Need help staying in focus and productive during the lockdown? I think we all do.

Productivity Tips: Setting Up Your Workplace with Dave Crenshaw

This shortish 40 minute video gives you quick tips for cultivating a workspace that makes it easier to stay focused, motivated, and productive. (It’s had over 2,500 views since it was loaded at the beginning of February)

Mixtape: Learning Highlights for Better Productivity with LinkedIn Learning Instructors This is a curated collection of insights from top LinkedIn courses on productivity. If you are particularly interested in any one of the courses, check out the full version of each course.

Productivity tips: finding your productive mindset – Dave Crenshaw
This hour length video has had over 8,000 views since it was released in January this year.

Dave Crenshaw shares bite-sized actionable tips for finding time in your routine to improve productivity and flexibility. Learn how to shake off negativity and add meaning to your workday.

Time Management: Working from Home with Dave Crenshaw
Another very useful and apt course which gives time management tips to stay productive and balanced when working from home part-time or full-time.

5 Ways to Control Your Time with Chris Croft
Find more time for what’s most important. Learn the 5 key time management strategies (from saying “no” to overcoming perfectionism) to reduce distractions and stay focused…

Tips on remote working – try Lynda.com free courses with your library card

Kia ora koutou katoa — I’m Marilyn Domney, the Business Information specialist here at Wellington City Libraries. Over the next while, I will be featuring relevant and useful resources available remotely and completely free to all our library customers via our Lynda.com.

Lynda.com is a video tutorial service the library subscribes to on your behalf that provides access to over 3,500 instructional videos on many topics including computer software, design, video editing, animation and business skills.

Log in with your library card number and PIN — for those of you who already have a library card, your pin number is the last four digits of your phone number. Don’t have a library card just yet? You can join online. If you encounter any problems please contact us and we’ll do our best to help.

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(To benefit from our free subscription please go to Lynda.com only via the link we’ve given above, otherwise Lynda.com is a subscription based resource. You can find Lynda.com on our Business Online Databases page.)

Now since so many people are working from home, I thought some e-learning courses on how to get the best results from working remotely would be a great place to start. All Lynda.com’s courses are available to target your own individual needs, so whether you are beginner, intermediate or experienced, or looking for a short or long-term course, Lynda.com has it all.

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Remote working – getting started

Learning Path

Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success
Optimize working remotely, whether you’re new to remote work or not, and whether you’re leading a team or part of a team involving distributed team members. Discover how to be productive and stay connected when working from home or other remote environments.

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Working Remotely with Mike Gutman
Learn best practices for working remotely. Use today’s cloud-based tools to stay productive, build culture, and work seamlessly with your team — anywhere there is internet.

(16 Courses, March 2020)

Remote working – empower yourself and your team

Learning Path

Become a Successful Remote Worker
Developing a professional career that embraces work flexibility is not just a dream. A partnership between FlexJobs and LinkedIn Learning, this learning path is designed to help you achieve a fulfilling career and the work flexibility to lead the life you want.

(4 Courses Feb 25, 2020)

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Leading at a Distance with Kevin Eikenberry
Lead effectively from a distance. Get tactics and strategies for empowering remote teams and team members, as well as teams that consist of remote and in-person employees.

If you have any other queries, we have a wealth of free curated online resources available remotely for our customer. I also offer an hour’s free research per separate topic for anyone with a Wellington City Libraries’ card. More in-depth research is available as well.

Inspirational stories from around the world showing how different companies are ‘keeping on’ during the COVID-19 virus

Kia ora koutou katoa. I hope that the following articles will inspire you and give you some food for thought as to how your own small business can adapt and keep on during these very challenging times, both now and in the future.

Launched nearly ten years ago Maddyness is seen as a go-to magazine for entrepreneurs, startups and< innovators. , This article is a great summary of how 19 different businesses from the UK and beyond are doing during the COVID-19 virus. It also seems to be a very good site to sign up to.

How businesses are adapting to a coronavirus pandemic economy
Small acts of resilience as businesses navigate new pressures during a pandemic.

New kiwi company offers wof solution for essential workers

Responding To Coronavirus: A Playbook For Marketing And Communications
Forrester Research is a highly regarded research company. The article was written by one of their senior analysts on March 11 before most companies entered the shutdown period. You can sign up to updates for no charge.

