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International Negotiations Student's Book with Audio CDs (2) (Cambridge Business Skills)
International Negotiations Student's Book with Audio CDs (2) (Cambridge Business Skills)
by Mark Powell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 18.90

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful, 25 April 2013
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An absolutely dreadful book on negotiations. The content is very poor and the layout if far worse. There are so many more books available that are better than this one if you want to learn how to negotiate effectively. I am amazed that Cambridge University lent its name to this publication.

Please do not waste your money.
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The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses
The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses
by Eric Ries
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.49

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Over-Rated, 25 April 2013
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The first word that comes to mind to describe this book is "boring".

I cannot understand how it could have got so many 5 stars - people need to read more business books! If you want an excellent book on lean startups you MUST read The Startup Owner's Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company: 1 by Steve Blank. Do not waste your money on this book.

The book is nevertheless quite an interesting read in some parts, but unquestionably very over-rated and very padded out. The book may have something to offer about how to save time and costs when running a start up, but this has more to to with common sense than with the real concept of 'lean' as with 'lean manufacturing'.

Eric Ries tells us a lot about his experience as a CTO in a Silicon Valley startup and how they managed to dupe investors out of $millions before they all realised that to have a successful startup, you must start with the customer and try and define what customers' need or desire that you are going to satisfy. What Eric and his colleagues did was to essentially start by developing a very expensive Web product without really finding out if anyone actually wanted it. Anyone with any business education should have avoided the costly mistakes that they initially made. This book goes on to suggest various ways that could help you save time and money by not doing what they did. But, it is however very, very short on any detail.

The book is very much geared towards IT startups who lack the staff with a strong business education, particularly those IT startups who think they are going to be the next Facebook, or at least have $Ms to invest in the early stages. If you are thinking of setting up a new business in a more traditional line of business and you are based in somewhere like Truro or Bradford or Edinburgh in the UK, you will find this book of limited use.

Be aware that it is full of Americanisms and Silicon Valley-speak. To be honest this book really is not much use if you are thinking of setting up any business other than an IT/software product or service.


Competitive Intelligence Advantage: How to Minimize Risk, Avoid Surprises, and Grow Your Business in a Changing World (Wiley)
Competitive Intelligence Advantage: How to Minimize Risk, Avoid Surprises, and Grow Your Business in a Changing World (Wiley)
by Seena Sharp
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 21.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to CI, 16 April 2013
A very useful broad introduction to competitive intelligence (CI), especially if you do not know much about this relatively new discipline.

It was written at the height of the financial crisis so there is an element of the book starting to get a little outdated in places and it is full of Americanisms such as the constant use of the word "blindsided", whatever that means. The book was clearly padded out with waffle and a number of repeated anecdotes, so the book could have easily been slimmed down from 280 pages to about 200 pages.

The book could have done with more examples and case studies and perhaps referred to companies other than American clients. That would have been very useful, particularly since the author claimed her CI consultancy work was international. A sample CI report as an appendix would have also been a huge help for a better understanding of the subject.

A good introduction to CI but no more.


B2B Street Fighting: three counterpunches to change the negotiation conversation
B2B Street Fighting: three counterpunches to change the negotiation conversation
by Brian J Dietmeyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.52

2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing!, 23 Mar 2013
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This book on negotiation is clearly aimed at sales people and was a very disappointing read. There was a lot of hype surrounding this book that I decided to get it and to see if there were any secret aspects of negotiation that I was missing in my detailed knowledge of the subject. As I thought, there wasn't anything new in this 3-step method that the author was proposing.

The book is full of awful Americanisms "sucker punch", "kick butt", etc. and read like a Batman comic at times. It also rambles on extensively about a survey they conducted that says 97% of negotiations boil down to one key thing and that it the price. Well this is clearly not the case in my experience. If this really was the true % figure then they could have only interviewed some pretty dumb sales people who did not know how to negotiate. Do they really think that Germany for example is the 2nd largest exporter in the world due to its global negotiations depending on price?

It is clear that if you sell something, you focus on telling the potential buyer total value proposition not just the price, but in this fairly short book this was a revelation!

If you are new to negotiation then it might be ok as a brief introduction, but it does not give you any background or a rounded overview to the theory or the principles of serious negotiation, which I think is essential if you really want to be an expert negotiator.


