Latest management books at Wellington City Libraries

Syndetics book coverThe 2020 workplace : how innovative companies attract, develop, and keep tomorrow’s employees today / Jeanne C. Meister and Karie Willyerd.
The 2020 Workplace,” written by Jeanne Meister and Karie Willyerd, explores the lightning-fast changes occurring in the workplace now and over the next ten years. The book forecasts what managers, leaders, and executives need to know to ensure their business is ready for these changes. Meister and Willyerd skillfully present fascinating stories that provide examples of how people across generations and geographies are using technology, such as the social web, to get their work done. New ideas about management, collaboration, communication, and fostering creativity are presented with practical tips and tricks on how to evolve your organization to be prepared for tomorrow’s talent today” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverBuilt to sell : creating a business that can thrive without you / John Warrillow.
“Essential reading for small business owners….Navigating small business growth requires a steady hand – it is ever so easy to get distracted and drift off course. John’s book is a highly readable story packed with lessons and strategies that can be implemented immediately. It has provided me a lens through which I now view every decision and opportunity, and thanks to John my business is more focused than ever. I recommend it to every business owner I meet”. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverBusiness leadership in China : how to blend best Western practice with Chinese wisdom / Frank T. Gallo.
“As a Chinese cross-cultural business consultant and a former general manager of China operations, I have a recommended reading list of dozens of books and other materials. But I can tell you that this is the BEST book I have read on China in a decade. The Chinese have a word “Wu”, which means “insightful to the core” or “soulful deep understanding” of a matter. The author/professor/CEO, Frank Gallo, certainly has the “Wu” of both the Chinese culture in general and the business culture in specific. Any Western business leader in China who wants to succeed and any Chinese business leader who wants to work successfully with Westerners, or anyone who wants to do business with China, will benefit enormously by reading this book!” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverConversations for change : 12 ways to say it right when it matters most / Shawn Kent Hayashi.
“RICH IN HIGHLY INFORMATIVE CONTENT! ONE OF THE VERY BEST BOOKS ON THIS SUBJECT Awareness, emotional intelligence, motivators (what others want us to talk about) and communication styles (how people approach communication) are the foundations for every conversation. The author identifies how to reach your desired goals/outcomes, advancing your career and gaining strength as a leader through becoming masterful in the 12 most important types of conversations in business and life in general.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverCreative strategies : idea management for marketing, advertising, media and design / Mario Pricken.
“Key creative strategies behind the world’s greatest campaigns for anyone working in advertising, marketing, design, and communication.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCredibility : how leaders gain and lose it, why people demand it / James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner.
“Authors and great teachers Kouzes and Posner have once again contributed some valuable lessons for aspiring leaders. In this book, they let us know know, with complete certainly, what followers look for in leaders, and what leaders must do to earn and maintain productive and committed followers. This book is research-based and so very practical. Readers will understand why credibility is crucial for leadership, and even more importantly, they will be provided with clear directions about the work a leader must do to achieve lasting credibility. Chock full of rich, relevant examples, Credibility is already one of those timeless resources which every leader will continue to refer to often.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverEscape velocity : free your company’s future from the pull of the past / Geoffrey A. Moore.
“Escape Velocity by Geoffrey Moore addresses the fundamental issue of driving deep innovation and value realization in your company not by some new silver bullet but by the hard work required to free your company’s future from its past. Moore’s central premise in this well written, actionable and highly recommended book, is that companies have a structural bias for investing in things today that cause it to starve out the new products and services that will generate growth in the next 2 -3 years…Moore is a well-established innovator, thinker and marketing expert in the Silicon Valley. His prior books like Crossing the Chasm, Dealing with Darwin, etc. are foundational in the tech industry. This book leverages these prior works, but it does not require you to have read them”. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverLikeable social media : how to delight your customers, create an irresistible brand, and be generally amazing on facebook (& other social networks) / by Dave Kerpen.
“Like everyone else who’s given this book a 5-star rating right here on, I found this book to be extremely LIKEABLE!… Dave Kerpen, the author, provides an engaging and enlightening read from beginning to end. His anecdotal stories bring his subject to life. His knowledge of Social Marketing makes this breakthrough book stand way above the crowd. Read it, and you’ll soon discover how important and lucrative the insights and ideas in LIKEABLE can be for you and your business.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThe mindful international manager : how to work effectively across cultures / Jeremy Comfort and Peter Franklin.
“Focusing on intercultural communication in a business setting, this handbook (accessible to nonnative English speakers) includes guidelines for a variety of scenarios such as resolving conflict between people from more individualistic versus collective societies. Questions to consider are included at the end of each chapter with possible answers in the back. Comfort, founder of York Associates, is the creator of a set of training materials called “Developing People Internationally” that are the basis for this book. Franklin teaches at Konstanz U. of Applied Sciences. A glossary, intended for readers for whom English is a second language, is included. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe old rules of marketing are dead : 6 new rules to reinvent your brand & reignite your business / Timothy R. Pearson.“The Six New Rules Tim Pearson discussed here are the points that will guide your company through the new era of social media, and economic turbulence. It is no longer enough to simply advertise, customers today are looking for much more in the brands they invest in. Companies who have more to offer more than just a good price are in high demand. Today’s consumer is looking for a genuine connection and experience when purchasing, as well as transparency, and honesty in those they do business with.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverSharing hidden know-how : how managers solve thorny problems with the knowledge jam / Katrina B. Pugh.
“Kate’s voice rings through this book loud and clear – if you haven’t come across her before, this gives you a good sense of her style….The central thesis of the book is that most modes of “knowledge sharing” in organizations are broken and that the Knowledge Jam should be able to remedy the issues that Kate sees. These issues are that there are knowledge blind spots, knowledge mismatches, and knowledge jails. The blind spots are places where one part of the organization has knowledge that could help another, but no one knows that the other exists. Mismatches are places where a successful connection might have been made, but then the conversion into the new context is not made or not made at the appropriate time. And finally, jails are knowledge stores that are created (documents, repositories) but which no one bothers to use or reference because they make no sense out of context…The Knowledge Jam idea addresses these three problems with three specific elements: facilitation, conversation and translation”. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverSun Tzu for women : the art of war for winning in business / Becky Sheetz-Runkle.
“Through her book, Becky has done a great service by making the wisdom of Sun Tzu’s Art of War more accessible and pertinent to women. Her book conveys these ideas clearly and they are brought to life both through Sun Tzu’s quotations and powerful examples of successful women. Sun Tzu for Women is a valuable and unique addition to study and application of Sun Tzu’s Art of War to today’s business and I highly recommend it!” (Amazon reviewer)