Use these 4 Strategies to Build a Smart Coronavirus Preparation Checklist

We may be closed but here’s a preview of which management books are in the pipeline

Helping People Change: Coaching With Compassion For Lifelong Learning And Growth [hardback] / Boyatzis, Richard
” In this powerful, practical book, there is a clear and hopeful message. The way to help someone learn and change, they say, cannot be focused primarily on problems that need to be addressed, but instead must connect to that person’s positive vision of himself or herself, to an inspiring dream or goal they’ve long held. This is what great coaches do — they know that people draw energy from their visions and dreams for themselves, and that same energy sustains their efforts to change, even through difficult times. Using rich and moving real-life stories, as well as decades of original published research on coaching and helping relationships, Helping People Change shows how coaching others around their dreams and visions opens people up to thinking creatively, helps them learn and grow in meaningful ways, and motivates them to sustain that growth far into the future..” (Catalogue)

Co-Creating Brands: Brand Management From A Co-Creative Perspective [paperback] / Schmidt, Holger
“Brand management and development has traditionally been regarded as the responsibility of the organization they design, produce and sell the brand, before delivering it to customers. Yet this approach can be needlessly restrictive, as the connective power of the internet and the desire of consumers to focus on experiences has reshaped branding.” (Catalogue)

The unfair advantage : how you already have what it takes to succeed / Ali, Ash
” This innovative book shows how to identify your own unfair advantages and apply them to any project. Drawing on over two decades of hands-on experience, including as the first Marketing Director of Just Eat, the authors offer a unique framework for assessing your external circumstances in addition to your internal strengths. Hard work and grit aren’t enough, so this book explores the importance of money, intelligence, location, education, expertise, status and luck in the journey to success. From starting your company, to gaining traction, raising funds and growth hacking, The Unfair Advantage helps you look at yourself and find the ingredients you didn’t realise you already had, to succeed in the cut-throat world of business.” (Catalogue)

The Art Of Decision Making: How We Move From Indecision To Smart Choices [hardback] / Bikart, Joseph
“The Art of Decision Making explores, analyzes and navigates the idea of volition: “the power to use one’s own will in order to make decisions.” By drawing on diverse sources, Joseph Bikart has created a precise map of the intricate paths we take when we move from will to action. Looking closely at our tears around the choices we make, Bikart helps us to delve into the intricate defense mechanisms we create around decision making and asks if these perhaps mask deeper fears around the self. The Art of Decision Making will help you to make better decisions and find the common thread between those decisions. It will show you how to follow that thread, and in so doing, move from hesitation to decisiveness. Book jacket.” (Catalogue)
Upstream : The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen / Heath, Dan
New York Times bestselling author Dan Heath explores how to prevent problems before they happen, drawing on insights from hundreds of interviews with unconventional problem solvers. So often in life, we get stuck in a cycle of response. We put out fires. We deal with emergencies. We stay downstream, handling one problem after another, but we never make our way upstream to fix the systems that caused the problems. Heath introduces us to the thinkers who have overcome these obstacles and scored massive victories by switching to an upstream mindset.. …Upstream delivers practical solutions for preventing problems rather than reacting to them. How many problems in our lives and in society are we tolerating simply because we’ve forgotten that we can fix them?” (Catalogue)

Leading Well: 7 attributes of very successful leaders [paperback] / Pich, David
“Leading Well is the second in a ‘Leadership’ series written by the team at The Institute of Managers and Leaders. In this research-driven title, David Pich interviews some of Australia’s most highly regarded leaders to find out what attributes they value and display best.” (Catalogue)

Latest management books arriving at Wellington City Libraries

Female firebrands : stories and techniques to ignite change, take control, and succeed in the workplace / Kiner, Mikaela
Saying NO to the Workplace Status Quo: 13 Women Who Are Rewriting the Rules If readers are not sure what a firebrand is, they’ll find out in Mikaela Kiner’s powerful first book. Women of all generations will nod in recognition at the stories of 13 professional women from diverse backgrounds and industries as they recount the career challenges they’ve faced and how they have overcome bias, sexism, and the power imbalance. Mikaela Kiner spent 15 years in HR leadership at Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, PopCap Games, and Redfin. In 2015 she founded Reverb, which helps companies create healthy, inclusive culture that engages and inspires employees.” (Catalogue)

The snowball system : how to win more business and turn clients into raving fans / Bunnell, Mo
Mo Bunnell’s comprehensive system will help you win more clients, build stronger relationships, and bring in more business.
In The Snowball System, Mo Bunnell offers powerful and proven tools for business development. Whether you are gregarious or introverted, whether you are a part of a small startup or a massive multinational, Bunnell’s science-based system is effective and efficient, and easily adapted into your day-to-day work. With The Snowball System, you will not only succeed at growing your business, you’ll learn to enjoy doing the activities that drive that growth. You’ll be happier, and so will your clients.” (Catalogue)

Ingenious: The Unintended Consequences Of Human Innovation [hardback] / Gluckman, Peter
“The trouble with innovation is that it can seldom be undone. We invent technologies to modify our environments in immediately beneficial ways, but the long-term consequences can be costly. From obesity to antibiotic resistance, we pay for our successes. Peter Gluckman and Mark Hanson explore what happens when our creations lead nature to bite back. (Catalogue)