Remanufactured Dell 1320C 2000 Page Yield Black Ink Toner Cartridge
Remanufactured Dell 1320C 2000 Page Yield Black Ink Toner Cartridge
Offered by Refresh Cartridges
Price: 8.48

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Toner Cartridge, 21 July 2012
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An excellent replacement for the overpriced "real thing" from Dell. I have found the quality to be excellent and great value for money.

I will definitely buy again.


Nuratrim
Nuratrim

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter, utter waste of money!, 30 Jan 2012
This review is from: Nuratrim (Personal Care)
In my opinion these Nuratrim capsules are a complete waste of money. I was persuaded into buying this product after reading an article in a major UK newspaper thinking (naively) that these pills would actually help with my weight loss after putting on weight over Christmas.

The pills were being praised as the new wonder slimming pills for 2012, as they are supposed to speed up your metabolism, burn off fat and reduce your appetite, but they simply do not work.

The only thing these pills help you lose are the pounds in your wallet. I have been taking them for over a month now and can confirm that the only weight I have lost has been a result of my better eating habits. My appetite has not changed.

If you are considering buying these pills ask yourself: if these were so good why are they not recommended by GPs throughout the UK? Quite simply because there is no clinical evidence whatsoever that they work.

Save yourself some money and do more exercise and eat healthier foods. Don't waste your money on this rubbish.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works Wonders!, 26 Jun 2011
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A great product that is now widely available without having to go through the pain of getting a prescription from your doktor. This products is clinically proven and it works! Those who say that it does not work are doing something wrong, or there is something medically wrong with them other than "normal" obesity. However, this is no instant wonder product and you cannot go ahead and each as many cakes, buns, Big Macs and plates of chips with fried Mars bars that you want and expect to lose weight.

Alli is a weight loss programme and involves making a personal effort too. Apart from popping a little blue pill just before a main meal, it teaches you to think and act in a more healthy way, so you end up thinking about what you are actually eating, and it also encourages you to take some form of exercise, even if it means walking that little bit further and taking the stairs instead of the lift. If the programme is followed, and with a bit of personal discipline, the weight does come off. Yes, you would probably lose weight anyway, but with this disciplined, planned approach to tackling the issue of removing excess weight, you will lose more weight faster, at least it did for me. If you lack personal willpower, this product will only probably work in the short term, but the weight will eventually come back, as you start to consume those cream buns and doughnuts again.

From my experience, if you are serious about losing your excess fat and are prepared to make a little effort, this product will certainly help.


Wireless Remote Control for Nikon 1 V2 V1 J3 J2 J1 S1 D600 D7100 D7000 D5300 D5200 D5100 D5000 D3200 D3100 Coolpix P7700 P7100 P7000 8800 8400 as ML-L3
Wireless Remote Control for Nikon 1 V2 V1 J3 J2 J1 S1 D600 D7100 D7000 D5300 D5200 D5100 D5000 D3200 D3100 Coolpix P7700 P7100 P7000 8800 8400 as ML-L3
Offered by BV-electronics
Price: 2.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remote Control for Nikon, 10 April 2010
Works fine. Good value for money too. A general problem with this remote control(and with the original Nikon ones) is that the battery life tends to be short. Those complaining that they don't work should at least check that the original battery has not run out.


Strategic Planning for Dummies (For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback))
Strategic Planning for Dummies (For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback))
by Erica Olsen
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference for Small Cos, 27 Feb 2009
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I found this book an excellent reference to Strategic Planning - for the SME.

I found it to be a pretty practical guide to what is in reality a pretty complex subject. I had not brushed up on my strategic planning reading since completing an MBA several years ago so I chose this book as part of my reading list. I found it to be a very good refresher, although its not really designed for large businesses in mind.

This book is great for those who work in, or even run a small and medium sized enterprise (SME) who want either an introduction or a refresher to an under-utilised and poorly applied strategic business tool.


The Palace Diaries: The True Story of Life Behind the Palace Gates
The Palace Diaries: The True Story of Life Behind the Palace Gates
by Sarah /. Monson Goodall
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Light fun read, 27 Feb 2009
A light fun read of the experiences of Sarah Goodall, a lovable dimwit secretary for Prince Charles over a 12 year period during the 1990s. A book that is not to be taken too seriously. However, it does make the Prince out to be a little more human and 'real' than how the media usually portrays him.


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