Drowning in Oil November 22, 2010Posted by McGraw-Hill Education (Asia) in Highlights, Management & Organization.
Tags: Amoco, aquatic life, BP, British Petroleum, commodities, dead zone, Deepwater Horizon, dispersants, energy, ENRON, EXXON, Gulf, Gulf clean up, Gulf of Mexico, Hurrcane Katrina, Louisiana, offshore drilling, oil, oil rig, oil spill, Shell, tar, tar balls, tarballs, Valero
They fumbled around the darkened room and found an instruction manual.
By flashlight, they read the starting procedures. They were doing everything right. After five or six futile tries, they gave up and headed back toward the bridge. Back on the bridge, alarms were shrieking and the captain knew they were running out of time. The subsea engineer had hit the emergency disconnect for the well, and although the control panel showed the rig should be free, it wasn’t. The hydraulics were dead. Fire continued to shoot from the top of the derrick. The rig had no power, and without power, it had no pumps for the firefighting equipment, no way to shut off the flow of gas from the well, and no way to disconnect the rig from the flaming umbilical that had it tethered to the wellhead. — From Drowning in Oil
As night settled on April 20, 2010, a series of explosions rocked Deepwater Horizon, the immense semisubmersible drilling platform leased by British Petroleum, located 40 miles off the Louisiana coast. The ensuing inferno claimed 11 lives, and it would rage uncontained for two days, until its wreckage sank to a final resting place nearly a mile beneath the waves. On the ocean floor, the unit’s wellhead erupted. Over the next ten weeks, as repeated attempts to cap the geyser failed, an estimated 200 million gallons of oil–the equivalent of 20 Exxon Valdez spills–spewed into the Gulf of Mexico, eventually lapping up on beaches as far away as Florida.
Drowning in Oil, by award-winning Houston Chronicle business reporter and columnist Loren Steffy–considered by many to be the writer with the best access to the story–is an unprecedented and gripping narrative of this catastrophe and how BP’s winner-take-all business culture made it all but inevitable.
Through never-before-published interviews with BP executives and employees, environmental experts, and oil industry insiders, Steffy takes us behind the scenes of 100 years of BP corporate history. Beginning with the conglomerate’s early gambits in the Middle East to its recent ascent among energy titans, Steff unearths the roots of the Gulf oil spill in the unwritten bargain between oil producers and consumers, whose insatiable appetites drive the search for new supplies faster, farther, and deeper.
Beyond this, the Deepwater Horizon disaster took place after a history of cost cutting in pursuit of profits, particularly under the guidance of its two most recent ex-CEOs, John Browne and Anthony Hayward.
Exhaustively researched and documented, Drowning in Oil is the first in-depth examination of how a lack of corporate responsibility and government oversight led to the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. It is an objective, nopunches–pulled account of the energy industry: its environmental impact and the intense competition among stakeholders in today’s oil markets.
This book puts all the pieces together, offering a definitive account of BP’s pursuit of outsized profits as the industrial world awakens to the grim realities of Peak Oil.
- Drowning Oil was included in a roundup of books about the oil crisis by The New York Times, on July 20, 2010. To read the article on “No Shortage of Books on Oil Spill”, please click HERE
2. Houston Chronicle columns about BP by Loren Steffy:
- Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle, July 23
Steffy: Oil plan: Better late than never
- Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle, July 17
Steffy: A diaster Painted by numbers
- Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle, July 13
Steffy: An industry’s future rides on a drill bit
- Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle, July 10
Steffy: Rule changes could make Gulf a lonely place
- Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle, July 09
BP runaway well puts an industry on hold
- Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle, July 06
Steffy: Mr. Hayward, your sunset awaits
- Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle, July 02
Loren Steffy: BP’s real punishment is from stock market
- Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle, July 01
Spill threatens oystermen’s way of life
- Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle, June 26
Steffy: Pittance could have averted spill catastrophe
- Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle, June 19
Loren Steffy: Oil spill hearing is a zoo
- Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle, June 17
Loren Steffy: Hayward’s evolution to evasiveness
- Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle, June 15
Steffy: Louisiana™’s oil industry braces for worst
- Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle, June 08
Steffy: U.S. and BP slow to accept Dutch expertise
- Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle, June 05
Steffy: BP’s wrongs undercut what it’s doing right
About the Author
Loren Steffy (Houston, TX) is the business columnist for the Houston Chronicle. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, and has been recognized by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Associated Press Managing Editors, the Houston Press Club and other societies and organizations. In addition, his work has been cited in publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post online and Texas Monthly, and he’s made numerous appearances on CNBC, FOX News, MSNBC, “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” and Court TV.