Start finishing : how to go from idea to done / Gilkey, Charlie
A prominent productivity expert shows how to do more of the work that matters by converting ideas into finished projects. With Start Finishing, Gilkey presents a systematic, root-cause approach for overcoming the real pitfalls to productivity and turning your ideas into finished projects. He outlines a powerful seven-step method for success…. Gilkey provides an invaluable set of tools to help you stop being bogged down with task lists and start finishing your best work. ‘Start Finishing is a game changer, a modern-day classic that will dramatically change your work”….. — Seth Godin, New York Times bestselling author of This Is Marketing.” (Catalogue)

Reboot : leadership and the art of growing up / Colonna, Jerry
“Jerry Colonna helps start-up CEOs make peace with their demons, the psychological habits and behavioral patterns that have helped them to succeed-and have molded them into highly accomplished individuals-yet have been detrimental to their relationships and ultimate well-being. Now this venture capitalist turned executive coach shares his unusual yet highly effective blend of Buddhism, Jungian therapy, and entrepreneurial straight talk to help leaders overcome their own psychological traumas. Reboot is a journey of radical self-inquiry, helping us reset our lives by sorting through the emotional baggage that is holding us back professionally and, even more important, in our relationships. In Reboot, he inspires leaders to hold themselves responsible for their choices and for the possibility of truly achieving their dreams.

The business of platforms : strategy in the age of digital competition, innovation, and power / Cusumano, Michael A.
“A trio of experts on high-tech business strategy and innovation reveal the principles that have made platform businesses the most valuable firms in the world and the first trillion-dollar companies. Cusumano, Gawer, and Yoffie address how a small number of companies have come to exert extraordinary influence over every dimension of our personal, professional, and political lives. They explain how these new entities differ from the powerful corporations of the past. They also question whether there are limits to the market dominance and expansion of these digital juggernaut.” (Catalogue)

Wellington City Libraries – latest management books

The smarts : big little hacks to take you a long way at work / Jetha, Saj
“The essential Millennial careers book from the founder of The Smarty Train, the award-winning agency that unlocks talent globally.

First job, new challenge or just bored of the same old? Master the new working world with The Smarts by doing, thinking and feeling to be the best you.

Saj Jetha – economist and founder of multi-award winning training and talent advisory The Smarty Train – has distilled everything he knows about work success in this witty, irreverent collection of smart hacks. Having helped thousands of people at major corporations worldwide like Accenture, EY and HSBC, Saj reveals his secrets for gaining a professional edge in the new working world.

Don’t expect a list of dry, pointless mantras about ‘working hard’ and ‘being punctual’ either. Discover why it’s best to have a difficult conversation with your boss after lunch, what to do when you’re stuck for something to say, and why giants drink coffee. Easy-to-remember, beautifully designed, jargon-free chapters cover everything from the basic (nailing first impressions) to the profound (getting to know how your brain works).

Whether you’re an intern, are moving to the next challenge in your career, or are the CEO, The Smarts offers indispensable advice that’s all about unlocking your talent; doing, thinking and feeling in the smartest possible way.” (Catalogue)

Wayfinding leadership : ground-breaking wisdom for developing leaders / Spiller, Chellie
“This book presents a new way of leading by looking to traditional waka navigators or wayfinders for the skills and behaviours needed in modern leaders. It takes readers on a journey into wayfinding and leading, discussing principles of wayfinding philosophy, giving examples of how these have been applied in businesses and communities, and providing action points for readers to practise and reflect on the skills they are learning”–Publisher information.” (Catalogue)

The man who solved the market : how Jim Simons launched the Quant Revolution / Zuckerman, Gregory
“Jim Simons is the greatest moneymaker in modern financial history. His record bests those of legendary investors, including Warren Buffett, George Soros and Ray Dalio. Yet Simons and his strategies are shrouded in mystery. The financial industry has long craved a look inside Simons’s secretive hedge fund, Renaissance Technologies and veteran Wall Street Journal reporter Gregory Zuckerman delivers the goods. After a legendary career as a mathematician and a stint breaking Soviet codes, Simons set out to conquer financial markets with a radical approach. Simons hired physicists, mathematicians and computer scientists – most of whom knew little about finance – to amass piles of data and build algorithms hunting for the deeply hidden patterns in global markets. Experts scoffed, but Simons and his colleagues became some of the richest in the world, their strategy of creating mathematical models and crunching data embraced by almost every industry. Simons and his team used their wealth to upend the worlds of politics, philanthropy and science. They weren’t prepared for the backlash. In this fast-paced narrative, Zuckerman examines how Simons launched a quantitative revolution on Wall Street, and reveals the impact that Simons, the quiet billionaire king of the quants, has had on worlds well beyond finance.” (Catalogue)

