Bright ideas challenge launch2011

I went to the Bright Ideas Challenge launch last night which is the brainchild of Grow Wellington.   It was a great evening , inspirational speakers and the room was humming.  I was there, clutching my business cards,  on behalf of Wellington City Libraries.  We can offer any challenger, who has a library card, whether as an individual or organisation, up to one hour’s non-urgent free research.  If you don’t belong to the library – join up

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New Zealand Global Women

Established in 2009,  New Zealand Global Women is a not-for-profit organisation  “whose members are recognised, accomplished senior women leaders from a wide range of national and international disciplines and industries”.  The organisations’ goals  are to:

 “To increase leadership opportunities for our members through building a diverse, supportive and well connected network, that extends from New Zealand onto a global stage.”

“To provide a platform to share experiences, wisdom and perspectives with true peers. ”

and thirdly  to “To mentor and inspire future leaders”

The website provides access to news, links and events.


Gender and the wage gap

Of interest? Links to two April 2011 publications from the : Institute for Women’s Policy Research regarding gender and the wage gap and by occupation
If you are interested in the latest New Zealand material on the subject you can find
Earnings inequality and gender in New Zealand, 1998-2008 / by Kerry L. Papps in the New Zealand Economic Papers Dec 2010; v.44 n.3:p.217-229 reference only in the NZ room Ref 330.9931 NEW

Management/business books newly arrived

Syndetics book coverAt the crossroads, Philip Coltoff
“At the Crossroads offers insights for both the aspiring leader and the senior leader — this book succinctly and intelligently portrays the author’s own experiences, learning and research. As a CEO, Phil’s commitment to the welfare of children created a sense of urgency, from the maintenance worker to the clinician, at the same time that his tactical leadership inspired programs and services that led to evidence based practices. Not for profit executive management programs ought to have this book as required reading—there are gems and pearls in many pages that will resonate for leaders and for those aspiring to leadership positions.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverBury My Heart at Conference Room B, Peter Earnest.
“If you are looking for (yet another) thoughtful analysis, in-depth treatment, with a fresh and well-structured approach, case studies and novel ideas for addressing the “perennial challenge” of motivation and engagement, don’t buy this book. If, on the other hand, you want an actionable and versatile way to engage your people with their work for all the right reasons, and to connect their work and life as never before, Bury My Heart at Conference Room B is not only compelling reading, it will get you into action. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverHBR’s 10 must reads : the essentials.
“Change is the one constant in business, and we must adapt or face obsolescence. Yet certain challenges never go away. That’s what makes this book a “must read.” These are 10 seminal articles by management’s most influential experts, on topics of perennial concern to ambitious managers and leaders hungry for inspiration-and ready to run with big ideas to accelerate their own and their companies’ success.If you read nothing else-full stop-read:Michael Porter on competitive advantage,  John Kotter on leading change, Daniel Goleman on emotional intelligence, Peter Drucker on managing your career, Clay Christensen on disruptive innovation,  Tom Davenport on analytics,  Robert Kaplan and David Norton on the Balanced Scorecard, Rosabeth Moss Kanter on innovation, Ted Levitt on marketing, C.K. Prahalad and Gary Hamel on core competence Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverInnovation secrets of Steve Jobs / Carmine Gallo.
“In his acclaimed bestseller The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, author Carmine Gallo laid out a simple step-by-step program of powerful tools and proven techniques inspired by Steve Jobs’s legendary presentations. Now, he shares the Apple CEO’s most famous, most original, and most effective strategies for sparking true creativity-and real innovation-in any workplace. Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverIntelligent company/Bernard Marr.
“This book does an excellent job helping executive and line managers alike to understand the importance of good, reliable, timely information, combined with robust analysis to support real time systems for management. His 5 steps outline a sound strategy for attaining and retaining a competitive edge in today’s information saturated business environment. These steps are especially appropriate and well written in their flexible yet crystal clear guidance to help the leader in any industry, through outlining a winning strategy, and providing ample examples throughout as well. A great read, and reference too!” (Amazon reviewer)