New Business books – Wellington City Libaries

Syndetics book coverExtraordinary leadership in Australia & New Zealand : the five practices that create great workplaces / James Kouzes, Barry Posner with Michael Bunting.
“The research-driven guide to the leadership behaviours which create more engaged workplaces and higher performance, Extraordinary Leadership in Australia and New Zealand is a guidebook for what it takes, at any level of an organisation, to bring out the best in people. And full of insights not just from people who are making a difference, but also evidence from their direct reports, colleagues and managers about the impact that The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® has on them and their performance. Drawing upon empirical data from more than 75,000 people in the Australian and New Zealand workforce, the authors document how The Five Practices are being applied here, and also compares this region with data from 28 other countries. Interviews with more than 100 leaders and their teams provide real examples and practical applications within the grasp of every reader who aspires to make a difference. Case studies are balanced across gender, function, and industry providing a broad perspective, identifying why leadership matters, and offering keen insights into how you lead others to greatness. Study examples of extraordinary leadership in Australia and New Zealand Discover the behaviours that make great leaders, and why they’re so important Examine the research that shows how leadership affects engagement and organisational performance Learn why people need great leadership, and why it motivates them to perform at their best Leadership must be nurtured. While all leaders are born, great leaders are made! With expectations higher than ever, and resources unprecedentedly scarce, today’s leaders face some of the most difficult, complex organisational challenges yet. Extraordinary Leadership in Australia and New Zealand presents a data-driven framework for being an effective leader, with expert guidance toward the actions that you can take to improve the performance of your team and organisation.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBehind every good decision : how anyone can use business analytics to turn data into profitable insight / Piyanka Jain and Puneet Sharma ; edited by Lakshmi Jayaraman.Behind Every Good Decision: How Anyone Can Use Business Analaytics to Turn Data into Profitable Insight
“There is a costly misconception in business today–that the only data that matters is BIG data, and that complex tools and data scientists are required to extract any practical information. Nothing could be further from the truth. In Behind Every Good Decision , authors and analytics experts Piyanka Jain and Puneet Sharma demonstrate how professionals at any level can take the information at their disposal and leverage it to make better decisions. The authors’ streamlined frame work demystifies the process of business analytics and helps anyone move from data to decisions in just five steps…using only Excel as a tool. Readers will learn how to: Clarify the business question • Lay out a hypothesis-driven plan • Pull relevant data • Convert it to insights • Make decisions that make an impact Packed with examples and exercises, this refreshingly accessible book explains the four fundamental analytic techniques that can help solve a surprising 80% of all business problems. Business analytics isn’t rocket science–it’s a simple problem-solving tool that can help companies increase revenue, decrease costs, improve products, and delight customers. And who doesn’t want to do that?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNew rules of the game : 10 strategies for women in the workplace / Susan Packard.New Rules of the Game: 10 Strategies for Women in the Workplace
“Business is a team sport. Learn how to win. Where would your career be if you could understand how your colleagues–especially men–succeed and win at work? And if, in understanding and applying the rules, you could win, too? In New Rules of the Game , business leader Susan Packard shows you how to cultivate gamesmanship –a strategic way of thinking regularly seen in the video game and sports worlds, and most often among men–that develops creativity, focus, optimism, teamwork, and competitiveness. You’ll learn the Ten Rules of Gamesmenship and how to use them effectively to: · Compete outwardly in a healthy, rewarding way · Build support groups to help you advance · Step up with more grit to get the next win · Approach your workplace with more lightness and insight · Take loss in stride and provide the emotional distance needed to win at work Packard shares her career story with humor and candor, including the successes and the mistakes, the triumphs and some personal and career setbacks, and presents them as teachable moments for you. But the book is much bigger that one person’s experience. Packard also shares the stories of other presidents and CEOs who have become great gamers in their own fields, providing you with the insight and inspiration to play the business game smarter, stronger, and more successfully. You will also be better able to coach others, inspiring your team to perform at higher levels as you drive them toward the next win.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe creator’s code : the six essential skills of extraordinary entrepreneurs / Amy Wilkinson.
Kevin Plank was relatively small for an American footballer, and when he weighed the cotton T-shirt he wore under his team uniform, he found it weighed three pounds because it was so drenched in sweat. Knowing he couldn’t hinder himself in this way, he set about finding a material that wasn’t so absorbent. Going to a local fabric shop, he soon learned that synthetic materials would not take in as much sweat, so he had a shirt made and found it added just four ounces over the course of a game. When he gave some team-mates samples to try, they also soon saw the advantages. He began to produce the shirts commercially, and now Under Armour is a $2 billion global brand used by people from every sport. Packed with fascinating and inspirational tales of success, Amy Wilkinson’s brilliant book explains the six essential skills required by entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams. Based on in-depth interviews with the founders of numerous global brands, from eBay to Spanx, from LinkedIn to PayPal, she shows just what they did and what set them apart. For the key to being a successful entrepreneur isn’t necessarily about being ‘first’, it is about being the ‘only’ one, and devising a new formula where none previously existed. Above all, these stories show how – if you follow the right steps – anyone can become a successful entrepreneur.