Building an Inclusive Organization: Leveraging The Power Of A Diverse Workforce [paperback] / Frost, Stephen
“Remove unconscious bias from business processes and create an environment of real inclusion where employees feel valued, able to be themselves and perform to their full potential while boosting company profits. A diverse workforce is a business imperative. Without it, companies are made up of employees who come from the same background and have the same skills and, therefore, the same blind spots. A diverse workforce brings together different strengths, a variety of experiences, a huge breadth of knowledge and a wealth of creative problem-solving techniques. However, in order to leverage the benefits of this diverse workforce, businesses must be inclusive. Inclusion ensures that employees feel supported, are treated fairly and are therefore happier, more engaged and more productive. Building an Inclusive Organization is a practical guide to creating an environment of real inclusion. It explains how to remove unconscious bias from company processes including recruitment and selection, how to make the case for diversity and inclusion to all stakeholders and how to embed inclusion into an organization’s culture and overall business strategy. Packed with case studies from organizations including KPMG, Uber, Salesforce, Harvard University and the UK National Health Service (NHS), Building an Inclusive Organization shows how to implement robust processes and policies to foster diversity and inclusion in organizations of any size, and in all sectors, including the creative industry, finance, tech, and academia and foundations. Guidance and advice is also provided on how to use ‘nudges’ to change behaviours and overcome bias, how to achieve transparency and accountability, and how to measure, review and evaluate inclusion.” (Catalogue)

Superfast : lead at speed / Devonshire, Sophie
“Leaders need to move at speed. It’s time to learn how to lead innovatively, decisively and impactfully in a world which is changing fast and presenting new opportunities at every turn. Providing practical solutions to leadership questions with a real focus on contemporary challenges, innovations and problems, Superfast is a shortcut to organisational progress and personal success. You’ll learn: inspirational approaches to leading and innovating, when to slow down and take more time to get things right, the importance of being responsible as well as responsive, how to use time smartly to achieve the most impact as efficiently as possible, how to make decisions that unlock leadership growth, Stop waiting around. Lead with clarity, flexibility and purpose. Book jacket.” (Catalogue)

Don’t Be Evil: The Case Against Big Tech [hardback] / Foroohar, Rana
“Today Google and Facebook receive 90% of the world’s news ad-spending. Amazon takes half of all ecommerce in the US. Google and Apple operating systems run on all but 1% of cell phones globally. And 80% of corporate wealth is now held by 10% of companies – not the GEs and Toyotas of this world, but the digital titans. How did we get here? How did the tech industry get to dominate our world so completely? How did once-idealistic and innovative companies come to manipulate elections, violate our privacy, and pose a threat to the fabric of our democracy? In Don’t Be Evil, FT columnist Rana Foroohar documents how Big Tech lost its soul – and became the new Wall Street.

Through her skilled reporting and unparalleled access – won through nearly 30 years covering business and technology – she shows the true extent to which the ‘Faang’s (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google) crush or absorb any potential competitors, hijack our personal data and offshore their exorbitant profits. Yet she also lays out a plan for how we can resist, creating a framework that fosters innovation while also protecting us from the dark side of digital technology.” (Catalogue)

Latest management books received at Wellington City Libraries

Real communication : how to be you and lead true / Dolan, Gabrielle
Effective communication through authentic leadership A rapidly evolving workplace and disruptive technologies have created a growing demand for transparency and authenticity in communication from business leaders. Yet many decision-makers find themselves far behind the curve when it comes to understanding and meeting the evolving expectations of employees and customers. Real Communication: How to Be You and Lead True reveals how to guide and communicate in a way that is authentic and will help business leaders truly connect and engage with their teams, customers, and coworkers. – Communicate more effectively – Improve employee engagement – Manage organisational changes – Help teams cope with change When employees trust their leaders, businesses thrive. In Real Communication you will find everything you need to implement new strategies, instill core values, and cultivate engagement.” (Catalogue)

The ride of a lifetime : lessons in creative leadership from the CEO of the Walt Disney Company / Iger, Robert
The CEO of Disney, one of Time‘s most influential people of 2019, shares the ideas and values he embraced to reinvent one of the most beloved companies in the world and inspire the people who bring the magic to life. Robert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a difficult time. Morale had deteriorated, competition was intense, and technology was changing faster than at any time in the company’s history. His vision came down to three clear ideas: Recommit to the concept that quality matters, embrace technology instead of fighting it, and think bigger–think global–and turn Disney into a stronger brand in international markets. Fourteen years later, Disney is the largest, most respected media company in the world, counting Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox among its properties. Its value is nearly five times what it was when Iger took over, and he is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful CEOs of our era. In The Ride of a Lifetime, Robert Iger shares the lessons he’s learned while running Disney and leading its 200,000 employees, and he explores the principles that are necessary for true leadership… It’s also about thoughtfulness and respect, and a decency-over-dollars approach that has become the bedrock of every project and partnership Iger pursues, from a deep friendship with Steve Jobs in his final years to an abiding love of the Star Wars mythology. “The ideas in this book strike me as universal” Iger writes. “Not just to the aspiring CEOs of the world, but to anyone wanting to feel less fearful, more confidently themselves, as they navigate their professional and even personal lives.” (Catalogue)

