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Overdrive cover Loonshots, Safi Bahcall (ebook) “ This book has everything: new ideas, bold insights, entertaining history and convincing analysis. Not to be missed by anyone who wants to understand how ideas change the world.” —Daniel Kahneman, winner of the Nobel Prize and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow What do James Bond and Lipitor have in common? What can we learn about human nature and world history from a glass of water? In Loonshots, physicist and entrepreneur Safi Bahcall reveals a surprising new way of thinking about the mysteries of group behavior that challenges everything we thought we knew about nurturing radical breakthroughs. Drawing on the science of phase transitions, Bahcall shows why teams, companies, or any group with a mission will suddenly change from embracing wild new ideas to rigidly rejecting them, just as flowing water will suddenly change into brittle ice. Mountains of print have been written about culture. Loonshots identifies the small shifts in structure that control this transition, the same way that temperature controls the change from water to ice. Using examples that range from the spread of fires in forests to the hunt for terrorists online, and stories of thieves and geniuses and kings, Bahcall shows how this new kind of science helps us understand the behavior of companies and the fate of empires. Loonshots distills these insights into lessons for creatives, entrepreneurs, and visionaries everywhere. Loonshots is the first to apply these tools to help all of us unlock our potential to create and nurture the crazy ideas that change the world. Overdrive description)

The ethical leader : why doing the right thing can be the key to competitive advantage / Witzel, Morgen
Showcases the necessity and practicality of using an ethics-based business model for competitive advantage and long-term organizational success. Ethical behavior in and by businesses is often seen as a bolt-on extra–something that is nice-to-do but not must-do. Morgen Witzel argues that by flipping this view–and making ethical behavior the cake and not just the icing–businesses can gain long-term competitive advantage. Trust and respect among key stakeholder groups, especially employees and customers, cannot be overstated in their importance to an organization’s success. Trust engenders loyalty and good reputation, which in turn builds brand value. The Ethical Leader provides a practical introduction to some key concepts in ethics, including how to deal with ethical paradoxes and how to make ethical decisions. Ethical behavior is the key to trust-building, but it needs to go deeper than something managers do out of a sense of moral duty. The Ethical Leader show why ethics needs to be the platform from which to build a strong and enduring business, and it provides the necessary tools and insights for how to make this happen.” (Catalogue)

How to get to great ideas : a system for smart, extraordinary thinking / Birss, Dave
“The highly practical lessons in HOW TO HAVE GOOD IDEAS are based on neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics. Written by the former Creative Director of OgilvyOne, Dave Birss, this book offers a brilliant new system for conceiving original and valuable ideas. It looks at how to frame the problem, how to push your thinking, how to sell the idea and build support for it and how to inspire others to have great ideas. It proves that any organization – and any department within an organization – can become a fertile environment for ideas. Combining a practical research-based system with fascinating insights and inspiring and humorous writing, the book is also accompanied by the problem solving system RIGHT THINKING. This is a tool which shows organizations a more effective way to generate more effective ideas and is based on the thinking in the book. This is available online and in person from the author.” (Catalogue)

Winging it / Isaacs, Emma
“I’m about to welcome you into my world. Show you what works for me and share openly what hasn’t. I hope that what you find in the pages of this book inspires you to dream up new ways to be kind to people and to think about how the game you’re currently playing might be worthy of a bigger court. I hope it stretches your thinking about what’s possible, and shows you that when you take giant leaps of faith, the only challenging thing will be some temporary discomfort. Are you ready to wing it? CEO and entrepreneur Emma Isaacs forgot to draw up her life plan, and she doesn’t have a list of five-year goals. She doesn’t believe in work/life balance – after all she has five children and heads up Business Chicks, Australia’s largest community for women. Like Sheryl Sandberg, who told us to ‘lean in’ to find success, Emma wants to show us that you can’t plan every detail and wait for the confidence to kick in before you begin; instead, take action now, do what feels right and figure the rest out as you go along. In other words, you’ve got to learn how to ‘wing it’ rather than wait. Drawing on her own life and the stories of the many men and women she has met and interviewed – from Sir Richard Branson to Bill Gates to Girlboss Sophia Amoruso – Emma tells us how to:* Turn a dream into a job* Turn a job into a business* Network like a champion* Protect your time for the things that matter* Get fired up not ground down by the kids/career juggle, and* Understand that sometimes failure is part of the brief. Emma shows us that often the only thing holding us back is ourselves; that you can follow your dreams; and that there’s no reason not to start doing so right now.” (Catalogue)

Overdrive cover The Creative Curve, Allen Gannett (ebook) A great idea isn’t a sudden light-bulb moment. It’s taking something familiar and making it feel new. We’ve been told a lie about the nature of creativity. We’re told stories about creative geniuses; the young Mozart who effortlessly overshadows the hardworking Salieri; Paul McCartney coming up with the tune for Yesterday in a dream one morning; JK Rowling finding inspiration for Harry Potter sitting on a train to London. What we aren’t told is the actual story behind such hits. In fact there is a science and method for mainstream success, whether writing a popular novel, starting a company or creating an effective marketing campaign, and in this book Allen Gannett ; data wizard and successful entrepreneur ; reveals the four laws of creativity that are proven to work. New ideas are surprising at first, and slowly become familiar as we get used to them. Allan Gannett reveals there’s a sweet spot between what feels familiar and safe to us, and what is innovative and new: the point of optimal tension between safety and surprise, similarity and difference. The people we think of as creative geniuses are people who understand this sweet spot instinctively; they know what people find familiar and reassuring, and they find ways to reinvent it fresh. Packed with stories and insights ranging from the team behind Dear Evan Hansen to the founder of Reddit, from the Chief Content Officer of Netflix to Michelin starred chefs, The Creative Curve will help you spend less time on ideas destined to fail and more time on ideas that really break out. This book is for everyone, whether you’re a business leader, a creative artist or a budding entrepreneur – and will teach you the secret to conceiving great ideas that can achieve major success. Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Make Time, Jake Knapp (ebook)’If you want to achieve more (without going nuts), read this book.’ – Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better
Most of our time is spent by default. We all wish for more hours in the day. We all struggle to make time for what matters. Help is here. Productivity experts Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky have created a four-step framework that anyone can use, packed with more than 80 tactics to help you design your day around the things that matter. Tactics such as:

· Choose a daily highlight
· Be the boss of your phone
· Stay out of social media infinity pools
· Slow your inbox
· Make TV a ‘sometimes treat’
· Exercise every day (but don’t be a hero)
· Eat without screens
· Go off grid
· Spend time with your tribe
· Make your bedroom a bed room

With tips and tricks to help you change your life, it’s time to stop daydreaming about projects and activities that you’ll get to ‘someday’, and start that someday today. ‘Make Time is essential reading for anyone who wants to create a happier, more successful life.’ – Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project (Overdrive description)

Kia ora koutou katoa
I thought it was time for an update to reassure business patrons that although our Central Library is closed, you still have access to an online collection of business e-books, and e-journals via our RB Digital link on our website (NZ Business & Management, the Economist, Fast Company, Idealog to name just a few. If you need access to training resources in lead generation, social media marketing, branding etc we subscribe to Lynda.com which has a wonderful collection of online e-training courses at which ever level you are at, absolutely free with your library card.

Read the Harvard Business Review fulltext online or research the latest thinking on business or artificial intelligence via our Business Source Complete on our Mygateway Business resources.

I will be doing a separate post on our two new business resources. So keep an eye out.

Syndetics book coverInfluencer : building your personal brand in the age of social media / Brittany Hennessy.
“”I highly advise anyone who has an interest in life online to get this book, sit down, and take notes because you’re going to want to hear what Brittany has to say.”
-Iskra Lawrence, Aerie Model and Instagram star (@iskra) Every one of your favorite influencers started with zero followers and had to make a lot of mistakes to get where they are today–earning more money each year than their parents made in the last decade. But to become a top creator, you need to understand the strategies behind the Insta-ready lifestyle . . .

As nightlife blogger, then social media strategist, and now Senior Director of Influencer Strategy and Talent Partnerships at Hearst Magazines Digital Media, Brittany Hennessy has seen the role of influencers evolve and expand into something that few could have imagined when social media first emerged. She has unrivaled insight into where the branded content industry was, where it is, and where it’s going. In this book she’ll reveal how to:

*Build an audience and keep them engaged
*Package your brand and pitch your favorite companies
*Monetize your influence and figure out how much to charge>” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBack to human : how great leaders create connection in the age of isolation / Dan Schawbel.
“A Financial Times Book of the Month Back to Human explains how a more socially connected workforce creates greater fulfillment, productivity, and engagement while preventing burnout and turnover. The next generation of leaders must create a workplace where teammates feel genuinely connected, engaged, and empowered — without relying on technology. Based on Dan Schawbel’s exclusive research studies — featuring the perspectives of over 2,000 managers and employees across different age groups — Back to Human reveals why virtual communication, though vital and useful, actually contributes to a stronger sense of isolation at work than ever before. How can we change this culture?

Schawbel offers a self-assessment called the “Work Connectivity Index” that measures the strength of team relationships. He also shares exercises, examples, and activities that readers can work on individually or as a team, which will help them increase personal productivity, be more collaborative, and become more fulfilled at work.

Back to Human ultimately helps you decide when and how to use technology to build better connections in your work life. It is a call to action to leaders across the world to make the workplace a better experience for all of us.”(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChange is good … you go first : 21 ways to inspire change / Mac Anderson and Tom Feltenstein.
“How does your team react to change? Do they dig in with their heels to resist it or do they welcome it with open arms? In this 1-hour read, Mac Anderson and Tom Feltenstein take you through each step of change — from the realization that change is a good thing, to implementing that change in every department and across all channels. You may not have a choice about change, but you can choose how you and your team react to it.Change Is Good…You Go Firstprovides the motivation you and your team need to embrace change. The book includes 21 ways to inspire change and objectives to help your team achieve its goals.”(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe compass and the radar : the art of building a rewarding career while remaining true to yourself / Paolo Gallo.
” Paolo Gallo offers a unique pathway toward identifying the right career, finding the ideal job and developing a moral compass–the solid value system that will then anchor the reader in their professional lives. With a creative and engaging mix of coaching practice, management theories, case studies and personal story-telling, this book helps readers to identify both their own compass–which relates to integrity, passion and internal value systems–and radar–which helps them to understand organizational complexity and ‘read’ workplace dynamics and situations. The Compass of Success is founded on a series of searching questions that will enable anyone to find their compass and radar to achieve personal success. In the midst of a volatile and uncertain world, one in which technology, AI and digital resources are transforming the work environment, The Compass and the Radar allows readers to pause, reflect, and consider who they are, what they stand for, and how to remain free.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe genius habit : how one habit can radically change your work and your life / Laura Garnett.
” Make your job the right job. Maybe you’re a young professional just starting to think seriously about what you want out of your career. Maybe you’ve been job hopping for a few years and haven’t found the perfect fit. Or maybe you want to launch your career to a new level and bring fresh energy to your work. In The Genius Habit, performance strategist Laura Garnett shows you how the path to finding long-lasting professional happiness starts with building the habit that makes extraordinary accomplishment all but guaranteed, as well as: The difference between passion and purpose and why one matters more than the other How to stop equating achievements with happiness Why having a mentor is not a necessity for career success The benefits of continually fine-tuning your career so you are challenged and fulfilled every day

