN : 0071752587
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Summary : Win more deals with the perfect sales story! “Power Messaging is a foundational element in our global marketing campaigns and sales training programs. We believe the concepts are core to engaging in customer conversations that are focused on their outcomes and what they want to achieve.” —Karen Quintos, CMO and SVP, Dell Inc. “The concepts outlined in this book are critical skills to building a world-class presales organization.” —Ken Hamel, Senior Vice President, Global Solutions and Presales, SAP “Our new messaging, using the approaches presented in this book, is great and is being widely used by our sales team. We’ve never had a year end sales meeting with content that was met with such widespread acceptance and enthusiasm.” —Jerry D. Cline, Senior Vice President, Retail Sales and Marketing, AmerisourceBergen Drug Company “The best salespeople sit across the table and make change easy for their customer by creating a succinct story and vision for what to change, how to change it, and how it will impact customer results. An enterprise focus on sales messaging, using the concepts in this book, is the hidden secret to driving incremental sales productivity and overwhelming customer success!” —Ken Powell, Vice President, Worldwide Sales Enablement, ADP “The Power Messaging techniques in this book are the foundation of how our marketing team creates our sales messages, as well as the process our field sales teams use for delivering that message in a unique and compelling way. At Kronos our results are a reflection of the power of the tool.” —Aron Ain, CEO, Kronos About the Book: In today’s highly competitive world of complex sales, commoditization of your brand is one of the greatest dangers. You must differentiate yourself from the competition—or you will lose out. And the way to do that is through customer engagement. Rather than sell your own corporate story and brand message, you need to tell customers their story—the one in which they are the heroes and they achieve success. Erik Peterson and Tim Riesterer have been developing and honing their Power Messaging sales technique for more than 20 years, and now they reveal all their secrets in Conversations That Win the Complex Sale. Presenting a catalog of facts or playing 20 questions with prospective customers is the surest way to lose the sale. Peterson and Riesterer provide the tools you need to recraft your message into a compelling story that wins more deals. With Conversations That Win the Complex Sale, you’ll learn how to: Differentiate yourself from the competition by finding your “Value Wedge” Avoid parity in your value propositions by creating “Power Positions” Create a message that can literally double the number of deals you close Spike customer attention and create “Wow” in your conversations Prove all your claims without resorting to lists of boring facts and statistics Your competitors are out there telling their own corporate story—a story customers don’t want to hear. Now is the time to seize the moment. This book is the one and only source you need to reframe your sales story and turn the tables on the competition by fully engaging their would-be customers. Conversations That Win the Complex Sale helps you create and deliver messages that customers care about, giving your brand the clear edge in today’s crowded markets.

The Living Curse

The Living Curse
  • Author : J. D. Swinn
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2013-01-09
  • Total pages :84
  • ISBN : 148192009X
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Summary : Only nineteen years old, Nameh is already one of the best Guardians in the Academy. No one at the Academy, not even her best friend, knows about her dark past. Unsatisfied with her challenges as a Guardian, she finds herself searching for ancient magic, forbidden to her. Struggling to control the magic she now possesses, time is running short as the dark forces of the Guild are gaining in power and there are those who say that open war between the Guild and the Vine is just a matter of time. Knowing that something must be done to protect her world, Nameh and her newfound friends set out on a journey to find the Vine to gain whatever knowledge and protection from the Guild they may offer. The further they go, Nameh finds herself not only in near constant battle, but also questioning her heart - perhaps she will find more than friendship, but does she dare to confess that, even to herself? Approx. 21000 words

The Mountain Throne

The Mountain Throne
  • Author : A. M. Sterling
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2017
  • Total pages :433
  • ISBN : 0999202006
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Summary : Aged emperor Thelden III Arrigar's last days are approaching and the Empire's leaders are taking sides in a struggle for power between rival heirs. Blood runs in the streets and the nights are thick with intrigue. Drake Arrigar, bastard prince and half-blooded sorcerer. Darius of Lorradon, foreign-born Initiate of a holy order of warriors sworn to the Empire. Leasha, senior maiden and chief spy for the Emperor's daughter. These three unlikely friends must navigate the coming storms as plots, violence, and unholy barbarians tear their lives apart. Their trials, failures, and triumphs will have far-reaching consequences, for their people and for their own futures.

Courtoy's Complaint

Courtoy's Complaint
  • Author : David Godson
  • Publisher :Unknown
  • Release Date :2017-11-06
  • Total pages :272
  • ISBN : 1978359594
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Summary : The true story of innocence, conspiracy and betrayal described in this book took place in early 19th century London. Maureen Sayers - on whose journals the book is based - was born in Ireland and moved to London in 1817. This was after the death of her mother the previous year. By all accounts an intelligent and attractive young lady, Maureen was strong-willed but nevertheless retained a delightful innocence, one that would immediately place her at the mercy of the capital's sordid underbelly. After eventually escaping the clutches of her lecherous tormentors, she found work with Hannah Courtoy, caring for Hannah's husband John. During his lifetime John Courtoy became one of the richest men in England. Remarkably he amassed his fortune while working as a humble wig-maker. He achieved his wealth through many activities in addition to those of his chosen occupation. Initially he developed an employment registry, possibly the first of its kind in England. Using the money derived from this activity, he then became a prodigious money-lender, catering largely to the needs of the aristocracy, gentry, and merchants of London. As his fortune grew, he proved to be a wily investor. He was also a renowned miser. John Courtoy was born Nicolas Jacquinet in 1729, in the town of Jussey, France. He adopted the name of John Courtoy after he fled to England in 1751. When he eventually died in 1818 he was 89 years of age. John made two Wills, one in 1810, the other in 1814. The second Will was made when his mental health had allegedly become severely impaired, raising many questions as to its validity. Maureen raises several interesting observations concerning the destination of his fortune. Central to her interpretation of events is that his Last Will and Testament of 1814 was fraudulently compiled. According to Maureen's account his estate - which would be worth over £20 million in today's money - might have ended up in the wrong hands. Maureen's narrative provides sparkling insights into early 19th century London life. Whether she is recording visits to the theatre, attendance at glittering soirees or simply everyday life on the capital's putrefying streets, by immersing oneself in her story, it is possible to experience many of 19th London's fascinating qualities, both virtuous and corrupt.