Drowning in Oil: BP & the Reckless Pursuit of Profit
How to Sell Anything to Anyone Anytime November 22, 2010Posted by McGraw-Hill Education (Asia) in Management & Organization.
Tags: book, Business, investments, marketing, sales, selling
Author: Dave Kahle
ISBN: 9781601631312 /1601631316
©2011 | 1st Edition | 240 pages | Paperback
Pub Date: Dec-10
Price: US$ 14.99
Hundreds of thousands of small business owners are tossing and turning at night, trying to figure out how to attract more customers. They need to know how to sell, both individually and through their organizations. How to Sell Anything to Anyone Anytime was written primarily for them.
How to Sell Anything to Anyone Anytime distills the fundamental sales process into simple, easy-to-understand, and easy-to-implement principles, processes, and practices, and applies them to a wide variety of sales situations. It is packed with real-world examples and applications to a wide variety of situations—from the corner coffee shop, to the freelance professional, to the sophisticated B2B seller. It features:
- Easy-to-understand practices and processes that can be applied to every business and professional practice.
- Guidelines and step-by-step how-to’s to turn ideas into practice.
- Powerful insights on selling that will enable everyone—from the aspiring entrepreneur to the experienced sales pro—to be more successful.
- Power nuggets—ways to add even more power to the practice and become even better.
- “Dave Kahle provides practical and real world sales strategies that get results…just make sure you read this before your competition does.”
- Barry Farber, best-selling author of Barry Farber’s Guide to Handling Sales Objections
About the Author
Dave Kahle was the number-one salesperson in the country for two different companies in two totally distinct industries, and is now one of the world’s leading sales educators. He’s authored nine books, more than 100 multimedia training products, writes a weekly E-zine for salespeople, and has presented in 47 states and seven countries. For more than 20 years, he’s served as the president of The DaCo Corporation, a sales training/consulting company. In that capacity, he’s trained tens of thousands of people. He splits his time between Sarasota, Florida, and Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The Compleat Day Trader November 22, 2010Posted by McGraw-Hill Education (Asia) in Investment.
Tags: beating the odds, book, breakouts, commodity, emotion, entry, exit, financial instrument, Guide, How-to, long term, market-tested, odds, Profit, profitable, psychology, reversals, rogue, short term, signals, stocks, strategies, Strategy, swing trading, technical analysis, timing, traders, trading, trends
The Compleat Day Trader
Author: Jake Bernstein
ISBN: 9780071663885 / 0071663886
©2011 | 2nd Edition | 240 pages | Hardback
Pub Date: JAN-11
Price: US$ 35.00
THE BOOK DAY TRADERS RELY ON TO CAPTURE PROFITS AND LOWER RISK
The good news is that you can make more money than ever, more quickly than ever in today’s market–the bad news is that you can lose more money even faster! Never before has day trading been such an all-or-nothing game. Much has changed since The Compleat Day Trader was first published. Software is more powerful. Commissions are lower. Orders are executed at lightning speed. Markets never sleep. And, most important of all, stock and commodity markets are experiencing their most volatile period in history.
This new edition of The Compleat Day Trader addresses all these changes while retaining and significantly upgrading the bedrock tools and methods that have made it a classic in the field. You get a comprehensive overview and foundation on:
- The essential aspects of developing day-trading strategies
- Techniques for using momentum for timing and targets
- The newest tools, including depth of market
- The psychological pitfalls of trading–and how to avoid them
- Tracking major news events to improve your day-in, day-out profit potential
In today’s hyperactive, roller-coaster markets, you can’t be too prepared. Your decision making has to be spot-on every moment of the trading day, and you need to be working with the best tools available. The Compleat Day Trader is your first step to grabbing profits consistently in the high-stakes, high-profit-potential world of day trading.
Since The Compleat Day Trader was first published, the tools available to day traders have become incomparably more efficient and effective, thereby dramatically increasing your chances of success. On the flip side, day trading is much riskier and faster paced than ever before. Staying current isn’t an option for the serious day trader–it’s an absolute necessity.
Jake Bernstein has revamped his bestselling guide, The Compleat Day Trader, to bring you fully up to date on his trading model, methods, and indicators, all of which are designed to help you take advantage of dramatically increased volatility in the global stock, futures, and forex markets.
In order to generate profits consistently, you need to define your intraday time frames, implement a specific trading model, and develop objective and operational procedures.
The Compleat Day Trader walks you through these critical processes step by step to help you execute with focus, logic, and objectivity–no matter how volatile the markets may be. Bernstein’s powerful and clear tools are designed to give you the advantage you’ll need. Learn about his:
- MA Channel Swing Trade with Triggers and Setups
- MAC Patterns and Signals
- Power Momentum Day-Trade Formula
- MACD Divergence Setups and Triggers
- Gap Day-Trade Method
- Profit-Maximizing Strategies
- Media Day-Trade Strategy
For fifteen years, traders around the world have been relying on The Compleat Day Trader to help them achieve the highest possible levels of performance. Bernstein presents trading tools and methods that are clear and objective, unlike the mythical, magical, or subjective tools that are so common these days.
