New management books at Wellington City Libraries

The fix : overcome the invisible barriers that are holding women back at work / King, Michelle P.
“A guide to overcoming the invisible barriers that hold women back at work. While the focus is on women in this book, King is not blind to others facing barriers too — men themselves who deviate from the Don Draper model, for example, and others who are perceived as not fitting in. Fixing the workplace to help women will lead to fixing the workplace for all because, King concludes, ‘it is the only way companies will survive the inevitable changes to come’.” Based on King’s research and exclusive interviews with major companies and thought leaders, The Fix reveals why denying the fact that women are held back just because they are women – what she calls gender denial – is the biggest obstacle holding women back at work and outlines the hidden sexism and invisible barriers women encounter at work every day. In this fascinating and empowering book, King outlines the invisible barriers that hold women back at all stages of their careers, and provides readers with a clear set of takeaways to thrive despite the sexist workplace, as they fight for change from within. Gender equality is not about women, and it is not about men – it is about making workplaces work for everyone. Together, we can fix work, not women.” (Catalogue)

The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias: How to reframe bias, cultivate connection, and create high-performing teams / Fuller, Pamela A timely, must-have guide to understanding and overcoming bias in the workplace, from the experts at FranklinCovey. Unconscious bias affects everyone. It can look like the disappointment of an HR professional when a candidate for a new position asks about maternity leave. It can look like preferring the application of a red brick university graduate over one from a state school. It can look like assuming a man is more entitled to speak in a meeting than his female junior colleague. Teaching you how to overcome unconscious bias, this book provides more than thirty unique tools, such as a prep worksheet and a list of ways to reframe your unconscious thoughts. According to the experts at Franklin Covey, your workplace can achieve its highest performance rate once you start to overcome your biases and allow your employees to be whole people. By recognising bias, emphasising empathy and curiosity, and making true understanding a priority in the workplace, we can unlock the potential of every person we encounter.” (Catalogue)

Unapologetically ambitious : take risks, break barriers, and create success on your own terms / Archambeau, Shellye
” Shellye Archambeau recounts how she overcame the challenges she faced as a young black woman, wife, and mother, managing her personal and professional responsibilities while climbing the ranks at IBM and subsequently in her roles as CEO. Through the busts and booms of Silicon Valley in the early 2000s, this bold and inspiring book details the risks she took and the strategies she engaged to steer her family, her career, and her company MetricStream toward success. Through her journey, Shellye discovered that ambition alone is not enough to achieve success. Here, she shares the practical strategies, tools, and approaches readers can employ right now, including concrete steps to most effectively. Unapologetically Ambitious invites readers to move beyond the solely supportive roles others expect them to fill, to learn how to carefully tread the thin line between assertive and aggressive, and to give themselves permission to strive for the top.” (Catalogue)

Out-innovate : how global entrepreneurs from Delhi to Detroit are rewriting the rules of Silicon Valley / Lazarow, Alexandre
The new playbook for innovation and startup success is emerging from beyond Silicon Valley, at the ‘frontier.’ Startups have changed the world. In the United States, many startups, such as Tesla, Apple, and Amazon, have become household names. For decades, the hot center of this phenomenon has been Silicon Valley. This is changing fast. Thanks to technology, startups can now take root anywhere–and they are, from Delhi to Detroit to Nairobi to Sao Paulo. As venture capitalist Alexandre Lazarow shows in this insightful and instructive book, this Silicon Valley “gospel” is due for a refresh–and it comes from what he calls the “frontier,” the growing constellation of startup ecosystems, outside of the Valley and other major economic centers, that now stretches across the globe. With rich and wide-ranging stories of frontier innovators from around the world, Out-Innovate is the new playbook for innovation–wherever it has the potential to happen.” (Catalogue)

Data-driven business transformation : how to disrupt, innovate, and stay ahead of the competition / Carruthers, Caroline
Data Driven Business Transformation illustrates how to find the secrets to fast adaptation and disruptive origination hidden in your data and how to use them to capture market share. Digitalisation – or the Digital Revolution – was the first step in an evolving process of analysis and improvement in the operations and administration of commerce. The popular author team of Caroline Carruthers and Peter Jackson, two global leaders in data transformation and education, pick up the conversation here at the next evolutionary step where data from these digital systems generates value, and really use data science to produce tangible results.” (Catalogue)

