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)

Latest management books received at WCL

Creative trespassing : how to put the spark and joy back into your work and life / Katan, Tania
Creative disruptor, inspirational speaker and co-creator of the internationally viral campaign #ItWasNeverADress shows you how to sneak more creativity and imagination into your work and life.
“You don’t have to turn into a corporate drone to kick ass in the working world,” says Tania Katan. After more than ten years of smuggling creativity into the business sector without getting busted, Katan is here to tell you that any task or pursuit can be a creative one. You just need to be willing to defy conformity, and be ready to conjure imagination anywhere, at any time. If you’re feeling stuck in a dullsville job, a windowless cubicle, or an ill-fitting polyester work shirt, chin up! Katan has been there too, and she’s lived to tell the story. How? By choosing to stand out rather than fit in, to find her light and bask in it with all of her quirks and flaws. “The moment you choose to let the world see the real you–messy, imperfect, warts and all”, she says “is the moment you choose to shine too.” Whether you’re an entrepreneur seeking new ways to innovate, a newbie trying to spice up routine entry-level work, a free spirit with a rich creative life outside the office looking to bring more of that magic into your job, or just someone who occasionally feels the urge to scream, Katan will show you how to transform monotony into novelty and get your freakin’ spark back between the hours of nine and five. …this book is a rollicking, uninhibited guide to using creativity as fuel for a freer and more awesome life. As Katan puts it, “This book is an invitation to find inspiration where others see only limitations, because when we believe that logic and limits are subject to change, the world is full of possibilities” (Catalogue)

Career leap : how to reinvent and liberate your career / Gibbings, Michelle
Adapt you career to the shifting paradigm of work, employment and success The word career doesn t mean what it used to. Adapt you career to the shifting paradigm of work, employment and success The word “career” doesn’t mean what it used to. People entering the workforce today will have an estimated 17 employers and five careers in their lifetimes — and already many existing roles are being automated away, with many more to follow. No profession, industry or geography is immune, and employees need to change their idea of what it means to be employed. The rise of freelancing and the gig economy means flexibility and independence, but also less security — with trends showing it is the way of the future. You cannot future-proof your job, but you can future-proof your career. Career Leap shows you what you need to know, how you need to change and how you can prepare for the inevitable tides of change. This book sheds light on the choices you make, and the steps you can take to reignite, reshape and liberate your career. You’ll develop the confidence you need to take decisive action, sharpen your skills and become the agile, adaptive professional we will all need to be. The 10-step Career Reinvention Cycle helps you assess the status quo and determine where you need to go, and then gives you a solid framework for making a move when the time is right.

  • Future-proof your career with the new laws for success
  • Undertake a health check of your career and make deliberate career choices
  • Design, build, and execute your influence and career strategy
  • Be equipped to take control and leap ahead with your career.

No matter your role, it is imperative that you make every day in your career count. Make the critical decisions, take clear actions and, above all, stay ahead of the pack. Career Leap gives you the insight, confidence and knowledge you need to move up as you leap forward.” (Catalogue)

Humane capital : how to create a management shift to transform performance and profit / Hlupic, Vlatka
How to humanize an organization for sustainable success, featuring insights from 50 leading thinkers and practitioners from around the world. Despite decades of research illustrating the benefits of enlightened leadership, the high-performance workplace is still not the norm. Vlatka Hlupic has spent 20 years investigating this paradox, and in this book she forms a penetrating critique of why such strong evidence has had limited impact, and provides an alternative practical approach that any employer can implement to overcome these challenges. Humane Capital brings together management wisdom and shows how successful leaders have moved their organizations from controlled and orderly to enthusiastic and collaborative. Supported by insights from 50 of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the field, the book guides readers through the arguments for a radical reassessment of current business models, and the successful stories of employers from the private and public sectors who have made the transition. There is a clear correlation between those companies that are ‘good’ and those that do well–“good” meaning an organization that works with stakeholders, employees, society and customers. The book illustrates what steps need to be taken by managers and leaders in order to create a good, humane organization and achieve a high-performance workplace and sustainable success.” (Catalogue)

The alter ego effect : the power of secret identities to transform your life / Herman, Todd
“A top performance expert reveals the secret behind many top athletes and executives: creating a heroic alter ego to activate when the chips are down.There’s only one person in the way of you untapping your potential: You. There’s also one person who can move you out of the way so you can perform at your peak. That person is already inside you. You just need to unlock them. This other part of you is your Alter Ego. After twenty-one years of working with elite athletes, performers and leaders, Todd Herman has discovered how you can use your alter ego to achieve the seemingly impossible. The Alter Ego Effect is not about creating a false mask-it’s about finding the hero already inside you. It’s a proven way of overcoming the self-doubt, negativity, and insecurity that hold you back, and empowering you to ultimately become your best self. A top performance expert reveals the secret behind many top athletes and executives: creating a heroic alter ego to activate when the chips are down. There’s only one person in the way of you untapping your potential: You. There’s also one person who can move you out of the way so you can perform at your peak. That person is already inside you. You just need to unlock them. (Catalogue)

