New management books recently received WCL Libraries

Syndetics book coverThe talent mandate : why smart companies put people first / Andrew Benett with W. Barksdale Maynard and Ann O’Reilly.“The Talent Mandate: Why Smart Companies Put People First is an excellent book composed of two main sections: – A Transformed Business Environment, which explains the need to start a Conversation on Talent.
– Six Essential Strategies for Success: When people are the actual assets of most companies, hiring and nurturing top talent is the way to build up and sustain competitive advantage. Look for “talent,” and not simply for “workers”…The mandate is to ultimately “turn your company as a talent magnet” and address new expectations, ranging from a new emphasis on paychecks with a purpose, to the desire of a more sustainable work-life integration, an uninterrupted digital life as well as more eclectic career paths: “Top recruits are unwilling to sacrifice their own brands to prop up companies that are unlikely to take them where they want to go”. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverBusiness analysis and leadership : influencing change / edited by Penny Pullan and James Archer.
” Excellent overview of leadership for Business Analysts…Highly recommended for all Business Analysts. As the Business Analysis profession develops, there is an increasing demand for good leadership, whether that’s leading a team or setting direction for yourself or a project. If you’re a Business Analyst in or moving toward a leadership role, this book is a great introduction and packed with value. I like the short, concise chapters (great for someone with my attention span and fear of academic texts) and the range of topics covered. It also gives an honest and practical perspective from people working in the industry. (Amazon UK reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThe chaos imperative : how chance and disruption increase innovation, effectiveness, and success / Ori Brafman and Judah Pollack.
“*Starred Review* Brafman and Pollack, organizational and leadership experts, respectively, explain their thesis on the need for contained chaos in our personal and work lives so that new and creative ideas can emerge out of nowhere. Framing their argument within case studies, including the U.S. Army, Brafman and Pollack explain that while organizational structure and hierarchy are essential in both large corporations and small groups, they stifle creativity. A small amount of controlled chaos confined within certain borders can benefit an organization’s overall well-being. Elements of chaos include white space, or time off from organized work to allow innovation and new ideas to take root; meetings without agendas; renegades, or those who don’t fit into the group’s traditional profile of participants; and planned serendipity, or engaging as many aspects of your organization as possible in problem solving. This small, excellent book offers thought-provoking insights for a wide range of library patrons as they face complicated challenges personally and within their businesses large and small. A must read.–Whaley, Mary Copyright 2010 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverThinking in new boxes : a new paradigm for business creativity / Luc de Brabandere and Alan Iny.
“When trying to come up with creative business solutions, the phrase think outside the box has become such a cliche that it has lost any impact it might have had. Just what are these boxes and how do you think outside them? It’s nearly impossible because our minds instinctively like to categorize and compartmentalize the world around us. Rather than thinking outside the box, the authors propose novel ways of thought organization that allows us to think in new boxes by questioning and modifying the ways we typically approach a problem. They do this with a series of brain teasers and exercises designed to put into practice their five-step approach: (1) Doubt everything you think you know, (2) probe for new possibilities, (3) diverge, (4) converge, and (5) reevaluate endlessly. It’s an imaginative, proactive, and creative approach to problem solving that prospects for new ideas rather than trying to predict the future. De Brabandere and Iny are advisors of The Boston Group, a worldwide consulting firm ranked third behind Bain & Company and McKinsey & Company by vault.com.–Siegfried, David Copyright 2010 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverCan’t buy me like : how authentic customer connections drive superior results / Bob Garfield and Doug Levy.
“Inspiring Book for Both Those at Beginning and at Peak of Career…This is the sort of book that can help open eyes, alter thinking and spark change. It thoroughly makes the case that the necessary evolution is not merely one of tactics or even strategy, but something even deeper and more fundamental. Garfield and Levy are bold enough to state from the start that their “immodest goal is to be not merely financially, but something approaching spiritually, transformative.” But make no mistake, this is not some fluffy sermon on the importance of caring and tweets; the book’s brilliance is in how it ties the need for core mission and new ways of marketing to financial outcomes.” (Amazon reviewer)

