Research resources – how to access

Live in Wellington, and are still needing to do research but no longer have access to Unversity or Polytechnic online resources? Have a look at our Mygateway online resources. We have some fantastic resources available for FREE including Business Source Premier, Academic Source Elite and Proquest Research Library. If you are want to upskill further, have a look at Lynda.com. Lynda.com is a subscription service but FREE with your Wellington City Libraries membership.

If you need some assistance with a research project, or have a deadline to meet, we offer one hour’s free research per each separate topic. If your search skills are a bit rusty, we offer free training in the use of our online resources. Contact prosearch@wcc.govt.nz or ring Marilyn on 801 4059.

Check out the new business/management books at Wellington City Libraries

Syndetics book coverCounter mentor leadership : how to unlock the potential of the 4-generation workplace / Kelly Riggs and Robby Riggs.
“This book is the result of over three decades of combined experience from Kelly and Robby Riggs-dynamic, occasionally irreverent, always insightful, father (Boomer) and son (Millennial), who work with organizations grappling daily with multi-generational conflict. Through their collaboration, Kelly and Robby share their very different perspectives on the same problems most companies are STILL dealing with, but haven’t had the courage or the tools, to address. Issues such as: a shocking lack of leadership skills; the culture-killing generational divide that is demolishing many companies; and the stunning, often unrecognized impact of technology on the workplace. In their “shamelessly funny, brilliantly written” debut book, Kelly and Robby:

· Discuss today’s workplace dynamics, including the changes in communication modes, the influx of technology, and the impact of Millennials and Digital Natives
· Explain how a one-sided approach to leadership focused on “managing” Millennials is grossly insufficient, resulting in an inability to attract and retain critical young talent
· Explore the new challenges of leadership inherent with the explosion of technology-time compression, distractions, complexity and the pace of change
· Reveal how old leadership challenges persist, and explore how the younger generation will expose those challenges more than ever
· Detail the CounterMentor leadership model and prescribe specific tactics and techniques for addressing both old and new leadership issues. (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverManagement starts with you / Alan Hester.
“Management Starts With You is a wise, honest and practical guide to success in this challenging but fascinating role. Among many powerful insights we learn that: Before we can successfully manage others we first need to manage ourselves. Most of us do not naturally know how to manage, but we can learn.
· Life as a manager is easier when we stop thinking about the effect of our actions on ourselves and think instead about their effect on others. People don’t want to be managed, but they absolutely need the security of being led.
· Being respected is much more important than being liked!
· Traditional time management techniques don’t work for managers, so we need to rethink our approach to this most precious of all resources.
· What we focus on we get more of; so we need to focus on the right things.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe one-percent edge : small changes that guarantee relevance and build sustainable success / Susan Solovic with Ray Manley.THE ONE PERCENT EDGE: SMALL CHANGES THAT GUARANTEE RELEVANCE AND BUILD SUSTAINABLE SUCCESS
“Want to stay competitive? Keep evolving. Solid profits, a strong brand, steady customers–all of these can vanish when market shifts disrupt business as usual. So how do you keep from losing ground? How do you stay a step ahead of competitors? The solution is surprisingly straightforward: innovate tweak by tweak. By making incremental adjustments to every aspect of the business–marketing, customer service, finances, products, people–then repeating the process, fixing weaknesses and spotting opportunities becomes a winning habit. Entrepreneur Susan Solovic, an expert in business survival tactics, explains how to continually grow, improve, and move the business forward. With hundreds of strategies, examples, and a six-step process, The One-Percent Edge explains how to: Put energy into profitable areas and trim dead weight * Raise prices by selling value instead of things * Access new markets by adapting products or services * Hire the right team players * Turn customers into brand ambassadors * Find your own niche and avoid imitating * And more. When change happens swiftly and often, even successful brands are vulnerable. Businesses with the edge are constantly evolving . . . and pulling ahead of the pack.”(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDisenchantment : managing motivation and demotivation at work / Adrian Furnham and Luke Treglown.
“Workplace disenchantment can cause major issues for organisations – productivity decreases, employees can turn actively destructive and individual health and well-being can deteriorate. Most people start a job happy enough and determined to do a good job – if they are lucky, they have found a job which suits their skills and values. They may be eager, hopeful and willing to be engaged. So when and why do they become disenchanted and demotivated? In this new book, Adrian Furnham and Luke Treglown look at several theories into job satisfaction and workplace motivation. They explore how much of a motivator money really is, and which personality profiles are more likely to lead to a disruptive, disenchanted employee. Disenchantment discusses the related and identifiable behaviours that very clearly lead to disenchantment, and how individuals and organisations can work to prevent this and boost motivation and engagement in a way that is practicable and sustainable. Keeping employees motivated takes more than just ensuring they’re not unhappy, and Disenchantment outlines some of the ways that organisations can manage this.”(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe science of intelligent achievement : how smart people focus, create and grow their way to success / Isaiah Hankel.
“Smart strategies for pragmatic, science-based growth and sustainable achievement. The Science of Intelligent Achievement teaches you the scientific process of finding success through your most valuable assets: Selectivity – how selective are you with who and what you let into your life? Ownership – how dependent are you on others for your happiness and success? Pragmatism – how consistent and practical are you in your progress? First, this book will show you how to develop your focus by being very selective with where you spend your mental energy. If you’ve failed to reach an important goal because you were distracted, misinformed, or overcommitted, then you know the role focus and selectivity play in achievement. Second, you will learn how to stop allowing your happiness and success to be dependent on other people and instead, start taking ownership over your life. Finally, you will learn the art of changing your life through pragmatic decisions and actions. Self-improvement is not the result of dramatic changes. Instead, science has shown that personal and professional change is initiated and sustained by consistent, practical changes. To grow, you must leverage the power of micro-decisions, personality responsibility, and mini-habits. Your own biology will not let you improve your life in any other way.

