New Year, new skill set


A year end and a new beginning is often a time for personal reflection.

Check out some of Wellington City Libraries’ latest personal development offerings.

Be exceptional : master the five traits that set extraordinary people apart / Navarro, Joe
“Behavior expert and business consultant Joe Navarro reveals the five unequalled qualities that set exceptional individuals and great leaders apart, and how you can use these principles to stand out and distinguish yourself. Including case studies from business and history, compelling stories from Joe’s life and career, and cutting-edge science, this book empowers you to change how you see yourself, influence how others see you, and prepare, should the opportunity arise, to be not just ready to lead, but worthy to lead.” (Catalogue)

Awaken your power within : let go of fear discover your infinite potential become your true self / Hussey, Gerry
“Gerry Hussey is Ireland’s leading health and performance coach and founder of the incredible movement Soul Space. Here in his first book, Awaken Your Power Within, he brings us on an open, honest and mind-blowing human encounter that takes us inside the heart and mind of a young boy who dared to ask deeper questions about the mind and soul. With amazing insights, life lessons, and powerful meditations Awaken Your Power Within unlocks the truths about how we experience the world and shows us how we can break free from unconscious, self-limiting beliefs, habits, emotions and thinking patterns to reshape and reclaim our inner world, enabling us to live as our truest and most powerful self. From letting go of the fear of not being enough, to overcoming the dis-ease of distraction, to opening up to a deeper level of consciousness, Awaken Your Power Within is a powerful guide for all ages, one which takes us on a path of discovery to a deeper understanding of who we truly are and the limitless possibilities of which we are all capable”–Publisher’s description.” (Catalogue)

The comfort crisis : embrace discomfort to reclaim your wild, happy, healthy self / Easter, Michael
“In many ways, we’re more comfortable than ever before. But could our sheltered, temperature-controlled, overfed, underchallenged lives actually be the leading cause of many our most urgent physical and mental health issues? [Author and] journalist Michael Easter seeks out off-the-grid visionaries, disruptive genius researchers, and mind-body conditioning trailblazers who are unlocking the life-enhancing secrets of a counterintuitive solution: discomfort”–Flap page 1 of dust jacket.” (Catalogue)
Also available as an audiobook

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. They were brought together through one unifying experience: they have all completed the Harvard Business School Women on Boards program, a course that has turned into a movement. Today there are over 130 members of the WomenExecs on Boards network, from 17 countries. This is the network where organizations go to find educated, prepared, qualified and diverse women for corporate board seats. 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. These women want you to know that you are not alone, and that you can lean on the strength of those who have gone before you, keep leading and keep getting back up again and again.”–” (Catalogue)

The creative nudge : simple steps to help you think differently / Mahoney, Mick
“Creative thinking is something everyone can do. It’s a way of looking at the world afresh, doing new things in new ways, taking risks. With The Creative Nudge, use ‘nudge theory’ to unleash your innate originality. A new behavioural science that reveals how small actions can have big impacts on our thinking, nudge theory powers this book. Using simple behaviour changes, retrain your brain and live a more creative and rewarding life.” (Catalogue)

Mental fitness / Wood, Paul
“The bestselling author of How to Escape from Prison, prisoner-turned-psychologist Paul Wood on developing the mental strength and fitness to take on all of life’s challenges. Getting and staying mentally fit, just like getting and maintaining a high level of physical fitness, involves hard work, effort, and consistency. Our level of mental fitness determines how effectively we can flourish through adversity, realise our potential, and be happier with our lives – regardless of what the universe has in store. We all know about mental stress (or we think we do). We’ve definitely all experienced it, and none of us like it. Yet this is not a threat to be avoided. Mental stress is perfectly analogous to physical stress: it is the mind’s way of telling us that what we are attempting to perform is challenging our resource. This is a catalyst for growth, and a sign we are pursuing our potential. When we experience stress, we have a choice: we can heed that signal and give up – after all, we’re meant to stay in our psychic comfort zone all the time, right? Or we can recognise the discomfort we are feeling is simply nature’s way of enabling us to rise to the occasion.In Mental Fitness you will learn how to: Increase your mental fitness, just as you would increase your physical fitness -Get closer to your potential by working proactively to maintain your mental fitness -Experience the right level of stress (this is what makes us get fitter) -Cope effectively for longer before you get fatigued or exhausted (it doesn’t mean you don’t feel the struggle) -Pay attention to the indicators of fatigue to avoid burnout and unnecessary misery”–Publisher’s website.” (Catalogue)

Wellington Business Success Stories Get The Podcast Treatment

WellingtonNZ has launched its first ever series of podcasts – Imagine this with Jehan Casinader – featuring industry leaders, maverick minds and change makers.

Series-host Jehan Casinader, a leading New Zealand journalist, teases out the respective journeys of business leaders, innovators and creatives. The result is a deeper insight into the ups and downs of growing a business, and why these people have chosen to do so from Wellington.

