Latest business and management books available at Wellington City Libraries

Syndetics book coverBuilding smarter organizations : how to lead your zombie organization back to life / Gordon Vala-Webb.
” Engaging read, actionable advice‚ĶGordon Vala-Webb has written a smart and engaging little book that is full of practical and powerful advice for leaders in any industry. Equally useful for reinvigorating organizations that may have lost some of their youthful energy and for new enterprises looking to bake-in successful practices from day one, Building Smarter Organizations brings the right combination of straight talk, humor, and the kind of wisdom that only comes from real-world experience in a multitude of situations. Vala-Webb makes a compelling case for–and shows you how to get started with–refreshing your organizational mindset, establishing visual systems and fast-flow communications, and adopting tools for accelerated decision making. He then provides concrete, actionable steps that leaders in any part of an organization can take to enliven their teams without sacrificing (indeed, by focusing on) those things that made you successful in the first place. (amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverState of readiness : operational excellence as precursor to becoming a high-performance organization / Joseph F. Paris Jr.
“Accelerated Strategy Development and Execution The company of today has its supply chains and finances stretched further around the globe than ever before while simultaneously having increasing pressures to drive value across a complicated and fluid set of metrics and deliver innovations, products, and services more quickly and reliably. The competitive advantage belongs to the companies that can quicken their vision-building and strategy-execution efforts–the ones that can identify challenges more swiftly and accelerate their decision making so they are better able to formulate and deploy responses decisively yet with greater agility. To successfully accomplish this, companies will have to prioritize creating a culture of leadership that strengthens communication skills and emphasizes systems thinking by building capacity and capability that cuts across the business smokestacks and permeates the entire organization. In State of Readiness , Joseph F. Paris Jr. shares over thirty years of international business and operations experience and guides C-suite executives and business-operations and -improvement specialists on a path toward operational excellence , the organizational capability and situational awareness that is attained as the enterprise reaches a state of alignment for pursuing its strategies. In doing so, create a corporate culture that is committed to the continuous and deliberate improvement of company performance and the circumstances of those who work there–a precursor to becoming a high-performance organization.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to use innovation and creativity in the workplace / Patrick Collister.
“Are you hungry to increase productivity in your workplace? Do you want to solve problems and enhance working relationships?A creative director with more than 25 years’ experience, Patrick Collister introduces new ways to get the creative juices flowing. Whatever your career, how to: use innovation and creativity in the workplace is packed with simple and practical techniques that are easy to introduce into the working day. Find out how to encourage the exchange of ideas with colleagues and make meaningful and positive changes. Use technology and digital platforms, break established work patterns and engineer working environments to harness creative potential and increase innovation.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLeading with vision : the leader’s blueprint for creating a compelling vision and engaging the workforce / by Bonnie Hagemann, Simon Vetter, and John Maketa.
“What does it mean to lead with vision? In the first book devoted entirely to vision as a key leadership principle, the authors delve deeply into the notion that a compelling vision that motivates and inspires is a true differentiator for organizations that want to hire and retain talent, be more competitive, and thrive in uncertain times. But a compelling vision on its own is not enough, which is why the authors, sought-after leadership development experts globally, provide readers with detailed analysis of the essential things leaders must do to effectively engage the workforce around that vision: embody courage, forge clarity, build connectedness, and shape culture.

Leading with Vision draws on quantitative data from the authors’ research of over 400 companies supplemented with real-world examples from thoughtful leaders who exemplify the core principles of leading with vision in established companies, including: Olukai, Bumble Bee, Coresystems, Jimbo’s, Bunge, and more. The book also includes an actionable blueprint developed by the authors that leaders and their organizations can implement on day one of their journey”.(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGood people : the only leadership decision that really matters / Anthony Tjan.
“Based on the viralHarvard Business Reviewarticle, bestselling author Anthony Tjan argues that leaders have a new imperative: you must have competent people on your team–but more importantly, they must also be of high character. As a leader you need to help develop and mentor for character further. Until now, we have only had ways of assessing competency in business, but we must also have the tools to help us judge, develop, and lead good people. Author of the bestsellingHearts, Smarts, Guts and Luckand venture capitalist Anthony Tjan offers insight into and a methodology for developing character, first in yourself and in those around you. Good people are your organization’s most important competitive advantage. We all know that finding good people is difficult, as being good on paper doesn’t always translate to being good in practice. While competence is necessary, Tjan argues that “goodness” is just as crucial as what’s on a resume–and that a fantastic resume can never compensate for mediocre character. Yet most people who are in the business of finding and developing good people still focus on the “what” more than the “who” of the individuals surrounding them. Tjan writes that character is a lifelong proactive commitment that, like any skill, can be exercised, honed, and developed. Only when leaders learn to develop these qualities in themselves and others will great and lasting change take place throughout an organization. Good Peopleestablishes a new understanding of goodness–a word we use frequently in business without always understanding what we mean. Tjan also profiles “good people” who are extraordinary leaders and motivators in their fields, providing insights from Tony Hsieh of Zappos, Beth Comstock of GE, Dominic Barton of McKinsey, author Deepak Chopra, M.D., Dean Nitin Nohria of Harvard Business School, Army General (ret.) Stanley McChrystal, jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, and a range of everyday unsung heroes. Packed with practical, often surprising advice,Good Peopleshows that the most transformative changes in business and life come down to the people we choose, and who choose us, and the values of goodness we have in common”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverPeople with purpose : how great leaders use purpose to build thriving organizations / Kevin Murray.
“This book is about how great leaders can make purpose the beating heart of their organization and use it to power performance. Leaders who communicate a defined mission, alongside clear and genuine values, allow their employees to feel a sense of purpose in their roles and embody their company’s vision. This inspires engagement, loyalty and higher performance. People with Purpose brings together a wide range of compelling research into how having a clearly defined purpose as part of business strategy is a vital element in business success, longevity and inspired teams.

People with Purpose shows leaders how to create a valuable framework that integrates purpose, values and goals on a single page in order to articulate their organization’s unique vision to employees and stakeholders. Kevin Murray interviews top CEOs who have used purpose to transform performance, motivate their people, develop organizational resilience and deliver results – often from the very edge of disaster. These leaders share how they have articulated their purpose, their values and their goals. People with Purpose also looks at the work of neuroscientists, brings together the evidence from around the world that proves purpose powers performance, and shows why purpose matters more in a digitally connected and transparent world. More than 30 case studies are explored from exclusive interviews with leaders from a range of organizations, including Odeon and UCI Cinemas, Healthcare at Home, Yodel, Monarch Airlines, Moss Bros and Virgin Atlantic “.(Syndetics summary)