Principles for success / Dalio, Ray
An entertaining, illustrated adaptation of Ray Dalio’s Principles, the #1 New York Times bestseller that has sold more than two million copies worldwide.
Principles for Success distills Ray Dalio’s 600-page bestseller, Principles: Life & Work, down to an easy-to-read and entertaining format that’s acces­sible to readers of all ages. It contains the key elements of the unconven­tional principles that helped Dalio become one of the world’s most suc­cessful people–and that have now been read and shared by millions worldwide–including how to set goals, learn from mistakes, and collaborate with others to produce exceptional results. Whether you’re already a fan of the ideas in Princi­ples or are discovering them for the first time, this illustrated guide will help you achieve success in having the life that you want to have.” (Catalogue)

Latest Management books – Wellington City Libraries

Lead any team to win : master the essential mindset to motivate, set priorities, and build your own dynasty / Selk, Jason
“One of the ten best leadership books so far this year.” — Bloomberg …Selk and Bartow show how it takes collective mental toughness to win, developed only through a clear understanding of the goals, limitations, roles and personalities on your team. Great leaders respect and embrace channel capacity, Selk and Bartow explain, which means they don’t overload their teams with blizzards of tasks and responsibilities. They bust the “focus” and “relationship” fallacies, as those words are meaningless for teams unless they are byproducts of activities that really matter. And Selk and Bartow teach how to manage expectations, since doing so creates a level of respect between the leader and the team — and among the team members–that is a catalyst for peak achievement.” (Catalogue)

The future leader : 9 skills and mindsets to succeed in the next decade / Morgan, Jacob
“Do you have the right mindsets and skills to be able to lead effectively in the next ten years and beyond? There has been a lot written about leadership for the present day, but the world is changing quickly. What worked in the past won’t work in the future. We need to know how to prepare leaders who can successfully navigate and guide us through the next decade and beyond. How is leadership changing, and why? How ready are leaders today for these changes? What should leaders do now? To answer these questions, Jacob interviewed over 140 CEOs from companies like Unilever, Mastercard, Best Buy, Oracle, Verizon, Kaiser, KPMG, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Yum Brands, Saint-Gobain, Dominos, Philip Morris International, and over a hundred others. What emerged from all of this research is the most accurate groundbreaking book on the future of leadership, which shares exclusive insights from the world’s top CEOs and never before seen research. (Catalogue)

How to listen and how to be heard : inclusive conversations at work / Carpenter, Alissa
For anyone who has ever felt their voice isn’t heard at work. This is a guide on how to empower yourself and others to communicate with people who think, act, and experience things differently than you do, and do so with more confidence, candor, and authenticity. This book is about learning how to communicate with, through, and alongside what makes us different. It’s about open dialogue and practical tools that get everyone on the same page–or at least in the same room. It’s not about quick fixes or the absence of conflict; it’s about working toward authentic communication in the workplace–for managers, employees, and colleagues from all fields. It’s about remembering that we’re all here to work together.” (Catalogue)

Crisis communication strategies : how to prepare in advance, respond effectively and recover in full / Coleman, Amanda
“Learn effective strategies to protect your brand through preparation, control and long-term recovery from any kind of crisis – internal, external, political or natural disaster. Crisis communication is high stakes work. For communications managers and PR professionals, it’s likely to be the most stressful time of their working life. Crisis Communication Strategies is a must-have handbook which covers the whole span of the crisis from preparing and laying the groundwork before it occurs, during the incident, and the aftermath, including the move to recovery. It guides readers through each phase, providing details of what to consider, what should be done, and tips and checklists for improved responses. Crisis Communication Strategies is the essential guide for PR and communication professionals to protecting your company and building true, long-term resilience.” (Catalogue)