What do you currently value? What are working to attain? Have you been taught to value your job title or your relationship with some other person above all else? Have you been convinced that the most valuable things in life are your paycheck, the number of people who say ‘hello’ to you at the office, and the number of people who say ‘I need you’ at home? Or, have you become so passive in what you value that you let anyone and anything into your life, as long as whatever you let in allows you to stay disconnected from the cold hard truth that when things really go wrong in your life, the only person who will be able to fix it and the only person will be responsible for it is you. If so …welcome to fake success . Passivity, dependence, and the sacrifice of realism and personal responsibility to whatever fuzzy, grandiose ideal is currently trending in the ether or your mind–these are markers of fake success.

Intelligent Achievement , on the other hand, is not a moving target. It’s not empty either. Instead, it’s sturdy, full, and immovable. It’s not something that’s just handed to you. It’s not something you’re nudged to chase or coerced into wanting. Intelligent Achievement comes from within you. It’s a collection of values that are aligned with who you are–values you have to protect and nurture. These values do not increase your dependence on other people and things. Instead, they relieve you of dependence. This kind of achievement is something that you have a part in building from the ground up–you know what’s in it–you chose it, someone else didn’t choose it for you.

Achieving real success means you must be selective, take ownership over your life, and above all, be willing to make consistent, pragmatic changes to move forward. The Science of Intelligent Achievement shows you how. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWin win : when business works for women, it works for everyone / Joanne Lipman.
” A FINANCIAL TIMES BUSINESS BOOK OF THE MONTH ‘Urgently needed’ Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of THE POWER OF HABIT and SMARTER ‘Attention, good guys: this book is for you’ Adam Grant, bestselling author of ORIGINALS and OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg ‘I know what you’re thinking: ‘Not another career guide-cum-manifesto, telling us to “woman up” and demand more money.’ But that isn’t what Lipman says. Instead, she uses data, reams of it, to expose how the system is rigged against women. She then calls for men to join the fight to make the workplace more equal’ SUNDAY TIMES STYLE MAGAZINE

Women spend their working lives adapting to an environment set up for men, by men: from altering the way they speak to changing the clothes they wear to power posing. But still the gender gap persists. And once you see it – women being overlooked, interrupted, their ideas credited to men – it’s impossible to ignore. But it needn’t be this way. Diving deep into the wide range of government initiatives, corporate experiments and social science research Joanne Lipman offers fascinating new revelations about the way men and women work culled from the Enron scandal, from brain research, from transgender scientists and from Iceland’s campaign to ‘feminise’ an entire nation. Packed with fascinating and entertaining examples – from the woman behind the success of Tupperware to how Google reinvented its hiring process – WIN WIN is a rallying cry to both men and women to finally take real steps towards closing the gender gap. Published in the US as THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID.(Syndetics summary)