Jan 2017 Reads

One month into the new year and I managed to clock in seven books.

Start small, finish big: fifteen key lessons to start– and run– your own successful business by Fred DeLuca, John P. Hayes. In 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca opened his first Subway sandwich shop with a $1,000 loan. Thirty-four years later, his franchise’s sales generate over $3 billion from more than 13,000 stores in 60 countries. Sharing his own experiences as well as interviews with other entrepreneurs, Fred touched on 15 lessons in this book.

Passion & purpose: stories from the best and brightest young business leaders by John Coleman, Daniel Gulati, W. Oliver Segovia. Globalization. Sustainability. Technology. Diversity. Learning. Convergence of the public and private sectors. These are the big issues on the minds of young leaders today–the challenges they most want to, and must, pursue. In “Passion and Purpose,” dozens of recent Harvard Business School MBAs share personal stories on assuming the mantle of leadership in ways unlike any previous generation. This is a good read for any fresh graduates deciding what to do with life after graduation.

Death of a Perm Sec by Wong Souk Yee. Death of a Perm Sec is a mystery about the demise of the permanent-secretary of the housing ministry, Chow Sze Teck, accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes over his career. Things are not as they seem and it turns out that there are hidden secrets behind his death which reach to the very top of government.

Mr SIA Fly Past by Ken Hickson. Lim Chin Beng is the man behind the iconic Singapore Airlines. He took a fledging airline and turn it into a world reknowned airline, famous for its service and the Singapore girl. This is a must read for anyone in the aviation industry or anyone interested in business and management. Chin Beng is an inspiration to all young people in the area of business management.

Value Investing in growth companies by Rusmin, Victor Chng. The authors combined the value investing and growth investing models to create a holistic approach based on four criteria – simple business models, quality management, healthy financial numbers, and accurate valuation. When we use these four criteria, we would be able to identify good investment opportunities.

Building wealth through REITS by Bobby Jayaraman. The book contains in-depth interviews with CEOs of major S-REITs that will stimulate your thinking and further your knowledge of various REITs. The book targeted at both novice and sophisticated investors will help you master the fundamentals of REITs and deepen your understanding of this asset class. If you’re starting out on REITs investing, this is a good book to get started in understanding the REITs business.

Government in business – Friend or Foe by Lim Hwee Hua. This book sets out the arguments for and against government involvement in business, a topic for debate that arises whenever there is an economic storm. Hwee Hua has vast experience in the financial industry and politics which helps in articulating her arguments for and against. It is a good read for public servants who are considering the case for government intervention in business.

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