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Disrupt Yourself by Jay Samit

In Disrupt Yourself, innovator and digital media expert Jay Samit reveals how to achieve your goals and permanently alter the status quo through the art of self-disruption.

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In today’s ever-changing and often-volatile business landscape, adaptability and creativity are more crucial than ever. Samit describes how specific strategies that help companies flourish – challenging assumptions, pinpointing one’s unique value, and identifying weaknesses in the structure of current industries – can be applied at an individual level. Incorporating stories from his own experience and anecdotes from other innovators and disruptive businesses – including Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, YouTube, the BBC, Virgin Media and many more – Samit shows how personal transformation can reap entrepreneurial and professional rewards.

Disrupt Yourself offers clear and empowering advice for anyone looking to break through a creative barrier; anyone with a big idea but no idea how to apply it; and for anyone worried about being made irrelevant in an era of technological transformation. This engaging, perspective-shifting book demystifies the mechanics of disruption for individuals and businesses alike.

About the Author

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Jay Samit has been described by Wired magazine as ‘having the coolest job in the industry.’ He is a leading technology innovator who has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for startups; sold companies to Fortune 500 firms; taken companies public; and partnered with some of the world’s biggest brands, including Coca Cola, McDonald’s, General Motors, United Airlines, Microsoft, Apple, Verizon and Facebook. Samit is CEO of SeaChange International, a leading global multi-screen video software company. A technology innovator and entrepreneur, he was a senior advisor to LinkedIn and was appointed to the White House initiative for education and technology by President Bill Clinton. An adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering, Samit is the host of the Wall Street Journal Startup of the Year series.

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Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781509802883

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One Plus One Equals Three by Dave Trott

A Masterclass in Creative Thinking

How do you make something out of nothing?

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One Plus One Equals Three goes straight to the heart of the creative impulse. Combining Dave Trott’s distinctive, almost Zen-like storytelling, humour and practical advice, its collection of provocative anecdotes and thought experiments are designed to light a fire under your own creative ambitions.

From tales of 18th century Japanese samurai to classic battles between ‘creatives’ and ‘suits’ in the boardroom, these stories act as a rallying cry for individuals and businesses who want to think differently, stand out and challenge convention.

Praise for Creative Mischief

If only Dave had written this book thirty years ago it would have made my career a lot easier.’ – Sir John Hegarty

Dave Trott is not just a great copywriter, he is a great teacher. If you can’t learn something useful from this bundle of wisdoms, go to the bottom of the class.’ – Robin Wight – Founder of Engine

About the Author

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Dave Trott is the author of Creative Mischief and Predatory Thinking, and currently Chairman of The Gate London, part of The Gate Worldwide. Born in east London, he went to art school in New York on a Rockerfeller Scholarship. From there he began an illustrious career in advertising, as part of the creative team behind ‘Hello Tosh Gotta Toshiba’, ‘Aristonandonandon’, the Cadbury Flake ads and many, many more. Dave’s agency Gold Greenlees Trott was voted Agency Of The Year by Campaign Magazine, and Most Creative Agency In The World by Ad Age in New York. In 2004 he was given the D&AD President’s Award for lifetime achievement in advertising.

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Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781447287032

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Winning the Unfair Fight by Sam Hazledine

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It’s tough starting and running a small business – you can feel like the underdog competing with large businesses that have more money, more experience and better established reputations.

But small businesses have the advantage – they are flexible and can adapt and innovate more quickly. Sam Hazledine knows this from direct experience, because he has grown his own start-up company, MedRecruit, into a very successful business, with a turnover in excess of $20 million a year.

In Winning the Unfair Fight, Sam shares his techniques for success and shows how small businesses can punch above their weight, and win. He presents simple, powerful concepts plus action steps to make them a reality.

Winning the Unfair Fight will become your blueprint for running and growing your business, with Sam’s hard-won tips and advice guiding you to success.

About the Author

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Sam Hazledine owns the company MedRecruit, which has featured in the Deloitte Fast 50 for four consecutive years. He won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Ernst &Young Entrepreneur Awards in 2012, and lives in New Zealand with his family.

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Published by Zebra Press (An imprint of Penguin Random House)

ISBN: 9781770228269

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Seamless Leadership by Adriaan Groenewald

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For most of the lifespan of the new South Africa, leadership consultant Adriaan Groenewald has interviewed and written about top political, corporate, entertainment and sports leaders. His leadership model embraces the legacy of Nelson Mandela – to unselfishly unite people around the creation of positive movement towards the impossible, while fearlessly, openly embracing and confronting all obstacles along the way.

What makes a seamless leader? The book combines theory and practice in subjects such as decision making, combining success and values, igniting passion and shifting attitude, performance, multiplying leaders for real impact, motivation, courageous conversations, and leading in difficult times or sensitive situations.