Charismatic leadership : the skills you can learn to motivate high performance in others / Murray, Kevin
“Develop the key skills that will make you a charismatic leader and more easily win over customers, peers and colleagues and create a culture where everyone succeeds. Charismatic Leadership will show you how to be a powerful influencer with your peers, your colleagues and your customers. You’ll learn why charisma is a vital asset in any organization, understand its essential components, find out how to grow your charismatic presence and discover why you need the companion skills of coaching, problem-solving and empathy. Using charisma effectively helps everyone perform at a high level. This book will show you how.” (Catalogue)

Working remotely : secrets to success for employees on distributed teams / Douglas, Teresa
“Teresa Douglas has worked remotely since 2010 in a variety of management-level roles. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. Book jacket.” (Catalogue)

Latest management books at Wellington City Libraries

The insider’s guide to culture change : creating a workplace that delivers, grows, and adapts / McHale, Siobhan
“From disengaged employees to underserved customers, business failures invariably stem from a culture problem. In The Insider’s Guide to Culture Change, acclaimed culture transformation expert and global executive Siobhan McHale shares her proven four-step process to demystifying culture transformation and starting down the path to positive change. The Insider’s Guide to Culture Change walks readers through McHale’s four-step process to culture transformation

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing in a Downturn (with bonus article “Reigniting Growth” By Chris Zook and James Allen) (HBR’s 10 Must Reads) [paperback] / Review, Harvard Business
“How do the most resilient leaders and organisations survive — and even thrive — during a market slowdown? If you read nothing else on weathering a down market and returning to growth, read these 10 articles. We’ve combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you navigate a tough market, stay resilient, and return to growth and prosperity faster than the competition. (Catalogue)

Brave new work : are you ready to reinvent your organization? / Dignan, Aaron
“The way we work is broken. It takes forever to get anything done. Meetings and emails are incessant. Bureaucracy stifles talent and creativity. After decades of management theory and multiple waves of technological and societal change, is this really the best we can do? Aaron Dignan teaches companies how to eliminate red tape, tap into collective intelligence, and rethink long-held traditions that no longer make sense. In Brave New Work, he shows you how to revolutionize the way your company works forever. Using stories from companies at the cutting edge of organisational transformation, Brave New Workwill show you how to transform your team, department and business from the inside-out-making work more adaptable, abundant and human. It is packed with new tactics and tips for updating your company’s operating system- the simple rules and assumptions so deeply embedded that you don’t even think to question them. Learn how to reignite passion and energy throughout your organisation. Build a company that runs itself.” (Catalogue)

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

Do Agile: Futureproof Your Mind. Stay Grounded. [paperback] / Drake, Tim
“When faced with ‘new’ and ‘different’, are we really open-minded – or wary and suspicious?  In a world obsessed with the latest tech or trend, where groupthink dominates, it’s easy to close down our thinking; to mentally inhabit a space that is both comfortable and familiar. Yet what if we’ve become stuck in our ways? Or stopped having an opinion that was truly our own?  Today’s world requires a new type of toolkit. One that helps build mental resilience, a growth mindset, and a positive outlook. Once that’s in place, you can do practically anything.” (Catalogue)

The innovation ultimatum : how six strategic technologies will reshape every business in the 2020s / Brown, Steve
“”Providing invaluable cutting-edge content, The Innovation Ultimatum is a much-needed source of guidance and inspiration for business leaders, board members, C-suite executives, and senior managers who need to prepare their businesses for the future.   Using straightforward, jargon-free language, this important resource provides a set of strategic questions every leader will need to ask and answer in order to prepare for the impending changes to the business landscape. Author Steve Brown shares his insights to help leaders take full advantage of the next wave of digital transformation and describes compelling examples of how businesses are already embracing new technologies to optimize operations, create new value, and serve customers in new ways. Written for anyone that wants to understand how automation and new technology will fundamentally restructure business.” (Catalogue)

Cybersecurity and the workplace

In my last blog post on August 20th this year, one of the Lynda.com links I included was a course in Cybersecurity at work.  Since then some major New Zealand companies such as the NZ Stock Exchange and the Metservice have been affected by cyber attacks.  I hope the courses included here will give some guidance on how you can protect your company.  Also if you are thinking of getting into the industry, I’ve included some insights from a cybersecurity professional.