Combining the most recent and exciting research on productivity and performance with Laura’s experience guiding dozens of high-level clients to the heights of success,The Genius Habitis a must-read for anyone who believes that work can and should be one of the most rewarding aspects of life.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe post-truth business : how to rebuild brand authenticity in a distrusting world / Sean Pillot de Chenecey.
“SHORTLISTED: Business Book Awards 2019 – Embracing Change CategoryBrands are built on trust, but in a post-truth world they’re faced with a serious challenge: so much of modern life is defined by mistrust. A shattering of the vital trust connection between brands and consumers, together with the evaporation of authenticity as a core brand pillar, is causing enormous problems for businesses on a global scale. If a brand isn’t seen as trustworthy, then when choice is available it will be rejected in favour of one that is.The Post-Truth Business provides a way forward for any organization wishing to rebuild brand authenticity in a distrustful world. It explains the interconnected problems facing businesses, with important topics including:- The impact of fake news, disinformation and the weaponizing of lies- The safeguarding of privacy, alongside privacy as a tradable asset- Why and how brands must create communication with meaning- The dangers of inauthentic cultural marketing activities- Examples of conscious capitalism and brand activism- Lessons in authenticity from artisans and innovators- National branding and reputation capital- Leveraging the power of ‘brand trust’ The Post-Truth Business shows how to strengthen consumer engagement by closing the ‘brand credibility gap’. It’s packed with examples of inspiring people, brands and international campaigns from the fashion, beauty, outdoor, motor, drinks, finance, media, technology, entertainment and health sectors. Each of them demonstrates a dynamic and positive way forward.” (Syndetics summary)

From time to time we like to feature a new arrival in the business collection. This time it is Ryan Jennings new book 100% Kiwi Business

This is a fascinating and important book for anyone already in business or for those contemplating setting up in business. Ryan Jennings spoke to a large number of New Zealand CEO’s and business owners and from their answers he has put together a number of insights and questions which small business owners need to ask themselves. This attractive book “celebrates the creators, the innovators, exporters, expats and kiwi leaders who are at the helm of business right now”

Thoroughly recommended. To read more about this book have a look here:

Syndetics book coverThe book of beautiful questions : the powerful questions that will help you decide, create, connect, and lead / Warren Berger.
” From the bestselling author of A More Beautiful Question , hundreds of big and small questions that harness the magic of inquiry to tackle challenges we all face–at work, in our relationships, and beyond. When confronted with almost any demanding situation, the act of questioning can help guide us to smart decisions. By asking questions, we can analyze, learn, and move forward in the face of uncertainty. But “questionologist” Warren Berger says that the questions must be the right ones; the ones that cut to the heart of complexity or enable us to see an old problem in a fresh way.

In The Book of Beautiful Questions , Berger shares illuminating stories and compelling research on the power of inquiry. Drawn from the insights and expertise of psychologists, innovators, effective leaders, and some of the world’s foremost creative thinkers, he presents the essential questions readers need to make the best choices when it truly counts, with a particular focus in four key areas: decision-making , creativity , leadership , and relationships Thoughtful, provocative, and actionable, these beautiful questions can be applied immediately to bring about change in your work or your everyday life.”(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe dichotomy of leadership : balancing the challenges of extreme ownership to lead and win / Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.
” With their first book, Extreme Ownership (published in October 2015), Jocko Willink and Leif Babin set a new standard for leadership, challenging readers to become better leaders, better followers, and better people, in both their professional and personal lives. Now, in THE DICHOTOMY OF LEADERSHIP , Jocko and Leif dive even deeper into the unchartered and complex waters of a concept first introduced in Extreme Ownership : finding balance between the opposing forces that pull every leader in different directions. Here, Willink and Babin get granular into the nuances that every successful leader must navigate.

With examples from the authors’ combat and training experiences in the SEAL teams, and then a demonstration of how each lesson applies to the business world, Willink and Babin clearly explain THE DICHOTOMY OF LEADERSHIP — skills that are mission-critical for any leader and any team to achieve their ultimate goal: VICTORY”(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAgile for everybody : creating fast, flexible, and customer-first organizations / Matt LeMay.
” The Agile movement provides real, actionable answers to the question that keeps many company leaders awake at night: How do we stay successful in a fast-changing and unpredictable world? Agile has already transformed how modern companies build and deliver software. This practical book demonstrates how entire organizations–from product managers and engineers to marketers and executives–can put Agile to work.

Author Matt LeMay explains Agile in clear, jargon-free terms and provides concrete and actionable steps to help any team put its values and principles into practice. Examples from a wide variety of organizations, including small nonprofits and global financial enterprises, bring to life the on-the-ground realities of Agile across industries and functions.

Understand exactly what Agile is and why it matters Use Agile to address your organization’s specific needs and goals Take customer centricity from theory into practice Stop wasting time in “report and critique” meetings and start making better decisions Create a harmonious cycle of learning, collaborating, and delivering Learn from Agile experts at companies like IBM, Spotify, and Coca-Cola” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHumanity works : merging technologies and people for the workforce of the future / Alexandra Levit.
“The professional landscape is transforming, and the only way to maintain competitive advantage is to maximize the unique skills of your workforce. In Humanity Works, bestselling author, global workplace consultant and futurist Alexandra Levit provides a guide to making the most of the human traits of creativity, judgement, problem solving and interpersonal sensitivity. Revealing what the ‘robot takeover’ will really look like, how talent and machines can work side by side and how you can make organizational structures more agile and innovation focused, this book will prepare you to lead organizations of the future.Humanity Works doesn’t just explain the fascinating trends of the future of work; it condenses cutting-edge academic and business thinking to show what you can do about the future right now. Original, real-life case studies including Nestle, The Washington Post, Deloitte, and Pepsi combined with exercises and workplace tools will equip you for staying innovative and successful in the wake of major workplace disruption. Everything hinges on capturing the human edge in your organization.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover#StandOutOnline / Natasha Courtenay-Smith.
” ‘For everyone who wants to build their online presence, the RIGHT way!’ – Julie Montagu, wellness guru and author of Recharge The inspirational new book from the author of The Million Dollar Blog — discover how to build an authoritative and authentic personal brand that will change your life. If you google yourself, what do you see? Do you blend in with the masses or stand out from the crowd? Are you recognised as a thought-leader in your industry? Or are you watching others build their profile and wondering if you are being left behind?