Syndetics book coverThe business model navigator : 55 models that will revolutionise your business / Oliver Gassmann, Karolin Frankenberger, Michaela Csik.
“A strong business model is the bedrock to business success. But all too often we fail to adapt, clinging to outdated models that are no longer delivering the results we need. The brains behind The Business Model Navigator have discovered that just 55 business models are responsible for 90% of the world’s most successful businesses. These 55 models – from the Add-On model used by Ryanair to the Subscription model used by Spotify – provide the blueprints you need to revolutionise your business and drive powerful change. As well as providing a practical framework for adapting and innovating your business model, this book also includes each of the 55 models in a quick-read format that covers: What it is Who invented it and who uses it now When and how to apply it “An excellent toolkit for developing your business model . ” Dr Heinz Derenbach, CEO, Bosch Software Innovations” (Syndetics summary

Syndetics book coverWork simply : embracing the power of your personal productivity style / Carson Tate.
“Make work simple by using the tools and tactics that are right for you Your time is under attack. You just can’t get enough done. You find yourself wondering where the hours go. You’ve tried every time-management system you can get your hands on–and they’ve only succeeded in making your work more complicated. Sound familiar? If you sometimes feel you spend more time managing your productivity than doing actual work, it’s time for a change. In Work Simply , renowned productivity expert Carson Tate offers a step-by-step guide to making work simple again by using the style that works best for you. Tate has helped thousands of men and women better manage their time and become more productive. Her success owes partly to the realization that most of us fit into one of four distinct productivity styles: Arrangers , who think about their projects in terms of the people involved; Prioritizers , who are the definition of “goal-oriented”; Visualizers , who possess a unique ability to comprehend the big picture; and Planners , who live for the details. In this book, you’ll learn How to identify your own productivity style as well as the styles of those around you–bosses, coworkers, staff, and family. How to select your “tools of the trade” to maximize your effectiveness, from the style of pen you use to the way you decorate your office. When face-to-face conversations are more effective than e-mails–and vice versa. What it takes to lead the perfect meeting. Why a messy desk is right for some, but a disaster for others–and how to tell. After reading Work Simply , you’ll come away with a productivity system that truly and fundamentally fits you –and you’ll never feel overwhelmed again.” (Syndetics summary)

