6 Books that shaped the business world in 2013

There doesn’t seem to be any doubts that, in terms of business books, 2013 was a very generous and relevant year. Indeed, lots of great releases that do an amazing job at informing and educating but also at being very inspirational for our future endeavors. Below we offer you our top 6 picks – true ‘gold mines’ with reference to extremely compelling and even entertaining insight into current business issues.

1.Title: The Art of Selling Yourself: The Simple Step-by-Step Process for Success in Business and Life

Author: Adam Riccoboni and Daniel Callaghan

About the book: The book lays out the mechanisms and elements of a business philosophy proposed as the crucial key to understanding and achieving success; at the core of this philosophy we find that getting to know how to ‘sell yourself’ is probably the fundamental objective that best shapes your working life.

2. Title: The Billionaire and the Mechanic: How Larry Ellison and a Car Mechanic Teamed Up to Win Sailing’s Greatest Race, the America’s Cup

Author: Julian Guthrie

About the book: Yes, the title is long as in a tale but yes, this tale is so enjoyable. We are tenaciously pulled into the story of how billionaire Larry Ellison engaged the pursuit of the America’s Cup and how he surprisingly partnered up in his quest with a Croatian immigrant radiator-shop owner. Ellison’s struggle to win the race is described in analogy with his determination in conducting his software business.

3. Title: The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

Author: Brad Stone

About the book: Jeff Bezos’s success is definitely one of the most inspiring business stories of the decade. He managed to build a giant from selling mail-order books and, along the way, also conquered the cloud computing market. Brad Stone gives abundant information about Bezos: his first steps into the business world, and how he kept himself driven while climbing the path to entrepreneurial leadership.

4. Title: The Alchemists: Inside the Secret World of Central Bankers

Author: Neil Irwin

About the book: A unique and most enlightening inquiry behind the curtains of today’s economy, casting light on the strings that linked capitalism to the state throughout history. The book is undeniably revelatory pointing to the source and origin of the mighty money but also suggesting its future route. Neil Irwin offers one of the most discerning and thorough investigations involving the central bank and its role in this game of power.

5. Title: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Author: Sheryl Sandberg and Nell Scovell

About the book: A book examining the validity behind ways women can follow to help themselves; presenting those small changes that once implemented can have a huge life-shaping impact. Sandberg and Scovell throw in and mix in a vey entertaining way a considerable volume of humor, data and personal experience to convince us to reconsider our ‘methods’ and choices both at work and in life.

6.Title: The Business of Belief

Author: Tom Asacker

About the book: ‘The Business of Belief’ shoots straight at some core issues in the business and also self-managing landscape. Asacker agilely introduces us to what belief is and how it functions with regard to our commitment to reach a goal. His work reveals what leaders apply in terms of belief to influence, improve and succeed.

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10 best paid football players in 2014

10 best paid football players in 2014 puts Cristiano Ronaldo in first place, followed by Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney in second and third place respectively.

See the top below, prepared in accordance with Forbes data, which are the lucky guys.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo 
One of the most popular athletes in the world. Ronaldo is no. 1 in the list of the highest paid football players with the amount of more than 44 million dollars. 23 million – salary / earnings, 21 million – other sources.

2. Lionel Messi
One of the greatest football players, if not the biggest! Lionel Messi has many world records in his pocket. Messi finished second in this ranking, with an income of 41.3 million dollars/year. 20.3 million – salary, 21 million – the most famous advertising brands.

3. Wayne Rooney
One of the most talented football players in England and the best striker of all time. Striker of Manchester United is the third highest paid football player with an annual income of 21.1 million USD, which includes 3 million came from sponsorship offers.

4. Sergio Aguero
Diego Maradona’s son, who plays for Manchester City and the Argentine national team football as a striker, is the fourth of the richest football players in the world. Its annual income is 20.9 million dollars.

5. Didier Drogba
Ivorian footballer as a striker for Galatasaray evolving in Super League. He is the captain and the man with the best score of the national football team of Ivory Coast. He is best known for his career at Chelsea.

