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Robert's Rules For Dummies

Published 02-08-2022

All in favor of improving meeting procedures, say Aye!

Trying to keep your in-person and virtual meetings on track and running smoothly? You need Robert's Rules of Order! These rules for conducting meetings have stood the test of time as the gold standard for practical and effective procedure in group settings like corporate and nonprofit boards, councils, and more. And there's no better way to learn the latest version of the rules than with Robert's Rules For Dummies.

This handy guide demystifies the Rules and offers readers a practical roadmap to applying efficient procedures to everything from conducting online and in-person meetings to voting by email. It also:

  • Contains brand-new, updated content on the latest 12th Edition of Robert’s Rules
  • Offers sample meeting agendas, minutes, scripts, and other material to show you how the pros keep meeting records
  • Walks you through the basic—and not so basic—ways to nominate and elect officers and directors in organizations

Ideal for board members, convention delegates, business owners, nonprofit executives, and anyone else trying to maintain an orderly flow of business—online or in person—Robert’s Rules For Dummies is a need-to-read resource that will make you wonder how you ever survived without it.

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Design Thinking For Dummies

Published 07-28-2020

Innovate your business by incorporating design thinking 

Organizations that can innovate have an advantage over competitors who stick to old processes, models, and products. Design Thinking For Dummies walks would-be intrapreneurs through the steps of incorporating design thinking principles into their organizations. Written by a recognized expert in the field of design thinking, the book guides readers through the steps of adapting to a design thinking culture, identifying customer problems, creating and testing solutions, and making innovation an ongoing process.  

The book covers the crucial and central topics in design thinking, including: 

  • Adopting a design thinking mindset 
  • Building creative environments 
  • Facilitating design thinking workshops 
  • Working through the design thinking cycle 
  • Implementing your solutions 
  • And many more 

Design Thinking For Dummies is a great starting place for people joining design-oriented teams and organizations, as well as small businesses and start-ups seeking to take advantage of the same methods and techniques that large firms have used to grow and succeed. 

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Company Culture For Dummies

Published 05-08-2018

Make a difference with company culture

Organizations around the world are looking for the “secret sauce” to create strong company cultures—and this book lets you in on what you can do to share the same culture that drives places like Google, Southwest, and Wegman’s to succeed.

Inside, expert author on corporate culture Mike Ganino distills company culture down to the four core elements that you need to consider when making any business decision. Packed with real-world examples and practical approaches to help you build a culture that drives performance, increases bottom line results, and creates brands that people talk about and remember, this is the book you’ll want to keep close by as you create your own unique culture.

  • Implement and manage cultural change effectively
  • Apply key principles to achieve organizational goals
  • See how new technologies influence organizations
  • Retain employees and attract new talent

With this helpful guide, you’ll boost your company’s culture in no time!

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Business Skills All-in-One For Dummies

Published 04-17-2018

Find workplace success 

There are some things that will never go out of style, and good business skills are one of them. With the help of this informative book, you’ll learn how to wear multiple hats in the workplace no matter what comes your way—without ever breaking a sweat.

Compiled from eight of the best Dummies books on business skills topics, Business Skills All-in-One For Dummies offers everything you need to hone your abilities and translate them into a bigger paycheck. Whether you’re tasked with marketing or accounting responsibilities—or anything in between—this all-encompassing reference makes it easier than ever to tackle your job with confidence.

  • Manage a successful operation
  • Write more effectively
  • Work on the go with Microsoft Office 365
  • Deal with marketing, accounting, and projects with ease

If you’ve ever dreamed about being able to juggle all your work responsibilities without ever dropping the ball, the book is for you.

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Business Coaching & Mentoring For Dummies

Published 07-17-2017

Shape the leadership of tomorrow

Business Coaching & Mentoring For Dummies provides business owners and managers with the insight they need to successfully develop the next generation of leaders. Packed with business-led strategies, key concepts, and effective techniques, this book equips you with the skills to transform both yourself and your team. Whether you're coaching colleagues, employees, or offering your skills as a service, these techniques will help you build a productive relationship that leads to business success. The companion website also features eight bonus videos that will further your mastery by showing you what great coaching looks like in action. Navigate tricky situations and emotional minefields with ease; develop vision, values, and a mission; create a long-term plan—everything you need is here, with expert guidance every step of the way.

  • Understand how mentoring benefits both sides of the relationship
  • Learn key coaching techniques that develop leadership potential
  • Adopt new tools that facilitate coaching and mentoring interactions

The modern workplace is a mix of generations, personalities, strengths, weaknesses, and quirks; great leadership can pull it all together toward a common goal, but who leads the leaders? Mentors and coaches fill this essential role, and this book shows you how to be one of the best. 

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Business Valuation For Dummies

Published 09-15-2015

Buying or selling a business? Acquire the tools and learn the methods for accurate business valuation 

Business valuation is the process of determining the value of a business enterprise or ownership interest. Business Valuation For Dummies covers valuation methods, including advice on analyzing historical performance, evaluating assets and income value, understanding a company's financial statements, forecasting performance; estimating the cost of capital; and cash flow methods of valuation.  

