Looking for work? Job seeking resources at WCL


There are many reasons why people start looking for a new role.

Some are at the beginning of their career journey.  Some are returning to work after a break for travel or caring.  For others looking for new work opportunities may have been forced upon them due to change or upheaval in their lives or workplaces.

Whatever brings someone to the point of seeking a new position, Wellington City Libraries has many  job-hunting resources that may assist.

If you are:

  • Starting out;
  • Looking for a job;
  • Assessing your skills;
  • Getting your cv (resume) prepared;
  • Brushing up on some work skills;
  • Gaining confidence for an interview;

    Read on to learn more.

Assess your skill set
If you are a school or university leaver, not certain about your skill set, or maybe someone thinking of changing careers, a good starting site is Careers New Zealand.  Here you will find tools that can assist you figure out what roles your skills and experience may be a good match for.  There is also guidance on cv preparation and other useful information.

Find a vacancy
To apply for a job you need to first know what companies are seeking workers and what roles are being advertised.

If you know what you are looking for and already have a cv prepared you can create a profile and upload your documentation to Seek or Trademe jobs.  Both these sites allow you to create alerts so that you are emailed a listing whenever a job in your area of interest is advertised.

For an experienced worker, looking to change roles or companies, there are a variety of recruitment agents in the Wellington CBD.  Some specialise in certain roles such as labour, IT, professional or executive recruitment.  Others have a more general approach.

Don’t forget the power of networking.  There are a variety of different networking groups in Wellington so search and see if you can find one that is a good fit for you. Online business networking group LinkedIn is also a good place to start.

Prepare your CV/resume
Your cv and covering letter are what will attract a prospective employer to you.  Or not.  So how do you get noticed in among all the other applications?  Like everything, there are trends to how to present your cv and this article outlines some of the resume trends you should be aware of while this one suggests some things that should be on your cv.  If you are uncertain about some information, ask a trusted friend or colleague to check it over.  There are also professional companies that will work with you to produce a standout cv.

Acquiring or brushing up on skills
If, as you read through a job description, you feel you need some new or additional skills to be appropriately qualified for a role then there are many courses available to help you upskill.  Our blog on Professional development opportunities are available online.  EdX provides links to short university courses across all topics, and from around the world.  With your WCL membership you can access  Linkedin Learning courses for free.  Massey University and Open Polytechnic offer distance learning courses.  while in-person courses are offered throughout the year from Wellington High School‘s Community Education Centre or Victoria University‘s short course options.

Acing interviews
You’ve done all the above, and now you have an interview.  What next?  If, like many people you get nervous when faced with a panel of interviewers asking you questions then preparation is the key.  Look for the company website and brush up on your knowledge of their structure and people.  For a senior role, check to see if the company Annual Report is available and have a read.  Sometimes you may be questioned on how much you know about an organisation, for example, how it may be funded.  This is when your research will pay off.  There’s also the chance of an “awkward” question.  Have a look at the advice offered in this HBR article  How to Answer “Tell Me About a Time You Failed” in a Job Interview.

On the Wellington City Libraries website enter “Employment interviewing” in the catalogue search box to find resources that can help you prepare answers for those sticky questions.  And don’t be afraid to go into an interview with a list of questions you want to know about the company.

So that’s some of the many ways we can help your job search succeed.  You’ll also find more resources listed on our Aramahi/Careers Information page.

Within our broader library collection we also have resources like those listed below, that library users are welcome to borrow.  Or contact your friendly and helpful library staff for further suggestions.

Career remix / Brown, Damon
“An author, two-time start-up founder and four-time TED speaker offers testimonials, plans of action, and road-tested insight to encourage job seekers to use their existing skills and resources to change careers, manage transitions, and thrive in the current job market.” (Catalogue)



The career change guide : five steps to finding your dream job / Schofield, Rachel
“This empowering, practical guide takes the confusion, fear and indecision out of career change. Whether making small adjustments or life-changing moves, it provides simple, achievable steps to turn your dreams into reality. The Career Change Guide will help you investigate your skills as well as discover your drives, interests and inspirations. It will take you on a structured five step journey. . . – Preparing – Reflecting – Imagining & Designing – Taking Action – Keeping Going – . . . to lead you to the job of your dreams. You’ll learn to . . . – Be clear about who you are and the work and life you want- Devise and explore career ideas- Tackle self-doubt and build confidence- Design an action plan for change The Career Change Guide is your first step to a better career and a happier life. So enough procrastination. . . are we doing this, or aren’t we?” (Adapted from Catalogue).  Also available as EBook Libby

The new rules for job hunting : changing jobs in a changing world / O’Neil, Tom
“The rules have changed! With economic uncertainty after COVID 19, as well as redundancies and unemployment on the rise, it has never been more important in New Zealand to secure strong and long-lasting employment. You may already have (or maybe think you have) the skills to gain a new career or win a dream job but if you are unable to sell yourself to a prospective employer. In reality, that potential is unrealised with most people. With sections on resumes, social media, preparing and sending impactful covering letters, the do’s and don’ts in an interview, interviewing tips (both ZOOM and traditional), networking, direct marketing, salary negotiation and career goal-setting, this book is packed with information. The book also includes up-to-date tips and information about social networking, online resources and long-term career planning. Discover how you can stand out from the competition and receive more job opportunities and better value job offers than ever before. The new rules for job hunting will help you to discover and identify personal key career highlights and assist in marketing your skills to potential employers. New Zealander Tom O’Neil has been a professional recruitment and human resources consultant for over twenty years. … He is a significant contributor to the bestselling career guide What Color Is Your Parachute?  Tom has also been the author of the bestselling book ‘You’re Hired‘, and is in demand globally for his workshops and public speaking. Gaynor O’Neil is a senior recruiter and works with Tom in their international personal development and resume writing businesses”–Publisher’s website.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

What color is your parachute? : your guide to a lifetime of meaningful work and career success / Bolles, Richard Nelson
“For more than fifty years, What Color Is Your Parachute? has transformed the way people think about job hunting. Whether searching for that first position, recovering from a layoff, or dreaming of a career change, What Color Is Your Parachute? has shown millions of readers how to network effectively, compose impressive resumes and cover letters, interview with confidence, and negotiate the best possible salary–while discovering how to make their livelihood part of authentic living.”– Amazon.com.” (Catalogue)

Get that job : interviews : how to keep your head and land your ideal job
“The ultimate guide to preparing for the interview process, maintaining focus, handling difficult questions, and maximizing your chances of landing that dream job.”Whether you’re a school leaver, a recent graduate, an established professional on the move, or someone looking to return to the job market, any research and preparation will be critical in improving your performance in an interview setting – from being aware of your own strengths and weaknesses, through to knowing the questions to ask that will ensure you are remembered after the interview is over. Whether it is in person, on the telephone or via a video conference, Get That Job: Interviews will prepare you for even the toughest interview – including tips on preparation and pre-interview research, strategies for different types of interview, advice on staying calm under pressure, and ways to cope with the questions from hell.” — Amazon.com.” (Catalogue)

Pivot : the art and science of reinventing your career and life / Markel, Adam
“The successful CEO of the internationally renowned Peak Potentials–who has trained thousands of people to find new jobs, careers, and directions–shares his practical and inspirational program for reinventing yourself, whether you are out of work or want to change your professional trajectory. What would you do in your life if you knew you could not fail? That’s the question answered in Pivot, a roadmap for embracing your true potential without abandoning your responsibilities or risking your future. As a transformational teacher and the CEO of Peak Potentials, which has trained more than one million people worldwide, Adam Markel can help you leap out of your comfort zone and into the destiny you’ve always dreamed of. Whether you are transitioning your career, or have been downsized, or believe that your true potential has yet to be fully tapped, Pivot is a guide to reinvention for anyone, at any age. With clear-eyed compassion and frank assessments, Adam shares the secrets that will guide you away from fear and toward a powerful new vision for your life. The uplifting stories, introspective prompts, clear step-by-step exercises, and energizing calls to action throughout this remarkable book will guide you through the process of personal and career transformation, from creating a vision and clearing space for change to building a supportive environment and establishing daily rituals that will regenerate your soul. Success and personal fulfilment are within reach! Program your internal GPS to a destination of your wildest imagination–all it takes to change your path is one right turn”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Rethink your career : in your 40s, 50s and 60s / Maxwell, Joanna
“Have you accumulated plenty of wisdom and experience, but others think you’re all washed up? Perhaps you’re bored with your current work but not sure what’s next. Don’t panic! Work reinvention expert Joanna Maxwell shows you how to refresh a current career, pursue a new direction or leverage your experience to start your own business. The practical exercises and inspirational real-life stories in Rethink Your Career: will help you:
– clarify your strengths, talents and skills
– find creative new ways to think about your work future
– take stock of your finances and deal with your fears
– make your best decision and put your new plans into action.” (Catalogue)

Coming back : how to win the job you want when you’ve lost the job you need / Germer, Fawn
“A street smart, inspiring, practical and utterly honest book for renewing or resuming your career. Millions of mid- and late-career professionals are wondering why our careers are dying. We’ve been fired, downsized, job-eliminated, or we’ve left work voluntarily to raise children, care for loved ones, or go to school. Our unemployment rate is more than three times the national average. It takes twice as long to get hired, usually for far less money than we were making. Is it age discrimination? Maybe. But it’s not that simple. So many of us have lagged on skills and technology, shrugged off social media, or ignored the rate of change and let younger people become the face of our profession’s future. Our “track record” really doesn’t matter. We want to come back, but we aren’t ready. Coming Back offers clear advice, including:
-Make yourself visible and relevant by sharing articles and information on your field with colleagues and on social media.
-Use LinkedIn to build your network in your industry and identify decision makers.
-Tell interviewers about what you will do-don’t rely on what you have done.
-Stop grousing about “those millennials” and start working with them.
-Volunteer strategically to build leadership skills and networks. Coming Back shows how you can save a career if still employed or get one back if cast out.
Fawn Germer, has personally interviewed more than 300 CEOs, senior executives, professors, lawyers, organizational experts, industry leaders and professionals. The result is a tactical, tough-love call to action: to learn, re-tool, connect, grow, and get ready to work again”– Provided by publisher.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

