Check out EDS -our great new tool for searching across our online databases

Our EDS or “Ebsco discovery Service” link is your one stop shop to search through many of the Library’s online resources. It’s a great place to start your research, enabling you to browse and access all of the Wellington City Libraries’ electronic resources quickly, and get an overview of the resources available on your topic.

The simplest way to login is to click on the link “search across resources” from the drop down menu under the eLibrary tab on the Library home page. You can actually undertake your search at this point, but in order to access the full-text you will then be prompted to log in for full access. (this link is at the top of your screen and take you through to the eLibrary login page.

EDS defaults to only retrieving results for which the full article is available to you. (You can unclick this option), or also click the Peer Reviewed box to further filter your results. There are many filtering options including date, publication type, subject, geography, and also by database (the number of hits your search registers in each of the databases is recorded) – so it is easy to see which database may be of use for more in-depth research.

The wonderful bonus of using EDS is that you have access to more databases than your library actually subscribes to. These are the Complementary index (this is full-text supplied by primary publishers that is not available elsewhere) and the Directory of Open Access Journals.

You can type your search words either in the basic search box provided, or alternatively by selecting the Advanced search which allows you to filter your search prior to commencing your search.


You can also easily check to see whether access is available to a particular publication and which database it is in by clicking on the Publications tab.


Once your search results have displayed, you will either be presented with a link to view the fulltext in whichever library database holds the article or, the document in a pdf or html document which is included in the result. Either way, if you haven’t previously logged in to our elibrary service, you will be prompted to “login for full access” before you will be able to access the fulltext.

Do try our new resource – once you do, the fulltext in whichever library database holds the article or, the document in a pdf or html version it will be your go-to starting point to explore all our wonderful online resources.

We may be closed but here’s a preview of which management books are in the pipeline

Helping People Change: Coaching With Compassion For Lifelong Learning And Growth [hardback] / Boyatzis, Richard
” In this powerful, practical book, there is a clear and hopeful message. The way to help someone learn and change, they say, cannot be focused primarily on problems that need to be addressed, but instead must connect to that person’s positive vision of himself or herself, to an inspiring dream or goal they’ve long held. This is what great coaches do — they know that people draw energy from their visions and dreams for themselves, and that same energy sustains their efforts to change, even through difficult times. Using rich and moving real-life stories, as well as decades of original published research on coaching and helping relationships, Helping People Change shows how coaching others around their dreams and visions opens people up to thinking creatively, helps them learn and grow in meaningful ways, and motivates them to sustain that growth far into the future..” (Catalogue)

Co-Creating Brands: Brand Management From A Co-Creative Perspective [paperback] / Schmidt, Holger
“Brand management and development has traditionally been regarded as the responsibility of the organization they design, produce and sell the brand, before delivering it to customers. Yet this approach can be needlessly restrictive, as the connective power of the internet and the desire of consumers to focus on experiences has reshaped branding.” (Catalogue)

The unfair advantage : how you already have what it takes to succeed / Ali, Ash
” This innovative book shows how to identify your own unfair advantages and apply them to any project. Drawing on over two decades of hands-on experience, including as the first Marketing Director of Just Eat, the authors offer a unique framework for assessing your external circumstances in addition to your internal strengths. Hard work and grit aren’t enough, so this book explores the importance of money, intelligence, location, education, expertise, status and luck in the journey to success. From starting your company, to gaining traction, raising funds and growth hacking, The Unfair Advantage helps you look at yourself and find the ingredients you didn’t realise you already had, to succeed in the cut-throat world of business.” (Catalogue)

The Art Of Decision Making: How We Move From Indecision To Smart Choices [hardback] / Bikart, Joseph
“The Art of Decision Making explores, analyzes and navigates the idea of volition: “the power to use one’s own will in order to make decisions.” By drawing on diverse sources, Joseph Bikart has created a precise map of the intricate paths we take when we move from will to action. Looking closely at our tears around the choices we make, Bikart helps us to delve into the intricate defense mechanisms we create around decision making and asks if these perhaps mask deeper fears around the self. The Art of Decision Making will help you to make better decisions and find the common thread between those decisions. It will show you how to follow that thread, and in so doing, move from hesitation to decisiveness. Book jacket.” (Catalogue)
Upstream : The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen / Heath, Dan
New York Times bestselling author Dan Heath explores how to prevent problems before they happen, drawing on insights from hundreds of interviews with unconventional problem solvers. So often in life, we get stuck in a cycle of response. We put out fires. We deal with emergencies. We stay downstream, handling one problem after another, but we never make our way upstream to fix the systems that caused the problems. Heath introduces us to the thinkers who have overcome these obstacles and scored massive victories by switching to an upstream mindset.. …Upstream delivers practical solutions for preventing problems rather than reacting to them. How many problems in our lives and in society are we tolerating simply because we’ve forgotten that we can fix them?” (Catalogue)