6. Yaya Toure
The midfielder Premier League club Manchester City and the Côte d’Ivoire national team. His annual income is over 20.7 million dollars. He receives a salary of 18.2 million and 2.5 million from other income sources. Yaya ranked 6 most paid football players.

7. Neymar
A new star of football that goes very high. Neymar was transferred to Barcelona last year and it was the most expensive transfer in football history. Income that brought the 7th in this top is 20.5 million dollars.

8. Fernando Torres
Spanish footballer who plays as a striker for Chelsea and the Spain national team. Torres was ranked 8 in the top-1o most paid soccer players with an income exceeding $ 20 million.

9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Swedish professional who is a striker for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Swedish national team captain. Rank 9 in this top income due 19.7 million annually.

10. Kaka
Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, known as Kaká Ricardo Kaká or is Brazilian attacking midfielder who currently plays for Italian Serie A club Milan and the Brazilian national team.


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5 things on Steve Jobs management style

Although I’ve done lists on Steve Jobs before, studying his career is simply a wealth of ideas. There are always more lessons to learn from a man as influential as Jobs. So here are some more valuable business lessons from the legend who was Steve.

Simplify, simplify, simplify.

The iPod was revolutionary in its simplicity – it had only a scroll wheel and not the panoply of buttons people had become used to on high-tech devices. However, the iPod didn’t come to that point of simplicity easily; it was because Steve Jobs staunchly demanded it of his workers. He once said, “That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

The majority isn’t always right.

Jobs often shunned focus groups in favor of what he thought the customer needed. Although sometimes his ideas failed, overall he had great success with this approach. Sometimes what the customer thinks they want isn’t the same as what they will actually prefer. Although it can be risky going after this desire, if you’re on the money it can have big rewards.

Money isn’t everything.

Jobs once said, “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. …Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.” Some businesses may not agree with this perspective, but it’s a great thought to keep in mind if you want to be a good businessperson and a good person.

Latch on to good ideas.

Sometimes, you might not be the originator of a great idea, but that doesn’t mean you should shun it. Steve Jobs didn’t create a lot of the features that were immensely popular on his products, but he didn’t shy away from using them. Be sure recognize good ideas and utilize them to the fullest, whether they originated within your company or not.

Sometimes you need to kill things.

Obviously not the literal sense, but in the figurative sense – sometimes there are projects that just need to be killed. At one point Apple began designing something like a Palm Pilot, but wisely it killed the project and began focusing on the iPhone instead. Some projects just need to die to make way for better alternatives.

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10 Best TV Shows of 2014

Every year, I keep running a list of shows that amuse me, amaze me, impress me or depress me, of course in a good way. And at the end of the year, I whittle that list down to 10, and I have my best TV shows list in 2014. But it’s tough. I have to leave out a lot of really good stuff.
And now, the Best TV Shows in 2014:

Game of Thrones (HBO)
Like Daenerys’ dragons, this fantasy epic in its fourth season continues to grow in scale and confidence. But what makes it great is that it handles small conversational duels as well as its epic battles.

Fargo (FX)
This miniseries isn’t a remake of the Coen Brothers’ movie so much as an extended jazz cover of it — in an improvisatory yet deeply original string of riffs. It’s a bloody yet playful examination of the seduction of evil and the hard cold road of good.

Cosmos (Fox)
Neil DeGrasse Tyson picked up his mentor Carl Sagan’s work (with the help of Seth MacFarlane), breathing new life into the old universe and making a passionate argument against the forces of anti-science.

Broad City (Comedy Central)
Try to meet your new favorite two broke girls. Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson deliver the contact buzz of laughter in the weirdest, freshest, funkiest new comedy of the season.

The Americans (FX)
And you think you have work-life balance problems? KGB agents Elizabeth and Philip Jennings tried to find the secrets of the Stealth program, their children struggled to find themselves, and this ’80s movie found a new gear.

The Good Wife (CBS)
For five years running, this sharp-witted legal drama has offered more pleasure per season than anything out there. Taking on love, politics, technology and (spoiler) death, it shows no sign of adjourning.

