Jun 9th, 2011 by marilyn
Here is a selection of recent management books received in Wellington City Libraries. More will be added later in the month.
Bold : 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)
Change 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)
Enchantment : 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)
HBR’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)
Making 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)