Wellington City Libraries – latest management books

The smarts : big little hacks to take you a long way at work / Jetha, Saj
“The essential Millennial careers book from the founder of The Smarty Train, the award-winning agency that unlocks talent globally.

First job, new challenge or just bored of the same old? Master the new working world with The Smarts by doing, thinking and feeling to be the best you.

Saj Jetha – economist and founder of multi-award winning training and talent advisory The Smarty Train – has distilled everything he knows about work success in this witty, irreverent collection of smart hacks. Having helped thousands of people at major corporations worldwide like Accenture, EY and HSBC, Saj reveals his secrets for gaining a professional edge in the new working world.

Don’t expect a list of dry, pointless mantras about ‘working hard’ and ‘being punctual’ either. Discover why it’s best to have a difficult conversation with your boss after lunch, what to do when you’re stuck for something to say, and why giants drink coffee. Easy-to-remember, beautifully designed, jargon-free chapters cover everything from the basic (nailing first impressions) to the profound (getting to know how your brain works).

Whether you’re an intern, are moving to the next challenge in your career, or are the CEO, The Smarts offers indispensable advice that’s all about unlocking your talent; doing, thinking and feeling in the smartest possible way.” (Catalogue)

Wayfinding leadership : ground-breaking wisdom for developing leaders / Spiller, Chellie
“This book presents a new way of leading by looking to traditional waka navigators or wayfinders for the skills and behaviours needed in modern leaders. It takes readers on a journey into wayfinding and leading, discussing principles of wayfinding philosophy, giving examples of how these have been applied in businesses and communities, and providing action points for readers to practise and reflect on the skills they are learning”–Publisher information.” (Catalogue)

The man who solved the market : how Jim Simons launched the Quant Revolution / Zuckerman, Gregory
“Jim Simons is the greatest moneymaker in modern financial history. His record bests those of legendary investors, including Warren Buffett, George Soros and Ray Dalio. Yet Simons and his strategies are shrouded in mystery. The financial industry has long craved a look inside Simons’s secretive hedge fund, Renaissance Technologies and veteran Wall Street Journal reporter Gregory Zuckerman delivers the goods. After a legendary career as a mathematician and a stint breaking Soviet codes, Simons set out to conquer financial markets with a radical approach. Simons hired physicists, mathematicians and computer scientists – most of whom knew little about finance – to amass piles of data and build algorithms hunting for the deeply hidden patterns in global markets. Experts scoffed, but Simons and his colleagues became some of the richest in the world, their strategy of creating mathematical models and crunching data embraced by almost every industry. Simons and his team used their wealth to upend the worlds of politics, philanthropy and science. They weren’t prepared for the backlash. In this fast-paced narrative, Zuckerman examines how Simons launched a quantitative revolution on Wall Street, and reveals the impact that Simons, the quiet billionaire king of the quants, has had on worlds well beyond finance.” (Catalogue)

Building an Inclusive Organization: Leveraging The Power Of A Diverse Workforce [paperback] / Frost, Stephen
“Remove unconscious bias from business processes and create an environment of real inclusion where employees feel valued, able to be themselves and perform to their full potential while boosting company profits. A diverse workforce is a business imperative. Without it, companies are made up of employees who come from the same background and have the same skills and, therefore, the same blind spots. A diverse workforce brings together different strengths, a variety of experiences, a huge breadth of knowledge and a wealth of creative problem-solving techniques. However, in order to leverage the benefits of this diverse workforce, businesses must be inclusive. Inclusion ensures that employees feel supported, are treated fairly and are therefore happier, more engaged and more productive. Building an Inclusive Organization is a practical guide to creating an environment of real inclusion. It explains how to remove unconscious bias from company processes including recruitment and selection, how to make the case for diversity and inclusion to all stakeholders and how to embed inclusion into an organization’s culture and overall business strategy. Packed with case studies from organizations including KPMG, Uber, Salesforce, Harvard University and the UK National Health Service (NHS), Building an Inclusive Organization shows how to implement robust processes and policies to foster diversity and inclusion in organizations of any size, and in all sectors, including the creative industry, finance, tech, and academia and foundations. Guidance and advice is also provided on how to use ‘nudges’ to change behaviours and overcome bias, how to achieve transparency and accountability, and how to measure, review and evaluate inclusion.” (Catalogue)

