Motivational leadership

In a recent conversation with a project manager friend, he told me of a meeting his team had had with their senior manager.

The project team is working on a major, national, big budget project. They are an experienced, hardworking and competent group of professionals.

Therefore, on presenting a progress report to their leadership they were stunned to be told “You’re too optimistic”.

Uhhh … what …. ????

Needless to say the team found this “feedback” unhelpful and certainly lacking in motivation. They also felt unappreciated. My project manager friend noted he, and others in his team, would be looking closely at other job opportunities post-Xmas holidays.

When the team begins the inevitable drift out the door to take up roles with other organisations senior management will wonder why.

Motivating staff  is a skill. Unfortunately it is a skill often lacking in many leaders.

Skills though can be learned.

The WCL collection contains a range of books and provides access to courses on motivational leadership.

Some recent ones are listed below :

The everyday leader : how to motivate, empower and influence those around you / Cross, John
“Every day, every one of us is a leader in some way – we just don’t necessarily know it. Leadership is about inspiring change and movement, whether on an individual level – a person’s attitude, behaviour, emotions or habits – or an organizational level – culture, goals, vision or strategy. By changing the way you approach the concept of leadership, The Everyday Leader will help you recognise and embrace your natural leadership qualities, so that you can be more motivated and empowered in the workplace and at home. The Everyday Leader tackles the main challenges that leaders face at some point in their career: leading teams; attaining buy-in from stakeholders; leading through artificial intelligence; whistleblowing; and leading from a distance. But the book also addresses the leadership issues that occur in day-to-day life: listening and empathising; making change attractive and accessible; influencing and persuading; and making the right decision through information overload. Providing advice and tools for those looking to polish their existing leadership skills or anyone who wants to take the next step in their career, The Everyday Leader also recognises that leadership doesn’t stop once you clock off – these are lessons you can and should take home with you.” (Catalogue)
Also available as an ebook


Beyond happiness : how authentic leaders prioritize purpose and people for growth and impact / Lim, Jenn
“Jenn Lim has dedicated her career to helping organizations from name-brand industry leaders to innovative governments build workplace cultures that benefit both their employees and their bottom line, with less employee turnover, greater engagement, and higher profits. Her culture consultancy, Delivering Happiness, demonstrates the profound impact happiness can have on businesses’ ability to thrive in our ever-changing times. In this book, she clearly and concretely shows the way the model works in a hyper-connected fast-paced world, beginning with each individual defining their sense of values and purpose (the ME), and rippling through the organization ecosystem (the WE and the COMMUNITY) in waves of impact.” (Catalogue)