Productivity hacks : 500+ easy ways to accomplish more at work–that actually work! / Price, Emily
Improve your productivity, increase focus, and enhance your organizational and time management skills with these 500+ easy tips and tricks for getting more stuff done. We all know about Post-It notes and to-do lists–and now, with this handy guide you can take productivity to the next level Learn to use technology to your advantage, schedule your time wisely, and organize your materials for maximum efficiency. Some of Productivity Hacks‘s easy-to-implement tips include utilizing “do not disturb” features on your phone and computer to avoid distractions, scheduling a specific time to check your email instead of shifting focus again and again, and creating templates for your most-used email responses so you don’t need to do the same work twice–and many more From accomplishing more in the workplace to maintaining a healthy work-life balance, these tips will help hone your focus and time management skills in simple, manageable steps. You’ll be amazed how much more you can achieve over the course of a day” (Catalogue)

The 7-second CV : how to land the interview / Reed, James
“It takes an employer just seven seconds to save or reject a job applicant’s CV. In this book the chairman of Britain’s largest recruitment company offers invaluable and specific advice on what employers want to see in the CVs they receive and how you can stand out from the crowd. Unlike other career development books, the honest advice presented here has been compiled from one-to-one interviews, surveys and workshops across a network of recruitment consultants. This book is an accessible and enjoyable read, intensely practical and packed with pull-out quotes, layout examples and tips. Find out what future employers are looking for and take the first step to start loving Mondays again.” (Catalogue)

New management books at Wellington City Libraries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Featured new business book – 100% KIWI Business

From time to time we like to feature a new arrival in the business collection. This time it is Ryan Jennings new book 100% Kiwi Business

This is a fascinating and important book for anyone already in business or for those contemplating setting up in business. Ryan Jennings spoke to a large number of New Zealand CEO’s and business owners and from their answers he has put together a number of insights and questions which small business owners need to ask themselves. This attractive book “celebrates the creators, the innovators, exporters, expats and kiwi leaders who are at the helm of business right now”

Thoroughly recommended. To read more about this book have a look here:

