Three books on business, leadership, career


As graduation season approaches, many college seniors are worried about what to expect in the “real world” of work. Employees, even those who have worked for years, wonder how they can climb the corporate ladder. Even senior executives in the suite welcome learnings about how to do business better.

Anvil Publishing offers three business books that share advice on leadership, success, and career growth.

A Kind (of) Business: 50 Essays on Business, Leadership, and Society by Dr. Elfren S. Cruz and Dr. Benito L. Teehankee addresses a wide range of issues, including income inequality, business ethics, and the corporate responsibility, in an engaging and simple way. -understand in a way that feels like a couple of friends are talking over a cup of coffee. The lessons they share can help business owners and managers build a business built on inclusivity and sustainability.

The book addresses a wide range of issues, including income inequality, business ethics, and corporate responsibility.

In one of his essays, Cruz posits that technology increases income inequality and, like globalization, it “negatively affects the lives of many people”. He quotes British physicist Stephen Hawking as saying that “great advances in technology can leave most people ‘miserably poor'”.

Cruz also points out that “the rise of populism and the election victory of populists like Trump and the Brexit vote could in part be attributed to people’s anger over the loss of jobs due to technology.” For example, Amazon is automating some of its delivery using drones, and its picking and packing process using robots – that means lost jobs for humans.

Cruz shares an interesting nugget of wisdom on reading; in his preface, he writes, “We hope the essays in this collection will engage your mind and inspire you to reflect and even write your own. An attentive reader will always have something to add to a text he has read, whether mentally, orally or in writing. In this sense, a piece of writing is never complete, but part of an ongoing conversation with the reader.

The two authors also touch on topics such as women and governance reforms, disruption, the fourth industrial revolution, and the rise of artificial intelligence. This is an excellent collection to stimulate thought, and its use as a textbook is recommended.

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In The Business of Banking: Structure and Profitability, Risks and Controls, Deogracias N. Vistan offers a textbook for higher education with case studies that provide examples to help students and readers better understand the text.

‘The Business of Banking: Structure and Profitability’ is written from a banker’s perspective on banking as a profession, industry and as a business

The book is written from a banker’s perspective on banking as a profession, industry and business. Topics covered include liquidity, interest rates, foreign exchange, line of credit and loan process, audit and compliance, and the future of banking in the Philippines.

It is written in easy-to-understand language and its structure is ideal for teaching, as the text is formatted as bullet points or lists with definitions and explanations of terms and concepts.

One item that would be useful to many, including journalists, is a timeline of the banking industry from 1970 to 2019, with a listing of events by decade and relevant discussion.

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For those looking to grow or jump-start their career, Wen-Szu Lin’s Deliver: The Untaught Lessons to Growth Hack Your Career shares simple techniques anyone can use to grow their career as an individual contributor, collaborator and leader.

Lin, who is an executive at Uber Technologies, draws on his experiences of success and failure over the years to provide “a thoughtful and practical introduction to anyone venturing into the corporate world for the first time. times and professionals preparing for the next big step in their careers.”

Wen-Szu Lin’s book shares simple techniques for developing careers as an individual contributor, collaborator and leader

In Part 1, “How to be a Great Individual Performer,” Lin suggests studying how people are motivated, and uses and goes beyond Maslow’s Pyramid to dissect how to use the Hierarchy of Needs in the workplace. .

In Part 2, “How to Be a Great Collaborator,” Lin shows how the ability to build and manage relationships leads to being a great manager.

In Part 3, “How to Be a Great Leader,” he advises executives and managers to set direction, develop talent, and cultivate a values-driven work culture.

He adds that it is important for leaders to join their words: “As leaders, developing and shaping the company culture is perhaps one of the most important responsibilities that will help the organization succeed or fail. . Culture is shaped around the values ​​that leadership has identified, and it grows or shrinks based on how we incorporate those values ​​into our actions and decisions.

“We lead by example to defend these values. When there is a conflict of values, we partner with our teams to manage them, as this will help reinforce the values ​​even further. »

This is good advice, not only for business, but also for government.

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From Anvil Publishing (
A Kind (of) Business: 50 Essays on Business, Leadership and Society
By Dr. Elfren S. Cruz and Dr. Benito L. Teehankee
174 pages / P295.00

Banking activity: structure and profitability, risks and controls
By Deogracias N. Vistan
219 pages / P450.00

Deliver: The Unlearned Lessons of Growth Hack Your Career
By Wen-Szu Lin
236 pages / P395.00


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