Here are some of the titles newly arrived at the library this month:
Brainsteering : a better approach to breakthrough ideas / Kevin P. Coyne and Shawn T. Coyne.
“A book showing how to do something needs to have two things: ideas that really work and a style that interests and intrigues. Brainsteering has both of these characteristics. The authors’ step-by-step processes are sound and will stimulate a wide range of great ideas. Their writing style is fun to read, exciting at points. Their stories illuminate the concepts and make them sound like something most readers could do”. (Amazon reviewer)
Her place at the table : a woman’s guide to negotiating five key challenges to leadership success / Deborah M. Kolb, Judith Williams, Carol Frohlinger.
“Her Place at the Table is an extraordinary work by three talented authors who understand their topic and know how to bring it to life for their readers. As the authors correctly note in their introduction, “the stories in this book carry substantial lessons for anyone – male or female – trying to puzzle through the challenging landscape of today’s organizations” (p.15). They are right on target. This book is a “must-read” for every person at any level in an organization.” (Amazon reviewer)
Emotionomics : leveraging emotions for business success / Dan Hill.
“For far too-long, emotions have been ignored in favour of rationality and efficiency, but scientific breakthroughs have revealed that people are primarily emotional decision makers. Many companies, though, have not yet accepted that fact, much less acted on it.Emotionomics – listed by Advertising Age as one of the ten books you should read – will help you to understand emotions in terms of business opportunities. In today’s highly competitive marketplace where many products look alike, it is the emotional benefit that can make the difference. Dan Hill’s book draws on insights gathered through facial coding, the best viable means of measuring and managing the emotional response of customers and employees, to help you leverage emotions for business success in terms of branding, product design, advertising, sales, customer service, and employee engagement.Emotions matter and Emotionomics will help you to step closer to customers and employees, while also stepping ahead of your competitors. Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary)
HBR’s 10 must reads on strategy.
“There are plenty of books available on strategy, but most business leaders do not have a lot of time to read them. Where can you go to get a reasonably-priced introduction to the ideas of some of the leading experts on business strategy? This book provides one possible answer. It includes essays on strategy and the five competitive forces by Michael Porter, building a vision by Collins and Porras, blue ocean strategy by Kim and Mauborgne, and the balanced scorecard by Kaplan and Norton.” (Amazon reviewer)
The business playground : where creativity and commerce collide / Dave Stewart & Mark Simmons.
“There aren’t many books that I read that leave me dumbfounded and questioning why it was I did whatever it was I was doing, in the manner that I was doing it. Stewart and Simmons utilize humor, real world examples, games, and downright wit and logic to get their point across that mentally “loosening it up a bit” is the best way to go about finding your creative avenues. I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking to break the mold of monotony at work or for anyone looking to find that creative spark in whatever he/she is chasing in life.” (Amazon reviewer)