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On Thursday 30 June 2016, Henry Lee, Business Optimiser from Ascendency Company will run a free 90 minute interactive workshop at Wellington City Libraries. The workshop will be held on the ground floor just behind the up escalator.

In this fast paced interactive FREE Workshop you will discover how to:

• Create your million dollar message
• Design marketing that WORKS!
• Increase your Sales…..and increase your revenue and profit
• Employ the right people
• Get your time back

When: Thursday 30th June 2016:
Time 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm
Where Wellington City Libraries, Ground floor, 65 Victoria Street, Wellington

Your Presenter: Henry Lee, Business Optimiser
Ascendency – Business and personal Mastery

To book your free place at this Workshop: please either email Marilyn.domney@wcc.govt.nz or phone 801 4059
REGISTER TODAY to be eligible to receive a complimentary invitation to the Group Business Growth Strategy Session.
Power of collaboration
Find your niche and Develop your $1M messaging specific to your business.
The session is limited to 15 participants. Valued at $115 a session.
Timing
Thursday 7 July 2016 4:30 -6:30
19 Tennyson Street, Wellington

Syndetics book coverBreaking through bias : communication techniques for women to succeed at work / Andrea S. Kramer, Alton B. Harris.
“More than fifty years after the beginning of the Women’s Movement and forty years after passage of Title IX, women are still not “making it” in traditionally male careers. Women start their careers on parity with men but generally end them far earlier, having achieved less status, lower compensation, and less satisfaction than men. Breaking Through Bias explains that it is the stereotypes about women, men, work, leadership, and family that hold women back, and it presents an integrated set of communication techniques that women can use to avoid the discriminatory consequences of these stereotypes.

Women define career success in a wide variety of ways. But whatever a woman’s personal definition, if she is in a traditionally male-dominated career–virtually all high status, highly compensated fields–her career is at risk because of pervasive gender stereotypes. This highly practical book makes clear that women don’t need to change who they are to succeed in their chosen careers, and they certainly don’t need to act more like men. Women do, however, need to be attuned to the negative gender stereotypes that surround them; they need to anticipate the biases these stereotypes foster, and they need to manage the impressions they make to avoid or overcome these biases.

Based on the authors’ personal experiences as business leaders and practicing attorneys, involvement in compensation and hiring decisions, extensive mentoring activities, and numerous scientific and academic studies, Breaking Through Bias presents unique, practical, and effective advice about how women can at last break through gender bias in the workplace and win at the career advancement game”.
(Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book coverThoughtfully ruthless : the key to exponential growth / Val Wright.
“Unlock explosive growth potential with the true model of modern leadership. Thoughtfully Ruthless lays out the secret to rapid business growth by showing you how to magically invent more time, catapult your energy, and boost the productivity of your resources. Author Val Wright has worked with leaders of all stripes’from doctors to musicians to Fortune 50 C-suite executives’to help them unlock their potential and achieve the next level of success. Her experiences have shown time and time again that it’s not the economy, or the market conditions, or the competition that’s holding your business back.

The secret to exponential growth lies within how leaders ruthlessly manage their time, energy, and resources in parallel. Everyone is on a virtual center stage with the whole world watching and reporting every move, leaders need to know how to be ruthless in a thoughtful way. This book shows you how to become that kind of leader, and how to adopt the habits, skills, and practices of some of the most successful business leaders of our time. You’ll learn how to become sensibly selfish, how to spend your time and energy, and what issues to delegate or ignore so you can clear your slate to focus on what really matters to you.

In a world where rapid growth is the new norm, we have input overload. Leadership is much-lauded but commonly under-practiced in business today. This book is designed to help you shape your leadership to drive business growth, get you promoted faster, and create a life that you love.

Recover your time and energy away from black holes Focus on the factors that really impact your business Identify and build the all-star team you need tomorrow’today Create magnetic support and followership Learn the secret to pulling ahead of the competition

With all the boardroom handwringing about products, the new consumer, and financial results, it’s easy to get sucked into issues that ultimately have only a granular effect on real growth. Thoughtfully Ruthless leadership differentiates remarkable leaders and companies. This book provides a model for growth-oriented leadership, and lays out the essential practices you should start today.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFind your extraordinary : dream bigger, live happier, and achieve success on your own terms / Jessica DiLullo Herrin.
“INSTANT WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER What if you could, with a little effort, live an extraordinary life? A life in which you felt deep passion for everything you did, and always had time for what matters most? A life in which you had the power, the daring, and the will to make your boldest dreams come true, all while you happily left feelings of inadequacy or guilt behind?

It is possible to take your life from ordinary to extraordinary. The secret? Cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit inside you – the spirit that allows you to embrace your individuality, to look not just at what is but at what could be, to believe in yourself beyond reason and to step up to creating your own definition of happiness and success – a version of success in which work and family life happily co-exist – instead of chasing a cookie-cutter version.

Here, Jessica Herrin, serial entrepreneur and founder and CEO of the Stella & Dot Family Brands, shows how the classic traits of successful entrepreneurs are ones each one of us can develop – and use not only to create a company, but also to create an extraordinary life. Whether we work a corporate job, run a family, or run our own business, Herrin offers realistic, attainable steps each one of us can take to achieve extraordinary success on our own terms. Through candid and inspiring lessons from her life as a successful CEO and working mother of two, as well as stories of many amazing individuals she’s met along the way, Herrin inspires and empowers us to dial up the sound of our own voices and make our authentic dreams a reality.