I love it here : how great leaders create organizations their people never want to leave / Pulver, Clint
“The greatest part about your role in leadership is that it matters. The hardest part is that it matters every day. For years, Emmy Award winning speaker Clint Pulver has been the Undercover Millennial, gathering the secrets of great management from companies of all sectors and sizes. Now, he is ready to reveal the insights he has from his undercover interviews with more than 10,000 employees across the country, and show you exactly what you can do to generate higher staff engagement and retention–and build true loyalty that lasts. I Love It Here is not another leadership book written by a self-proclaimed leadership expert; rather, it’s the data-driven product of intensive research with employees who knew exactly when their leaders were getting it right–and getting it wrong. By pulling back the cover on tired, “too tried and not true” leadership strategies that just aren’t cutting it anymore, Clint will open your eyes to the mentorship qualities that are earning genuine employee loyalty in the world of today, along with the behaviors that–whether you know it or not–are triggering a rush for the door. By reading this book, you’ll learn what one shocking factor is the number one driver of employee turnover (spoiler: it has everything to do with you!), what you can do to stop the leak, and how you can start building a team that works, right from the moment a prospective employee walks through the door. Using real-world examples from companies he has visited as an undercover retention agent, Clint will reveal in detail the best, most proven methods he has seen for identifying talent, building a sense of ownership, and developing staff in a way that helps them recognize and realize their own individual dreams. Through thoughtful and engaging chapter-by-chapter exercises, he’ll guide you through each strategy, moving you seamlessly toward building an authentic culture of valuing and empowering the individual in your own workplace. Soon, you’ll be recognizing possibility where others see problems, and capturing the power of small moments to create a meaningful legacy. I Love It Here is a vision of leadership that reaches beyond career to become almost like a calling: a day-by-day, moment-to-moment journey toward becoming the best for the world. Let Clint’s inspiring personal stories, deep knowledge, and unique challenges help you become that beloved Mentor Manager who is remembered forever, and who knows how to bring out true passion and commitment in the people on your team. This book is your key to the solutions-based principles behind every organization that people never want to leave. Your company can be more than simply a fancy facade. It can be a place that has an authentic core built on valuing the individual–a place where people don’t just survive, but thrive. I Love It Here will show you how.”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Manage to engage : how great managers create remarkable results / Hackett, Pamela
“Engagement has often been relegated to HR or was seen as a ‘soft’ issue. But when you build engagement into the life blood of a leader’s role, you see it becomes a performance requirement and a natural part of a manager’s day-to-day job. The problem? Leaders have been ill-equipped to engage, not knowing the right tools to employ or the right approaches to take. After all, so much is coming at them. How can they stop and engage? But what if they could? Leaders have often seen engagement as the outcome rather than the launchpad to build stronger ecosystems and achieve results. Manage to Engage addresses this with simple concepts like The HeadsUP High 5, behavior models like Active Management, and a unique performance improvement tool that engages as much as it brings about change: the 1.5.30 Connect–a daily, weekly, monthly routine performance review to enable people to achieve day-to-day business results. Packed with tools and exercises to apply at work today, Manage to Engage helps you address quality of life at work from the start”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Linkedin learning offers a variety of courses such as this presented by Chris Croft
Inspirational Leadership Skills: Practical Motivational Leadership
As a manager, you have the power to make or break your employees’ experience at work. This course was designed to show you how to sharpen your leadership skills, define a vision for your team, and ultimately transcend from a manager to an inspirational leader. Instructor Chris Croft has spent 20+ years teaching leadership skills to professionals of all stripes. Here, he draws from his experiences as he shares over two dozen practical steps you can take to inspire and motivate your team. Get practical strategies for delegating and motivating, communication, dealing with difficult people, and planning the future of your business. Along the way, Chris shares examples from multiple industries that illustrate how these concepts function in the real world.

There’s also this from Linkedin learning :

Be someone people trust, no matter what
With the “Great Reshuffle,” employees are quitting their jobs at the highest rates in over 20 years, and 41% of the global workforce is considering leaving their jobs. Manager relationships are becoming the make-or-break point for whether employees stay or go. Join veteran HR leader Laurie Ruettimann as she reveals the data behind why it’s more important than ever to be a manager who demonstrates empathy and inspires loyalty from the workforce. Laurie covers basics first: be someone people can trust, be an example of integrity, and be relentlessly inclusive. She steps you through ways to inspire your employees to grow. Laurie finishes up by showing you how you can help your team members love their work by being a next-level mentor, a fun-loving boss, and a leader who is genuinely invested in your employees’ well-being.

Access to the Linkedin learning courses available to registered library users.

If you need more 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.

Accessing the Harvard Business Review via WCL

The Harvard Business Review has long been a popular read for people in business and management.

Your WCL membership gives access to this publication in several formats.

Hard copies of the magazine are available on the display stand at CBD Te Awe Brandon.  These can be perused in the library or borrowed.

A Chinese version of the HBR is available on Press reader 

Mygateway  provides access to HBR content via individual articles indexed in the database and available in pdf format.

Click the Business  option and then Business Source Premier.

You will need to login using your Library card and pin numbers.

Type Harvard Business Review in the top search box and select the Publication name option from the drop down menu to the left.  You can limit your results to a certain time period by scrolling down the screen and selecting the options given.

The display defaults to the newest items first.

You can then select and read online or email selected items to be read later.

 

Our latest business books received

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


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

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

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

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

New management books have been arriving at Wellington City Libraries.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sound advice for companies who are contemplating the post Covid-19 workplace

Firstly, from a New Zealand perspective there is quite a bit of information out there. Hopefully, I have retrieved some posts which will inspire and support you.

