New management books at Wellington City Libraries

Overdrive cover Loonshots, Safi Bahcall (ebook) “ This book has everything: new ideas, bold insights, entertaining history and convincing analysis. Not to be missed by anyone who wants to understand how ideas change the world.” —Daniel Kahneman, winner of the Nobel Prize and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow What do James Bond and Lipitor have in common? What can we learn about human nature and world history from a glass of water? In Loonshots, physicist and entrepreneur Safi Bahcall reveals a surprising new way of thinking about the mysteries of group behavior that challenges everything we thought we knew about nurturing radical breakthroughs. Drawing on the science of phase transitions, Bahcall shows why teams, companies, or any group with a mission will suddenly change from embracing wild new ideas to rigidly rejecting them, just as flowing water will suddenly change into brittle ice. Mountains of print have been written about culture. Loonshots identifies the small shifts in structure that control this transition, the same way that temperature controls the change from water to ice. Using examples that range from the spread of fires in forests to the hunt for terrorists online, and stories of thieves and geniuses and kings, Bahcall shows how this new kind of science helps us understand the behavior of companies and the fate of empires. Loonshots distills these insights into lessons for creatives, entrepreneurs, and visionaries everywhere. Loonshots is the first to apply these tools to help all of us unlock our potential to create and nurture the crazy ideas that change the world. Overdrive description)

The ethical leader : why doing the right thing can be the key to competitive advantage / Witzel, Morgen
Showcases the necessity and practicality of using an ethics-based business model for competitive advantage and long-term organizational success. Ethical behavior in and by businesses is often seen as a bolt-on extra–something that is nice-to-do but not must-do. Morgen Witzel argues that by flipping this view–and making ethical behavior the cake and not just the icing–businesses can gain long-term competitive advantage. Trust and respect among key stakeholder groups, especially employees and customers, cannot be overstated in their importance to an organization’s success. Trust engenders loyalty and good reputation, which in turn builds brand value. The Ethical Leader provides a practical introduction to some key concepts in ethics, including how to deal with ethical paradoxes and how to make ethical decisions. Ethical behavior is the key to trust-building, but it needs to go deeper than something managers do out of a sense of moral duty. The Ethical Leader show why ethics needs to be the platform from which to build a strong and enduring business, and it provides the necessary tools and insights for how to make this happen.” (Catalogue)

How to get to great ideas : a system for smart, extraordinary thinking / Birss, Dave
“The highly practical lessons in HOW TO HAVE GOOD IDEAS are based on neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics. Written by the former Creative Director of OgilvyOne, Dave Birss, this book offers a brilliant new system for conceiving original and valuable ideas. It looks at how to frame the problem, how to push your thinking, how to sell the idea and build support for it and how to inspire others to have great ideas. It proves that any organization – and any department within an organization – can become a fertile environment for ideas. Combining a practical research-based system with fascinating insights and inspiring and humorous writing, the book is also accompanied by the problem solving system RIGHT THINKING. This is a tool which shows organizations a more effective way to generate more effective ideas and is based on the thinking in the book. This is available online and in person from the author.” (Catalogue)

Winging it / Isaacs, Emma
“I’m about to welcome you into my world. Show you what works for me and share openly what hasn’t. I hope that what you find in the pages of this book inspires you to dream up new ways to be kind to people and to think about how the game you’re currently playing might be worthy of a bigger court. I hope it stretches your thinking about what’s possible, and shows you that when you take giant leaps of faith, the only challenging thing will be some temporary discomfort. Are you ready to wing it? CEO and entrepreneur Emma Isaacs forgot to draw up her life plan, and she doesn’t have a list of five-year goals. She doesn’t believe in work/life balance – after all she has five children and heads up Business Chicks, Australia’s largest community for women. Like Sheryl Sandberg, who told us to ‘lean in’ to find success, Emma wants to show us that you can’t plan every detail and wait for the confidence to kick in before you begin; instead, take action now, do what feels right and figure the rest out as you go along. In other words, you’ve got to learn how to ‘wing it’ rather than wait. Drawing on her own life and the stories of the many men and women she has met and interviewed – from Sir Richard Branson to Bill Gates to Girlboss Sophia Amoruso – Emma tells us how to:* Turn a dream into a job* Turn a job into a business* Network like a champion* Protect your time for the things that matter* Get fired up not ground down by the kids/career juggle, and* Understand that sometimes failure is part of the brief. Emma shows us that often the only thing holding us back is ourselves; that you can follow your dreams; and that there’s no reason not to start doing so right now.” (Catalogue)

Overdrive cover The Creative Curve, Allen Gannett (ebook) A great idea isn’t a sudden light-bulb moment. It’s taking something familiar and making it feel new. We’ve been told a lie about the nature of creativity. We’re told stories about creative geniuses; the young Mozart who effortlessly overshadows the hardworking Salieri; Paul McCartney coming up with the tune for Yesterday in a dream one morning; JK Rowling finding inspiration for Harry Potter sitting on a train to London. What we aren’t told is the actual story behind such hits. In fact there is a science and method for mainstream success, whether writing a popular novel, starting a company or creating an effective marketing campaign, and in this book Allen Gannett ; data wizard and successful entrepreneur ; reveals the four laws of creativity that are proven to work. New ideas are surprising at first, and slowly become familiar as we get used to them. Allan Gannett reveals there’s a sweet spot between what feels familiar and safe to us, and what is innovative and new: the point of optimal tension between safety and surprise, similarity and difference. The people we think of as creative geniuses are people who understand this sweet spot instinctively; they know what people find familiar and reassuring, and they find ways to reinvent it fresh. Packed with stories and insights ranging from the team behind Dear Evan Hansen to the founder of Reddit, from the Chief Content Officer of Netflix to Michelin starred chefs, The Creative Curve will help you spend less time on ideas destined to fail and more time on ideas that really break out. This book is for everyone, whether you’re a business leader, a creative artist or a budding entrepreneur – and will teach you the secret to conceiving great ideas that can achieve major success. Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Make Time, Jake Knapp (ebook)’If you want to achieve more (without going nuts), read this book.’ – Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better
Most of our time is spent by default. We all wish for more hours in the day. We all struggle to make time for what matters. Help is here. Productivity experts Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky have created a four-step framework that anyone can use, packed with more than 80 tactics to help you design your day around the things that matter. Tactics such as:

· Choose a daily highlight
· Be the boss of your phone
· Stay out of social media infinity pools
· Slow your inbox
· Make TV a ‘sometimes treat’
· Exercise every day (but don’t be a hero)
· Eat without screens
· Go off grid
· Spend time with your tribe
· Make your bedroom a bed room

With tips and tricks to help you change your life, it’s time to stop daydreaming about projects and activities that you’ll get to ‘someday’, and start that someday today. ‘Make Time is essential reading for anyone who wants to create a happier, more successful life.’ – Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project (Overdrive description)

Business as almost normal -Wellington City Libraries

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I thought it was time for an update to reassure business patrons that although our Central Library is closed, you still have access to an online collection of business e-books, and e-journals via our RB Digital link on our website (NZ Business & Management, the Economist, Fast Company, Idealog to name just a few. If you need access to training resources in lead generation, social media marketing, branding etc we subscribe to Lynda.com which has a wonderful collection of online e-training courses at which ever level you are at, absolutely free with your library card.

Read the Harvard Business Review fulltext online or research the latest thinking on business or artificial intelligence via our Business Source Complete on our Mygateway Business resources.

I will be doing a separate post on our two new business resources. So keep an eye out.