This book isn’t about having it all; it’s about having what matters most to you . It is about how to find your extraordinary – your extraordinary career, your extraordinary happiness, your extraordinary life.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBig-hearted leadership : five keys to create success through compassion / Donn Sorensen with Vaughn Kohler.
Honesty, vulnerability, humor. These are just a few of the values that make a leader. But above all of these is compassion. Putting your compassion for people first is key to being someone worthy of following. In Big-hearted leadership, longtime medical management executive Donn Sorensen shares why compassion goes hand-in-hand with your competancy as a leader. Donn shows how compassion trickles down into every decision you make as a leader, right down to organizational structure, human resources, production, and all the way to your organization’s bottom line.

Syndetics book coverCreating competitive advantage : how to be strategically ahead in changing markets / Kevin Uphill.
“The economic environment is global, highly sophisticated and in continuous fast flux. The challenge for business leaders, executives and strategists is to read and respond agilely to trends and underlying movements to stay ahead of dynamic market flow and change. Creating Competitive Advantage sets out a compelling case for the business benefits of better market anticipation, and provides tools and approaches to develop a forward-looking strategy that will deliver these. Through theory, case studies and practical insights, the book demonstrates how better analysis of market trends and scanning of the environment combined with business model change and confident leadership can gain and maintain competitive advantage.With the right approach, game-changing strategy can be highly accessible for all business strategists and owners, rather than as today, the almost exclusive reserve of a few brave and instinctive entrepreneurs. With tools, assessments and models to get more value out of the business data you already have and take your strategy to the next level through analytically-supported intuition, Creating Competitive Advantage gives business leaders and strategists the toolkit to move from a responsive mindset to a leading one.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverExperiential marketing : secrets, strategies, and success stories from the world’s greatest brands / Kerry Smith, Dan Hanover. The most researched, documented, and comprehensive manifesto on experiential marketing. As customers take control over what, when, why, and how they buy products and services, brands face the complete breakdown and utter failure of passive marketing strategies designed more than a half-century ago. To connect with a new generation of customers, companies must embrace and deploy a new marketing mix, powered by a more effective discipline: experiences.

Experiential marketing, the use of live, face-to-face engagements to connect with audiences, create relationships and drive brand affinity, has become the fastest-growing form of marketing in the world as the very companies that built their brands on the old Madison Avenue approach–including Coca-Cola, Nike, Microsoft, American Express and others–open the next chapter of marketing. . . as experiential brands. Using hundreds of case studies, exclusive research, and interviews with more than 150 global brands spanning a decade, global experiential marketing experts Kerry Smith and Dan Hanover present the most in-depth book ever written on how companies are using experiences as the anchor of reinvented marketing mixes.

You’ll learn:

The history and fundamental principles of experiential marketing How top brands have reset marketing mixes as experience-driven portfolios The anatomy of a brand experience The psychology of engagement and experience design The 10 habits of highly experiential brands How to measure the impact of experiential marketing How to combine digital and social media in an experiential strategy The experiential marketing vocabulary How to begin converting to experiential marketing

Marketers still torn between outdated marketing models and the need to reinvent how they market in today’s customer-controlled economy will find the clarity they need to refine their marketing strategies, get a roadmap for putting their brands on a winning path, and walk away inspired to transition into experiential brands.” (Syndetics summary)

On Thursday 30 June 2016, Henry Lee, Business Optimiser from Ascendency Company will run a free 90 minute interactive workshop at Wellington City Libraries. The workshop will be held on the ground floor just behind the up escalator.

In this fast paced interactive FREE Workshop you will discover how to:

• Create your million dollar message
• Design marketing that WORKS!
• Increase your Sales…..and increase your revenue and profit
• Employ the right people
• Get your time back

When: Thursday 30th June 2016:
Time 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm
Where Wellington City Libraries, Ground floor, 65 Victoria Street, Wellington

Your Presenter: Henry Lee, Business Optimiser
Ascendency – Business and personal Mastery

To book your free place at this Workshop: please either email Marilyn.domney@wcc.govt.nz or phone 801 4059

Syndetics book coverAgile talent : how to source and manage outside experts / Jon Younger, Norm Smallwood.
“How to Leverage Talent You Don’t Own – Campbell Soup Company and PepsiCo seek advice from anthropologists to understand customer tastes and preferences. Google and Intel engage experts in social science and biomechanics to assess how people think about and use technology.

Companies are gaining advantage through a new capability–strategic use of external experts–made possible by technology and the globalization of talent. Leaders everywhere recognize that “lean,” “agile,” and “fast” strategies require new ways to access and leverage–without owning–key talent to fill critical gaps. As managers seek nontraditional sources of strategic talent and experiment with fast, flexible ways of engaging these experts, they need a new roadmap.

This book delivers that roadmap. It tells you how to assess, choose, attract, develop, support, and retain your external talent. Authored by thought leaders and bestselling authors in leadership and talent management who teach and consult globally, Agile Talent reveals how companies such as Apple, Uber, Airbnb, Google, IBM, and Bain Capital organize and manage new forms of talent in innovative ways. Supported by survey data and packed with tools and templates for applying these ideas, this book is the ultimate guide for winning the next war for talent.”
(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe startup equation : a visual guidebook to building, launching and scaling your startup / by Steven Fisher and Ja-Naé Duane ; illustrations by Caleb Sexton and Kate Rutter ; introduction by Andrew Hyde.
” Visualize Your Successful New Business – You have a great idea for a new business. Now what? How do you turn that great idea into a viable business? Leveraging visual tools, The Startup Equation leads you step by step through the decisions you need to make to find your perfect startup model. You’ll learn things such as identifying your unique entrepreneurial type, creating a great product, building a great team, finding funding and scaling in addition to other elements essential to crafting a roadmap that fits you and your business.