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

Latest management books received in Library

Syndetics book coverThe caterpillar’s edge : evolve, evolve again, and thrive in business / Sid Mohasseb.
“The secret code to growing a successful business is adjusting your strategy every single day. Business leaders, large and small, need to learn a new game with very different rules. They must accept an ever-changing and uncertain landscape, but a landscape that can be constantly leveraged for greater profitability. They must believe that their companies are caterpillars with the potential to become butterflies. The Caterpillar’s Edge shows why we must embrace a future of flux. It exposes the addictions that chain us to our past and the truths that influence our behaviors. And, it shows just how to seize breakthrough advantages by pushing through all the noise around “Big Data.” Within its DNA, the caterpillar aspires and pushes for more, and it gets just that, evolving gracefully from one entity into another, always building a competitive edge in the process. Break free from accepted archaic business practices by cracking that secret code which demands evolving your business always.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBuilding the agile business through digital transformation / Neil Perkin, Peter Abraham.
” Building the Agile Business through Digital Transformation is a guide for organizational development professionals and change managers needing to better understand, implement and lead digital transformation in the workplace. It sets aside traditional thinking and outdated strategies to explain what steps need to be taken for an organization to become truly agile. It addresses how to build organizational velocity and establish iterative working, remove unnecessary process, embed innovation, map strategy to motivation and develop talent to succeed. Building the Agile Business through Digital Transformation provides guidance on how to set the pace and frequency for change and shows how to break old habits and reform the behaviours of a workforce to embed digital transformation, achieve organizational agility and ensure high performance. Full of practical advice, examples and real-life insights from organizational development professionals at the leading edge of digital transformation, this book is an essential guide to building an agile business.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFit for growth : a guide to strategic cost cutting, restructuring, and renewal / Vinay Couto, John Plansky, Deniz Caglar.
” A practical approach to business transformation Fit for Growth * is a unique approach to business transformation that explicitly connects growth strategy with cost management and organization restructuring. Drawing on 70-plus years of strategy consulting experience and in-depth research, the experts at PwC’s Strategy& lay out a winning framework that helps CEOs and senior executives transform their organizations for sustainable, profitable growth. This approach gives structure to strategy while promoting lasting change. Examples from Strategy&’s hundreds of clients illustrate successful transformation on the ground, and illuminate how senior and middle managers are able to take ownership and even thrive during difficult periods of transition. Throughout the Fit for Growth process, the focus is on maintaining consistent high-value performance while enabling fundamental change. Strategy& has helped major clients around the globe achieve significant and sustained results with its research-backed approach to restructuring and cost reduction. This book provides practical guidance for leveraging that expertise to make the choices that allow companies to: Achieve growth while reducing costs; Manage transformation and transition productively; Create lasting competitive advantage; Deliver reliable, high-value performance. Sustainable success is founded on efficiency and high performance. Companies are always looking to do more with less, but their efforts often work against them in the long run. Total business transformation requires total buy-in, and it entails a series of decisions that must not be made lightly. The Fit for Growth approach provides a clear strategy and practical framework for growth-oriented change, with expert guidance on getting it right. * Fit for Growth is a registered service mark of PwC Strategy& Inc. in the United States” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMultipliers : how the best leaders make everyone smarter / Liz Wiseman.
We’ve all had experience with two dramatically different types of leaders. The first type drains intelligence, energy, and capability from the people around them and always needs to be the smartest person in the room. These are the idea killers, the energy sappers, the diminishers of talent and commitment. On the other side of the spectrum are leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of the people around them. When these leaders walk into a room, light bulbs go off over people’s heads; ideas flow, and problems get solved. These are the leaders who inspire employees to stretch themselves to deliver results that surpass expectations. These are the Multipliers. And the world needs more of them, especially now when leaders are expected to do more with less. Leadership expert Liz Wiseman explores these two leadership styles, showing how Multipliers can have a resoundingly positive and profitable effect on organizations — getting more done with fewer resources, developing and attracting talent, and cultivating new ideas and energy to drive organizational change and innovation. In analyzing data from more than 150 leaders, Wiseman has identified five disciplines that distinguish Multipliers from Diminishers. These five disciplines are not based on innate talent; indeed, they are skills and practices that everyone can learn to use, even lifelong and recalcitrant Diminishers. Real-world case studies and practical tips and techniques bring to life each of these principles, showing you how to become a Multiplier too, whether you are a new or an experienced manager. This updated edition includes new examples of Multipliers as well as two new chapters: one on accidental Diminishers, and one on how to deal with Diminishers.

Syndetics book coverOne minute mentoring : how to find and work with a mentor–and why you’ll benefit from being one / Ken Blanchard and Claire Diaz-Ortiz.
” The bestselling co-author of the legendary The One Minute Manager#65533; and a former Twitter executive join forces to create the ultimate guide to creating powerful mentoring relationships. The past decade has seen the dramatic rise of a word now well known in corporate hallways: mentoring. But a new awareness about mentoring hasn’t necessarily meant an increased understanding of how to implement the practice. While most people agree that having a mentor is a good thing, they don’t know how to find one or use one. And despite widespread approval for the idea of being a mentor, most people don’t think they have the time or skills to do so. Positive mentoring relationships can change the way we lead and help us succeed. In One Minute Mentoring, legendary management guru Ken Blanchard and Claire Diaz-Ortiz, a former Twitter executive and early employee, combine their knowledge to provide a systematic approach to intergenerational mentoring, giving readers great insight into the power and influence of mentoring and encouraging them to pursue their own mentoring relationships. Using his classic parable format, Blanchard explains why developing effective communication and relationships across generations can be a tremendous opportunity for companies and individuals alike. One Minute Mentoring is the go-to source for learning why mentoring is the secret ingredient to professional and personal success.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPeople with purpose : how great leaders use purpose to build thriving organizations / Kevin Murray.
This book brings together a wide range of research on how having a clearly defined purpose as part of one’s business strategy is a vital element in business success and longevity. Leaders who communicate a defined corporate mission alongside clear and genuine corporate values allow their employees to find purpose in their day to day roles and embody their company’s vision. This in turn, facilitates employee engagement, loyalty and work satisfaction. Illustrated with more than 30 case studies unearthed from exclusive interviews with top CEOs from a wide range of industries, Kevin Murray explores how leaders who have powerfully articulated purpose statements have brought companies back from the brink of collapse or continue to rapidly grow their businesses into resilient successful companies, which attract and retain top talent, keep employees engaged and deliver top financial results.

great new business reading at Wellington City Libraries

Syndetics book coverThe glass wall : success strategies for women at work – and businesses that mean business / Sue Unerman & Kathryn Jacob.
“Never mind the glass ceiling. In the workplace today there’s a glass wall. Men and women can see each other clearly through the divide, but they don’t speak the same language or have the same expectations. And as a result, women and their careers are suffering.

