New management books received

Syndetics book coverThe advantage : the 7 soft skills you need to stay one step ahead / Emma-Sue Prince.“Finding A Competitive Advantage In A World Of Constant Change…..What I like about ‘The Advantage’ is that it is a business book written with integrity. It isn’t just theory but tried and tested. The author has applied the 7 soft skills of adaptability, critical thinking, empathy, integrity, optimism, resilience and being proactive to her own life and experienced the results. The book itself is an easy read packed with relevant examples and practical applications. If you want to take your business career (and life in general) to the next level in a period of heightened competition and constant change then developing key `soft skills’ and adding them to your overall skillset will give you that competitive advantage. Highly recommended read.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverMarket your way to growth : 8 ways to win / Philip and Milton Kotler.“This book of only 200 pages is full of wisdom. It is a “RECIPE BOOK” for all managers who are responsible for setting goals and directions for any type of organisation. Philip and Milton Kotler have identified 9 megatrends that are changing the world and prescribe 8 winning strategies to deal with these trends. The examples given from recent history; the Conclusions and the Questions to be answered at the end of each Chapter, add immensely to the value of the book. The Epilogue captures the conflict between austerity and stimulus spending which is at the heart of the great debate on economic recovery solutions. The book is written in simple language, without jargon or complexities” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThe one thing : the surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results / Gary Keller with Jay Papasan.
“Part motivational book, part self-help, the latest from Keller (The Millionaire Real Estate Agent), together with Papasan (president of Rellek Publishing), vies to give us a path for achieving extraordinary results. Keller challenges the worthiness of deeply rooted notions-a balanced life, discipline, willpower, multitasking-and presents his insights with a coach’s verve and goal-oriented approach. He begins by examining the attitudes and ideas that derail us. From here he moves on to show us how to become more productive; and this, he claims, relies on focus, which leads him to ask: “What’s the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” While the book does grab you by the collar, many of Keller’s points are more rhetoric than argument. For example, he challenges the philosophical idea of balance and concludes that it does not exist: “[It] is a grand idea, but not a very practical one. Idealistic, but not realistic.” Unfortunately, though, while the actual philosophical idea is about ethics, Keller is referring to work-life balance. Despite the book’s appealing style and energy, more intellectual substance would have helped the overall work. 34 illus. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverMind the gap : creating your successful business strategy / Susannah Schofield.“An excellent and enjoyable read for a business book. I can highly recommend it for both large and small organisations as I believe all would derive considerable benefit from carrying out the Dice Matrix Model described in the book.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverDecide : better ways of making better decisions / David Wethey.“If you think you don’t need this book, you are probably just the kind of decision-maker who does. Just decide….If this book doesn’t convince you that you are not quite the decision-making wizard you thought you were, then beware, you might be deluding yourself. The author has not set out to discover a silver bullet, or to create a classroom list of dos and donts that will transform your performance, but to lead the reader into and through the briar bush of decision-making with a virtuoso review of received wisdom and unique anecdotal insight.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverPinterest marketing : an hour a day / Jennifer Evans Cario.“Excellent Introduction to the Power of Pinterest…As a marketer these days, it can be challenging to stay on top of all the various mediums available to proliferate marketing content. Pinterest exploded and many businesses and individuals are scrambling to figure out how to take advantage of it. What “Pinterest Marketing: An Hour a Day” does is explain the power of the medium and offer a practical guide to using Pinterest to position your brand’s personality. As a social media veteran, Jennifer does a great job of walking readers through best practices and tips to jump in and start using Pinterest now!” (Amazon reviewer)