Drawing from their extensive experience working with startups, entrepreneurs Steve Fisher and Ja-Naé Duane offer expert advice on dealing with the challenges and opportunities that accompany every type of new business. Using visual storytelling, they provide a much-needed blueprint to understanding the startup economy. The authors include illustrative business examples from companies such as TechStars and 500Startups, as well as interviews with over 40 entrepreneurs from across the globe.

Filled with insightful case studies, The Startup Equation is a vibrant, practical guide to creating a winning business model for any startup. By following the accessible visual roadmap within, you’ll discover how to build your own successful business plan for your unique dream.

Steve Fisher is product designer, filmmaker, entrepreneur, and startup advisor.Ja-Naé Duane is an entrepreneur, researcher, startup advisor, and professor of entrepreneurship & innovation.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe big fish experience : create memorable presentations that reel in your audience / Kenny Nguyen, Gus Murillo, Robert Killeen, Luke Jones.
” Finally a book that gives “real” info on how to give better speeches and presentations….I have always known that I could give better presentations and speeches but I didn’t know to improve. This book gave me the tools, methods, and resources to help me be a better speaker. The book is easy to read and each chapter stands alone as it’s own lesson. I can’t wait to put all the info I learned in this book into practice.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverSuperbosses : how exceptional leaders master the flow of talent / Sydney Finkelstein.
” “Superbosses” is an immensely interesting read, in part because of the range of profiles Syd Finkelstein puts in front of us. Syd’s research has always explored leadership in ways that are both public and intimate, but what makes this book valuable is that, beyond the practical takeaways one would expect of a top-tier management professor, it’s an engaging summary of an in-depth study of inspired and inspiring leaders. Frankly, it’s also just fun to read as a set of stories and insights….As Syd points out, this idea of formally exploring the behaviors and mindsets that define what he calls a superboss is relatively undefined in the market. And viable approaches to realizing disproportionate returns on your activities as a leader—how to influence and impact the world beyond the scope of one’s direct interactions and operations—is increasingly a topic of discussion among executives. What’s unfortunate is that we often concentrate our search for learnings on the operational techniques and track record of leaders, but neglect the ways in which they foster intimate and inspiring relationships with the people around them—at scale. Over the course of the book, Syd gives us a language and framework for thinking about the challenges and art of outsized influence….This is a great read if you’re wondering how to get the most out of your boss or for looking at someone you’re considering learning from, since it offers some insight into the signals that the people you’re around might have potential to be truly great and what they’re looking for in their mentees. It’s also a great book if you have aspirations to superbossness yourself. For many leaders and managers, that can be a lonely position, since candid peer conversations are rare. Syd’s research offers a window into how unambiguously compelling leaders and their disciples articulate the assumptions, describe the consistent behaviors, and craft the visions that drive their successes—all valuable as inputs as you construct your own working model of leadership….My take? Well worth reading. Well worth writing down the questions and challenges that surface for you over the course of the book. Well worth seeing how far you can stretch yourself to surround yourself with superbosses and expand your own footprint in the world around you.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverMatter : move beyond the competition, create more value, and become the obvious choice / Peter Sheahan and Julie Williamson, PhD.
“Find your edge of disruption- There is no question that a macro trend in today’s business climate is that previously defensible markets and niches are becoming increasingly disrupted and/or commoditized. What is particularly useful about this book is that it states, in plain English, what successful companies do to stand out in the minds of customers. In short, these companies step up to the plate and do the hard work of actually solving hard-to-solve problems that their customers face. They get outside of their echo chamber and look externally for information and inspiration. They don’t avoid complexity, they treat it as an opportunity to combine old strengths with innovative thinking and action.

Matter is a rallying cry of sorts for today’s business leaders. There are no easy solutions in today’s increasingly competitive environment, but solutions do exist and the book is filled with examples of companies that have successfully converted challenges into competitive advantages.” (Amazon reviewer)


Syndetics book coverDesigning products people love : how great designers create successful products / Scott Hurff.
” How can you create products that successfully find customers? With this practical book, you’ll learn from some of the best product designers in the field, from companies like Facebook and LinkedIn to up-and-coming contenders. You’ll understand how to discover and interpret customer pain, and learn how to use this research to guide your team through each step of product creation.

Written for designers, product managers, and others who want to communicate better with designers, this book is essential reading for anyone who contributes to the product creation process.

Understand exactly who your customers are, what they want, and how to build products that make them happy Learn frameworks and principles that successful product designers use Incorporate five states into every screen of your interface to improve conversions and reduce perceived loading times Discover meeting techniques that Apple, Amazon, and LinkedIn use to help teams solve the right problems and make decisions faster Design effective interfaces across different form factors by understanding how people hold devices and complete tasks Learn how successful designers create working prototypes that capture essential customer feedback Create habit-forming and emotionally engaging experiences, using the latest psychological research” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to lead a quest : a handbook for pioneering executives / Dr Jason Fox.
Unlock progress through doubt and uncertainty. The biggest threat facing modern business is the sheer complexity of an uncertain future. That, and the fact that everyone is busy. Too busy for progress. Workplace cultures have become cursed with efficiency. And so when it comes to developing strategy, we default to our defaults.We favour quick fixes, easy templates and familiar approaches, developing robust plans’ that do little to mitigate strategic risk or generate new value. The result? The future comes, and businesses die. But no longer! *cue trumpets* How to Lead a Quest is a book for pioneering leaders – folks who know that enterprise strategy is far too important to condemn to smart goals’, ‘a clear vision for the future’ and other such rubbish. Within this book, you’ll discover how to: liberate enterprise leadership and workplace cultures from the curse of efficiency, default thinking and the delusion of progress; explore complex and uncertain futures to find profound insights that mitigate strategic risks and ensure your business model remains viable; create new value and enduring relevance by pioneering into unchartered and unprecedented territory; embed new structures and rituals into your enterprise to build for the future, while still delivering operational excellence today. Not for the faint of heart or short-of-wit, this uniquely refreshing book bravely tackles the paradox that is pioneering leadership. You’ll discover how to lead meaningful progress – even if you don’t know what the goal or destination looks like.

