A collection of inspirational stories of ordinary people who took a great idea and turned it into a hugely successful business. Learn how the founders of enormously profitable enterprises—like Just Cuts, Aussie Home Loans, ModelCo, Elite Introductions, Fat Prophets, EcoStore, and fastflowers.com—took a great idea and turned it into a highly lucrative business. Discover what drove them forward, the risks they took, and how they’ve managed to keep their businesses going through the inevitable ups and downs.
More than just a collection of truly inspirational stories, the wisdom and experience they share here might just be the catalyst you need to turn a great idea into your own million dollar enterprise! Some of Australia’s richest men and women reveal in fascinating detail how they made their first million dollars and offer their “Golden Rules” on how anyone can increase their wealth. Some are well-known high flyers, others fly mostly under the radar, but what they all share is entrepreneurial vision and financial success.
Paperback: 198 pages
Publisher: Allen & Unwin (November 1, 2010)
Author: Nick Gardner
Category: Business Books, Entrepreneurship Books
A Practical, Hands-on Guide to Lean Manufacturing
This real-world resource offers proven solutions for implementing lean manufacturing in an enterprise environment, covering the engineering and production aspects as well as the business culture concerns. Filled with detailed examples, the book focuses on the rapid application of lean principles so that large, early financial gains can be made.
How to Implement Lean Manufacturing explains Toyota Production System (TPS) practices and specifies the distinct order in which lean techniques should be applied to achieve maximum gains. Global case studies illustrate successes and pitfalls of lean manufacturing initiatives.
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1st Edition (August 11, 2009)
Author: Lonnie Wilson
Category: Business Books, Manufacturing Books
As the human resource (HR) profession has continued to evolve beyond transactional responsibilities, many HR professionals have embraced the fact that technology enables them to collect and analyze data efficiently and in ways never before possible. They’ve discovered that the ability to analyze, measure and articulate HR’s contributions to organizational success allow them to make even greater contributions within their organizations. They’re using measurement to investing in people.
But many HR professionals aren’t agile in the use of measurements to move their businesses forward. Some simply don’t know where to begin or are still looking for the “one true way” to measure—or are asking, “just tell me what to measure and what the number should be.” They are thirsty for an analytic framework that underlies the whole issue of measurement.
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: FT Press; 2nd Edition (December 18, 2010)
Category: Business Books, Human Resources Books
Blogging can help you deepen customer loyalty, reach new customers, gain indispensable feedback, and drive more sales. This no-nonsense guide shows how to craft a business blog that does all that, and more—building your business and increasing your profits. Top e-marketers and business bloggers Eric Butow and Rebecca Bollwitt help you define clear goals, generate the right content with the right tools, attract visitors, build communities, and avoid costly mistakes. They draw on their own extensive experience, as well as the work of innovators from companies such as Intel, Wal-Mart, Google, HP, and BusinessWeek. Whatever your role in the business, you’ll learn how to:
• Launch a blog that truly represents the best of your business
• Create a comprehensive, long-term blogging strategy
• Staff your blogging initiative
• Integrate blogs with other offline and online marketing programs
• Use your blog to drive customers and prospects to the business
• Push up-to-the-minute information to customers via RSS
• Build a thriving online community—and learn from what it tells you
• Manage comments (and decide whether to have them)
• Utilize podcasts, vlogs, microblogging, and other new techniques
• Gain business value from hot new Web 3.0 technologies, including widgets, mashups, personal agents, and the Semantic Web
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Que; 1st Edition (January 17, 2010)
Author: Eric Butow and Rebecca Bollwitt
Category: Business Books, Blogging Books