Written in plain English, this no-nonsense guide is filled with expert guidance that business owners, managers at all levels, investors, and students can use when determining the value of a business. It contains a solid framework for valuation, including advice on analyzing historical performance, evaluating assets and income value, understanding a company's financial statements, estimating the cost of capital, business valuation models, and how to apply those models to different types of businesses. 

Business Valuation For Dummies takes you step-by-step through the business valuation process, explaining the major methods in an easy-to-understand manner with real-world examples. Inside you’ll discover: 

  • The value of business valuation, including when it’s necessary 

  • The fundamental methods and approaches to business valuation 

  • How to read a valuation report and financial statements 

  • The other players in the valuation process 

  • How to decide you’re ready to sell — and the best time to do so 

  • The three stages of due diligence: the meet and greet; the hunting and gathering; the once-over 

  • How to decide you’re ready to buy — and find the right business for you 

  • What due diligence means on the buying side of things 

  • When to call in the experts: divorce; estate planning and gifting; attracting investors and lenders 

This is an essential guide for anyone buying a business, selling a business, participating in a merger or acquisition, or evaluating for tax, loan, or credit purposes. Get your copy of Business Valuation For Dummies to get the information you need to successfully and accurately place a value on any business. 

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Decision Making For Dummies

Published 10-06-2014

Discover the best approaches for making business decisions

Today's business leaders have to face the facts—you can't separate leadership from decision making. The importance of making decisions, no matter how big or small, cannot be overstated. Decision Making For Dummies is a candid resource that helps leaders understand the impact of their choices, not only on business, but also on their credibility and reputation. Designed for managers, business owners, and anyone else who makes tough decisions on a daily basis, this guide helps you figure out if the decisions you're making are the right ones.

In addition to helping you explore how to evaluate your choices, Decision Making For Dummies covers ways to receive support for decision making, delves into various decision-making styles, reviews the importance of sifting through data and information, and includes information on ways to engage others and make decisions collectively. Being in charge can be challenging, but with this guide, you don't have to go it alone.

  • Discusses the effects of decision making and outlines the considerations that must be made to gain trust and confidence
  • Demonstrates ways to communicate particularly sensitive decisions, and offers approaches for making bold decisions that challenge the status quo
  • Delves into the risks and benefits of certain decisions, and shows readers the best ways to evaluate choices
  • Outlines smart strategies for engaging others and drawing them into the decision-making process

Crucial decisions need to be made every day in the business world, so there's no time to waste. Make Decision Making For Dummies your primary resource for learning to choose your actions wisely and confidently.

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Business Storytelling For Dummies

Published 12-04-2013

Ready to hone your storytelling skills and craft a compelling business narrative? 

Professionals of all types — marketing managers, sales reps, senior leaders, supervisors, creatives, account executives — have to write. Whether you’re writing an internal email or a social media post, a video script or a blog post, being able to tell a good story can help ensure your content resonates with your intended audience.  

Storytelling is an art, but there’s a method behind it that anyone can learn. Full of practical advice and real-world case studies, Business Storytelling For Dummies is a friendly, no-nonsense guide that will help you tell more engaging stories in your business presentations, internal communications, marketing collateral, and sales assets. 

Connecting with customers through storytelling can help you build trust with your audience, strengthen your brand, and increase sales. Look to Business Storytelling For Dummies to 

  • Learn the elements of storytelling and how to use them effectively 

  • Become a better listener to become a better storyteller 

  • Make your stories come to life with relatable details 

  • Back up your story with data points 

  • Use the power of storytelling to effect change 

  • Choose the perfect format to tell your story 

Startups, small businesses, creative agencies, non-profits, and enterprises all have a story to tell. Get the book to explore examples, templates, and step-by-step instruction and create your own compelling narrative to tell your story to the world. 

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Business Analysis For Dummies

Published 07-22-2013

Your go-to guide on business analysis

Business analysis refers to the set of tasks and activities that help companies determine their objectives for meeting certain opportunities or addressing challenges and then help them define solutions to meet those objectives. Those engaged in business analysis are charged with identifying the activities that enable the company to define the business problem or opportunity, define what the solutions looks like, and define how it should behave in the end. As a BA, you lay out the plans for the process ahead. 

Business Analysis For Dummies is the go to reference on how to make the complex topic of business analysis easy to understand. Whether you are new or have experience with business analysis, this book gives you the tools, techniques, tips and tricks to set your project’s expectations and on the path to success.

  • Offers guidance on how to make an impact in your organization by performing business analysis
  • Shows you the tools and techniques to be an effective business analysis professional
  • Provides a number of examples on how to perform business analysis regardless of your role 

If you're interested in learning about the tools and techniques used by successful business analysis professionals, Business Analysis For Dummies has you covered.

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Business Models For Dummies

Published 06-10-2013

Write a business model? Easy.

Business Models For Dummies helps you write a solid business model to further define your company's goals and increase attractiveness to customers. Inside, you'll discover how to: make a value proposition; define a market segment; locate your company's position in the value chain; create a revenue generation statement; identify competitors, complementors, and other network effects; develop a competitive strategy; and much more.

  • Shows you how to define the purpose of a business and its profitability to customers
  • Serves as a thorough guide to business modeling techniques
  • Helps to ensure that your business has the very best business model possible

If you need to update a business model due to changes in the market or maturation of your company,Business Models For Dummies has you covered.

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