Superfast : lead at speed / Devonshire, Sophie
“Leaders need to move at speed. It’s time to learn how to lead innovatively, decisively and impactfully in a world which is changing fast and presenting new opportunities at every turn. Providing practical solutions to leadership questions with a real focus on contemporary challenges, innovations and problems, Superfast is a shortcut to organisational progress and personal success. You’ll learn: inspirational approaches to leading and innovating, when to slow down and take more time to get things right, the importance of being responsible as well as responsive, how to use time smartly to achieve the most impact as efficiently as possible, how to make decisions that unlock leadership growth, Stop waiting around. Lead with clarity, flexibility and purpose. Book jacket.” (Catalogue)

Don’t Be Evil: The Case Against Big Tech [hardback] / Foroohar, Rana
“Today Google and Facebook receive 90% of the world’s news ad-spending. Amazon takes half of all ecommerce in the US. Google and Apple operating systems run on all but 1% of cell phones globally. And 80% of corporate wealth is now held by 10% of companies – not the GEs and Toyotas of this world, but the digital titans. How did we get here? How did the tech industry get to dominate our world so completely? How did once-idealistic and innovative companies come to manipulate elections, violate our privacy, and pose a threat to the fabric of our democracy? In Don’t Be Evil, FT columnist Rana Foroohar documents how Big Tech lost its soul – and became the new Wall Street.

Through her skilled reporting and unparalleled access – won through nearly 30 years covering business and technology – she shows the true extent to which the ‘Faang’s (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google) crush or absorb any potential competitors, hijack our personal data and offshore their exorbitant profits. Yet she also lays out a plan for how we can resist, creating a framework that fosters innovation while also protecting us from the dark side of digital technology.” (Catalogue)

Latest management books received at Wellington City Libraries

Real communication : how to be you and lead true / Dolan, Gabrielle
Effective communication through authentic leadership A rapidly evolving workplace and disruptive technologies have created a growing demand for transparency and authenticity in communication from business leaders. Yet many decision-makers find themselves far behind the curve when it comes to understanding and meeting the evolving expectations of employees and customers. Real Communication: How to Be You and Lead True reveals how to guide and communicate in a way that is authentic and will help business leaders truly connect and engage with their teams, customers, and coworkers. – Communicate more effectively – Improve employee engagement – Manage organisational changes – Help teams cope with change When employees trust their leaders, businesses thrive. In Real Communication you will find everything you need to implement new strategies, instill core values, and cultivate engagement.” (Catalogue)

The ride of a lifetime : lessons in creative leadership from the CEO of the Walt Disney Company / Iger, Robert
The CEO of Disney, one of Time‘s most influential people of 2019, shares the ideas and values he embraced to reinvent one of the most beloved companies in the world and inspire the people who bring the magic to life. Robert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a difficult time. Morale had deteriorated, competition was intense, and technology was changing faster than at any time in the company’s history. His vision came down to three clear ideas: Recommit to the concept that quality matters, embrace technology instead of fighting it, and think bigger–think global–and turn Disney into a stronger brand in international markets. Fourteen years later, Disney is the largest, most respected media company in the world, counting Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox among its properties. Its value is nearly five times what it was when Iger took over, and he is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful CEOs of our era. In The Ride of a Lifetime, Robert Iger shares the lessons he’s learned while running Disney and leading its 200,000 employees, and he explores the principles that are necessary for true leadership… It’s also about thoughtfulness and respect, and a decency-over-dollars approach that has become the bedrock of every project and partnership Iger pursues, from a deep friendship with Steve Jobs in his final years to an abiding love of the Star Wars mythology. “The ideas in this book strike me as universal” Iger writes. “Not just to the aspiring CEOs of the world, but to anyone wanting to feel less fearful, more confidently themselves, as they navigate their professional and even personal lives.” (Catalogue)

