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THE Book on…BUSINESS From A to Z: The 260 Most Important Answers You Need to Know

THE Book on…BUSINESS From A to Z: The 260 Most Important Answers You Need to Know

Daniel Feiman

A short authors bio:

Daniel Feiman, MBA, CMC® & Visiting Professor is the Managing Director of Build It Backwards, based in Redondo Beach, CA. He focuses in three areas: Strategy: Planning & Implementation; Finance: Modeling & Analysis; Process: Lean & Continuous Process Improvement.

Mr. Feiman is an internationally recognized leader in these areas; working with firms such as Apple, California Manufacturing Technology Center (CMTC), Commercial Finance Conference, Credit Suisse, Hilton Hotels, Institute for Supply Management (ISM), Mattel, PEMEX (México), Promigas (Colombia) Reliance (India), SEA (Supplier Excellence Alliance), The Small Business Development Center, TRW & the University of Manchester (UK) among others.

He is the author of numerous articles & whitepapers as well as a contributing author to and/or editor of several books. He has been interviewed on various television and radio shows, His third book in the Build It Backwards series (THE Book on Business from A to Z: The 260 Answers You Need to Know), was published in November, 2011.

He is adjunct faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension Department (since 1990) and The Visiting Professor in the University of Huddersfield’s (UK) Business School.

He is also a reviewer for the New York Journal of Books.(http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/reviewer/daniel-s-feiman).

A book synopsis / Key Ideas:

THE Book on Business from A to Z; The 260 Most Important Answers You Need to Know is an ongoing resource for entrepreneurs because they can go directly to the topics they need today. Seasoned leaders will find it valuable as a reference guide they can return to frequently. It covers 26 of the most important business topics in the world today by answering the 10 most important questions on each subject area. Although each chapter is worthy of a complete book on its own, we have distilled it down to the most critical elements.

Why did you write this book?

Someone had to write it; and that’s why we did. THE Book on Business from A to Z; The 260 Most Important Answers You Need to Know is the result of trying to constantly answer clients’ questions across a vast range of business topics. Frequently when we had conversations between ourselves about some of our most challenging engagements we realized that they had one thing in common: clients were regularly asking questions across the entire business spectrum. As we answered them the result was this book.

Write a paragraph stating why readers should buy your book and what they will get out of it after reading it.

When you have an important business question & want to go directly to the answer, pick up a copy of this book. It is easy to navigate, to the point, clear & easy to read. For further reference the 20 co-authors’ contact information is available at the end.

Here are some interesting questions that could be answered in the article (questions are suggested, you DO NOT need to answer all these questions):

  • Do you have a blog, what is the link, what do you talk about in your blog? – no
  • Do you do speaking events? – Yes
  • What are some common ones that you do on a regular basis? What do you talk about?
Fundamentals of Corporate Budgeting 11 Jan – 21 Mar
Corp & Fin Restructuring 16-20 Jan
Finance for Managers 06-10 Feb
The Complete Course on Budgeting: Planning, Forecasting, What-if Analysis & Reporting 13 – 17 Feb
X-Ray Your Organization 23-Feb
Strategic & Financial Planning 5 – 9 Mar
Advanced Finance and Global Economics 22-Mar
Risk vs. Reward matrix 4-Apr
Finance & Accounting for the Oil & Gas Industry 15 – 19 Apr
The Supply Chain Management Simulation: Play it to Win 23-25 Apr
The Complete Course on Budgeting: Planning, Forecasting, What-if Analysis & Reporting 6 – 10 May
Supply Chain workshop 16-May
Supply Chain Management Simulation 17-May
Executive Mini MBA 22-25 May
Strategic & Financial Planning 28 May – 1 Jun
Introduction to Accounting & Finance for the Supply Management Professional 4-Jun-12
Finance for the Supply Management Professional 05-07 Jun
Advanced Accounting & Macro Economics for the Supply Management Professional 8-Jun
Advanced Finance and Global Economics 14-Jun
Corporate & Financial Restructuring 18 – 22 Jun
The Complete Course on Budgeting: Planning, Forecasting, What-if Analysis & Reporting 2 – 6 Jul
Finance & Accounting for the Oil & Gas Industry 9 – 13 Jul
Entrepreneurial Development Program 16 – 20 Jul
X-Ray Your Organization 12-Sep
X-Ray Your Organization 13-Sep
Setting & Controlling Budgets 24 – 28 Sep
Accounting, Decision Making & Financial Communication 8-12 Oct
Corporate & Financial Restructuring 22 – 26 Oct
Finance & Accounting for the Oil & Gas Industry 25 – 29 Nov
The Complete Course on Budgeting: Planning, Forecasting, What-if Analysis & Reporting 03 – 07 Dec
Entrepreneurial Development Program 10 – 14 Dec

 

 

  • What free online or offline tools do you use? – we provide free copies of our whitepapers at http://www.builditbackwards.com/subpages/publications-wp.html
  • How many people are currently working, including employees (freelancers or independent contractors for specific projects)? – we have a real company with a virtual staff. There are 2 employees in our firm; everyone else is an independent contractor & works on as “as needed” basis. The number varies according to the market need.
  • What is the best advice you never got? – make you message clear and communicate it everywhere; constantly.
  • What is the one thing that you did right? – rebranded the firm as Build It Backwards. This is the way we work with clients & is memorable enough that even if someone does not know what we do they never forget the name.
  • What was the biggest transition you had to make (i.e. new skill set, habits, abilities, focus)? – when I left commercial banking to start my firm the toughest challenge was not having a large group of colleagues to converse with, to bounce ideas off of or to just listen to. I had to generate my own two-way conversations to stimulate & test ideas. This lead to my forming a Master Mind group followed years later by my Advisory Board. Hugely valuable.
  • What book(s) have you read that you would recommend to others – as a reviewer for the New York Journal of Books I read a fair number of books. It is difficult to narrow down the list to 1 or 2 as there are so many good ones.
    • 1 that I think everyone should read is The Checklist Manifestoby Dr. Atul Gawande. A great read about making, & following, checklists to standardize the small things we take for granted. The big things we always focus on but, as they say, the devil is in the details. The small things trip us up. This book helps us avoid that trap.
    • A common sense book on managing money (and who doesn’t need help her?) is Liz Weston’s The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy.
    • An interesting book I am about to review is Everything I know about Business I learned from the Grateful Dead by Dr. Barry Barnes. ‘nough said.

 

 

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