Latest great business and management book arrivals

Syndetics book coverAgile talent : how to source and manage outside experts / Jon Younger, Norm Smallwood.
“How to Leverage Talent You Don’t Own – Campbell Soup Company and PepsiCo seek advice from anthropologists to understand customer tastes and preferences. Google and Intel engage experts in social science and biomechanics to assess how people think about and use technology.

Companies are gaining advantage through a new capability–strategic use of external experts–made possible by technology and the globalization of talent. Leaders everywhere recognize that “lean,” “agile,” and “fast” strategies require new ways to access and leverage–without owning–key talent to fill critical gaps. As managers seek nontraditional sources of strategic talent and experiment with fast, flexible ways of engaging these experts, they need a new roadmap.

This book delivers that roadmap. It tells you how to assess, choose, attract, develop, support, and retain your external talent. Authored by thought leaders and bestselling authors in leadership and talent management who teach and consult globally, Agile Talent reveals how companies such as Apple, Uber, Airbnb, Google, IBM, and Bain Capital organize and manage new forms of talent in innovative ways. Supported by survey data and packed with tools and templates for applying these ideas, this book is the ultimate guide for winning the next war for talent.”
(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe startup equation : a visual guidebook to building, launching and scaling your startup / by Steven Fisher and Ja-Naé Duane ; illustrations by Caleb Sexton and Kate Rutter ; introduction by Andrew Hyde.
” Visualize Your Successful New Business – You have a great idea for a new business. Now what? How do you turn that great idea into a viable business? Leveraging visual tools, The Startup Equation leads you step by step through the decisions you need to make to find your perfect startup model. You’ll learn things such as identifying your unique entrepreneurial type, creating a great product, building a great team, finding funding and scaling in addition to other elements essential to crafting a roadmap that fits you and your business.

Drawing from their extensive experience working with startups, entrepreneurs Steve Fisher and Ja-Naé Duane offer expert advice on dealing with the challenges and opportunities that accompany every type of new business. Using visual storytelling, they provide a much-needed blueprint to understanding the startup economy. The authors include illustrative business examples from companies such as TechStars and 500Startups, as well as interviews with over 40 entrepreneurs from across the globe.

Filled with insightful case studies, The Startup Equation is a vibrant, practical guide to creating a winning business model for any startup. By following the accessible visual roadmap within, you’ll discover how to build your own successful business plan for your unique dream.

Steve Fisher is product designer, filmmaker, entrepreneur, and startup advisor.Ja-Naé Duane is an entrepreneur, researcher, startup advisor, and professor of entrepreneurship & innovation.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe big fish experience : create memorable presentations that reel in your audience / Kenny Nguyen, Gus Murillo, Robert Killeen, Luke Jones.
” Finally a book that gives “real” info on how to give better speeches and presentations….I have always known that I could give better presentations and speeches but I didn’t know to improve. This book gave me the tools, methods, and resources to help me be a better speaker. The book is easy to read and each chapter stands alone as it’s own lesson. I can’t wait to put all the info I learned in this book into practice.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverSuperbosses : how exceptional leaders master the flow of talent / Sydney Finkelstein.
” “Superbosses” is an immensely interesting read, in part because of the range of profiles Syd Finkelstein puts in front of us. Syd’s research has always explored leadership in ways that are both public and intimate, but what makes this book valuable is that, beyond the practical takeaways one would expect of a top-tier management professor, it’s an engaging summary of an in-depth study of inspired and inspiring leaders. Frankly, it’s also just fun to read as a set of stories and insights….As Syd points out, this idea of formally exploring the behaviors and mindsets that define what he calls a superboss is relatively undefined in the market. And viable approaches to realizing disproportionate returns on your activities as a leader—how to influence and impact the world beyond the scope of one’s direct interactions and operations—is increasingly a topic of discussion among executives. What’s unfortunate is that we often concentrate our search for learnings on the operational techniques and track record of leaders, but neglect the ways in which they foster intimate and inspiring relationships with the people around them—at scale. Over the course of the book, Syd gives us a language and framework for thinking about the challenges and art of outsized influence….This is a great read if you’re wondering how to get the most out of your boss or for looking at someone you’re considering learning from, since it offers some insight into the signals that the people you’re around might have potential to be truly great and what they’re looking for in their mentees. It’s also a great book if you have aspirations to superbossness yourself. For many leaders and managers, that can be a lonely position, since candid peer conversations are rare. Syd’s research offers a window into how unambiguously compelling leaders and their disciples articulate the assumptions, describe the consistent behaviors, and craft the visions that drive their successes—all valuable as inputs as you construct your own working model of leadership….My take? Well worth reading. Well worth writing down the questions and challenges that surface for you over the course of the book. Well worth seeing how far you can stretch yourself to surround yourself with superbosses and expand your own footprint in the world around you.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverMatter : move beyond the competition, create more value, and become the obvious choice / Peter Sheahan and Julie Williamson, PhD.
“Find your edge of disruption- There is no question that a macro trend in today’s business climate is that previously defensible markets and niches are becoming increasingly disrupted and/or commoditized. What is particularly useful about this book is that it states, in plain English, what successful companies do to stand out in the minds of customers. In short, these companies step up to the plate and do the hard work of actually solving hard-to-solve problems that their customers face. They get outside of their echo chamber and look externally for information and inspiration. They don’t avoid complexity, they treat it as an opportunity to combine old strengths with innovative thinking and action.

Matter is a rallying cry of sorts for today’s business leaders. There are no easy solutions in today’s increasingly competitive environment, but solutions do exist and the book is filled with examples of companies that have successfully converted challenges into competitive advantages.” (Amazon reviewer)


Syndetics book coverDesigning products people love : how great designers create successful products / Scott Hurff.
” How can you create products that successfully find customers? With this practical book, you’ll learn from some of the best product designers in the field, from companies like Facebook and LinkedIn to up-and-coming contenders. You’ll understand how to discover and interpret customer pain, and learn how to use this research to guide your team through each step of product creation.

Written for designers, product managers, and others who want to communicate better with designers, this book is essential reading for anyone who contributes to the product creation process.

Understand exactly who your customers are, what they want, and how to build products that make them happy Learn frameworks and principles that successful product designers use Incorporate five states into every screen of your interface to improve conversions and reduce perceived loading times Discover meeting techniques that Apple, Amazon, and LinkedIn use to help teams solve the right problems and make decisions faster Design effective interfaces across different form factors by understanding how people hold devices and complete tasks Learn how successful designers create working prototypes that capture essential customer feedback Create habit-forming and emotionally engaging experiences, using the latest psychological research” (Syndetics summary)