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Good Company

In a highly competitive world, many think business success means being ruthless: maximising short-term return for shareholders, cutting overheads, crushing competition, and expanding at an exponential pace. Nothing says this more than Silicon Valley with its macho mantras like ‘Move fast and break things’ (Facebook) or ‘We’re a team not a family’ (Netflix). But this model is looking increasingly flawed.

What if there were another more compassionate way? Julietta Dexter believes there is. In this powerful and hopeful book, the award-winning CEO of The Communications Store explains how she built one of the world’s most respected PR & communications companies without compromising her morals and without screwing over her staff or her clients. Highlighting a new paradigm for business, she explains why profit should be just one consideration among several, and why honesty, reliability and diversity are the best foundations for long-term success.

Mine!

‘A delicious book.’ Jared Diamond

Who controls the space around an aeroplane seat: you or the person behind you trying to work on their laptop? Who owns your favourite football player? And why do Facebook and Google want your private data?

In Mine! Michael Heller and James Salzman reveal the hidden economic and social rules that guide everyday life, demonstrating that much of what we assume about ownership is wrong. Whether a lost wallet, a playground swing or a London flat, Mine! explores what ownership means and why it governs everything we do.

No!

Punchy… it could transform millions of meetings, doing away with all those mushy , consensus-driven hours wasted by people too scared of disagreement.’ – Wall Street Journal

Beautifully written and important.’ – Adam Alter, bestselling author of Irresistible and Drunk Tank Pink

We’ve decided by consensus that consensus is good. In this essential book, psychologist Charlan Nemeth argues that this principle is completely wrong: left unchallenged, the majority opinion is often biased, unoriginal, or false. It leads planes and markets to crash, causes juries to convict innocent people, and can quite literally make people think blue is green. We can make better decisions by embracing dissent: it forces us to question the status quo, consider more information, and engage in creative decision-making. From Twelve Angry Men to Edward Snowden, lone objectors who make people question their assumptions bring groups far closer to truth. By studying these examples and bringing a little trouble-maker spirit to our own lives, we can radically change the way we think, listen, and make decisions.

‘A timely tome on the perils of silence and the value of voice.’ – Adam Grant, bestselling author of Originals

The Murdoch Method

Rupert Murdoch is one of the most notorious and successful businessmen of our age. Now, for the first time, an insider within the Murdoch empire reveals the formidable method behind the man. Irwin Stelzer, an adviser to Murdoch for 35 years, reveals what makes Rupert tick – from his love of taking risks to his mistrust of the establishment – and how he grew from humble beginnings as the owner of an Adelaide newspaper, to becoming the head of a globe-spanning enterprise worth over $50 billion.

On Time On Target

At Mach 1.5, encased in 20 tonnes of metal, fighter pilots don’t have much time to think. They prepare on the ground to take on anything in the air, then get their job done.

Former fighter pilots Jim Murphy and Christian Boucousis have built on the techniques the air force has honed for 60 years. You’ll make clearer decisions, and put them to action with more speed, more precision, more safety, and more success.

Flex’s proven plan-brief-execute-debrief cycle is the original and most widely tested ‘agile’ approach, getting you better and better with each mission. It cuts through noise and complexity, engages people, and helps build an honest and open working culture. Flex also sets your purpose and destination, so that when your team gives their all, they’ll deliver for your organisation.

The New York Giants used Flex to finally crack the Super Bowl. PepsiCo used Flex to take on Coke. You’ll see how some remarkable businesses have relied on Flex, and some remarkable pilots have taken Flex to their businesses. You’ll also feel what it’s like to be in the seat of a Hornet, and why Flex is so appreciated by the pilots it keeps alive.