Leading Well: 7 attributes of very successful leaders [paperback] / Pich, David
“Leading Well is the second in a ‘Leadership’ series written by the team at The Institute of Managers and Leaders. In this research-driven title, David Pich interviews some of Australia’s most highly regarded leaders to find out what attributes they value and display best.” (Catalogue)

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)

New to New Zealand – wanting to find out about starting a business?

If you would like to come to a free information session on Starting a business in New Zealand, or you know of someone who would benefit from coming to the session, then the Migrant Connect Information Service provided by the Citizens Advice Bureau in Wellington is running an early evening session (5.30 – 7.30pm) on Thursday 26th October 2017, in connection with Immigration New Zealand.

It will be held in the Mezzanine Floor meeting room, Central Library, 65 Victoria Street, Wellington.
Speakers will be James Sauaga who looks after the Business Mentor service at the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Eric Janse van Rensburg from the invaluable website one stop shop Biz (business.govt.nz), Dr Zainab Radhi from Smart Start Business and myself, Marilyn Domney – Business Information Specialist at Wellington City Libraries

If you want to find out more about this event please email wellingtoncentral@cab.org.nz

Recent new business books

Syndetics book coverKilling it : an entrepreneur’s guide to keeping your head without losing your heart / Sheryl O’Loughlin.
“The former CEO of Clif Bar, Co-founder of Plum, and serial entrepreneur offers insights about launching and growing a business while maintaining a fulfilled life in this practical guide filled with hard-won advice culled from the author’s own sometimes dark, raw experiences. With a foreword by Steve Blank. Aspiring entrepreneurs are told that to launch a business, you must go all in, devoting every resource and moment to making it work. But following this advice comes at an enormous personal cost: divorce, addiction, even suicide. It means sacrificing the intangibles that make life worth living. Sheryl O’Loughlin knows there is a better way. In Killing It, she shares the wisdom she’s gained from her successful experiences launching a company from the ground up (Plum), running two fast-growing companies (Clif Bar and REBBL), and mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs (Stanford University). She tells it like it is: If you don’t invest in your wellbeing, your business will not succeed, nor will you. Sheryl knows firsthand the difficulty of balancing the needs of her growing family with her physical and mental health, while managing other work and life challenges. In this warm, honest, and wise handbook, she gives you the essentials for killing it in business–without killing the rest of your life. Filled with real-life examples and anecdotes, Killing It addresses common questions including: How do you prepare your significant other for your business venture? How do you time launching and growing your business with the ebb and flow of family life? How do you find joy in the day-to-day? How do you maintain meaningful, supportive friendships? How do you walk away and start again? The ultimate life and business course, Killing It gives entrepreneurs the tools they need to start their enterprise and thrive–both in the office and at home. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverUnderstanding digital marketing : marketing strategies for engaging the digital generation / Damian Ryan.
“The world of digital media is changing at a phenomenal pace. Constantly evolving technologies are transforming not just how we access our information but how we interact and communicate with one another on a global scale. Understanding Digital Marketing is a practical, no-nonsense guide to web-marketing, the rules of new media and researching the new generation of digital consumers. Clear, informative and entertaining, it covers key topics such as search marketing, social media, Google, mobile marketing, affiliate marketing, email marketing, performance marketing, customer engagement and digital marketing strategies. One of the best-selling books in the industry, this fourth edition of Understanding Digital Marketing has been thoroughly revised with more information, fresh examples and case studies, and the latest developments in the industry. Complete with in-depth insider accounts of digital marketing successes from internationally recognised brands and digital marketing campaigns, it is essential reading for both practitioners and students alike. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThat’s not how we do it here : a story about how organizations rise and fall – and can rise again / John Kotter, Holger Rathgeber.
“What’s the worst thing you can hear when you have a good idea at work? ‘That’s not how we do it here!’ In their iconic bestseller Our Iceberg is Melting , John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber used a simple fable about penguins to explain the process of leading people through major changes. Now, ten years later, they’re back with another must-read story that will help any team or organization cope with their biggest challenges and turn them into exciting opportunities. Once upon a time a clan of meerkats lived in the Kalahari, a region in southern Africa. After years of steady growth, a drought has sharply reduced the clan’s resources, and deadly vulture attacks have increased. As things keep getting worse, the harmony of the clan is shattered. The executive team quarrels about possible solutions, and suggestions from frontline workers face a soul-crushing response- ‘That’s not how we do it here!’ So Nadia, a bright and adventurous meerkat, hits the road in search of new ideas to help her troubled clan. She discovers a much smaller group that operates very differently, with much more teamwork and agility. These meerkats have developed innovative solutions to find food and evade the vultures. But not everything is this small clan is as perfect as it seems at first. Can Nadia figure out how to combine the best of both worlds – a large, disciplined, well-managed clan and a small, informal, inspiring clan – before it’s too late? This book distils Kotter’s decades of experience and award-winning research to reveal why organizations rise and fall, and how they can rise again in the face of adversity.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSuperconsumers : a simple, speedy, and sustainable path to superior growth / Eddie Yoon. “Pork dorks. Craftsters. American Girl fans. Despite their different tastes, these eclectic diehards have a lot in common: they’re obsessed about a specific brand, product, or category. They pursue their passions with fervor, and they’re extremely knowledgeable about the things they love. They aren’t average consumers–they’re superconsumers. Although small in number, superconsumers can have an outsized impact on a company’s bottom line. Representing 10% of total consumers, they can drive between 30% to 70% of sales, and they’re usually willing to spend considerably more than the average consumer. And because they’re so engaged and passionate, they can offer invaluable advice to managers looking to improve their products, change their business models, energize their cultures, and attract new customers. In Superconsumers , growth strategy expert Eddie Yoon lays out a simple but extremely effective framework that has helped companies of all types and sizes achieve more sustainable growth: he’ll show you how to find, listen to, and engage with your most passionate and profitable consumers, and then tailor your decisions to meet their wants and needs. Along the way, he’ll let you into the minds and homes of superconsumers of all kinds, revealing what makes them tick and why they’re willing tospend so much more than other consumers. Rich with data and case studies of companies that have implemented superconsumer strategies with great success, Superconsumers is a fun, practical, and inspiring guide for anyone interested in making their best customers even better.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe startup checklist : 25 steps to a scalable, high-growth business / David S. Rose. “25 Steps to Found and Scale a High-Growth Business. The Startup Checklist is the entrepreneur’s essential companion. While most entrepreneurship books focus on strategy, this invaluable guide provides the concrete steps that will get your new business off to a strong start. You’ll learn the ins and outs of startup execution, management, legal issues, and practical processes throughout the launch and growth phases, and how to avoid the critical missteps that threaten the foundation of your business. Instead of simply referring you to experts, this discussion shows you exactly which experts you need, what exactly you need them to do, and which tools you will use to support them–and you’ll gain enough insight to ask smart questions that help you get your money’s worth. If you’re ready to do big things, this book has you covered from the first business card to the eventual exit. Over two thirds of startups are built on creaky foundations, and over two thirds of startup costs go directly toward cleaning up legal and practical problems caused by an incomplete or improper start. This book helps you sidestep the messy and expensive clean up process by giving you the specific actions you need to take right from the very beginning. Understand the critical intricacies of legally incorporating and running a startup Learn which experts you need, and what exactly you need from them Make more intelligent decisions independent of your advisors Avoid the challenges that threaten to derail great young companies. The typical American startup costs over $30,000 and requires working with over two dozen professionals and service providers before it even opens for business–and the process is so complex that few founders do it correctly. Their startups errors often go unnoticed until the founder tries to seek outside capital, at which point they can cost thousands of dollars to fix. . . or even completely derail an investment. The Startup Checklist helps you avoid these problems and lay a strong foundation, so you can focus on building your business. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWork storming : why conversations at work go wrong, and how to fix them / Rob Kendall, the conversation expert. “Whatever your job you need to communicate with others, as even when your intentions are sound, the impact of a bad conversation can be highly destructive. If people in your work community form a negative opinion of you, they stop properly listening. Rob explains how and why your career success can depend so much on good communication at work. Each chapter is short and self-contained, focusing on a specific topic with clear steps for action and a key lesson. As in Blamestorming, there is a cast of characters placed in a variety of situations in which they experience conversations go wrong. Using five simple ‘warning signs’ to watch out for Rob explains how the characters could change the way they speak and listen in order to achieve a positive outcome.” (Syndetics summary)

21st Century Employment Contract – Guest blogger Shirley Tracy

Shirley Tracy is the Founding Director of Red2Green a Wellington based HR Consultancy and has kindly written the first guest blog for 2017. It’s very topical, and I hope of interest to many of you.