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)

The Daily Show alum’s blistering comedy-cast is very new, but it’s the most welcome addition in a year of late-night change. Reorienting the fake-news format toward world events and commercial culture, it’s becoming the go-to chaser to the stiff drink of Sunday-night TV.

Louie (FX)
The only predictable things about Louis CK’s show are that it will be unpredictable and that it will linger with you long after you watch that. From philosophy to sex-toy jokes, vignettes to the equivalent of a full-length movie, this is TV that can be whatever it wants to.

Mad Men (AMC)
We’ll see if the back half of the final season can close the deal next year, but this was a fine start. In seven often-haunting episodes, the age of Aquarius met the age of IBM, and it left us with a song.

True Detective (HBO)
Few shows have inspired so much obsession so quickly, and it wasn’t just The Yellow King’s magic. This one-season story (rebooting next year) dripped talent, from Harrelson and McConaughey’s testosterone-drunk performances to Nic Pizzolatto’s dirty poetry to Cary Fukunaga’s direction

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10 Best Business Schools in UK

The market has grown considerably as the MBA became more and more entrenched in international hiring policies, with the many of the UK’s prestigious public sector research universities boasting equally strong sister institutions of business education.
Thus the country boasts considerable pedigree in the realm of business education, and attracts a lot of students from around the world to study in its prestigious business schools.

I’m switching the focus to the UK best MBA programmes:

Said Business School, University of Oxford
There are not many better places to study in the UK than Oxford University and since its business school opened in 1996, its fast becoming the place to go for MBA study. The Oxford MBA is a one year full-time course and the part-time Executive MBA, targeted at senior professionals, lasts for 21 months.

London Business School
Students from more than 120 countries go to London Business School to participate in its world class MBA programmes. The standard MBA is full-time and lasts between 15 to 21 months.

Lancaster University Management School
LUMS is one of the leading management schools in the world. Its full-time MBA is for one year and the part-time Lancaster Executive MBA lasts two years.

Cass Business School
Based right at the heart of the City of London, Cass is an ideal place to learn about business. Its full-time MBA lasts for 12 months, whilst both types of Executive MBA on offer run for 24 months, allowing you to study either at the weekends or in the evening.

Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
The other half of Oxbridge also has its own business school. Are you worried that you’re too old to start an MBA? Judge may be the place for you, as the average age of its MBA students is 30.

Cranfield School of Management
Cranfield has designed its MBA programmes to focus on both personal development and practical application.

Manchester Metropolitan University Business School
One of the biggest business schools in the UK, MMUBS offers full-time, part-time and block release basis MBAs, lasting for one year, 30 months and 30 months again, respectively.

Cardiff Business School
The Cardiff MBA is full-time and lasts one year, focusing on the international marketplace and how to tap into it.

Newcastle University Business School
A member of the prestigious Russell Group, Newcastle University Business School is one of the best research-intensive high education institutions in the country.

Imperial College Business School
The Imperial MBA has launched many an entrepreneurial career. As well as the one year full-time Imperial MBA and the two year part-time Imperial Executive MBA there is a Distance Learning MBA.

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TOP 3 smartphones for business

Over the past years, smart phones have been continuously redefining the concept of business intelligence. Businessmen – and businesswomen – who have embraced the new and advanced mobile technology have taken advantage of devices and applications designed specifically to facilitate every aspect of their professional life. According to multiple market research firms, U.S. enterprises will spend almost $ 350 million on applications for mobile phones next year, offering everything from basic business apps to customer management solutions apps.

Each smart phone comes with its own defining features and business apps, and despite the fact that the multitude of mobile applications optimized for the benefit of entrepreneurs is very high, the quality is not always impressive, and not all apps live up to the customers’ expectations. We could say that there is one mobile app for everything, except an app that could identify the business applications that are actually worth to be downloaded. We have studied the market thoroughly, and we have identified the three most advanced smart phones that could benefit everyone working in the business industry.


HTC One Max greets you with the top technological advancements embedded in one powerful device. This smart phone is modern, refined and ultra slim – it only weighs 217 grams, and it features an impressive 16GB of space where you can store documents, applications and multimedia files, thus making it perfect for all your business endeavors.