The entrepreneurial artist : lessons from highly successful creatives / Dworkin, Aaron P.
“Very few artists are skilled at promoting themselves and their work. Drawing on the accomplishments of Shakespeare, Mozart, and several contemporary creatives, including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Wynton Marsalis, this engaging and practical guide will help you achieve artistic fulfillment, both personally and professionally–no matter your medium. In The Entrepreneurial Artist: Lessons from Highly Successful Creatives, Aaron Dworkin offers an engaging, practical guide to achieving artistic fulfillment, both personally and professionally. Based on the accomplishments of Shakespeare, Mozart, and several contemporary creatives, these lessons will help you realize your goals–no matter your medium. Among those Dworkin personally interviewed for this book are Emmy-winning actor Jeff Daniels, Tony-award winning choreographer Bill T. Jones, Grammy award-winning musician Wynton Marsalis, and Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others. The stories of these twelve remarkable individuals come alive with lessons of love, loss, despair, sacrifice, perseverance, and triumph. Some of the artist-entrepreneur takeaways explored in this book include: -Build partnerships–with peers, patrons, and sponsors -Embrace diversity -Expand your focus -Allow your work to mature Whether one is an aspiring student artist in search of practical tools to build a sustainable career, or a veteran seeking reinvention, The Entrepreneurial Artist offers insights–well-tested, unusual, or innovative–that are meaningful for every kind of creative.” (Catalogue)

Building better ideas : how constructive debate inspires courage, collaboration, and breakthrough solutions / Barnes, B. Kim
Why do teams settle for bad ideas or kill good ones? Popular consultant B. Kim Barnes’s unique process of constructive debate shows how teams can create better ideas and outcomes by eliminating obstacles to honest discussion, creativity, and collaboration. In too many organizations, great ideas and unusual solutions can be suppressed, ignored, or attacked. Departments defend their turf, and people choose what is safe over what is better. Bad ideas move forward and good ideas die, which can lead to disastrous results–financial or otherwise. Luckily, there is a workable path out of this dysfunction. Kim Barnes’s process of constructive debate shows how to establish conditions that encourage the free exchange, discussion, and development of ideas and eliminate conditions that prevent potentially useful ideas from getting heard. By using this tested model, any company or team can improve outcomes and bring out everyone’s best ideas. A constructive debate is one in which a diverse group of individuals can express their ideas, engage others in building on and improving them, explore ideas deeply, and challenge one another’s positions in a fair and productive way. In this book, you’ll learn a set of behaviors you can model and encourage and a process you can facilitate, lead, or support your client in leading. In this time, where opinions can be tribal and differences can lead to unconstructive conflict, it’s important to find ways to build robust ideas through a thoughtful, fair, and inclusive approach.” (Catalogue)

The Scrum fieldbook : faster performance, better results, starting now / Sutherland, J. J.

Work. You’re doing it wrong.
Do you ever feel like you never get as much done as you want to? Or that your projects encounter insurmountable problems before they even get started? Or that your colleagues spend days talking over their ideas without actually implementing them?

J.J. Sutherland has the solution. In his international bestseller SCRUM, he introduced a simple, revolutionary tool to turbo-charge the output of every team. Designed in Silicon Valley and road-tested at the headquarters of Google and Amazon, the scrum method transformed how a generation of tech leaders work.

Now, in THE SCRUM FIELDBOOK, Sutherland returns with a hands-on guide to using the scrum method at the coal-face of any business. He reveals how its focus on rapid innovation, no-bullshit meetings and quick-fire decision-making has immediate relevance for every organisation on Earth. And he offers a step-by-step method for using scrum in your projects – starting today.

