New Books – March 2014

NAR members and Association staff can borrow up to three books for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10.

Members and staff can also borrow up to six electronic books, digital audios and/or videos at no cost, through the Virtual Library eBooks Collection.

Information Dashboard Design: Displaying Data for At-a-Glance Monitoring
By Stephen Few
Analytics Press, 2013

Dashboards have become popular in recent years as uniquely powerful tools for communicating important information at a glance. Although dashboards are potentially powerful, this potential is rarely realized. The greatest display technology in the world won’t solve this if you fail to use effective visual design. And if a dashboard fails to tell you precisely what you need to know in an instant, you’ll never use it, even if it’s filled with cute gauges, meters, and traffic lights. Don’t let your investment in dashboard technology go to waste.

This book will teach you the visual design skills you need to create dashboards that communicate clearly, rapidly, and compellingly.

Mastering Business Finance
National Institute of Business Management, 1996

No subject seems to pervade our lives as much as finance. Whether it’s wresting with your family budget or seeing if your company qualifies for a bank loan, finance looms larger than any other technical subject on a daily basis. This report is meant to strip away the fear and confusion you may experience about finance. It explains expense and capital budgets, financial analysis and cash management, and tells you how to go about raising money – all in a language that’s easy to understand.

Maestro: A Surprising Story about Leading by Listening
By Roger Nierenberg
Penguin Group, 2009

As the creator of The Music Paradigm, a unique program that invites executives to sit inside an orchestra rehearsal, renowned conductor Roger Nierenberg has shown thousands of people how to “lead by listening,” improve teamwork, and draw out any organization’s full potential.

7 Steps to Find Your Perfect Career
By Dr. Margot E. Weinstein
MW Leadership Consultants, LLC, 2005

This book will teach you the 7 Step Process to find your talents and learn how to use them to become very prosperous in a career that is right for you. The book is filled with career information, activities and powerful interviews with 9 very successful people to help you become extremely profitable in your perfect career. In each of the 7 steps, Dr. Weinstein will provide you with key strategies that you can put into action today to reach your dream career. This is not just a typical career book. Dr. Weinstein has actually utilized this process to change careers three times, taught it in business and education, and regularly interviews leading CEOs of major real estate, banking and human resource development in organizations worldwide on how they found their chosen career such as: Sam Zell, Equity Group Investments LLC and the tribune, John Baird, Baird & Warner.

Corporate Social Responsibility: Definition, Core Issues and Recent Developments
By Brent D. Beal
Sage Publications, 2014

Corporate Social Responsibility: Definition, Core Issues and Recent Developments offers a well-structured and thorough introduction to corporate social responsibility (CSR). Author Brent D. Beal introduces the basic concept of CSR, briefly discusses the challenges of defining it, and summarizes important conceptual models. CSR is examined in the context of the perfect competition market model, market failure, and social dilemmas. Three different types of CSR—systemic, strategic, and philanthropic—are highlighted.

When Principles Pay: Corporate Social Responsibility and the Bottom Line
By Geoffrey Heal
Columbia University Press, 2008

Stories of predatory lending practices and the reckless destruction of the environment by greedy corporations dominate the news, suggesting that, in business, ethics and profit are incompatible pursuits. Yet some of the worst lenders are now bankrupt, and Toyota has enjoyed phenomenal success by positioning itself as the green car company par excellence. These trends suggest that antisocial corporate behavior has its costs, especially in terms of the stock market, which penalizes companies that have poor environmental track records and rewards more socially conscious brands.

When Principles Pay jumps headfirst into this engaging and vital issue, asking whether profit maximization and the generation of value for shareholders is compatible with policies that support social and environmental goals.

Real Estate Transactions: A Practical Global Guide
Globe Business Publishing, 2012

Real estate regulations vary widely across different jurisdictions. Each country has its own particularities, which are of utmost importance in practice. Concepts such as the obligation to execute the agreement before a public notary, compulsory registration of the deed and the formal provisions to be included therein may determine the validity or voidance of the transfer of property. A lawyer who is unfamiliar with the real estate regulations of the country involved may think that a title is valid if the formalities required in his or her home jurisdiction have been complied with, but in most cases this is insufficient and is the origin of subsequent problems and conflicts. This new work aims to outline the mechanics for real estate transactions in a selection of key jurisdictions, as well as the fiscal treatment of the same. It will therefore provide an essential tool for those acquiring real estate in a wide range of countries.