Cybersecurity for small and medium sized businesses: Essential training   Using the NIST Cybersecurity Framework—an international standard created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology—Kristin Judge takes you through a five-step process that can help you better secure your business.  The course runs for roughly 1 1/2 hours and is at a beginners level and includes topics such as Protecting valuable data and accounts, recovering from a breach,  and technology checklists for small and medium businesses.

Cybersecurity Foundations .  This 2 hour course uploaded this year is designed to help you  in assessing  and mitigating risks using various cybersecurity frameworks and control standards, such as NIST, COBIT 5, and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Malcolm details pertinent cyber threats and how they operate, including how cyber criminals hide their attacks, how advanced persistent threats (APTs) work, and even how to determine what’s real and what’s merely cyber fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD).  (intermediate level)

The cybersecurity threat landscape.   This Marc Menninger 1 hour beginner’s course describes some of the most common cybersecurity threats, including phishing and ransomware, as well as newer attack vectors like cryptojacking, cloud-based threats, and unsecured Internet of Things (IoT) devices. He then teaches the best countermeasures for reducing or eliminating the impact of these threats.

Learning supply chain cybersecurity.    In this hour long intermediate level course, Dr. Emma Osborn discusses how supply chains are evolving, and the different ways that businesses within the supply chain interact. She reviews examples of real-world supply chains and uses these to explore how the scope of cybersecurity risk is creeping past traditional organizational boundaries. You can then learn some approaches for managing relationships and improving supply chain security, discovering what works best for each scenario.

And finally, Insights from a cybersecurity professional.  In this interview-style course, Mike Chapple answers questions such as…How does one break into the cybersecurity field? What are the various career tracks? How do organizations prevent a security breach? What are the compliance issues? Who is responsible for security in the cloud? and How does IT security impact other business divisions?

Work skills you will need in the post-pandemic world

I’ve been reading a few articles which discuss the personal attributes the new “worker” will need in the coming years and the following come up again and again. I’ve chosen to highlight a few Lynda.com courses freely available with your Wellington City Libraries’ card.

 Developing adaptability as a Manager 

The business world is changing faster than ever, with digital transformation and disruption everywhere. Being adaptable is a foundational skill for managers, which enables them to respond to change in positive, resilient ways and seize new opportunities. Join author and professor Dorie Clark, as she introduces strategies for becoming a more adaptable leader. Learn how to monitor for change in order to better prepare for it, hone your skills, and create a more adaptable team that is innovative and responsive to change.

Leading with emotional intelligence

Emotions are all around us in the office, and it’s important for leaders to understand how to harness them to cultivate productivity and positive relationships. In this course, Britt Andreatta shares how to boost your emotional quotient (EQ) to better lead teams, work with peers, and manage up. Learn what emotional intelligence is and how it factors in at work, and discover concrete techniques for raising your own EQ. This includes perceiving yourself accurately, exercising emotional self-control, understanding and managing your triggers, and developing empathy. Then, turn those lessons around to build your awareness of others and become a more inspiring—and effective—leader.

Cybersecurity at work

Cybersecurity isn’t solely within your IT department’s purview. If you own a smartphone, work on a computer, or use the internet, then you’re exposed to a variety of security risks on a daily basis. In this course, instructor Caroline Wong details what these threats are and what you can do about them—both to protect yourself and your organization. In a series of engaging scenarios, Caroline shines a spotlight on some of the most common security risks you’ll encounter in your personal and work life, as well as how to mitigate them. Learn how to identify and avoid phishing, malware, and social engineering attacks. Plus, get best practices for protecting your accounts, company intellectual property, and online activity.

Develop your creative thinking and innovation skills

Learn how to generate innovative solutions in work situations. Review how to develop, design, and create new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, and products. Discover how to use creative and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

 

 

 

 

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Our latest business books received

Wild kinship : conversations with conscious entrepreneurs / Hemmingson, Monique
“Wild Kinship features 28 creative entrepreneurs in a wide range of industries across Australasia who have environmental sustainability at their core. Meet the industry leaders who are foraging a new path and changing the world in their wake. From tiny homes builders, permaculture growers and muesli bar curators to ceramic jewellers, coffee bean roasters, hat makers, magazine writers and menstrual cup fighters. Wild Kinship defies the normal business model and looks at 28 different industries where positive change is being made in the form of simple pleasures like your morning cup of joe.” (Catalogue)