The entrepreneurial artist : lessons from highly successful creatives / Dworkin, Aaron P.
“Very few artists are skilled at promoting themselves and their work. Drawing on the accomplishments of Shakespeare, Mozart, and several contemporary creatives, including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Wynton Marsalis, this engaging and practical guide will help you achieve artistic fulfillment, both personally and professionally–no matter your medium. In The Entrepreneurial Artist: Lessons from Highly Successful Creatives, Aaron Dworkin offers an engaging, practical guide to achieving artistic fulfillment, both personally and professionally. Based on the accomplishments of Shakespeare, Mozart, and several contemporary creatives, these lessons will help you realize your goals–no matter your medium. Among those Dworkin personally interviewed for this book are Emmy-winning actor Jeff Daniels, Tony-award winning choreographer Bill T. Jones, Grammy award-winning musician Wynton Marsalis, and Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others. The stories of these twelve remarkable individuals come alive with lessons of love, loss, despair, sacrifice, perseverance, and triumph. Some of the artist-entrepreneur takeaways explored in this book include: -Build partnerships–with peers, patrons, and sponsors -Embrace diversity -Expand your focus -Allow your work to mature Whether one is an aspiring student artist in search of practical tools to build a sustainable career, or a veteran seeking reinvention, The Entrepreneurial Artist offers insights–well-tested, unusual, or innovative–that are meaningful for every kind of creative.” (Catalogue)

Building better ideas : how constructive debate inspires courage, collaboration, and breakthrough solutions / Barnes, B. Kim
Why do teams settle for bad ideas or kill good ones? Popular consultant B. Kim Barnes’s unique process of constructive debate shows how teams can create better ideas and outcomes by eliminating obstacles to honest discussion, creativity, and collaboration. In too many organizations, great ideas and unusual solutions can be suppressed, ignored, or attacked. Departments defend their turf, and people choose what is safe over what is better. Bad ideas move forward and good ideas die, which can lead to disastrous results–financial or otherwise. Luckily, there is a workable path out of this dysfunction. Kim Barnes’s process of constructive debate shows how to establish conditions that encourage the free exchange, discussion, and development of ideas and eliminate conditions that prevent potentially useful ideas from getting heard. By using this tested model, any company or team can improve outcomes and bring out everyone’s best ideas. A constructive debate is one in which a diverse group of individuals can express their ideas, engage others in building on and improving them, explore ideas deeply, and challenge one another’s positions in a fair and productive way. In this book, you’ll learn a set of behaviors you can model and encourage and a process you can facilitate, lead, or support your client in leading. In this time, where opinions can be tribal and differences can lead to unconstructive conflict, it’s important to find ways to build robust ideas through a thoughtful, fair, and inclusive approach.” (Catalogue)

The Scrum fieldbook : faster performance, better results, starting now / Sutherland, J. J.

Work. You’re doing it wrong.
Do you ever feel like you never get as much done as you want to? Or that your projects encounter insurmountable problems before they even get started? Or that your colleagues spend days talking over their ideas without actually implementing them?

J.J. Sutherland has the solution. In his international bestseller SCRUM, he introduced a simple, revolutionary tool to turbo-charge the output of every team. Designed in Silicon Valley and road-tested at the headquarters of Google and Amazon, the scrum method transformed how a generation of tech leaders work.

Now, in THE SCRUM FIELDBOOK, Sutherland returns with a hands-on guide to using the scrum method at the coal-face of any business. He reveals how its focus on rapid innovation, no-bullshit meetings and quick-fire decision-making has immediate relevance for every organisation on Earth. And he offers a step-by-step method for using scrum in your projects – starting today.

The result is a game-changing handbook that will make your team more productive.” (Catalogue)

Ultralearning : seven strategies for mastering hard skills and getting ahead / Young, Scott
“Future-proof your career and maximize your competitive advantage by learning the skill necessary to stay relevant, reinvent yourself, and adapt to whatever the workplace throws your way in this essential guide. Faced with tumultuous economic times and rapid technological change, staying ahead in your career depends on continual learning–a lifelong mastery of new ideas, subjects, and skills. If you want to accomplish more and stand apart from everyone else, you need to become an ultralearner. Scott Young incorporates the latest research about the most effective learning methods and the stories of other ultralearners like himself…. Young documents the methods he and others have used and shows that, far from being an obscure skill limited to aggressive autodidacts, ultralearning is a powerful tool anyone can use to improve their career, studies, and life. Ultralearning explores this fascinating subculture, shares the nine principles behind every successful ultralearning project, and offers insights into how you can organize and execute a plan to learn anything deeply and quickly, without teachers or budget-busting tuition costs.” (Catalogue)

