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King of All Balloons - The Adventurous Life of James Sadler, The First English Aeronaut (Paperback): Mark Davies King of All Balloons - The Adventurous Life of James Sadler, The First English Aeronaut (Paperback)
Mark Davies; Foreword by Richard Branson; Afterword by Don Cameron
R285 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R36 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The daring flights of the early balloonists that were the first steps on mankind's upward journey to the Moon and beyond have been strangely neglected, and their names have been largely forgotten. This book helps to redress that situation. James Sadler was an extraordinary English pioneer who overcame many obstacles to achieve his dream of flying. Born the son of an Oxford pastry cook in 1753, he defied his lowly upbringing to become the first Englishman to build an air balloon. When not flying he applied himself to engine design and the medical uses of gases, and kept busy as a chemist to the Navy; he designed cannon praised by Nelson, firearms for the British East India Company and a prototype armoured car. At the age of fifty-seven, he returned to ballooning, after which he and his sons went on to set various records of speed, distance and altitude in a total of some 30 towns and cities in England, Ireland and Scotland. Against the vivid backdrop of Georgian England, Mark J. Davies delves into the complex life of this adventurer, exploring the ups and the downs of his amazing career, from his first ascent to his support of the first Englishwoman to fly, and his eventual death in poverty. Sadler's biography also encompasses the stories of his fellow aeronauts, be they courageous, inspired, risible or - occasionally - fatal. This fascinating account is a true homage to our national desire to reach for the skies

WEconomy - You Can Find Meaning, Make A Living, and Change the World (Hardcover): Craig Kielburger, Holly Branson, Marc... WEconomy - You Can Find Meaning, Make A Living, and Change the World (Hardcover)
Craig Kielburger, Holly Branson, Marc Kielburger; Foreword by Sheryl Sandberg; Richard Branson
R763 R547 Discovery Miles 5 470 Save R216 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