Syndetics book coverBusiness for punks : break all the rules — the BrewDog way / James Watt.
Founded by a pair of young Scots with a passion for great beer, BrewDog has catalysed the craft-beer revolution, rewritten the record books and inadvertently forged a whole new approach to business. In Business for punks, BrewDog co-founder James Watt bottles the essence of this success. From finances (chase down every cent) to marketing (lead with the crusade, not the product), this is an anarchic, indispensable guide to thriving on your own terms.

Syndetics book coverThe conquer kit : a creative business planner for women entrepreneurs / Natalie MacNeil.
“Business plans are one of the last remaining spaces in publishing where intimidating lingo, dry writing, and overly long verbiage are still the norm. You know what these books look like–big and manual-like, there’s usually a middle-aged man standing with his arms crossed (or pointing!) on the cover, making promises in all caps about the money you’ll make. The Conquer Kit is an interactive journal experience that brings business planning into the realm of play. Readers are invited to sketch, scribble, glue, dream, and write on the pages. all while developing an airtight business plan with proven money-making methods and strategies. Author and entrepreneur Natalie MacNeil encourages readers to build a strong foundation with the four pillars of every successful business (the right name, the right business setup and entity, a sound legal structure, and a basic financial system), create heart-centric products and marketing plans, put together their A team, envision the bigger picture, and bring their dream business to life”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverDisrupt yourself : putting the power of disruptive innovation to work / Whitney Johnson.
“Johnson (Dare, Dream, Do), a Merrill Lynch equity analyst turned entrepreneur, shows how and why to upend a career in this practical, concise work. Becoming a “disruptor,” whether by changing positions within a company or industry or entering an entirely new field, is vital to career and personal growth, she states. As someone who has made the leap herself, she sees disruptive innovation-defined here as “an innovation at the low end of the market that eventually upends an industry”- as a pathway to new levels of success. She employs E.M. Roger’s S-curve model, used to study the diffusion of innovation, to explain the psychological effects of personal disruption, such as increased dopamine levels. Focusing on how to overcome the initial frustration of being at the low end of the curve, she recommends “understanding the job-to-be-done” and “identifying the job you want done,” thereby determining the “right risks” to take. She also shows how to draw on one’s strengths and figure out how they can be applied to the unmet needs of potential customers and clients. Johnson astutely highlights the value of constraints, the dangers of entitlement, and the necessity of changing plans when circumstances call for it. Her chapter on learning from failure contains particularly wise advice that everyone should embrace. In Johnson’s closing chapter, she emphasizes the value of a “discovery-driven career” and the possibilities it offers. Savvy and often counterintuitive, this superb book offers the tools, mind-set guidance, and rationale for avoiding complacency and embracing a new career path. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverWe-commerce : how to create, collaborate, and succeed in the sharing economy / Billee Howard.
“Howard is the founder of -Brandthropologie Media, an organization dedicated to the study of the intersection of art and commerce and the business possibilities emerging from the union. She feels that the problems caused by the 2008 financial crisis identify a move from the “I, Me, Mine” mind-set of the past to today’s sharing-centered economy. The changes caused by this shift in focus will define new, smaller community concerns that present a challenge in many places. Howard’s ideas remind this reviewer of Mintel Trends’s presentation, “Make It Mine: Personalization Is a Right Not a Privilege.” The author proposes “New Golden Rules” for operating in the sharing economy and identifies and explores “We-volution,” transformation that involves the use of commercial media and thinking globally yet celebrating uniqueness. -VERDICT Adult readers of all sorts should be exposed to these potential transitions and evaluate them. Howard offers some insightful suggestions-they won’t be for everyone but deserve consideration.-Littleton Maxwell, Business Information Ctr., Univ. of Richmond © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverWhy games are good for business : how to leverage the power of serious games, gamification and simulations / Helen Routledge.
By tapping into the same psychology that keeps gamers glued to Minecraft or World of Warcraft, innovative organizations are creating learning experiences that are genuinely engaging, endlessly flexible, and extremely cost-effective. They’re called Serious Games. People learn more, learn better, and learn faster when they are emotionally engaged. Serious Games are how you leverage the power of play to create emotional engagement. Why games are good for business is an innovative and practical toolkit for those who want to learn more about Serious Games and how to apply them in their own organization.

Syndetics book coverDigital to the core : remastering leadership for your industry, your enterprise, and yourself / Mark Raskino and Graham Waller, Gartner Inc.
“There is no simple strategic method for dealing with the multidimensional nature of digital change. Even the sharpest leaders can become disoriented as change builds on change, leaving almost nothing certain. Yet to stand still is to fail. Enterprises and leaders must re-master themselves to succeed. Leaders must identify the key macro forces, then lead their organizations at three distinct levels: industry, enterprise, and self. By doing this they cannot only survive but clean up.

