First posting of new management books for 2012

Syndetics book coverWhat works : success in stressful times / Hamish McRae.“Hamish McRae’s What Works: success in stressful times is a welcome and rare change. Think of this book as a broader view on In Search of Excellence as the book contains 20 examples of success taken from around the world. The examples range from the slums of Mumbai to the hallowed halls of Harvard. I recommend this book for people who think about success as more than the bottom line and want to bring in new ideas from outside their normal horizons. As a boundary-spanning book, What Works provides clear, succinct and interesting stories about success – as measured by being effective rather than just the most profitable or `best’. The author admits to limitations in keeping the number of things to just 20 and there are a few other things that were left off this list. But, no one is perfect.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverGood strategy, bad strategy : the difference and why it matters / Richard P. Rumelt.
“Award-winning author and sought-after consultant Rumelt (Harry and Elsa Kunin Chair in Business and Society, UCLA Anderson Sch. of Management) provides keen insights on how to recognize effective approaches to promoting economic performance. Drawing from his rich experience, he offers numerous examples to help business leaders craft effective strategies. The book contains three essential components. First, it covers how to diagnose a challenge and formulate policy and action plans to address it. Then, it shows how good strategies can build upon the strengths, weaknesses, and sources of power unique to an organization. Finally, it shows the importance of business leaders sharpening their sensitivity to the challenges of an organization by viewing them from the customers’ perspective. VERDICT Readers accustomed to managerial terminology should be able to cut through Rumelt’s thin shroud of consultant hype to get to his practical insights. Although his candid comments and colorful examples convey his passion for counseling readers interested in strategy, the effective application of these concepts requires considerable experience and stamina.-Jerry P. Miller. Cambridge, MA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverM-commerce : boost your business with the power of mobile commerce / Paul Skeldon.
(Product description) “Mobile commerce is rapidly changing how businesses interact and sell. This book reveals how to master m-commerce, from global markets and trends to selling and marketing through m-commerce. Plus real life case studies and advice about how to integrate m-commerce into a multichannel business strategy.

•The ONLY book to cover this emerging and rapidly expanding business area
•Written by the leading industry expert in m-commerce
•Practical, jargon-free insight and advice businesses can apply straight away”

Syndetics book coverWho cares wins : why good business is better business / David Jones. From book back cover “This isn’t a book about social media and the inexorable rise of Facebook and Twitter. There are plenty of those. Nor is it a book about CSR or business doing good. There are plenty of those too. Instead it’s actually the first book that recognises that far from being two separate subjects, they are intrinsically interlinked. And that the most successful leaders and businesses in the future will be those who are the most socially responsible. Social media is forcing businesses, politicians and leaders to be more socially responsible. It will reward those who are. And remove those who aren’t.”
(Amazon)

Syndetics book coverThe drama-free office : a guide to healthy collaboration with your team, coworkers, and boss / Jim Warner and Kaley Klemp.
“In The Drama-Free Office, authors Jim Warner and Kaley Klemp interweave humorous and relatable case studies with the three key skills you’ll need for managing office saboteurs-be they subordinates, coworkers, or the boss. You will see your coworkers (and yourself) in this entertaining and practical blue-print for addressing the dramatic behaviors that cripple so many teams.The authors’ research draws on years of experience working with more than 2,500 CEOS and their executive teams. They define the four major drama roles-the Complainer, the Cynic, the Controller, and the Caretaker-found in most organizations and lay out a detailed road map to help you:Skillfully initiate difficult conversations and defuse dramatic momentsReclaim the time, energy, and resources wasted in drama-riddled meetings and interactionsReduce your own dramatic tendencies and take control of your work lifeCreate and sustain a collaborative, authentic, and fun work environment Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverManaging the small firm in New Zealand / edited by Claire Massey.“”Particularly suited for students of entrepreneurship and small business management in universities and polytechnics. It will also be of interest to anyone involved in managing an SME or contemplating embarking on the journey towards business ownership in New Zealand.”–(Back cover.)

Organisation culture : getting it right / Naomi Stanford.
An organisation’s culture either gives it a competitive advantage or a competitive disadvantage. This title includes a series of exercises that can help managers analyse and make their organisation’s culture a powerful driver of success. “An organisation’s culture either gives it a competitive advantage or a competitive disadvantage. It is a crucial factor in determining how successful a business is and how much people want to work for an organisation. That is why managers are putting more and more emphasis on getting their organisation’s culture right. This book provides a route map for managers who want to •Get a grip on why culture matters and the effect it has on success. •Understand, define and measure their organisation’s culture. •Position their organisation’s culture: aligning it with the business strategy. •Avoid the common mistakes of “culture change” programmes. •Keep their culture dynamic, responsive and resourceful. Full of real life example from companies as diverse as Ikea, GE, Microsoft, Google, eBay, McDonalds, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Wal-Mart and Tesco, the book also includes a series of wide-ranging practical exercises that will help managers analyse and make their organisation’s culture a powerful driver of success”. (Amazon U.K. reviewer)

Syndetics book coverPackaging the brand : the relationship between packaging design and brand identity / Gavin Ambrose, Paul Harris.
“Packaging the Brand is a detailed discussion of the most overtly commercial area of graphic design. Packaging represents the largest overlap between the disciplines of graphic design and branding. While many other areas of design may be commercial to an extent, the success of a piece of packaging design is inextricably linked with its ability to sell a product. This book discusses the implications of this commercial function for a designer. It explores methods of visually communicating the value of a product to its target audience, and examines the entire lifespan of a piece of packaging: from its manufacture and construction, its display in various retail environments, to its eventual disposal and the associated environmental concerns.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSticky marketing : why everything in marketing has changed and what to do about it / Grant Leboff.
“Old ways of marketing, such as direct mail, telephone calls, or even thinking one can appeal to a passive audience on TV, are increasingly becoming irrelevant at best, and irritating at worst. With the growth of the Internet and the rapid spread of mobile devices, customers instead are relying upon engagement on their own terms and with the help of social networks. Even expecting customers to just visit a website is weak, as one needs to draw them in through a presence on iTunes, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. Leboff, the founder of Sticky Marketing Club, Ltd., covers new ways of adjusting to and ultimately taking advantage of these trends. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)” (Syndetics summary)

Happy New Year 2012

Thanks to everyone who reads this blog. My aim is alert you to resources available at Wellington City Libraries and also available online. Let’s hope that 2012 is a less traumatic disaster ridden year, and that it proves to be a successful year for you and/or your business.