The smart phone incorporates an UltraPixel camera, with a pixel density of 4 MP, while its distinguishing feature, VideoPic, records in Full HD. Its feature-rich camera endows you with a flair for artistic photos and the articles on the main screen connect you to the latest news in real time. The phone is powered by the largest HTC battery to satisfy even the most demanding and hard-working business professional.

HTC One Max features a massive screen display of 5.9 ” and an outstanding sound system, HTC BoomSound, with two front stereo speakers and built-in amplifiers. Ultimately, the smart phone can establish connections through Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, making wireless media streaming from your phone to a TV or computer highly accessible. It also connects to USB or HDMI.


With an extremely sensitive, Full HD 6″ display and an excellent readability, Nokia Lumia 1520 is the perfect medium to showcase your creativity. The smart phone features a 20mp PureView camera, enriched with optical image stabilization and a camera sensor with improved technology. With the new app, Nokia Beamer, you can share your digital content directly from the phone’s camera, with people who are either in the same room or in another location, through links via social media, e-mail or SMS.

Nokia Lumia 1520 is the ultimate tool to increase your productivity. The incorporated Microsoft Office suite will help you edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents without losing any of their original formatting. You can save your documents on SkyDrive and return to them anytime.

Nokia Lumia 1520 is a remarkable business smart phone, which features the highest level of security, a pre-installed Microsoft Office pack and countless other relevant business applications such as Microsoft Exchange, Office 365 and Lync. It incorporates all the exclusive features of Windows Phone 8, such as live icons and People Hub. Furthermore, everything has been optimized for the new large screen, for an exciting and professional Windows Phone experience.


Highly regarded as an indispensable business accessory, Samsung Galaxy Note III impresses with exceptional technical features and a premium, fluid design. The smart phone features a Full HD 5.7” screen, which enables efficient multitasking with a maximum viewing experience.

Samsung Galaxy Note III offers you the possibility to organize your activities simply and efficiently. Using the innovative S Pen stylus, you can access any function on your phone immediately, through four distinct management tools:

▪ The Action Note activates your notes instantly.

▪ The Scrapbook Assistant helps you organize and prioritize your tasks.

▪ The S Finder helps you browse through your phone and on the internet easily.

▪ The Window Pencil helps you carry our different activities, and allows you to draw captions directly on your favorite photos.

With Samsung Galaxy Note III, you can write quick notes on extended media surfaces, browse through them easily and edit them without having to do any additional writing or drawing. In addition, the S Notes feature can be synchronized with Evernote or a Samsung account to enable viewing from your PC or tablet, while the Quick Note function instantly transforms sketched diagrams in professionally looking charts.

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10 Best Paid CEOs of 2014

The best paid CEOs in the world have salaries that state presidents or business owners only dream brand. In most large companies, the post of Chairman (CEO) is the function you want and a lot of employees, but is not so easily obtained, being the highest executive position in the administrative management of a company.

See 10 best paid CEOs of 2014 below:

Gerald Rubin – 41,6 mln dollars
Helen of Troy, the company that distributes name brands such as Gross and Pert Plus, had record sales at the end of the fiscal year in February 2013, helping him Gerald Rubin to go home with 29 million dollars.

Richard Bracken – 46,4 mln dollars
It pays generous to drive the largest chain of hospitals nation. Bracken retires at the end, after spending more than 30 years at HCA, but definitely the 21.4 million dollars of shares will help in retirement.

E. Hunter Harrison – 49,2 mln dollars
Hunter Harrison’s salary is very swollen in large part because of an agreement with Canadian Pacific in the firm she finances a pension that he lost when he left the former company in 2012, but he still receives eight digits of the shares only for his work .

David Zaslav – 49,9 mln dollars
Research firm Morningstar called Discovery Channel “the largest distribution brand in the world”. Reach in over 200 countries and profitable cable channels such as Animal Planet and TLC, all thanks to David Zaslav.

John Hammergren – 51,7 mln dollars
John Hammergren, CEO of distributor of medical devices and pharmaceuticals McKensson, not only has one of the highest salaries of an American corporation, but also has one of the most generous “golden parachute”. Could make 303,400,000 dollars if he leave the company.