Digital to the Core makes the case that all business leaders must understand the impact the digital revolution will continue to play in their industries, companies, and leadership style and practices. Drawing on interviews with over 30 top C-level executives in some of the world’s most powerful companies and government organizations, including GE, Ford, Tory Burch, Babolat, McDonalds, Publicis and UK Government Digital Service, this book delivers practical insights from those on the front lines of major digital upheaval. The authors incorporate Gartner’s annual CIO and CEO global survey research and also apply the deep knowledge and qualitative insights they have acquired as practitioners, management researchers, and advisors over decades in the business.

Above all else, Raskino and Waller want companies and their top leaders to understand the full impact of digital change and integrate it at the core of their businesses.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBlack box thinking : the surprising truth about success (and why some people never learn from their mistakes) / Mathew Syed.
“What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google?< What links Dave Braisford's Team Sky and the aviation industry? What is the connection between the inventor James Dyson and the footballer David Beckham? They are all Black Box Thinkers. Whether developing a new product, honing a core skill or just trying to get a critical decision right, Black Box Thinkers aren’t afraid to face up to mistakes. In fact, they see failure as the very best way to learn. Rather than denying their mistakes, blaming others or attempting to spin their way out of trouble, these institutions and individuals interrogate errors as part of their future strategy for success. How many of us, hand on heart, can say that we have such a healthy relationship with failure? Learning from failure has the status of a cliché, but this book reveals the astonishing story behind the most powerful method of learning known to mankind, and reveals the arsenal of techniques wielded by some of the world’s most innovative organizations. Their lessons can be applied across every field – from sport to education, from business to health. Using gripping case studies, exclusive interviews and really practical takeaways, Matthew Syed – the award-winning journalist and best-selling author of Bounce – explains how to turn failure into success, and shows us how we can all become better Black Box Thinkers.” (Syndetics summary) Syndetics book coverThe optimistic workplace : creating an environment that energizes everyone / Shawn Murphy ; foreword by Dorie Clark.The Optimistic Workplace: Creating an Environment That Energizes Everyone
“When it comes to work these days, we’re expected to do more with less–but is this nose-to-the-grindstone philosophy the best way to run a business? Alarmingly low employee engagement numbers indicate otherwise. So, if pushing everyone harder isn’t the path to productivity, what is? Supported by the latest research, this eye-opening book argues that our best work is the product of a positive environment. That’s good news for you as a manager. While you can’t personally transform the corporate culture, you can influence the workplace climate and create meaningful and lasting change.

Advocating a steward model of management, The Optimistic Workplace reveals how to: Explore personal and organizational purpose–and align them for astonishing results • Overcome resistance and skepticism • Build camaraderie and deepen loyalty • Increase intrinsic motivation • Help your team find meaning in their work • Identify goals collaboratively and track progress • And more examples from companies large and small demonstrate how this people-centric focus ignites employee potential, increases innovation, and catapults the organization to new levels of performance. Far from being a wish-upon-a-star discussion of workplace happiness, this book presents an array of surprisingly simple strategies as well as practical 30-, 60-, and 90-day plans designed to focus your actions and make employee optimism not just a worthy goal–but a real and measurable result.

” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCollaboration begins with you : be a silo buster / Ken Blanchard, Jane Ripley, Eunice Parisi-Carew.
“Bestselling author Ken Blanchard and his coauthors bring his signature “business parable” style to a critical skill for today’s workplace: collaboration.Everyone knows that collaboration creates high-performing teams and organizations. Yet it often doesn’t happen, because people and groups typically believe that they are doing what’s needed-the problem is always outside: the other team member, the other department. So people stay in their silos and the creative energy collaboration generates is lost. This book shows that collaboration begins with you. It is an inside-out process that starts with your heart (who you are) and head (what you know and believe), then moves to your hands (what you do). The authors help people develop a collaborative culture by utilizing differences, nurturing safety and trust, instituting clear purposes and goals, talking openly, and empowering themselves and others. When people recognize and change erroneous beliefs and actions regarding collaboration, failures can be turned into successes and breakthrough results achieved at every level.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSocial media recruitment : how to successfully integrate social media into recruitment strategy / Andy Headworth.
“In order to attract the right people into your organization despite a global shortfall of talented candidates, new methods are now needed to reach future talent. Social media needs to become a vital part of any recruitment strategy. Social Media Recruitment combines practical guidance with case studies and insights from industry thought leaders to provide a full understanding of what social media means for HR and recruitment and how to successfully integrate and use it. It covers the essentials from the beginning to the end of the process, including employer branding, interviewing and onboarding, and how to assess the ROI of the social media recruitment strategy.Ideal for all HR and recruitment professionals, and anyone responsible for talent strategy, this practical guide focuses on devising and implementing a social media recruitment strategy that works for your organization and is aligned with your recruitment objectives.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGetting there : a book of mentors / by Gillian Zoe Segal.
The path to success is rarely easy or direct, and good mentors are hard to find. In Getting There , thirty leaders in diverse fields share their secrets to navigating the rocky road to the top. In an honest, direct, and engaging way, these role models describe the obstacles they faced, the setbacks they endured, and the vital lessons they learned. They dispense not only essential and practical career advice, but also priceless wisdom applicable to life in general. Getting There is for everyone–from students contemplating their futures to the vast majority of us facing challenges or seeking to reach our potential.” (Syndetics summary)

Wellington City Libraries has subscribed to Lynda.com . Lynda.com has a wide range of tutorial video courses on a wide range of business topics such as :

Leadership
Social media marketing
Management
Business skills
Online marketing
Project management

Not only does Lynda.com have business courses, but it has courses on a large range of subjects such as IT, Marketing and Photography. This is an amazing resource and it is FREE for our library customers. Take a look, you won’t regret it. Already we have had a lot of very positive feedback. The courses can be viewed on desktop computers or mobile browsers.