***100% of Author Royalties are being donated to charity in keeping with the belief that WEconomy can indeed change the world by empowering families in developing communicates to lift themselves out of poverty with the small business training these book sales are providing. Track your individual impact on a global scale with the specific code on your book's back cover at WE.org. Your guide to 'Business with Benefits'... for All! Purpose and profit are powerful human motivators. Combined, this power can change the world. WEconomy is your guidebook to the greatest evolution in business since the assembly line. Discover the secret to achieving purpose with profit in your career and company, all while driving positive impact. Do you crave more meaning in your job? This book is your roadmap. Are you seeking to inspire employees? CEOs are discovering that purpose is the key to increasing productivity and retaining top performers. If you're in sales, unleash the power of purpose to inspire customers to be passionate brand ambassadors. If you are an aspiring social entrepreneur, learn how to massively scale your mission. Get paid to change the world -- who wouldn't want to be the person doing that? Uncover the methods of megastars like Oprah Winfrey, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, and Sir Richard Branson, who make the world a better place through purposeful--and highly successful--business strategies. The stellar authorial team share in candid detail, the setbacks and achievements they experienced building successful enterprises and charities--with purpose. With the tips inside this book, you, your business, or your charity can: Find a cause that drives you and your career goals to new heights Create a job that you love and be celebrated by your peers, boss, and industry Inspire brand fanatics to stay loyal to you, your company, and your cause Add a halo to your product, grow your geographic reach, innovate for "the next big thing," engage Boomers to Gen Z, and much more! This is your blueprint for living by your personal values, achieving career success, and changing the world. Purpose and profit are the greatest human motivators. This is the definitive roadmap for bringing the power of both forces together--achieving purpose with profit in your career, company, and changing the world. Do you crave more meaning in your job? This book will give you the roadmap. Are you seeking to inspire employees? CEOs are discovering that purpose is the secret to increasing productivity and retaining top workers. If you're in sales, unleash the power of purpose to inspire customers to be passionate brand ambassadors. Everyone wants more meaning. We all inherently know that purpose is powerful, but this is the ground-breaking book to unleashing the purpose within your career, company, and life goals. This book will show you how to profit with purpose, whether you're the one calling the shots or a junior employee looking to advance. Get paid to change the world - who wouldn't want to be the person doing that? Discover the methods of megastars like Oprah Winfrey, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, and Sir Richard Branson, who make the world a better place through purposeful--and highly profitable--business strategies. Go behind the scenes of real companies at the forefront of this watershed movement and learn from business leaders, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and aspiring influencers. The all-star authorial team shares in candid detail the setbacks and achievements they experienced building successful enterprises and charities that generate profits with purpose. With the tips inside, you or your business can: - Find a cause that drives you and your career goals to new heights - Create a job that you love, and be celebrated by your peers, boss, and industry - Boost employee productivity and their love for the company and mission - Inspire brand fanatics to stay loyal to you, your company, and your cause - Better the world with out-of- the-box solutions for supporting charities without writing check - Add a halo to your product, grow your geographic reach, innovate for "the next big thing", engage Boomers to Gen Z, and much more! This is your blueprint for living by your personal values, achieving career success, and changing the world. Additional Praise for WEconomy "WEconomy shows us, in surprising and engaging stories, how a yearning to succeed in career can also be a calling to contribute to the betterment of society. This is a playbook for those of us who are obsessed with a purposeful life at home and at work." -Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft "Full of inspiring examples and practical ideas, WEconomy is a must read for any in business - large or small - looking to harness among their colleagues the power of that most natural and potent of human instincts - a sense of purpose." -Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever "The WEconomy, is a blueprint for businesses wanting to achieve success while making the world a better place. Businesses that see the human, not just the customer - and see the whole person, not just a payroll number. Through engaging stories and personal experiences the authors show us that the WEconomy is happening now, and importantly, WE are all responsible for its success." - Sara Blakely, founder/owner of Spanx brand "The biggest growth market for companies today is to join in the cause of solving society's ills. WEconomy is a fresh and innovative guide for galvanizing all of us to action." -Tom Wilson, Chair of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and CEO of Allstate "Is it possible to merge purpose with work? Yes! WEconomy inspires us to channel our diverse backgrounds, experiences, and talents into serving causes that really matter to us and our communities." -Lynne Doughtie, U.S. Chair and CEO of KPMG "WEconomy is an indispensable handbook for anyone who sees the need to improve the world, who wants to retain and engage employees -- or simply has a mandate to drive profitability." -- Jane Francisco, editor in chief, Good Housekeeping "As global citizens, it is important that we all decide how we can help build a better future for everyone who inhabits this planet. A planet we must come to realize we all share. In the WEconomy, Holly, Marc and Craig share, not only entertaining and insightful stories, but top tips on how, both personally and professionally, we can work together to achieve just that." -Scooter Braun, Entrepreneur and Founder of SB Projects "As people continue to look for meaningful ways they can uniquely contribute personally and professionally to this world, WEconomy illustrates ways we can all do good and do well." -Pete Carroll, Head Coach of the Seattle Seahawks, NFL Champions "Through fun, inspiring and revealing stories the authors, not only bring the WEconomy to life, but bring the reader along for the ride. As the most connected generation in history, never before has there been such an incredible opportunity to make the 'WE' a powerful movement for positive change." - Ed Sheeran, Grammy Award-winning singer / songwriter

The Breakthrough Challenge - 10 Ways to Connect Today's Profits With Tomorrow's Bottom Line (Hardcover): John... The Breakthrough Challenge - 10 Ways to Connect Today's Profits With Tomorrow's Bottom Line (Hardcover)
John Elkington, Jochen Zeitz; Foreword by Richard Branson
R616 R448 Discovery Miles 4 480 Save R168 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Businesses today need to balance the pursuit of profit with the needs of growing numbers of people on a planet under pressure. While sustainability programs, government action, and nonprofits are all parts of the solution, a growing contingent of forward-looking leaders recognizes the real challenge: a fundamental shift in the nature of commerce. CEOs and other leaders must focus the practice of business on social, environmental, and economic benefit--not only because it will make the world a better place, but because it will ensure lasting profitability and success in the business climate of tomorrow.