There I was, reading some very heavy books when I came across this phrase that set me going. “Marxism (Karl Marx) is built on the Marx inference that employers will exploit employees.” So there it was, the commentary on the workplace that many people even today, still believe.

My name is Shirley Tracy and I practice Human Performance Technology in my consulting Practice. And I am an enthusiastic researcher into workplaces and employer/employee relationships as they contribute to the success of an organisation.

Over 20 years I have found only two companies that I would call successfully able to operate in a way that builds a profitable company with the interest and success of both parties in mind. And I probably encounter and work with up to 20 organisations a year – some for long periods and some only to touch the immediate problem they have. I yearn to see organisations that are a lovely place for both parties to reside. I don’t find that many.

When Marx coined that phrase, the world was largely lowly or under educated and employers could exploit their servants. This no longer exists but regrettably, many employers have yet to catch up with this. And so this is where all my work comes from.

So the question I am asking is ‘why, with all the opportunities we have, does this still happen’? Why do I still hear employers say of a potential candidate “No, he’s not going to be any good. He is too old, skills are probably out of date (inference here) and he may not have the stamina”. Does he not know that his statement puts him at odds with Human Rights legislation?

Now I have to tell you, as an older person, I specialise in getting older people jobs and I have a huge success rate. Pity because I am just looking for one employer who discriminates against one of my clients on the basis of their age and I’m into them!!! But my success rate at getting them employment is high and I therefore have not had the chance – as yet.

Having said all that, it is true that some older people are their own worst enemies. Out of date skills, negative attitudes, inability to work with people in other age groups – they make it very difficult for people to fit them into an organisation.

So let’s start talking about it. It is a subject that needs addressing. And, at the commencement of 2017, it’s even more important as employers face recruitment in an employee’s market.

How can we help your business or organisation during the post-quake upheaval?

It has been a stressful and unsettling time for all of us since the November 14th early morning shake. If your business or organisation is one of those affected by building closures, perhaps Wellington City Libraries can help you out with any research or information needs that you may have.

If you would like to find out more please contact me either on 801 4059 or email prosearch@wcc.govt.nz. Don’t forget, if you have a Wellington City Libraries card, we can undertake an hour’s free research per topic. Longer requests are charged at $60 per hour. It is free to join the library if you live in the Wellington rate paying area, so if you don’t have a card now, join !

We can assist with in-depth research across a wide range of topics, and also obtain documents or books which are held in our libraries throughout the country.

I also thought I would do another post with links to some useful business continuity resources.

Unaware of the business resources you can access with your Wellington City Libraries card, click through here to see:
http://www.wcl.govt.nz/mygateway/business.html