Latest management books at Wellington City Libraries

Fail more : embrace, learn, and adapt to failure as a way to success / Wooditch, Bill
The business professional’s guide to building success out of failure
Learning from our mistakes is the only way to make sure we don’t make the same ones twice. But what if you could use every failure–large and small–to actually create a successful business, career, and life?
You can.
Fail More provides the knowledge, insight, and tools to do just that. This one-of-a-kind guide teaches you how to take active, strategic measures to turn the sting of failure into the reward of growth. It reveals the setbacks that are both inevitable and valuable, and it delivers practical ways of quickly moving past self-judgment and -recrimination to:
-Create large and small goals-Establish milestones for achieving them-Analyze data to determine what worked and what didn’t-Make the necessary corrections to your method-Determine what you need and adjust accordingly-Evaluate your actions-Assess your progress while refining your game plan-Use failing as a core tool for motivation
By embracing failure, not just “getting past it,” you will fly past your competition, whether you’re building a startup, advancing in your career, or improving your personal life.
The most underrated tool for success is failure. Now, you have a pragmatic program for turning failure today into profits and growth tomorrow.” (Catalogue)

The introvert’s complete career guide : from landing a job, to surviving, thriving, and moving on up / Finkle, Jane

What do Elon Musk, Warren Buffet, Marissa Mayer, and Bill Gates all have in common outside of being wildly successful? They are all introverts. In today’s fast-paced, unstable workplace achieving success requires speaking up, promoting oneself and one’s ideas, and taking initiative. Extroverts, fearless in tooting their own horns, naturally thrive in this environment, but introverts often stumble. If you question your ability to perform and succeed in this extroverted work culture, The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide is custom fit for you. In this supportive, all-inclusive handbook, Jane Finkle demonstrates how to use your introverted qualities to their best advantage, then add a sprinkling of extroverted skills to round out a forceful combination for ultimate career success. Finkle shares the keys to navigating each stage of professional development–from self-assessment and job searching, to survival in a new position and career advancement. In The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide you will learn to:

  • Build confidence by evaluating your values, personality style, interests, and achievements
  • Write the story of your career in resume and LinkedIn formats
  • Use social media at your own comfort level to promote your career and expand your network
  • Express yourself clearly and confidently in network meetings, interviews, and workplace situations
  • Build strong professional relationships with colleagues and senior leaders
  • Overcome fears that prevent you from embracing new challenges

Equally applicable to the real or virtual workplace, The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide provides strategies, tools, and success stories that win you the professional respect and recognition you deserve. (Catalogue)

The everyday leader : how to motivate, empower and influence those around you / Cross, John
“Every day, every one of us is a leader in some way – we just don’t necessarily know it. Leadership is about inspiring change and movement, whether on an individual level – a person’s attitude, behaviour, emotions or habits – or an organizational level – culture, goals, vision or strategy. By changing the way you approach the concept of leadership, The Everyday Leader will help you recognise and embrace your natural leadership qualities, so that you can be more motivated and empowered in the workplace and at home. The Everyday Leader tackles the main challenges that leaders face at some point in their career: leading teams; attaining buy-in from stakeholders; leading through artificial intelligence; whistleblowing; and leading from a distance. But the book also addresses the leadership issues that occur in day-to-day life: listening and empathising; making change attractive and accessible; influencing and persuading; and making the right decision through information overload. Providing advice and tools for those looking to polish their existing leadership skills or anyone who wants to take the next step in their career, The Everyday Leader also recognises that leadership doesn’t stop once you clock off – these are lessons you can and should take home with you.” (Catalogue)

Break Through The Noise: The Nine Rules To Capture Global Attention [hardback] / Staples / Young

Anyone can make videos these days, but how many people can ensure their videos go viral and reach millions? This book shows marketing execs, entrepreneurs and celebrity wannabes how to do just that with a set of easy-to-follow rules from the founder and CEO of Shareability. The odds of getting a video onto YouTube’s front page are 1-in-2,000,0000, but Tim Staples, founder and CEO of Shareability, knows how to make the algorithms of Youtube, Google, Facebook and Instagram work for you – and he has the results to prove it, with a thriving business that has gotten their videos onto YouTube’s front page an amazing 25 times. Here he shows savvy marketers, entrepreneurs, and online celebrity wannabes how they, too, can develop clever videos that amass millions of views. Staples outlines a nine-step approach that anyone can use to launch their product or service without having to invest a fortune. Case studies featured in the book include how Shareability launched ROC Headphones, a multi-million dollar global brand, with a viral video of Cristiano Ronaldo in disguise without spending a nickel on traditional advertising; how they used babies to create the most successful social video ever about the Olympic Games; how they propelled a small pet food company from obscurity to an IPO on the power of two viral videos; and how they helped Cricket Wireless become the most shared brand in the wireless space beating telco powerhouses like Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.” (Catalogue)