This refreshed, updated edition of The Compleat Day Trader provides you with the knowledge you need to make handsome profits while lowering your exposure–so you can rise to the top echelon of day traders.
About the Author
Jake Bernstein (Bonny Doon, CA) is president of MBH Commodity Advisors, Inc., and Bernstein Investments, Inc. He has authored more than 40 books on trading, investing, investor psychology, and economic forecasting. Bernstein has developed a number of trading systems, as including the Setup-Trigger-and-Follow Through (STF) trading model, which has been adopted by traders throughout the world. He is publisher of several investing newsletters, and his clients include some of the largest hedge funds, brokerage firms, market analysts, banks, and professional traders in the world.
9780071361255 The Compleat Guide to Day Trading Stocks
9780071459587 Mastering the Trade
9780071478717 Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom
The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course Product Development November 22, 2010Posted by McGraw-Hill Education (Asia) in Management & Organization.
Tags: ad, advertise, advertisement, advertising, Apple, b2b, benefit, beta, book, business plan, business to business, Cisco, competition, competitive, concept, copyright, customer, data, design, developing, Development, distribute, distribution, engineer, factory, Finance, forecast, Google, growth, Guide, How-to, idea, ideation, industry, intellectual property, launch, law, legal, life cycle, logistics, manufacture, Market, marketing, mock up, model, modeling, modelling, New, organize, packaging, patent, pr, price, pricing, product, Profit, prototype, public relations, quality, register, resource, retail, revenue, rights, sale, screen, segment, sell, selling, store, Strategy, submission, submit, target, test, time to market, trademark, unit, value
Author: Andrea Belz
ISBN: 9780071743877 / 0071743871
©2011 | 1st Edition | 256 pages | Paperback
Pub Date: DEC-10
Price: US$ 20.00
A complete course in product development—without the tuition!
How do the world’s most creative and successful companies approach product development? With “ruthlessly disciplined innovation,” according to Andrea Belz. It’s a whole new way of ensuring consistent success from the initial product conception to communicating its value to customers.
The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course on Product Development provides the techniques you need to know, along with case studies of how companies like Apple, Google, and Cisco create their own remarkably efficient design and engineering processes. Designed as an easy, self-paced “course” complete with chapter-ending quizzes and a final exam, this book explains how to implement best practices for successful product launches every time.
About the Author
Andrea Belz, MBA, Ph.D., (Altadena, CA) is a well-known expert in technology commercialization who provides guidance to global leaders in innovation, including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology. Her savvy combination of technology review and business analysis has been used by groups ranging from General Electric to NASA.
9780071435123 Next Generation Product Development
Super Trader, Expanded Edition November 22, 2010Posted by McGraw-Hill Education (Asia) in Investment.
Tags: bear market, book, bull market, capital, diversificat, diversify, earnings, Finance, Financial, Guide, Investing, investment, money, portfolio, Profit, securities, stocks, wall street
Author: Van Tharp
ISBN: 9780071749084 / 007174908X
©2011 | 2nd Edition | 288 pages | Hardback
Pub Date: DEC-10
Price: US$ 28.00
A fast-paced guide to mixing the perfect blend of psychology and strategy—from trading legend Van Tharp!
How do you transform yourself from mild-mannered investor to Super Trader? Think clearly. Plan accordingly. Commit completely. In other words, become a trader. And no one is better suited to help you make the transformation than legendary trading educator and author Van K. Tharp.
Combining the sharp insight and technical brilliance that has drawn legions of investors to his books and seminars, Tharp provides a holistic approach for becoming a successful full-time trader. His system—a meld of investing psychology and sound trading practice—is the secret to achieving optimum conditions that produce results in both bull and bear markets.
Using the lessons of Super Trader, you will approach trading as you would a small business—realistically, systematically, and enthusiastically. Drawing on his decades of experience, Tharp has created a simple plan designed to help anyone master the market. You can put this plan to use immediately in order to:
- Master the psychology of trading
- Craft a “business plan”—a working document to guide your trading
- Develop a trading system tailored for your personal needs and skills
- Create position-sizing strategies to meet your objectives
- Monitor yourself constantly to minimize mistakes
Throughout the book, Tharp asks the pertinent questions you must ask yourself about becoming a trader, being a trader, and succeeding as a trader.
The rewards that come with being a Super Trader—both financial and personal—make you feel as if you can leap small buildings in a single bound. Whatever your skill level, Tharp provides the formula for succeeding in a field where most people fail.
