The Social Dynamics model: how to integrate social media in your company

This is a slide show presentation (with blurb attached)  from Insites Consulting  .  From their outline it is “A four step approach to integrate social media andcustomer-centric thinking into your organization”  25 corporates were interviewed for the project and the presentation is seen as a  “clear and pragmatic roadmap”.   Thanks to http://twitter.com/#!/WOMMA

Librarians offer plenty in a social media world

This is a great article which shows how librarians are still relevant in the age of the internet. The Bivings Report: How Librarians offer plenty in a social media world was published today and discusses tagging and classifying (is there a difference), how to search better and to find less accessible information.  If you are a researcher or a business person – have a read.

Latest management books to be received in the library

Syndetics book coverThe corner office : indispensable and unexpected lessons from CEOs on how to lead and succeed / Adam Bryant.What we have in this volume is a “buffet” of “nuggets” from about 75 interviews of mostly CEOs that Adam Bryant conducted over a period of several years, interviews featured by The New York Times in its Sunday edition. Several of those interviewed are prominent but most were not familiar, at least to me, when I first read what they had to say about what they did as well as about how and why they did it. Bryant is wise not to present one interview after another, in alpha or chronological order. Rather, he divides the material into three parts (Succeeding, Managing, and Leading) and cherry picks from the interviews whatever is most relevant to the given topic or insight. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverDisciplined dreaming : a proven system to drive breakthrough creativity / Josh Linkner.Josh has created a platform that enables a business leader to more effectively create, convey and execute a successful vision in business. Many leaders are naturally good at dreaming big dreams. Few leaders are good at taking a disciplined approach to execute their dreams and to deliver results through creative and critical thinking. I found Josh’s book to be an excellent resource for creating a systematic way to generate results through creativity and a focus on the execution, resulting in the all-important “buy in” from the entire organization. I recommend this book to anyone who senses a gap between his or her dreams and actual results. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverCuration nation : why the future of content is context : how to win in a world where consumers are creators / Steven Rosenbaum.We all know there is information overload because of the internet. For sure, it is hard to imagine life before the world wide web. It is just has hard, sometimes, to imagine, how to make sense out of the abundance of data that is now available to us. It is not that there isn’t enough information coming our way, it is that there is too much for any single human being to process intelligently. We need information brokers. Not to tell us what to think. But to help us think more accurately and clearly. Steven Rosenbaum gets this and has written an intelligent and practical book about how to manage information so that we make use of information rather than it use us. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThought leaders : how to capture, package and deliver your ideas for greater commercial success / Matt Church, Scott Stein and Michael Henderson.If you consider yourself to be a thought leader, this book is for you. Matt Church, Scott Stein and Michael Henderson have distilled their collective wisdom into a significant model for you to be able to identify, package, and leverage your expertise to the world. The message is compelling, the ideas are thought-provoking, and most importantly, the concepts are actionable. I found several useful take-aways from this book, even though I have been a master meeting facilitator and teamwork expert for the past twenty years. Regardless of where you are on your journey from neophyte to master, you will enjoy and learn from this book. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverAn insider’s guide to building a successful consulting practice / Bruce L. Katcher with Adam Snyder.Outstanding advice for prospective and experienced consultants. This book is an excellent resource for anyone who is thinking of starting a consulting practice or has had one for many years and wants to update. Dr. Kathcher has assembled a wealth of information and presented it an interesting and highly readable fashion. I’ve read it and referred to it many times and have recommended it to colleagues and clients. (Amazon reviewer)

The consumer of the future

Deloitte’s have published this impressive report which consists of a number of individual reports aimed at individual sectors.  The report was presented just last week at the Consumer goods forum summit  in Barcelona.   The report discusses “the long-term economic, demographic, environmental, technological, and social trends and their impact on consumer attitudes and behaviors over the next 10 years and beyond.”

Great China profile

The World Bank  publish country profiles – but have outdone themselves with this recent China profile.  The page includes blogs, information about the environmental programmes the World Bank  is undertaking there.  Essential reading for anyone interested in China.

Internet matters: The net’s sweeping impact on growth, jobs and prosperity

This is another recent Mckinsey report which was released in time for the May 2011 G8 conference.    Focusing on the 13 countries whose wealth makes up 70% of the world’s gdp , the main intention of the report was to “estimate the magnitude of the impact of the internet on the world economy”.  The report looks at how the iternet is contributing to wealth, how to leverage the internet to revive the engine of growth and ends with monitoring its progress through four different factors.

Thanks to Fulltext reports

Latest management books – Wellington City Libraries

Here is a selection of recent management books received in Wellington City Libraries. More will be added later in the month.

Syndetics book coverBold : how to be brave in business and win / Shaun Smith & Andy Milligan.
“”Bold” is about 14 businesses brave enough to challenge industry norms. They put purpose before profit, go beyond what customers expect, and relentlessly differentiate themselves from everyone else. They know no compromise and show no timidity. They are bold in thought and execution, and they measure their success in new ways. Shaun Smith and Andy Milligan include revealing interviews with key executives and let them tell each brand’s story in ways that capture the unique culture of each company. The lively accounts are supported by a page design that in full color stresses and summarizes the key points.”Bold” demonstrates that these brands share traits that make them unique, and it offers readers a checklist of things their own organizations can do to adopt these traits.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChange the culture, change the game : the breakthrough strategy for energizing your organization and creating accountability for results / Roger Connors and Tom Smith.
“I would highly recommend this book to all business people, whether they are top leaders or managers at any level in any type of organization. The emphasis on getting results though a culture of accountability sets it apart from the feel-good books about corporate culture because the authors actually give readers a proven formula for success. It’s not easy working with something as hard to quantify as culture, but the authors pull it off. The book is fascinating and well-written. And its many good examples bring the topic to life.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverEnchantment : the art of changing hearts, minds, and actions / Guy Kawasaki.
Whether you’re in the for-profit or non-profit world, whether you’re in some form of vocational ministry or working for a huge conglomerate, who you are impacts everything you’re involved with. Our character can be the scent of life or the stench of death, and we would all do well to remember that…The rest of the book tackles the implications of being enchanting, from launching your cause, overcoming resistance, using technology, how it plays out with employees and employers, how to make enchantment endure–and even how to resist it….
A key principle that resonated with me is that of endurance. Even if you have the greatest cause, it’s essential to remember that “enchantment is a process, not an event. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverHBR’s 10 must reads on managing people.
If you are looking for a quick introduction to the ideas of a number of thought-leaders on how to manage people, this book is a good resource…
In my opinion, every article in the book contains ideas which will be useful in almost any workplace. In most workplaces there is enormous scope for improving the quality of people management. Some of the articles were first published more than 20 years ago, but the principles which they espouse are yet to find their way into most workplaces. I highly recommend this book to any manager. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverMaking it happen : turning good ideas into great results / Peter Sheahan.
“The world is not short of ideas, but it is short of people who know how to carry them out. “Making It Happen” unravels the process of taking a good idea and turning it into a successful venture. Author Peter Sheahan guides the reader through the five competencies that will enable you to understand and utilize the forces that drive buyers’ behavior, break through mental barriers and effectively position your offer in the market. Whether you are looking to start a business, get promoted or launch a social movement, this book will streamline your thinking so you can finally turn your good ideas into great results. Peter Sheahan has a reputation for making it happen fast. By 30, he had established two international multimillion-dollar consulting practices and authored five books, including the bestsellers “Generation Y” and “Fl!p.” Let him share with you the strategies that make Google, BMW and Goldman Sachs his clients.” (Syndetics summary)