Connect first : 52 simple ways to ignite success, meaning, and joy at work / Katzman, Melanie
The key to greater success, meaning, and joy at work? Connect First
Thanks to technology, the human race has never been more interconnected than it is today. So why do so many employees feel isolated and unappreciated? The quest for meaning is great but the misery quotient at work is high. What can leaders do to retain talent and reinvigorate teams to flourish in these rapidly changing, challenging times? How do we–YOU–develop the intuition, self-awareness, and interpersonal agility required to prosper in this new era? It’s simple. Connect First, a refreshingly human approach to forging strong relationships for lasting professional success. It’s an approach that promises to energize you, turbocharge your team, and transform the world around you.
Business psychologist, advisor, and consultant to organizations across six continents, Dr. Melanie Katzman provides 52 proven ways to ignite productivity and to create a deeply rewarding work life by connecting to yourself, your organization, and the wider world. Readers will discover the outsized effect of small behavioral changes that will reduce the sense of loneliness and frustration at work and help them establish respect, grow loyalty, resolve conflict, fight fear, and make a real, lasting impact on others. Most of these tactics take less than five minutes (in some cases, just a few seconds) and cost little to no money. These are the same techniques Dr. Katzman has used with leaders and employees at the world’s top companies to connect first as fellow humans, then as coworkers and colleagues, to build the powerful foundation essential to achieve success, create meaning, and find joy at work.” (Catalogue)

The project book : the complete guide to consistently delivering great projects / Ellis, Colin D.
Deliver great projects every time Projects are the lifeblood of organisations, but many projects fall short of expectations because of poor project management and/or poor project sponsorship. In The Project Book, author and 20-year project management and sponsorship veteran Colin D Ellis teaches you the skills and behaviours required to make your projects succeed, every time. The best projects, whether they are delivered in an agile or waterfall way, are a result of the people that lead them and the environment they create. This fail-safe and comprehensive handbook shows you how to develop the mindset and communication skills to create projects that leave a legacy for you, your team and your organisation. Project leaders and senior managers in all business and technical disciplines will benefit from the insightful guidance this book offers and better project outcomes will result. Split into two parts, individually addressing Project Leaders and Project Sponsors, this book guides large project facilitators to understand the importance of people over processes.

  • become a project leader that people trust
  • build a team culture of collaboration, agility and creativity
  • upskill executives so that they’re catalysts for transformation
  • develop the organisational discipline needed for successful projects
  • create a mature environment for your projects to thrive

Engaging, informative and humorous, The Project Book will help project managers, project sponsors, scrum masters and product owners across all organisations to deliver successful projects in a way that customers will talk about for years.” (Catalogue)

Business as almost normal -Wellington City Libraries

Kia ora koutou katoa
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.

Recently received management books

Disrupters : success strategies from women who break the mold / Fletcher, Patti
“The business world is stacked against women who have been trained to follow the deeply ingrained, unspoken rules of business culture created long before they entered the workforce. But imagine a world where women throw out the old playbook and start making their own rules. Tech executive, board member, and angel investor Dr. Patti Fletcher helps you recognize and smash those old rules and introduces you to the women who have found success by breaking them. With exciting insights and uplifting stories, Disrupters reveals the keys you need to achieve your own version of success.”–Back cover.” (Catalogue)

The meaning revolution : leading with the power of purpose / Kofman, Fred
‘One of the most extraordinary thinkers on leadership and management I have ever encountered’ – Sheryl Sandberg
Forget the standard practices of leadership taught in business school — all about compensation, command and control. This is a new model for how to inspire — through purpose, principle and people. The Meaning Revolution is Fred Kofman’s call to arms for anyone who has ever felt unengaged at work and offers actionable advice for how we can all find more meaning and dignity whatever we do. Bringing together economics and conflict resolution, counselling and mindfulness, Kofman explains how our most deep-seated anxiety is that we are wasting our lives. The things that we think matter — salaries and job titles — actually only account for 15% of our motivation at work. The other 85% is about how we belong, feeling we make a difference, that we serve a purpose larger than ourselves. Transformative leadership is about helping employees feel connected to a great mission or purpose, and discovering the ‘immortality project’ at the core of your business.” (Catalogue)