The result is a game-changing handbook that will make your team more productive.” (Catalogue)

Ultralearning : seven strategies for mastering hard skills and getting ahead / Young, Scott
“Future-proof your career and maximize your competitive advantage by learning the skill necessary to stay relevant, reinvent yourself, and adapt to whatever the workplace throws your way in this essential guide. Faced with tumultuous economic times and rapid technological change, staying ahead in your career depends on continual learning–a lifelong mastery of new ideas, subjects, and skills. If you want to accomplish more and stand apart from everyone else, you need to become an ultralearner. Scott Young incorporates the latest research about the most effective learning methods and the stories of other ultralearners like himself…. Young documents the methods he and others have used and shows that, far from being an obscure skill limited to aggressive autodidacts, ultralearning is a powerful tool anyone can use to improve their career, studies, and life. Ultralearning explores this fascinating subculture, shares the nine principles behind every successful ultralearning project, and offers insights into how you can organize and execute a plan to learn anything deeply and quickly, without teachers or budget-busting tuition costs.” (Catalogue)

Check out latest additions to management books at Wellington City Libraries

The Empathy Edge: Harnessing the Value of Compassion as an Engine for Success [paperback] / Ross, Maria
“Furious customers? Missed deadlines? Failed products? The problems your business faces may stem from a single issue: lack of empathy. Being empathetic at work means seeing the situation from another’s perspective, and using that vantage point to shape your leadership style, workplace culture, and branding strategy. Pairing her knowledge as a branding expert with proven research and fascinating stories from executives, change-makers and community leaders, Maria Ross reveals exactly how empathy makes brands and organisations stronger and more successful. Ross shows why your business needs to cultivate more empathy now, and shares the habits and traits of empathetic leaders who foster more productivity and loyalty. She gives practical tips, big and small, for how to align your mission and values and hire the right people, cultivating a more empathetic — and innovative — workplace culture. Finally, she gives you the goods on building your empathetic brand in an authentic and proactive way, and shows how doing so results in happier customers, innovative work cultures and increased profits.
The leader’s guide to mindfulness : how to use soft skills to get hard results / Tang, Audrey
“For leaders wanting to use proven mindfulness strategies and tools to unlock top performance and results. The Leader’s Guide to Mindfulness is a highly practical guide to help you focus your attention on the present so you and your organisation can perform more effectively. With emphasis on the “why” and the “how” of mindfulness, you’ll discover how to reap the performance benefits and also learn how to use mindfulness to become an emotionally agile leader. Through a combination of ground rules, practical exercises, case studies and no-nonsense advice, you’ll discover how mindfulness can help you and your organisation to:

  • Improve wellbeing and resilience
  • Improve relationships
  • Improve collaboration
  • Improve creativity and innovation
  • Improve decision making and problem-solving” (Catalogue)

Better business relationships / Tasso, Kim
Essential advice from psychology and communications on how to develop and maintain meaningful professional relationships for individual and organizational success. Business success is usually reliant on being able to get along with people. No matter what the role in an organization, the ability to influence, persuade, change, motivate and encourage others to act effectively is vital. Better Business Relationships brings together a wealth of knowledge and practical advice, from psychology to communications and sales, to provide insight and guidance to both new and more experienced workers alike, who may be dealing with both internal colleagues and external clients and suppliers. As technology advances and automates business processes across industries and roles, communication skills and the ability to form meaningful, beneficial professional relationships is at risk of becoming a dying art. In the midst of the rise of social media, automation and artificial intelligence, there is worldwide concern that, as technology advances, we risk losing the human factors that are needed for individual and organizational success. Kim Tasso provides practical and essential insight on: – Understanding yourself and other people;
– Learning how to change;
– The fundamentals of good communication and relationships;
– Working with people internally; and
– Working with people externally. Better Business Relationships is ideal for anyone who wants to improve their relationships at work and gain a greater understanding of critical social and communications skills required to succeed in any professional environment.” (Catalogue)

Be a project motivator : unlock the secrets of strengths-based project management / Pearce, Ruth
“Engaging your team begins with engaging yourself. “This book will soon become a widely accepted standard on how to deliver a successful project on time and on budget in any industry.”
–John Garahan, Vice President, Global Delivery, Broadridge Financial Solutions

Successful project managers must engage and motivate others to achieve complex goals. Ruth Pearce shows how behavior, language, and attitudes affect engagement and how leveraging character strengths can help improve relationships, increase innovation, and build higher-functioning teams. This focus on character strengths–such as bravery, curiosity, fairness, gratitude, and humor–can help project managers recognize and cultivate the things that are best in themselves and others.

Many project managers do not have the authority to direct the activities of people on their teams–they can only influence them. The most influential people succeed by focusing less on themselves and their message and more on others. They pay attention, they are brave, they are vulnerable, they are curious, and they look for and acknowledge the things that are important about and to the other person. And they model the behavior that they want to see. This book tells you how.

