Fantastic new business resource -Lynda.com

Wellington City Libraries has subscribed to Lynda.com . Lynda.com has a wide range of tutorial video courses on a wide range of business topics such as :

Leadership
Social media marketing
Management
Business skills
Online marketing
Project management

Not only does Lynda.com have business courses, but it has courses on a large range of subjects such as IT, Marketing and Photography. This is an amazing resource and it is FREE for our library customers. Take a look, you won’t regret it. Already we have had a lot of very positive feedback. The courses can be viewed on desktop computers or mobile browsers.

New business books – Wellington City Libraries

Syndetics book coverPrimed to perform : how to build the highest performing cultures through the science of total motivation / Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor.

“Why do some workplace cultures inspire energy and innovation, while others fuel anxiety, boredom, or cynicism? Until now, such legendary cultures have seemed like magic beyond our control. However, behind every culture is a surprisingly elegant science.

Primed to Perform proves that the highest-performing cultures are built on a simple truth: why people work affects how well they work. Great organizations inspire the three most powerful motives for work–play, purpose, and potential–and eliminate the three most destructive–emotional pressure, economic pressure, and inertia. They create total motivation (or ToMo, for short). Total motivation cultures create the highest-performing employees and the most adaptive organizations.

Authors Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor show that extraordinary performance at companies like Southwest Airlines, Starbucks, Apple, and Whole Foods comes from cultures that inspire total motivation. They describe how investment professionals, salespeople, teachers, and CEOs perform better when driven by total motivation. And, most important, they share how you can build a culture that inspires total motivation in every moment of every day.

Primed to Perform builds on over a century of academic thinking as well as the authors’ original research into how ToMo drives performance at iconic companies. It introduces the authors’ highly predictive new measurement tool, the total motivation factor, which allows leaders to measure the strength of their culture and understand how it changes over time. It gives leaders the tools to transform their own workplaces.

High-performing cultures can’t be left to chance; organizations must create systems that shape and maintain them. Whether you’re a five-person team or a start-up, an elementary school or a university, a nonprofit or a mega-institution, Primed to Perform shows you how.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA crowdfunder’s strategy guide : build a better business by building community / Jamey Stegmaier.“I appreciate that Jamey Stegmaier is a concise and clear writer. This book is one of the rare few that walks a delicate line between “beginner” and “advanced” – the content is accessible, even to a newbie in the crowdfunding world, but also has enough rich insight and detail to be a valuable read for someone with a lot of experience already….Jamey’s stories are entertaining and also illustrate in concrete ways how seemingly small choices in crowdfunding implementation, can make a very big difference to the success (or failure), of your campaign. Some of his lessons learned have been painful ones, and some of his ideas are counter-intuitive, but when I understood his logic, it changed my view completely.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThe introvert entrepreneur : amplify your strengths and create success on your own terms / Beth L. Buelow.
“A practical guide to help introverts harness their natural gifts and entrepreneurial spirit

Think you have to be loud and brash to be successful in business? Think again. The strengths and traits of the typical introvert lend themselves well to entrepreneurship, as well as “intrapreneurship” and a range of business roles. In The Introvert Entrepreneur , professional coach Beth Buelow shows readers how to harness their natural gifts (including curiosity, independence, and a love of research) and counteract their challenges (such as an aversion to networking and self-promotion). She addresses a wide range of topics –from managing fears and expectations and developing a growth mindset to networking, marketing, leadership skills, and community-building–informed by interviews with introverts who have created successful businesses without compromising their core personality.

Filled with fresh insights and actionable advice, this essential guide will support anyone who’s striving to make a difference in a loud and chaotic world.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLeading women : 20 influential women share their secrets to leadership, business, and life / Nancy D. O’Reilly, PSYD.

“Now is the time…Stop waiting around for the career–and life–that you deserve and start taking the reins! Leading Women shows you how to claim power and respect, conquer your internal barriers, and change the world by helping other women do the same. Featuring stories from twenty nationally acclaimed female leaders, this empowering guide offers real-life advice for breaking free of the predetermined roles in the business world and life. Powerful women such as New York Times bestselling author Marci Shimoff, advocacy leader Gloria Feldt, and Emmy-winning television host Aurea McGarry describe what it’s like to go beyond their comfort zones, hold their own in a male-dominated environment, and take control of the situations that keep many women from achieving their goals. From corporate coach Lois Frankel’s key ways to becoming a natural and necessary leader to bestselling author M. Bridget Cook-Burch’s struggles after years of abuse, their insight will help you embrace your purpose, seize important opportunities, and overcome any obstacle that comes your way.