Syndetics book coverPrimed to perform : how to build the highest performing cultures through the science of total motivation / Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor.

“Why do some workplace cultures inspire energy and innovation, while others fuel anxiety, boredom, or cynicism? Until now, such legendary cultures have seemed like magic beyond our control. However, behind every culture is a surprisingly elegant science.

Primed to Perform proves that the highest-performing cultures are built on a simple truth: why people work affects how well they work. Great organizations inspire the three most powerful motives for work–play, purpose, and potential–and eliminate the three most destructive–emotional pressure, economic pressure, and inertia. They create total motivation (or ToMo, for short). Total motivation cultures create the highest-performing employees and the most adaptive organizations.

Authors Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor show that extraordinary performance at companies like Southwest Airlines, Starbucks, Apple, and Whole Foods comes from cultures that inspire total motivation. They describe how investment professionals, salespeople, teachers, and CEOs perform better when driven by total motivation. And, most important, they share how you can build a culture that inspires total motivation in every moment of every day.

Primed to Perform builds on over a century of academic thinking as well as the authors’ original research into how ToMo drives performance at iconic companies. It introduces the authors’ highly predictive new measurement tool, the total motivation factor, which allows leaders to measure the strength of their culture and understand how it changes over time. It gives leaders the tools to transform their own workplaces.

High-performing cultures can’t be left to chance; organizations must create systems that shape and maintain them. Whether you’re a five-person team or a start-up, an elementary school or a university, a nonprofit or a mega-institution, Primed to Perform shows you how.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA crowdfunder’s strategy guide : build a better business by building community / Jamey Stegmaier.“I appreciate that Jamey Stegmaier is a concise and clear writer. This book is one of the rare few that walks a delicate line between “beginner” and “advanced” – the content is accessible, even to a newbie in the crowdfunding world, but also has enough rich insight and detail to be a valuable read for someone with a lot of experience already….Jamey’s stories are entertaining and also illustrate in concrete ways how seemingly small choices in crowdfunding implementation, can make a very big difference to the success (or failure), of your campaign. Some of his lessons learned have been painful ones, and some of his ideas are counter-intuitive, but when I understood his logic, it changed my view completely.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThe introvert entrepreneur : amplify your strengths and create success on your own terms / Beth L. Buelow.
“A practical guide to help introverts harness their natural gifts and entrepreneurial spirit

Think you have to be loud and brash to be successful in business? Think again. The strengths and traits of the typical introvert lend themselves well to entrepreneurship, as well as “intrapreneurship” and a range of business roles. In The Introvert Entrepreneur , professional coach Beth Buelow shows readers how to harness their natural gifts (including curiosity, independence, and a love of research) and counteract their challenges (such as an aversion to networking and self-promotion). She addresses a wide range of topics –from managing fears and expectations and developing a growth mindset to networking, marketing, leadership skills, and community-building–informed by interviews with introverts who have created successful businesses without compromising their core personality.

Filled with fresh insights and actionable advice, this essential guide will support anyone who’s striving to make a difference in a loud and chaotic world.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLeading women : 20 influential women share their secrets to leadership, business, and life / Nancy D. O’Reilly, PSYD.

“Now is the time…Stop waiting around for the career–and life–that you deserve and start taking the reins! Leading Women shows you how to claim power and respect, conquer your internal barriers, and change the world by helping other women do the same. Featuring stories from twenty nationally acclaimed female leaders, this empowering guide offers real-life advice for breaking free of the predetermined roles in the business world and life. Powerful women such as New York Times bestselling author Marci Shimoff, advocacy leader Gloria Feldt, and Emmy-winning television host Aurea McGarry describe what it’s like to go beyond their comfort zones, hold their own in a male-dominated environment, and take control of the situations that keep many women from achieving their goals. From corporate coach Lois Frankel’s key ways to becoming a natural and necessary leader to bestselling author M. Bridget Cook-Burch’s struggles after years of abuse, their insight will help you embrace your purpose, seize important opportunities, and overcome any obstacle that comes your way.

With the guidance of these influential, resourceful leaders, you’ll maximize your personal power, exceed your business goals, and establish a network designed to support and celebrate your fellow women.