Running a business in challenging times -MYOB Business preparation Guide. The second edition of the MYOB Business Preparedness Guide, looks at some of the key areas business can focus on, adapt and invest in as they seek to navigate the ‘new normal’ created by coronavirus

New Zealand Business after Covid-19 In a special Business series four well known founders/business commentators give their thoughts on how they think NZ businesses will respond.

What comes next: 4 perspectives on post-pandemic preparation
NZ technology and digital chiefs’ responses to COVID-19 guide their business continuity plans for the emerging work environment

What lies on the other side of lockdown and elimination? Part 1 of a special Spinoff series in which Duncan Grieve looks at a number of sectors which will be worst hit by the aftermath of Covid-19. Part two looks at the winners and losers.

Latest management books arriving at Wellington City Libraries

Female firebrands : stories and techniques to ignite change, take control, and succeed in the workplace / Kiner, Mikaela
Saying NO to the Workplace Status Quo: 13 Women Who Are Rewriting the Rules If readers are not sure what a firebrand is, they’ll find out in Mikaela Kiner’s powerful first book. Women of all generations will nod in recognition at the stories of 13 professional women from diverse backgrounds and industries as they recount the career challenges they’ve faced and how they have overcome bias, sexism, and the power imbalance. Mikaela Kiner spent 15 years in HR leadership at Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, PopCap Games, and Redfin. In 2015 she founded Reverb, which helps companies create healthy, inclusive culture that engages and inspires employees.” (Catalogue)

The snowball system : how to win more business and turn clients into raving fans / Bunnell, Mo
Mo Bunnell’s comprehensive system will help you win more clients, build stronger relationships, and bring in more business.
In The Snowball System, Mo Bunnell offers powerful and proven tools for business development. Whether you are gregarious or introverted, whether you are a part of a small startup or a massive multinational, Bunnell’s science-based system is effective and efficient, and easily adapted into your day-to-day work. With The Snowball System, you will not only succeed at growing your business, you’ll learn to enjoy doing the activities that drive that growth. You’ll be happier, and so will your clients.” (Catalogue)

Ingenious: The Unintended Consequences Of Human Innovation [hardback] / Gluckman, Peter
“The trouble with innovation is that it can seldom be undone. We invent technologies to modify our environments in immediately beneficial ways, but the long-term consequences can be costly. From obesity to antibiotic resistance, we pay for our successes. Peter Gluckman and Mark Hanson explore what happens when our creations lead nature to bite back. (Catalogue)

Start finishing : how to go from idea to done / Gilkey, Charlie
A prominent productivity expert shows how to do more of the work that matters by converting ideas into finished projects. With Start Finishing, Gilkey presents a systematic, root-cause approach for overcoming the real pitfalls to productivity and turning your ideas into finished projects. He outlines a powerful seven-step method for success…. Gilkey provides an invaluable set of tools to help you stop being bogged down with task lists and start finishing your best work. ‘Start Finishing is a game changer, a modern-day classic that will dramatically change your work”….. — Seth Godin, New York Times bestselling author of This Is Marketing.” (Catalogue)

Reboot : leadership and the art of growing up / Colonna, Jerry
“Jerry Colonna helps start-up CEOs make peace with their demons, the psychological habits and behavioral patterns that have helped them to succeed-and have molded them into highly accomplished individuals-yet have been detrimental to their relationships and ultimate well-being. Now this venture capitalist turned executive coach shares his unusual yet highly effective blend of Buddhism, Jungian therapy, and entrepreneurial straight talk to help leaders overcome their own psychological traumas. Reboot is a journey of radical self-inquiry, helping us reset our lives by sorting through the emotional baggage that is holding us back professionally and, even more important, in our relationships. In Reboot, he inspires leaders to hold themselves responsible for their choices and for the possibility of truly achieving their dreams.