"The Breakthrough Challenge "is an inspiring call-to-action and guide for this transformation, based on the work of the B Team, a major initiative uniting leaders in sustainability. As founding members of the B Team, John Elkington and Jochen Zeitz map out their agenda for change. The most important goal for businesses must be redefining the bottom line to account for true long-term costs throughout the supply chain. To achieve this, leaders must rethink everything: what counts on balance sheets, how to incentive performance, who does what in the C-suite, and even what inspires us. "The Breakthrough Challenge" draws on over 100 exclusive interviews to show this shift in action, sharing the pioneering work of leaders such as Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever; Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of "The Huffington Post; "Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, chairman of the Nestle Group; Linda Fisher, pioneering Chief Sustainability Officer at DuPont; among many others.Change-as-usual strategies are not enough to move business from breakdowns to breakthroughs. "The Breakthrough Challenge" shows leaders how to achieve a true transformation and refocus the definition of profitability on the lasting wellbeing of people and planet--for the lasting success of their business.

Screw It, Let's Do It - Lessons In Life (Paperback): Richard Branson Screw It, Let's Do It - Lessons In Life (Paperback)
Richard Branson 1
R70 R56 Discovery Miles 560 Save R14 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Global entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson has built a business empire and made billions and is renowned for his approachability and ability to challenge and succeed against the odds. "Screw It, Let's Do It" reveals the lessons that have helped him through his business and personal life, like believing it can be done and that, if others disagree with you, try and try again until you achieve your goal; or that you must love what you do. These and other life lessons, with examples of how he learned them and how he's used them, are included in this candid and motivational book that will inspire you to make a difference in your everyday life.

Losing My Virginity (Paperback): Richard Branson Losing My Virginity (Paperback)
Richard Branson 1
R280 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R56 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

"Oh, screw it, let's do it."
That's the philosophy that has allowed Richard Branson, in slightly more than twenty-five years, to spawn so many successful ventures. From the airline business (Virgin Atlantic Airways), to music (Virgin Records and V2), to cola (Virgin Cola), to retail (Virgin Megastores), and nearly a hundred others, ranging from financial services to bridal wear, Branson has a track record second to none.
Losing My Virginity is the unusual, frequently outrageous autobiography of one of the great business geniuses of our time. When Richard Branson started his first business, he and his friends decided that "since we're complete virgins at business, let's call it just that: Virgin." Since then, Branson has written his own "rules" for success, creating a group of companies with a global presence, but no central headquarters, no management hierarchy, and minimal bureaucracy.
Many of Richard Branson's companies--airlines, retailing, and cola are good examples--were started in the face of entrenched competition. The experts said, "Don't do it." But Branson found golden opportunities in markets in which customers have been ripped off or underserved, where confusion reigns, and the competition is complacent.
And in this stressed-out, overworked age, Richard Branson gives us a new model: a dynamic, hardworking, successful entrepreneur who lives life to the fullest. Family, friends, fun, and adventure are equally important as business in Branson's life. Losing My Virginity is a portrait of a productive, sane, balanced life, filled with rich and colorful stories:
Crash-landing his hot-air balloon in the Algerian desert, yet remaining determined to have another go at being the first to circle the globe
Signing the Sex Pistols, Janet Jackson, the Rolling Stones, Boy George, and Phil Collins
Fighting back when British Airways took on Virgin Atlantic and successfully suing this pillar of the British business establishment
Swimming two miles to safety during a violent storm off the coast of Mexico
Selling Virgin Records to save Virgin Atlantic
Staging a rescue flight into Baghdad before the start of the Gulf War . . .
And much more. Losing My Virginity is the ultimate tale of personal and business survival from a man who combines the business prowess of Bill Gates and the promotional instincts of P. T. Barnum.
Also available in the UK from Virgin Publishing, and in Canada from General Publishing,

"From the Hardcover edition."

