New business books recently received in the library

Syndetics book coverTalk like TED : the 9 public speaking secrets of the world’s top minds / Carmine Gallo.
TED talks have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking around the world. TED and associated Tedx conferences are held in more than 130 countries and are being viewed at a rate of 1.5 million times a day. These are presentations that set the world on fire, and the techniques that top TED speakers use are the same ones that will make any presentation more dynamic, fire up any team, and give anyone the confidence to overcome their fear of public speaking. Ideas are the true currency of the 21st century, and Carmine Gallo’s Talk Like TED gives readers a way to create presentations around the ideas that matter most to them, presentations that will energize their audiences to spread those ideas, launch new initiatives, and reach their highest goals” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverReady to be a thought leader? : how to increase your influence, impact, and success / Denise Brosseau.
” Excellent Guidance to Full Self Expression and Leadership…. I really value the overview and then the step-by-step process. In today’s driven, fast-paced environment, I found a lot of encouragement to carefully and critically think through the exercises rather than rushing through them. The coaching is direct, compassionate and motivating. The case studies are poignant and help me connect to possibilities thought leadership brings. Using this book is making a palpable difference in my self-expression and leadership at a whole new level.” (Amazon reviewer)
Syndetics book coverA more beautiful question : the power of inquiry to spark breakthrough ideas / Warren Berger.
“Berger emphasizes the power of inquiry as he challenges us to see things with a fresh eye. He concentrates on game-changing questions, those that can result in actions that lead to real results. The author focuses on innovation and invention stories, explaining that in business, questions challenge authority and disrupt established structures, processes, and systems, forcing people to at least consider something different. Berger offers his framework for problem solving in three stages. The initial why stage involves seeing and understanding, which include noticing what others missed and challenging both our own and others’ assumptions. The second, what-if, stage is about imagining that blue-sky moment of questioning when anything is possible; and the third, the how to action stage, is about doing. Asking the right questions will help us discover what matters, what opportunities exist, and how to find them. This thought-provoking book offers important insights to executives, and to those aspiring to leadership, for their business and personal use.–Whaley, Mary Copyright 2010 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverIdea to invention : what you need to know to cash in on your inspiration / Patricia Nolan-Brown.

6 Personality Traits + 6 Simple Steps = Successful Inventing… “If you need something and it doesn’t exist, rather than seeing a problem, see an opportunity. All it takes is one good idea and you can make a difference, fill the need, solve the problem,” … Establishing that there are six personality traits combined with six simple steps, one can produce a successful invention. Taking a multiple choice test, the reader learns the acronym I.N.V.E.N.T. for the six needed personalities of inquisitive, nerve, voice, energy, nourish and tenacity. With an answer guide, one can find his or her strong points and those that need work and improvement….Covering a chapter on each personality, the author promotes ideas such as keeping a curiosity journal, asking questions, reframe criticism, ignite the passion, care for the body, feed the dream carefully, and have flexibility. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverLeft brain, right stuff : how leaders make winning decisions / Phil Rosenzweig.
“Making better personal and professional decisions…The decision to read Left Brain Right Stuff is one of the best choices I have made. The author uses a series of interesting stories and examples to build a framework for improved decision making whether it is an individual or as a leader, and explains how the decision making process in those two situations can and should be approached differently…Even if you understand the normal biases that influence your decision making, the author offers a series of questions that you can use to increase the potential for a positive outcome while minimizing the downside….Some of the key points include recognizing what you can’t control and what you can influence, and if the decision will be judged based on absolute or relative performance. These and other questions help you determine if the best course of action is to act even if you might be wrong, or if you are better off to not act.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThe good jobs strategy : how the smartest companies invest in employees to lower costs and boost profits / Zeynep Ton, MIT Sloan School of Management.
“Ton (MIT Sloan School of Management) suggests that a conscientious concern for employee welfare is an investment that can provide exceptional benefits to organizational success, long-run sustainability, and enhanced returns to its stakeholders. Based on a decade of in-depth observations of the traditionally low-cost retailing sector, the book’s 10 brief chapters focus on Costco, Trader Joe’s, QuikTrip, and the Spanish supermarket chain Mercadona, along with companies as diverse as Southwest Airlines, Toyota, UPS, and Zappos. The author’s research provides a genuine insight into the operations management, organizational leadership, and strategic planning of these companies. Throughout, Ton dispels the idea that there is a finite relationship and trade-off between profitability and labor costs. Rather, her research suggests that those businesses that have created an organizational culture embracing good pay, effective employee training, workforce empowerment, and a sustainable labor force may also benefit from increased productivity, enhanced motivation and morale, and a concomitant increase in customer and employee loyalty that produce improved clients’ satisfaction and profitability. The author concludes there is nothing idiosyncratic about the companies that have adopted this strategy. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. S. R. Kahn emeritus, University of CincinnatiCopyright American Library Association, used with permission.” (CHOICE)

What I’ve been tweeting lately

Digital disruption is changing business, but technology isn’t the only answer via @thenextweb

Three Stages of App Development via @matthewadavid

2014 Social Media Marketing Industry Report via @AzrianAdenan

To business plan or startup plan? via Peter Kerr @sticknz

New York Times innovation report via @tmradniecki

Must read for nonprofit communicators (Rockefeller Foundation) via @SteveStreicher

