The book I read to research this post was The Paperless Lifestyle by Jason Bracht which is a very good book that I downloaded for free from kindle. This book is around 100 pages so is a decent length. Obviously especially if you are a business you must keep hard copies of certain things which means having them in paper form but this book gets you close to getting a paperless office. If you have Microsoft Office, One Note lets you take down notes and store it on your computer. An app for things like tablets called lemon lets you scan receipts and blow them up to read them. Evernote lets you store things across all your digital devices and is proving very popular. There is cloud computing services like Carbonite that you store back ups of your computers so they can be restored in a crisis. You shouldn’t ignore external hard drives, flash drives and SD cards as they can store a lot of information. You shouldn’t have so much paperwork it takes up more than a few drawers. You should also get a scanner and shredder to help you deal with paperwork. Tablets and smartphones as well as laptops will store loads of stuff. One important element is all this stuff you store has to be categorized and preferably with key words which you can do both with Evernote enabling you to easily find stuff.This is quite an interesting book that I enjoyed reading and would definitely recommend. It is well written.

 

The book I read to research this post was Learning To Leap: A Guide To Being More Employable by David Schindler which is a very good book that I downloaded from kindle for free. This book isn’t about being self employed and looks at making your skills more marketable so you can improve your job prospects. One thing you should be looking for in a job is the chance to develop. Many companies on employees constantly taking training courses but you do need the training necessary to do the job properly. A fine balance should be reached with many employees being expected to do at least some of their learning in there own time. At http://careerbuilder.com/psychometrics.psx there is a questionaire with a difference. It asks you a series of questions and comes back to you with videos of people in various jobs who gave similar answers with the idea it can guide you to careers you otherwise wouldn’t have thought of. At the University Of Essex although the book doesn’t give there website address they have a questionaire that assess your strengths and weaknesses and guides you to what careers you should be considering. In the future the impact of social media is going to grow with much emphasis being placed on the really big sites like Facebook and Twitter. Having a diversified field of followers and friends will get more and more important in job seeking. One thing this book does say is employers often say potential employeees especially the young don’t have the skills to do jobs. Someone did research into this and decided the potential often have the skills but don’t present them in the right way. I really enjoyed this book and I think would recommend it.

I am reviewing the album X by Chris Brown which is a very good album. I think this is his 6th album and it has been quite successful making number 2 on the US album charts. Chris is probably best known for assaulting Rihanna the popstar whom he had a relationship. I think calling this album X is no coincidence. He did plea bargain a light sentence but a lot of that goes on in America. His first single became the first debut single by an act to top the US singles chart since P Diddy. His debut album made number 2 in the US. He was born in Virginia and taught himself to sing and dance in addition to being in a gospel choir. A record company as part of their package to release music by him arranged to have some coaching. He apparently did grow up in a violent environment where his mum’s boyfriend was frequently violent. After the incident with Rihanna many radio stations refused to play his music. I must admit the music on this album is pretty good. Apparently there was a funny incident when some celebrity whose name I can’t remember was having a go at him on twitter and it turned in to an argument with them sending each other hash tag messages. I think its the last place you want to have an argument.

I am reviewing the album Strut by Lennie Kravitz which is a very good album. This album was released recently. Lennie is part Russian-Jewish and part Afro-Carribean. He is named after his uncle Leonard who died fighting in Vietnam and got a lower graded medal than what he should have due to racial discrimination. It was rectified posthumously in 1994. Lennie had a British number 1 single with Fly Away that was more popular due to it being used on a tv commercial. He has had quite a lot of hit singles and has also won quite a lot of Grammy Awards. He was married to the actress Lisa Bonet perhaps most famous for The Cosby Show. They divorced in 1991 amid rumors he had a sexual relationship with Madonna whilst working on the single Justify My Love which he has always denied. Lennie doesn’t come from a religious background but is quite religious nowadays. He has released a couple of singles from the Strut album. He also had a small part in The Hunger Games and its sequel. I did quite enjoy this album & think I would recommend it.

I am reviewing the live hard rock album One Wild Night by Bon Jovi which is a very good album. Although the album is said to be tracks recorded from 1985-2001 only 2 tracks were recorded prior to 1995. They are one of the biggest selling acts of all time with over 100 million sales worldwide. This album only made number 20 on the Billboard Chart. It includes quite a lot of pretty good songs. Bon Jovi formed in 1985 and are signed to Island Records. There album New Jersey featured 5 top ten and 2 number 1 hits. That is a record for a rock album. I did quite enjoy this album.

The book I read to research this post was Africa: The Ultimate Frontier Market by David Matwaen which is a very good book that I read at kindle unlimited. This book looks at Sub Saharan Africa in particular although it also looks at other countries like South Africa. Africa has come a long way in the last decade with growth rates rivalling the BRIC nations, Brazil, Russia, India & China which are generally seen as being the places to invest. Many countries in Africa have democracies and a relatively new thing here is getting credit which is extremely popular and gives many people the chance to better themselves. Most countries in Africa have a stock exchange and government bonds are seen as a wise investment because normally the invested amount is guaranteed. Many governments issue these bonds which lets them undertake substantial projects and improve their countries. Only 2 countries in Africa still have a civil war raging which is completely to maybe a decade ago. Many Chinese companies are investing here as Chinese labor rates have risen substantially yet labor rates in Africa remain relatively low. Africa has much mineral wealth which is largely untapped in places like Rwanda & Angola. Mining these resources doesn’t improve employment rents hugely as it is largely machine based. Many businesses and organisations like hospitals have set up universities to stem the skills shortage. The expenses are paid partly by donations and partly by the business involved and it provides a surplus of skilled people for other companies in the same industry who also often contribute. These universities are often very specialized often only offering a few courses in one type of industry ie healthcare. I did thoroughly enjoy this book and it is well written and I do recommend it.

The book I read to research this post was Management Skills In IT by Rob Chapman et al which is a very good book that I bought from kindle. This book is published by the British Computing Society and is only around 70 pages so is quite short. This isn’t really a how to book instead it focuses on the importance of soft skills. These are things like communication skills and computing ability. Often managers realize how important technical skills are but neglect other things. Most managers don’t get formal training although they might get seminars in certain skills. Managers are usually recruited from the workplace and ideally you would want to do a qualification like the MBA. Even MBA’s now neglect things like IT training. Often a manager will have to maintain a blog and have to immerse himself in social media especially with large companies. Ideally he should get training even if just from another manager. A lot of managers think there job just entails bossing the staff and often don’t have the skills people who work for them have been trained. This of course makes the manager appear aloof. They also often have to deal with problem employees they are better off with out. They should be careful to select the right people for a job and the persons attitude towards the job is the most important thing. They can always be trained to do particular tasks. I did quite enjoy reading this book which takes the form of a guest writer writing each chapter. The information could maybe have done with being a bit more specific. It was well written almost like a business magazine although I didn’t learn very much from it.