The month of August saw the release of two titles every matriculant or graduate should read before making their way in the world.
Welcome to the Real World: A Young Person’s Guide to Figuring it All Out is the go-to-guide for anyone leaving home for the first time. Whether you’re taking a gap year or living on your own for the first time, this book includes all the advice you need to help you stand on your own two feet. With helpful chapters on travelling, managing your money, looking after your health and the hard facts about drugs, just having a copy handy will make you feel more confident about handling unfamiliar situations with poise and confidence.
Written by Alex Ferguson-Williams and Lisa Kretschmer – two fun-loving girls who have travelled, worked and lived in some extraordinary circumstances. Now they’re sharing the wisdom they’ve gained in an entertaining, easy to read book that’s packed with practical advice.
Another must-have book is Shelagh Foster’s Your First Year of Work: A Survival Guide. So many young matriculants and graduates enter the market place poorly prepared to face the challenges of the working world.
Shelagh’s book will guide you through the process from begining to end. From structuring a CV that will make you stand out and tips to get you through the interview, to advice on how to dress and behave appropriately and everything you need to know about decoding office culture.
Shelagh is a communications expert and will show you how to use written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills to shine in your career.
Any young person armed with these two guides is bound to make a successful of their lives (and make their parents proud!).
X-kit Study Guides are like having your own private tutor in a book! Written by subject experts in simple language makes it easy for students to find the information they need in an instant. Exam practice questions at the end of every module, and exam tips help students know what to expect and prepare accordingly.
The Study Guides cover a range of subjects from grades 8 to 12, while the Literature Series cover 16 prescribed titles. The X-kit Essential Reference Series is available for 5 subject areas including Chemistry, Mathematics, Afrikaans, English and Afrikaans for English Speakers. They cover the whole curriculum which means students can use them for their whole high school career.
This brings us to our fabulous competition! Just order any of the X-kit Study Guides, Literature Guides or Essential Reference titles and your name will be entered into a draw to win a complete set of all 5 Essential Reference Guides valued at R750! The competition closes on the 31st of August so don’t delay! The winner will be contacted via email and announced on social media.
Why is it so important for us to acquire the skill of persuasion? The answer is simple: every day of our lives, we need to persuade someone of something, whether in the workplace or in our personal lives. Whether you are convincing a colleague to buy into a new initiative, pitching an important deal to a client or trying to convince your five-year-old to go to bed, you are persuading someone of something. And although we all persuade in one way or another, very few of us excel at it.
This book reveals the most effective keys – and the one golden key – that can turn you into a master persuader who can influence and change the minds of others. It explores the psychological bases and reasons why the keys work and contains many fun and effective examples of how to use them.
Based on well-documented research, The Keys to Persuasion is a fascinating and highly practical book that makes a difficult task and a complex subject concrete, accessible, lively and amusing.
Chicago, 1931. A strange house gives serial-killer
Harper the power to travel through time; to hunt and kill his ‘shining girls’.
They’re bright young women full of spark – until he cuts it out of them, leaving
clues from different times behind to taunt fate. Kirby, the 90s girl, survives
his attack and turns the hunt around. Tracing Harper’s bloody trail of victims –
from a glowing dancer in the 30s to a tough welder in the 40s and a bombshell
architect in the 50s – Kirby is running out of time trying to solve an
impossible mystery. And Harper is heading towards her once again.
About the Author
Lauren Beukes is an author, scriptwriter and comics writer, named the literary queen of Cape Town by the Sunday Times. Her novel Zoo City (2010) won the 2010 Arthur C Clarke Award and the Kitschies Red Tentacle. She is also the author of Moxyland, a dystopian consumertopia thriller, and a work of non-fiction, Maverick: Extraordinary Women From South Africa’s Past.
As a screenwriter, she is currently adapting Zoo City for the screen. She’s previously worked on the satirical political puppet show Z News and the travelogue of Archbishop Desmond Tutu: The South African Story. She’s written on kids’ shows for Disney UK and helped create South Africa’s first full length animated TV series, URBO: The Adventures of Pax Afrika.
