Business e-newsletter September

Welcome to the September business e-newsletter. Spring is in the air (even if it has a southerly nip). Time for getting inspired about your business or your career. Hopefully our new books will “inspire” you.

I went along to the first Localist Jam event at the City Gallery at the beginning of August. This was great. It was a good opportunity to network and then listen to three inspiring business people, Sam Knowles, Mike Egan and Miki Szikszai. The next event is in November. I can really recommend it.


Syndetics book coverThe snowball effect : communication techniques to make you unstoppable / Andy Bounds.
“A reference of communication techniques, The Snowball Effect is an interesting and useful book: not a cover to cover read, but something to refer to and pick out the parts or technique that best applies to a given communications situation or problem, such as persuading people to your point of view or trying something new. The key suggestion is that your communication results in a “do” message; that is, it results in a defined action to be carried out – that the basis of all effective communication is to define an action with the expectation it is to be done. The book makes the point that a lot of business communication, while actions are implicit, they are too rarely explicitly communicated as the specific purpose of that communication…It is simple, concise and a useful aide-memoire to something we should be doing in the normal course of events, but often fail to do. From this point of view, I found the book interesting and helpful for which I give it 4 stars.” (Amazon UK reviewer)

Syndetics book coverBuilt in social : essential social marketing practices for every small business / Jeff Korhan.“”Social media expertise with a friendly voice…Though I’ve had a social business for many years, I still learned plenty from this book – especially about helping other businesses successfully transition to this new landscape, and why they must. I also appreciated Jeff’s friendly writing style and storytelling – the real-life business examples show that his wisdom extends far beyond social media. Reading this book helped me better understand my customers, my business, and my marketing…There are plenty of nuts and bolts instructions here for the social media beginner, but more importantly there are fundamental ideas that will help those beginners understand WHY they are doing what Jeff suggests.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverSocial change anytime everywhere : how to implement online multichannel strategies to spark advocacy, raise money, and engage your community / Allyson Kapin, Amy Sample Ward.
“The nonprofit’s how-to guide for using online media to further their missionsThis book is written for nonprofit staff who say themselves or are asked by others, Email communications, social media, and mobile are important, but how will they help our nonprofit and the issues we work on? Most importantly, how the heck do we integrate and utilize these tools successfully? The book will help answer these questions and is organized to guide readers through the planning and implementation of online multi-channel strategies that will spark advocacy, raise money and promote deeper community engagement in order to achieve social change in real time. Offers a practical guide for nonprofits on how to best implement online and social media Outlines the various types of mobile media and online and when it makes sense to use them Shows how to build mobile expertise into the staff structure and sell mobile initiatives to the board Social Change Anytime Everywhereserves as a resource to help nonprofit staff and their boards quickly understand the evolving online landscape and identify and implement the best online channels, strategies, tools, and tactics to help their organizations achieve their missions.” (Publisher’s description)

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Personal Development

Pause for a moment to find your element, your focus, and your killer emotions – all whilst smiling at strangers along the way!

Syndetics book coverFinding your element : how to discover your talents and passions and transform your life / Ken Robinson, PhD ; with Lou Aronica.“Ken Robinson’s groundbreaking New York Times bestseller, The Element, introduced readers to a new concept of self-fulfillment and has inspired readers around the world. When people find their Element, they tune in to their most authentic selves, can achieve at their highest levels, and live their best lives. Now, in his new book, Robinson answers the fundamental question: How do I find my Element? With his signature wry wit, Robinson offers a series of practical exercises to help you discover your own talents and passions. Along the way, he tells the stories of many “ordinary” people in all walks of life who have overcome obstacles of every sort to find their Element. And he explores fundamental principles and vital questions to help you find yours. Your answers to these and many others will provide you with invaluable keys to discovering your Element.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverPause button therapy : pause , think, decide, act / Martin and Marion Shirran with Fiona Graham.“How helpful would it be if we could occasionally just pause, freeze time for a few moments and consider the consequences of the actions we are about to take? Pause Button Therapy® is a proven, innovative and interactive new therapy technique that allows you to do exactly this, empowering you to break out of negative habits and unconscious responses. PBT is based on an incredibly simple idea, but can be used for a whole host of issues. It provides additional thinking time, allowing a person to consider the potential consequences of their actions and adjust their behaviour accordingly.It has been hugely successful in the treatment of everything from addictions and weight issues to depression, anxiety and relationship problems, and this book will show you the many ways in which you can use it to transform your experience of life.” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverFocus : use different ways of seeing the world for success and influence / Heidi Grant Halvorson, E. Tory Higgins.“We all want to experience pleasure and avoid pain. But there are really two kinds of pleasure and pain that motivate everything we do. If you are promotion-focused, you want to advance and avoid missed opportunities. If you are prevention-focused, you want to minimize losses and keep things working. And as Tory Higgins has found in his groundbreaking research, if you understand how people focus, you have the power to motivate yourself and everyone around you. Showing how promotion/prevention focus applies across a wide range of situations from selling product to managing employees to raising children to getting a second date, Halvorson and Higgins show us how to identify focus, how to change focus, and how to use focus exactly the right way to get results. Short, punchy, and prescriptive, Focus will help you see not just whats going on around you – but what’s going on underneath.” (Book cover)

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New books on computing: From OneNote 2013 to Flash game development, Pygame for Python game development to Windows 8 for Seniors, there’s something here for everyone.