The business of platforms : strategy in the age of digital competition, innovation, and power / Cusumano, Michael A.
“A trio of experts on high-tech business strategy and innovation reveal the principles that have made platform businesses the most valuable firms in the world and the first trillion-dollar companies. Cusumano, Gawer, and Yoffie address how a small number of companies have come to exert extraordinary influence over every dimension of our personal, professional, and political lives. They explain how these new entities differ from the powerful corporations of the past. They also question whether there are limits to the market dominance and expansion of these digital juggernaut.” (Catalogue)

Latest management books received at Wellington City Libraries

Real communication : how to be you and lead true / Dolan, Gabrielle
Effective communication through authentic leadership A rapidly evolving workplace and disruptive technologies have created a growing demand for transparency and authenticity in communication from business leaders. Yet many decision-makers find themselves far behind the curve when it comes to understanding and meeting the evolving expectations of employees and customers. Real Communication: How to Be You and Lead True reveals how to guide and communicate in a way that is authentic and will help business leaders truly connect and engage with their teams, customers, and coworkers. – Communicate more effectively – Improve employee engagement – Manage organisational changes – Help teams cope with change When employees trust their leaders, businesses thrive. In Real Communication you will find everything you need to implement new strategies, instill core values, and cultivate engagement.” (Catalogue)

The ride of a lifetime : lessons in creative leadership from the CEO of the Walt Disney Company / Iger, Robert
The CEO of Disney, one of Time‘s most influential people of 2019, shares the ideas and values he embraced to reinvent one of the most beloved companies in the world and inspire the people who bring the magic to life. Robert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a difficult time. Morale had deteriorated, competition was intense, and technology was changing faster than at any time in the company’s history. His vision came down to three clear ideas: Recommit to the concept that quality matters, embrace technology instead of fighting it, and think bigger–think global–and turn Disney into a stronger brand in international markets. Fourteen years later, Disney is the largest, most respected media company in the world, counting Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox among its properties. Its value is nearly five times what it was when Iger took over, and he is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful CEOs of our era. In The Ride of a Lifetime, Robert Iger shares the lessons he’s learned while running Disney and leading its 200,000 employees, and he explores the principles that are necessary for true leadership… It’s also about thoughtfulness and respect, and a decency-over-dollars approach that has become the bedrock of every project and partnership Iger pursues, from a deep friendship with Steve Jobs in his final years to an abiding love of the Star Wars mythology. “The ideas in this book strike me as universal” Iger writes. “Not just to the aspiring CEOs of the world, but to anyone wanting to feel less fearful, more confidently themselves, as they navigate their professional and even personal lives.” (Catalogue)

The entrepreneurial artist : lessons from highly successful creatives / Dworkin, Aaron P.
“Very few artists are skilled at promoting themselves and their work. Drawing on the accomplishments of Shakespeare, Mozart, and several contemporary creatives, including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Wynton Marsalis, this engaging and practical guide will help you achieve artistic fulfillment, both personally and professionally–no matter your medium. In The Entrepreneurial Artist: Lessons from Highly Successful Creatives, Aaron Dworkin offers an engaging, practical guide to achieving artistic fulfillment, both personally and professionally. Based on the accomplishments of Shakespeare, Mozart, and several contemporary creatives, these lessons will help you realize your goals–no matter your medium. Among those Dworkin personally interviewed for this book are Emmy-winning actor Jeff Daniels, Tony-award winning choreographer Bill T. Jones, Grammy award-winning musician Wynton Marsalis, and Pulitzer Prize winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others. The stories of these twelve remarkable individuals come alive with lessons of love, loss, despair, sacrifice, perseverance, and triumph. Some of the artist-entrepreneur takeaways explored in this book include: -Build partnerships–with peers, patrons, and sponsors -Embrace diversity -Expand your focus -Allow your work to mature Whether one is an aspiring student artist in search of practical tools to build a sustainable career, or a veteran seeking reinvention, The Entrepreneurial Artist offers insights–well-tested, unusual, or innovative–that are meaningful for every kind of creative.” (Catalogue)