HBR guide to changing your career
“You’re well into your career and yet you’re not where you want to be. Perhaps you’ve done everything you need to do to be named a partner, but your firm has encountered a crisis that’s put all promotions on hold. Maybe a hobby or side-gig has helped unearth a new passion you’d love to pursue full-time. Perhaps you’ve come to realize that your current role is no longer meaningful. Or maybe you’ve exceeded all of the goals you set for your current career and you’re ready for a new challenge. How do you envision possible new professional selves, explore your options, and embark on a dramatic career makeover when you have a mortgage to pay, kids to support, college and retirement funds to feed–and a full life and full-time job? Can you really set aside the years you’ve invested in your education and current industry? How can you make a radical change when there are so many demands on you? Whether you know what you want your second act to be or you have no clue–only that what you’re doing isn’t a match, this guide will help you chart a course and make the switch. You’ll discover how to:
– Break free of what your career is now to consider what it could be
– Get an accurate picture of the skills and abilities you bring to the table
– Create experiments that won’t sabotage your current job
– Assess the financial implications of making a change
– Develop a compelling way to tell your story–tying even seemingly unrelated jobs into a cohesive narrative
– Build expertise in a new field
– Land a new role– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Ultimate job search : master the art of finding your ideal job, getting an interview and networking / Williams, Lynn
“A one-stop shop for all job hunters, this fifth edition of Ultimate Job Search takes the stress out of job hunting and provides advice on every stage of the process including: preparing a powerful CV that will get you noticed ; sample cover letters and emails that are really persuasive ; making a great impression at interviews ; dealing with offers and rejections in a positive manner.”–Back cover.” (Catalogue)

How to write an impressive CV & cover letter : a comprehensive guide for jobseekers / Whitmore, Tracey
“Your CV, cover letter and LinkedIn profile are your first communication with a prospective employer. As the job market is more competitive than ever, grabbing an employer’s attention and making the right first impression has never been more important. If you compromise on the quality of your CV, cover letter and LinkedIn profile, you reduce your chances of winning an interview. This book, which will appeal to anyone from entry level to board level, is a step-by-step guide on how to approach job hunting and achieve a killer competitive advantage by producing an impressive CV, cover letter and LinkedIn profile. Invaluable views and advice from senior HR and industry professionals, who are often the first point of entry, are provided throughout the book. How to Write an Impressive CV and Cover Letter will support jobseekers through the entire job-hunting process. It offers access to practical, real-life examples of CVs and cover letters that have secured interviews and helped individuals win their dream job. Readers will gain access to these documents, together with valuable templates, as part of the book.” (Catalogue)

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Communicate and connect: new communication titles

Several new communication titles have been added to the Wellington City Libraries collection in recent months.  

In a flurry of promotional interviews author Charles Duhigg discusses his new book Supercommunicators: how to unlock the secret language of connection.  You can listen to his Radio NZ interview hereread his Listener interview here, or delve a little deeper by reading his McKinsey author talk here

Supercommunicators : how to unlock the secret language of connection / Duhigg, Charles
“We all know people who seem capable of connecting with almost anyone. They are the ones we turn to for advice, the ones who ask deep questions but also seem to hear what we are trying to say. What do they know about conversation that makes them so special? And what can they tell us about how communication really works? Supercommunicators, Charles Duhigg argues, understand–some by intuition, some by hard-won experience–that there is a science to how human beings connect through words. They understand that whenever we speak, we’re actually participating in one of three distinct conversations: What is this really about? How do we feel? And who are we? They know the importance of recognizing–and then matching–each kind of conversation, and how to hear the complex emotions, subtle negotiations and hidden beliefs that color and inform everything we say. Our pasts, our values, our affiliations-our identities-shape every discussion we have, from who will pick up the kids to how we want to be treated at work.” (Catalogue)

Louise Mahler’s new book Gravitas: timeless skills to communicate with confidence and build trust outlines how to develop your presence, communicating effectively and with confidence and connecting with your audiences.   

Gravitas : timeless skills to communicate with confidence and build trust / Mahler, Louise
“Whether you’re in a one-on-one meeting or in front of a large crowd, how your message is received depends on how you present yourself, in both voice and manner. To do this really well, you need gravitas. Prized by ancient roman orators, gravitas was considered an essential key to winning over an audience and communicating effectively. From top communication expert Dr Louise Mahler, this ground-breaking guide will show you how to become a better speaker, presenter, and leader. With Gravitas, you’ll learn how to cultivate your presence, connect with your audience and persuade them to believe in you and your ideas. By harnessing your voice, your gestures and your body language, you’ll develop your personal gravitas, enabling you to build trust effectively–and communicate any message clearly and with confidence.” (Catalogue)

In his interview with Radio NZ English journalist, Ros Atkins talks about noticing when you get it right when communication and using that to developing techniques you can apply in future.  His book The art of explanation delves further into identifying useful communication techniques;

The art of explanation : how to communicate with clarity and confidence / Atkins, Ros
“Do you worry about holding people’s attention during presentations? Are you unsure where to start when faced with writing an essay or report? Are you preparing for an interview and wondering how to get all your points across? Explanation – identifying and communicating what we want to say – is an art. And the BBC presenter and journalist Ros Atkins, creator of the viral ‘Ros Atkins on…’ explainer videos, is something of a master of the form. In this book, Ros shares the secrets he has learned from years of working in high-pressure newsrooms, identifying the ten elements of a good explanation and the seven steps you need to take to express yourself with clarity and impact. Whether at work, school, university or home, we all benefit from being able to articulate ourselves clearly. Filled with practical examples, The Art of Explanation is a must-read for anyone who wants to sharpen their communication skills.” (Catalogue)

Last, but not least, learn the communication techniques used by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.  

The Bezos blueprint : communication secrets of the world’s greatest salesman / Gallo, Carmine
“The communication and leadership secrets of Jeff Bezos and how to master them, from the bestselling author of Talk Like Ted. Jeff Bezos is a dreamer who turned a bold idea into the world’s most influential company, a brand that likely touches your life every day. As a student of leadership and communication, he learned to elevate the way Amazonians write, collaborate, innovate, pitch, and present. He created a scalable model that grew from a small team in a Seattle garage to one of the world’s largest employers. The Bezos Blueprint by Carmine Gallo reveals the communication strategies that Jeff Bezos pioneered to fuel Amazon’s astonishing growth. As one of the most innovative and visionary entrepreneurs of our time, Bezos reimagined the way leaders write, speak, and motivate teams and customers. The communication tools Bezos created are so effective that former Amazonians who worked directly with Bezos adopted them as blueprints to start their own companies. Now, these tools are available to you”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

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Stop overthinking

Do your thoughts race around your head?
Maybe you have trouble sleeping as you keep minutely analyse the events of the day?
Do you struggle to make a decision without first working through every possible scenario and then some?


Then you are probably overthinking things.

Dwelling on an issue, turning it over and over in your mind can be helpful sometimes, but most likely leads to insomnia and a lack of productivity.  In the workplace or in a business this can lead to lack of progress and development.

This Harvard Business Review article sets out 3 Types of Overthinking and provides guidance on how to identify and overcome them.

Melody Whiting, author of the above piece also published an earlier piece in HBR, How to Stop Overthinking Everything and is the author of :

Trust yourself : stop overthinking and channel your emotions for success at work / Wilding, Melody J
“Career coach Melody Wilding has worked with hundreds of ambitious women and noticed something she calls an “Honor Roll Hangover”: her clients are all former high-achieving students whose desire to conform to others’ definitions of success followed them from school into the work world. They also consistently report feeling highly sensitive and easily overstimulated. Most of all, they tend to overthink EVERYTHING. Her clients’ sensitive qualities-being highly attuned to their emotions, the environment, and the behavior of others-also make them susceptible to the stress that is a byproduct of their ambition. Typical workplace situations like getting negative feedback, giving a presentation, or dealing with difficult coworkers are more challenging than they are for people less sensitive. In Trust Yourself, Wilding identifies this problem and gives the nuanced reader profile a name-“Sensitive Strivers.” And drawing on the latest research in behavioral psychology and neuroscience, she shows readers how to take control of their lives and redirect their sensitivity and drive as strengths”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

A recent addition to the Wellington City Libraries collection is :
The age of magical overthinking : notes on modern irrationality / Montell, Amanda
“‘Magical thinking’ can be broadly defined as the belief that one’s internal thoughts can affect unrelated events in the external world: Think of the conviction that one can manifest their way out of poverty, stave off cancer with positive vibes, thwart the apocalypse by learning to can their own peaches, or transform an unhealthy relationship to a glorious one with loyalty alone. In all its forms, magical thinking works in service of restoring agency amid chaos, but in The Age of Magical Overthinking, Montell argues that in the modern information age, our brain’s coping mechanisms have been overloaded, and our irrationality turned up to an eleven. Montell delves into a cornucopia of the cognitive biases that run rampant in our brains, from how the ‘Halo effect’ cultivates worship (and hatred) of larger than life celebrities, to how the ‘Sunk cost fallacy’ can keep us in detrimental relationships long after we’ve realized they’re not serving us. As she illuminates these concepts with her signature brilliance and wit, Montell’s prevailing message is one of hope, empathy, and ultimately forgiveness for our anxiety-addled human selves. If you have all but lost faith in our ability to reason, Montell aims to make some sense of the senseless. To crack open a window in our minds, and let a warm breeze in. To help quiet the cacophony for a while, or even hear a melody in it”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)  Also available as  EAudiobook Libby

Data scientist Allen Downey takes a different approach using real data to delve into real examples with real consequences.