Pearce provides tools and frameworks for building a culture of appreciation, understanding character strengths, mapping leadership qualities, understanding learning styles, identifying team roles, and executing plans. She also explores the factors that contribute to conflict and tensions, as well as strategies for getting through difficult times. We see these tools and techniques in action through “Maggie,” a project manager who is struggling to motivate her team. Each chapter concludes with reflective questions to make the ideas stick and with key strategies for success.” (Catalogue)

The languages of leadership : how to use your words, actions and behaviours to influence your team, peers and boss / Born, Wendy
“Many of us have issues trying to lead disparate teams with multiple personalities, colleagues with conflicting agendas and bosses with minds of their own. The questions we often ask ourselves are:
* How do I manage my team leaders to work together without having to reinvent the wheel, to learn from and leverage each other’s …… Many of us have issues trying to lead disparate teams with multiple personalities, colleagues with conflicting agendas and bosses with minds of their own. The questions we often ask ourselves are: How do I manage my team leaders?; How do I manage my peers? How do I manage my own leader to stop making big promises to my team that I know they won’t deliver on? The answer is to learn to master the languages of leadership. In this fascinating book, Wendy Born will show you how and teach you to make small changes that will have a big impact. ..”.a must-read book for any leader at any stage of their leadership journey.” Paul Harper, Finance Business Transformation, Deakin University> “Wendy provides practical tools and tips to help you to be a better leader for your people, have better relationships with your peers and to get noticed by your boss. Well worth the read.” Andrew McWhirter, CEO The Influencer Project “The Languages of Leadership is a great tool for those who are keen to understand where they are on their leadership journey and how to shape their own brand and style as a connected and impactful leader.” Fiona Schutt, CFO, Worksafe Victoria” (Catalogue)

Work from wherever : how to set yourself free (and still achieve) / Messenger, Lisa
“You can run an empire without an office. Freedom & ambition can co-exist together.You can work from anywhere – happily & successfully. Your (work) life can be one big adventure.It’s predicted there will be 1 billion digital nomad by 2035. Many of the world’s most iconic companies are shutting their headquarters to allow their employees to work from anywhere, with unlimited vacation and total autonomy.Freedom, ambition, exploration…yes, you can have it all!In 2018, after a milestone year for Collective Hub, Lisa closed the brand’s offices, decentralised their team ¿. and caught a plane to the other side of the world. But this wasn’t your average holiday!In Work From Wherever, the entrepreneur, author and speaker shares the lessons she learnt rebuilding a brand on the move and the incredible nomads she met on her travels.Combining personal anecdotes with advice from inspiring globe-trotters, roaming employees and untethered founders, this book will ignite your wanderlust, speak to your inner freedom-seeker and provide practical tips for blazing your own trail.” (Catalogue)

Latest management books at Wellington City Libraries

The Connector Manager: Why Some Leaders Build Exceptional Talent-And Others Don’t [paperback] / Roca, Jaime
The best managers work smarter, not harder After conducting a unique global study of over 9,000 people, analysts at the world-leading sales research firm Gartner identified four distinct types of manager. Incredibly, they found one type consistently performs far better than the rest, and it wasn’t the one they were expecting.

Connector Managers understand that it’s not enough for managers to just encourage and teach employees themselves, and that providing constant coaching to employees can actually be detrimental to their independent development. Instead, by connecting employees to others in the team or organisation, Connector Managers can help their employees develop a range of skills beyond their own areas of expertise.

Although the four types of managers are more or less evenly distributed, employees with Connector Managers perform significantly better than others. Employees with Always-on Managers who provide constant feedback and coaching perform significantly worse.

Drawing on their ground-breaking data-driven research, as well as in-depth case studies and extensive interviews with thousands of managers, you’ll discover what behaviours define Connector Managers and how you can use them yourself to build brilliant, powerhouse teams.” (Catalogue)

Create A Gender-Balanced Workplace (Penguin Business Experts) [paperback] / Francke, Ann
“Equality at work expert Ann Francke reveals how to understand and tackle the damaging consequences of gender imbalance in the workplace. Gender balance is first and foremost a business issue. McKinsey estimates we could add 28 trillion to global GDP if we achieved gender equality everywhere – that is more than the GDPs of the US and China combined. But it is so much more than that. Gender balance is one of the best levers we can pull to build better managers and leaders at every level, improve team performance and create better cultures where everyone can thrive. In the Penguin Experts- Equality at Work, Ann Francke, the CEO of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), introduces her solution to combating the problems at the heart of the continued imbalance and offers clear, actionable strategies for making a positive change in your organisation.” (Catalogue)

Communicate In A Crisis: Understand, Engage And Influence Consumer Behaviour To Maximize Brand Trust [paperback] / Hartley, Kate
“Future-proof your crisis response plan using this clear-cut framework to mitigate, manage and respond to unpredictable rumours, scandals, crises and fake news. The definitive guide for any PR or marketing professional to recognize, plan and respond to a sudden wildfire of consumer-led reaction, “manipulated outrage” sparked from interaction on news feed algorithms, fueled by social media and the constant demand for an instantaneous response.” (Catalogue)