With more women than ever in the workforce, but still too few in the boardroom, now is the time to address the assumptions and miscommunication holding women back. This book gives women the tools they need to master any situation. Drawing on Unerman and Jacob’s own experience in male-dominated businesses, as well as over a hundred interviews with both men and women, The Glass Wall provides clear, smart and easy-to apply strategies for success. From unlocking ambition and developing resilience to nurturing creativity and getting noticed, these are the skills that everyone needs to learn to help break down that wall and create better workplaces for all.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe coaching habit : say less, ask more & change the way you lead forever / Michael Bungay Stanier.
“In Michael Bungay Stanier’s The Coaching Habit , coaching becomes a regular, informal part of your day so managers and their teams can work less hard and have more impact.

Drawing on years of experience training more than 10,000 busy managers from around the globe in practical, everyday coaching skills, Bungay Stanier reveals how to unlock your peoples’ potential. He unpacks seven essential coaching questions to demonstrate how – by saying less and asking more – you can develop coaching methods that produce great results.
Get straight to the point in any conversation with The Kickstart Question Stay on track during any interaction with The Awe Question Save hours of time for yourself with The Lazy Question , and hours of time for others with The Strategic Question Get to the heart of any interpersonal or external challenge with The Focus Question and The Foundation Question Finally ensure others find your coaching as beneficial as you do with The Learning Question
A fresh innovative take on the traditional how-to manual, the book combines insider information with research based in neuroscience and behavioural economics, together with interactive training tools to turn practical advice into practiced habits. Witty and conversational, The Coaching Habit takes your work – and your workplace – from good to great.

“Coaching is an art and it’s far easier said than done. It takes courage to ask a question rather than offer up advice, provide and answer, or unleash a solution. giving another person the opportunity to find their own way, make their own mistakes, and create their own wisdom is both brave and vulnerable. In this practical and inspiring book, Michael shares seven transformative questions that can make a difference in how we lead and support. And he guides us through the tricky part – how to take this new information and turn it into habits and a daily practice. – Bren#65533; Brown , author of Rising Strong and Daring Greatly

” The Coaching Habit is a succinct and practical handbook for getting the best from others and yourself.” – Nir Eyal , author of Hooked

“Concise and compelling,” – Bob Sutton , author of Scaling Up Excellence” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGood authority : how to become the leader your team is waiting for / Jonathan Raymond.
“Why is it so hard to get people to own their work? Why are most company cultures such stifling places to work even though they’re led by good people with good intentions? And, how is it, that in spite of a half-century of big ideas from business and management gurus that the numbers on “employee engagement” are getting worse? In this compelling new book, Jonathan offers an alternative, a way off the “I can’t find good people” merry go round, by inviting you to embrace a radically personal approach to attracting, retaining and developing top talent. With 34% of the workforce now freelancing in one form or another, the options are clear. Organizational leaders must find a way to offer people something they can’t get by going out on their own other than a steady paycheck. As Jonathan argues, we’re in the personal economy now, and leaders that rely on strategies and tactics to manipulate people are an endangered species. What good people want is personal growth. And, we all know that to grow we need someone outside of ourselves to help us see and change what we don’t yet. Good people want that at work. That’s what being a good authority is all about.Good Authority is full of practical examples, dialogue and tools you can use to change the way you lead. Whether you’re a business owner, executive, team leader or coach looking for new ways to help your clients, this book will light a fire in you that you may not have noticed has gone out. It will help you rediscover your passion for change and challenge your assumptions about how to make it happen. And, it will give you permission to be a little more you than you were yesterday.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDesigning your life : build a life that works for you / Bill Burnett; Dave Evans.Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
“*** The #1 New York Times Bestseller *** ‘Life has questions. They have answers’ New York Times

Whether we’re 20, 40, 60 or older, many of us are still looking for an answer to that perennial question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ In Designing Your Life , Silicon Valley design innovators Bill Burnett and Dave Evans use their expertise to help you work out what you want – and how to get it.

Their phenomenally successful Life Design course has been tried and tested by thousands of people, from students to mid-career professionals to retirees contemplating a whole new future. Now in book form for the first time, their simple method will teach you how to use basic design tools to create a life that will work for you.

Using real-life stories and proven techniques like reframing, prototyping and mind-mapping, you will learn how to build your way forwards, step-by-positive-step, to a life that’s better by a design of your own making.

Because a well-designed life means a life well-lived.”