The business of change : how New Zealand organisations can survive and thrive despite digital disruption / Pollok, Mike
“…The objective of this book is to discuss the digital threats and opportunities likely to have the most impact on New Zealand and to help Kiwi organisations to cope with, and take advantage of, the new realities of business today and tomorrow” — Back cover.” (Catalogue)
Digital Darwinism : survival of the fittest in the age of business disruption / Goodwin, Tom
“Digital Darwinism takes an exhilarating look at disruptive thinking to inspire those who want to be the best at digital transformation. Change across business is accelerating, but the lifespan of companies is decreasing. Life is more unpredictable than ever and leaders are facing a growing abundance of decisions to make, data to process and technology that threatens to disrupt even the most established business models. These are the forces that could destroy your company but, with the right strategy in place, they could also help you transform it into a market leader. Digital Darwinism is a guiding hand through the turbulence of this moment, offering practical strategies as well as an ambitious call-to-action that lights a fire underneath complacency and inspires creative change. In this book, Tom Goodwin shines a light into the future by exploring technology, society and the lessons of the past so that you can understand how to adapt, what to embrace and what to ignore. Goodwin proves how every assumption the business world has previously made about “digital” is wrong in order to revolutionize your mindset: incremental change isn’t good enough, adding technology at the edges won’t work and digital isn’t a thing – it’s everything. If you want your organization to succeed in the post-digital age, you need to be enlightened by Digital Darwinism”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Rebel talent : why it pays to break the rules at work and in life / Gino, Francesca
“Great stories, great science, and great practical advice about how, when, and why to break the rules.”
— Angela Duckworth, New York Times bestselling author of Grit
Do you want to follow a script — or write your own story? Award-winning Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino shows us why the most successful among us break the rules, and how rebellion brings joy and meaning into our lives. Rebels have a bad reputation. We think of them as troublemakers, outcasts, contrarians: those colleagues, friends, and family members who complicate seemingly straightforward decisions, create chaos, and disagree when everyone else is in agreement. But in truth, rebels are also those among us who change the world for the better with their unconventional outlooks. Instead of clinging to what is safe and familiar, and falling back on routines and tradition, rebels defy the status quo. They are masters of innovation and reinvention, and they have a lot to teach us. Francesca Gino, a behavioral scientist and professor at Harvard Business School, has spent more than a decade studying rebels at organizations around the world, from high-end boutiques in Italy’s fashion capital, to the World’s Best Restaurant, to a thriving fast food chain, to an award-winning computer animation studio. In her work, she has identified leaders and employees who exemplify “rebel talent,” and whose examples we can all learn to embrace. Gino argues that the future belongs to the rebel — and that there’s a rebel in each of us. We live in turbulent times, when competition is fierce, reputations are easily tarnished on social media, and the world is more divided than ever before. In this cutthroat environment, cultivating rebel talent is what allows businesses to evolve and to prosper. And rebellion has an added benefit beyond the workplace: it leads to a more vital, engaged, and fulfilling life. Whether you want to inspire others to action, build a business, or build more meaningful relationships, Rebel Talent will show you how to succeed — by breaking all the rules.” (Catalogue)

Clockwork : design your business to run itself / Michalowicz, Mike
Do you worry that your business will collapse without your constant presence? Are you sacrificing your family, friendships, and freedom to keep your business alive? What if instead your business could run itself, freeing you to do what you love when you want, while it continues to grow and turn a profit?

It’s possible. And it’s easier than you think.

If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you started your business so you could be your own boss, make the money you deserve, and live life on your own terms. In reality, you’re bogged down in the daily grind, constantly putting out fires, answering an endless stream of questions, and continually hunting for cash.

Now, Mike Michalowicz, the author of Profit First and other small-business bestsellers, offers a straightforward step-by-step path out of this dilemma. In Clockwork, he draws on more than six years of research and real life examples to explain his simple approach to making your business ultra-efficient.
Among other powerful strategies, you will discover how to:

* Make your employees act like owners: Free yourself from micromanaging by using a simple technique to empower your people to make smart decisions without you.

* Pinpoint your business’s most important function: Unleash incredible efficiency by identifying and focusing everyone on the one function that is most crucial to your business.

* Know what to fix next: Most entrepreneurs try to fix every inefficiency at once and end up fixing nothing. Use the “weakest link in the chain” method to find the one fix that will add the most value now.

Whether you have a staff of one, one hundred, or somewhere in between, whether you’re a new entrepreneur or have been overworked and overstressed for years, Clockwork is your path to finally making your business work for you.” (Catalogue

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.

