What Works: The Secrets of the World's Best Organisations and Communities

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In a lively and counterintuitive exploration of success stories from across the globe, an award-winning journalist takes the reader on a fascinating journey in pursuit of the flimsy difference between triumph and failure Drawing life lessons from the great ideas put to work on every continent—from America to Europe, from Africa to Asia and Australasia—these stories are as surprising as they are inspiring. This book explores such questions as Why do some initiatives take off while others flounder? How have some communities managed to achieve so much while others struggle? What distinguishes the good companies from the bad? What lessons can we learn from the surprisingly well-ordered Mumbai community made famous by Slumdog Millionaire? Why have Canadian manners helped Whistler become the most popular ski resort in North America? How has Zurich developed the world's most admired anti-drug policies? And how has Hong Kong used gambling profits to help its residents enjoy the greatest level of economic freedom on the planet? Readers will be entertained, informed, and enlightened as to how to achieve successes of in their businesses, communities, and lives.

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A lively, engaging and counterintuitive exploration of success stories from across the globe.

Calling on years of experience as an award-winning financial journalist, Hamish McRae brings a fresh perspective to the question of success, differentiating the few 'big ideas' that have transformed the marketplace from passing trends and over-hyped blind alleys.

Through an extraordinary range of case studies and an authoritative grasp of his material, the author demonstrates that although there is no surefire recipe for success, there are several key ingredients – such as sense of mission and market sensitivity – which ambitious readers can apply to their own business practices. Bearing in mind the role of fashion, scale and other less predictable factors, What Works ultimately offers the general reader the chance to learn from some of the grandest economic successes and unexpected failures in the world today, through a series of imaginative, unusual and insightful examples.

‘Each case study is lean and precisely crafted...McRae deserves credit for writing a can-do anthology in defeatist times’ Observer

About the Author:

Hamish McRae is an economic journalist and one of Europe's leading lecturers about the global economy and its impact on business conditions and practices. A principal commentator for the Independent and the Independent on Sunday, and associate editor of the Independent, he is the author of The World in 2020, which has been translated into more than a dozen languages. He was named Business and Finance Journalist of the Year in 2006 at the British Press Awards and broadcasts regularly on the BBC.

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers India, 2010. Softcover. Book Condition: New. A lively, engaging and counterintuitive exploration of success stories from across the globe, and what Michelle Obama referred to as ?the flimsy difference between success and failure? In this lively and counterintuitive exploration of success stories from across the globe, award-winning journalist Hamish McRae takes the reader on a fascinating journey in pursuit of the flimsy difference between triumph and failure. Why do some initiatives take off while others flounder? How have some communities managed to achieve so much while others struggle? What distinguishes the good companies from the bad? What lessons can we learn from the surprisingly well-ordered Mumbai community made famous by ?Slumdog Millionaire?? Why have Canadian manners helped Whistler become the most popular ski resort in North America? And how has Hong Kong used gambling profits to help its residents enjoy the greatest level of economic freedom on the planet? Drawing life lessons from the great ideas put to work on every continent ? from America to Europe, from Africa to Asia and Australasia ? McRae?s stories are as surprising as they are inspiring. We are better placed now than we have ever been to make good choices about the future of our species and our planet. But if we are to face the many challenges ahead, we have to try to learn from each other. ?What Works? will leave you entertained, informed and, ultimately, enlightened as to what each of us can do to make successes of our businesses, our communities and our lives. Printed Pages: 352. Bookseller Inventory # 40680

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