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, executive, expert or an employee, how you present yourself online has a huge impact on your professional reputation. We are lucky to live in a world where everyone now has the power to publish and create micro-fame by putting out content – word by word, post by post, video by video. But how do you grab people’s attention in today’s noisy online world?Using a combination of technical know-how, insider tips and interviews with prominent online influencers and business owners, entrepreneur and digital strategist Natasha Courtenay-Smith shows how anyone can build a strong personal brand and become the most visible expert in their industry. #StandOutOnline is the ultimate guide to building a powerful and influential personal brand that will create boundless opportunities for you and your business. Now is the time for you to find your voice and step into the spotlight.”(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThis is marketing / Seth Godin.
Great marketers don’t use consumers to solve their company’s problem; they use marketing to solve other people’s problems. They don’t just make noise; they make the world better. Truly powerful marketing is grounded in generosity, empathy, and emotional labor. Learn how to identify the smallest viable audience. Build trust and permission with your market. Adopt the narratives your fans already use. Find the guts to create and release tension. And most of all, give people the tools and stories they can use to achieve their goals. It’s time to stop lying, spamming, and feeling guilty about your work. It’s time to stop confusing social media metrics with true connections. It’s time to stop wasting money on stolen attention that won’t pay off in the long run. It’s time to be seen by first learning how to see ” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDon’t worry about the robots : how to survive and thrive in the new world of work / Dr Jo Cribb and David Glover.
Don’t Worry About the Robots is a practical guide to managing the high-speed change ahead of workers. Learn how to disrupt yourself in a positive way, using key principles that will give you the best chance to survive and, even better, to thrive in the new world of work. In this timely book, Dr Jo Cribb and David Glover, former CEOs who have launched successful portfolio careers, share insights from their own experiences plus those of an impressive range of successful business leaders who are all actively thinking about the future of work. Aimed at anyone who needs to change careers or whose job leaves them feeling unchallenged and unfulfilled, as well as those starting work for the first time, this book will provide the inspiration, support and practical tools needed to change your working life.

Syndetics book coverTurning people into teams : rituals and routines that redesign how we work / David Sherwin & Mary Sherwin.
“Where do teams go wrong? Having the right people with the right skills doesn’t mean they’ll know how to work together as a team. David and Mary Sherwin maintain it’s all in the design. Through a blend of straightforward activities, conversational stories, and dialogues that help model different forms of team interaction, this book will help teams- * Create workday rituals that aid them in making better decisions and following through on their work responsibilities * Identify patterns of behavior that are getting in the way of team performance, and design and test potential ways to them * Reinforce habits that help team members bring the human element into their interactions and foster open communication Readers of this book will be more prepared to set up and survive challenging projects alongside their coworkers with a shared sense of ownership, and an eye towards retaining the integrity of their teams in the long term. Using a process that has worked at some of the world’s cutting edge companies, the authors detail the steps to take control of team design and plan for success. The key is to give every team member a voice in designing the team’s rules, and in keeping it aligned with the design over the life of the team.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDare to lead : brave work, tough conversations, whole hearts / Brené Brown.Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts
“In her #1 NYT bestsellers, Brene Brown taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers and culture shifters, she?s showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead. Leadership is not about titles, status and power over people. Leaders are people who hold themselves accountable for recognising the potential in people and ideas, and developing that potential. This is a book for everyone who is ready to choose courage over comfort, make a difference and lead. When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it and work to align authority and accountability. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into the vulnerability that?s necessary to do good work.But daring leadership in a culture that’s defined by scarcity, fear and uncertainty requires building courage skills, which are uniquely human. The irony is that we’re choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the same time we’re scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines can’t do better and faster. What can we do better? Empathy, connection and courage to start.Brene Brown spent the past two decades researching the emotions that give meaning to our lives. Over the past seven years, she found that leaders in organisations ranging from small entrepreneurial start-ups and family-owned businesses to non-profits, civic organisations and Fortune 50 companies, are asking the same questions- How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders? And, how do you embed the value of courage in your culture? Dare to Lead answers these questions and gives us actionable strategies and real examples from her new research-based, courage-building programme. Brene writes, ‘One of the most important findings of my career is that courage can be taught, developed and measured. Courage is a collection of four skill sets supported by twenty-eight behaviours. All it requires is a commitment to doing bold work, having tough conversations and showing up with our whole hearts. Easy? No. Choosing courage over comfort is not easy. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and work. It’s why we’re here.?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverImagine it forward : courage, creativity, and the power of change / Beth Comstock ; with Tahl Raz.Imagine It Forward: Making Change Work for You, Your Team, Your Company
“FROM ONE OF TODAY’S FOREMOST INNOVATION LEADERS, AN INSPIRING, PERSONAL APPROACH TO MASTERING CHANGE IN THE FACE OF UNCERTAINTY. Confronting change is incredibly hard, both organizationally and personally. People become resistant. They are afraid. Yet the pace of change in our world will never be slower than it is right now, says Beth Comstock, the former Vice Chair and head of marketing and innovation at GE.

Imagine It Forward is an inspiring, fresh, candid, and deeply personal book about how to grapple with the challenges to chang e we face every day. It is a different kind of narrative, a big picture book that combines Comstock’s personal story in leading change with vital lessons on overcoming the inevitable roadblocks. One of the most successful women in business, Comstock shares her own transformation story from introverted publicist to GE’s first woman Vice Chair, and her hard-won lessons in shifting GE, a 125 year old American institution, toward a new digital future and a more innovative culture.
As the woman who initiated GE’s Ecomagination clean-energy and its (and NBC’s) digital transformations, Comstock challenged a global organization to not wait for perfection, but to seek out emerging trends, embrace smart risks and test ideas boldly, and often.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWhat anyone can do : how surrounding yourself with the right people will drive change, opportunity, and personal growth / by Leo Bottary.
” Most of us don’t seek advice or reach out to others for help very easily. In part, it’s because we’re conditioned to see life as an individual endeavor rather than a team sport. Or because we believe that asking for help makes us look weak or incapable. We regard self-help as by-yourself-help. News flash: no one in the history of the world has ever achieved any level of happiness or success totally by themselves.  