Building better ideas : how constructive debate inspires courage, collaboration, and breakthrough solutions / Barnes, B. Kim
Why do teams settle for bad ideas or kill good ones? Popular consultant B. Kim Barnes’s unique process of constructive debate shows how teams can create better ideas and outcomes by eliminating obstacles to honest discussion, creativity, and collaboration. In too many organizations, great ideas and unusual solutions can be suppressed, ignored, or attacked. Departments defend their turf, and people choose what is safe over what is better. Bad ideas move forward and good ideas die, which can lead to disastrous results–financial or otherwise. Luckily, there is a workable path out of this dysfunction. Kim Barnes’s process of constructive debate shows how to establish conditions that encourage the free exchange, discussion, and development of ideas and eliminate conditions that prevent potentially useful ideas from getting heard. By using this tested model, any company or team can improve outcomes and bring out everyone’s best ideas. A constructive debate is one in which a diverse group of individuals can express their ideas, engage others in building on and improving them, explore ideas deeply, and challenge one another’s positions in a fair and productive way. In this book, you’ll learn a set of behaviors you can model and encourage and a process you can facilitate, lead, or support your client in leading. In this time, where opinions can be tribal and differences can lead to unconstructive conflict, it’s important to find ways to build robust ideas through a thoughtful, fair, and inclusive approach.” (Catalogue)

The Scrum fieldbook : faster performance, better results, starting now / Sutherland, J. J.

Work. You’re doing it wrong.
Do you ever feel like you never get as much done as you want to? Or that your projects encounter insurmountable problems before they even get started? Or that your colleagues spend days talking over their ideas without actually implementing them?

J.J. Sutherland has the solution. In his international bestseller SCRUM, he introduced a simple, revolutionary tool to turbo-charge the output of every team. Designed in Silicon Valley and road-tested at the headquarters of Google and Amazon, the scrum method transformed how a generation of tech leaders work.

Now, in THE SCRUM FIELDBOOK, Sutherland returns with a hands-on guide to using the scrum method at the coal-face of any business. He reveals how its focus on rapid innovation, no-bullshit meetings and quick-fire decision-making has immediate relevance for every organisation on Earth. And he offers a step-by-step method for using scrum in your projects – starting today.

The result is a game-changing handbook that will make your team more productive.” (Catalogue)

Ultralearning : seven strategies for mastering hard skills and getting ahead / Young, Scott
“Future-proof your career and maximize your competitive advantage by learning the skill necessary to stay relevant, reinvent yourself, and adapt to whatever the workplace throws your way in this essential guide. Faced with tumultuous economic times and rapid technological change, staying ahead in your career depends on continual learning–a lifelong mastery of new ideas, subjects, and skills. If you want to accomplish more and stand apart from everyone else, you need to become an ultralearner. Scott Young incorporates the latest research about the most effective learning methods and the stories of other ultralearners like himself…. Young documents the methods he and others have used and shows that, far from being an obscure skill limited to aggressive autodidacts, ultralearning is a powerful tool anyone can use to improve their career, studies, and life. Ultralearning explores this fascinating subculture, shares the nine principles behind every successful ultralearning project, and offers insights into how you can organize and execute a plan to learn anything deeply and quickly, without teachers or budget-busting tuition costs.” (Catalogue)

Check out latest additions to management books at Wellington City Libraries

The Empathy Edge: Harnessing the Value of Compassion as an Engine for Success [paperback] / Ross, Maria
“Furious customers? Missed deadlines? Failed products? The problems your business faces may stem from a single issue: lack of empathy. Being empathetic at work means seeing the situation from another’s perspective, and using that vantage point to shape your leadership style, workplace culture, and branding strategy. Pairing her knowledge as a branding expert with proven research and fascinating stories from executives, change-makers and community leaders, Maria Ross reveals exactly how empathy makes brands and organisations stronger and more successful. Ross shows why your business needs to cultivate more empathy now, and shares the habits and traits of empathetic leaders who foster more productivity and loyalty. She gives practical tips, big and small, for how to align your mission and values and hire the right people, cultivating a more empathetic — and innovative — workplace culture. Finally, she gives you the goods on building your empathetic brand in an authentic and proactive way, and shows how doing so results in happier customers, innovative work cultures and increased profits.
The leader’s guide to mindfulness : how to use soft skills to get hard results / Tang, Audrey
“For leaders wanting to use proven mindfulness strategies and tools to unlock top performance and results. The Leader’s Guide to Mindfulness is a highly practical guide to help you focus your attention on the present so you and your organisation can perform more effectively. With emphasis on the “why” and the “how” of mindfulness, you’ll discover how to reap the performance benefits and also learn how to use mindfulness to become an emotionally agile leader. Through a combination of ground rules, practical exercises, case studies and no-nonsense advice, you’ll discover how mindfulness can help you and your organisation to:

  • Improve wellbeing and resilience
  • Improve relationships
  • Improve collaboration
  • Improve creativity and innovation
  • Improve decision making and problem-solving” (Catalogue)

Better business relationships / Tasso, Kim
Essential advice from psychology and communications on how to develop and maintain meaningful professional relationships for individual and organizational success. Business success is usually reliant on being able to get along with people. No matter what the role in an organization, the ability to influence, persuade, change, motivate and encourage others to act effectively is vital. Better Business Relationships brings together a wealth of knowledge and practical advice, from psychology to communications and sales, to provide insight and guidance to both new and more experienced workers alike, who may be dealing with both internal colleagues and external clients and suppliers. As technology advances and automates business processes across industries and roles, communication skills and the ability to form meaningful, beneficial professional relationships is at risk of becoming a dying art. In the midst of the rise of social media, automation and artificial intelligence, there is worldwide concern that, as technology advances, we risk losing the human factors that are needed for individual and organizational success. Kim Tasso provides practical and essential insight on: – Understanding yourself and other people;
– Learning how to change;
– The fundamentals of good communication and relationships;
– Working with people internally; and
– Working with people externally. Better Business Relationships is ideal for anyone who wants to improve their relationships at work and gain a greater understanding of critical social and communications skills required to succeed in any professional environment.” (Catalogue)

Be a project motivator : unlock the secrets of strengths-based project management / Pearce, Ruth
“Engaging your team begins with engaging yourself. “This book will soon become a widely accepted standard on how to deliver a successful project on time and on budget in any industry.”
–John Garahan, Vice President, Global Delivery, Broadridge Financial Solutions

Successful project managers must engage and motivate others to achieve complex goals. Ruth Pearce shows how behavior, language, and attitudes affect engagement and how leveraging character strengths can help improve relationships, increase innovation, and build higher-functioning teams. This focus on character strengths–such as bravery, curiosity, fairness, gratitude, and humor–can help project managers recognize and cultivate the things that are best in themselves and others.

Many project managers do not have the authority to direct the activities of people on their teams–they can only influence them. The most influential people succeed by focusing less on themselves and their message and more on others. They pay attention, they are brave, they are vulnerable, they are curious, and they look for and acknowledge the things that are important about and to the other person. And they model the behavior that they want to see. This book tells you how.

Pearce provides tools and frameworks for building a culture of appreciation, understanding character strengths, mapping leadership qualities, understanding learning styles, identifying team roles, and executing plans. She also explores the factors that contribute to conflict and tensions, as well as strategies for getting through difficult times. We see these tools and techniques in action through “Maggie,” a project manager who is struggling to motivate her team. Each chapter concludes with reflective questions to make the ideas stick and with key strategies for success.” (Catalogue)

The languages of leadership : how to use your words, actions and behaviours to influence your team, peers and boss / Born, Wendy
“Many of us have issues trying to lead disparate teams with multiple personalities, colleagues with conflicting agendas and bosses with minds of their own. The questions we often ask ourselves are:
* How do I manage my team leaders to work together without having to reinvent the wheel, to learn from and leverage each other’s …… Many of us have issues trying to lead disparate teams with multiple personalities, colleagues with conflicting agendas and bosses with minds of their own. The questions we often ask ourselves are: How do I manage my team leaders?; How do I manage my peers? How do I manage my own leader to stop making big promises to my team that I know they won’t deliver on? The answer is to learn to master the languages of leadership. In this fascinating book, Wendy Born will show you how and teach you to make small changes that will have a big impact. ..”.a must-read book for any leader at any stage of their leadership journey.” Paul Harper, Finance Business Transformation, Deakin University> “Wendy provides practical tools and tips to help you to be a better leader for your people, have better relationships with your peers and to get noticed by your boss. Well worth the read.” Andrew McWhirter, CEO The Influencer Project “The Languages of Leadership is a great tool for those who are keen to understand where they are on their leadership journey and how to shape their own brand and style as a connected and impactful leader.” Fiona Schutt, CFO, Worksafe Victoria” (Catalogue)