With the guidance of these influential, resourceful leaders, you’ll maximize your personal power, exceed your business goals, and establish a network designed to support and celebrate your fellow women.

Contributors include: Kristin Andress, Cheryl Benton, Claire Damken Brown, PhD, M. Bridget Cook-Burch, Vivian Diller, PhD, Gloria Feldt, Lois P. Frankel, PhD, Joanna L. Krotz, Aurea McGarry, Lisa Mininni, Shirley Osbourne, Lois Phillips, PhD, Birute Regine, PhD, Linda Rendleman, Marcia Reynolds, PhD, Marci Shimoff, Rebecca Tinsley, Sandra Ford Walston, Michele Willens, and Janet Rose Wojtalik, EdD” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGood profit : how creating value for others built one of the world’s most successful companies / Charles G. Koch.
“THE REVOLUTIONARY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM BEHIND ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL COMPANIES OF OUR TIME
In 1961, Charles Koch joined his father s Wichita-based company, then valued at $21 million. Six years later, he was named chairman of the board and CEO of Koch Industries, Inc. Today, Koch Industries estimated worth is $100 billion — making it one of the largest private companies in the world. Koch exceeds the S&P 500 s five-decade growth by 27-fold and plans to double its value on average every six years.
What exactly does this company do and why is it so remarkably profitable? Koch s name may not be on your stain-resistant carpet, stretch denim jeans, the connectors in your smart phone, or your baby s ultra-absorbent diapers but it makes them all. And Koch s Market-Based Management(r) system is what drives these innovations and many more.
Based on five decades of interdisciplinary studies, experimental discovery, and practical implementation across Koch businesses worldwide, the core objective of MBM is to generate “good” profit. Good profit results from products and services that customers vote for freely with their dollars, products that improve people s lives. It results from a culture where employees are empowered to act entrepreneurially to discover customers preferences and the best ways to satisfy them. Good profit is what follows when “long-term value is created for customers, employees, shareholders, and society. “
Here, drawing on revealing, honest, and previously untold stories from his nearly six decades in business, Koch walks the reader through the five dimensions of MBM to show how to apply its framework to generate more good profit in any business, industry, or organization of any size. Readers will learn how to:
. Craft a vision for how to thrive in spite of increasingly rapid disruption
. Select and retain a workforce possessing both virtue and talent
. Create an environment of knowledge sharing that prizes respectful challenges from everyone at every level
. Award employees with ownership and decision rights based on their proven contributions, not job title
. Motivate all employees to maximize their contributions by structuring incentives so compensation is limited only by the value they create
A must-read for any leader, entrepreneur, or student, as well as anyone who wants a more civil, fair, and prosperous society, “Good Profit” is destined to rank as one of the greatest management books of all time.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe power of the herd : a nonpredatory approach to social intelligence, leadership, and innovation, Linda Kohanov.
“Linda Kohanov is beloved for her groundbreaking articulation of “the way of the horse,” an experiential wisdom known to riders for centuries but little studied or adapted to off-horse use. Now Kohanov takes those horse-inspired insights on exceptional communication and leadership into the realms of our workplaces and relationships. Here we explore the benefits of “nonpredatory power” in developing assertiveness, fostering creativity, dealing with conflict, and heightening mind-body awareness.

In the first part of this far-reaching book, Kohanov profiles cultural innovators who employed extraordinary nonverbal leadership skills to change history, usually on horseback: Winston Churchill, George Washington, Alexander the Great, and the Buddha, among others. She also draws on the behavior of mature horse herds, as well as the herding cultures of Africa and Mongolia, to debunk theories of dominance hierarchies, challenge ingrained notions of “survival of the fittest,” and demonstrate the power of a consensual leadership in which governing roles are fluid.

Kohanov adapts these lessons into twelve powerful guiding principles we can all incorporate into our work and personal lives. Eloquent and provocative, this is horse sense for everyone who seeks to thrive in the herds we all run in — our communities, careers, families, and friendships.” (Syndetics summary)