(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFinish big : how great entrepreneurs exit their companies on top / Bo Burlingham.Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top
“”In Finish Big, Bo Burlingham draws on dozens of interviews to identify eight key factors that determine whether owners leave their businesses happily. He showcases the insights, exits and cautionary tales of entrepreneurs across an array of industries including manufacturing, food and services. Finish Big is an illuminating and inspirational guide to one of the most stressful, and yet potentially rewarding, processes business owners must go through.”” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe business of being social : a practical guide to harnessing the power of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and other social media networks for all businesses / Michelle Carvill and David Taylor.
“Expert guidance on building a winning social media strategy for your business. Do you know how your company’s Facebook page actually benefits the business? Are you getting the most out of Twitter, YouTube, Linkedln, Pinterest and Instagram? What are the other key social media platforms and how are businesses using them profitably? Social media has been part of most businesses’ marketing strategy for several years now, but many are still confused about how to stay abreast of emerging channels and get the most out of the long-established ones. Widely praised on first publication, this completely revised new edition of The Business of Being Social breaks down the every aspect of social media, from the basics to the most complex issues, and explains step-by-step how you can build a strategy for success. Learn How to: Create a viable, integrated, manageable social media strategy, Understand the newer platforms, including Google+, Tumblr, Whats App, Ello and Others, Mange effective social advertising campaigns, Grow vibrant communities on all relevant social media platforms and use them to understand your audience Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary)