Probably overthinking it : how to use data to answer questions, avoid statistical traps, and make better decisions / Downey, Allen
“Teacher, data scientist, and blogger Allen B. Downey knows well that the human mind has both an innate ability to understand statistics and to be fooled by them. Statistically speaking, you will be less popular than your friends, arrive at a train station during a gap in service, and fail to find a running mate in a race. But more than surprising us, errors in statistical thinking, Downey shows, can have a huge impact. Statistical confusion has led to incorrect patient prognoses, caused mistakes in predicting disasters like earthquakes, hurt vaccination programs, hindered social justice efforts, and led to dubious policy decisions. Written for those who may have once taken a statistics course, but now forget almost everything they’ve learned, the book includes a diversity of examples that use real data and have real world impacts. Building understanding incrementally, Downey engagingly and accessibly helps readers understand what we might learn when we get the mathematics right, and the consequences when we get it all wrong.”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)  Also available as EBook Libby

New Zealand clinical psychologist, Gwendoline Smith “… helps you understand what’s going on in your head, using lots of examples and anecdotes, and she offers powerful strategies to help you overcome these issues. Based on Cognitive Behavioural Theory, this book will help you in all the key areas of relationships, work and money.

The book of overthinking : how to stop the cycle of worry / Smith, Gwendoline
“The word overthinking is often used these days instead of ‘worrying’. It’s also known as ruminating and it’s a form of anxiety – statistics show that about one in five people suffer from it. Psychologist Gwendoline Smith uses her broad scientific knowledge and experience to explain in clear and simple language the concepts of positive and negative overthinking, the myths of worry and the What If Cycle. She helps you understand what’s going on in your head, using lots of examples and anecdotes, and she offers powerful strategies to help you overcome these issues. Based on Cognitive Behavioural Theory, this book will help you in all the key areas of relationships, work and money.” (Catalogue)  Also available as EBook Libby

Written by psychotherapist Nancy Colier, this title claims to offer “… much-needed relief to “chronic overthinkers” using a powerful combination of mindfulness, acceptance, and awareness”.

Can’t stop thinking : how to let go of anxiety & free yourself from obsessive rumination / Colier, Nancy
“How do you break the cycle of negative thinking? This book offers much-needed relief to “chronic overthinkers” using a powerful combination of mindfulness, acceptance, and awareness. With this unique guide, readers will discover the key to breaking free from the negative thinking that keeps them stressed out, anxious, worried, and generally unhappy. Using the powerful, evidence-based tools in this book, readers will find a way out of their own head and into a world of freedom and the possibility of lasting happiness”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Further articles may be found by searching for ‘Overthinking’ on the Psychology Today website.

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Katalyst Business Database

Are you seeking information on potential suppliers, competitor products and companies or possible new clients?

Why not ask us to do a search in Katalyst?

Katalyst is a New Zealand business directory that provides business users with comprehensive information about NZ companies, people, products, and services.

Katalyst contains profiles on over 18,000 New Zealand businesses including details on their activities, brands, people, products and services and is  searchable by 30 different criteria including location, number of employees, turnover, products (by ANZSIC code), job category or job title.

Use Katalyst Business to:
• Find new suppliers of products and services
• Research companies, markets and industries
• Identify and target key areas
• Produce lists for direct mail campaigns
• Find sales leads & make new contacts
• Put your products in front of B2B purchasers

Remote access to Katalyst is not available however it may be accessed for free via the public internet computers in our libraries, or by placing a request with the Proquest team.

If you would like to undertake your own research in Katalyst a familiarisation session can be arranged.

Click here to contact the Prosearch team at the library.  We can help you find information across a range of perspectives and resources.  All enquiries are treated in confidence.

Who’s really running the show? Ensure your technology works for you as a leader. Guest blog

“Who’s really running the show? Four ways to ensure your technology is working for you as a leader, and not vice-versa.  This guest blog has kindly been written for Wellington City Libraries by James N. Donald and Craig S. Hassed, authors of  The Clear Leader: how to lead well in a hyper-connected world.

In almost every industry, element of government, or community organisation, the unexpected happens on a fairly regular basis. Managers need to be very good at planning, but as the old military adage goes, “no plan survives contact with the enemy”. Unexpected changes in the economy, new market entrants, the departure of key people in a team, or any other unexpected change, can render our current plan redundant.

When these un-planned events happen, the question is how do we respond? Arguably, at the centre of our response is the quality of our awareness of the situation we are in. That is, the capacity to pause, and see what is actually happening in the situation, including for others with a stake in the outcomes. For leaders, we call this capacity executive awareness.

Although most people agree that executive awareness is a crucial skill, managers we work with seem often less clear on how to develop in – and, crucially, how to preserve it. One force that has the potential to greatly undermine executive awareness is the way we use technology.

Technology has, of course, profoundly transformed the possibilities for innovation and collaboration but for leaders, there is also a flip side. The way our technology is designed and deployed, can undermine our capacity to lead well. Here, we explore a few of these impacts, and then suggest some strategies for dealing with them.

Wired to react

Perhaps at the root of this issue is that most jobs include an ever-growing range of communications media beyond direct, face-to-face connection, such as internal messaging apps, virtual announcement boards, social media, and the flood of email. As leaders, it can feel as if we need to stay across this ever-growing array of channels with hundreds of people, all desperate to be heard at the same time!

The neuroscience suggests that this flood of information has important impacts on cognitive functioning – and by extension, our capacity for executive attention — through the innate human tendency for aversion and desire. First, it can activate the threat centres in the brain, because we’re looking out for potential threats (i.e., problems that urgently need our attention) when we’re scanning through, say, email. This chronic stress-activation can have long-term impacts on our mood, wellbeing, and executive functioning.

Second, our communication channels simultaneously activate reward centres in the brain, where we’re anticipating some good news among the bulk of un-rewarding or even de-motivating calls on our attention. When we receive some good news (e.g., winning a project, receiving new funding, etc), we receive a dopamine hit. But we do not know when we’ll receive good news so we keep checking to find out.

Third, the way our communications channels are structured, we’re constantly switching from one issue or channel to another, in rapid succession. Research has found that human attention spans online have shrunk from about 2.5 minutes per work activity in the year 2000, to around 1.5 minutes in 2015, down to an average of 47 seconds in 2020. This constant attention switching depletes our cognitive resources.

All of this can easily create a state of chronic hyper-activity, where we’re working in a highly reactive way—reinforced by the neurological threats and rewards our brains experience along the way. But of course, the flip side of these rewards is an underlying anxiety about missing out or staying “on top” of it all.

Technology can put these neuro-signals on overdrive meaning we’re highly activated, much of the time. This way of working is very depleting. And it means that when we’re required to be at our best in a moment of crisis or challenge, we can’t be.

Who’s the boss around here?

One way that we like to think about this is that our technology makes an excellent servant, but a tyrannical master. Used well, our connectivity means we can work in highly flexible ways, across different time-zones and work-modes, and collaborate in ways that maximise information sharing. But when not used well, this way of working can be very damaging. New research is starting to systematically document some of the so-called “dark sides” of the digital workplace.

For leaders, executive awareness is fundamental to success, so how can we ensure that technology remains a helpful servant, rather than a tyrant? How can we ensure that we are not the other way around?

We now suggest four strategies for leaders using technology well: four “Ps”. Each of these “Ps” relates to a core leadership capability that can be undermined by not using technology well. In our book, The Clear Leader, we unpack each of these in much more depth, but here, we offer some suggestions you may like to experiment with.

Purpose: Generating and sustaining a clear sense of “why we exist” is arguably at the very heart of leadership. Yet these deeper questions can easily be consumed by the flood of surface-level activity. One way of working with purpose is to schedule regular “purpose breaks”: chunks of time so that you and your team are connecting in meaningful ways, face-to-face. Putting this dedicated “white space” into your schedule, away from the stream of surface-level activity and distraction, helps yourself and others to clarify your goals, intent and purpose. Dedicate this time to exploring (or refreshing) your values, principles for working together, and how these elements support (or not) the priorities you have as a group. Ensure that devices are not interfering with this crucial time for connection and reflection. Find a sequencing and duration for these “purpose breaks” that works for you and your team. And then ensure that you, as a leader, prioritise them.

Priorities: Clearly, a key challenge for leaders is making good decisions, and responding well in key moments. When under time pressure, stress, or in situations that are emotionally charged, it can be difficult to prioritise well. We can easily end up on automatic pilot, reacting impulsively. What such situations call for, instead, is executive awareness: the capacity to press pause, step back from the heat of the moment, settle yourself, then consider what might be a helpful response. Skills in mindfulness have much to offer here. Like a book, punctuate your day with commas (short pauses) and a couple of full stops (longer pauses). Shift the attention from the problem itself, and connect with the body and breathing for a few moments. Take time to connect with the present moment without dwelling on the issue itself – then focus. Many leaders we work with tell us that this mental break can transform the way we then approach the problem—often removing the idea that it is a “problem” altogether!

People: With so much technology getting between leaders and team members, a key challenge is finding ways of connecting more directly. Ultimately, what people crave is personal, authentic connection. We are social creatures. As a leader, you want to find ways to create these moments of authentic, direct connection. Excellent leaders can turn up in meetings or project teams, and listen and engage with whatever problem the team is working on. Making a habit of getting out of the comfort of your office or boardroom is critical. Mindfulness can, again, be hugely valuable here. As we know, there is no “right” leadership personality. The key is authenticity, rather than personality. Authentic connection, taking interest in others, and being comfortable within yourself are keys to building connection. Whether it’s via regular town halls, social events, or meetings, find ways to directly connect with your people — and ideally, face-to-face because its far more direct. But even online, the same principles apply. The more you give of yourself, the greater your authenticity, the better you will engage your people.