Cities Lead on Entrepreneurialism and Economic Opportunity via @BrooksRainwater

Recent additions to our Management books

Syndetics book coverForget a mentor, find a sponsor : the new way to fast-track your career / Sylvia Ann Hewlett.
“Great career advice: Yes mentors matter; sponsors are crucial…As a “how to get on in life and business” topic mentorship has been talked about for years. What Sylvia Hewlett addresses in this book is why mentorship is great … but not enough. What you really need she argues are “sponsors” – so not just a person who gives you quiet advice 1-on-1 over over coffee. But someone who advocates for you when you are not in the room – someone who uses their organizational/political capital to advance your interests, albeit as part of a compact where both sides benefit. Based on concrete research and crucially giving advice about the way to proceed, and potential pitfalls along the way, Sylvia Hewlett’s book is an important contribution to the understanding of how organizations work and how to get ahead! (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThe up side of down : why failing well is the key to success / Megan McArdle.
“Multiple iterations almost always beats single-minded focus around a single idea.” We don’t have to get it right the first time, or even a majority of times. Instead, it is in getting things wrong that we learn to ultimately get them right. Megan McArdle writes a fun, engaging, and convincing book that tells us success is often learned through failure… Her style reminded me of Gladwell – her writing is readable, and loaded with relevant, interesting stories. It’s a non-fiction book that reads like fiction. McArdle’s book could benefit anyone, regardless of vocation or political beliefs”. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverStrategic partnering : remove chance and deliver consistent success / Luc Bardin, Raphaël Bardin, and Guillaume Bardin.
” Successful partnerships have always been a critical source of business growth and are becoming ever more essential in today’s connected economy. However, even as companies become increasingly inter dependent, strategic partnering today fails far more often than it succeeds because it is approached as an art instead of a science. BP executive, Luc Bardin, presents a clear, easy to use model for partnering that has evolved from feedback and examples from the world’s leading CEOs and companies. His model includes a practical, well tried set of rules and methods and treats partnering as a process. He provides a guide for the many aspects of cooperation, including selecting a strategic partner, building relationships, designing the partnership vision and plan, developing a core value proposition and how to measure outcomes. Packed with case studies from leading Fortune 100 companies and personal interviews with their C Suite level executives, Strategic Partnering provides a useful roadmap for a successful partnership”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverReady to be a thought leader? : how to increase your influence, impact, and success / Denise Brosseau.
“Brosseau, leadership entrepreneur, presents her blueprint for galvanizing others to rally around our ideas. She defines thought leaders as change agents whose intentions and efforts are aligned to improve the world and who then choose to have a more significant impact by sharing their expertise, knowledge, and lessons learned with others . . . for sustainable evolutionary and revolutionary change. The author presents her seven-step process for transitioning from leader to thought leader, which includes finding your driving passion; testing your ideas and opinions with knowledgeable contacts for feedback; attracting supporters and those who can champion your plan; finding the courage to lead and to risk your reputation to espouse a new direction or vision; codifying, testing, and refining your plan for others to follow; learning how to be discoverable and to connect with those who can build on your ideas; and learning how to gain traction for your ideas locally, nationally, and internationally. While her book is clearly an infomercial for her business, the author does offer valuable insight and strategies that will contribute to the growing leadership industry.–Whaley, Mary Copyright 2010 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverThe power of understanding people : the key to strengthening relationships, increasing sales, and enhancing organizational performance / Dave Mitchell.
“Dave Mitchell is both hysterical and thought-provoking. He uses great examples and anecdotes to further explain what motivates people and drives their behavior, which makes reading this book feel like an enjoyable conversation. I have utilized his approach in countless interactions and am always impressed with how easy it is to overcome obstacles simply by understanding the behavior cues of others…I have bookmarked, highlighted and re-referenced this book many times from many different perspectives. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to be a more effective leader, co-worker, professional, friend or partner. Whether you are in a situation that requires new techniques on conflict resolution, or if you are simply wanting to sharpen your communication skills, this book is a must-read.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverLeading high performance / Murray Eldridge.“Guide your career and your business like an athlete with this excellent leadership guide
Thought provoking, instructive and constructive. I love the concept of using the principles of coaching a sport to those of running a high performance company. Murray Eldridge offers practical guidance to being a good leader/coach, setting goals and objectives, talent selection and appraisals, driving performance and performing well yourself….Based generally around the notion that coaches and competitors in sport have nowhere to hide when it comes to their performance; shouldn’t it be possible to emulate that in the business world? The author provides a step-by-step journey to driving the best performance from yourself and your people. “Leading High Performance” is the new handbook for successful organizations!” (Amazon reviewer)

What I’ve been tweeting lately

New research: How women entrepreneurs can stay in leadership roles via @weisul @inc

Guardian’s panel discussion about the role of Social Enterprise in the future via @Curative_NZ

What I’ve learned from two years with Richard Branson. Great article by Derek Handley! via NZ Herald

Entrepreneurial success means starting at the end: Start at the end and work backwards. via Peter Kerr ‏@sticknz

If millennials could give a commencement speech to older generations, rather than vice versa, here’s what they’d say via @HarvardBiz

The hidden value of organizational health—and how to capture it via ‏Mckinsey

Redesigning, Redefining Work via ‏@fulltextreports

Digital Storytelling for Social Impact Rockefeller Foundation