Latest management books here at Wellington City Libraries

Syndetics book coverBeyond measure : the big impact of small changes / Margaret Heffernan. “A powerful manifesto for CEOs and employees alike: Influential and award-winning business leader Margaret Heffernan reveals how organizations can build ideal workplace cultures and create seismic shifts by making deceptively small changes. By implementing sweeping changes, businesses often think it’s possible to do better, to earn more, and have happier employees. So why does engagement prove so difficult and productivity so elusive? In Beyond Measure, Margaret Heffernan looks back over her decades spent overseeing different organizations and comes to a counterintuitive conclusion: it’s the small shifts that have the greatest impact. Heffernan argues that building the strongest organization can be accelerated by implementing seemingly small changes, such as embracing conflict as a creative catalyst; using every mind on the team; celebrating mistakes; speaking up and listening more; and encouraging time off from work.  Packed with incredible anecdotes and startling statistics, Beyond Measure takes us on a fascinating tour across the globe, highlighting disparate businesses and revealing how they’ve managed to change themselves in big ways through incremental shifts. How did the CIA revolutionize their intelligence gathering with one simple question? How did one organization increase their revenue by $15 million by instituting a short coffee break? How can a day-long hackathon change the culture of a company? Told with wry wit and knowing humor, Heffernan proves that it’s often the small changes that make the greatest, most lasting impact.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSocial selling : techniques to influence buyers and changemakers / Tim Hughes and Matt Reynolds. “As the digital landscape has changed buyers’ habits it’s increasingly difficult to reach them early enough in their decision-making process using traditional sales methods. Developing relationships with decision-makers through social networks has become an increasingly critical skill – enabling sales professionals to engage early on and ‘hack’ the buying process. Social Selling provides a practical, step-by-step blueprint for harnessing these specific and proven techniques including:- How to use networks purposefully to build social trust and create a high quality community – How to develop real influence and authority in your subject area and connect with change-makers – How to scale the social selling strategy across an organisation including maturity and investment models, risk and governance, and technology platforms.Written by Tim Hughes, a thought-leader and renowned practitioner in social selling, and Matt Reynolds, one of the UK’s leading technology sociologists, this is essential reading for sales professionals, digital sales directors, and SMEs who want to embrace the power of social selling in their organisation. The book is also supported by eight bonus ‘how-to’ articles, giving more depth on how to run the processes discussed in the book.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLeading innovation : 5 steps to monetising ideas for business growth / Tracey Walsh. “Leading Innovation reveals the innovation secrets of senior executives from some of the biggest business names in Australia including Telstra, Origin and CSIRO. This step-by-step book outlines proven strategies for solving critical business problems and monetising ideas – for growth and sustainability. This book makes innovation truly accessible. Readers are taken on a journey through customer engagement, business model examination, talent management and design thinking. This is a handy companion guide for any leader who wants to make a lasting impact. Transform your corporate, medium sized business or government department using the 5 step method: RISK * RELATE * RESONATE * RESOURCE * REVOLUTIONISE” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMapping experiences : a guide to creating value through journeys, blueprints and diagrams / Jim Kalbach. ” Customers who have inconsistent, broken experiences with products and services are understandably frustrated. But it’s worse when people inside these companies can’t pinpoint the problem because they’re too focused on business processes. This practical book shows your company how to use alignment diagrams to turn valuable customer observations into actionable insight. With this unique tool, you can visually map your existing customer experience and envision future solutions.  Product and brand managers, marketing specialists, and business owners will learn how experience diagramming can help determine where business goals and customer perspectives intersect. Once you’re armed with this data, you can provide users with real value.   Mapping Experiences is divided into three parts:   Understand the underlying principles of diagramming, and discover how these diagrams can inform strategy Learn how to create diagrams with the four iterative modes in the mapping process: setting up a mapping initiative, investigating the evidence, visualizing the process, and using diagrams in workshops and experiments See key diagrams in action, including service blueprints, customer journey maps, experience maps, mental models, and spatial maps and ecosystem models” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe innovation maze : 4 routes to a successful new business case / Gijs Van Wulfen. “Do you struggle with innovation? The Innovation Maze makes innovation simple. It shows you four different routes through the wonderfully designed innovation maze to successful new business cases for new products or services. This book is your guide on HOW to solve the innovation maze.   When you innovate and generate great ideas for new products or services, you are faced with so many pitfalls. A lot of people experience innovation as a maze and get lost on the way. The fuzzy front end of innovation causes many projects to have a false start. Eighty percent of all innovation projects never even reach the market. This book is your guide on HOW to solve the innovation maze. It shows you four different routes through the wonderfully designed innovation maze to successful new business cases for new products or services:   1. I have an idea; now what? 2. I discovered a new technology; now what?   3. I identified a relevant unsolved problem; now what?  4. I face a business challen≥ now what?  For each of the four innovation routes you will get practical and visual checklists to answer vital questions like: How do I know there’s a need for it? How do I know it is technologically do-able? How do I know I can realize a profit? You will end up with a great format for a successful new business case for your innovative ideas.  It’s written for start-ups, entrepreneurs, managers and consultants. Gijs van Wulfen is the author of innovation bestseller The Innovation Expedition and is one of LinkedIn’s first Influencers. He ranks in the top 10 of the International Top 40 Innovation Bloggers.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWinning with data : transform your culture, empower your people, and shape the future / Tomasz Tunguz and Frank Bien. “Crest the data wave with a deep cultural shift Winning with Data explores the cultural changes big data brings to business, and shows you how to adapt your organization to leverage data to maximum effect. Authors Tomasz Tunguz and Frank Bien draw on extensive background in big data, business intelligence, and business strategy to provide a blueprint for companies looking to move head-on into the data wave. Instrumentation is discussed in detail, but the core of the change is in the culture–this book provides sound guidance on building the type of organizational culture that creates and leverages data daily, in every aspect of the business. Real-world examples illustrate these important concepts at work: you’ll learn how data helped Warby-Parker disrupt a $13 billion monopolized market, how ThredUp uses data to process more than 20 thousand items of clothing every day, how Venmo leverages data to build better products, how HubSpot empowers their salespeople to be more productive, and more. From decision making and strategy to shipping and sales, this book shows you how data makes better business.  Big data has taken on buzzword status, but there is little real guidance for companies seeking everyday business data solutions. This book takes a deeper look at big data in business, and shows you how to shift internal culture ahead of the curve.   Understand the changes a data culture brings to companies Instrument your company for maximum benefit Utilize data to optimize every aspect of your business Improve decision making and transform business strategy   Big data is becoming the number-one topic in business, yet no one is asking the right questions. Leveraging the full power of data requires more than good IT–organization-wide buy-in is essential for long-term success. Winning with Data is the expert guide to making data work for your business, and your needs.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChapter one : you have the power to change stuff / Daniel Flynn. “The world probably doesn’t need another book. And while this object you hold in your hands might look like one, it’s so much more .   It’s an invitation. And it’s addressed to you. To inspire you to challenge everything, to remind you that you can turn ideas into reality and to present you the opportunity to be part of bold idea that could change the course of history.   Chapter One is the story of three kids from Melbourne, Australia with zero experience in business who had an idea and the crazy belief that we all have the power to change stuff. It started with the World Water Crisis (and how to end it) but has developed into an award-winning consumer goods brand that empowers millions of people to fight poverty with every munch of muesli, sip of water or pump of hand wash. And that’s just the beginning.   This is the story of epic proportions by Thankyou co-founder Daniel Flynn about Thankyou’s gut-wrenching decisions, wild mistakes and daring moves in business, marketing and social enterprise so far. You’ll laugh at their boldness, cry at their failings and be inspired by their determination.  But more than that, you’ll understand that, no matter your walk of life, you too have the power to change stuff.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe culture map : breaking through the invisible boundaries of global business / Erin Meyer. “Whether you work in a home office or abroad, business success in our ever more globalized and virtual world requires the skills to navigate through cultural differences and decode cultures foreign to your own. Renowned expert Erin Meyer is your guide through this subtle, sometimes treacherous terrain where people from starkly different backgrounds are expected to work harmoniously together.  When you have Americans who precede anything negative with three nice comments; French, Dutch, Israelis, and Germans who get straight to the point (“your presentation was simply awful”); Latin Americans and Asians who are steeped in hierarchy; Scandinavians who think the best boss is just one of the crowd–the result can be, well, sometimes interesting, even funny, but often disastrous.  Even with English as a global language, it’s easy to fall into cultural traps that endanger careers and sink deals when, say, a Brazilian manager tries to fathom how his Chinese suppliers really get things done, or an American team leader tries to get a handle on the intra-team dynamics between his Russian and Indian team members.  In The Culture Map , Erin Meyer provides a field-tested model for decoding how cultural differences impact international business. She combines a smart analytical framework with practical, actionable advice for succeeding in a global world.” (Syndetics summary)

