New business material added to the collection

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Adding new items to the Wellington City Libraries book collection is an ongoing process.  
There’s always something new, and the business subject area is diverse. 

Below are some of the new titles that have been added recently covering storytelling with data, aspects of Excel spreadsheets, changing career direction and running hybrid meetings.   

You can find the full listing of new non-fiction material here

Making numbers count : how to translate data into stories that stick / Heath, Chip
“Understanding numbers is essential – but humans aren’t built to understand them. Chip Heath outlines specific principles that reveal how to translate a number into our brain’s language. This book is filled with examples of extreme number makeovers, vivid before-and-after examples that take a dry number and present it in a way that people click in and say “Wow, now I get it!” This book will help math-lovers and math-haters alike translate the numbers that animate our world – allowing us to bring more data, more naturally, into decisions in our schools, our workplaces, and our society”–Publisher’s description.” (Catalogue)

Microsoft Excel dashboards & reports / Alexander, Michael
“It’s time for some truly “Excel-lent” spreadsheet reporting Beneath the seemingly endless rows and columns of cells, the latest version of Microsoft Excel boasts an astonishing variety of features and capabilities. But how do you go about tapping into some of that power without spending all of your days becoming a spreadsheet guru? It’s easy. You grab a copy of the newest edition of Excel Dashboards & Reports For Dummies and get ready to blow the pants off your next presentation audience! With this book, you’ll learn how to transform those rows and columns of data into dynamic reports, dashboards, and visualizations. You’ll draw powerful new insights from your company’s numbers to share with your colleagues – and seem like the smartest person in the room while you’re doing it. Excel Dashboards & Reports For Dummies offers: Complete coverage of the latest version of Microsoft Excel provided in the Microsoft 365 subscription Strategies to automate your reporting so you don’t have to manually crunch the numbers every week, month, quarter, or year Ways to get new perspectives on old data, visualizing it so you can find solutions no one else has seen before If you’re ready to make your company’s numbers and spreadsheets dance, it’s time to get the book that’ll have them moving to your tune in no time. Get Excel Dashboards & Reports For Dummies today.” (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 fulfillment 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)

The end of burnout : why work drains us and how to build better lives / Malesic, Jonathan
“Burnout has become our go-to term for talking about the pressure and dissatisfaction we experience at work. But because we don’t really understand what burnout means, the discourse does little to help workers who are suffering from exhaustion and despair. Jonathan Malesic was one of those workers, and to escape he quit his job as a tenured professor. In The End of Burnout, he dives into the history and psychology of burnout, traces the origin of the high ideals we bring to our dismal jobs, and profiles the individuals and communities who are already resisting our cultural commitment to constant work. In The End of Burnout, Malesic traces his own history as someone who burned out of a tenured job to frame this rigorous investigation of how and why so many of us feel worn out, alienated, and useless in our work. Through research on the science, culture, and philosophy of burnout, Malesic explores the gap between our vocation and our jobs, between the ideals we have for work and the reality of what we have to do… In this critical yet deeply humane book, Malesic offers the vocabulary we need to recognize burnout, overcome burnout culture, and find moral significance in our lives beyond work”– Provided by publisher” (Adapted from catalogue)

What color is your parachute? 2022 : your guide to a lifetime of meaningful work and career success / Bolles, Richard Nelson
“With timeless advice, up-to-the-minute insights, and more than ten million copies sold over fifty years, the world’s most popular and best-selling career guide is fully revised and expanded for 2022.” (Catalogue)

 

 

Suddenly hybrid : managing the modern meeting / Reed, Karin M.
“Prior to COVID 19, hybrid meetings were relatively rare and consisted of the majority of attendees being in person with perhaps someone “dialing in” (and often forgot about). The hybrid meeting that will likely monopolize the way meetings are conducted from here on out will likely involve a group of people gathered in one conference room, maybe another group of people gathered in a huddle room somewhere else, and a variety of folks showing up in their own individual boxes on screen via their personal webcams. Managing the expectations, participation, and conversation flow for all of these different constituencies will be fraught with challenges but perhaps some opportunities as well for the leader who leans into developing new skills. This book provides some much-needed early insight and guidance into what works and what does NOT when it comes to hybrid meetings. Practical, actionable, and implementable steps organizations can take as they adjust and adopt the hybrid model will be provided. These actionable steps will be supported by current research as well as firsthand stories of those who have begun transitioning to this new way of moving business forward. The primary objectives of this book are: To be a science-based but practical guide on managing the hybrid meeting, what will be the “new normal” for the foreseeable future To highlight new research insights gathered from those who are early in the transition To provide actionable best practices based upon the new research, informed by data from the early days of the pandemic, and supported by groups and teams science To illustrate the challenges and opportunities through real-world examples that can allow readers to “walk in the shoes” of those who are making the transition to a hybrid meeting world.”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

News in brief

Over the past few weeks a number of reports and news items have been released that readers may not be aware of.  Below are brief summaries of some.