Work from wherever : how to set yourself free (and still achieve) / Messenger, Lisa
“You can run an empire without an office. Freedom & ambition can co-exist together.You can work from anywhere – happily & successfully. Your (work) life can be one big adventure.It’s predicted there will be 1 billion digital nomad by 2035. Many of the world’s most iconic companies are shutting their headquarters to allow their employees to work from anywhere, with unlimited vacation and total autonomy.Freedom, ambition, exploration…yes, you can have it all!In 2018, after a milestone year for Collective Hub, Lisa closed the brand’s offices, decentralised their team ¿. and caught a plane to the other side of the world. But this wasn’t your average holiday!In Work From Wherever, the entrepreneur, author and speaker shares the lessons she learnt rebuilding a brand on the move and the incredible nomads she met on her travels.Combining personal anecdotes with advice from inspiring globe-trotters, roaming employees and untethered founders, this book will ignite your wanderlust, speak to your inner freedom-seeker and provide practical tips for blazing your own trail.” (Catalogue)

Latest management books at Wellington City Libraries

The Connector Manager: Why Some Leaders Build Exceptional Talent-And Others Don’t [paperback] / Roca, Jaime
The best managers work smarter, not harder After conducting a unique global study of over 9,000 people, analysts at the world-leading sales research firm Gartner identified four distinct types of manager. Incredibly, they found one type consistently performs far better than the rest, and it wasn’t the one they were expecting.

Connector Managers understand that it’s not enough for managers to just encourage and teach employees themselves, and that providing constant coaching to employees can actually be detrimental to their independent development. Instead, by connecting employees to others in the team or organisation, Connector Managers can help their employees develop a range of skills beyond their own areas of expertise.

Although the four types of managers are more or less evenly distributed, employees with Connector Managers perform significantly better than others. Employees with Always-on Managers who provide constant feedback and coaching perform significantly worse.

Drawing on their ground-breaking data-driven research, as well as in-depth case studies and extensive interviews with thousands of managers, you’ll discover what behaviours define Connector Managers and how you can use them yourself to build brilliant, powerhouse teams.” (Catalogue)

Create A Gender-Balanced Workplace (Penguin Business Experts) [paperback] / Francke, Ann
“Equality at work expert Ann Francke reveals how to understand and tackle the damaging consequences of gender imbalance in the workplace. Gender balance is first and foremost a business issue. McKinsey estimates we could add 28 trillion to global GDP if we achieved gender equality everywhere – that is more than the GDPs of the US and China combined. But it is so much more than that. Gender balance is one of the best levers we can pull to build better managers and leaders at every level, improve team performance and create better cultures where everyone can thrive. In the Penguin Experts- Equality at Work, Ann Francke, the CEO of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), introduces her solution to combating the problems at the heart of the continued imbalance and offers clear, actionable strategies for making a positive change in your organisation.” (Catalogue)

Communicate In A Crisis: Understand, Engage And Influence Consumer Behaviour To Maximize Brand Trust [paperback] / Hartley, Kate
“Future-proof your crisis response plan using this clear-cut framework to mitigate, manage and respond to unpredictable rumours, scandals, crises and fake news. The definitive guide for any PR or marketing professional to recognize, plan and respond to a sudden wildfire of consumer-led reaction, “manipulated outrage” sparked from interaction on news feed algorithms, fueled by social media and the constant demand for an instantaneous response.” (Catalogue)

How To Lead When Your Boss Can’t (Or Won’t) [hardback] / Maxwell, John C
“Some talented people reach their full potential, while others self-destruct or remain trapped in medioctiy, What maes the difference Choices. Here are the 13 choices that can propel you to success. Every day millions of people with high potential are frustrated and held back by incompetent leaders. New York Times bestselling leadership author John C. Maxwell knows this because the number one question he gets asked is about how to lead when the boss isn’t a good leader. You don’t have to be trapped in your work situation. In this book, adapted from the million-selling The 360-Degree Leader, Maxwell unveils the keys to successfully navigating the challenges of working for a bad boss. Maxwell teaches how to position yourself for current and future success, take the high road with a poor leader, avoid common pitfalls, work well with teammates, and develop influence wherever you find yourself. Practicing the principles taught in this book will result in endless opportunities–for your organization, your career, and your life. You can learn how to lead when your boss can’t (or won’t).” (Catalogue)

