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Win Free Business Books Each Month With BusinessBecause

Each month we're giving away a selection of hot new business books to five lucky BusinessBecause members - starting in August with Talent Intelligence!

Thu Aug 1 2013

Welcome to the 2013 BusinessBecause monthly give-away, in partnership with global educational publisher Wiley.

We'll be giving away five completely free business books EVERY month in August/September/October to registered BusinessBecause members - to help you blast through your MBA or start an exciting new business career! See below for a list of what free items are up for grabs!

To enter our monthly competition you need to either:

1. Register on and message Nyoka Heron directly with your answer of the question below OR

2. Tweet @BusinessBecause your answer to the following question:

What do you need to become a better boss?

In addition, you must send your postal address in a direct-message to Nyoka Heron on

Addresses will not be shared with anyone, or held for any extended period of time and are used only in the instance of you winning the competition!


Talent Intelligence

Author: Nik Kinley and Shlomo Ben-Hur 

Blurb: Written by Nik Kinley and Shlomo Ben-Hur—two experts in the field—this book draws on the latest research to show how businesses can transform the value and impact of their talent intelligence to make sure they get the right people in the right roles. When that happens, all their talent management and development activities are built on an accurate understanding of the talent available to them.

Filled with illustrative examples, the book shows how to overcome the stumbling blocks that stand in the way of successful talent intelligence and reveals step-by-step what organizations need to measure, how they can best do so, and how they can successfully implement measurement and use the results.
As the authors explain, knowing what methods and tools to use is just part of the challenge: the bigger issue for many firms is ensuring they know how to use them and make the best use of the intelligence they provide.
The Blue Line Imperative: What Managing for Value Really Means
Author: Kevin Kaiser and S. David Young
Blurb: Why your value initiatives aren′t providing the payoff you′d hoped for? Could it be because you′ve been thinking about value all wrong? According to the authors of this groundbreaking guide, there′s a very good chance that you have. Using examples from leading companies worldwide, they explain why every decision a company makes either creates value or detracts from it, and why, if they hope to survive and thrive in today′s increasingly competitive global marketplace, company leaders must make value–creation the centrepiece of every business decision. Authors Kaiser and Young have dubbed this approach "Blue–Line Management," (BLM), and in this entertaining, highly accessible book, they delineate BLM principles and practices and show you how to implement them in your company. Explains why the failure to properly define and assess value often makes it difficult for the people who manage businesses to effect long–term success Offers guidelines for making the satisfaction of customer needs and wants—i.e. value creation—the driver of all business activities The authors are respected academics at INSEAD, the world′s largest and most respected graduate business school, with campuses in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Becoming a Better Boss 
Author: Julian Birkinshaw
Blurb: An employee′s–eye view of what makes a great boss—and how you can become one Whereas most books on managing people approach the subject from the perspective of a manager of an idealised organisation, Becoming a Better Boss takes a real–world approach, looking at the topic from the perspective of an employee in a real–world organisation—dysfunctions, warts, and all. Focusing on the choices individual employees make every day in getting work done, this book reinvents the practice of management one employee at a time. Author Julian Birkinshaw stresses the importance of taking management seriously, reveals where management practice often goes wrong, and dives deeply into the worldview of employees. He then explores the common personal biases and frailties of managers and discusses the vital importance of experimentation to overcome the limitations and idiosyncrasies of a particular organisation. Throughout, he supports his assertions with case studies from a wide and varying range of management experiments and situations at real companies. Written by a leading authority on strategy, management, and innovation who is also the author of eleven books, including Reinventing Management Introduces a new approach to management focused on real employees and actual situations Includes case studies from real organisations Between the stress of deadlines and the demands of today′s business environment, it′s easy for managers to lose sight of the importance of people management. Becoming a Better Boss not only shows managers how to lead effectively, but why doing so is vitally important to every organisation′s success.
* Postal addresses will be used JUST to send books to successful winners and not used for any other purpose. No addresses will be stored.