Personal: The mounting research evidence shows that where the digital workplace impacts us most is by interfering with our personal lives—bring work stress onto the kitchen table. While nice long holidays are great, the key to personal health is creating habits for daily recovery. If we focus on recovering daily, this provides an excellent foundation for sustained high performance. To recover well we need clear, achievable habits around engaging in health-promoting activities offline. Examples include not checking emails after a reasonable set time, and sticking to that (e.g., adding an out of office message to reinforce your commitment to others). Interestingly, studies have shown that around half of our mobile device disruptions are self-initiated, rather than as alerts coming to us from our device. Another big thing here is being intentional about what your do outside of work, and why you do it. For example, “I value picking up my kids from school, and spending time with them in the afternoons, and while I am, I am not checking my device”. The gold standard here, in terms of our wellbeing, is to compartmentalise our life, so we are giving our full attention to whatever task we’re engaged in – be it exercising, caregiving, cooking, driving, etc – and not falling into the trap of habitual work-checking. This creates a sense of wholeness and we recharge well.

Together, these strategies will support us leading well, and help ensure that our technology is working for us, and not against us, as we lead our teams through the opportunities and inevitable challenges we face.

About the authors: 

James N. Donald, PhD is passionate about cultivating purposeful, self-aware, and skilful leadership within teams and organisations. Since 2007, James has worked with leaders in numerous private and public sector organisations. He has a PhD in psychology, is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney Business School, and regularly appears in print, radio and TV media, discussing issues of workplace wellbeing and leadership. James is also an active researcher in positive psychology and leadership, regularly publishing his research in the world’s leading research journals.

Craig S. Hassed, OAM has worked within the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University since 1989, as well as teaching into other faculties, and coordinating mindfulness programs across Monash. In 2021, he became the founding Director of Education at the Monash Centre for Consciousness and Contemplative Studies (M3CS). Craig has authored 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals, published 14 books and 17 book chapters. He is regularly invited to speak in Australia and overseas in health, educational, government and corporate contexts. Craig was the founding president and patron of Meditation Australia and a regular media commentator. He is co-author of the two top-ranked online mindfulness courses in the world, and in 2019 received the medal of the Order of Australia for services to medicine.

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In the frame: an interview with Jo Williams, picture framer, art installer and recycler

Eight tonnes of recycled wood takes up a bit of room, but surprisingly not as much space as one might expect.  Jo Williams of J.W. Framing & Supply in Newtown, used a Wellington City Council Organics Diversion Fund grant to rescue the native timber when the Wellington Girls’ College auditorium was demolished.  Now Jo’s in the process of breathing new life into it.

WCL visited Jo to find out how and why she rescued eight tonnes of native timber, otherwise destined for landfill and how her framing and supply business is developing.

I’ve got three businesses going on within this space.

WCL:  Tell us a bit about what led you to setting up a picture framing business?

JW: I moved here from Hamilton.  I had a museum background and I couldn’t find work in my field.  I didn’t want to abandon that career so I decided to go out on my own.

WCL:  How did you learn the necessary skills of framing?

JW:  From working in the Waikato museum (Te Whare Taonga o Waikato) framing art works for exhibition. I got so much out of that experience.  I remember framing a Seraphine Pick watercolour and thinking “This is so cool”.  It provided me with opportunities not many people get.

WCL: When you went about setting up your business, how did you do it?  You’ve got a lot of stuff in your studio.

JW:  I’m in my fourth year of being full-time. I was two years part-time at first. I knew someone who’s father-in -law bought a retiring framer’s equipment and was going to start his own business but never did.  So I bought that stuff off him for five grand.  I got three basic pieces of equipment to set up and a little bit of stock as well.  The equipment wasn’t the greatest but it got me started.

I started in my bedroom in a flat up the road where I was living in at the time.  I then got a sliver of workshop upstairs [in the present complex]. I used the workshop for cutting frames and ferried them back to my bedroom for completion.

I worked part time while just practising for six months.

My first job was for Thumbs Up, a group of disabled artists in Petone.

Friends and neighbours supported me and it just sort of grew from there.  I moved into a bigger workshop space, then I moved into this present studio space.

I got a sign and stuck it out on the street “Open Saturdays” and work started coming in. It enabled me to go full time four years ago.

Business came very much from the Newtown community.  I have customers around the neighbourhood.

And then the website was developed.  People just google “Picture framing Wellington”. It’s nice to have an easily describable business.  It’s easy to google.

I find the best thing for me is to be open Saturday.  I’m open 10 to 3.  Anyone can walk in at that time.  If they don’t, it doesn’t matter.  I just do my admin during that time.  It sucks working weekends sometimes but that structure is the steadiest thing I have in my working week.

My working week can be all over the place so having that regular Saturday time for doing that is really good.

WCL:  Have you had to learn to cut glass as well and get equipment for doing that?

JW: You don’t actually need very much equipment for glass cutting.  You just need practice and a steady hand.  It’s all about measuring.  Measuring and accuracy – you have got to have everything accurate to like, point five of a millimetre with glass.

This stuff is all about measuring.  And I’ve been through hell.

When I was at the museum I got thrown in the deep end and had to practice and practice and practice.  I had a couple of people I could ring and one was the framer at Te Papa and I still ring him up now and go “Help!” He’s become a mentor.

That struggle though, at that time, is probably what gave me the grit I needed to do this.

WCL:  What else do you do besides framing?

JW: I hang art in people’s houses.  That’s been a great addition to the business.

WCL: Talk us through how an art hanging service works

JW:  First of all, if there’s a really heavy or large item that needs a professional to hang it.  It needs proper fittings so it doesn’t fall off the wall.  Heavy mirrors or really big paintings.  Then there’s the aesthetic side – you try to make it work in the whole room so there is a flow.
I try to make it feel calm.  And also – you hang things on two hooks so they don’t go crooked.

WCL: Besides art works what other things have you been asked to frame?

JW:  A couple of people want me to make a magnetic frame or something for their kids art and family photos so they can swap them out.  I’ve framed a few kids’ art and when they see their art trapped in behind glass and in a frame, they don’t generally like it.

So I have a vision and need to design something where you can just swap them out and easily access them and kids can do it themselves.

I have a customer whose father built a log cabin, not having done anything like that before. They want me to make something unconventional with a rustic feel.  So that’s a fun challenge.  I do like the bespoke challenges.

In the early stages those things were actually quite … you’d end up working for hours and hours and get paid next to nothing.  So you get better at saying no to things. But it’s also how you develop your skills.  There’s a fine line between getting the experience and getting paid.

WCL:  How did you work out how to charge out your services?  Did you look at what other people were charging or have you come up with a figure that works for you?

JW: I come from a community arts background and I struggled a lot with charging enough.  I think I’m there now where I’m happy with the rate I charge.

I have a rough idea of what other people charge.  It’s just sort of testing the waters and getting confidence up.

You punish yourself and think “I should have done that faster.” It should have taken two hours but actually I did it in four.  But then your confidence grows and you think “No, it takes three.  Do it in three, charge for three”.

The thing about self employment is that you don’t get to measure yourself against anyone else.  When you’re working alone you don’t really see how other people work.  In the past year or so I have worked alongside other art hangers and have learned from them.

It’s what the customers say.  If they’re happy, then that’s good.

WCL:  Do you prefer working with wood?

JW: Yeah.  The workshop upstairs is my happy place.  This whole thing is about precision but the workshop and wood is a little more forgiving.  Working with the recycled timber is great compared to working with the painted surfaces of commercial mouldings.  I definitely like working with the wood most of all out of all the processes.

WCL:  Is it mainly recycled native timbers?

JW:  Yes.  There’s just so much around and it’s getting wasted.  It’s such beautiful stuff and so much better than anything you can buy new.  If you take the time to turn it back into something beautiful.

It brings a warmth into the room.

WCL:  You applied for, and were awarded, a Wellington City Council Organic Waste Diversion Fund.  Tell us a bit about the process of applying for the grant and what have you done with the funding.

JW:  I think the funding applications opened around Christmas time.  I didn’t actually know about it and somebody brought it to my attention.  Lots of people were encouraging me to apply for it.  I had received $2000 funding the previous year from the Waste Minimisation Fund to buy a thicknesser to do the same thing I’m doing now but on a smaller scale.  It was a small step forward.

I thought “No way. I won’t get that. I’m not ready for that” but the universe was saying “Do it!  I have experience at applying for funding with some of my past jobs so I thought I’d give it a go.  The people in the Waste Min team were really supportive and I could go to them with questions and they were really helpful.  It’s a newish fund, only about three years old.

I come from an arts background where there is so much competition for funding, so I was used to doing quite tight applications.  I was amazingly lucky enough to be successful.

What have I done with the money?  Well, I bought equipment, machinery and I’m paying someone to help me get this whole thing going.  Dustin is a qualified joiner and is helping get the whole recycled timber enterprise off the ground.

I got the guillotine.  I used to cut everything with a craft knife for three years, which was ruining my arms and doing my head in.  If your ruler is out by point five of a millimetre then you end up with a rhombus. Just cutting a perfectly square rectangular piece of cardboard can be a world in itself without decent tools.  So the guillotine has been an absolute game changer.  It speeds me up a lot, helping to make the process more production oriented.  Instead of every single thing having to be done from start to finish and then you start the next one.  It’s just too slow.  I can now work in a much more efficient way.