Syndetics book coverOneNote 2013 for dummies / by James H. Russell.
“OneNote lets you organize, access, and share notes on multiple devices. This guide shows you how to take full advantage of everything it offers – text recognition, the ability to include data from other Office apps, and more!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverResponsive web design by example : beginner’s guide / Thoriq Firdaus.
“Responsive web design is an explosive area of growth in modern web development as consumers have an increased number of different devices of varied sizes and resolutions to choose from. Now you can learn how to create your very own website that will work on any device that has access to the internet! Leading you through by practical example, this book develops your understanding of key responsive frameworks (Bootstrap, Skeleton and Zurb Foundation) used by professionals from around the world.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverMy Windows 8 computer for seniors / Michael Miller.
“We’ve identified the Windows 8 skills you need to stay connected with people you care about; keep your computer reliable, productive, and safe; express your creativity; find new passions; and live a better life! Our crystal-clear instructions respect your smarts but never assume you’re an expert. Big, colorful photos on nearly every page make this book incredibly easy to read and use! Set up your computer with no fuss or aggravation. Get productive fast, even if you don’t have computer experience. Use the new “touch” features of Windows 8 if you have a touchscreen device. Safeguard your privacy and protect yourself from online scams. Display up-to-the-minute news, weather, and stock prices. Browse and search the Web, wherever you go. Find reliable health information online. Make Skype video calls to friends and family. Use Facebook to find old friends and see what they’re up to. Store your pictures and share them with loved ones. Read eBooks on your PC-even enlarge text for greater comfort. Watch TV or movies with Netflix, Hulu Plus, or YouTube. Enjoy your music, and discover great music you’ve never heard. Fix your own computer problems without help.” (Syndetics summary)

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New Zealand non-fiction

Animals, plants, politics and poetry feature this month in the New Zealand collection.

Syndetics book coverNew Zealand inventory of biodiversity / edited by Dennis P. Gordon.
“Appropriate for advanced high school and college students as well as working scientists, this intriguing guide is the first of three volumes that will chart the progress of a scientific inventory of New Zealand’s living and fossilized biodiversity. An international effort involving more than 220 New Zealand specialists, this project, when completed, will include every one of the almost 55,000 known species of animals, plants, fungi, and micro-organisms in the country. Part of Species 2000, an international scientific project, the long-term goal is to enumerate all known species on earth into one seamless list called the Catalog of Life, which will function as an online biological catalog. To date, only New Zealand has compiled a checklist of its entire biota.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverParadise past : the transformation of the South Pacific, 1520-1920 / Robert W. Kirk.
“In the 400 years from Magellan’s entrance into Pacific waters to 1920, the lives of the people of the South Pacific were utterly transformed. Exotic diseases from Europe and America, particularly the worldwide influenza pandemic, were deadly for islanders. Ardent missionaries changed the belief systems and lives of nearly all Polynesians, Aborigines, and those Papuans and Melanesians living in areas accessible to westerners. By 1920 every island and atoll in the South Seas had been claimed as a colony or protectorate of a power such as Britain, France or the United States. Factors aiding this imperial sweep included European outposts such as Sydney, advances in maritime technology, the work of missionaries, a desire to profit from the area’s relatively sparse resources, and international rivalry that led to the scramble for colonies. The coming of westerners, as this book points out, was not entirely negative, as head-hunting, cannibalism, chronic warfare, human sacrifice, and other practices were diminished–but whole cultures were irreversibly changed or even eradicated.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverApollo in George Street : the life of David McKee Wright / Michael Sharkey.
“David McKee Wright was the most prolific poet in Australia around the First World War, and the influential literary editor of the Sydney Bulletin. This biography brings to life aspects of the literary culture of New Zealand in the years before its independence, and of Australia in the early years of Federation.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverCafé reflections on Christchurch City, 1975 – 2012 : a tribute to the Christchurch central business district community / Deb Donnell.
“This book looks at life pre-quake for the CBD community, and takes the reader through a personalised account of what happened in the CBD when the earthquake struck, as well as giving an update of the 18 months post quake for Deb, her family, and many of her CBD friends and neighbours” (Publisher’s description)

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Travel stories & Guides

New Travel Books: a travel guide for the young, sexy, and broke.

Syndetics book coverA tourist in the Arab Spring / by Tom Chesshyre.
“In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, war reporters rushed to publish accounts of the uprising. Tom Chesshyre took a different approach – he jumped on a plane and became the first to return to the region as a tourist. The result is the fascinating, street-level tale of a lay traveller’s journey through lands fresh from revolution. Chesshyre heads for tourist sites that few have seen in recent years, as well as new ‘attractions’ like Gaddafi’s bombed-out bunker in Tripoli. In a book both touching and humorous, he also describes being abducted in Libya, listening to the sound of Kalashnikovs at night and talking to ordinary people struggling to get by.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKite’s eye view, India : between earth and sky / Nicolas Chorier ; foreword by Zubin Mehta.
“Breathtaking images of India taken ingeniously by attaching a camera on a kite. Nicolas Chorier, one of the finest exponents of kite photography has spent the last 10 years traveling and photographing the length and breadth of India. Kite photography is unique, eco-friendly and gives a perspective that is not possible through other aerial means.” (Amazon summary)

Syndetics book coverShipton and Tilman : the great decade of Himalayan exploration / Jim Perrin.
“…In the 1930s Tilman and the younger Shipton pioneered many routes in Africa and the Himalayas and found the key to unlocking Everest… Jim Perrin writes of his source-material: “These unpublished diaries, journals, and extensive correspondence have not previously been used to present a portrait of the most productive friendship in the history of mountain exploration. What they reveal is, in Shipton’s phrase, “a random harvest of delight” gathered by two uniquely bold and engaging characters from the great mountain ranges of the world during the golden era of their first western exploration. Between geographical excitement, the nature of arduous travel in difficult and uncharted terrain throughout a lost epoch, and the quirkiest and most stimulating of friendships, the theme is a gift, and one that has long been waiting for adequate treatment.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

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