unnamed(7)Design a Better Business: New Tools, Skills and Mindset for Strategy and Innovation provides a toolbox and many practical examples for business leaders looking to solidify their vision into an actionable strategy. Designed as a follow-up to Business Model Generation, this book contains visual techniques, applicable to any size business, that will help the reader, step-by-step, navigate the stumbling blocks and apply the right tools and skills in a systematic fashion.

Design a Better Business includes the personal insights and experiences of over 30 designers and thought leaders and guides readers in a practical way from the initial spark of an idea all the way to scaling it into a better business.

Featuring case studies and real life examples from large corporations such as Autodesk and Toyota Financial Services, to small startups, incubators, and social impact organizations, it provides a behind the scenes look at the best practices – and pitfalls to avoid. Also included are personal insights from thought leaders such as Steve Blank on innovation, Alex Osterwalder on business models, Nancy Duarte on storytelling, and Rob Fitzpatrick on questioning, among others.

unnamed(8)In Before I was CEO: Life Stories and Lessons from Leaders Before they Reached the Top, author Peter Vanham shares a collection of personal stories from a remarkable group of the most accomplished men and women in business today.

Focusing on their beginnings to show ‘how you become a CEO’, the reader will discover why these leaders chose the career paths they did, and how they dealt with their “watershed moments” along the way.

As a business journalist, the younger Peter Vanham looked to the answers from the elite leaders he asked to validate his own career choice, and the rich, private wisdom he received revealed more about building a career than he’d found anywhere else.

For anyone who lies awake at night wondering if they’re heading up or down the corporate ladder, Before I was CEO proves everyone can put themselves in the C-suite by taking a variety of different paths.

Including ‘lessons learned’ for Millennials who aspire to lead tomorrow, the book shows that you don’t need a royal pedigree or Ivy League education to reach the top as long as you value family, leave home, and make informed decisions based on your dreams; take the first thirty-five years of your life to discover what you’re interested in and don’t rush to be a CEO; and strategically deal with failure, remember the lessons you learned, and adapt to situations you can’t change.

unnamed(9)In the face of today’s constant flow information and data, Mind+Machine: A Decision Model for Optimizing and Implementing Analytics will help readers to cut through the overload of facts and figures to make better decisions faster.

Author Marc Vollenweider explains how mind-only is too slow and too costly and machine-only rarely delivers the insights needed. Mind+Machine is a modelled guide in which readers will discover how to overcome their biggest strategic obstacles, by achieving the right mindset, focusing on the right data, automating the right processes, creating the right workflow, and more.

Designed to show decision makers how to get the most out of every level of data analytics, this book explores the extraordinary potential to be found in a model where human ingenuity and skill are supported with cutting-edge tools, including automations.