There’s a machine upstairs, a woodworking machine that can do a whole lot of things, and there’s other machinery, like the metal detector.

WCL:  Is all this machinery available in New Zealand or have you had to import some?

JW:  It’s all New Zealand.  Some is second hand and some is new.

WCL: As a recipient of the grant what expectations are there on you, from the council, to account for how the funding is used?

JW:  I submitted a budget with my application and I have to report back with my actual spend.  My main objective was to save eight tonne of wood and that’s what they really liked.  I’ve met that objective.

WCL: Is this wood that would otherwise be destined for the landfill from demolished buildings?  How do you find out that wood is going to become available?

 JW:  All of the eight tonnes comes from Wellington Girls’ College auditorium.  There will be other buildings in the future.

I have a relationship with a demolition company.  There’s a guy, Matt Thornton, of Ceres Environmental NZ, who came here. We just happened to start talking about wood and I showed him the samples that I was using.  He said “Oh, I can get you a lot of wood” because he’s got an interest in sustainability as well.  Having worked in the demolition industry he’s seen masses of demolition timber be taken to the tip everyday.

His boss, Swaroop Gowda, kindly wrote me a letter of support for the application which formalised our arrangement. I was so stoked.

At the moment I’m still trying to figure out how to deal with it all in an efficient, productive way.  I’ve learnt so much.  When this is processed and sold then more will come in from other places.

WCL: Who is your market for eight tonnes of recycled native timber?

JW: I want to see other framers using my timber.  I’m going to wholesale the prepared timber to framers around the country.  That’s what I’m working on.  It’s a premium product.  There’s been massive learning curves because I’ve never machined any timber in my life before now.

WCL: Do most people want to leave the wood in its natural state or do they want it painted?

JW:  Most people love it as it is.  Rimu goes with pretty much everything.  Some people have had bad aesthetic experiences with rimu in the 90s, such as yellow varnish.  I have to be very careful with my design.  I also have a lot of what might be red beech (tawhai raunui) which will probably be stained as the colouring varies a lot.

I still have all those samples of commercially available mouldings there, but 80 percent of the time this is what people are choosing.  I’m looking at having six to eight of my own mouldings by the end of the year.  I’m not going to be too complicated.  The simple stuff is quite fashionable at the moment.  People want simple, box framing.  They don’t often want fancy stuff with curves and ornate gold stuff.  Having it there shows people what they don’t want.

WCL:  Have you marketed the recycled framing specifically to WGC alumni as a nostalgia thing?

JW:  I haven’t really done any marketing yet.  Alys Freeman (Business Development Manager, WGC) put something in the newsletter to the alumni before Christmas and the Council did an article to promote the fund being opened again, so I got a lot of people contacting me when that came out.  I now have a mailing list for people who want frames made with the wood from the Auditorium.

I’ll soon have some premade frames available for purchase.  There’s a lot of nostalgia attached to it.  Custom framing is prohibitive for most people so I’m trying to make some keepsake that’s affordable.

WCL:  You talked earlier about being on your own and not being able to compare yourself to what others are doing.  What other upsides and downside are there to running a small business?

JW:  It does feel really isolating sometimes.  For the first three years I was here I was living here, working here.  I was broke and it was a struggle.  I thought about quitting so many times and looked for other jobs.  But I kept going. I think the customers probably kept me going.  I meet really interesting people that I wouldn’t normally meet and I think I make friends with all of my customers.

This timber thing has got me through I think.  Everything has been saying “Do it, do it, do it” the whole time.  The path is already written and I just have to walk it.

WCL:  Like the serendipitous meeting with Matt?

JW: Yeah.  I said to someone the other day, this whole thing has been like stumbling down a corridor in the dark, not knowing what obstacles are there.  But I just keep going and it seems to be ok.

WCL:  Do you have any advice you’d like to share with anyone thinking of starting a small business of any kind?

JW:  Just persevere.  Keep going.  Keep your standards high.  Just keep going as long as you can.  It is really good being self employed.

WCL: Future plans?

JW:  I’m really interested in innovation and sustainability and would love to dive deeper into this field.  It would be amazing to be able to develop other products that can help clean up the world.

I’m hoping in future to do framing lessons.  Artists are struggling and framing is a hideous barrier for them.  I would like to be able to facilitate them being able to do it for themselves.

My passion is helping artists. 

I like variety, I like a challenge.  I like my neighbourhood and community.     

Plus I have an awesome Metal Detector if any DIY woodworkers want to come and use it!

Click here for more information on the WCC Waste Minimisation funding.

Picture framing for the first time / Bartholomew, Lee
“From total beginner to confident expert—that’s where this question-and-answer guide takes first-time frame-makers. It explains every step, from gathering the tools and selecting basic materials to choosing the right frame, assembling it, and matting the finished artwork. Here are solutions to all the problems encountered along the way, with multiple projects.” (Catalogue)


Picture perfect framing : making, matting, mounting, embellishing, displaying & more / DuMont, Katie
““Fundamentals are covered in some detail, complete with photographs and step-by-step illustrations. Twenty-two crafty projects feature a variety of techniques, from faux gilded to Indian quill frames…tips for arranging, hanging, and decorating with pictures. An idea gallery ready for implementation.”—Booklist.” (Catalogue)


How to frame your own pictures / Warren, Jane
“This visually appealing book introduces readers with no previous knowledge of the craft to simple techniques for creative home picture-framing.” (Catalogue)



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McKinsey on Books : Author talks (4)

Global management consultancy McKinsey and Company offers a regular online series called Author Talks in which they present interviews with authors of newly published business books.

Through these interviews readers are able to gain more insight into the author’s experiences and knowledge on their topics.

In today’s blog we continue our series of linking some of these interviews with the books available in the Wellington City Libraries collection.

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The friction project : how smart leaders make the right things easier and the wrong things harder / Sutton, Robert I
“Every organization is plagued by destructive friction-the forces that make it harder, more complicated, or downright impossible to get anything done. Yet some forms of friction are incredibly useful, and leaders who attempt to improve workplace efficiency often make things even worse. Drawing from seven years of hands-on research, The Friction Project by bestselling authors Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao teaches readers how to become “friction fixers,” so that teams and organizations don’t squander the zeal, damage the health, and throttle the creativity and productivity of good people-or burn through cash and other precious resources. “– Provided by publisher.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Author Talks: Got friction? Stanford’s Robert I. Sutton shares what you can do about it
Are you making the right things effortless and the wrong things hard? To remove friction in your organization, you may want to start thinking like a friction fixer.

Big bets : how large-scale change really happens / Shah, Rajiv Janardan
“Rajiv J. Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation and former administrator of President Barack Obama’s United States Agency for International Development, shares a dynamic new model for creating large scale change, inspired by his own involvements with some of the largest humanitarian projects of our time”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue) 

Author Talks: Why big gambles can lead to even bigger payoffs
Dr. Rajiv J. Shah explains why building a global community is key to unlocking solutions to the world’s greatest problems.

The battle for your brain : defending the right to think freely in the age of neurotechnology / Farahany, Nita A.
“A rock star academic explores the final frontier of personal privacy: your mind. Imagine a world where your brain can be interrogated to learn your political beliefs, thought crimes are punishable by law, and your own feelings can be used against you. Where perfumers create customized fragrances to perfectly suit your emotions, and social media titans bypass your conscious mind to hook you to their products. A world where people who suffer from epilepsy receive alerts moments before a seizure, and the average person can peer into their own mind to eliminate painful memories or cure addictions. Neuroscience has already made all of the above possible today, and neurotechnology will soon become the “universal controller” for all of our interactions with technology. This can benefit humanity immensely, but without safeguards, it can severely threaten our fundamental human rights to privacy, freedom of thought, and self-determination… The Battle for Your Brain dives deeply into the promises and perils of the coming dawn of brain access and alteration. Written by one of the world’s foremost experts on neuroscience as it intersects with law and ethics, this highly original book offers a pathway forward to navigate the complex ethical dilemmas that neurotechnology presents, which will fundamentally impact our freedom to understand, shape, and define ourselves”– Provided by publisher.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Author Talks: Can you use your ‘brainpower’ to defend cognitive liberty?
Duke professor Nita Farahany examines the promise and perils of neurotechnology developments and their impact on the last bastion of freedom.

You are what you watch : how movies and TV affect everything / Hickey, Walt
“In You Are What You Watch, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and data expert Walt Hickey explains the power of entertainment to change our biology, our beliefs, how we see ourselves, and how nations gain power through entertainment. Virtually anyone who has ever watched a profound movie, a powerful TV show, or read a moving novel understands that entertainment can and does affect us in surprising and significant ways. But did you know that our most popular forms of entertainment can have a direct physical effect on us, a measurable impact on society, geopolitics, the economy, and even the future itself? In You Are What You Watch, Walter Hickey, Pulitzer Prize winner and former chief culture writer at acclaimed data site FiveThirtyEight.com, proves how exactly how what we watch (and read and listen to) has a far greater effect on us and the world at large than we imagine. Employing a mix of research, deep reporting, and 100 data visualizations, Hickey presents the true power of entertainment and culture… In You Are What You Watch, readers will be given a nerdy, and sobering, celebration of popular entertainment and its surprising power to change the world”– Provided by publisher.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Author Talks: Walt Hickey explains how what we watch influences what we do
You may be surprised at how much film and TV have shaped society. Pulitzer Prize winner and data expert Walt Hickey reveals why.