The business of people : leadership for the changing world / Fraser, Iain
“The Business of People is purposefully focused on people. The book will assist you to develop and support yourself with your people leadership, knowledge, and skills. It is an opportunity to better manage yourself and lead others, including your organization, into the modern volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world. It is also a sequel to the top-selling book The Business of Portfolio Management: Boosting Organizational Value. Authors Madeleine Taylor and Iain Fraser combine to give you the very best in knowledge and experience in a variety of situations. This is a book that cuts through the nonsense and presents real-world solutions for situations facing leaders today and tomorrow.” (Catalogue)

Frictionless : why the future of everything will be fast, fluid, and made just for you / Lemieux, Christiane
“Serial entrepreneur Christiane Lemieux describes the new rules of entrepreneurship and business, arguing that visionary startups leverage the concept of “frictionless” to beat their competitors. Based on interviews with dozens of startup founders, experts and scholars on entrepreneurship, Frictionless provides readers with a wide-ranging education in starting companies that thrive in the world of frictionless commerce-made possible by new technologies, a new mindset, and new demands from Millennial consumers.” (Catalogue)

The vision-driven leader : 10 questions to focus your efforts, energize your team, and scale your business / Hyatt, Michael S.
New York Times bestselling author and America’s leadership mentor offers leaders six tools for crafting an irresistible vision for their business, rallying their team around the vision, and distilling it into actionable plans that drive results. Having a clear, compelling vision–and getting buy-in from your team–is essential to effective leadership. If you don’t know where you’re going, how on earth will you get there? But how do you craft that vision? How do you get others on board? And how do you put that vision into practice at every level of your organizationIn The Vision Driven Leader, New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt offers six tools for crafting an irresistible vision for your business, rallying your team around the vision, and distilling it into actionable plans that drive results. (Catalogue)

Inclusify : the power of uniqueness and belonging to build innovative teams / Johnson, Stefanie K
“Wall Street Journal Bestseller In this groundbreaking guide, a management expert outlines the transformative leadership skill of tomorrow-one that can make it possible to build truly diverse and inclusive teams which value employees’ need to belong while being themselves value. “(Catalogue)

New management books have been arriving at Wellington City Libraries.

Leadershift : the 11 essential changes every leader must embrace / Maxwell, John C.
“Internationally recognized leadership expert John C. Maxwell teaches readers how to shift their leadership to keep innovating, improving, and influencing others in today’s fast-paced world.  In Leadershift, John C. Maxwell helps leaders gain the ability and willingness to make leadership changes that will positively enhance their organizational and personal growth. He does this by sharing the eleven shifts he made over the course of his long and successful leadership career.” (Catalogue)

Fix this next : make the vital change that will level up your business / Michalowicz, Mike
From Mike Michalowicz, the author of PROFIT FIRST, CLOCKWORK, and THE PUMPKIN PLAN, comes the ultimate diagnostic tool for every entrepreneur.
The biggest problem entrepreneurs have is that they don’t know what their biggest problem is. If you find yourself trapped between stagnating sales, staff turnover, and unhappy customers, what do you fix first? Every issue seems urgent — but there’s no way to address all of them at once. The result? A business that continues to go in endless circles putting out urgent fires and prioritizing the wrong things. Fortunately, Mike Michalowicz has a simple system to help you eradicate these frustrations and get your business moving forward, fast.” (Catalogue)

The good fight : use productive conflict to get your team and organization back on track / Davey, Liane Margaret
More productivity. Less drama. It all starts with a healthy conflict culture. In the modern workplace, conflict has become a dirty word. After all, conflict is antithetical to teamwork, employee engagement, and a positive company culture. Or is it? In The Good Fight, Liane Davey shows you how to create the productive conflict your organization needs to get along and get stuff done. Drawing on her twenty-year career as an advisor to the C-Suite, Davey shares real-world examples and practical tools you and your team can use to handle even the most contentious conflicts as allies–instead of adversaries..” (Catalogue)