The Virgin Way - How to Listen, Learn, Laugh and Lead (Paperback): Richard Branson The Virgin Way - How to Listen, Learn, Laugh and Lead (Paperback)
Richard Branson 1
R210 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R42 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In September 2012, a YOUGOV poll conducted in Britain found that the person British workers would most like as their manager was Sir Richard Branson. With over 40 years in business, Richard Branson is an inspiring pioneer of humanitarian projects and an iconic business leader. In The Virgin Way: How to Listen, Learn, Laugh and Lead, Richard shares and distils his secrets of leadership and success. Featuring anecdotes from his own business dealings, as well as his observations of many others who have inspired him - from politicians, business leaders, explorers, scientists and philanthropists - Richard reflects on the qualities he feels are essential for success in today's world. This is not a conventional book on leadership. There are no rules - but rather the secrets of leadership that he has learned along the way from his days at Virgin Records, to his recent work with The Elders. Whether you're at the beginning of your career, or head of a Fortune 500 company - this is your guide to being your own CEO (Chief Enabling Officer) and becoming a true leader - not just a boss.

Like A Virgin - Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School (Paperback): Richard Branson Like A Virgin - Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School (Paperback)
Richard Branson 2
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Looking for advice on setting up your own company, improving your career prospects, or developing your leadership skills? Why not ask Richard Branson? In Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You in Business School, Richard distils and shares the wisdom and experience that have made him one of the world's most recognised and respected entrepreneurs. From his 'Top 5 secrets of Business Success', to hard hitting discussions about the global financial crisis, this book brings together his best advice on all things business. It's business school, the Branson way.

Finding My Virginity - The New Autobiography (Paperback): Richard Branson Finding My Virginity - The New Autobiography (Paperback)
Richard Branson 1
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) View more sellers Ships in 5 - 10 working days

PAPERBACK EDITION FULLY UPDATED WITH TWO NEW CHAPTERS After creating 12 different billion-dollar businesses and breaking dozens of world records, wouldn't you think you'd done it all? Not Sir Richard Branson. Having brought the Virgin brand to all corners of the globe, he's now reaching out to the stars as he prepares to launch commercial space travel with Virgin Galactic. In this non-stop memoir, Richard takes you inside his whirlwind life: from reinventing his companies in the midst of the financial crisis and devastating personal losses, to tackling the planet's biggest challenges, to the joys of becoming a 'grand-dude' at 64.Discover the irrepressible spirit, ingenious vision and relentless drive that has made Richard the ultimate entrepreneur. The iconoclastic Virgin founder is still changing the world. Next comes outer space.

Screw it, Let's Do it - Lessons in Life and Business (Paperback, Expanded): Sir Richard Branson Screw it, Let's Do it - Lessons in Life and Business (Paperback, Expanded)
Sir Richard Branson 2
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Richard Branson is an iconic businessman. In Screw It, Let's Do It, he shares the secrets of his success and the invaluable lessons he has learned over the course of his remarkable career. As the world struggles with the twin problems of global recession and climate change, Richard explains why it is up to big companies like Virgin to lead the way in finding a more holistic and environmentally friendly approach to business. He also looks to the future and shares his plans for taking his business and his ideas to the next level. Richard reveals the new and exciting areas into which Virgin is currently moving, including biofuels and space travel, and brings together all the important lessons, good advice and inspirational adages that have helped him along the road to success. This is a fantastic motivational business book that will help every reader achieve their own dreams.

Screw it, Let's Do it - Lessons in Life (Paperback, Special edition): Richard Branson Screw it, Let's Do it - Lessons in Life (Paperback, Special edition)
Richard Branson 4
R100 R90 Discovery Miles 900 Save R10 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Throughout my life I have achieved many remarkable things. In Screw It, Let's Do It, I will share with you my ideas and the secrets of my success, but not simply because I hope they'll help you achieve your individual goals. Today we are increasingly aware of the effects of our actions on the environment, and I strongly believe that we each have a responsibility, as individuals and organisations, to do no harm. I will draw on Gaia Capitalism to explain why we need to take stock of how we may be damaging the environment, and why it is up to big companies like Virgin to lead the way in a more holistic approach to business. In Screw It, Let's Do It I'll be looking forwards to the future. A lot has changed since I founded Virgin in 1968, and I'll explain how I intend to take my business and my ideas to the next level and the new and exciting areas - such as launching Virgin Fuels - into which Virgin is currently moving. But I have also brought together all the important lessons, good advice and inspirational adages that have helped me along the road to success. Ironically, I have never been one to do things by the book, but I have been inspired and influenced by many remarkable people. I hope that you too might find a little inspiration between these pages.

