Management recent picks Wellington City Libraries

Here’s just a selection of books to do with business and management new to the library.

Syndetics book coverZoom! : the faster way to make your business idea happen / Ian Sanders and David Sloly.“A catalyst for action”….The authors clearly set out to practise what they preach in writing Zoom. It is direct, down to earth and full of energy. Each chapter combines practical suggestions with contributions from entrepreneurs who have already ‘walked the path’. Although some of the concepts were familiar to me, there were plenty of new nuggets. The style is simple and readable – almost casual – and this leaves you with no excuses for inertia and procrastination. I can see myself continuing to dip into it over the coming weeks when in need of motivation!” (Amazon UK reviewer)

Syndetics book coverDifferent : escaping the competitive herd : standing out in a world where conformity reigns but exceptions rule / Youngme Moon ; illustrations by Lynn Carruthers.
“Different is a book that practices what it preaches. I found the author’s style very easy to read and found. More importantly, the book was written consistently with the principles it advocates. This made for an engaging and truthful experience. I greatly enjoy books that challenge conventional wisdom but they must ring true. Much like Gladwell’s writing, Professor Moon takes what on its surface appears to be counter intuitive yet makes perfect sense. ” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverI’d rather be in charge : a legendary business leader’s roadmap for achieving pride, power, and joy at work / Charlotte Beers.
“Former Ogilvy & Mather CEO and undersecretary of state Beers distills her considerable knowledge to help women lead, inspire, and influence others. She urges women to change how they view themselves at work and change the perception of those around them in order to make their potential apparent. To do this, women should understand that men work differently, and that the expectations placed on women in the workplace go beyond being able to run the show. Beers strongly advocates getting to know yourself so that taking charge is inevitable, and offers five questions to clarify your true nature. Along the way, Beers shares constructive and cautionary stories that illustrate positive, as well as negative, interactions and behavior. While she provides worthwhile advice throughout, her most valuable counsel is on the double-edged sword of communication and knowing when to take the lead. A role model and champion to all women who want to make the most of their careers, Beers offers useful guidance on how to seize opportunities, be influential, and shape events. Agent: Jan Miller, Dupree Miller Literary Agency. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverGovernance, risk management, and compliance : it can’t happen to us–avoiding corporate disaster while driving success / Richard Steinberg.
“Companies successful over the long term create and nurture an environment for success. They foster a culture, leadership process and infrastructure that enable and support effective strategy implementation driving toward achieving business objectives and related growth, profit and return goals. Underlying success is a culture founded in integrity and ethical values that influences and pervades the entirety of the organization. Leadership emanates from a well-comprised board of directors effectively carrying out its oversight responsibilities with a great working relationship with the CEO and senior management. And management has embedded within the organization highly effective risk management, control, compliance and communication processes critical to providing information where needed and making quality business judgments and decisions driving towards success. This book shows corporate leadership (including board members) how to ensure that their strategic plans incorporate the necessary processes, organization, and technology to get to the companies goals.This book examines areas such as compliance, risk management, executive compensation, succession planning, crisis planning, board composition, and shareholder communications.”–Publisher’s description.

Syndetics book coverThe founder’s dilemmas : anticipating and avoiding the pitfalls that can sink a startup / Noam Wasserman.
“Many unsuccessful business ventures blame external factors when assessing their own failure. Wasserman (business administration, Harvard Business Sch.) takes a decidedly different approach, investigating the lesser-known, internal pitfalls that can derail new businesses. Beginning with the premise that most failed fledgling businesses succumbed to “friendly fire or self-inflicted wounds,” Wasserman expertly takes readers through the most common dilemmas that dog startups and demonstrates ways to encourage success and longevity. Topics discussed include the tricky dynamics of teams, interpersonal relationships, job roles, hiring, investors, and the personalities of founders themselves. Woven throughout the lessons are relevant stories about individuals who faced startup challenges and how those challenges were resolved. Wasserman examines the practices of the founders of Blogger and Twitter and other well-known business people. VERDICT Ten years of extensive research combined with winning case studies make this a trustworthy source not only for the potential startup owner but also for the classroom.-Poppy Johnson-Renvall, Central New Mexico Community Coll., Albuquerque (c) Copyright 2012. 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 coverVelocity : the seven new laws for a world gone digital / Ajaz Ahmed & Stefan Olander ; with an introduction by Richard Branson.“There are thousands of books that describe the digital world as an elusive and ever-changing landscape. Yet many of the books out there simply describe the stream of new technological tools, not how a business can rethink its approach to leverage the technology. This difference is that this one does….I love this book because it offers a multi-perspective view of the digital world. Most of book is written as a conversation between Ajaz and Stefan, both leaders in digital marketing, which I found helped illuminate its key concepts. It almost felt like when you’re on the train and you’re eaves-dropping into another passenger’s conversation. It gets even more interesting when new people and experts are brought into the conversation, with each person building upon the ideas of the other” (Amazon UK reviewer)