Latest management and business books received at WCL Libraries

Syndetics book coverMake change work : staying nimble, relevant, and engaged in a world of constant change / Randy Pennington.“Practical, Real-World Ways to Make Change Work…In a world where change is not only ever-present, but increasing at an increasing rate, this book is a refreshing new perspective. Pennington addresses what many have talked about regarding change being at a much more rapid pace today. He goes far beyond what many other books about change discuss. In this comprehensive work, Pennington shows how good and bad change needs to be differentiated. Firmly rooted in real-world experience, this book is for those who aim for solid, business results. I particularly enjoyed the latter section where he addressed what to do for the future that can give us a competitive advantage. You can’t stop change. It is going to continue. However, if you take the lessons that are communicated here by Randy Pennington, you will be able to achieve success far beyond others. Get this book. Don’t just read it, devour it!” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverDigilogue : how to win the digital minds and analogue hearts of tomorrow’s customers / Anders Sörman-Nilsson.
“keep an eye on this author!…So thought provoking and so relevant – thank you Anders Sorman-Nilsson for this gem. Anders’ conceptual ability to link trends and create a clear compelling vision of what winners will look like tomorrow, provides insight I would not want to miss. Digilogue has enormous relevance to our strategic planning at Mercer – I can’t imagine in what organisation it wouldn’t. Definitely a must read!” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThe impact equation : are you making things happen or just making noise? / Chris Brogan and Julien Smith.
“Instructive and motivational, Brogan and Smith (True Agents) offer a magic formula for marketing products and services online while building credibility and trust among customers. The authors have been involved in online communities for more than a decade and offer a simple, social media-driven equation to draw consumer attention and gain trust: Impact = C x (R+E+A+T+E). The letters stand for Contrast, Reach, Exposure, Articulation, Trust, and Echo. The authors state the book is not about Twitter and Facebook, though they do occasionally discuss the platforms’ use. Their goal is going beyond social media: forming ideas; using appropriate, visible platforms; and building strong human connections are also key components of their system. Whether it’s creating YouTube videos or using Twitter to promote products and services, the examples and analogies offered for each element of the impact equation effectively make their mark. Success is not just about “being seen” on social networks, but nurturing genuine relationships with the audience as well. Individuals, small group of upstarts, or big organizations will relish learning how to apply the impact equation to their own blog or ad campaign in order to figure out what’s working and what’s not. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverStop talking, start communicating : play dumb, be boring, blow things off, lose your friends / by Geoffrey Tumlin.“Very practical and much needed…Social media such as Twitter, Facebook and email are here to stay and most of us make use of these services often each day. According to the author, these interactions are low-level communications. When we talk face-to-face and engage in in-depth conversation, negotiation, problem solving, and creative interactions that are deeply personal – these are high-level communications. While low-level communication has many advantages and is an essential part of our modern world, for Tumlin, low-level communication has the danger of undermining and distracting us from high-level communication when high-level communication is the most appropriate or necessary…. In this short book, the author offers a series of practical, and often surprising, strategies for managing communication in our modern society where fast and superficial communication is the norm. It’s short, to the point, easy to read, well written – just what we need for our busy lifestyles! The challenge, of course, will be putting the strategies into practice. But if we want good, healthy, meaningful relationships then that is just what we need to do.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverSideways to the top : 10 stories of successful women that will change your thinking about careers forever / Norah Breekveldt with contributions by Dr Hannah Piterman, Dr Kerry Baxter, Heather Carmody & Hugh Davies.
Sideways to the Top is a thought provoking book that explores how 11 women challenged the status quo and took alternative career pathways to the top. (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBuilding resilience for success : a resource for managers and organizations / Cary L. Cooper, Jill Flint-Taylor and Michael Pearn.
“What can help employees to stay effective in the face of tough demands and difficult circumstances, and equip them to bounce back from setbacks? When it comes to workplace pressure, managers’ actions can mean the difference between improving or permanently damaging resilience in the workforce. Drawing on contemporary research and professional case studies, the authors of this definitive guide examine the main sources of work related stress, and explore how personal resilience can be developed both within and outside the work context. They take the value of resilience beyond bouncing back, to include sustainable recovery, buffering against ongoing stress, and measurable benefits for business performance. The result is an expert resource for managers and professionals including human resource specialists, learning and development practitioners and organizational psychologists. It includes suggestions and proven techniques for commissioning, designing and delivering resilience-building solutions for the workplace”– Provided by publisher.