Leslie Moonves – 62,2 mln dollars
That Moonves drive the most viewed television network in America is a good reason for wage to be generous.

Robert Kotick – 64,9 mln dollars
Activision Blizzard – the maker of success game Call of Duty and World of Warcraft – rewarded CEO, Robert Kotick by more than 60% of the shares in 2013.

Mario Gabelli – 69 mln dollars
The ownership of 99% of Gamco Investors, founder and CEO, Matio Gabelli has almost total control over his company. The take home 69 million dollars in 2012, representing 20% of total revenues of Gamco

Larry Ellison – 77 mln dollars
Ellison, founder and CEO of software maker Oracle’s long on lists of the best paid CEO.

Elon Musk – 78,2 mln dollars
CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk made ​​the first million through PayPal payment platform development and the success of his fame only grew.






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10 Highest Paid Coaches of 2014

The ranking of the highest paid coaches in the world was published this afternoon on a specialized website in Brazil, and Mourinho is the top crude short distance from Ancelotti.

Real Madrid’s coach wins more than 15 million gross, but taxes in Spain are 52%, remaining a net gain of 7.344 million euros. In these circumstances, Ancelotti is on first place in net earnings, with 7.425 million euros, taxes in France with 45%. Gross Ancelotti is 2, 13 and a half million.

Capello ends podium, while Lippi and Rijkaard are places 4 and 5.

Top 10 of the best paid coaches in the world (amounts in euro):
1. Carlo Ancelotti (PSG) 7.425.000
2. Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid) 7.344.000
3. Fabio Capello (Russia) 6.786.000
4. Marcelo Lippi (Guangzhou, China) 5.500.000
5. Frank Rijkaard (Saudi Arabia)  5.300.000
6. Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) 5.170.000
7. Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) 5.115.000
8. Guus Hiddink (Anji Mahacikala) 4.565.000
9. Paulo Autuori (Qatar) 3.600.000
10. Tito Vilanova (Barcelona) 3.600.000

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TOP Fiction Books of 2014

The nominations were interesting – and not what we might have expected. There seems to be quite a strong consensus around certain titles, as big contenders like The Silkworm got many of likes in last years – but there were also a few surprises.

Here is a selection of 10 best book after our opinion.

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
A clever crime novel that left me guessing to the end. Growing up on a diet of Agatha Christie novels

Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood
Beautifully written, compelling. An insight into Hemingway and the wives who put up with him. Haunts you long after you’ve finished reading.

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

There are sentences in good novels that make you swoon with just how perfect they are at saying something true. This novel is made up almost entirely of sentences like that. It is the portrait of a marriage falling apart and yet so much more than that. Less than 200 pages long but every page sings with something, this is the work of a master writer who took 15 years to publish this.

Road to Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
A wonderful blend of memoir, lit crit and biography – reminds you of the powerful place books can take in our lives.

Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis
So many of her phrases sparked off a chain reaction in my head that it was as if she was reading me.

Capital in the Twenty by First Century – Thomas Pikkety
Riveting, thought-provoking content and well built explanations that have moved readers to purchase this tome of economics in droves. But I admit that first the reader must bring an interest in the subject matter that is more than cursory.

With a Zero at Its Heart by Charles Lambert
Beautifully written and unusually structured, ‘Zero’ is a collection of tightly described significant moments, objects, people, happenings, moods. A unique approach to perception, insight and memory.

In the Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman
Expansive, bold, ambitious, and very angry about important things: class, privilege and all kinds of entitlement, both political and personal. It is full of the energy of taking nothing for granted. Also, the plot is entirely retrospective, which I love.

Leaving the Sea by Ben Marcus
Ben Marcus is a genius. This collection of short stories is utterly gripping. It is scintillating in its descriptions and ideas, and has a bucket load of Marcus’s trademark experimentalism. I might even go as far as to say, this is Marcus at his very best.

Any Other Mouth by Anneliese Mackintosh
Balancing somewhere between fiction & non-fiction, this is a collection of interlinked short stories that will shock and move you to tears. A must read.

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