Screw Business as Usual (Paperback): Richard Branson Screw Business as Usual (Paperback)
Richard Branson 1
R327 R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Save R90 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Doing good can help improve your prospects, your profits, and your business; and it can change the world. We must change the way we do business' - Richard Branson Can we bring more meaning to our lives and help change the world at the same time? In Screw Business as Usual, Richard Branson at his brilliant and motivating best, shares some fascinating and inspiring stories about the people who are already leading the way in transforming business into a force for good, for people and for the planet. Reflecting on some of his own experiences, and those of the Virgin Group, he also shares his new vision for the future and describes how businesses can help create a more prosperous world for everyone. It's time to turn capitalism upside down - to shift our values, to switch from a just profit focus to caring for people, communities and the world and to turn our work into something we both love and are proud of. It's time to Screw Business as Usual.

Finding My Virginity - The New Autobiography (Abridged, Standard format, CD, Abridged edition): Richard Branson Finding My Virginity - The New Autobiography (Abridged, Standard format, CD, Abridged edition)
Richard Branson; Read by Richard Branson
R459 R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Save R149 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

50 years ago, Sir Richard Branson started his first business. In his new autobiography, Finding My Virginity, the Virgin Founder shares his personal, intimate thoughts on five decades as the world's ultimate entrepreneur. In Finding My Virginity, Sir Richard Branson shares the secrets that have seen his family business grow from a student magazine into a global brand, his dreams of private citizens flying to space develop from a childhood fantasy to the brink of reality, and his focus shift from battling bigger rivals to changing business for good. Following on from where bestselling Losing My Virginity left off at the dawn of the new millennium, Finding My Virginity takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride with the enigmatic entrepreneur. Learn how Branson created 12 different billion dollar businesses and hundreds more companies across dozens of sectors, going from a houseboat to his own private island. But this book goes far beyond the numbers - it is a journey into the heart and mind of Britain's best-loved businessman. Join Sir Richard as he juggles working life with raising his children Holly and Sam, building a marriage with his wife Joan and creating a unique company culture. Discover how he created a new life on Necker Island, while continuing to grow the Virgin brand into all corners of the world. Get the real story behind adventures and run-ins with everyone from Bill Gates and Kate Moss to Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama. Go behind the scenes as Sir Richard Branson creates the world's first commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic, and handles the biggest crisis he has ever faced. Get under the skin of world record attempts on land, sea and air, and see how the original business hippy adapted to becoming a doting 'grand-dude' to his four grandchildren, Eva-Deia, Etta, Artie and Bluey. This is the true account of how the Virgin Founder reinvented himself and his brand for the 21st Century, while continuing to push boundaries, break rules and reach for the stars in more ways than one. This is the story of the man behind the beard, the business, the bravado and the brand. Find out how the ultimate entrepreneur did it for the first time - all over again.

Reach for the Skies - Ballooning, Birdmen and Blasting into Space (Paperback): Richard Branson Reach for the Skies - Ballooning, Birdmen and Blasting into Space (Paperback)
Richard Branson 1
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

An exhilarating and highly personal story of flight by the world-famous adventurer and businessman.
As far back as stories go, pioneers have reached for the skies. In the last two hundred years, they have mastered the air and made the modern world possible. Today they are bringing outer space within our reach. They're inventors and toymakers, amateurs and adventurers, visionaries, dreamers and, yes, crackpots. Some have called them irresponsible, even dangerous. But I have met many of them. I have worked with them, and funded them, and flown with them. I admire them, and trust them, and I think they and their kind are our future.
In this book I look at the history of flight through the stories and people who have inspired me. These are tales of miraculous rescues; of records made and broken; of surprising feats of endurance and survival, including some of my own adventures, as well as developments in the future of air (and space) travel. This is a story of pioneers, and of course it includes the world famous Montgolfiers and the Wright brothers. But I also want to describe some of the lesser-known trailblazers -- people like Tony Jannus, who in 1914 created the world's first scheduled commercial flight, flying his passengers over the waters of Tampa Bay at an altitude of just fifty feet; the 'bird man' Leo Valentin, who in the 1950s jumped from 9,000 feet with wooden wings attached to his shoulders; and my friend, Steve Fossett, who dedicated his life to breaking records and having adventures.
This is their story. It is also, in a small way, my own.