Great new business books arrived at Wellington City libraries

Syndetics book coverThe network imperative : how to survive and grow in the age of digital business models / Barry D. Libert, Megan Beck, Jerry Wind.
“Digital networks are changing all the rules of business. New, scalable, digitally networked business models, like those of Amazon, Google, Uber, and Airbnb, are affecting growth, scale, and profit potential for companies in every industry. But this seismic shift isn’t unique to digital start-ups and tech superstars. Digital transformation is affecting every business sector, and as investor capital, top talent, and customers shift toward network-centric organizations, the performance gap between early and late adopters is widening.

So the question isn’t whether your organization needs to change, but when and how much.

The Network Imperative is a call to action for managers and executives to embrace network-based business models. The benefits are indisputable: companies that leverage digital platforms to co-create and share value with networks of employees, customers, and suppliers are fast outpacing the market. These companies, or network orchestrators , grow faster, scale with lower marginal cost, and generate the highest revenue multipliers.

Supported by research that covers fifteen hundred companies, authors Barry Libert, Megan Beck, and Jerry Wind guide leaders and investors through the ten principles that all organizations can use to grow and profit regardless of their industry. They also share a five-step process for pivoting an organization toward a more scalable and profitable business model.

The Network Imperative , brimming with compelling case studies and actionable advice, provides managers with what they really need: new tools and frameworks to generate unprecedented value in a rapidly changing age.”
(Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book coverThe founder’s mentality : how to overcome the predictable crises of growth / Chris Zook & James Allen.
“Three Principles for Managing–and Avoiding–the Problems of Growth. Why is profitable growth so hard to achieve and sustain? Most executives manage their companies as if the solution to that problem lies in the external environment: find an attractive market, formulate the right strategy, win new customers.
But when Bain & Company’s Chris Zook and James Allen, authors of the bestselling Profit from the Core , researched this question, they found that when companies fail to achieve their growth targets, 90 percent of the time the root causes are internal, not external–increasing distance from the front lines, loss of accountability, proliferating processes and bureaucracy, to name only a few. What’s more, companies experience a set of predictable internal crises, at predictable stages, as they grow. Even for healthy companies, these crises, if not managed properly, stifle the abilityto grow further–and can actively lead to decline.

The key insight from Zook and Allen’s research is that managing these choke points requires a “founder’s mentality”–behaviors typically embodied by a bold, ambitious founder–to restore speed, focus, and connection to customers:

* An insurgent’s clear mission and purpose
* An unambiguous owner mindset
* A relentless obsession with the front line

Based on the authors’ decade-long study of companies in more than forty countries, The Founder’s Mentality demonstrates the strong relationship between these three traits in companies of all kinds–not just start-ups–and their ability to sustain performance. Through rich analysis and inspiring examples, this book shows how any leader–not only a founder–can instill and leverage a founder’s mentality throughout their organization and find lasting, profitable growth”.
(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOptimize your strengths : use your leadership strengths to get the best out of you and your team / James Brook and Dr Paul Brewerton.
“Discover your unique edge. Each of us has our own set of strengths, abilities and skills that allow us to shine and deliver exceptional results. These are our underlying qualities that energise us and we are great at (or have potential to become great at). But how do you understand and build upon your strengths and how do you inspire others to do the same?

