Hi, this is the latest batch of management/business books recently received at Wellington City Libraries
The wide lens : a new strategy for innovation / Ron Adner.
“Innovation, from conception to product to consumer acceptance, is key for business success, but many great ideas have failed to have their anticipated impact on the consumer and the bottom line. Starting with an analysis of some great failures, Adner, a strategy professor at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, finds that the weakness was neither innovative nor corporate; rather, it was in the ecosystem. Knowledge of the ecosystem-interrelationships between the parts of the chain from innovation to consumer-is often overlooked. Adner shows how to map out the terrain of this ecosystem before suggesting practical steps that can be implemented to resolve problems and create a functional, proper ecosystem. A plethora of case studies allows for a clear analysis of numerous scenarios, both failures and success, with a depth rarely found in pragmatically-tinged books. Adner’s evaluation of the early-mover advantage as compared to the ecosystem, and his discussion of Adoption Chains (highlighting the fact that the onus is usually not on the positives, but rather on reducing the negatives) are but two of the book’s many gems. Anyone involved in moving a product from conception to adoption will not want to let this book pass them by. Agent: Edmond Harmsworth, Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” (Publisher Weekly)
The advantage : why organizational health trumps everything else in business / Patrick Lencioni.
“Consulting executive Lencioni (The Five Dysfunctions of a Team) has an answer for floundering businesses-aim for organizational health. In other words, businesses that are whole, consistent, and complete, with complementary management, operations, strategy, and culture. Today, the vast majority of organizations have more than enough intelligence, experience, and knowledge to be successful. Organizational health is neither sexy nor quantifiable, which is why more people don’t take advantage. However, improved health will not only create a competitive advantage and better bottom line, it will boost morale. Lencioni covers four steps to health: build a cohesive leadership team, create clarity, overcommunicate clarity, and reinforce clarity. Through examples of his own experiences and others’, he addresses the behaviors of a cohesive team, peer-to-peer accountability, office politics and bureaucracy and strategy, and how all organizations should strive to make people’s lives better. This smart, pithy, and practical guide is a must-read for executives and other businesspeople who need to get their proverbial ducks back in a row. Agent: James Levine, Levine Greenberg Agency. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” (Publisher Weekly)
The right-brain business plan : a creative, visual map for success / Jennifer Lee ; foreword by Chris Guillebeau.
“Lee, a coach and workshop facilitator, empowers readers to create a viable, visual business plan, relying on the imagination and intuition of the artistic, visionary side of the brain. The approach will be especially useful to artists, designers, healers, therapists, body work practitioners, and other creative entrepreneurs. Illustrated color worksheets and step-by-step instructions guide readers through steps for clarifying business values and goals, understanding the competition, identifying customers, and making plans for funding, marketing, and networking. The book’s glossary defines traditional left-brain business terms and gives them new right-brain names used in the book; for example, the financial plan is a moola map, and the mission statement is a passion and purpose proclamation. The book’s reader-friendly color layout includes color photos and illustrations, exercises and action steps, reflection prompts, and examples of visual plans from 22 right-brained entrepreneurs. Print and nonprint resources are listed, along with websites for entrepreneurs profiled. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)” (Syndetics summary)
Decision management systems : a practical guide to using business rules and predictive analytics / James Taylor.“James’ new book provides breadth and context on a topic that is at the top of many organization agendas….Decision Management is one of the 4 key areas that organizations can focus on to improve. Until now, most books on the topic are more philosophy than practical understanding and application. Most books talk about “how” to analyze rules or build system components. What I like about James’ book is that he focuses on the “what” and “why” organizations are adopting Decision Management systems, with an emphasis on outcomes and created value. James includes several use cases that help convey the benefits that organizations can expect to see from Decision Management systems, which helps the reader translate similar benefits to their own business challenges.
I highly recommend this book to learn about Decision Management systems for the first time, or to gain other perspectives for how your organization can further leverage your investments in Decision Management technologies and practices.” (Amazon reviewer)
The leading-edge manager’s guide to success : strategies and better practices / David Parmenter.
“Practical, commonsense advice on becoming an effective leader Examining the baggage that most managers have and then helping them to understand the personal traits that can limit their potential, this book guides you through the pathway of self development, then takes you through management and leadership better practices, providing many implementation tools. All you need to know when getting prepared for a ‘management role’. How to develop ‘conquest leadership’ attributes. Traits to make you a ‘winning’ CEO. Latest thinking on KPIs, quarterly rolling planning, decision based reporting and performance related pay. How to create Winning Management and Leadershp Habits. Examines how to become More Financially Aware. This book is a very practical guide with templates, ‘how to do it tools’, stories about gifted leaders, checklists and examples and is devoid of all intellectual arguments on management. With directional guidance on what managers need to know in order to be able to manage and lead others, The Leading-Edge Manager’s Guide to Success helps managers and ‘managers to be’ as they climb the ‘management mountain.'”– Provided by publisher.