"From the Hardcover edition."

How to Make a Spaceship - A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race and the Birth of Private Space Flight (Paperback): Julian Guthrie How to Make a Spaceship - A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race and the Birth of Private Space Flight (Paperback)
Julian Guthrie; Foreword by Richard Branson 1
R331 R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Save R89 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Afterword by Professor Stephen Hawking "Reads like a thriller - and reveals many secrets... one of the great entrepreneurial stories of our time" (Washington Post) From the age of eight, when he watched Apollo 11 land on the Moon, Peter Diamandis's singular goal was to get to space. When he realized NASA was winding down manned space flight, he set out on one of the great entrepreneurial adventure stories of our time. If the government wouldn't send him to space, he would create a private space flight industry himself. In the 1990s, this idea was the stuff of science fiction. Undaunted, Diamandis found inspiration in the golden age of aviation. He discovered that Charles Lindbergh made his transatlantic flight to win a $25,000 prize. The flight made Lindbergh the most famous man on earth and galvanized the airline industry. Why, Diamandis thought, couldn't the same be done for space flight? The story of the bullet-shaped SpaceShipOne, and the other teams in the hunt for a $10 million prize is an extraordinary tale of making the impossible possible. In the end, as Diamandis dreamed, the result wasn't just a victory for one team; it was the foundation for a new industry.

Manta: Secret Life of Devil Rays (Hardcover): Guy Stevens Manta: Secret Life of Devil Rays (Hardcover)
Guy Stevens; Illustrated by Thomas P. Peschak; Foreword by Sir Richard Branson
R1,142 Discovery Miles 11 420 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Globalisation Laid Bare - Lessons in International Business (Hardcover): Richard Branson, Vince Cable, Alan Greenspan Globalisation Laid Bare - Lessons in International Business (Hardcover)
Richard Branson, Vince Cable, Alan Greenspan 1
R376 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R75 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How does globalisation affect our economy and how did it cause the financial melt-down? In this unique book twelve global thinkers and business people, including global entrepreneur Richard Branson ("Losing My Viriginity"), give their compelling views on the threats and opportunities that lie ahead. Included among the contributors are Jim O'Neill head of Goldman Sachs research who coined the phrase BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries; Peter Jones of BBC Draggon's Den; and, Minister for Business Lord Mandelson, Clare Short, alternative globalisation expert and eco-feminist Vandana Shiva (Earth Democracy), and 2006 Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus (Banker to the Poor).

Finding My Virginity - The New Autobiography (Hardcover): Richard Branson Finding My Virginity - The New Autobiography (Hardcover)
Richard Branson 1
R726 R574 Discovery Miles 5 740 Save R152 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Fifty years ago, Sir Richard Branson started his first business. In his new autobiography, Finding My Virginity, the Virgin Founder shares his personal, intimate thoughts on five decades as the world's ultimate entrepreneur. In Finding My Virginity, Sir Richard Branson shares the secrets that have seen his family business grow from a student magazine into a global brand, his dreams of private citizens flying to space develop from a childhood fantasy to the brink of reality, and his focus shift from battling bigger rivals to changing business for good. Following on from where bestselling Losing My Virginity left off at the dawn of the new millennium, Finding My Virginity takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride with the enigmatic entrepreneur. Learn how Branson created 12 different billion dollar businesses and hundreds more companies across dozens of sectors, going from a houseboat to his own private island. But this book goes far beyond the numbers - it is a journey into the heart and mind of Britain's best-loved businessman. Join Sir Richard as he juggles working life with raising his children Holly and Sam, building a marriage with his wife Joan and creating a unique company culture. Discover how he created a new life on Necker Island, while continuing to grow the Virgin brand into all corners of the world. Get the real story behind adventures and run-ins with everyone from Bill Gates and Kate Moss to Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama. Go behind the scenes as Sir Richard Branson creates the world's first commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic, and handles the biggest crisis he has ever faced. Get under the skin of world record attempts on land, sea and air, and see how the original business hippy adapted to becoming a doting `grand-dude' to his four grandchildren, Eva-Deia, Etta, Artie and Bluey. This is the true account of how the Virgin Founder reinvented himself and his brand for the 21st Century, while continuing to push boundaries, break rules and reach for the stars in more ways than one. This is the story of the man behind the beard, the business, the bravado and the brand. Find out how the ultimate entrepreneur did it for the first time - all over again.