Optimize Your Strengths provides a proven strengths-based approach to achieving peak performance for you and your team. You’ll discover your core strengths and learn how to use these to bring out the best in yourself and inspire passion, innovation and engagement in those you lead. Using the Stretch Leadership Model, leadership and organisational development experts, James Brook and Paul Brewerton, show you how to lead beyond boundaries and develop positive habits that drive you to continuously improve and take advantage of new opportunities.

Through a fictional narrative that brings the subject to life; follow the journey of Joe (a leader facing both personal and professional crises), as you learn to:

Discover, analyse and grow you and your team’s natural strengths and abilities in pursuit of a compelling vision Develop an energising and powerful leadership approach based on strengths, solutions and possibilities Use a Stretch Toolbox of six step-by-step models to uncover your leadership edge and grow into an inspiring leader Get hands-on experience working through chapter exercises on an accompanying website Take real action to continually enhance your strengths and improve your weaknesses” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBreaking the trust barrier : how leaders close the gaps for high performance / JV Venable.Breaking the Trust Barrier: How High-Performance Teams Lead Together
“Build Extraordinary Trust and Lead Your Team to a Higher Plane. For former US Air Force Thunderbirds’ commander and demonstration leader JV Venable, inspiring teamwork was literally a matter of life and death. On maneuvers like the one pictured on the cover, the distance between jets was just eighteen inches. Closing the gaps to sustain that kind of separation requires the highest levels of trust.

On the ground or in the air, from line supervisor to CEO, we all face the same challenge. Our job is to entice those we lead to close the gaps that slow the whole team down–gaps in commitment, loyalty, and trust. Every bit of closure requires your people to let go of biases and mental safeguards that hold them back. The process the Thunderbirds use to break that barrier and craft the highest levels of trust on a team with an annual turnover of 50 percent is nothing short of phenomenal. That process is packaged here with tips and compelling stories that will help you build the team of a lifetime”.
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Syndetics book coverDifference makers : a leader’s guide to championing diversity on boards / Dr Nicola Howe, Alicia Curtis.
“‘Outstanding insight into how to effectively embrace diversity … a roadmap for creating better organisations, better companies and a better society.’ – Rhys Williams, 2015 Young West Australian of the Year ‘…includes practical tools, checklists and activities for both the aspiring and experienced director.’ – Angie Paskevicius, CEO, Holyoake ‘If you seriously want to make a difference – you must read Difference Makers.’ – David Koutsoukis, founder of the Exceptional Teams Academy ‘I recommend this book to all those who believe we deserve better organisations.’ – Rabia Siddique, international humanitarian, author and advocate ‘…a sound rationale highlighting the importance of diversity in achieving good governance … a nuanced and thoughtful resource designed to help meet the challenge.’ – Professor David Gilchrist, director, Curtin University Dr Nicky Howe is a CEO and leadership and management expert, with a doctorate of business administration from the University of Western Australia, and postgraduate qualification in management from Flinders University. Nicky has a passion for building the capacity of individuals, organisations and communities. She is author of Better Relationships with Those You Lead, a handbook of practical skills and strategies for leaders and managers. Alicia Curtis is one of Western Australia’s most inspiring young social and business entrepreneurs, an award-winning speaker and leadership facilitator. Alicia established Alyceum in 2002 developing innovative transformational leadership programs. Alicia has a master’s degree in business leadership and was named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2014. Together Nicky and Alicia founded the Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards governance program, and as a consequence they were driven to share their findings and experiences in this fascinating book.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDesign to grow : how Coca-Cola learned to combine scale and agility (and how you can too) / David Butler and Linda Tischler.Design to Grow: How Coca-Cola Learned to Combine Scale and Agility (and How You Can Too)
“Expert advice from Coca-Cola’s vice president of Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Learn how Coca-Cola uses design to grow its business by combining the advantages of scale with the agility to respond to fast-changing market conditions.
In today’s world, every company is at risk of having a “Kodak Moment”-watching its industry and the competitive advantages it has developed over years, even decades, vanish overnight. The reason? An inability to adapt quickly to new business realities. Established companies are at risk, but it’s no easier being an agile startup, because most of those fail due to their inability to scale. Tomorrow’s business winners-regardless of size or industry-will be the ones that know how to combine scale with agility.

In Design to Grow , a Coca-Cola senior executive shares both the successes and failures of one of the world’s largest companies as it learns to use design to be both agile and big. In this rare and unprecedented behind-the-scenes look, David Butler and senior Fast Company editor, Linda Tischler, use plain language and easy-to-understand case studies to show how this works at Coca-Cola-and how other companies can use the same approach to grow their business. This book is a must-read for managers inside large corporations as well as entrepreneurs just getting started.” (Syndetics summary)