In his 1976 book The Long Run Solution , Joe Henderson suggested that becoming truly accomplished at running (or at anything) doesn’t typically require us to perform superhuman feats. In fact, success is frequently realized by those who simply do the things anyone can do that most of us never will.

In What Anyone Can Do , with the help of Leo Bottary’s Year of the Peer podcasts guests (and playful illustrations by Ryan Foland ), you’ll discover that if you surround yourself with the right people, you’ll do the things anyone can do far more often. And when you do that, you and the people around you will realize more of what you want out of business and life. It’s that simple.

The Power of Peers (2016) made a strong case for how and why formal peer groups are so effective. This book steps outside the formal peer group arena to examine all the important relationships we have in our lives (parents, teachers, spouses, mentors, children, mentees, etc.) and provides a practical approach and specific framework for harnessing their power for your benefit (and theirs). It’s what anyone can do. You’re anyone, right?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWork the problem : how experts tackle workplace challenges / Kathryn Stafford.
A software engineer sees her tech skills slipping even as she rises to manage her own team. A marketing director is squeezed between a demanding, artistic boss and her staff. A tech-savvy manager of operations wants to modernize his warehouse but is surprised when he is stymied. Everyone has experienced a situation at work where challenges pile so high that the only solution seems to be to cut and run. But what if we faced our problems head on instead of quitting? Each fictionalized case study in Work the Problem is coupled with in-depth analysis and commentary by two experts who offer fresh ways of looking at seemingly insurmountable difficulties from perspectives such as performance improvement, organization development, and human resources. The result is an engrossing collection of unique yet familiar stories that build on one another, creating a conversation about universal workplace problems and how we can think about solving them for ourselves. Work the Problem is about more than the specific demands of any one workplace–it’s about cultivating the mindset and skills to take on the inevitable challenges that will arise in any career. Whether you’re thinking of quitting your job, you feel stalled out at your workplace, or you’re advising someone who has hit a wall, Work the Problem is the book to reach for.

What works for women at work : four patterns working women need to know / Williams, Joan
“Presents a toolkit for getting ahead in today’s workplace. An indispensable resource for any working woman, What Works for Women at Work is a comprehensive and insightful guide for mastering office politics as a woman, now published with an updated preface and a companion workbook. What Works for Women at Work: A Workbook. Written by Joan C. Williams, one of the nation’s most-cited experts on women and work, and her daughter, Rachel Dempsey, this unique books offers a multigenerational perspective on the realities of today’s workplace. Distilling more than thirty-five years of research, What Works for Women at Work offers four crisp patterns that affect working women, each pattern representing different challenges and requiring different strategies. Based on interviews with 127 successful working women, this essential resource goes far beyond the traditional cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all approaches of most career guides for women. Throughout the book, Williams and Dempsey weave together real-life anecdotes from the women they interviewed and offer quick and timeless kernels of advice. Upbeat, pragmatic, and chock-full of advice. What Works for Women at Work is the go-to guide for working women. Book jacket.” (Catalogue)
Clarity first : how smart leaders and organizations achieve outstanding performance / Martin, Karen
“Award-winning business performance improvement and Lean management expert Karen Martin diagnoses a ubiquitous business management and leadership problem–the lack of clarity–and outlines specific actions to dramatically improve organizational performance. Through her global consulting projects, keynote speeches, and work with thousands of leaders, Karen has seen first-hand how a pervasive lack of clarity strangles business performance and erodes employee engagement. Ambiguity is the corporate default state, a condition so prevalent that “tolerance for ambiguity” has become a clichéd job requirement. It doesn’t have to be this way. In Clarity First, Karen provides methods and insights for achieving clarity to unleash potential, innovate at higher levels, and solve the problems that matter to deliver outstanding business results”–Jacket.” (Catalogue)
Subscribed : why the subscription model will be your company’s future – and what to do about it / Tzuo, Tien
” Companies like Netflix, Spotify, and Salesforce are just the tip of the iceberg for the subscription model. The real transformation–and the real opportunity–is just beginning. Subscription companies are growing nine times faster than the S&P 500. Why? Because unlike product companies, subscription companies know their customers. A happy subscriber base is the ultimate economic moat.

Today’s consumers prefer the advantages of access over the hassles of maintenance, from transportation (Uber, Surf Air), to clothing (Stitch Fix, Eleven James), to razor blades and makeup (Dollar Shave Club, Birchbox). Companies are similarly demanding easier, long-term solutions, trading their server rooms for cloud storage solutions like Box. Simply put, the world is shifting from products to services.

But how do you turn customers into subscribers? As the CEO of the world’s largest subscription management platform, Tien Tzuo has helped hundreds of companies transition from relying on individual sales to building customer-centric, recurring-revenue businesses. His core message in Subscribed is simple: Ready or not, excited or terrified, you need to adapt to the Subscription Economy — or risk being left behind.

Tzuo shows how to use subscriptions to build lucrative, ongoing one-on-one relationships with your customers. This may require reinventing substantial parts of your company, from your accounting practices to your entire IT architecture, but the payoff can be enormous. Just look at the case studies:

* Adobe transitions from selling enterprise software licenses to offering cloud-based solutions for a flat monthly fee, and quadruples its valuation.

* Fender evolves from selling guitars one at a time to creating lifelong musicians by teaching beginners to play, and keeping them inspired for life.

* Caterpillar uses subscriptions to help solve problems — it’s not about how many tractors you can rent, but how much dirt you need to move.