Short chapters are complemented by ‘interview’ sections which illuminate principles learned from personal leadership conversations with individuals from different sectors of society, ranging from President Jacob Zuma to Helen Zille and Sizwe Nxasana to Mike Brown.

A selection of people interviewed:

Mark Cutifani (Anglo American) ♦ Gareth Cliff ♦ Dr Iqbal Survé ♦Adrian Gore (Discovery) ♦  Terry Volkwyn (CEO – 1st for Women) ♦Pres Jacob Zuma ♦ Helen Zille ♦ Gary Kirsten ♦ Sizwe Nxasana (CEO – First Rand) ♦ Brian Dames (Former CEO of Eskom) ♦ Sipho Nkosi (President – Chamber of Mines) ♦ Chris Griffith (CEO – Anglo American Platinum) ♦ Victor Matfield ♦ Heyneke Meyer ♦ Gill Marcus♦ Michael Jordaan ♦ Herman Mashaba ♦ Chad le Clos ♦ Zwelinzima Vavi ♦ Ian Donald ♦ Raymond Ackerman ♦ Julius Malema amongst others.

About the Author

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Adriaan Groenewald is the founder of The Leadership Platform.  He is a leadership commentator, strategist, author and consultant that assist leaders and organisations towards becoming more leadership fit.

He has a very popular weekly leadership show on CliffCentral, writes a column for the Business report and often for The Star Workplace. He is the author of  the CEO Leadership Handbook and Moving Towards Your Leadership DestinyHe lives in Johannesburg.

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Published by Jonathan Ball Publishers

ISBN: 9781868426461

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The Tourism Coach by Shaun van Eck

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This is the first business book in South Africa written specifically for entrepreneurs in the tourism sector, from guesthouse owners and tour operators to food trucks and rickshaw drivers.

Shaun van Eck believes that in South Africa we are in danger of suffering what he calls a ‘Kodak crisis’:

“We can clearly see worldwide trends developing to more meaningful customer experiences but most tourism products are not responding to this challenge. We need to create a tourism revolution in South Africa and that is what The Tourism Coach aims to do.”

The book covers marketing, service excellence and self-leadership and is written in short chapters in a highly relatable style. Each major step is a backed up by step-by-step templates that help the reader to complete the actions for their specific business.

About the Author

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Shaun van Eck was CEO of Knysna Tourism until the end of 2012. Before that, he was the Marketing Manager of Sun International’s The Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth and developed its brand to being rated as the most popular attraction in the Eastern Cape.

He was also Director of Tourism for Port Elizabeth, the 1999 CTA ‘SA Tourism Marketer of the Year’ and the 2002 IMM ‘Eastern Cape Marketer of the Year’.

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Published by Tafelberg (An imprint of NB Publishers)

ISBN: 9780624071938

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The Meaning of Luck by Steve Waugh

Stories of Learning, Leadership and Love.

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In The Meaning of Luck, former Australian cricket captain and 2004 Australian of the Year Steve Waugh explores the concept of luck, based on his experiences in the worlds of sport, business and charity.

Steve begins by recalling the potentially devastating event that rocked his life in 2006, when his wife Lynette suffered a life-threatening brain bleed. Today, Lynette describes her illness as a ‘stroke of luck’, which she can do only because she fought so hard to regain her health and strength. She is lucky, but only because she chose to be. Lynette is the first of a number of characters in the book who have triumphed over adversity.

Also featured are cricketers, coaches, business and community leaders, and some of the brave children Steve has come into contact with through his philanthropy in India and Australia. There are tales from Ashes Tests, World Cups and the Olympic Games. The stories in The Meaning of Luck carry messages about leadership, maximising potential and having fun. Together, they provide a guide for people seeking to progress not just in sport, but in whatever direction they choose for their lives.

About the Author

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Steve Waugh evolved from a series of setbacks early in his international cricket career to become arguably the toughest, most mentally strong player of his generation. He retired in 2004 with more Test and one-day appearances than any other Australian cricketer. He was named Australian of the Year in 2004 and Australian Father of the Year in 2005.

Steve led his country to 41 victories in 57 Tests between 1999 and 2004, clearly the best winning percentage for a Test captain with more than 20 Tests in charge, and in 106 one-day internationals, for 67 victories, including the 1999 World Cup. The Australian cricket team was named ‘Team of the Year’ at the 2002 Laureus World Sports Awards.

Since his retirement, Steve has swapped his cricket whites and baggy green for a business suit and tie, built an enviable reputation as a writer and observer on the game he loves, and worked with the Australian Olympic team and the Australian soccer team in mentoring and athlete liaison roles. He has also devoted much time to charity — most notably through his patronage of the Udayan children’s home in Kolkata, India, and the Steve Waugh Foundation’s support for children fighting Rare Diseases in Australia.