Contributors include: Kristin Andress, Cheryl Benton, Claire Damken Brown, PhD, M. Bridget Cook-Burch, Vivian Diller, PhD, Gloria Feldt, Lois P. Frankel, PhD, Joanna L. Krotz, Aurea McGarry, Lisa Mininni, Shirley Osbourne, Lois Phillips, PhD, Birute Regine, PhD, Linda Rendleman, Marcia Reynolds, PhD, Marci Shimoff, Rebecca Tinsley, Sandra Ford Walston, Michele Willens, and Janet Rose Wojtalik, EdD” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGood profit : how creating value for others built one of the world’s most successful companies / Charles G. Koch.
“THE REVOLUTIONARY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM BEHIND ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL COMPANIES OF OUR TIME
In 1961, Charles Koch joined his father s Wichita-based company, then valued at $21 million. Six years later, he was named chairman of the board and CEO of Koch Industries, Inc. Today, Koch Industries estimated worth is $100 billion — making it one of the largest private companies in the world. Koch exceeds the S&P 500 s five-decade growth by 27-fold and plans to double its value on average every six years.
What exactly does this company do and why is it so remarkably profitable? Koch s name may not be on your stain-resistant carpet, stretch denim jeans, the connectors in your smart phone, or your baby s ultra-absorbent diapers but it makes them all. And Koch s Market-Based Management(r) system is what drives these innovations and many more.
Based on five decades of interdisciplinary studies, experimental discovery, and practical implementation across Koch businesses worldwide, the core objective of MBM is to generate “good” profit. Good profit results from products and services that customers vote for freely with their dollars, products that improve people s lives. It results from a culture where employees are empowered to act entrepreneurially to discover customers preferences and the best ways to satisfy them. Good profit is what follows when “long-term value is created for customers, employees, shareholders, and society. “
Here, drawing on revealing, honest, and previously untold stories from his nearly six decades in business, Koch walks the reader through the five dimensions of MBM to show how to apply its framework to generate more good profit in any business, industry, or organization of any size. Readers will learn how to:
. Craft a vision for how to thrive in spite of increasingly rapid disruption
. Select and retain a workforce possessing both virtue and talent
. Create an environment of knowledge sharing that prizes respectful challenges from everyone at every level
. Award employees with ownership and decision rights based on their proven contributions, not job title
. Motivate all employees to maximize their contributions by structuring incentives so compensation is limited only by the value they create
A must-read for any leader, entrepreneur, or student, as well as anyone who wants a more civil, fair, and prosperous society, “Good Profit” is destined to rank as one of the greatest management books of all time.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe power of the herd : a nonpredatory approach to social intelligence, leadership, and innovation, Linda Kohanov.
“Linda Kohanov is beloved for her groundbreaking articulation of “the way of the horse,” an experiential wisdom known to riders for centuries but little studied or adapted to off-horse use. Now Kohanov takes those horse-inspired insights on exceptional communication and leadership into the realms of our workplaces and relationships. Here we explore the benefits of “nonpredatory power” in developing assertiveness, fostering creativity, dealing with conflict, and heightening mind-body awareness.

In the first part of this far-reaching book, Kohanov profiles cultural innovators who employed extraordinary nonverbal leadership skills to change history, usually on horseback: Winston Churchill, George Washington, Alexander the Great, and the Buddha, among others. She also draws on the behavior of mature horse herds, as well as the herding cultures of Africa and Mongolia, to debunk theories of dominance hierarchies, challenge ingrained notions of “survival of the fittest,” and demonstrate the power of a consensual leadership in which governing roles are fluid.

Kohanov adapts these lessons into twelve powerful guiding principles we can all incorporate into our work and personal lives. Eloquent and provocative, this is horse sense for everyone who seeks to thrive in the herds we all run in — our communities, careers, families, and friendships.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDisrupt you! : master personal transformation, seize opportunity, and thrive in the era of endless innovation / Jay Samit.
” Excellent book, a must read….Whether you are an entrepreneur on the verge of building your first business, or a business owner needing to change directions because your industry is changing or just a guy trying to get ahead within a company you work at, this is the book for you. Not only is it chocked full of interesting information, useful tools and solid insight but it’s also a very enjoyable read. I highly recommend this book. I might suggest that (if you’re like me) and like taking notes, that you go right for the hardcover version of this. I ordered the Kindle version first but it’s definitely the kind of book you want to take notes in and highlight, so I wound up also ordering a hardcover as well. (Amazon USA)

Syndetics book coverThe high-speed company : creating urgency and growth in a nanosecond culture / Jason Jennings, with Laurence Haughton.
“No one knows the ins and outs of successful companies better than bestselling author Jason Jennings. Back in 2001, with It’s Not the Big That Eat the Small, It’s the Fast That Eat the Slow (HarperBusiness, 2011), Jennings proved that speed was the ultimate competitive advantage. The High-Speed Company reveals the unique practices of businesses that have proven records of urgency and growth. The key distinction is that they’ve created extraordinary cultures with a strong purpose, more trust and relentless follow-through.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverManaging your team through business change / Richard Newton.
“How do you make change work? What skills and resources do you need? From understanding and planning, to implementing and assessing the impact, this book covers all aspects of managing change using simple, practical steps and strategies, each one of which has been developed, tested and proven to work. Brilliant Managing your Team through Change will expertly guide you step by step through the entire change process so you can deliver the required outcomes whilst keeping your team and other stakeholders on board throughout. · Understand the nature and complexities of the change process · Define and develop a customised change plan and schedule · Effectively communicate with, motivate and manage your team through the process Everything you need to think about, know and do to manage change effectively” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWhoever tells the best story wins : how to use your own stories to communicate with power and impact / Annette Simmons.Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins: How to Use Your Own Stories to Communicate with Power and Impact
“Stories have tremendous power. They can persuade, promote empathy, and provoke action. Better than any other communication tool, stories explain who you are, what you want…and why it matters. In presentations, department meetings, over lunch–any place you make a case for new customers, more business, or your next big idea–you’ll have greater impact if you have a compelling story to relate. Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins will teach you to narrate personal experiences as well as borrowed stories in a way that demonstrates authenticity, builds emotional connections, inspires perseverance, and stimulates the imagination. Fully updated and more practical than ever, the second edition reveals how to use storytelling to: Capture attention • Motivate listeners • Gain trust • Strengthen your argument • Sway decisions • Demonstrate authenticity and encourage transparency • Spark innovation • Manage uncertainty • And more Complete with examples, a proven storytelling process and techniques, innovative applications, and a new appendix on teaching storytelling, Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins hands you the tools you need to get your message across–and connect successfully with any audience.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe new one minute manager / Ken Blanchard, PhD, Spencer Johnson, MD. “Updated & Still a Classic must-read for people who value relationships…I read the original One Minute Manager multiple times back in the 80s while working at my first serious job. I’ve threaded my way through a lot of organizations and managers since then, but as I read this new, updated version I found the same foundational principles enhanced to be applicable to business cultures today with different structures, flexible work arrangements, and technology that didn’t exist 30 years ago. What is most impressive about this little book is that the title implies manager, but every person can practice the principles. The world has changed but preserving relationships is still a major objective at work and at home and in our communities. (Amazon USA)

