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4.0 out of 5 stars Weird and wonderful, 21 April 2014
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At first I found the oddity of this book irritating, but it grew on me and I started to love it. Funny, thought-provoking and completely original.

The Business Leader's Guide to the Low Carbon Economy
The Business Leader's Guide to the Low Carbon Economy
by Larry Reynolds
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £62.01

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5.0 out of 5 stars Timely, concise overview of the key issues and what they mean for UK businesses, 18 Mar 2013
Climate change and the reduced availability and increased demand for fossil fuels will require some drastic changes in the way everyone, including businesses generate and use energy.

This excellent book asks and attempts to answer several questions about climate change and the low carbon economy such as - What will it be like? How can my business respond to threats and opportunities? How can we make sustainable, low carbon products and services? How can we get started with our move toward greater sustainability?

This book reminds us that we don't necessarily need all the answers. We don't need to know exactly what will happen as a result of a changing climate in order to make plans that can help our businesses survive and even thrive in changing conditions. The future is never certain, and climate change and its impacts is just another risk that needs to be taken into account.

The first half of the book presents a concise and illuminating overview of the drivers of the low carbon economy, setting out clearly the political, demographic and economic factors that will make it essential for businesses to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. It then goes on to attempt to answer the question "What will it really be like?" in a changed climate, drawing several potential portraits of Britain in 2050. These scenarios aren't predictions. They are invitations to the reader to think through some of the potential impacts, ask further questions and start thinking deeply about his/her own role as a business leader in adapting to, mitigating or preventing further climate change.

The second half of the book goes into more detail about the specifics of how business leaders can and even should respond to climate change. The author sets out a compelling business case for moving towards a sustainable, low carbon business model, which includes "doing the right thing."

However this is in no way a preachy or gloomy book. It is full of practical advice on how to radically reduce energy, water and other scarce resource consumption, which is based on recent case studies from major organisations. It's quite inspiring to know how much progress many UK companies are making towards their sustainability goals while simultaneously improving profits and revenues.

It's also inspiring to read the case studies and quotes from leaders of US businesses who despite scepticism about climate change in government are committed to reducing their carbon footprints.

The final chapters of the book provide a blueprint that can be used to get started with a change programme so you can make your business more sustainable.

If you feel you should be doing something about these issues, but don't know where to start, this is a great resource that can help. This book would also be really useful for people working in energy consultancy as a source of case studies, examples, and business cases UK organisations are using to guide their move towards becoming low carbon organisations.

If there's a tiny flaw, it's the lack of notes and citations throughout the text, however there is a great bibliography, which reveals the depth of research that went into producing this book.

Brilliant Meetings: What to Know, Say and Do to Have Fewer, Better Meetings (Brilliant Business)
Brilliant Meetings: What to Know, Say and Do to Have Fewer, Better Meetings (Brilliant Business)
by Duncan Peberdy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

2.0 out of 5 stars Am I missing something?, 8 Jan 2013
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I'm astonished that this book has had so many positive reviews. The advice is almost insultingly obvious. It's full nuggets such as "arrive on time" and "turn off your phone". However, there is some specific information about preparing presentations that I think could be useful to people starting out in the world of work. And the chapters that invite you to think about why you are having the meeting and who to include are useful for anyone. Overall I don't think this book is good value.

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