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Published by Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9780987564108

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Wallop! An Advertising Phenonemon called Rightford, Searle-Tripp & Makin by Toni Younghusband

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Ogilvy South Africa’s origins lie with a little hot shop in Cape Town founded by Bob Rightford, Brian Searle-Tripp and Roger Makin in 1976. They arrived on the South African advertising scene with an energy and passion that made them the industry’s hottest property.

At the time, South Africa was tearing itself apart, and many people were eager to embrace a new value system they could believe in – no bullshit, no lies, no apartheid, no company politics – RS-TM offered this, in their ads and also to their staff.

From the day Rightford Searle-Tripp & Makin opened they produced work that made people feel things, including:

• IBM’s ‘he ain’t heavy, he’s my brother’ ads featuring elephants in the desert;
• Lion matches’ box of friends;
• the Dunlop staffie;
• the iconic Volkswagen ads, like the ‘changes’ one featuring the song ‘Memories’ by André de Villiers and the ones starring David Kramer; and
• the Jungle Oats champion children.

This book conveys the energy and joy of the early years at the ‘Little Yellow Agency’, as it grew to become the jewel in the Ogilvy & Mather worldwide crown.

About the Author

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Toni Younghusband started her career at The Star on the health beat after being told, ‘the best journalists come from newspapers’.

After 13 years in news journalism, she moved to magazines, joining Jane Raphaely as deputy editor at Femina. Thereafter she was editor of Shape and the Discovery Health magazine.

Recently Toni moved to Prince Albert and became a full-time writer, editor and project manager. She has an uncanny knack for telling a story that leaves you spellbound.

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Published by Tafelberg (An imprint of NB Publishers)

ISBN: 9780624064954

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Playing Big by Tara Mohr

The groundbreaking book that gives every woman the practical skills they need to begin Playing Big.

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Five years ago, Tara Mohr began to see a pattern in her work as an expert in leadership: women with tremendous talent, ideas and aspiration were not recognising their own brilliance. They felt that they were ‘playing small’ in their lives and careers and wanted to ‘play bigger’, but didn’t know how. And so Tara devised a step-by-step programme for playing big from the inside out: this book is the result.

Many women are aware of the changes they need to make to be more successful, but they don’t know how to become that more confident woman they’d like to be. Playing Big provides real, practical tools to help women trust their instincts; identify and pursue their callings; become their own mentor; and take bold action to make their ideas a reality.

Not everyone wants to be a CEO, but every woman – whether a graduate, manager, volunteer, creative, stay-at-home mum or an entrepreneur – aspires to something: more influence at work or fulfilment at home; more opportunities to share their voice; more certainty in their vision. Tara has already helped thousands of women across the world to play bigger according to what ‘playing big’ truly means to them. And when women play big, we make things happen.

About the Author

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Tara Sophia Mohr is the founder of the global Playing Big leadership programme for women and an expert on women’s leadership and well-being: her ’10 Rules for Brilliant Women’ was a viral sensation. Trained by the Coaches Training Institute, Tara also holds an MBA from Stanford University and a degree in English literature from Yale. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post; in demand as a key-note speaker – including for the Emerging Women Live conference; and for TEDx, The White House Project and Harvard Business School – and has been featured on the TODAY Show, ForbesWoman, Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, BBC and numerous other media outlets.

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Published by Struik International

ISBN: 9780091954369

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Get That Feeling by Ian Fuhr

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Ian Fuhr’s fascinating story of serial entrepreneurship is not only about a modest man making it big; it offers valuable insights into a business triumph that has its roots in understanding cultural differences and niche markets.

When Ian started out as a businessman 30 years ago, the secret of his success was already cemented in two traits – humility and a desire to break the rules. A spirit of fearlessness, fun, honesty and respect has underscored his every venture, which spans the music industry, discount department stores, a labour relations consultancy and, eventually, South Africa’s biggest beauty chain, Sorbet. In this book he shares the principles that have guided him over the years and takes the reader through the arduous but fulfilling process of building a pioneering brand.

By emphasising customer service and putting people before profit, his vision holds valuable lessons for entrepreneurs who are keen to make a sustainable contribution to South Africa’s economy.

Ian Fuhr at the FNB Franchise Leadership Summit

About the author

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Ian Fuhr is a serial entrepreneur and business go-getter whose working career is lined with a number of entrepreneurial start-up businesses.  Since he launched the Sorbet chain of beauty salons in 2005 the business has grown to over 104 outlets*, employs nearly 1 000 staff members* and has over 160 000 loyalty members*. Ian is also the co-owner of the Lion Park, a popular tourist destination in Johannesburg.

*Figures correct at the time of going to print.

Published by Penguin Books

ISBN: 9780143538936 

 

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