Warriors, rebels & saints : the art of leadership from Machiavelli to Malcolm X / Temkin, Moshik
“We live in a period of leadership in crisis. At home, we sense that unqualified and irresponsible individuals are being elevated to positions of power, while across the globe, strong men leaders consolidate their hold on governance. How have we arrived at this point? And how can we correct our course? For the past decade, Moshik Temkin has challenged his students at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government to grapple with the nature of leadership throughout history as part of his wildly popular course “On Leaders and Leadership.” Now, in Warriors, Rebels and Saints, Temkin refashions the classroom for a wider audience. Using art and literature to illustrate the drama of the past, Temkin considers how leaders have made decisions in the most difficult circumstances-from the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo and the anticolonial wars of the 20th century to the civil rights movement and the horrors of the Vietnam War-and how we can evaluate those decisions and draw lessons for today”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Author Talks: Moshik Temkin on power, purpose, and the public good
Today’s changing world calls for bold leadership. Moshik Temkin explores the traits of dynamic leaders in history and how they worked with power—or in opposition to it—to meet the moment.

The geek way : the radical mindset that drives extraordinary results / McAfee, Andrew
“We’re living in a time of amazing innovation, but we’re not paying enough attention to one of the most important of all: the innovation to the company itself. Now, bestselling author of The Second Machine Age, Andrew McAfee, explains how engineers and geeks are changing the world of business – with extraordinary results. A new model is being pioneered by geeks; a radical new mindset that has shifted the paradigm entirely on what a business can – and should – be. They do not follow the rules of the Industrial era, with their hierarchies and bureaucratic ways of thinking. They do not follow the principles preached in business schools since the dawn of time. They have all dedicated themselves to approaching business as a geek would: through trial and error, egalitarianism, evidence and stress-testing ideas in a group setting – rather than relying on the boss’s instincts. By investigating and surveying the contemporary research in psychology, economics and the behavioural sciences, as well as first-hand accounts from the ‘geek’ leaders of today, McAfee’s groundbreaking exploration of this emerging phenomenon gets to the heart of the tectonic shifts taking place all over the business world. (Adapted from Catalogue)  Also available in EBook Libby format

Author Talks: Andrew McAfee on how a ‘geek’ mindset can transform your business
Too often, business initiatives get mired in bureaucracy, overconfidence, and lack of ownership. Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Andrew McAfee explores reasons for the dysfunction—and how to fix it.

Read Write Own: Building the Next Era of the Internet / Dixon, Chris
“In Read Write Own, Dixon argues that blockchains have the potential to transform how we use the web. He reveals how they will liberate social networks from big tech, transform how we buy and sell online, and create a new age of ‘collaborative storytelling’ in the arts.” (Catalogue)

Author Talks: Chris Dixon on how to reshape the digital landscape
Tired of running into paywalls, walled-off spaces and the broken promise of an open internet? Hunch cofounder Chris Dixon shares why a return to the decentralized internet is key to protecting businesses and consumers.

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Neuroinclusion in the workplace. Guest blog by Amber Rowe

Neuroinclusion in the Workplace

It’s not just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do.

Neurodiversity is a hot topic at the moment, but what is it? Below are some quick definitions to bring readers up to speed.

Neurodiversity: This is an umbrella term that describes the range of differences in brain wiring, functioning, and behavioural traits – regarded as being a normal part of the variation of the human population. All brains are wired differently!

Neurotypical: Describes people with typical or common brain functioning. This doesn’t mean better, it just means more commonly occurring.

Neurodiverse and Neurodivergent: Both terms refer to people who are not neurotypical. This can be people whose brains are wired differently, which means they process, think, behave, and/or act different to what is considered typical.

It is important to remember that differences should not be viewed as deficits. Differences enhance a workplace, provided the workplaces are inclusive and accessible for all. 

“But it’s hard to be inclusive of everyone”

Neurodiversity is good for everyone, not just neurodivergent people. There are neurotypical people that would also benefit from the recommendations shared in this article. People who feel supported and included in their workplace are more likely to stay and be consistent high performers.

Creating neuroinclusive workplaces is not just the right thing to do, it’s a smart business decision.

Neurodivergence is more common than we might think. Formal statistics of diagnosed people sit around 20-25%₁, however there is  research acknowledging the various barriers someone might face for diagnosis means that an estimated 30-40%₂ of the general population are neurodivergent.

So what can I do?

There are many easy tweaks we, whether managers or colleagues, can do to make workplaces neuroinclusive.

 Be mindful of the language we use and the environments we create

Sometimes the things we say, particularly about neurodiversity, can make people feel unsafe about sharing this part of their identity with others or ask for reasonable accommodations.

 Get to know people

People are their own best experts. They often know what they need or how they best work. Create opportunity for them to share this with you as their colleague or manager.

Normalise individualised ways of working

Enable everyone to work in a way that is going to bring them the most successful outcomes at work. This might be:

*ensuring assistive technologies are available on work devices,

*giving people flexibility around where or when they work,

*providing a variety of work stations within an office space,

*create office zones for the quiet and louder workers in an open plan set up,

*encourage movement and use of sensory items during hui and throughout the work day.

Work to someone’s strengths

No one is good at everything, but everyone is good at something. Hire people for their strengths and utilise them.

 Encourage break and leave taking culture

The work will always be there, and productivity will always boost after a break. Often it is our managers and leaders that need to model that taking a break and taking leave is not only okay, but it is essential.

People who are burned out are not going to be top performers.

Provide feedback for work well done

It is so easy in our fast-moving world to only tell people the things they have done wrong or need to change. It’s really important that we provide positive feedback, so people know what mahi they do well and are encouraged to continue doing it. It is also important from a wellbeing perspective for people to have balance in the feedback they receive and to make them feel valued.

Offer communication in a variety of methods

Everyone processes information differently. If you are communicating with one person, check in with them what works best for them. If you are communicating one message to multiple people, communicate this in multiple ways – verbally, written, individually, a group setting.

Think about the accessibility of our written communication

There are so many ways of making our written communication more accessible, however some quick tips:

*Size 12 sans serif font.

*Use simple and concise language.

*Utilise bolding for headings and key points.

*Avoid long paragraphs, break things into smaller paragraphs or use bullet points.

*Always have dark text on a light background – never white text on a dark background.

Form or support a neurodiversity or disability network

Employee Led Networks can help people to feel a sense of belonging and connection at work with others who share similar lived experiences. It can help people less alone and empower people to ask for they need.

Continue learning about neurodiversity

With neurodiversity being a popular topic right now, there are plenty of resources, webinars, seminars, and education available. There is plenty more information around neuroinclusive workplaces, recruitment, and leadership out there!



About Amber Rowe:
Amber is neurodivergent and has completed studies in psychology and human development. She works as Senior Adviser Inclusion and Diversity for Ara Poutama Aotearoa – Department of Corrections. She is the chair for the Corrections employee-led national Neurodiversity Network and has created a nationally delivered learning package on neuroinclusive practice and workplaces. She has worked for the department for six years and previously worked for eight years in the disability sector, working primarily with neurodivergent youth and young adults.

Click here to find Amber on LinkedIn, feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or would like to discuss this more.

Further reading

by Ludmila N. Praslova, HBR.org.  August 15, 2023
Organizations designed to support neurodivergent and disabled employees demonstrate how work can “fit” people — not the other way around.  (Accessible with WCL log in).

By: Marianne Kay. Information Today. Jul/Aug2023, Vol. 40 Issue 6, p33-34. 2p. , Database: Business Source Premier (available with library registration)
Discusses the importance of understanding and supporting neurodivergent colleagues in the workplace. Highlights the experiences of an individual who worked with a colleague with Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and how their relationship improved once they became aware of her neurodiversity; and mentions the hidden nature of neurodiversity, the need for conversation and support, and clarifications about autism.

How to make diversity, equity and inclusion a reality at work — not just a mission statement
By  Daisy Auger-Domínguez. Ted.com (Online Aug 3, 2021)
What leaders do matters far more than what they say.
Creating workplaces that work for everyone is about far more than public displays on social media, diversity recruiting initiatives and one-and-done anti-bias and anti-harassment training.

Neurodiversity at Work Season 5, Episode 8  The Anxious Achiever / HBR podcast
A deeper look at the experiences of neurodiverse professionals at work.

The neurodiverse workplace : an employer’s guide to managing and working with neurodivergent employees, clients and customers / Honeybourne, Victoria
“Comprehensive guide to supporting neurodiversity in the workplace. Up to 20% of employees are neurodivergent, and employers need guidance on how to accommodate these variations successfully. Includes advice on recruitment, physical environments and how to interact with neurodivergent individuals to benefit these capable members of the workforce.” (Catalogue)

The pocket guide to neurodiversity / Aherne, Daniel
“At least one in seven people are thought to be neurodivergent. So what exactly is neurodiversity? What does ‘executive functioning’ mean? What are ‘spiky profiles’? In this simple guide, expert speaker and trainer Daniel Aherne provides a clear introduction to neurodiversity and the four most common neurodivergent identities of autism, ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia. Using an analogy of a cactus needing a desert to grow in, he emphasises the importance of getting the environment right for neurodivergent people, rather than expecting them to adapt to the neurotypical world … Busting common misconceptions and setting out simple tips and guidance for supporting the neurodivergent people around you, whether among your family, friends or at your school, college or workplace …” (Adapted from Catalogue)

We’re all neurodiverse : how to build a neurodiversity-affirming future and challenge neuronormativity / Wise, Sonny Jane
“Radical, accepting and kind. This is the neurodiversity paradigm. This guide challenges your assumptions of who is and isn’t neurodivergent with own voice narratives reflecting on intersections of race, gender and sexuality and directly opposes the pathology paradigm. At its heart, it is a rallying cry to be a neurodiversity affirming society”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)


Unmasked : the ultimate guide to ADHD, autism and neurodivergence / Middleton, Ellie
“The go-to book on neurodivergence for anyone looking for a diagnosis, trying to make sense of one, or trying to be a better ally. In 2021 Ellie was diagnosed with autism and ADHD… 80% of autistic females remain undiagnosed at age 18 and only 8% of adults affected by ADHD have a formal diagnosis. Even with a diagnosis, most are left asking, what now? Ellie’s mission is to change that. To challenge the common misconceptions about neurodivergent conditions that are preventing marginalised people get the diagnosis they need, and to provide simple, actionable resources so that they can live without the fear and shame that she did…” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Seeing what others cannot see : the hidden advantages of visual thinkers and differently wired brains / West, Thomas G.
“For over 25 years, Thomas G. West has been a leading advocate for the importance of visual thinking, visual technologies and the creative potential of individuals with dyslexia and other learning differences. In this new book, he investigates how different kinds of brains and different ways of thinking can help to make discoveries and solve problems in innovative and unexpected ways. West focuses on what he has learned over the years from a group of extraordinarily creative, intelligent, and interesting people — those with dyslexia, Asperger’s syndrome, and other different ways of thinking, learning, and working. He shows that such people can provide important insights missed by experts as they also can prevent institutional “group think.” ‍… ” (Adapted from Catalogue)

If you would like further information please contact the Prosearch team at the library. We can help you find information across a range of perspectives and resources. All enquiries are treated in confidence.

