New business books at Wellington City Libraries March 2018

Syndetics book coverCrushing it! : how great entrepreneurs build their business and influence — and how you can, too / Gary Vaynerchuk.
“Four-time New York Times bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk offers new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands.

In this lively, practical, and inspiring book, Gary dissects every current major social media platform so that anyone, from a plumber to a professional ice skater, will know exactly how to amplify his or her personal brand on each. He offers both theoretical and tactical advice on how to become the biggest thing on old standbys like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat; podcast platforms like Spotify, Soundcloud, iHeartRadio, and iTunes; and other emerging platforms such as Musical.ly. For those with more experience, Crushing It! illuminates some little-known nuances and provides innovative tips and clever tweaks proven to enhance more common tried-and-true strategies.

Crushing It! is a state-of-the-art guide to building your own path to professional and financial success, but it’s not about getting rich. It’s a blueprint to living life on your own terms.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCapacity : create laser focus, boundless energy, and an unstoppable drive in any organization / Chris Johnson, Matt Johnson.
“Optimize your talent by removing the obstacles in their path. Capacity is a proven system for bringing the best out of your team-and yourself. Matt and Chris Johnson set the mark on how to succeed in the future with their energizing message, humorous stories and their generational differences. As the world speeds-up faster and faster, organizations and their people try to keep up. This pressure to do more with less has reached epidemic levels of concern and organizations are panicking on how to recruit, retain and attract the best talent for the future. Burnout, low engagement, and overwhelming stress are jeopardizing organizations? ability to scale and win. As outdated performance models of the past crumble under pressure, Matt and Chris show you how to build and protect your most valuable asset?YOUR PEOPLE. What if you could beat the clock and expand your capacity by 6 hours per week? Or 11? Think about the organizational impact if your workforce were given fresh capacity to perform, lead, and grow. This book offers a clear, workable solution for organizations functioning in the real world: by paring it down to three performance pillars they must have to succeed’focus, energy, and drive. Ever organization sets initiatives, but many remain unfinished because their capacity to do so fails before it starts. This framework is different: these changes bring the type of benefits that cause transformation. Giving your people what they need makes buy-in irrelevant, and allows them to perform at their highest potential. Not only can it work, but it is the only thing that will work over the long term. By making your organization a great place to work, you retain your best talent and attract more like it. With dedicated resources, focus, sustainable effort, and comprehensive strategy, your top performers will be equipped to drive your organization to the top.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCowgirl power : how to kick ass in business and life / Gay Gaddis.
Offers insights and guidance on success for women, exploring how women can cultivate and access their power, using the real-life cowgirl heroines of the early twentieth century as exemplars of gutsy risk-taking.

Syndetics book coverBig potential : how transforming the pursuit of success raises our achievement, happiness, and well-being / Shawn Achor.
“Bestselling author Shawn Achor shows how to unlock hidden sources of potential in ourselves and others. In a world that thrives on competition and individual achievement, we are measuring and pursuing potential all wrong. By pursuing success in isolation – pushing others away as we push ourselves too hard – we are not just limiting our potential, we are becoming more stressed and disconnected than ever. In his highly anticipated follow-up to The Happiness Advantage , Achor reveals a better approach. Drawing on his work in 50 countries, he shows that success and happiness are not competitive sports. Rather, they depend almost entirely on how well we connect with, relate to, and learn from each other. Just as happiness is contagious, every dimension of human potential – performance, intelligence, creativity, leadership ability and health – is influenced by those around us. So when we help others become better, we reach new levels of potential, as well. Rather than fighting over scraps of the pie, we can expand the pie instead.

Small Potential is the limited success we can attain alone. BIG Potential is what we can achieve together. Here, Achor offers five strategies – the SEEDS of Big Potential–for lifting the ceiling on what we can achieve while returning happiness and meaning to our lives. The dramatic shifts in how we approach work today demand an equally dramatic shift in our approach to success. Big Potential offers a new path to thriving in the modern world.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe power of connection : how to become a master communicator in your workplace, your head space and at your place / Rik Rushton.
“A simple communication framework to begin practising today. We all carry around the technology to stay connected 24/7, yet many of us are disengaged and challenged with our lack of communication skills. The Power of Connection provides you with practical, real-world solutions for improving your professional performance, your personal relationships and your outlook one conversation at a time. Becoming a confident and compelling communicator might be the most important skill for leaders in the modern business landscape, parents in the modern home and individuals who use self-talk′ to help shape their world. By adopting the simple strategies revealed in every chapter, you can become an unshakeable success at what you set out to do. This book is designed to help you start communicating better today , so start reading and start practicing with your very next conversation! Understand your communication strengths and weaknesses Become a better listener to build a deeper connection Learn how communication sits at the heart of all relationships Develop the skills to connect, inspire, engage and empower. We are surrounded by noise, yet no one is actually saying anything we can connect with or are we just not listening? Communication is a two-way street, and involves so much more than just speaking. The Power of Connection offers a quick and easy road map for your personal journey of growth and development that will make you a better parent, friend, spouse and employee. It′s the right message for this time considering there′s never a wrong time to level up your skills and become more effective at work, at home and in life.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHBR’s 10 must reads on mental toughness.
” Come back from every setback a stronger and better leader. If you read nothing else on mental toughness, read these ten articles by experts in the field. We’ve combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you build your emotional strength and resilience–and to achieve high performance. This book will inspire you to:

Thrive on pressure like an Olympic athlete Manage and overcome negative emotions by acknowledging them Plan short-term goals to achieve long-term aspirations Surround yourself with the people who will push you the hardest Use challenges to become a better leader Use creativity to move past trauma Understand the tools your mind uses to recover from setbacks. This collection of articles includes “How the Best of the Best Get Better and Better,” by Graham Jones; “Crucibles of Leadership,” by Warren G. Bennis and Robert J. Thomas; “Building Resilience,” by Martin E.P. Seligman; “Cognitive Fitness,” by Roderick Gilkey and Clint Kilts; “The Making of a Corporate Athlete,” by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz; “Stress Can Be a Good Thing If You Know How to Use It,” by Alla Crum and Thomas Crum; “How to Bounce Back from Adversity,” by Joshua D. Margolis and Paul G. Stoltz; “Rebounding from Career Setbacks,” by Mitchell Lee Marks, Philip Mirvis, and Ron Ashkenas; “Realizing What You’re Made Of,” by Glenn E. Mangurian; “Extreme Negotiations,” by Jeff Weiss, Aram Donigian, and Jonathan Hughes; and “Post-Traumatic Growth and Building Resilience,” by Martin Seligman and Sarah Green Carmichael.” (Syndetics summary)