TOP 10 Business Books to read in 2021


Money Master the game

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Tony Robbins has coached and inspired more than 50 million people from over 100 countries. More than 4 million people have attended his live events. Oprah Winfrey calls him super-human. Now for the first time – in his first book in two decades – he’s turned to the topic that vexes us all: How to secure financial freedom for ourselves and our families.

What do you think of when you hear the word “money”? Like religion, sex or politics, few topics elicit such strong emotions as that word. It can make people feel guilty when they have it – or ashamed when they don’t. It’s intensely personal and highly charged.
Money has the power to create or the power to destroy. It can be a blessing that turns your dreams into reality or a burden that you’re always carrying. One thing is for sure: you must master money, or it will master you.

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I am reading it takes you through the detailed steps. Excellent. Identified my weakness on money savings and work on behaviours to improve on the savings part. Save to spend vs Spend and save later‑NO MONEY.

Absolutely grateful that this book exists. Knowledge as contained in this book has a value much beyond what is being charged to us for the book…..Tony is a world‑changer,and this book is a living testament to that.

Tony Robbins is truly inspirational. This book is more than just about money, but about the secret to wealth and gratitude.

I’m about half way in and I’m already taking away suggestions. The examples and stories get a little long, but the advice seems solid at this point in the book. I haven’t applied anything yet however.

ITIL v4 Foundation

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ITIL v4 Foundation introduced candidates to the key elements, concepts and terminology found in ITIL. On 28 February 2019 AXELOS launched the ITIL 4 Foundation certification level.

The ITIL v4 Foundation examination in English only has now been discontinued (as of 1 July 2021).

The ITIL 4 Foundation certification is designed as an introduction to ITIL 4 and enables candidates to look at IT service management through an end-to-end operating model for the creation, delivery and continual improvement of tech-enabled products and services.

How money works

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DK’s visual approach breaks new ground. In graphics, charts, and diagrams, How Money Works demystifies processes and answers the hundreds of financial questions we all have.

Money facilitates the billions of transactions that take place every day across the globe. Using ‘need to know’ boxes, step-by-step diagrams, and other eye-catching visuals, How Money Works shows you how this is possible. It explains economic theories, how governments raise and control money, what goes on in the stock exchange, how analysts predict where shares are heading, and many other issues. It busts jargon, explaining terms such as quantitative easing, cash flow, bonds, superannuation, and the open market.

Our forefathers may have used simple bartering to exchange goods and services, but today we depend on complicated financial instruments for pensions, life assurance, mortgages, and more. How Money Works explains how these work, as well as how to avoid on-line fraud and where to invest.

With information on the latest forms of funding and currencies such as Bitcoin, this comprehensive book will fast track you to financial literacy and getting the most from your hard-won cash.

The essential manager’s handbook

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Be a more effective manager and hone your management style with DK Essential Managers Handbook, a bind-up of DK’s DK Essential Managers: Leadership, DK Essential Managers: Managing People, DK Essential Managers: Effective Communication, DK Essential Managers: Negotiating, and DK Essential Managers: Achieving High Performance in one easy-to-reference, practical, step-by-step guide.

Focusing on these five skills, this guide’s visual how-to approach will teach you to lead successfully and succeed in the professional world. Step-by-step tips, checklists, and “ask yourself” features explain how to focus your energy, manage change, and make an impact, while tables, illustrations, “in-focus” panels, and real-life case studies demonstrate how to solve problems, build confidence, and inspire trust. Infographics make the information even more accessible, and clear snippets of text allow for easy understanding.

Learn all you need to know to get the most out of your professional career with DK Essential Managers Handbook.

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This book focused on personal development as a manager in the areas of managing people, leadership, achieving high performance, communication, presentations, and negotiations. Delivery of content included visual statistics and short quick reads of info.

Very good collection of practices to follow. The book is organized in parts with different aspects for each part. You can read it page by page or just the parts that interest you most. It is very easy to get a summery for each part.

The Essential Managers Handbook seeks to cover any topic that may be remotely related to a managers role. Unfortunately, the result of this broad scope is a watered down reference book which may be useful to leaf on rare occasion. Additionally, the visuals which consist mainly of some colored boxes and arrows dont add much value.

How business works

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If business is proving brain-boggling, keep things simple and straightforward with this unique graphic guide. Eye-catching visual aids give a helpful representation of each and every aspect of business, while the complex subject matter is broken down into clear definitions and concise explanations, expressed in easy-to-understand language.

You’ll get to grips with how companies work across the board, including management level, research and development, sales and marketing, and production and distribution. If you’re perplexed by profit margin, confused by cash flow, or baffled by balance sheets, all your questions and many hundreds more are answered in this indispensable home reference. Crammed with top tips and essential know-how, How Business Works is perfect for anyone looking to boost their business brain or learn the ropes from the ground to the top.

Whether you’re climbing the corporate ladder or starting up your own business, this book is the perfect business partner to get you ready for success.

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Upon first glance, one might think that this is a children’s book. There are plenty of bright colors and simple graphic illustrations. Don’t be misled: This is a serious business book with not only a visual appeal, but plenty of substance, if carefully hidden. Not only would this make a good beginner’s book for anyone just starting out in business (a college graduate), but it’s also a good basic text for home investors, who are trying to understand a Profit and Loss statement or how IPOs come into being.

Definitely 5 stars! An enlightening book.of big picture of business world. Very systematic, step by step and not boring as everything is presented in the form of infographics as well examples from various type of business, from fast food chain to oil and gas industry. Totally recommended as quick introduction for a dummy to the whole business process.