In Subscribed, you’ll learn how these companies made the shift, and how you can transform your own product into a valuable service with a practical, step-by-step framework. Find out how how you can prepare and prosper now, rather than trying to catch up later.” (Catalogue)
Big potential : how transforming the pursuit of success raises our achievement, happiness, and well-being / Achor, Shawn
“The bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage reveals why our potential is not limited by what we on our own can achieve; rather, our success is amplified by the successes of those around us. He offers five strategies for exponentially raising our achievement and performance by helping others–colleagues, teams, and employees–be better. For decades, we have thought about potential as being a constellation of individual traits: your creativity, your abilities, your intelligence. But new research shows that this version of potential–what Achor calls Small Potential–is deeply flawed, and places a ceiling on the level of success we can achieve. Because we now know that all these traits are in fact interconnected, and that by pursuing success individually, we have been leaving much of our potential untapped. Big Potential works not in isolation, but rather as part of an ecosystem. So when we help those around us succeed, we not only raise the performance of the group, but we also create a virtuous cycle by which we in turn become more successful ourselves. Drawing on cutting-edge original research as well as his work with executives, educators, and leaders around the globe, Achor shows how we can all lift the ceiling on our potential by helping others realize theirs”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)
Rise of the youpreneur : the definitive guide to becoming the go-to leader in your industry and building a future-proof business / Ducker, Chris
“In late 2014, internationally acclaimed blogger and podcaster Chris Ducker coined the term “Youpreneur” to describe the rise of the personal brand entrepreneur, a new business model that very few people saw coming. Since then, the Youpreneur has risen to the top across sectors. A Youpreneur transcends the old rules of business and builds a sustainable business from the foundation of their experience, interests, and personality–their personal brand. Youpreneurs draw an engaged, loyal audience even as they pursue varying, changing interests. They play by their own rules, and they reap the benefits. Ready to pivot for the last time, guarantee the success of your business, and become the go-to leader in your industry? Chris Ducker will show you how to develop the Business of You and build a future-proof business model.” (Catalogue)
Leap : how to thrive in a world where everything can be copied / Yu, Howard

Disrupters : success strategies from women who break the mold / Fletcher, Patti
“The business world is stacked against women who have been trained to follow the deeply ingrained, unspoken rules of business culture created long before they entered the workforce. But imagine a world where women throw out the old playbook and start making their own rules. Tech executive, board member, and angel investor Dr. Patti Fletcher helps you recognize and smash those old rules and introduces you to the women who have found success by breaking them. With exciting insights and uplifting stories, Disrupters reveals the keys you need to achieve your own version of success.”–Back cover.” (Catalogue)

The meaning revolution : leading with the power of purpose / Kofman, Fred
‘One of the most extraordinary thinkers on leadership and management I have ever encountered’ – Sheryl Sandberg
Forget the standard practices of leadership taught in business school — all about compensation, command and control. This is a new model for how to inspire — through purpose, principle and people. The Meaning Revolution is Fred Kofman’s call to arms for anyone who has ever felt unengaged at work and offers actionable advice for how we can all find more meaning and dignity whatever we do. Bringing together economics and conflict resolution, counselling and mindfulness, Kofman explains how our most deep-seated anxiety is that we are wasting our lives. The things that we think matter — salaries and job titles — actually only account for 15% of our motivation at work. The other 85% is about how we belong, feeling we make a difference, that we serve a purpose larger than ourselves. Transformative leadership is about helping employees feel connected to a great mission or purpose, and discovering the ‘immortality project’ at the core of your business.” (Catalogue)

The business of change : how New Zealand organisations can survive and thrive despite digital disruption / Pollok, Mike
“…The objective of this book is to discuss the digital threats and opportunities likely to have the most impact on New Zealand and to help Kiwi organisations to cope with, and take advantage of, the new realities of business today and tomorrow” — Back cover.” (Catalogue)
Digital Darwinism : survival of the fittest in the age of business disruption / Goodwin, Tom
“Digital Darwinism takes an exhilarating look at disruptive thinking to inspire those who want to be the best at digital transformation. Change across business is accelerating, but the lifespan of companies is decreasing. Life is more unpredictable than ever and leaders are facing a growing abundance of decisions to make, data to process and technology that threatens to disrupt even the most established business models. These are the forces that could destroy your company but, with the right strategy in place, they could also help you transform it into a market leader. Digital Darwinism is a guiding hand through the turbulence of this moment, offering practical strategies as well as an ambitious call-to-action that lights a fire underneath complacency and inspires creative change. In this book, Tom Goodwin shines a light into the future by exploring technology, society and the lessons of the past so that you can understand how to adapt, what to embrace and what to ignore. Goodwin proves how every assumption the business world has previously made about “digital” is wrong in order to revolutionize your mindset: incremental change isn’t good enough, adding technology at the edges won’t work and digital isn’t a thing – it’s everything. If you want your organization to succeed in the post-digital age, you need to be enlightened by Digital Darwinism”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Rebel talent : why it pays to break the rules at work and in life / Gino, Francesca
“Great stories, great science, and great practical advice about how, when, and why to break the rules.”
— Angela Duckworth, New York Times bestselling author of Grit
Do you want to follow a script — or write your own story? Award-winning Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino shows us why the most successful among us break the rules, and how rebellion brings joy and meaning into our lives. Rebels have a bad reputation. We think of them as troublemakers, outcasts, contrarians: those colleagues, friends, and family members who complicate seemingly straightforward decisions, create chaos, and disagree when everyone else is in agreement. But in truth, rebels are also those among us who change the world for the better with their unconventional outlooks. Instead of clinging to what is safe and familiar, and falling back on routines and tradition, rebels defy the status quo. They are masters of innovation and reinvention, and they have a lot to teach us. Francesca Gino, a behavioral scientist and professor at Harvard Business School, has spent more than a decade studying rebels at organizations around the world, from high-end boutiques in Italy’s fashion capital, to the World’s Best Restaurant, to a thriving fast food chain, to an award-winning computer animation studio. In her work, she has identified leaders and employees who exemplify “rebel talent,” and whose examples we can all learn to embrace. Gino argues that the future belongs to the rebel — and that there’s a rebel in each of us. We live in turbulent times, when competition is fierce, reputations are easily tarnished on social media, and the world is more divided than ever before. In this cutthroat environment, cultivating rebel talent is what allows businesses to evolve and to prosper. And rebellion has an added benefit beyond the workplace: it leads to a more vital, engaged, and fulfilling life. Whether you want to inspire others to action, build a business, or build more meaningful relationships, Rebel Talent will show you how to succeed — by breaking all the rules.” (Catalogue)

Clockwork : design your business to run itself / Michalowicz, Mike
Do you worry that your business will collapse without your constant presence? Are you sacrificing your family, friendships, and freedom to keep your business alive? What if instead your business could run itself, freeing you to do what you love when you want, while it continues to grow and turn a profit?

