Great new business books received at WCL

Syndetics book coverA world of difference : leading in global markets with cultural intelligence / Felicity Menzies.
“Having a diverse workforce makes “A World of Difference”. Companies and organisations that have a diverse workforce benefit from increased innovation, creativity, performance and a better bottom line. However, building diverse teams in the workforce is not easy. Not everyone has the Cultural Intelligence (CQ) to work with people from other countries and cultures. Cultural Intelligence is not a personality trait, nor is it something you are born with. Rather, Cultural Intelligence develops through education, training, and experience. A good place to start to find out more about CQ is Felicity Menzies’ new book “A World of Difference”.

Filled with a mix of anecdotes drawn for the author’s personal experiences and research on this topic, Menzies helps leaders to understand Cultural Intelligence and how it can give them an enviable competitive advantage.
Companies with leaders and workers who have high Cultural Intelligence are more agile. These organisations can quickly adapt processes, products, and services to capture new opportunities and respond to change across diverse markets.
Cultural Intelligence also promotes successful intercultural relations, both inside and outside the organisation. This improves business performance via enhanced innovation, increased workforce engagement, and more effective partnering”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverInstant networking : the simple way to build your business network and see results in just 6 months / Stefan Thomas.
“A fresh take on the vital business skill of networking. Networking is something that many of us dread and try to avoid at all costs. But no longer the sole remit of sales people, it has become a vital business skill for us all. Expected to negotiate effectively through our careers, social lives and online presence, networking 24/7 has become a real challenge. Many experts believe that you need to be super confident or a brilliant presenter in order to network to the best of your ability but networking has changed.

Let Stefan Thomas show you how to take a fresh look at Networking 2.0 and teach you how networking is no longer just something we do with other people and it’s no longer an activity, it’s a new way of thinking and acting. Instant Networking will show you how to build networking into all that you do, whether you’re self-employed, fresh out of education and ready to take on the world or just ready to make your presence known.

Learn how to:

Combine networking, social media, marketing, and sales skills to give a full picture of how to network effectively Explore how to establish your personal brand Build networking into your existing day-to-day activities Deal with the key challenges people face at networking events” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStrategize : product strategy and product roadmap practices for the digital age / Roman Pichler. “Create a winning game plan for your digital products with Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age. Using a wide range of proven techniques and tools, author Roman Pichler explains how to create effective strategies and actionable roadmaps to help you maximize your chances of creating successful products. Written in an engaging and no-nonsense style, Strategize offers practical advice and valuable examples so that you can apply the practices directly to your products.

Comprehensive and insightful, the book will enable you to make the right strategic decisions in today’s dynamic digital age.

Praise for “Strategize”:

“”Strategize” offers a comprehensive approach to product strategy using the latest practices geared specifically to digital products. Not just theory, the book is chock-full of real-world examples, making it easier to apply the principles to your company and products. “Strategize” is essential reading for everyone in charge of products: product executives, product managers, and product owners.”

Steve Johnson, Founder at Under10 Consulting, author, speaker, consultant, guitar player.

“Whether you are new to product management or an experienced practitioner, “Strategize” is a must read. You are guaranteed to get new ideas about how to develop or improve your product strategy and how to execute it successfully. It’s an essential addition to every product manager’s reading list.”

Marc Abraham, Senior Product Manager at Notonthehighstreet.com.

“Roman Pichler’s latest book provides essential guidance for all product owners and anyone involved in product strategy or roadmapping. I highly recommend it.”

Mike Cohn, Author of “Succeeding with Agile,” “Agile Estimating and Planning,” and “User Stories Applied” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGrit to great : how perseverance, passion, and pluck take you from ordinary to extraordinary / by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval.
“In Grit to Great, Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval tackle a topic that is close to their hearts, one that they feel is the real secret to their own success in their careers–and in the careers of so many people they know and have met. And that is the incredible power of grit, perseverance, perspiration, determination, and sheer stick-to-it-tiveness. We are all dazzled by the notion that there are some people who get ahead, who reach the corner office because they are simply gifted, or well-connected, or both. But research shows that we far overvalue talent and intellectual ability in our culture. The fact is, so many people get ahead–even the gifted ones–because they worked incredibly hard, put in the thousands of hours of practice and extra sweat equity, and made their own luck. And Linda and Robin should know–they are two girls from the Bronx who had no special advantages or privileges and rose up through their own hard work and relentless drive to succeed to the top of their highly competitive profession.

In a book illustrated with a cornucopia of stories and the latest research on success, the authors reveal the strategies that helped them, and countless others, succeed at the highest levels in their careers and professions, and in their personal lives. They talk about the guts–the courage–necessary to take on tough challenges and not give up at the first sign of difficulty. They discuss the essential quality of resiliency. Everyone suffers setbacks in their careers and in life. The key, however, is to pick yourself up and bounce back. Drawing on the latest research in positive psychology, they discuss why optimists do better in school, work, and on the playing field–and how to reset that optimistic set point. They talk about industriousness, the notion that Malcolm Gladwell popularized with the 10,000-hour rule in his book Outliers. Creativity theorist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi believes it takes a minimum of 10 years for one’s true creative potential to be realized. And the authors explore the concept of tenacity–the quality that allows us to remain focused and avoid distraction in order to get the job done–an increasingly difficult task in today’s fragmented, cluttered, high-tech, connected world.

Written in the same short, concise format as The Power of Nice and leavened with the natural humor that characterizes Linda’s and Robin’s lives–and books–Grit to Great is destined to be the book everyone in business needs.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe greats on leadership : classic wisdom for modern managers / Jocelyn Davis.
You don’t need a big title or a business degree in order to lead with impact. What you need is practical wisdom: the insight, judgment, and strength of character that all great leaders have, but that most business schools and corporate workshops don’t teach. The Greats on Leadership gets you there. Jocelyn Davis takes you on an in-depth tour of the best leadership ideas of the past twenty-five centuries-featuring classic authors from Plato to Winston Churchill, William Shakespeare to Jane Austen, Alexander Hamilton to Peter Drucker, and many more-combined with the best contemporary leadership concepts and plenty of real-life tools and examples. No matter where in the organization you sit, this remarkably readable and practical guide will set you on the road to becoming a great leader

Syndetics book coverThe performance principle : a practical guide to understanding motivation in the modern workplace / Mackenzie Kyle.
“An engaging and accessible guide to getting the most from your workplace teams. The Performance Principle is written for any manager, supervisor, or business leader who feels there must be a better, more systematic way to motivate their team and achieve phenomenal results. It tells the fictional story of Will Campbell, the newly promoted executive in charge of the Hyler manufacturing facility. The company has fallen on hard times and Campbell is given a year to turn around Hyler�s fortunes, a feat made all the more challenging because of the discontent among all of Hyler�s employees, from management to sales to the unionized shop floor. Over the course of several tumultuous months, Campbell and his team learn the unique principles of performance management and the powerful results it can deliver.Unique, lively and powerfully effective, The Performance Principle illustrates the fundamentals of performance management, providing a model that allows the reader to understand exactly what motivates people in the workplace, and how to align this with the organization’s strategy.” (Syndetics summary)