Latest management books received

Syndetics book coverThe frugal innovator : creating change on a shoestring budget / Charles Leadbeater.
“Successful bottom of the pyramid entrepreneurship requires more than just low-cost innovation. Though using limited resources and cheap materials is necessary for developing products that consumers can afford, the real challenge of such entrepreneurship is to create products under these limitations that consumers really want. Leadbeater, former industrial editor of Financial Times, argues that frugal innovation is critical to the future. As the world cannot long sustain seven billion people consuming resources at the rate of the world’s top 5 percent consumers, there is an urgent need for innovations that appeal to the bottom of the pyramid while preserving resources and materials. Leadbeater identifies four common design principles that successful frugal products share (they are lean, simple, clean, and social), and he dedicates a chapter to each of them, giving examples of successful entrepreneurs whose products illustrate each principle. Leadbeater’s emphasis on clean and social product innovation sets his work apart from other books on bottom of the pyramid innovation, such as Radjou, Prabhu, and Ahuja’s Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth (2012). This new wave of innovation, which started in the developing world, is spreading globally. –Jay J. Janney, University of DaytonCopyright American Library Association, used with permission.” (CHOICE)

Syndetics book coverFire : how fast, inexpensive, restrained and elegant methods ignite innovation / Dan Ward.
”Thought-provoking and Relatable…The best way to learn is to hear a good storyteller talk in simple, straightforward terms that use relatable specific examples to reinforce the stories. F.I.R.E. accomplishes this teaching masterfully. Dan Ward’s style hooks you in with something that you can understand and relate to, then makes his point in a way you’re sure to remember. I guarantee every time I look at a ridiculously long and over complicated PowerPoint presentation, I’m going to wonder who got stoned before hitting “save”. The F.I.R.E. approach, while not difficult to comprehend, is reinforced with great historical and current examples and leaves you nodding your head saying, “I can do that!” He clearly believes in this approach, but also paints it into a frame of reality by illustrating when it is or is not applicable. And while Dan’s commitment to this approach is clear and resounding, it never comes off as preachy. F.I.S.T is a great cultural thought piece told in a clear, understandable, and fun way by a brilliant storyteller. “ (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThe small big : small changes that spark big influence / Steve J. Martin, Noah J. Goldstein, and Robert B. Cialdini.
Why “it is often the smallest changes in approach that make the biggest difference” when it comes to influencing others
“Why did Martin, Goldstein, and Cialdini write this book? As they explain, their goal “has been to provide a collection of small BIGs that you could add to your persuasion toolkit. Small changes, informed by recent persuasion science that anyone…can employ to make a big difference when persuading and communicating with others.” One key point is that small BIGs that must be used strategically. My way of describing is that a sniper’s mindset is needed rather than a carpet bomber’s approach. Another key point is that skillful use of one or two (not a cluster) of small BIGs will increase the clarity of a message, its intended meaning”. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThe 10 principles of open business : building success in today’s open economy / by David Cushman with Jamie Burke. “A clear explanation of why all businesses would profit from adopting open business principles…. Makes a clear and much needed distinction between social business (tools) and open business (behaviour). This is a very thoughtful, free from hype, look at the way big businesses are changing out of both need and desire and an indication of how smaller and new businesses can adopt this type of behaviour as the norm for the benefit of everyone.” (Amazon UK reviewer)

Syndetics book coverCoaching for innovation : tools and techniques for encouraging new ideas in the workplace / Cristina Bianchi, Maureen Steele. “Coaching for innovation” is addressed to everyone willing to encourage new ideas and behaviours in the workplace. The authors take the reader by hand and effectively teach them how to master and apply coaching techniques to everyday business at any level to drive innovation…This book is well structured, easy to follow and consult, without losing out on completeness and accuracy. The form is fluent and enjoyable to read….I would recommend “Coaching for innovation” as a guide to anyone committed to challenge hard-to-die habits and change-averse attitudes, as well as to improve communication between individuals and groups.” (Amazon UK reviewer)

Syndetics book coverBusiness networking, the survival guide : how to make networking less about stress and more about success / Will Kintish. If you only buy one book on networking…Buy this one. The two big areas where people mess up most when networking – how and who to approach when networking, and talking to complete strangers are covered better than anywhere else I’ve seen. I first met Will Kintish nearly 10 years ago and I’ve been using his tips ever since. They are absolutely sound and seem to work everywhere and on anyone. No nasty NLP or slimy sales stuff, just how to get on with people like a regular person and get loads of business off the back of it. The book itself is nicely laid out and easy to dip in and out of. It’s a must for every business persons skills armoury. (Amazon UK reviewer)