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Syndetics book coverThe simplicity cycle : a field guide to making things better without making them worse / Dan Ward.
“The award-winning engineer, Air Force lieutenant colonel, and author of F.I.R.E offers a road map for designing winning new products, services, and business models, and shows how to avoid complexity-related pitfalls in the process. With a foreword by design guru Don Norman. Humans make things every day, whether it’s composing an e-mail, cooking a meal, or constructing the Mars Rover. While complexity is often necessary in the development process, unnecessary complexity adds complications. The Simplicity Cycle provides the secret to striking the proper balance. Dan Ward shines a light on how complexity affects the things we make for good or ill, taking us on a journey through the process of making things, with a particular focus on identifying and avoiding complexity-related pitfalls. The standard development process involves increasing complexity to improve the outcome, Ward explains. The problem comes when the complexity starts getting in the way–but often we don’t know where that point is until we pass it. He suggests a number of techniques for identifying the problem and fixing it, including how to overcome several types of wrongheaded thinking–such as the idea that complexity and quality are the same. In clear, compelling language, and using his trademark mix of examples from research, personal experience, and pop culture, Ward offers a universal concept, visually described with a single, evolving diagram. Ideal for business leaders and technologists, The Simplicity Cycle is helpful for anyone looking to simplify and improve everything we do, whether we work in an office, at home, or at the Pentagon.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverProcrastinate on purpose : 5 permissions to multiply your time / Rory Vaden.Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time
“You’ve tried managing your time. You’ve tried prioritizing your time. Now discover how to multiply it. Do you feel like you’re busier than ever – yet never caught up? You’re not alone. Many of us are tired, frustrated, and stressed from being overworked at the office and at home, with no concrete plan for getting it all under control without compromising our well-being. In Procrastinate on Purpose , self-discipline strategist Rory Vaden presents a different approach for how to identify and focus on what’s important. Instead of one more calendar, checklist, or gadget, he points out that what we really need is an understanding of the emotional reasons we fail to maximize our time – and he then reveals the five ‘permissions’ we can grant ourselves in order to get better results while creating more margin in our daily lives. In this paradigm-shifting book, you will discover how to: Identify your most significant priorities, in business and in life Create more time to do the things you love without sacrificing results Say no to the things that don’t matter, and yes to the things that do Implement systems that give you more time tomorrow than you have today Gain control and inner peace by adopting the ‘multiplier mindset’ Informed by Southwestern Consulting’s work with thousands of busy clients, and interspersed with Vaden’s case studies that reveal the ‘multiplier mindset’ at work, this insightful, practical book will turn everything you thought you knew about time upside-down-and it will change the way you work and live. From the New York Times bestselling author of Take the Stairs – A bold new way to get things done. ‘Managing your time is a lot like managing your money. It’s not about the numbers; it’s about your behavior. The best time-management tricks in the world won’t do you much good if they don’t actually make your life better. In Procrastinate on Purpose , Rory builds on what we’ve all heard about time management and adds the two things that have always been missing: emotion and significance.’ Dave Ramsey, New York Times bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio show host ‘If you’ve ever thought, ‘I wish I had more time,’ read the great principles of this book. And then I dare you to do what Rory does: live them.’ Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Start and Quitter ‘ Procrastinate on Purpose will alter the way the professional world thinks about time – I’ve never read anything like it. Useful, unique, and relevant . . . this is an absolute must-read for every leader.’ Sue Schick, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of Pennsylvania and Delaware ‘This book is a game-changer.’ Jon Gordon, bestselling author of The Energy Bus and The Carpenter ‘Every once in a while a book comes along that completely shifts the way an entire generation thinks about a specific topic. When it comes to time management and productivity, Procrastinate on Purpose may be the one!’ Andy Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of The Traveler’s Gift and The Noticer” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCommunicate to influence : how to inspire your audience to action / Ben Decker & Kelly Decker.