How To Lead When Your Boss Can’t (Or Won’t) [hardback] / Maxwell, John C
“Some talented people reach their full potential, while others self-destruct or remain trapped in medioctiy, What maes the difference Choices. Here are the 13 choices that can propel you to success. Every day millions of people with high potential are frustrated and held back by incompetent leaders. New York Times bestselling leadership author John C. Maxwell knows this because the number one question he gets asked is about how to lead when the boss isn’t a good leader. You don’t have to be trapped in your work situation. In this book, adapted from the million-selling The 360-Degree Leader, Maxwell unveils the keys to successfully navigating the challenges of working for a bad boss. Maxwell teaches how to position yourself for current and future success, take the high road with a poor leader, avoid common pitfalls, work well with teammates, and develop influence wherever you find yourself. Practicing the principles taught in this book will result in endless opportunities–for your organization, your career, and your life. You can learn how to lead when your boss can’t (or won’t).” (Catalogue)

Work tribes : the surprising secret to breakthrough performance, astonishing results, and keeping teams together / Murphy, Shawn
“Are you building a typical team… or a high-performance tribe The motivational power of the desire to belong is the key element for ensuring employee satisfaction and retention, as well as your company’s long-term success. With millions of exhausted employees “living for Friday,” the place we spend most of our time-our workplace-is drudgery. But what happens when leaders revive the workplace by tapping into a hardwired human need That need, a sense of belonging, can resuscitate employee satisfaction and retention, while also contributing to a company’s long-term success. Employees want more than a job. They want an opportunity to solve essential problems and receive fair pay and benefits. While some companies use slick culture tricks to attract and retain employees, a more meaningful experience can be created by fostering a sense of belonging. How can businesses achieve this In his new book Work Tribes, Shawn Murphy, CEO of WorqIQ and a sought-after leadership speaker, shows readers how to tap into the motivational pull of belonging. Based on findings from his interviews with leaders and employees at companies such as LinkedIn, The Container Store, Canlis Restaurant, and Barry-Wehmiller, Work Tribes reveals why a human-centered approach is more aligned with the way we work in the twenty-first century. Astonishing outcomes result from making your employees feel welcomed, wanted, and valued-and this book will show you how to transform your team into a unified tribe. Are you building a typical team… or a high-performance tribe? The motivational power of the desire to belong is the key element for ensuring employee satisfaction and retention, as well as your company’s long-term success. With millions of exhausted employees “living for Friday,” the place we spend most of our time–our workplace–is drudgery. But what happens when leaders revive the workplace by tapping into a hardwired human need? That need, a sense of belonging, can resuscitate employee satisfaction and retention, while also contributing to a company’s long-term success.

The Responsibility Ethic: 12 Strategies Exceptional People Use to Do the Work and Make Success Happen [paperback] / Kreek, Adam
“Adam Kreek is more than an Olympic Gold Medalist: he’s a successful entrepreneur and a well-respected executive coach who continually defies the odds. Written for hungry professionals who love achievement, The Responsibility Ethic shows you how to master 12 essential principles of self-leadership that have fuelled Kreek’s incredible accomplishments — despite numerous setbacks. By learning from a critically acclaimed presenter (he delivers more than forty events per year), you’ll gain the tools and techniques that also work for many other successful leaders.
A powerful guide, Kreek draws on his eight years of intensive Olympic training, his near-death ocean expedition, and his career as an executive coach and corporate trainer to teach you winning strategies to overcome adversity and take responsibility for your own success. Join hundreds of thousands of leaders who have benefited from Kreek’s insights and learn to upgrade your mindset, develop high-performing teams, manage change, and maximise your leadership capacity.
Learn the 12 principles of self-leadership, the most important factor in driving results and achieving success. Adam Kreek has consistently defied the odds to find greater achievement in all facets of his life. After 73 days alone at sea, Kreek and his expedition team survived a capsize in the Bermuda Triangle, the subject of the Dateline NBC documentary “Capsized”. Four years earlier, Kreek won Olympic Gold with his eight-man rowing team. A two-time Olympian, he holds 60 international medals and multiple Hall of Fame inductions.In The Responsibility Ethic, he shares the 12 essential principles of self-leadership that have fueled his incredible accomplishments–and shows you how to master these principles too. Kreek is a powerful guide who teaches us how to realize our full potential at any stage of our career and lives. Drawing on his eight years of intensive Olympic training, near-death ocean expeditions, and career as an executive coach and corporate trainer, Kreek shares winning strategies from the trenches, where the strongest minds prevail. A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, The Responsibility Ethic challenges business leaders globally to chase their ambitions and to take responsibility for their success.” (Catalogue)