It’s possible. And it’s easier than you think.

If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you started your business so you could be your own boss, make the money you deserve, and live life on your own terms. In reality, you’re bogged down in the daily grind, constantly putting out fires, answering an endless stream of questions, and continually hunting for cash.

Now, Mike Michalowicz, the author of Profit First and other small-business bestsellers, offers a straightforward step-by-step path out of this dilemma. In Clockwork, he draws on more than six years of research and real life examples to explain his simple approach to making your business ultra-efficient.
Among other powerful strategies, you will discover how to:

* Make your employees act like owners: Free yourself from micromanaging by using a simple technique to empower your people to make smart decisions without you.

* Pinpoint your business’s most important function: Unleash incredible efficiency by identifying and focusing everyone on the one function that is most crucial to your business.

* Know what to fix next: Most entrepreneurs try to fix every inefficiency at once and end up fixing nothing. Use the “weakest link in the chain” method to find the one fix that will add the most value now.

Whether you have a staff of one, one hundred, or somewhere in between, whether you’re a new entrepreneur or have been overworked and overstressed for years, Clockwork is your path to finally making your business work for you.” (Catalogue

The purpose revolution : how leaders create engagement and competitive advantage in an age of social good / Izzo, John B.
“We’re in the midst of a purpose revolution. Customers, employees, and investors are making it clear that they want companies to do more than provide good products, good prospects, and good profits–they want companies to do some social good too. Ironically, as this extremely timely book demonstrates, purpose-driven companies do better on nearly every traditional metric: greater customer loyalty, higher retention, more innovation, and a healthier bottom line. But how do you become a purpose-driven company? Just crafting an inspiring new mission statement and starting a CSR program won’t cut it, says John Izzo, who predicted the purpose revolution in his 1994 book Awakening Corporate Soul. Purpose must pervade every part of your organization. In this thoroughly researched hands-on guide, Izzo and Jeff Vanderwielen provide a tool kit for deeply embedding purpose into your leadership and organizational culture. Using scores of real-world examples and practical exercises, Izzo and Vanderwielen help leaders find a truly authentic purpose, one that is a natural fit for them and their organization. They describe concrete actions leaders can take to ensure that employees own it, customers and recruits connect with it, and every corporate action and activity reflects it. They show leaders how to avoid common pitfalls on the path to purpose and how to use purpose to guide all their decision making. In an increasingly crowded economic landscape, purpose gives you a powerful competitive advantage. But it does more than that. Finding and communicating an inspiring purpose will revitalize the entire organization, top to bottom. Purpose makes business more rewarding in every sense”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Brand the change / Miltenburg, Anne
“In a perfect world, great changemaking ventures would grow purely based on their own merit. In the real world, we have to be creative and strategic about how we brand our initiatives and get the support we need to help them grow into effective, sustainable organisations. Creating a strong brand is crucial to getting the audience you deserve and, ultimately, increasing your impact. With over twelve years of experience as a brand developer, Anne Miltenburg has worked with organisations and people as diverse as tech companies, scientists, women’s rights activists and bankers, from Zambia to Ireland and from the USA to Saudi Arabia. To help her clients comprehend the branding process and think more like brand strategists, Anne developed tools and exercises which became the foundation for a training format used in over 15 countries to support starting and scaling social enterprises. This book opens up the method for everyone looking to build or strengthen their brand for change.” (Catalogue)

The excellence dividend : principles for prospering in turbulent times from a lifetime in pursuit of excellence / Peters, Thomas J
“Management guru Tom Peters shows that nothing beats a high-quality product or service, designed and delivered by people who are as dedicated to each other as they are to their shared goal. With his unparalleled expertise and inimitable charisma, Peters offers brilliantly simple, actionable guidelines for success that any business leader can immediately implement, punctuated by incisive quotes from some of today’s leading lights in business.” (Catalogue)

Me and my mentor : how mentoring supercharged the careers of 11 extraordinary women / Breekveldt, Norah

How important is mentoring in accelerating my career success and helping me realise my potential? Why are men more likely to have mentors than women? How do I proactively pursue a mentoring relationship? What is more effective – formal mentoring programs or informal mentoring relationships?
Me and My Mentor explores these and other questions mentors and mentees face in their working life. Eleven mentor and mentee couples talk openly about their experiences, the professional and personal friendships that evolved, the challenges they worked through, the career and learning opportunities that opened up for them and the mutual benefits they received from the relationship. Each story provides practical tips and insightful lessons from which men and women can learn and apply to their own mentoring journeys.
If you’ve ever been curious about how mentoring can advance your career, or how you can apply mentoring to achieve true diversity in your workplace, then Me and My Mentor is a must read!” (Catalogue)

Scrum for dummies / Layton, Mark
“Scrum is an agile project management framework that allows for flexibility and collaboration to be a part of your workflow. Primarily used by software developers, scrum can be used across many job functions and industries. Scrum can also be used in your personal life to help you plan for retirement, a trip, or even a wedding or other big event. Scrum provides a small set of rules that create just enough structure for teams to be able to focus their innovation on solving what might otherwise be an insurmountable challenge. Scrum For Dummies shows you how to assemble a scrum taskforce and use it to implement this popular Agile methodology to make projects in your professional and personal life run more smoothly–from start to finish…No matter your career path or job title, the principles of scrum are designed to make your life easier. Why not give it a try?”–Amazon.com.” (Catalogue)