“”The gold standard forcommunication training programs.” — USA Today Business communication sucks. At each meetingand presentation, we are inundated with information,leaving us thirsting for inspiration. Sure, we willcheck off an action item because we have to . . .but what if we were actually inspired to do something?What if we were so moved that wewantedto do it? Leaders must earn the license to lead. Not by expertise,authority, or title alone, but by influence .In Communicate to Influence , you will learn the secretsof the Decker Method — a framework thathas been perfected over the past 36 years. Ben andKelly Decker add fresh insights to these provenprinciples so that you can ignite change and inspireaction. Discover: The Five White Lies of Communicating:learn which barriers prevent you fromgetting better The Communicator’s Roadmap: usea tool to visually chart what type ofcommunication experience you create The Behaviors of Trust: align what you saywith how you say it to better connect withyour audience The Decker Grid: shift your messagefrom self-centered, all about me contentto relevant, audience-centered content thatdrives action You are called to communicate well. Not onlyon the main stage, under bright lights, but everytime you speak with your colleagues, your clients,and other stakeholders. It’s time to learn how. Stopinforming. Start inspiring . BEN DECKER & KELLY DECKER are the leadingexperts in the field of business communication.They consult on messaging, cultivate executivepresence among the leadership of Fortune 500companies and startups alike, and regularlydeliver keynotes to large audiences. Together, theyrun Decker Communications, a global firm thattrains and coaches tens of thousands of executivesa year. Ben and Kelly live in the San FranciscoBay Area, where they constantly test and refinecommunication techniques with their mostdemanding audience, their three boys.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverReal women, real leaders : surviving and succeeding in the business world / Kathleen Hurley and Priscilla Shumway, editors.
“Plan your path to leadership with insight from real women at the top In Real Women, Real Leadership , twenty-four women leaders describe their personal journeys to the top, providing deep insight and a fascinating perspective on “making it” as a woman in the male-dominated business environment. They discuss their experiences and offer guidance on topics such as balancing family and career, building alliances, mentoring and being mentored, and overcoming obstacles in the business world which is still dominated by men in the senior levels of management. Drawn from a range of industries including higher education, technology, law, the military, politics, the media, and more, these stories provide the details that every ambitious woman needs to know. You’ll learn which skills, attributes, and relationships served these women best, how they overcame the obstacles thrown into their paths, and the people they credit as instrumental along the way. A self-assessment chapter helps you discover your own leadership attributes, and determine which skills you need to acquire as you formulate your own personal roadmap to the top. There are many books about women who have been excellent leaders, but Real Women, Real Leadership provides the personal, relatable testimonials from women who have navigated the opportunities and pitfalls of the business world. Each story sheds light on women’s unique leadership attributes, and provides guidance for professional women charting their own professional advancement. Learn from women leaders in a diverse range of industries Discover the leadership attributes that make the biggest impact Gain insight into work/life balance, mentors, relationships, and more Discover your leadership strengths and develop a plan forward Studies have shown that companies with three or more women board members dramatically outperform the competition in returns on equity, sales, and invested capital ? yet women only claim a tiny percentage of boardroom seats and top executive positions. Why? And why, when they do achieve leadership positions, do women tend to make such outstanding leaders? Real Women, Real Leadership tackles these questions and more from an in-the-trenches perspective to help you become the leader you want to be.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHearing our calling : rethinking work and the workplace / Gill Coombs.
“For many of us, work is a source of anxiety rather than joy, and our workplace routine has become a strain on our lives. This unique book explores whether it’s possible to develop a world of work which is, in fact, joyful, fulfilling and good for our health.Insightful and practical, Hearing our Calling traces the history of work, challenging current work practices and routines we take for granted. Drawing on her extensive work with different organisations, the author exposes the corporate world and reveals a surprising and beautiful alternative. She argues that we all have a ‘calling’, and that hearing it is especially important in times of widespread unemployment and economic hardship.This lucid and readable book invites us to think differently about how and where we work, both individually and as a society, and offers the potential for real change.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHumanise : why human-centred leadership is the key to the 21st century / Anthony Howard.
“Legendary leaders change the world by putting leadership at the service of humanity Humanise is a comprehensive look at human-centred leadership, providing insight and guidance for those who want to change the world. A deep examination of the concept of moral leadership, this book examines what it is, how it’s acquired, and how it can be applied in business, government, and society. Readers will gain insight into predominant leadership styles exemplified in governments and organizations around the world, and discover the missing pieces that come together to more effectively guide people through challenges and transitions. With a focus on building a solid foundation, a strong moral compass, and deep empathy for others, this book shows you how to be a leader wherever you are, build your leadership capability, and make a positive impact on the world. We are facing a crisis of leadership. Where are the new Mandelas? What type of person is that? What are their qualities and attributes? Who will lead us into the future? Humanise is a book for people who want to be the very best version of themselves, the best leader they can be, and impact the world for good. Discover a different perspective on the leadership crisis throughout the world Create your own leadership foundation starting with your purpose and principles Turn your personal moral values into a leadership style that will benefit and inspire others Influence the individuals and world around you to become a part of the solution Following in the footsteps of Mandela and Ghandi, this book explains why great leadership is human-centred, and how you can become such a leader, no matter who you are or what position you are in. For those interested in picking up the torch and guiding the way, Humanise provides a roadmap to the version of you you’ve always wanted to be, and that the world needs you to be.” (Syndetics summary)