Creative, Successful, Dyslexic - 23 High Achievers Share Their Stories (Hardcover): Margaret Rooke Creative, Successful, Dyslexic - 23 High Achievers Share Their Stories (Hardcover)
Margaret Rooke; Foreword by Mollie King; Contributions by David Bailey Cbe, Ed Baines, Charley Boorman, … 1
R482 R452 Discovery Miles 4 520 Save R30 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

23 very well-known people from the arts, sport, and business worlds talk about how dyslexia affected their childhood, how they were able to overcome the challenges and use the special strengths of dyslexia to achieve great success in adulthood. Darcey Bussell CBE, Eddie Izzard, Sir Richard Branson, Meg Mathews, Zoe Wanamaker CBE, Richard Rogers, Benjamin Zephaniah, Steven Naismith, Lynda La Plante CBE, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, Sophie Conran and others share their stories, and their advice. All reveal the enormous difficulties they faced, the strength required to overcome them, the crucial importance of adult support, and how `the different way the brain is wired' in dyslexia has enabled them to see something different in the world and to use their creativity in an exceptional way. They talk about `thinking sideways', and the ability to look at a bigger picture, the often strong visual strength, and the ability to listen, and to grasp simplicity where other people see only complexity. They also talk about how dyslexia continues to challenge them, and the ways they have found to work around this. An introduction, and final section that includes practical information about dyslexia, are written with the support of Dyslexia Action, and a percentage of profit from the book is going to The British Dyslexia Association. The book will be essential reading for teachers and other professionals, and for families affected by dyslexia, and inspirational for people with dyslexia.

Losing My Virginity - How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way (Paperback): Richard Branson Losing My Virginity - How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way (Paperback)
Richard Branson
R482 R395 Discovery Miles 3 950 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Oh, screw it, let's do it."
That's the philosophy that has allowed Richard Branson, in slightly more than twenty-five years, to spawn so many successful ventures. From the airline business (Virgin Atlantic Airways), to music (Virgin Records and V2), to cola (Virgin Cola), to retail (Virgin Megastores), and nearly a hundred others, ranging from financial services to bridal wear, Branson has a track record second to none.
Losing My Virginity is the unusual, frequently outrageous autobiography of one of the great business geniuses of our time. When Richard Branson started his first business, he and his friends decided that "since we're complete virgins at business, let's call it just that: Virgin." Since then, Branson has written his own "rules" for success, creating a group of companies with a global presence, but no central headquarters, no management hierarchy, and minimal bureaucracy.
Many of Richard Branson's companies--airlines, retailing, and cola are good examples--were started in the face of entrenched competition. The experts said, "Don't do it." But Branson found golden opportunities in markets in which customers have been ripped off or underserved, where confusion reigns, and the competition is complacent.
And in this stressed-out, overworked age, Richard Branson gives us a new model: a dynamic, hardworking, successful entrepreneur who lives life to the fullest. Family, friends, fun, and adventure are equally important as business in Branson's life. Losing My Virginity is a portrait of a productive, sane, balanced life, filled with rich and colorful stories:
Crash-landing his hot-air balloon in the Algerian desert, yet remaining determined to have another go at being the first to circle the globe
Signing the Sex Pistols, Janet Jackson, the Rolling Stones, Boy George, and Phil Collins
Fighting back when British Airways took on Virgin Atlantic and successfully suing this pillar of the British business establishment
Swimming two miles to safety during a violent storm off the coast of Mexico
Selling Virgin Records to save Virgin Atlantic
Staging a rescue flight into Baghdad before the start of the Gulf War . . .
And much more. Losing My Virginity is the ultimate tale of personal and business survival from a man who combines the business prowess of Bill Gates and the promotional instincts of P. T. Barnum.
Also available in the UK from Virgin Publishing, and in Canada from General Publishing,

"From the Hardcover edition."