Fundraising for Not-for-Profits

If you are involved with a small organisation dependent on raising funds from grants, donations, or events, how do you go about raising the money in an efficient and effective way that does not alienate existing and potential donors?

Below we list some resources that may assist you with fundraising along with those providing grants to  community and not-for-profit sectors.

Grants databases

With your Wellington City Libraries membership, you can access Generosity New Zealand‘s grants platform: Generosity NZ is the largest digital search facility for funding information in Aotearoa.  

givUS – for access to more than 1,200 grants and schemes for community groups.

givME – offers access to more than 4,000 scholarships and awards for individuals.

For both these resources users need to login with library registration details and create a further login with the Generosity site.

Strategic Grants helps build your non-profit’s capacity through our GEMS grants database, grant writing, grants training, grants workshops, program design and monitoring and evaluation frameworks and strategic planning for grants success.

LinkedIn Learning courses

(Accessible with library registration)

Nonprofit Fundraising: A Beginner’s Guide
It’s all about relationships.
1h 54m
Released: 5/12/2022
Relationships are part of our daily lives, and focusing on them is a proven method for successful communication. To raise funds successfully, you need to aim for long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships. This starts by understanding the exponential growth of the non-profit world’s impact on donors. This course from Fundraising Academy explains how donor’s mindsets have changed with the development of watchdog organizations. Learn to embrace your selling persona and improve prospective and donor relationships with the Cause Selling Cycle. Explore ways to remain ethical in the gray areas, as well as the time management, organizational, and communication skills that you will need as prospective donors decide to partner with you and your cause.

Nonprofit Fundraising Tips
Released: 5/13/2022
Successful fundraising depends on a fundraiser’s ability to communicate knowledge about the organization effectively to current and prospective donors. In this course, the Fundraising Academy at National University offers you a wide variety of tips to incorporate into your fundraising presentation, including how to leverage technology and analyze data to develop a plan that will motivate your donors to invest. 

Cause Selling: The Secret to Nonprofit Donations
3h 55m
Released: 5/13/2022
In fundraising, building relationships is an art form. You need a pragmatic mindset and ample preparation to succeed at identifying, approaching, and cultivating donor relationships. In this course, the Fundraising Academy teaches you how to prospect, manage prospect information, prepare for your first meeting with a potential donor, make a lasting first impression, and more. 

Book resources from WCL’s collections

Diversity and philanthropy : expanding the circle of giving / Wagner, Lilya
“A “one size fits all” strategy is not effective when it comes to philanthropy and fundraising in today’s diversified environment. This book enables non-profit leaders, board members, staff, and volunteers of non-profit organizations to better reach diverse populations and incorporate perspectives that increase success by surveying the cultural context for philanthropic action. Brings together a breadth of information on the cultural effects on philanthropy and fundraising in an approachable, practical, and readable manner–all in a single-volume resource. “– Provided by publisher.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Fundraising ideas : plan and run events to raise money for good causes / Russell, Molly
“This book is for anyone faced with the task of raising money, especially if it’s for the first time. In it, Molly Russell shares her advice and the ideas gained from a lifetime’s experience of organizing and running fundraising events. Covering all aspects from start to completion, it provides invaluable information that will lead you around the inevitable pitfalls, together with a list of ideas for events that have worked well, from a local coffee morning to a celebrity concert.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Relationship fundraising : a donor-based approach to the business of raising money / Burnett, Ken
“Internationally acclaimed fundraising consultant Ken Burnett has completely revised and updated his classic book Relationship Fundraising to offer fundraising professionals an invaluable resource for learning the techniques of effective communication with donors in the twenty-first century.” (Catalogue)


The complete fundraising handbook / Botting, Nina
“The new edition of this ever-popular title has been completely updated and also reorganised. It is now divided into three parts, covering:
* fundraising principles and strategies
* sources of funding – including individual donors, grant-making trusts, companies, central and local government
* fundraising techniques – from house-to-house collections and challenge events, to direct mail and capital appeals
Illustrated with case studies throughout, the book provides a wealth of practical advice on every aspect of fundraising for charity.” (Catalogue)

Fundraising for your school / Rowson, Pauline
“For both the beginner and those who wish to improve their fundraising techniques, this guide looks at how schools can organise their resources for effective fundraising.” (Catalogue)



Legacy fundraising : the art of seeking bequests
“This series aims to contribute to the development of fundraising theory and support the mobilization of resources for the non-profit sector worldwide.” (Catalogue)



250+ fundraising ideas for your charity, society, school and PTA : practical and simple money making ideas for anyone raising funds for charities, hospices, societies, clubs and schools / Robinson, Paige
“Containing over 250 practical and effective fundraising ideas, this is an essential book for anyone raising money for charities, hospices, societies, churches, clubs, as well as schools and their PTA. From the sublime (a sponsored blindfold) to the ridiculous (a baked bean welly race), there is something for every fundraiser in this book. Covering sponsorship ideas, raffles and lotteries, collections and donations, games and activities, things to sell as well as providing many different events and themes you can organise, this indispensable guide also looks at how to use outside businesses effectively as well as social networking sites and the internet.”–Publisher’s description.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The ask : how to ask anyone for any amount for any purpose / Fredricks, Laura
The Ask is a complete resource for teaching anyone–experienced in fundraising or not–how to ask individuals, in person, for a contribution to for a local non-profit or a special event or community project, an enhanced annual gift, a major or planned gift, or a challenging capital campaign gift. Written by fundraising expert Laura Fredricks, The Ask shows what it takes to prepare yourself and others to make an effective ask and includes over one hundred sample dialogues you can use and adapt. Step by step, the book reveals how to listen, what to say, and how to follow up on each and every ask until you receive a solid and definitive answer.” (Catalogue)

The fundraiser’s guide to irresistible communications : real-world, field-tested strategies for raising more money / Brooks, Jeff
The writing style of fundraising — The importance of being urgent — Make it easy to read — Long messages work better — Grammar for fundraisers — The content of fundraising — Persuade with story, not statistics — Keep it simple — Make it all about the donor — I have bad news and good news — Have a clear call to action — P.S. I love you — The design of fundraising — Design for older eyes — Don’t skimp on emphasis — Make images work for you — Plain, corny, and obvious — The mental game of fundraising — Self-centric fundraising — Three things you should know about donors — Three deadly fundraising myths — Proud to be a fundraiser. (Catalogue)

I’ll grant you that : a step-by-step guide to finding funds, designing winning projects, and writing powerful grant proposals / Burke, Jim
“Part book, part CD-ROM, I’ll Grant You That is an all-in-one resource for finding funds, designing winning projects, and writing powerful proposals.” (Catalogue)


Philanthropy revolution : how to inspire donors, build relationships and make a difference / Greer, Lisa
“In the first book on philanthropy written from a donor’s perspective, businesswoman and philanthropist Lisa Greer lifts the lid on our charitable sector, with an authentic account that describes exactly how outdated the sector has become and why it’s at risk of collapse.” (Catalogue)


Other resources

Funding HQ is a platform helping people build fundraising capability and capacity in an easy, cost-effective way. For its passionate founder Jenni Giblin it’s the culmination of an already highly successful fundraising career.

Fundraising Institute of New Zealand
Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ) is the professional body that represents fundraising in New Zealand. 

From Philanthropy New Zealand is Match Te Puna Taurite that aims to connect those with funds to those that seek them. If you are a charity you can sign up to the service to post funding requests and get in front of multiple funders with one action. 

Hui E! is a peak body organisation for the tangata whenua, community and voluntary sector in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Hoa Pūtea Moni Grant Writing Support programme matches skilled volunteers with community organisations that need support to apply for grants and funding.

As a not for profit there may also be helpful information available via the Community Net Aotearoa site.
Community Net provides An online hub of resources designed to strengthen organisations and communities.

If you would like further information please contact the Prosearch team at the library. We can help you find information across a range of perspectives and resources. All enquiries are treated in confidence.

International Women’s Day: Inspire Inclusion

International Women’s Day free IWD theme resources for IWDevents

Friday 8 March is International Women’s Day.  For 2024 the theme is ‘Inspire Inclusion’.

As the IWD website says: 

“When we inspire others to understand and value women’s inclusion, we forge a better world.
And when women themselves are inspired to be included, there’s a sense of belonging, relevance, and empowerment.”

We’ve collated a list of recent additions to the WCL collection on inspirational and influential women in leadership and business around the world.