Charismatic leadership : the skills you can learn to motivate high performance in others / Murray, Kevin
The Charismatic Leader will show you how to be a powerful influencer with your peers, your colleagues and your customers. You’ll learn why charisma is a vital asset in any organization, understand its essential components, find out how to grow your charismatic presence and discover why you need the companion skills of coaching, problem-solving and empathy. Using charisma effectively helps everyone perform at a high level. This book will show you how..” (Catalogue)

Your stand is your brand / Gentempo, Patrick
A go-to guide for entrepreneurs to succeed by taking a clear stand and aligning their business with their values. In today’s polarized culture, all entrepreneurs and business executives need to recognize that trying to stay in the middle of the road in an attempt to appeal to as wide an audience as possible is a recipe for failure. This book will reveal an innovative process to get your business’s brand clarified, organized, and articulated in a compelling way. It offers readers a 5-P Expansion Sequence, a structural model consisting of Philosophy, Purpose, Psychology, Procedure and Prosperity. Nailing these 5 Ps is the foundation for the brand and the stand it is taking. Get ready to be challenged to break limiting patterns and grow a business brand and financial success. (Catalogue)

Overdeliver : build a business for a lifetime playing the long game in direct response marketing / Kurtz, Brian
In this book, “titan” of direct marketing Brian Kurtz teaches you how to find and sell to your audience without ever losing sight of the people you are selling to, and without compromising on the respect and care they deserve. This book is about direct marketing, or “measurable marketing,” in any medium. Brian explains the 4 Pillars of Being Extraordinary, the 5 Principles of Original Source, how to track the metrics that matter, strategies and tactics to build a responsive database (list building), how to tailor offers to your list, the 7 Characteristics of World-Class Copy-Writers, multichannel marketing, the importance of customer service, how to overdeliver, and so much more!” (Catalogue)

Want to get into web design and development: Here are some great Lynda.com courses

Careers in web design and development    This short 30 minute video enables you to explore creative-oriented career paths in web design and development  including user experience (UX) design, user interface (UI) design, internet marketing, graphic design and more.  Jen Kramer explains which personality types are best suited for each different career and the skills required as well as covering which tools are current in each field and why coding is still a key literacy for web designers.

Introduction to Web Design and Development. In this course which runs for just so 3 ½ hours, James Williamson introduces the essential concepts, tools, and learning paths for web design including what it means to be a web designer, areas to specialize in. He talks to five prominent designers and developers about their journey. Lastly, he outlines learning paths for where to go next including standards and accessibility, responsive design and the three core web technologies: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Succeeding in web development: Full stack and Front end If you are considering becoming a web developer there are a range of technologies and career options to explore. This course provides a map of thecore technologies and how to go about mastering them. The main responsibilities are shared between front-end developers who specialise in websites and back-end developers who work with serves and databases. Also there is the full-stack developer role who overseas all aspects of a project. This 1 hour course led by Ray Villalobos will also provide tips on what you need to connect these skills to jobs.

Web Programming Foundations Instructor Morten Rand-Henderson leads a fun and fast-paced course which takes you on a deep dive into the world wide web and the underlying structures you need to understand to build robust applications and websites. To be an effective web programmer you need to understand what happens when you enter an URL or lick on a link. This course provides that.

A sampling of latest management books here at Wellington City Libraries

The execution factor : the one skill that drives success / Perell, Kim
Learn the best-kept secret of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs: EXECUTION
Kim Perell made headlines for her amazing transformative story of a startup entrepreneur to an internationally renowned CEO and prominent angel investor. From her modest beginnings at her kitchen table, she went from broke to multi-millionaire in just a few short years. Now, in The Execution Factor, she offers indispensable wisdom as she shares her personal journey and proven program for achieving success. By the time you’ve completed the book you will have a have a blueprint to achieve your dreams in business and in life. Don’t settle for ordinary when you can have extraordinary. Master execution and change your life.” (Catalogue)