Marilyn Domney
Business Customer Specialist

Latest Management books at Wellington City Libraries

Syndetics book coverDesign a better business : new tools, skills and mindset for strategy and innovation / written by Patrick van der Pijl, Justin Lokitz and Lisa Kay Solomon. “guide for real innovation in the real world…. A fantastic collection of thoughts, practical methodologies and an overall bent to getting real innovation done in the real world. Too many innovation-focused business books these days are based on fanciful methodologies that sound great in theory, but lack substantive examples of how to put this kind of thinking into practice. In Design a Better Business, the authors have compiled both the abstract approaches as well as real-world cases of successful innovation practices that give the reader a clear, well reasoned strategy for innovating in their businesses, products and teams.” (Amazon reviewer)
Syndetics book coverFrugal innovation : how to do better with less / Navi Radjou and Jaideep Prabhu ; [foreword by Paul Polman].
Frugal innovation is a way that companies can develop high-quality products and create more value with limited resources. In today’s cost-constrained environment, companies in the developed economies are seeking new routes to long-term business success – while also appealing to cost-conscious and environmentally-aware consumers. With an estimated trillion-dollar global market for sustainable products, and with potentially huge cost savings to be gained, frugal innovation is revolutionising business and reshaping management thinking. This seminal book gives an overview of the principles, perspectives and techniques behind frugal innovation, connecting with key contemporary business concepts such as the sharing and circular economies and the maker movement. It offers a blueprint for leaders and managers in companies of all sizes and across all sectors on how to profit from doing business frugally. Based on the authors’ six key principles of frugal innovation, and packed with targeted advice and recommendations for business functions such as R&D, operations, HR and sales, Frugal Innovation is a masterclass in the art of doing more with less.
Syndetics book coverUnlocking happiness at work : how a data-driven happiness strategy fuels purpose, passion and performance / Jennifer Moss.
Unlocking Happiness at Work takes you on a journey into why and how leaders should become compassionate capitalists and ensure that their teams thrive. This book debunks the myth that happiness at work is a waste of time and demonstrates how it can deliver a more productive and engaged workforce, which can have real impact on the bottom line. Based on two decades of scientific research, real-time data, interviews and case studies, this book proves that happiness fuels higher performance, provides a greater sense of purpose and spreads passion throughout organizations. With insightful practical guidance throughout, Unlocking Happiness at Work is a lively and persuasive exploration of how to be more happy and make others more happy through the power of habits, emotional intelligence and an innovative approach to work/life flow. Case studies from lululemon, Zappos, Misfit Inc, The Body Shop and more are supported by tangible data and key performance indicators that show the significant benefits that come from adopting a happiness strategy. This is an essential resource for leaders who want to increase sustainability, attract new talent, improve their brand and boost profitability – in a way that is life-enhancing for them and their people./
Syndetics book coverThe automatic customer : creating a subscription business in any industry / John Warrillow.The Automatic Customer: Creating a Subscription Business in Any Industry
“What if a company, no matter the size or industry, could attract repeat customers and recurring sales without having to resell its goods or services every single time? SellabilityScore.com founder Warrillow (Built to Sell) successfully empowers readers with this primer on transforming any business into a subscription business. He explores the move by companies like Apple and Amazon into this area and shows how subscribers increase value, smooth out demand, generate automatic payments, and stay recession-proof. Warrillow doesn’t neglect the inherent challenges, but where most readers will want to focus is on the nine subscription business models he provides. These different approaches, which include membership websites, private clubs, and subscription-based e-commerce, each come with advice from insiders and tips on the types of business best suited for that particular model. The book’s final section offers shortcuts for setting up and building a subscription-based revenue stream, along with solid guidance for measuring progress, viability, and performance. Warrillow also deals with funding growth, the psychology behind selling a subscription, and scaling a business. Full of valuable advice that will smooth the way for more predictable income, this book will help ease the transition to a subscription model. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” (Publisher Weekly)
Syndetics book coverLead like a woman : your essential guide for true confidence, career clarity, vibrant wellbeing and leadership success / Megan Dalla-Camina and Michelle McQuaid.
Lead Like A Woman guides women to see more of who they really are, and get more of what they truly want, helping women uncover the stories and blocks that hold them back, and giving them the tested roadmap and tools to create the career and life they long for. If you are a woman seeking more confidence, to build your personal brand, find a mentor or sponsor, or create a wellbeing plan that works, this book will help. It’s for you if your goal is to step into your presence and personal power and become the authentic leader you have always wanted to be. And it’s for you if you finally want to unhook yourself from the stories that hold you back, and get the roadmap to live and lead like you long to. For leaders, this book will provide the searing insights you need to understand the professional woman’s journey, as well as provide tools and coaching for you to become a leader who can actually make a positive impact for women at work. With each chapter including a “For Leaders” coaching section, this book will prove invaluable in your own journey to help unlock women’s potential-and your own. The Lead Like A Woman journey fuses the latest research from positive psychology, neuroscience, gender science, leadership development, and wellbeing, with real stories of what it’s like to work in a world that is still dominated by masculine modes of leadership and success. Sharing cutting-edge models on authentic leadership, how to understand gender mindsets, and leverage feminine traits to lead and live better, it will forever change the way you view your career, your leadership, and your life.
Syndetics book coverSmart partners : building successful relationships in business and life / Jim Burba and Bob Hayes.
“Two men who have been partners in life and in business for more than twenty-five years share their story and present ideas about the principles they believe make personal and work partnerships successful”– Provided by publisher.

Great evening with Henry Lee from Ascendency

There was a good sized group of small business owners at Central Library last night (30th June) to hear Henry Lee from Ascendency. The event “how do you build a $1M business” took the form of an interactive workshop with attendees breaking off into small groups to discuss different topics, and then reporting back to the whole group. There was a discernible buzz around the workshop, so I hope that attendees enjoyed the event.
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If you do have ideas for topics you would like to hear speakers on, please do get in touch with me.