DETAILS: Although some people make it look easy, the reality is that the path to success is often convoluted and messy. It’s tempting to believe that the professionals surrounding us somehow have their act completely together while we lurch fitfully onward, but the real story is often much more complicated and chaotic. This refreshingly honest book provides welcome reassurance for every businesswoman who’s ever wondered, “Is it me, or has the whole rest of the company gone nuts?!” Each chapter is a fascinating description of one woman’s unlikely journey, and every story is teeming with personal insights and practical tips to encourage you along the way toward your own goals and dreams. The human side of each achiever comes alive as she shares her challenges, choices and achievements in a “just between us” tone that educates as it entertains.
If you’ve ever had “one of those days” where your co-workers seemed to grow horns or you were tempted to sink into the icy couch of despair–you are not alone! Once in a while we need to take a well-deserved break. Reading even just one chapter from ‘Scrappy Business Women’ will refresh your spirit and invigorate you for the next sprint. If you’re a seasoned professional, you’ll see your own journey reflected in those of these women. And if you’re just starting out on your professional journey, the wisdom in this guide will save you a whole lot of time and aggravation!
Features contributions from; Julie Castro Abrams, Carole Amos, Eldette Davie, Hannah Kain, Mai-Huong Le, Sue Lebeck, Terrie Mui, Pat Obuchowski, Yuko Shibata, Nathalie Udo, and Betty Jo Waxman.
DETAILS: The Internet, like Elvis, is everywhere. It is in our homes, our places of work, our phones. Unfortunately, cyberspace is teeming with bad people who want to steal our identities, pilfer our corporate secrets, get their grubby little fingers into our online wallets, and — to add insult to injury — latch onto our PCs to perpetuate their crimes.
Modern corporations do their best to hammer home the message of security through training, communications, and outright begging. The message often falls on deaf ears, not because employees want to make their workplaces unsafe, but rather, because the topic is so complex and wide-ranging that it simply is overwhelming. As an information security professional, it is my charge to make the online world safer for all of us. None of us tolerates a crime spree in our neighborhood. Likewise, we should not tolerate the current crime wave that is sweeping the Internet, one which truly threatens to stifle the e-commerce and e-communications that we have come to know and rely on.
This book should be read by anyone who cares about the security and privacy of their online information, and wants to know how to take steps to protect it … and that should be everyone. This book should be read by anyone who wants to “do the right thing” and ensure that they do not inadvertently compromise their employer’s, or their own, sensitive information … and that should be everyone. This book should be read by anyone who believes that crime is crime, it should be stopped, and wants to know what concrete steps he or she can be take to reduce cybercrime and minimize its impacts … and that should be everyone.
DETAILS: Ok, you’re the boss now, not of a section, or the team of a particular function — but of the whole shooting match, end to end. You are the business’s general manager and the staff looks to you for their livelihoods (yes you). So you have to strategize, sell, supply and service, collect the cash, provision, train and motivate your people, delight your clients and at the end of the day, return a profit to the business owners. So where the hell do you start? How do you know that you’re not neglecting any aspect that will bite you on the bum later?
Don’t stress, it’s not all that hard and it can be an extremely enjoyable and rewarding process. This book will provide you with the 12 common sense and repeatable steps that will guide you through running a business that everyone will be proud to be associated with.
The intended reader is someone moving up from middle management — or running their own business. The book is aimed to provide an easy to follow road map that will give some comfort and order amid the chaos of information and expectations…Helping with the ‘what do I do next?’ question that no-one wants to ask for the fear of appearing that they’re not up to it.
DETAILS: In simple terms, business contingency planning (BCP) is the art of preparing an enterprise for “bad things.” The bottom line is that you are trying to enable your organization to withstand an unlikely, though not unexpected, event. But a good business contingency plan should help you weather even an unexpected event, that is, something that “can’t happen here.” Developing a business contingency program from scratch is not a “quick hit” effort. It is a major undertaking. ‘Scrappy Business Contingency Planning’ provides a blueprint for the creation of a business contingency program from the ground up.
A solid contingency planning program has become a necessity, rather than a nicety, in today’s business world. Although there are several very good professional resources available for professional planners, most don’t teach you the “tricks” of the trade. I worked side by side with a clever and creative mentor, who taught me many of these tricks. I want to pass them on.
This book provides a blueprint for the creation of a business contingency program from the ground up. After reading this book, a corporation without a business contingency plan should understand the scope of their effort to create one. A new contingency planner will find this book a refreshing how-to guide. Even a seasoned BCP professional will walk away with a tip or two, and a new perspective on some of the issues facing planers.
DETAILS: Projects are MESSY! From the minute the project begins, all manner of changes, surprises and disasters befall them. Unfortunately most of these are PREDICTABLE and AVOIDABLE.
Tact and diplomacy can only get you so far in the wild and wacky world of project work. A combination of outrageous creativity, sheer bravado and nerves of steel will serve you far better than any fancy-schmancy Microsoft Project Gantt chart!
‘Scrappy Project Management’ is about what REALLY happens in the project environment, how to survive it, and how to make sure that your team avoids the predictable and avoidable pitfalls that every project faces.
BIO: Kimberly Wiefling, Founder and President of Wiefling Consulting, and Executive Editor of the Scrappy About Series, is a globally recognized author and business leadership consultant specializing in helping people achieve what seems impossible, but is merely difficult. Why a rubber chicken? One reason is that leaders need courage. The other you’ll have to find out directly from Kimberly.
Kimberly is the author of one of the top project management books in the US, “Scrappy Project Management – The 12 Predictable and Avoidable Pitfalls Every Project Faces”, a book growing in popularity around the world, and published in Japanese by Nikkei Business Press. She is the passion at the core of Wiefling Consulting, Inc., a global leadership and business management consulting firm that is a collaboration among excellent professionals from diverse fields. She currently spends about half of her time working with high-potential leaders in Japanese companies, facilitating leadership, innovation and execution excellence workshops to enable Japanese companies to solve global problems profitably. She is the Executive Program Director for ALC Education, Inc’s Global Management Consulting Business.