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What's New in Business: March 2000
Particularly recommended by the business librarians are:

HF5382.7 .P68 1999
EMILY POST'S THE ETIQUETTE ADVANTAGE IN BUSINESS: PERSONAL SKILLS FOR PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS by Peggy Post and Peter Post, third generation of Post authors, is definitely not your grandmother's etiquette book! The purpose of this book is "to show you how to meet the challenges of the business world with the kind of self-confidence that will propel you to the top." There are few aspects of the working world, from job hunting to behavior in the executive boardroom, that are not discussed in this treasure trove of useful information. Find out how to make small talk at the office, how to deal with rumors, gossip and backstabbing, and how to get along with difficult co-workers and supervisors. How much should you discuss your home life and love life at the office? Can revealing too much personal information affect your opportunities for advancement? Is it possible to conduct a discreet romantic relationship in the workplace? What about styles of corporate dress? What type of casual wear is appropriate in an office setting?

The Posts offer advice for managers on how to hire and fire, motivate and inspire, deliver bad news, and discuss guidelines for friendships with subordinates and socializing outside the office with co-workers. Appropriate gift choices for employees and customers are given. Rules for introductions and suggestions for remembering names (and what to do if you forget them) are provided as well.

The fine points of telephone, pager and cellular phone etiquette are discussed, along with rules of conduct in our ever-growing e-mail culture. Chapters on doing business abroad and cultural customs for several countries are included. The special problems of those who work at home are discussed in detail. How can interruptions be kept at a minimum? What about small children who might not understand your need for privacy, or well-meaning but intrusive family and friends who don't realize that you are indeed working even though you are at home? With this modern book of etiquette at your side, you will find common-sense advice that will enable you to gracefully maneuver your way through just about any social and professional situation during your business career. (NL)

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HG 179 .R394 1999x
I'VE BEEN RICH. I'VE BEEN POOR. RICH IS BETTER by Judy Resnick (with Gene Stone) offers an anecdotal approach to "how every woman can find economic security and personal freedom." Many similar how-to books have chapters on budgeting, financially dealing with divorce, investing, and retirement. Ms. Resnick intersperses such information with the story of her life-an amazing history of her many financial and other relationships (starting with her parents). She also sketches financial situations of other women and gives practical advice on how to deal with such cases. The situations themselves may or may not apply to the reader, but they all promote the philosophy that women must become informed about their finances and take responsibility for their financial well-being. This is probably the most gripping book on financial advice one is likely to read-you can't wait to find out what happens to Judy Resnick! (EMN)

HG 4910.M67 1999x
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING MONEY AND INVESTING by Kenneth M. and Virginia B. Morris is the latest edition of the best available introduction to these subjects. Attractive and easy to interpret charts, photographs, and other graphics immensely enhance explanations that are written in a clear, no-nonsense style. Especially helpful are the expanded section on mutual fund investing and the inclusion of new topics such as the Euro, day-trading, the expanded role of NASDAQ securities, and more. In short, from the history of money and the U.S. Dollar to the most cogent explanation of the futures market you will ever encounter, this slim volume has it all. (JF)

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FROM THE NEWSSTAND:An occasional feature highlighting interesting new business periodicals we think are especially engaging.

MORNINGSTAR FUND INVESTOR, January 2000- (monthly newsletter), analyzes its top 500 mutual funds. Selection is based on past risk-adjusted performance, costs and managers' strategies. Included are 50 Rookie funds with less than 3 years of performance but with interesting portfolios. The funds are listed within investment objectives (stock, international, and bond). Summary financials on each fund include the Morningstar Rating (most are 4 or 5), total return over periods of time, total returns compared to others in the same investment strategy, historical risk, P/E ratio, top 3 sectors of investment for stock funds, % of assets in cash, stocks or bonds, sales charge, recent NAV, total asset size, % turnover, name of portfolio manager and his tenure with the fund. International stock funds include % of exposure to different regions of the world. Each issue also profiles selected mutual funds. This is a great source for studying top mutual funds. [Available at the Periodicals Desk]

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Other titles of interest:

HB 1531 .W35 1999x
AGEQUAKE: RIDING THE DEMOGRAPHIC ROLLERCOASTER SHAKING BUSINESS, FINANCE, AND OUR WORLD by Paul Wallace

HD 38.7 .F34 1999
COMPETITORS: OUTWITTING, OUTMANEUVERING, AND OUTPERFORMING by Liam Fahey

HD 6331 .G73 2000x
THE FUTURE OF WORK: THE PROMISE OF THE NEW DIGITAL WORK SOCIETY by Charles Grantham

HD 9696.63. U62 C585 2000
THE NEW NEW THING: A SILICON VALLEY STORY by Michael Lewis

HD 9696.63 .U64 M532 1999
HOW THE WEB WAS WON: MICROSOFT FROM WINDOWS TO THE WEB: THE INSIDE STORY OF HOW BILL GATES AND HIS BAND OF INTERNET IDEALISTS TRANSFORMED A SOFTWARE EMPIRE by Cerise Vablais

Contact the business librarians, who also answer questions about business, money, and work, at (412) 281-7141 or at www.carnegielibrary.org/locations/downtown/contact.cfm.

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