Screw Business as Usual - Turning Capitalism Into a Force for Good (Paperback): Richard Branson Screw Business as Usual - Turning Capitalism Into a Force for Good (Paperback)
Richard Branson
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Creative, Successful, Dyslexic - 23 High Achievers Share Their Stories (Paperback): Margaret Rooke Creative, Successful, Dyslexic - 23 High Achievers Share Their Stories (Paperback)
Margaret Rooke; Foreword by Mollie King; Contributions by David Bailey Cbe, Ed Baines, Charley Boorman, … 1
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23 very well-known people from the arts, sport, and business worlds talk about how dyslexia affected their childhood, how they were able to overcome the challenges and use the special strengths of dyslexia to achieve great success in adulthood. Darcey Bussell CBE, Eddie Izzard, Sir Richard Branson, Meg Mathews, Zoe Wanamaker CBE, Richard Rogers, Benjamin Zephaniah, Steven Naismith, Lynda La Plante CBE, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, Sophie Conran and others share their stories, and their advice. All reveal the enormous difficulties they faced, the strength required to overcome them, the crucial importance of adult support, and how `the different way the brain is wired' in dyslexia has enabled them to see something different in the world and to use their creativity in an exceptional way. They talk about `thinking sideways', and the ability to look at a bigger picture, the often strong visual strength, and the ability to listen, and to grasp simplicity where other people see only complexity. They also talk about how dyslexia continues to challenge them, and the ways they have found to work around this. An introduction, and final section that includes practical information about dyslexia, are written with the support of Dyslexia Action, and a percentage of profit from the book is going to The British Dyslexia Association. The book will be essential reading for teachers and other professionals, and for families affected by dyslexia, and inspirational for people with dyslexia.

Moonshots - Creating a World of Abundance (Hardcover): Naveen Jain Moonshots - Creating a World of Abundance (Hardcover)
Naveen Jain; Contributions by John Schroeter; Foreword by Sir Richard Branson
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The Coliving Code - How to Find Your Tribe, Share Resources, and Design Your Life (Paperback): Richard Branson The Coliving Code - How to Find Your Tribe, Share Resources, and Design Your Life (Paperback)
Richard Branson; Christine McDannell
R400 Discovery Miles 4 000 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Like a Virgin - Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School (Paperback): Richard Branson Like a Virgin - Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School (Paperback)
Richard Branson
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R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Ships in 7 - 10 working days

"It's business school, the Branson way." Whether you're interested in starting your own business, improving your leadership skills, or simply looking for inspiration from one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time, Richard Branson has the answers. "Like a Virgin" brings together some of his best advice, distilling the experiences and insights that have made him one of the world's most recognized and respected business leaders. In his trademark thoughtful and encouraging voice, Branson shares his knowledge like a close friend. He'll teach you how to be more innovative, how to lead by listening, how to enjoy your work, and much more. In hindsight, Branson is thankful he never went to business school. Had he conformed to the conventional dos and don'ts of starting a business, would there have been a Virgin Records? A Virgin Atlantic? So many of Branson's achievements are due to his unyielding deter-mination to break the rules and rewrite them himself. Here's how he does it.

The Virgin Way - If It's Not Fun, It's Not Worth Doing (Paperback): Richard Branson The Virgin Way - If It's Not Fun, It's Not Worth Doing (Paperback)
Richard Branson
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This is a book on leadership from someone who has never read a book on leadership in his life.

While building the Virgin Group over the course of forty years, Richard Branson has never shied away from tackling seemingly outlandish challenges that others (including his own colleagues on many occasions) considered sheer lunacy. He has taken on giants like British Airways and won, and monsters like Coca-Cola and lost.

Now Branson gives an inside look at his strikingly different, swashbuckling style of leadership. Learn how fun, family, passion, and the dying art of listening are key components to what his extended family of employees around the world has always dubbed (with a wink) "the Virgin Way."

This unique perspective comes from a man who dropped out of school at sixteen, suffers from dyslexia, and has never worked for anyone but himself. He may be famous for thinking outside the box an expression he despises but Branson asserts that "you ll never have to think outside the box if you refuse to let anyone build one around you.

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