Business books new to Wellington City Libraries

Syndetics book coverTurnaround challenge : business and the city of the future / Michael Blowfield and Leo Johnson.“In a useful contribution to the sustainable communities debate, Michael Blowfield & Leo Johnson take a Goldilocks and the Three Bears approach to the sustainable city of the future, discussing Petropolis (too hot), Cyburbia (too cold) and the Distributed City (just right). Unlike many sustainable communities discussions, though, Turnaround Challenge takes a solidly business- rather than social-science-led approach, which helps us away from the somewhat utopian visions which occasionally predominate. The underlying thesis is drawn straight from Schumacher’s Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered — that business can be more productive in human-sized environments than when it is given free rein to conform the world to its own model.” (Amazon UK Reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThe art of negotiation : how to improvise agreement in a chaotic world / Michael Wheeler.
“Harvard Business School professor Wheeler, a member of the school’s Negotiation, Markets & Organizations unit, offers a clear-headed, creative approach to negotiation that is on a par with the canonical texts, Getting to Yes and You Can Negotiate Anything. Those titles suggest abandoning hardball tactics and turning every interaction into a negotiation. Wheeler, on the other hand, posits that the most important aspect of negotiation is improvisation and constant flexibility, acknowledging that each party goes into a negotiation without truly understanding the other person’s position. Often, each party’s real needs don’t emerge until the negotiations are in progress. Wheeler discusses strategies for managing uncertainty and understanding the true extent to which preferences, needs, and relationships are constantly changing. He steers readers toward making wise decisions about whether or not to pursue a negotiation in the first place, conducting sufficient research, keeping their cool, and closing the deal. Wheeler’s lucid, engaging voice is a major asset, and sample scripts help drive home his points. Agent: Jim Levine, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverBecoming a better boss : why good management is so difficult / Julian Birkinshaw.“Birkinshaw writes persuasively and with a disarming lack of pretension, sprinkling practical advice throughout. But the best aspect of this truly excellent book … is that the author recognises most management studies ignore the reality of workplaces.” (People Management, September 2013)
“This thoughtful, nuanced book advises managers to see the world through the eyes of the employee…. The author has some powerful supporting witnesses.” (Financial Times, September 2013)
‘Becoming a Better Boss is a very engaging and informative’ (IEDP, September 2013)” (Editorial reviews)

Syndetics book coverBeyond the idea : simple, powerful rules for successful innovation / Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble.
“In this timely book, Tuck School of Business professor Govindarajan and consultant Trimble (coauthors of Reverse Innovation) show how innovation can be used in any business situation. Noting that most companies are built for day-to-day operations rather than for innovation, the authors present strategies for change, deftly detailing three business models that overcome these limitations: model S, for small initiatives; model R, for repeatable initiatives; and model C, for other initiatives. Illustrating their theories with business plans from BMW, Apple, and other companies, the authors point out the potential pitfalls of each approach. Next, they explain how to assemble targeted teams to execute these initiatives: dedicated teams, which are assigned to these ventures full time, or nearly full time; and shared staff, who contribute to these projects while also performing their regular jobs. Govindarajan and Trimble describe how to avoid conflict between the two teams while simultaneously maximizing their output and inspiring their dedication. A final chapter on lessons learned solidifies these action plans. Three appendices deal with strategy, change, and the role of the chief innovation officer (an increasingly popular job title), respectively. Written in an accessible style, this useful book will help companies of any size tackle the task of innovation with relatively little risk. Agent: Greg Ray, International Thought Leader Network. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverThe myths of creativity : the truth about how innovative companies and people generate great ideas / David Burkus.
“How to get past the most common myths about creativity to design truly innovative strategies. We tend to think of creativity in terms reminiscent of the ancient muses: divinely-inspired, unpredictable, and bestowed upon a lucky few. But when our jobs challenge us to be creative on demand, we must develop novel, useful ideas that will keep our organizations competitive. The Myths of Creativity demystifies the processes that drive innovation. Based on the latest research into how creative individuals and firms succeed, David Burkus highlights the mistaken ideas that hold us back and shows us how anyone can embrace a practical approach, grounded in reality, to finding the best new ideas, projects, processes, and programs. Answers questions such as: What causes us to be creative in one moment and void in the next? What makes someone more or less creative than his or her peers? Where do our flashes of creative insight come from, and how can we generate more of them? Debunks 10 common myths, including: the Eureka Myth; the Lone Creator Myth; the Incentive Myth; and The Brainstorming Myth Written by David Burkus, founder of popular leadership blog LDRLB For anyone who struggles with creativity, or who makes excuses for delaying the work of innovation, The Myths of Creativity will help you overcome your obstacles to finding new ideas”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverBrand breakout : how emerging market brands will go global / Nirmalya Kumar, Jan-Benedict E.M Steenkamp.
“Brand Breakout is a must-read not only for those that run local companies and brands expanding internationally, but for all of us that compete against them in their own territories, and are compelled to win with global brands and strategies against a variety of very local realities.”–Juan Alanis, General Manager, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Mexico.

“As two most well-known marketing scholars on emerging markets in the world, Nirmalya Kumar and JB Steenkamp provide a definitive guideline for emerging market brands here. The eight routes proposed in this book lay out a comprehensive roadmap for those aspiring companies and countries to effectively enter global markets, and will have a far-reaching impact in the years to come. It also provides great insights on the transition of the economic development mode of China. A novel and thought-provoking masterpiece!”–Yubo Chen, Professor & Deputy Chair of Marketing, Tsinghua University

“Outstanding book. It is fascinating and undoubtedly a must read piece for managers in both Western and emerging market companies. It was eye-opening to see how Chinese and other emerging market firms are changing from a clear focus on manufacturing and supply chain efficiencies to building brand equities and allocating enough resources behind them. This is our new competition. It seems they now realize that the real value of their companies is in their brands. And it is not until they fully comprehend this that the expansion of these brand equities can really take place; Corona from Mexico is a good example.”–Henry Gomez, Vice-President Business Development for Latin America, Pepsico

“An encouraging and integral reading about how emerging markets companies could rapidly expand the value of their offering. It recognizes how crucial it becomes to unlock value through ‘the art’ of brand building with tangible and relevant principles. Certainly, leveraging the full potential of the crosscultural diaspora strategy will be fundamental for brands determined to thrive in global markets. An extraordinary book with priceless insights that every marketing manager should treasure.”–Leandro Berrone, Marketing VP Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, Part of the Heineken Company
“Finally a book that hits the marketing bullseye…The future of global brands emerging from Fast Growing Markets. Brilliant, insightful and thoroughly researched. A must read for all marketing and business professionals, from both, developed and emerging economies. I can’t wait to read the saga.”–Alejandro Cardoso, President & CEO Latinamerica Publicis
“Anyone with more than a passing interest in how global brands develop should take note…with its summaries and excellent case studies it is a worthwhile read for anyone with an interest in how brands are formed and perceptions changed.” – Financial Times” (Editorial reviews)

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