Work tribes : the surprising secret to breakthrough performance, astonishing results, and keeping teams together / Murphy, Shawn
“Are you building a typical team… or a high-performance tribe The motivational power of the desire to belong is the key element for ensuring employee satisfaction and retention, as well as your company’s long-term success. With millions of exhausted employees “living for Friday,” the place we spend most of our time-our workplace-is drudgery. But what happens when leaders revive the workplace by tapping into a hardwired human need That need, a sense of belonging, can resuscitate employee satisfaction and retention, while also contributing to a company’s long-term success. Employees want more than a job. They want an opportunity to solve essential problems and receive fair pay and benefits. While some companies use slick culture tricks to attract and retain employees, a more meaningful experience can be created by fostering a sense of belonging. How can businesses achieve this In his new book Work Tribes, Shawn Murphy, CEO of WorqIQ and a sought-after leadership speaker, shows readers how to tap into the motivational pull of belonging. Based on findings from his interviews with leaders and employees at companies such as LinkedIn, The Container Store, Canlis Restaurant, and Barry-Wehmiller, Work Tribes reveals why a human-centered approach is more aligned with the way we work in the twenty-first century. Astonishing outcomes result from making your employees feel welcomed, wanted, and valued-and this book will show you how to transform your team into a unified tribe. Are you building a typical team… or a high-performance tribe? The motivational power of the desire to belong is the key element for ensuring employee satisfaction and retention, as well as your company’s long-term success. With millions of exhausted employees “living for Friday,” the place we spend most of our time–our workplace–is drudgery. But what happens when leaders revive the workplace by tapping into a hardwired human need? That need, a sense of belonging, can resuscitate employee satisfaction and retention, while also contributing to a company’s long-term success.

The Responsibility Ethic: 12 Strategies Exceptional People Use to Do the Work and Make Success Happen [paperback] / Kreek, Adam
“Adam Kreek is more than an Olympic Gold Medalist: he’s a successful entrepreneur and a well-respected executive coach who continually defies the odds. Written for hungry professionals who love achievement, The Responsibility Ethic shows you how to master 12 essential principles of self-leadership that have fuelled Kreek’s incredible accomplishments — despite numerous setbacks. By learning from a critically acclaimed presenter (he delivers more than forty events per year), you’ll gain the tools and techniques that also work for many other successful leaders.
A powerful guide, Kreek draws on his eight years of intensive Olympic training, his near-death ocean expedition, and his career as an executive coach and corporate trainer to teach you winning strategies to overcome adversity and take responsibility for your own success. Join hundreds of thousands of leaders who have benefited from Kreek’s insights and learn to upgrade your mindset, develop high-performing teams, manage change, and maximise your leadership capacity.
Learn the 12 principles of self-leadership, the most important factor in driving results and achieving success. Adam Kreek has consistently defied the odds to find greater achievement in all facets of his life. After 73 days alone at sea, Kreek and his expedition team survived a capsize in the Bermuda Triangle, the subject of the Dateline NBC documentary “Capsized”. Four years earlier, Kreek won Olympic Gold with his eight-man rowing team. A two-time Olympian, he holds 60 international medals and multiple Hall of Fame inductions.In The Responsibility Ethic, he shares the 12 essential principles of self-leadership that have fueled his incredible accomplishments–and shows you how to master these principles too. Kreek is a powerful guide who teaches us how to realize our full potential at any stage of our career and lives. Drawing on his eight years of intensive Olympic training, near-death ocean expeditions, and career as an executive coach and corporate trainer, Kreek shares winning strategies from the trenches, where the strongest minds prevail. A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, The Responsibility Ethic challenges business leaders globally to chase their ambitions and to take responsibility for their success.” (Catalogue)