Inspirational women in business : uplifting and motivational stories from extraordinary women / Evans, Dawn
Inspirational Women in Business is second in the series of empowering and inspirational books that was born out of Dawn Evans and Tracey Smolinski wanting to inspire, uplift and support women around the world during the pandemic and beyond. When you start reading through the chapters that all the fabulous co-authors have written, it will become clear that if ever you feel that you want to give up, your self-belief and determination can make anything possible. By having a ‘get up and go’ attitude, you can achieve anything. Life is a challenge: you need to grab it with both hands, with pure grit and determination, and you will see what can be achieved when you put your mind to it.” (Catalogue)

Leading women : 20 influential women share their secrets to leadership, business, and life / O’Reilly, Nancy D.
“Stop waiting around for the career-and life-that you deserve and start taking the reins! Leading Women shows you how to claim power and respect, conquer your internal barriers, and change the world by helping other women do the same.”  (Catalogue)


Real women, real leaders : surviving and succeeding in the business world
“Plan your path to leadership with insight from real women at the top. In Real Women, Real Leadership, twenty-four women leaders describe their personal journeys to the top, providing deep insight and a fascinating perspective on “making it” as a woman in the male-dominated business environment. They discuss their experiences and offer guidance on topics such as balancing family and career, building alliances, mentoring and being mentored, and overcoming obstacles in the business world which is still dominated by men in the senior levels of management. Drawn from a range of industries including higher education, technology, law, the military, politics, the media, and more, these stories provide the details that every ambitious woman needs to know. You’ll learn which skills, attributes, and relationships served these women best, how they overcame the obstacles thrown into their paths, and the people they credit as instrumental along the way.”– Provided by publisher.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The courage to advance : real life resilience from the world’s most successful women in business / Hagemann, Bonnie
“A powerful collection of 36 stories about how the world’s most successful women have overcome some of life’s biggest challenges to reach the top of their professions. This is a book written for every current and aspiring leader, revealing the things that leaders rarely talk about; the behind the scenes struggles. The women in these stories are powerful, internationally diverse and have impressive leadership accomplishments… After reading this book you will be inspired to lead and make a difference for others whether it’s running a company or leading a division, team, project, community event or your family and home. You will discover that you already have all you need to succeed when it gets hard, to never give up, and how to keep going through life’s difficult and sometimes terrible challenges…”–books.google.com.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Women and leadership : real lives, real lessons / Gillard, Julia
“An inspirational and practical book written by two high-achieving women, sharing the experience and advice of some of our most extraordinary women leaders, in their own words. From their broad experience on the world stage in politics, economics and global not-for-profits, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Julia Gillard have some strong ideas about the impact of gender on the treatment of leaders. Women and Leadership takes a consistent and comprehensive approach to teasing out what is different for women leaders.  Women and Leadership presents a lively analysis of the influence of gender on women’s access to positions of leadership, the perceptions of them as leaders, the trajectory of their leadership and the circumstances in which it comes to an end, featuring Jacinda Ardern, Hillary Clinton, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Theresa May, Michelle Bachelet, Joyce Banda, Erna Solberg, Christine Lagarde and more.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

What I told my daughter : lessons from leaders on raising the next generation of empowered women
“A “diverse group of women–from Madeleine Albright To Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from Dr. Susan Love to Whoopi Goldberg and more…reflect on the best advice and counsel they have given their daughters either by example, throughout their lives, or in character-building, teachable moments between parent and child.”–Book jacket.” (Catalogue)


This is how we rise : reach your highest potential, empower women, lead change in the world / Chan, Claudia
“We live in a time of unprecedented opportunity for women. Yet despite centuries of progress, true equality remains out of reach. What will it take to bring us to a tipping point? To leadership expert and social entrepreneur Claudia Chan, the key is shifting to a “me for we” mindset, where individuals root their effort in a mission far bigger than personal success, and getting everyone–women and men–to work together for social change. By lifting others, we not only make the world better, but we can also discover our greatest meaning and achieve lasting fulfillment. In This Is How We Rise, Claudia encourages readers to join a new breed of leaders and become change makers for gender equality. Distilling wisdom and insights from her own personal and professional journey, she shares key lessons learned and offers a toolbox of thirteen foundational habits…” (adapted from Catalogue)

Women kind : unlocking the power of women supporting women / Ferguson, Kirstin
“Women are rallying together in a massive and unstoppable force to make their voices heard around the world in ways we have never seen before. When Dr Kirstin Ferguson, an Australian company director, decided she was fed up with the vicious online abuse of women, she turned the tables and used social media to create the #CelebratingWomen campaign, profiling two women from anywhere in the world and every walk of life, every day for a year. The response was overwhelming. In Women Kind, Ferguson joins Walkley award-winning journalist and leading commentator on women in the workplace, Catherine Fox, to examine how women’s shared clout is transforming communities, workplaces and leadership… Ferguson and Fox urge us to get on board and forget the old saying that when a woman climbs the corporate ladder, she needs to send it back down to help one other woman. What’s needed is a fishing net to bring up many women together, all supporting each other.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Me and my mentor : how mentoring supercharged the careers of 11 extraordinary women / Breekveldt, Norah
“How important is mentoring in accelerating my career success and helping me realise my potential? Why are men more likely to have mentors than women? How do I proactively pursue a mentoring relationship? What is more effective — formal mentoring programs or informal mentoring relationships? Me and My Mentor explores these and other questions mentors and mentees face in their working life. Eleven mentor and mentee couples talk openly about their experiences, the professional and personal friendships that evolved, the challenges they worked through, the career and learning opportunities that opened up for them and the mutual benefits they received from the relationship… If you’ve ever been curious about how mentoring can advance your career, or how you can apply mentoring to achieve true diversity in your workplace, then Me and My Mentor is a must read!” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The Leadership Compass: The ultimate guide for women leaders to reach their full potential / Redfern, Michelle
“Diversity, equity and inclusion leader Michelle Redfern believes closing the gender leadership gap isn’t about fixing women. It’s about providing them with a human compass to navigate their way to leadership success. Rather than change their behaviour, they need to learn the skills and gain the confidence required to reach their potential.” (Catalogue)

The gender bias : the barriers that hold women back, and how to break them / Cohen-Hatton, Sabrina
“Two people do the same job and are both firefighters. When one is asked what they do for a living, their response is met with: ‘That’s amazing, you are so brave!’, while the other is asked: ‘Isn’t that dangerous? Aren’t you scared? What about your kids?’ Can you guess the difference between the two? These comments are the reality for Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton and many other women at work and in life. Gender biases stop women from succeeding – but why are certain qualities associated with success viewed less favourably for women? After leaving home at 15, going through extreme personal adversity and a period of homelessness, Sabrina gained first-hand experience of the hurdles women face to become successful. In The Gender Bias, she explores the everyday prejudices women experience through the prism of success. From leadership, to risk-taking, perception and failure, Sabrina exposes the invisible barriers that are holding women back. Through an analysis of studies and data, Sabrina unpicks why women are judged differently, examines why that matters and offers practical solutions on how we can tackle our biases and overcome sustained systems”–Publisher’s description.” (Catalogue)

Glass half-broken : shattering the barriers that still hold women back at work / Ammerman, Colleen
“Why the gender gap persists and how we can close it. Women have made up roughly half of the college-educated workforce for years, and before the onset of the economic crisis of 2020, the gap between the percentage of women and the percentage of men in the labor force was the lowest on record. But women remain underrepresented in positions of power and status. The gender pay gap, for example, shows little movement, largely because high-paying jobs are the most gender-imbalanced. Even in areas where there are roughly equal numbers of men and women, or where women actually make up the majority, leadership ranks remain male-dominated. The endurance of these inequalities begs the question: Why haven’t we made more progress? A 2020 analysis by a team of sociologists affirms that progress, as measured by rates of women’s employment, earnings, and the types of fields and jobs they work in, has either stalled completely or slowed. With fifty years of sweeping reforms in educational and corporate policy, it’s tempting to think that any remaining gender imbalances reflect differences in individual merit or behavior, not organizational barriers. Much of the popular media supports this idea, with countless books and articles offering advice on what women should do to overcome challenges: lean in, speak up, do power poses, stop apologizing, and delegate more. Ammerman and Groysberg focus instead on the pervasive organizational obstacles and managerial actions that create gender imbalance. Bringing to light the key findings from the latest research in psychology, sociology, and economics, Glass Half-Broken shows that along their entire career path-from entry- to mid- to senior-level positions-women get pushed out of the leadership pipeline and, at each point, for different reasons. Presenting institutional and managerial strategies designed to overcome and mitigate these barriers at each step in the career path, Glass Half-Broken is the authoritative resource that managers and leaders at all levels can use to finally shatter the glass ceiling”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

What she said : the art of inspiring action through speech / Lunin, Monica
“Learn how spoken words can change a mind, a community and the world with this collection of remarkable speeches by women. What She Said is an inspiring collection of speeches from passionate and persuasive women from around the world and throughout history. The included speakers come from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, ages, and education levels, demonstrating how women from all walks of life can use the power of speech to bring change. Author Monica Lunin has curated and analysed 40 of the greatest speeches made by strong and empowering women from all around the world. — Provided by publisher.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Not now, not ever : ten years on from the misogyny speech
“On 9 October 2012, Prime Minister Julia Gillard stood up and proceeded to make all present in Parliament House that day pay attention – and left many of them squirming in their seats. The incisive ‘misogyny speech’, as her words came to be known, challenged not only Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, on his words and actions but, over time, all of us. How had we come to condone the public and private behaviours of some very public men? With contributions from Mary Beard, Jess Hill, Jennifer Palmieri, Katharine Murphy and members of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard explores the history and culture of misogyny, tools in the patriarchy’s toolbox, intersectionality, and gender and misogyny in the media and politics… (Adapted from Catalogue)
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