The healthy workplace nudge : how healthy people, cultures and buildings lead to high performance / Miller, M. Rex
“Discover how healthy buildings, culture, and people lead to high profits Organizations and employees now spend an average of $18,000 per year per employee for health costs, a 61% increase in 10 years. These are direct costs, but the hidden costs of time out of the office, distraction, disengagement, and turnover far exceed the direct costs. The Healthy Workplace Nudge explains the findings of research on 100 large organizations that have tackled the problems of employee health costs and disengagement in four fresh ways: Happiness leads to health and performance Behavioral economics to nudge healthy employee behavior Healthy culture Healthy buildings In addition to proving highly effective, these approaches represent a fraction of the cost sunk into traditional wellness and engagement programs. The book explains how to create a workplace that is good for people, releases them to what they do best and enjoy most, and produces great and profitable work. Find actionable strategies and tactics you can put into use today Retain happy, productive talent Cut unnecessary spending and boost your bottom line Benefit from real-world research and proven practice If youre a leader who cares about the health and happiness of your employees, a human resource professional, or a professional who develops, designs, builds, or outfits workplace environments to improve employee health and wellbeing, this is one book youll want to have on hand.”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Book Jacket for: The mind of the leader : how to lead yourself, your people, and your organization for extraordinary resultsThe mind of the leader : how to lead yourself, your people, and your organization for extraordinary results / Hougaard, Rasmus
“Most leaders think they’re effective at motivating their employees, but study after study shows that employees are more disengaged and uninspired than ever. The solution lies not in more management training or fun off-sites but in looking within–into the mind of the leader. Based on their years-long research and practice, Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter, of the Potential Project, have conclusively found that three qualities stand out as being foundational for leaders today: mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion–what they call the MSC Leadership Mind, the ideal mind of the leader. Mindfulness addresses the distractedness that kills our focus, stunts our productivity, and makes us action-addicted multitaskers. Selflessness addresses the general lack of fulfillment in work life by helping us–and the people we lead–find true happiness and meaning. And compassion addresses today’s social disintegration by enhancing true human connections, followership, and engagement. While some think these traits are innate, Hougaard and Carter, together with hundreds of their associates working with thousands of leaders around the world, have developed a system to help leaders of all kinds learn and cultivate the MSC Leadership Mind. By addressing their own needs first, then those of their people, and finally the culture of their organization, every leader can learn to embody what makes for great leadership in today’s challenging organizational environment.– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Book Jacket for: How women rise : break the 12 habits holding you back from your next raise, promotion, or jobHow women rise : break the 12 habits holding you back from your next raise, promotion, or job / Helgesen, Sally
“Ready to take the next step in your career … but not sure what’s holding you back? Read on. Leadership expert Sally Helgesen and bestselling leadership coach Marshall Goldsmith have trained thousands of high achievers–men and women–to reach even greater heights. Again and again, they see that women face specific and different roadblocks from men as they advance in the workplace. In fact, the very habits that helped women early in their careers can hinder them as they move up. Simply put, what got you here won’t get you there … and you might not even realize your blind spots until it’s too late. Are you great with the details? To rise, you need to do less and delegate more. Are you a team player? To advance, you need to take credit as easily as you share it. Are you a star networker? Leaders know a network is no good unless you know how to use it. Sally and Marshall identify the 12 habits that hold women back as they seek to advance, showing them why what worked for them in the past might actually be sabotaging their future success. Building on Marshall’s classic best seller What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, their new book How women rise is essential reading for any woman who is ready to advance to the next level.” (Catalogue)

Book Jacket for: Soulpreneurs : live your purpose, lift your platform and leap into prosperitySoulpreneurs : live your purpose, lift your platform and leap into prosperity / Luciano, Yvette
“Whether you wish to start up (or supercharge) your business, create your blog or book, attract abundance as an artist, or transition from your day job to your dream career, Soulpreneurs is the blueprint you’ve been waiting for. Learn how to: get clear on your purpose and vision, identify your key strengths and values, build your confidence, grow your brand sustainably, and stay on track when things don’t go to plan.” (Catalogue)

Book Jacket for: The CEO next door : the 4 behaviours that transform ordinary people into world-class leadersThe CEO next door : the 4 behaviours that transform ordinary people into world-class leaders / Botelho, Elena L.
“Based on an in-depth analysis of over 2,600 leaders drawn from a database of more than 17,000 CEOs and C-suite executives, as well 13,000 hours of interviews, and two decades of experience advising CEOs and executive boards, Elena L. Botelho and Kim R. Powell overturn the myths about what it takes to get to the top and succeed. What those who reach the top share are four key behaviors that anyone can master: they are decisive; they are reliable, delivering what they promised when the promise it, without exception; they adapt boldly, and they engage with stakeholders without shying away from conflict. Based on this breakthrough study of the most successful people in business, Botelho and Powell offer career advice for everyone who aspires to get ahead.” (Catalogue)

Book Jacket for: The new science of radical innovation : the six competencies leaders need to win in a complex worldThe new science of radical innovation : the six competencies leaders need to win in a complex world / Giles, Sunnie
“Following Sunnie Giles’s Harvard Business Review article “”The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World,”” this book uses solid scientific principles to help leaders in any organization navigate successfully through the increasing speed and interdependence in today’s market.” (Catalogue)

Book Jacket for: Digital transformation : build your organization's future for the innovation ageDigital transformation : build your organization’s future for the innovation age / Herbert, Lindsay“Digital Transformation is a wonderful read and provides fantastic insights…Digital Transformation is a wonderful read and provides fantastic insights. More than that, it provides the ‘How’ together with practical guidance on undertaking the journey to digital transformation. This book should be on the ‘2018 must read list’ for anyone who wants to gain a greater understanding of, or embark on, digital transformation. I will be highly recommending this book to my colleagues and industry peers.(Amazon reviewer)

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