Syndetics book coverHidden strengths : unleashing the crucial leadership skills you already have / Thuy Sindell and Milo Sindell.
“Books like StrengthsFinder 2.0 have helped leaders discover their strengths – but they stop there. The Sindells argue that focusing only on your best abilities neglects a vital development opportunity. They show how to identify hidden strengths that can be quickly elevated into full strengths with attention and focus. Working mainly on your strengths can ultimately make you weaker, they argue – you need to continually add new skills, not rely on what you’re already good at. And while most people assume that means they should try to turn their weaknesses into usable skills, the Sindells say that it takes too much time and effort – the ROI just isn’t there. It’s in the neglected middle skills, neither strengths nor weaknesses, that the most potent development opportunities lie. They’re close enough to being strengths that putting your energy there can offer a powerful payoff. Using assessments, exercises, and case studies, the Sindells help you identify your most promising middle skills and create a plan to turn them into strengths. In today’s work environment, not growing and stretching yourself translates into lack of innovation, stagnation, and obsolescence. Relying upon strengths is like relying upon training wheels – at a certain point you need to take them off in order to improve and grow.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPower score : your formula for leadership success / Geoff Smart, Randy Street, and Alan Foster.
“Written in an informal, Q & A style, yet backed up with data from more than 15,000 career interviews, Smart, Street, and Foster lay out their formula for running a successful organization – both for-profits and non-profits. P + W + R = Power Score. Yes, it’s a real formula and they’ve been testing it at businesses large and small for nearly two decades. Other reviewers have focused on the formula, so I won’t be redundant. Instead, I offer another perspective. I must admit I was a bit skeptical at first when I saw that all the endorsers of Power Score were men. As a female entrepreneur and lifelong student of leadership I thought, “Here we go again. Another business book with male dominated case studies.” I was pleasantly surprised that the authors weave in real-life stories from both male and female leaders, who have succeeded and failed, to bring their formula to life. Refreshing!” (Amazon USA)

Syndetics book coverThe mobile mind shift : engineer your business to win in the mobile moment / Ted Schadler, Josh Bernoff, Julie Ask, Forrester Research.
““An essential guide for those needing to grow business in a mobile world….The ubiquity of smartphones and mobile devices has created the opportunity for businesses to thrive by serving their customer’s and employee’s needs wherever and whenever they are. We have grown accustomed to going to our mobile devices whenever we need assistance, and it is in these mobile moments that brands have the ability succeed, or fail, at building customer loyalty and engagement. The authors of this fantastic book point out that businesses must succeed at winning these mobile moments, or they risk being disrupted by more progressive and entrepreneurial companies. The reality is that many mobile first companies have set the bar very high, and as a result, consumers have very high expectations. So how do the rest of us catch up and shift our business processes (and personal skills) to meet the needs of a mobile first world? Start by reading this book. It is full of examples and practical instruction. The authors have experienced what works and what does not, and the resulting advice is applicable to both big and small businesses.” (Amazon USA)

Syndetics book coverStrategic planning for nonprofit organizations : a practical guide for dynamic times / Michael Allison, Jude Kaye.“The roadmap you need on a long, hard journey….I recently joined my organization after spending nearly 10 years in another industry. The role that I took on, overseeing strategy and partnerships was new for me as well as for the organization. I came into an organization that capitalized on growth opportunities in a very organic fashion. With increased capacity to take on strategy development, and the need to do so, we set out on the organization’s first ever strategic planning process. Finding myself in the position of project lead, I was desperate to find information about what to expect from the process, elements that contribute to a good process, how to prepare the organization for change, and how to keep external consultants accountable. This book was all that and more – the ideal roadmap, showing the path, but also highlighting bumps along the way.” (Amazon USA)

Syndetics book cover101 more ways to make training active / Elaine Biech.
“What a great idea and what a great product. Input from dozens of successful practitioners in the training field. Biech has done so much more than make training active. With this collection, she has made it inviting, inspirational, and imaginative. Veteran trainers and neophytes alike will easily be able to sharpen their classroom style. I speak has a veteran of many years who nonetheless has found a plethora of new activities.” (Amazon USA)

Syndetics book coverNo-drama leadership : how enlightened leaders transform culture in the workplace / Marlene Chism.
“As someone who has lived through the trials and challenges Marlene addresses in this very important book, I can say without question that her insights are spot-on and much needed. We are truly at a transitional point in the leadership and management fields- with so many companies and government agencies completely unprepared for the environment they face today. Because of her background, prospective, and uncommon level of pereception, Marlene is able to not only identify the issues that plaque organizations today- but to also offer a way forward. Although there are countless leadership books on the shelves- there is still a void. So much of whats out there is irrelevant boilerplate and cliches. That doesnt apply to the work of Marlene Chism. In the years to come her work will be considered ahead of its time. All the more reason you should take the time now to read it” (Amazon USA)

Syndetics book coverProject management for the unofficial project manager / Kory Kogon, Suzette Blakemore and James Wood.
“This was a great book!…. I really liked all of the stories and examples. The authors made the concepts easy to understand and the book was an easy read. Before now, I never really thought about the people aspect of project management. I can see now, many of my project problems in the past were really people problems. While reading, I learned a lot, about the project management process, but not too much. This was key for me. I’ve purchased Project Management books in the past that were too technical and I never made it to the end. This book gave me everything I needed in a simple, easy to digest format”. (Amazon USA)

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