101 Business Ideas That Will Change the Way You Work VitalSource eText: Turning Clever Thinking Into Smart Advice : 9780273794561

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‘Transforms cutting edge thinking from the likes of Daniel Kahneman and Malcolm Gladwell into bite-size nuggets of practical business wisdom. Brilliant.’ – Richard Newton, award-winning author of The Management Book

101 Business Ideas That Will Change The Way You Work takes fascinating findings from world-class business research and shows you how to become cannier and more effective at work.

Among other vital findings, discover:

  • When you should trust your gut instincts
  • Why being too agreeable could hold back your career progression
  • How to tell when your CEO is lying

This illuminating book not only tells you what you need to know to stay one step ahead, but why you need it and how to do it.

‘What fun. A box of chocolates for the managerial mind . . . ’  – Walter Kiechel III, author of The Lords of Strategy

‘An enticing sampler dish of the biggest ideas in business and social science. A short, sharp education in the essentials.’  – Philip Delves Broughton, author of What They Teach You at Harvard Business School

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION & IDEA #1: How to turn theory into results



IDEA #2: If you fear losing, you’re more likely to lose out

IDEA #3: The hedgehog and the fox – why experts get it wrong

IDEA #4: How fortune favours the beautiful

IDEA #5: When you can skip that meeting

IDEA #6: How to improve your memory

IDEA #7: Nice gals finish last, nice guys aren’t far behind

IDEA #8: People are terrible at fractions

IDEA #9: Why diverse support networks are crucial for success

IDEA #10: When your gut instinct may be right

IDEA #11: How good do you think you are?

IDEA #12: The changing face of great working relationships

IDEA #13: When not to take an overseas assignment

IDEA #14: The virtues of exchanging favours

IDEA #15: Going on leave?  Mind the career gap

IDEA #16: You are so clever!  Flattery and the boardroom...

IDEA #17: Avoid choice overload: ‘keep it simple, stupid’

IDEA #18: Why we’re anchored to what we know..

IDEA #19: The negative impact of the superstar

IDEA #20: The value of caring

IDEA #21: Take every email with a pinch of salt

IDEA #22: Anger management: she needs it, he doesn’t

IDEA #23: Why emotional inconsistency is the worst trait in a manager

IDEA #24: How to catch a feeling

IDEA #25: The antisocial network

IDEA #26: Why being boring can make you a brilliant CEO..

IDEA #27: How to tell if a leader is lying

IDEA #28: Your willpower levels are precious and finite

IDEA #29: The optimistic salesperson

IDEA #30: Stress leads to poor decision-making

IDEA #31: To opt in, or to opt out?

IDEA #32: Rational man is dead.  Salute the animal spirit

IDEA #33: I can see your halo

IDEA #34: To get to the C-suite, be a generalist

IDEA #35: The two yous.

IDEA #36: Work stress?  Go for a run.

IDEA #37: The power of peer pressure

IDEA #38: The benefits of believing in immanent justice

IDEA #39: It’s lonely at the top

IDEA #40: It’s not what you said, it’s how you said it



IDEA #41: Find out when you’re in the zone

IDEA #42: To really improve, just do it

IDEA #43: To decide alone is to make a bad decision

IDEA #44: If you can’t measure it, it’s likely to be rubbish

IDEA #45: That’s my (one) goal 97

IDEA #46: Don’t pretend you can always control your emotions

IDEA #47: Boost creativity by making the workplace an emotional roller coaster

IDEA #48: Escaping the cycle of responsiveness

IDEA #49: Want to do the right thing?  Wait a moment…...

IDEA #50: Online procrastination – the key to higher productivity

IDEA #51: When customers will put up with rude service

IDEA #52: It’s easier to be forgiven than to ask for permission

IDEA #53: Want to win?  Start by losing (a little)

IDEA #54: Working on an acquisition?  Seller, beware!

IDEA #55: How social networks share knowledg

IDEA #56: I’m in charge – check my paycheque

IDEA #57: Great performance, but I regress

IDEA #58: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

IDEA #59: The hidden evil of stereotype threats

IDEA #60: How to turn that black swan white

IDEA #61: Kick the habit

IDEA #62: The biology of risk-taking

IDEA #63: Do you have a Pareto or a long tail?

IDEA #64: Six seconds to land your dream job

IDEA #65: Tell stories, not facts

IDEA #66: How to avoid buying a lemon

IDEA #67: Flawed headhunting

IDEA #68: Do I have a choice?

IDEA #69: What not to write

IDEA #70: F**k that hurts!  How swearing eases the pain

IDEA #71: When you should turn that frown upside down

IDEA #72: How to become Mr Charismatic, JFK-style

IDEA #73: My greatest weakness?  I’m a perfectionist…...

IDEA #74: Start-up where you started from...

IDEA #75: How to expand time

IDEA #76: Let’s not pull an all-nighter

IDEA #77: Keeping out the fifth column

IDEA #78: How to pick your next leader

IDEA #79: Repetition, repetition, repetition

IDEA #80: Strike a pose, feel the power

IDEA #81: Progress – the most important motivator of all

IDEA #82: Elbow grease – the value generator

IDEA #83: Getting creative?  Get distracted

IDEA #84: Avoid the planning fallacy

IDEA #85: I think the question you’re trying to ask is…...



IDEA #86: Why playing the game will get you ahead

IDEA #87: Working from home or shirking from home?

IDEA #88: The paradox of meritocracy – how doing right can lead to wrong

IDEA #89: Power, CEOs, Boards, and extreme strategic deviance

IDEA #90: The myth of CEO experience

IDEA #91: Change, language and history

IDEA #92: MBA students and the cheating bug

IDEA #93: Is your office making you sick?

IDEA #94: Strong culture, reliable performance

IDEA #95: Strategy, leaders and leadership harmony

IDEA #96: Need to manage a negative rumour?  Challenge its credibility.

IDEA #97: How management myths are formed

IDEA #98: Why you should offer surgery with a free lollipop

IDEA #99: It’s why, not what, that matters

IDEA #100: Competition in the workplace

IDEA #101: Face time counts


Author biography

Antonio E. Weiss is a writer and management consultant.  His previous book, Key Business Solutions, also published by Financial Times Press, was shortlisted for the Chartered Management Institute Book of the Year Award 2013, featured as a WHSmith Business Bestseller, and has been translated into several languages across the globe.  He also writes regularly for publications such as theGuardian and Prospect, presents at conferences on economic, business and political issues, and has been featured on international media including ABC Radio Australia and BBC Radio 4.  As a consultant, he has advised leading public and private sector bodies on major strategy, capability building and performance improvement issues.  Antonio is also a board member of one of the largest Further Education colleges in London.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree (First Class) and Master’s degree (Distinction) in History from the University of Cambridge.

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