Sustainable Business
This week The Sustainable Business Network (SBN) launched the online Circular Economy Directory

Described as “A first of its kind, the Circular Economy Directory will assist businesses to transition to a circular economy model where products and materials are designed to reduce waste and carbon emissions by keeping existing products in circulation for longer”.

You can access the Circular Economy Directory here and the SBN’s press release here

Hospitality
For those in hospitality Auckland University of Technology (AUT) recently released a report, Voices From the Front Line.

The “research looks at workplace practices in the hospitality industry and gives recommendations to improve working conditions”.

The press release can be found here and a pdf copy of Voices From The Front Line can be downloaded here  

Venture capital
Are you a female entrepreneur looking to raise capital for a start up or expansion of your business? Icehouse Ventures, through ArcAngels Fund is raising $20m through investment to finance woman-led business startups. 

A 2021 University of Auckland study reveals several hurdles facing women founders raising capital in New Zealand, and ArcAngels manager Lauren Fong says ArcAngels Fund II and its wider community of supporters are aiming to address some of these barriers and make funding more accessible to women”.

Read the press release here or learn more about applying for funding from ArcAngels investors here.

Work trends
Microsoft recently released their Work Trends Index 2022 which includes survey data from New Zealand along with input from 30 other countries. Unsurprisingly the survey found that workplaces, and workers, are not the same as they were in the early months of 2020.

Great Expectations: Making Hybrid Work Work identified five trends business leaders need to be aware of and consider : 
Employees have a new “worth it” equation.
Managers feel wedged between leadership and employee expectations.
Leaders need to make the office worth the commute.
Flexible work doesn’t have to mean “always on.”
Rebuilding social capital looks different in a hybrid world.

Read the report here and the press release here 

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.

New items added

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At the beginning of each month a listing of new items added to the library collection in the previous month is uploaded to the library website. 

You can find it here.

Below are some of the new business materials added in March.  These are now available for borrowing.

Retail recovery : how creative retailers are winning in their post-apocalyptic world / Pilkington, Mark
“This book offers a comprehensive analysis of new forces which are changing the way in which we buy products and experience brands. It includes in-depth interviews with some of the most innovative players–from John Lewis in the UK, to Nike and Patagonia in the US–in the hope of drawing out key learning points for the rest of the industry, across the globe. It also provides essential guidelines for governments, as they strive to rebuild society in the wake of recent catastrophes. The retail industry, with which we have all grown up, has been devastated by the twin effects of the internet and the Coronavirus lockdown. Huge numbers of prestigious brands have gone under, or are a shadow of their former selves. The world economy has gone into deep recession, with reduced employment and incomes across broad swathes of society. Many discretionary products have simply become too expensive for ordinary people to buy on a regular basis. High streets and shopping malls lie half empty, causing a vacuum at the core of our societies. There is an urgent need to regenerate our local shopping centers, in order to create new hope in depressed areas. So how can retailers and brands respond to this crisis? Fortunately, new shoots of recovery are emerging from the wreckage of the old order–new brands, new technology, new ways of providing value, and new and innovative methods of creating excitement to draw in consumers, all of which have the potential to kick-start the retail economy”–Publisher’s description.” (Catalogue)

The awareness code : the secrets to emotional empowerment for incredible leadership / Linton, Wayne
“The Awareness Code is a ground-breaking guide to help you increase your human awareness so you can transform yourself to become an incredible leader. Through the frameworks, case studies and guidance found in this book, you will develop a style of leadership that will allow you to reach a whole new level of awareness. Innovative leadership development has stagnated. The Awareness Code is the new foundation for current and next generation leaders. At every level of human endeavour across all sectors–from CEOs and managers to politicians, teachers and sporting coaches–this book provides guidance for any undertaking that requires someone to step up and lead. The Awareness Code clarifies the full range of human awareness and how you can develop into the most empowered state of leadership, providing valuable insights that will lead to exceptional clarity, productivity and drive on both an individual and collective basis.”–Dust jacket.” (Catalogue)

