For October: business and management highlights

Over the year Wellington City Libraries adds many new business & managment books to its collection, here are some highlights:

Syndetics book coverRisk management / Paul Hopkin.
“Risk management is not just a topic for risk professionals. Managers, business owners and directors at all levels must be equipped with an understanding of risk and the tools and processes required to assess and manage it successfully.
Risk Managementoffers a practical and structured approach while avoiding jargon, theory and many of the complex issues that preoccupy risk management practitioners but have little relevance for non-specialists. Risk professional Paul Hopkin covers: the nature of risk; the relevance of risk management to the business model; essential elements of the risk management process; different approaches to risk assessment; strategy, tactics, operations and compliance requirements; how to build a risk-aware culture; and the importance of risk governance.
Supported by online templates and offering real life examples throughout, this is a straightforward and engaging guide to the practice and the benefits of good risk management.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverThe visual marketing revolution : 26 rules to help social media marketers connect the dots / Stephanie Diamond.
Get Straight to Your Customer’s Mind, Heart, Buy Button…Visually! Skip past the filters: jump straight into your customer’s powerful visual instinct, where 83% of all human learning is processed. Craft messages that can be brilliantly expressed visually. Then, brilliantly express them. Learn the modern and timeless arts of visual persuasion from a master: Stephanie Diamond. Design irresistible visual persona. Tell masterful visual stories. Create breakthrough images, infographics, and video. Use all the visual social tools at your disposal, from Instagram to Pinterest to YouTube. Words can’t express what you need to say. Visuals will. Get this book: see how: •Think visually to solve marketing challenges text can’t handle •Make abstract ideas intensely real and tangible •Visually boost the effectiveness of emails, landing pages, and case studies •Add visuals to deepen engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+ •Create outstanding low-cost video for marketing and tutorials •Optimize your visuals for tablets and smartphone, and much more.” (adapted from

Syndetics book coverNew Zealand financial accounting / Craig Deegan, Grant Samkin.
“The sixth edition is written in a straightforward and engaging style and has been fully updated to reflect the latest NZ interpretations of IFRS standards. Major changes in this edition relate to areas such as financial instruments, financial statement presentation and consolidation accounting.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverThe three rules : how exceptional companies think / Michael E. Raynor and Mumtaz Ahmed.
“Finally, an answer to the ultimate business question: How do some companies achieve exceptional performance over the long term? Is it better to keep price down or invest in creating value that commands a higher price? Should you focus on talent and developing the abilities of your people or build processes to extend the capabilities of your organization? How about acquiring a sizable competitor to secure economies of scale – or a small start-up to gain access to new technology? Michael E. Raynor and Mumtaz Ahmed have analyzed data on more than 25,000 companies spanning forty-five years. Built on a powerful combination of large-scale data analysis and in-depth case studies, their research discovered three rules: 1) Better before cheaper. They rarely compete on price. 2) Revenue before cost. They drive profits through price and volume, not thrift. 3) There are no other rules. Everything else is up for grabs, and they are willing to change anything to remain true to the first two rules. The rules provide an indispensable compass that any company can use to chart its own path to greatness.” (adapted from Book cover)

Syndetics book coverBreaking out : how to build influence in a world of competing ideas / John Butman.
“By highlighting the paths of French lifestyle guru Mireille Guilliano, TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie, and others, provides a method and a set of best practices for making ideas rise above the rest and impact the world.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPractical statistics:a handbook for business projects / John Buglear.
“Practical Statistics is a clear and concise introduction and reference guide for those studying business and management at postgraduate level, MBA students and professionals. It gives the reader a solid understanding of statistics without being too simple or mind-numbingly complex. It turns statistics, often perceived as being difficult and pointless, into something approachable and sensible.John Buglear emphasises the importance of working back from results rather than working out results. He starts the book with basic concepts which get increasingly harder, as well as using simple metaphors to aid understanding.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverSell! : tall tales from the legends of New Zealand advertising / Hazel Phillips.
“Back in the 1890s, being an ad man in New Zealand was a simple case of placing an ad in the paper on behalf of a client. By the 1980s, it was a golden ticket to an exclusive club of fast cars, big bucks and bad behaviour. ‘Sell!’ takes you on a wild ride through the history of New Zealand advertising and its larger-than-life personalities, from selling the suburban fantasy to power games, overnight acquisitions, lunatic capers and the iconic Kiwi ads that reached giddy heights on the world stage. Legends of the local ad scene recall the glory days of big budgets and bigger egos, and tell the stories behind New Zealand’s best-loved campaigns, including the Fernleaf family, Spot the dog and the infamous Bugger ad.” (Publisher’s information)

Free business magazines on Thursdays

treatyourselfthursdaymagsVisit any of our branch libraries on Thursdays between 6th October and Christmas 2011 and you’ll find that our business magazines, as well as any other regular adult, young adult and children’s magazine titles, are FREE to borrow. This applies only to magazines available for loan on the day. To qualify for the free loan, please take your magazines and library card to the desk for a staff member to issue them to you.

NB: Bestseller and reference magazines are excluded, and self-issued magazines will still incur regular charges.

Harvard Business Review at the library

The latest issue is now available to read online using your library card.  This month’s cover stories include:

  • The Execution Trap (why employees fail)
  • Empowered (how companies can use social media for innovation)
  • How hierarchy can hurt strategy execution
  • Stop the innovation wars (why companies shouldn’t resist innovation)

Interested? Enter your library card details here, and enjoy full access, courtesy of Wellington City Libraries.

Making great speeches

International business speaker, consultant and award-winning broadcaster Thomas Murrell considers the outstanding speechmaking and speech giving skills of Barack Obama in this article from Her magazine (previously HerBusiness).  Use his insights for help with delivering your own great speeches.

You can view the print edition of Her at Wellington City Libraries.