Wanting to upgrade your technology skills or your business knowledge? Use Lynda.com for free with your WCL Card

The workplace today demands continuing skills development. Whether you are looking to learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to meet your personal or professional goals Lynda.com is one of the best sources for online learning. Normally, using Lynda.com requires a paid subscription, but as a Wellington City Libraries member you have free and unlimited access to over 3500 online tutorials and courses via Lynda.com. Thinking of changing careers, there is a Career Development Guide with some great 2018 videos “Resume Makeover”, “figuring your next move” “taking charge of your career”. The videos let you work at your own pace and are designed to cater for every level of experience.

Have a look, you won’t be disappointed

Latest business related books received at Wellington City Libraries

Syndetics book coverThe power of onlyness : make your wild ideas mighty enough to dent the world / Nilofer Merchant.
“An 800-CEO-READ Staff Pick. In The Power of Onlyness, Nilofer Merchant, one of the world’s top-ranked business thinkers, reveals that, in fact, we have now reached an unprecedented moment of opportunity for your ideas to “make a dent” on the world. Now that the Internet has liberated ideas to spread through networks instead of hierarchies, power is no longer determined by your status, but by “onlyness”–that spot in the world only you stand in, a function of your distinct history and experiences, visions and hopes. If you build upon your signature ingredient of purpose and connect with those who are equally passionate, you have a lever by which to move the world. This new ability is already within your grasp, but to command it, you need to know how to meaningfully mobilize others around your ideas. Through inspirational and instructive stories, Merchant reveals proven strategies to unleash the centrifugal force of a new idea, no matter how weird or wild it may seem. Imagine how much better the world could be if every idea could have its shot, not just the ones that come from expected people and places. Which long-intractable problems would we solve, what new levels of creativity would be unlocked, and who might innovate a breakthrough that could benefit ourselves, our communities, and especially our economy. This limitless potential of onlyness has already been recognized by Thinkers 50, the Oscars of management, which cited it one of the five ideas that will shape business for next twenty years. Why do some individuals make scalable impact with their ideas, regardless of their power or status? The Power of Onlyness unravels this mystery for the first time so that anyone can make a dent. Even you.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCulture Is everything : the story and system of a start-up that became Australia’s best place to work / Tristan White.
“How One Company Is Redefining The Meaning Of Going To WorkTristan White’s story started like many others. He had a dream towork in a job that inspired him. He didn’t find that job, so he created it.In 2004, The Physio Co (TPC) was born with one team member: TristanWhite. In the thirteen years since, TPC has become a remarkablehealthcare success story based upon fast growth and a thriving,systemized company culture.Tristan’s obsession with creating an inspiring place to work for himselfand others has resulted in more than a decade of learning, testing andrefining. If you’ve ever wondered how to build and sustain a thrivingcompany culture, the Culture Is Everything system developed byTristan White and The Physio Co team is your answer.The Physio Co story and Culture Is Everything system explained in thisbook will give you the confidence and knowledge to create a strongculture in your very own business or team.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe leadership mind switch : rethinking how we lead in the new world of work / D. A. Benton ; Kylie Wright-Ford.
Lead your company to success in the New Industrial Revolution!The world of business has completely transformed in recent years–and the pace of change will only increase in coming years. But one thing remains the same: Quality leadership is the hinge on which the fate of every organization swings. The Leadership Mind Switch provides the critical lessons you need to lead your company in a fully globalized business world where radical technologies reign supreme. Debra Benton and Kylie Wright-Ford have helped some of today’s most top executives successfully position themselves and their companies for the future. Now, in this groundbreaking leadership guide, they share their insight with you. Learn how to effectively lead a workforce that is rich in demographic texture–representing as many as four different generations Has varying–and sometimes conflicting–expectations of the company Operates with different ideas about what success looks like Uses, approaches, and even understands technology in different ways. The answers to these questions and many others are all here. You’ll learn how to be the kind of leader who is both firm in his or her decisions but maintains an air of approachability. You’ll learn how to drive high productivity while keeping your workers happy and satisfied in their jobs. And you’ll learn how to embrace new technologies without sacrificing the human touch–which is the hallmark of great leadership. It will take unprecedented levels of agility, confidence, and fearlessness to lead into the future. Make the leadership mind switch to seize the competitive edge now in order to drive profits and growth tomorrow.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSide hustle : from idea to income in 27 days / Chris Guillebeau.