Managing people / Hunsaker, Phillip L
“This title in DK’s Essential Managers series contains all you need to manage people effectively and to develop or hone your management style.– Amazon.” (Catalogue)

 

 

Mindwandering : how your constant mental drift can improve your mood and boost your creativity / Bar, Moshe
“Research has revealed that our brains are inherently noisy. A number of brain regions connected in what’s dubbed the Default Mode Network (DMN) are always grinding away, engaged in a number of different involuntary activities that neuroscientists collectively call mindwandering: from daydreaming and self-chatter to ruminating about the past and worrying about the future. Not only does all of this inner commotion tug our attention away from the present moment, but it can dampen the quality of our experience, lowering our mood and potentially contributing to anxiety and depression. Yet, there’s method to this apparent madness. Mindwandering is our brain’s way of developing our sense of self, trying to sort out what others are thinking, and searching for associations to help us interpret what’s happening in our lives. It can be both positive and negative. On one hand, can become so engaged in this consideration of the past and making predictions about the future that for much of the time we are disconnected from what is actually happening in the moment. On the other, we can become more aware of where our minds are wandering, learning to direct them to stimulate creative, increase our ability to focus, and boost our mood. We want, in short, to work toward being able to bring the right mind to the right time. Mindwandering is the first book to expose readers to the multi-faceted phenomenon of their wandering minds, the new and exciting research of the brain and the mind behind this default mode of ours, when it is beneficial and when it is harming us to wander, and how we can gain some control over our mental lives. In doing so, Mindwandering will bring to readers the rare and marvelous convergence of advanced neuroscience with ancient wisdom; cognitive psychology with creativity and mood; and the brain’s default state linked to the quality of our daily experience”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

If you need further information on these, or other business related subjects 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.

 

Latest Management books – Wellington City Libraries

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out EDS -our great new tool for searching across our online databases

Our EDS or “Ebsco discovery Service” link is your one stop shop to search through many of the Library’s online resources. It’s a great place to start your research, enabling you to browse and access all of the Wellington City Libraries’ electronic resources quickly, and get an overview of the resources available on your topic.

The simplest way to login is to click on the link “search across resources” from the drop down menu under the eLibrary tab on the Library home page. You can actually undertake your search at this point, but in order to access the full-text you will then be prompted to log in for full access. (this link is at the top of your screen and take you through to the eLibrary login page.

EDS defaults to only retrieving results for which the full article is available to you. (You can unclick this option), or also click the Peer Reviewed box to further filter your results. There are many filtering options including date, publication type, subject, geography, and also by database (the number of hits your search registers in each of the databases is recorded) – so it is easy to see which database may be of use for more in-depth research.

The wonderful bonus of using EDS is that you have access to more databases than your library actually subscribes to. These are the Complementary index (this is full-text supplied by primary publishers that is not available elsewhere) and the Directory of Open Access Journals.

You can type your search words either in the basic search box provided, or alternatively by selecting the Advanced search which allows you to filter your search prior to commencing your search.


You can also easily check to see whether access is available to a particular publication and which database it is in by clicking on the Publications tab.


Once your search results have displayed, you will either be presented with a link to view the fulltext in whichever library database holds the article or, the document in a pdf or html document which is included in the result. Either way, if you haven’t previously logged in to our elibrary service, you will be prompted to “login for full access” before you will be able to access the fulltext.

Do try our new resource – once you do, the fulltext in whichever library database holds the article or, the document in a pdf or html version it will be your go-to starting point to explore all our wonderful online resources.

Two new small business resources

We’ve just added two new Gale e-resources to our Mygateway business resources. Gale Small Business Builder This wonderful new resource provides a gradual, step-by-step introduction to business concepts and tools. It addresses questions from “Is entrepreneurship the right decision for me?” to “When will my company break even and begin to show a profit?” It covers multiple stages of the business development lifecycle. The intuitive dashboard walks users through five areas of exploration to develop a business plan focused on long-term success.

Gale Small Business Resource Centre is a comprehensive database that covers all aspects of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more. It combines authoritative periodical and reference content to support prospective and current entrepreneurs as well as business students. An an easy-to-browse interface mapped to four key stages: plan, fund, start, and manage, all designed to fit your research needs at any point in your business’s development. A particularly useful feature is the Business Plans Handbook series, which contains hundreds of sample business plans created by real-life entrepreneurs. New plans are added monthly.