Not a bad book , a quick read. Not that detailed but you will get a few ideas from it, I bought it second hand. Very graphical and high level

Schweser FRM Exam Part I

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Schweser’s notes are organized and more exam-oriented. It puts the right amount of emphasis on all the topics. Schweser’s notes are very concise and get straight to the point. There are chapter summaries provided at the end of the chapter which is helpful during recaps. The Practise Exams by Schweser are blessings in disguise and make a candidate used to an exam-like environment.

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I would recommend buying the actual FRM books AND Bionic Turtle w/ the Excel spreadsheets. There is much covered in the actual books that you will find clarifying to the BT notes. And BT is really just that…they are NOTES. The spreadsheets are good to practice with and you end up getting a better feel for the many difficult topics that need more explanation beyond the formulas; they provide a working “picture” that you can play with until it becomes clear. I did just the BT my first time through 🙁 and greatly benefited from my second approach (Books AND BT spreadsheets vs. my first time through with just BT…wasn’t enough for me.) Hope it helps…and GOOD LUCK! It’s a challenge.

What would you choose. Nike or something who is trying to be Nike but isn’t. It is just about choosing the right brand. Schweser is by far the best source of study material out there. BT is nothing compared to what schweser provdes. Yes they provide videos but I would really hate paying $250 or more for just pdfs. I would rather choose buying hard copies of schweser. Schweser is a more finished and detailed product with million of trustees. The content is by far the best and the question quality is amazing as well. There is a reason why Schweser runs on everyone’s tongue if one say FRM or CFA.

In my opinion, Schweser is better. I studied from schweser for both the levels with some help from BT and I found schweser a little better. Scheweser is more organized and more exam oriented. It puts right amount of emphasis on all the topics, not more, not less. In case of some topics BT goes way too deep, which is good for the knowledge and understanding, but wont help you much from the exam point of view.

ITIL Practitioner Guidance

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ITIL Practitioner is best practice guidance I use both in implementation as a consultant and in training people working in IT service management.

Before the arrival of ITIL® Practitioner there was, in my opinion, a large gap between ITIL Foundation and ITIL Expert. However, with the introduction of ITIL Practitioner there is now highly practical guidance for how to use ITIL in a given organizational context.

But how does that work?

The beauty of the guidance is that it’s principles-based, meaning that ITIL Practitioner is about delivering value. Having the 9 Guiding Principles and the three core competencies ensures that the fundamentals of the guidance are very strong, providing a solid foundation for using ITIL to support IT implementations within organizations.

This guidance is the essential reference text which accompanies the ITIL Practitioner qualification. Fully integrated with the ITIL Practitioner syllabus, this publication is also a practical guide that helps IT service management (ITSM) professionals turn ITIL theory into practice through case studies, worksheets, templates and scenarios.

Cracking the PM interview

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How many pizzas are delivered in Manhattan? How do you design an alarm clock for the blind? What is your favorite piece of software and why? How would you launch a video rental service in India? This book will teach you how to answer these questions and more. Cracking the PM Interview is a comprehensive book about landing a product management role in a startup or bigger tech company. Learn how the ambiguously-named “PM” (product manager / program manager) role varies across companies, what experience you need, how to make your existing experience translate, what a great PM resume and cover letter look like, and finally, how to master the interview: estimation questions, behavioral questions, case questions, product questions, technical questions, and the super important “pitch.”

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Having just added the title of “Product Manager” at my current employer, I needed to know what I didn’t know. This book did a fine job of starting that process, but ultimately left me wanting.

To be serious though: my interviewing process was in some ways very similar to what was described here, some aspects exactly the same. But in other ways, it wasn’t. Then again, I’m not in the US and I wasn’t applying to Amazon/Facebook/Google. So the book will probably be even more accurate for people who do that.

Required reading for prepping for PM interviews. Delivers on what it promises. But it perhaps underemphasizes that there are many other good ways to skin the cat. In addition to this book, I recommend also reading “Decode and Conquer”, which will give you more example answers and offer different solid approaches/ways to think about the interview questions asked.

International GAAP 2020

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International GAAP 2020 is a comprehensive guide to interpreting and implementing International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), setting IFRS in a relevant business context, and providing insights into how complex practical issues should be resolved in the real world of global financial reporting. This book is an essential tool for anyone applying, auditing, interpreting, regulating, studying, or teaching IFRS. Written by financial reporting professionals from around the world, this guide to reporting under IFRS provides a global perspective, clearly explaining complex technical accounting issues and setting IFRS in a practical context. Numerous worked examples and hundreds of illustrations from the published financial reports of major listed companies from around the world are included. The 2020 edition has been fully revised and updated with information on the latest IFRS changes and current issues.

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Ernst & Young is a global leader in professional services with some 114,000 people based in 140 countires. Around the world the firm is committed to pursuing the highest levels of integrity, quality, and professionalism in delivering a broad inventory of services to their cllients. By connecting their people’s talents, Ernst & Young provides solutions to clients based on financial, transactional, and risk-management knowledge in its core services of audit, tax, and transactions.
The International Financial Reporting Group of Ernst & Young includes financial reporting specialists from throughout the world.

ITIL 4 Specialist: create, deliver and support

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Many city landmarks offer panoramic views from their observation decks. From a high viewpoint, the distances between some buildings might be closer and others further apart, than at first glance.

Perspective is key and necessary component for the successful delivery of mature technology-enabled services.

Download the PDF to read our full paper or visit: Future Proof you Career with ITIL 4 – CDS to learn more, book an exam, find a training provider or purchase the manual.

This course teaches you how to integrate different value streams and activities to create, deliver and support IT-enabled products and services. This includes the ‘core’ service management activities in the ITIL framework and the ‘creation’ of services covered by ITIL 4. The ITIL 4 CDS Specialist certification follows an exam.

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Wow, this is so clearly defined. Thanks for the write up, provides clarity on the module and the expectations. Delivers perfect path to get into in-depth of Managing Professional for ITIL around Service Management