Latest management books

Syndetics book coverExtraordinary leadership in Australia & New Zealand : the five practices that create great workplaces / James Kouzes, Barry Posner with Michael Bunting.
“The research-driven guide to the leadership behaviours which create more engaged workplaces and higher performance, Extraordinary Leadership in Australia and New Zealand is a guidebook for what it takes, at any level of an organisation, to bring out the best in people. And full of insights not just from people who are making a difference, but also evidence from their direct reports, colleagues and managers about the impact that The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® has on them and their performance. Drawing upon empirical data from more than 75,000 people in the Australian and New Zealand workforce, the authors document how The Five Practices are being applied here, and also compares this region with data from 28 other countries. Interviews with more than 100 leaders and their teams provide real examples and practical applications within the grasp of every reader who aspires to make a difference. Case studies are balanced across gender, function, and industry providing a broad perspective, identifying why leadership matters, and offering keen insights into how you lead others to greatness. Study examples of extraordinary leadership in Australia and New Zealand Discover the behaviours that make great leaders, and why they’re so important Examine the research that shows how leadership affects engagement and organisational performance Learn why people need great leadership, and why it motivates them to perform at their best Leadership must be nurtured. While all leaders are born, great leaders are made! With expectations higher than ever, and resources unprecedentedly scarce, today’s leaders face some of the most difficult, complex organisational challenges yet. Extraordinary Leadership in Australia and New Zealand presents a data-driven framework for being an effective leader, with expert guidance toward the actions that you can take to improve the performance of your team and organisation.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBehind every good decision : how anyone can use business analytics to turn data into profitable insight / Piyanka Jain and Puneet Sharma ; edited by Lakshmi Jayaraman.Behind Every Good Decision: How Anyone Can Use Business Analaytics to Turn Data into Profitable Insight
“There is a costly misconception in business today–that the only data that matters is BIG data, and that complex tools and data scientists are required to extract any practical information. Nothing could be further from the truth. In Behind Every Good Decision , authors and analytics experts Piyanka Jain and Puneet Sharma demonstrate how professionals at any level can take the information at their disposal and leverage it to make better decisions. The authors’ streamlined frame work demystifies the process of business analytics and helps anyone move from data to decisions in just five steps…using only Excel as a tool. Readers will learn how to: Clarify the business question • Lay out a hypothesis-driven plan • Pull relevant data • Convert it to insights • Make decisions that make an impact Packed with examples and exercises, this refreshingly accessible book explains the four fundamental analytic techniques that can help solve a surprising 80% of all business problems. Business analytics isn’t rocket science–it’s a simple problem-solving tool that can help companies increase revenue, decrease costs, improve products, and delight customers. And who doesn’t want to do that?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe confidence myth : why women undervalue their skills and how to get over it / Helene Lerner.
“We need more women at the highest levels in business, government, and nonprofits – and there is no time to waste. The problem, says Helene Lerner, isn’t so much that women lack confidence but that they misunderstand what confidence really is. True confidence isn’t fearlessness; it’s having the courage to move forward while your knees are shaking. Any woman waiting until she has enough confidence with a capital C to act never will. Lerner lays out practical strategies for beating this confidence myth, drawing on her own and other female leaders’ experiences and on her survey of over 500 working women. You’ll learn how to present your best self no matter how you feel inside, welcome even brutal feedback as a tool to hone your skills, avoid spreading yourself too thin by saying “no” strategically, and much more. The book features dozens of Confidence Sparks, simple but powerful exercises and techniques to catapult your career to the next level. The playing field is not level and gender inequities persist, but the women interviewed in this book have found ways to navigate through it, and you can, too. The key to success is seizing the opportunity and acting now. Helene Lerner is here to act as your personal coach as you silence the “mad mind chatter” and take risks, speak out, and step up.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStrategic connections : the new face of networking in a collaborative world / Anne Baber, Lynne Waymon, Andre Alphonso, and Jim Wylde.Strategic Connections: The New Face of Networking in a Collaborative World
“Today’s organizations are collaborative. With old command-and-control methods replaced by openness and transparency, networking has become an essential professional skill–expected of everyone, at every level. Unveiling eight indispensable competencies for the new Network-Oriented Workforce, Strategic Connections provides practical advice for building better, more productive business relationships. Readers will discover how to: Commit to a positive, proactive networking mindset • Align networking activities with individual and organizational objectives • Leverage their contacts by organizing them into strategic groups • Earn trust–a prerequisite for collaboration • Boost their social acumen and increase their likeability • Master conversational skills and deepen interactions • Employ storytelling to make communications memorable • Use networking to deliver value to the company Thanks to technology, new contacts are only a click away. But the level of connection and collaboration required for real success demands advanced face-to-face relationship-building skills. This book gives you the tools you need to meet goals, execute strategies, foster innovation, and make yourself invaluable to your organization.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBlue ocean strategy : how to create uncontested market space and make the competition irrelevant / W. Chan Kim, Renée Mauborgne.
“The global phenomenon that has sold 3.5 million copies, is published in a record-breaking 43 languages and is a bestseller across five continents-now updated and expanded with new content. This global bestseller, embraced by organizations and industries worldwide, challenges everything you thought you knew about the requirements for strategic success. Now updated with fresh content from the authors, Blue Ocean Strategy argues that cutthroat competition results in nothing but a bloody red ocean of rivals fighting over a shrinking profit pool. Based on a study of 150 strategic moves (spanning more than 100 years across 30 industries), the authors argue that lasting success comes not from battling competitors but from creating “blue oceans”-untapped new market spaces ripe for growth. Blue Ocean Strategy presents a systematic approach to making the competition irrelevant and outlines principles and tools any organization can use to create and capture their own blue oceans. This expanded edition includes: * A new preface by the authors: Help! My Ocean Is Turning Red * Updates on all cases and examples in the book, bringing their stories up to the present time * Two new chapters and an expanded third one-Alignment, Renewal, and Red Ocean Traps-that address the most pressing questions readers have asked over the past 10 years A landmark work that upends traditional thinking about strategy, this bestselling book charts a bold new path to winning the future. Consider this your guide to creating uncontested market space-and making the competition irrelevant. To learn more about the power of blue ocean strategy, visit blueoceanstrategy.com. There you’ll find all the resources you need-from ideas in practice and cases from government and private industry, to teaching materials, mobile apps, real-time updates, and tips and tools to help you make your blue ocean journey a success.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe naked CEO : the truth you need to build a big life / Alex Malley.Service Temporarily UnavailableService Temporarily Unavailable
Gain insights from a successful CEO who’s lived a big life. Be inspired by his unabashed real-life stories. Learn how to dream big and have the courage to pursue your passions and be willing to fail in that quest. Take the practical tips and apply them to your own career.