The four greatest coaching conversations : change mindsets, shift attitudes, and achieve extraordinary results / Connor, Jerry
“Over 100,000 coaching conversations with leaders, managers, and others seeking meaningful transformation, distilled into the key insights and actions that will deliver lasting change in attitude and behavior. Based on data and insights from thousands of conversations with leaders conducted by the talented coaches of BTS Coach, comes the first book to bring BTS Coach’s research-based coaching process directly to leaders, managers, or anyone coaching individuals or teams, The book reveals four essential mindsets (Be, Relate, Think, Inspire) that can each be transformed through four powerful coaching conversations. These conversations are the difference between coaching that is merely helpful and coaching that is truly transformational. Discover a series of proven tools for sparking your own powerful conversations that will get the very best out of yourself and those around you. Book jacket.” (Catalogue)

How to talk to anyone at work : 72 little tricks for big success communicating on the job / Lowndes, Leil
From the bestselling author of How to Talk to Anyone comes a book dedicated to helping business professionals at any level communicate for success on the job You face tough communication challenges every day at work, both in person and online–a toxic boss, backstabbing coworkers, office politics, and much more. Here are immediate, effective, eye-opening actions you can take to resolve those infuriating problems. You will find stories and examples drawn from corporate communications consultant Leil Lowndes’ more than 20 years of training business professionals, from entry-level new hires to CEOs. After you’ve mastered the unique “bag of little tricks” in this book, you will know How to Talk to Anyone at Work
(Catalogue)

Success through diversity : why the most inclusive companies will win / Fulp, Carol
Explores how investing in a racially and ethnically diverse workforce will help make contemporary businesses more dynamic, powerful, and profitable.
In our fast-changing demographic landscape, companies that proactively embrace diversity in all areas of their operations will be best poised to thrive. Renowned business leader and visionary Carol Fulp explores staffing trends in the US and provides a blueprint for what businesses must do to maintain their competitiveness and customer base, including hiring in new ways, aligning managers around diversity, providing new kinds of leadership development, and engaging employees to embrace differences. Using detailed case histories of corporate cultures such as the NFL, Eastern Bank, John Hancock, Hallmark Health, and PepsiCo, as well as her own experiences in the workplace and in advising companies on diversity practice, Fulp demonstrates how people of different races and ethnicities represent an essential asset to contemporary companies and organizations.” (Catalogue)

Leadership strategy and tactics / Willink, Jocko
“The ultimate guide on leadership from the number one New York Times bestselling co-author of Extreme Ownership and The Dichotomy of Leadership. Decorated ex-US Navy SEAL officer Jocko Willink delivers hard-won leadership principles that have been tested and proven on the battlefield, in business and in life. Leadership Strategy and Tactics takes the guesswork out of leadership by translating theory into practical skills and manoeuvers that leaders at all levels can apply, practice and execute. From the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Extreme Ownership, this book is a powerful and pragmatic step-by-step guide to leading any team, in any situation, to victory. (Catalogue)

Needing to upgrade your IT skills for the post-covid world?

Our Lynda.com resource has fantastic resources to help you. This post introduces you to a range of videos on cloud computing including Cloud Architecture and Cloud Administration.

Cloud computing careers and certifications: First steps Thinking about a career in cloud computing, but don’t know where to begin? This course outlines the steps to a career path and certifications that you should consider if you are interested in transitioning to cloud computing. The course focuses on the major cloud platforms and looks at a variety of career paths including IT pro, developer, analyst and architect roles. The course is aimed at beginners and is 1hr 20 minutes .

Cloud Architecture: Core Concepts: This is another beginner’s level course running at 1 ½ hours.  The course aims to build your cloud computing skills by familiarizing you with the business and tech-related basics of creating a cloud architecture.   The course moves from the fundamentals  to the technical requirements and then leads you through the process of building your first architecture.

Careers in Cloud Computing: IT Pro to Microsoft Cloud Pro   This intermediate level course (1 hr 45 mins) is very relevant today as more and more businesses adopt cloud-based technologies.  Moving to cloud-based systems requires a new approach to IT management including a whole new suite of tools and skills.  This course equips IT professionals to shift their careers and embrace cloud technology, and focusses mainly on Microsoft cloud services.  However additional platforms such as Amazon Web Services is also covered.

Build your knowledge of Cloud Administration This valuable learning path (20 hours)  contains a series of videos which will enable you to have a good grasp of cloud principles and services including AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform .  It also gives you a chance to practice what you have learned and to certify your achievement.  Te The module consists of 9 courses.