MoneyLife, August 20, 2011
About the Author
Van K. Tharp, Ph.D., is the founder and president of the Van Tharp Institute. He is regarded as an international leader among professional trading coaches and consultants. Tharp is the author of three acclaimed books published by McGraw Hill: Trade Your Way to Financial Freedom, the New York Times best-seller now in its second edition, Safe Strategies for Financial Freedom, and Financial Freedom Through Electronic Day Trading.
Tharp received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in 1975 and is a certified Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), a Certified Master Time Line Therapist, a certified Modeler of NLP, and an Assistant Trainer of NLP. He has used his expertise in NLP to create the successful models of trading and investing upon which so much of his work is based.
He has collected more than 5,000 successful trading profiles by studying and researching individual traders and investors, including many of the top traders and investors in the world. From these studies he developed a model for successful trading and investing that other people can adopt and learn.
He has developed a five-volume Peak Performance Home Study Course, teaching the results of this ten-year study, and The Investment Psychology Inventory Profile to help people better understand their strengths and weaknesses in relation to trading or investing. He has also developed a course on How to Develop A Winning Trading System That Fits You, written a special report on money management and position sizing, published the Market Mastery newsletter, and publishes a free weekly e-newsletter, Tharp’s Thoughts, which appears on www.TraderPlanet.com.
Managing Your Aspirations November 18, 2010Posted by McGraw-Hill Education (Asia) in Highlights, Management & Organization.
Tags: book, management, managing, workplace
Author: Bob Aubrey
ISBN: 9780071311786 / 0071311785
©2011 | 1st Edition | 352 pages | Paperback with Flaps
Pub Date: Nov-10
Price: US$ 19.50
ISBN: 9780071328227 / 007132822X
Available at: skoob
Managing Your Aspirations: Developing Personal Enterprise in the Global Workplace is written for anyone who meets with the question: “Tell me more about yourself and where you want to go in the future” and realizes that the answer is not simple. It is for those who are ready to take a step back from their regular routines to think seriously about another question: “Does what I’m doing today relate to my dreams and my identity?”
The questions above pertain to personal development, a theme that has recently become a responsibility for individuals in corporate organizations and higher-educational institutions. To meet this relatively new need, Bob Aubrey, founder and CEO of Metizo, shares the Personal Enterprise Plan, comprising a set of personal development strategy tools that were previously created for leading multinational companies and top business schools. In so doing, he guides the reader through questions that give meaning and value to decisions about work, lifestyle and development, such as: Who will I become? How can I transform my dreams into reality? How do I balance my lifestyle and career priorities? What challenges and changes should I expect in today’s global workplace?
Whether you are at a crossroads in your life, just starting out in your career or wish to take stock of your life, Managing Your Aspirations will guide you in defining your identity, needs and goals, and working towards achieving your personal success.
Praise for the book
“Personal development is perhaps the most essential skill for students and employees in the 21st century. This book is a practical approach, based on Bob Aubrey’s experience in global talent development, for transforming potential into economic and personal success.” – Kevin Wheeler, Founder and President, Future of Talent Institute, Silicon Valley, California
“Bob Aubrey has come full circle: he is the only consultant I know who really understands personal development in companies, and now in this book he offers practical solutions.” – Reto Wittwer, CEO , Kempinski Hotels and Resorts
“As the Center for Young Leaders is a movement for entrepreneurs, we believe that each individual has the potential for personal enterprise. With this book on the Personal Enterprise Plan, Bob Aubrey goes beyond the ideas that have inspired our organization in the past to offer a practical and concrete tool that helps everyone to become an entrepreneur in life.” - Michel Meunier, National President of the Centre de Jeunes Dirigeants (Center for Young Leaders)
- Interview on HRM TV Asia on Planning for Success.
- Part 1
- Part 2
Interview on Malaysia BFM89.9, Raise Your Game. To Listen, please click HERE
Review on Lifestyle Lite May 2011 issue by NTUC Media. To read, please click HERE
About the Author
Professor Bob Aubrey is the founder and CEO of Metizo, an international personal development company, and Professor of Personal Development at Euromed Management school in France. A leading contributor to the new field of personal development in institutions, he created the first personal development certification for institutions of higher education as well as mentoring certification for corporate leaders. He also chairs Asia’s first MBA for talent professionals. Professor Aubrey travels frequently, working with companies such as Volkswagen, Nokia, Areva, ConocoPhillips and SAP on their talent and employee development strategies. His previous books deal with the wisdom of renewal, the future of work and changes in higher education. He is an accomplished teacher and speaker for business schools and personal development conferences in China, France, Singapore, Brazil and USA.