Inspired by George Orwell’s Animal Farm and the international bestseller Our Iceberg is Melting, How Stella Saved the Farm is a simple parable about embracing change and managing innovation in difficult times.
Bankruptcy, or the grim prospect of being acquired by a hostile human competitor, threatens Windsor Farm. But when a young sheep called Stella comes up with a bold idea, will the other animals be able to respond to her ambitious call to action?
Grounded in over a decade of academic research, How Stella Saved the Farm will resonate for organizations of all types, from global corporations to small companies looking to embrace change. With eight simple lessons to guide new initiatives to success, it prepares readers to avoid some of innovation’s most toxic myths, how to build the right kind of team, and how to take their business to the next level in a fast-changing world.
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About the Authors
Vijay Govindarajan is the Earl C. Daum 1924 Professor of International Business and founding director of the Tuck School’s Centre for Global Leadership. He was the first professor in residence and chief innovation consultant at General Electric. He has worked with many Fortune 500 corporations and is a regular keynote speaker in CEO forums and major conferences around the world. Chris Trimble has been an advisor for dozens of top corporations on their innovation challenges and has travelled the world speaking about innovation. He is a faculty member at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth Govindarajan and Trimble have co-authored two other business books together: the international bestseller Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators and The Other Side of Innovation.
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A follow-up to Allon’s bestselling debut, Lose the Business Plan, his new book is structured as the story of Rachel, an entrepreneur who is on the verge of giving up. The book follows Rachel as she applies the lessons that she learns from a series of conversations with Allon about how to decide whether to give up on her dream of running her own small business.
The subject of the book hits a nerve that runs through every entrepreneur who has struggled with this situation. It carries a message that everyone who has grappled with running their own business can relate to, and strives to help entrepreneurs answer hard questions like:
- How do I know if I should close my business and rather find a job working for someone else?
- Does my business really offer clients a valuable product or service?
- How do I choose between following my head or my heart?
What To Do When You Want To Give Up speaks to all entrepreneurs – those who have failed, are failing, or are afraid of failing – and offers sound advice and inspiration to overcome the darkest moments of the entrepreneurial journey.
Allon Raiz has faced the same challenges himself and has coached countless business people through their own entrepreneurial journeys. A must-read for entrepreneurs and business people who are facing failure and want to give up.
Allon’s book is available to order online from Red Pepper Books for R128. Click here to place your order.
Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns with another ground breaking work, this time to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not?
In Great by Choice - based on nine years of research, buttressed by rigorous analysis and infused with engaging stories – Collins and his colleague, Morten Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times.
No mere sequel, Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus not just on performance, but also on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today. With a team of more than twenty researchers, Collins and Hansen studied companies that rose to greatness – beating their industry indexes by a minimum of ten times over fifteen years – in environments characterised by big forces and rapid shifts that leaders could not predict or control.
The research team then contrasted these “10X companies” to a carefully selected set of comparison companies that failed to achieve greatness in similarly extreme environments.
This book is classic Collins: contrarian, data-driven and uplifting. Collins said of the new book: “I’m proud that we didn’t rush to do a Good to Great follow-on, but instead undertook fundamental research on a new question. This work, more than any of my prior projects, has changed the way I think and even how I lead my own life. It also has some of the stickiest concepts and most engaging stories, and I’m excited to finally share them.”
About the Authors:
Jim Collins is author or co-author of six books, including the bestsellers Good to Great, Built to Last, and How the Mighty Fall, which have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. Jim began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. He now operates a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, where he conducts research, teaches, and consults with executives from the corporate and social sectors.
Morten T. Hansen is a management professor at the University of California, Berkeley, (School of Information) and at INSEAD. Formerly a professor at Harvard Business School, Morten holds a PhD from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Fulbright scholar.
He is the author of Collaboration and the winner of the Administrative Science Quarterly Award for exceptional contributions to the field of organisation studies. Previously a manager with the Boston Consulting Group, Morten consults and gives talks for companies worldwide.
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