The author of the New York Times Bestseller THE $100 STARTUP shows how to launch a profitable side hustle in just 27 days. For some people, the thought of quitting their day job to pursue the entrepreneurial life is exhilarating. For many others, it’s terrifying. After all, a stable job that delivers a regular paycheck is a blessing. And not everyone has the means or the desire to take on the risks and responsibilities of working for themselves. But what if we could quickly and easily create an additional stream of income without giving up the security of a full-time job? Enter the side hustle. Chris Gullibeau is no stranger to this world, having launched more than a dozen side hustles over his career. Here, he offers a step-by-step guide that takes you from idea to income in just 27 days. Designed for the busy and impatient, this detailed roadmap will show you how to select, launch, refine, and make money from your side hustle in under a month… A side hustle is more than just another stream of income, it’s also the new job security. When you receive paychecks from different sources, it allows you to take more chances in your “regular” career. More income means more options. More options equals freedom. You don’t need entrepreneurial experience to launch a profitable side hustle. You don’t have to have an MBA, or know how to code, or be an expert marketer. You don’t need employees or investors. With Chris as a guide, anyone can make more money, pursue a passion, and enjoy greater security – without quitting their day job.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBlue ocean shift : beyond competing : proven steps to inspire confidence and seize new growth / W. Chan Kim, Renée Mauborgne.
“NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
#1 WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER
USA TODAY BESTSELLER –BLUE OCEAN SHIFT is the essential follow up to Blue Ocean Strategy , the classic and 3.6 million copy global bestseller by world-renowned professors W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne. Drawing on more than a decade of new work, Kim and Mauborgne show you how to move beyond competing, inspire your people’s confidence, and seize new growth, guiding you step-by-step through how to take your organization from a red ocean crowded with competition to a blue ocean of uncontested market space. By combining the insights of human psychology with practical market-creating tools and real-world guidance, Kim and Mauborgne deliver the definitive guide to shift yourself, your team, or your organization to new heights of confidence, market creation, and growth. They show why non disruptive creation is as important as disruption in seizing new growth. BLUE OCEAN SHIFT is packed with all-new research and examples of how leaders in diverse industries and organizations made the shift and created new markets by applying the process and tools outlined in the book. Whether you are a cash-strapped startup or a large, established company, nonprofit or national government, you will learn how to move from red to blue oceans in a way that builds your people’s confidence so that they own and drive the process. With battle-tested lessons learned from successes and failures in the field, BLUE OCEAN SHIFT is critical reading for leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs alike. You’ll learn what works, what doesn’t, and how to avoid the pitfalls along the way. This book will empower you to succeed as you embark on your own blue ocean journey. BLUE OCEAN SHIFT is indispensable for anyone committed to building a compelling future.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFrom breakdown to breakthrough : forging resilient business relationships in the heat of change / Michael Papanek with Liz Alexander, PhD.From Breakdown to Breakthrough: Forging Resilient Business Relationships in the Heat of Change
“What happens to you, your team, even your entire organization when the business environment becomes more volatile and challenging? Have you noticed how some leaders continue to achieve breakthrough results under even the most difficult of circumstances while others’ relationships break down, creating even more turmoil? Which of these leaders do you choose to be? In “From Breakdown to Breakthrough”, leading change consultant, Michael Papanek, draws on his experience, insights, and research with top executives to shine a spotlight on how anyone—even those whose business relationships have suffered in the heat of change in the past—can establish the resilient relationships required for a long-term track record of business success. From his early days working during the General Motors—Electronic Data Systems merger in Detroit, to launching his own consultancy in San Francisco just as the U.S. economy reached its nadir, author Michael Papanek learned first-hand why it is vital to ensure all business relationships are Strong, Flexible, and Fair. Weaving this knowledge into a model applied successfully by his clients within leading organizations including Apple, Google, and Yahoo!, Papanek now offers this proven approach to any business professional wondering how to rise above the vicious cycle of relationship breakdown that many of us find ourselves in—especially during times of incessant change. The history of every company is always about key relationships that either led to long-term success, or breakdown. Some leaders seem naturally adept at riding what Papanek calls “The Heat Curve,” emerging from volatile times with their relationships not just in tact, but enhanced. From Breakdown to Breakthrough shows how you can achieve that not just for yourself, but for everyone you work with.” (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)