Access the podcasts here

10 ways New Zealand employers can turn the ‘great resignation’ into a ‘great recruitment’

For various reasons staff resign – it’s part of a workplace cycle. 

Internationally there appears to be a trend towards more people leaving jobs than in previous years.  While some may leave the workplace completely or begin their own businesses, others are in the market for new employment. If they are being employed elsewhere why not by you?

In this article, published in The Conversation, Professors Candice Harris and Jarrod Haar offer up ten top tips for NZ employers to maximise the employment potential offered by the “great resignation”.

In the Wellington City Libraries business section the following books may also offer ideas and assistance to recruiting, and keeping,  exceptional employees.

Above the line : how to create a company culture that engages employees, delights customers and delivers results / Henderson, Michael
“Position your organisation’s culture to attain new heights.  Above the Line: How to Create a Company Culture that Engages Employees, Delights Customers and Delivers Results offers all leaders a handbook for leveraging an organisation’s culture to engage staff, increase customer satisfaction and streamline business performance. A ground breaking work, this book reveals what it takes to achieve optimum results from your organisational culture without employing the use of external consultants. This organic, in-house approach to company culture transformation saves both time and money. Step-by-step, author Michael Henderson illustrates how to create a culture in which employees and leaders delight those outside the company-customers, shareholder, employees’ families, suppliers and the board of directors-and anyone else who may benefit from an association with the organisation. The book’s proven models and ideas have been tried and tested with a broad range of of high-profile international companies. Expert author, Michael Henderson, a.k.a. The Corporate Anthropologist, has more than 30 years’ experience, and a proven track record of working and consulting with organisations to enhance their workplace cultures. Reveals how to create an organisational culture that achieves desired results. Puts the cultural transformation process in the hands of the people directly effected. Smashes some of the established and costly myths about culture and how to work with culture. This important resource is written for leaders, managers and supervisors at all levels and across industries. The EPUB format of this title may not be compatible for use on all handheld devices.” (Catalogue)

Designing exceptional organizational cultures : how to develop companies where employees thrive / Jacobs, Jamie Latiano
“Designing Exceptional Organizational Cultures is a practical guide for HR and OD professionals which explains how to proactively design, build and foster a culture that creates employee and business success. For a company to outperform the competition and achieve sustainable business growth, it needs a high performing, engaged and committed workforce with the skills the business needs both now and in the future. Attracting, motivating and retaining top talent can’t be done simply by attaching individual benefits to specific job roles. To be effective, companies need to build an exceptional company culture where people want to work and that allows them to develop and perform to their full potential. Designing Exceptional Organizational Cultures provides guidance on all elements of building a top performing culture including how to identify and define core company values and embed them throughout policies, processes and behaviours as well as how to create an organizational structure that leverages employees’ strengths for optimum performance. It also covers how to assess what roles the business needs, how to recruit for future success and make the most of non-traditional hires as well as covering employee engagement, motivation, reward, diversity and Learning and Development (L&D). With practical examples, tips and advice throughout , this is crucial reading for anyone needing to build a culture that attracts the very best talent and achieve sustainable business growth”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

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.


In the last week I’ve read about several interesting and diverse new business ventures throughout the country.

Radio NZ profiled Linde Olivier Louwe – a former office manager – who has taken up snail farming

Wellington record shop owner Benjamin James has taken his shop on the road with a mobile record store

In Christchurch, Anthony Gardiner has turned an idea to get his fussy dogs to eat cheaper cuts of meat into a profitable small business while in Queenstown, Kelsey Powell has founded a unique online relocation service that helps people from the moment they decide to leave home until they are settled in New Zealand.

What all these ideas have in common is that the instigators have identified a niche, researched their idea and responded with a product, then marketed accordingly.

They are entrepreneurs with startup companies.

There are many resources in the Wellington City Libraries collections that can assist you expand that idea into the reality of a business.

Here’s some of the most recent additions available to WCL members
Boss it : control your time, your income and your life / Reader, Carl
“Do you dream of ditching the day job, doing your own thing and being your own boss? Are you ready to Boss It? In this invigorating and highly practical book, serial entrepreneur Carl Reader provides exactly the fire and guidance you need to get started. Designed to cut through the business jargon, this handy guide will take you through everything you need to establish and run your own business – from the mindset it takes to turn a dream into a plan, to the need-to-know practical stuff for running and growing a business. Featuring case studies, templates and exercises to help you put what you read into action, and turn that dream into a reality, this motivational book will enable you to be your own boss, to take control of your income, your time and your life… and Boss It”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Silver linings : Kiwi success stories in the time of Covid / Downs, David
“The Covid-19 lockdown in New Zealand caused fear, hardship and loss. Through this time of unprecedented national hardship, however, there emerged incredible stories of hope and optimism. Businesses innovated and found new ways to create value, communities came together in new ways online, and families reconnected through time spent together”–Publisher information.” (Catalogue)

Why startups fail : a new roadmap for entrepreneurial success / Eisenmann, Thomas R.
“Presents information how to spot and sidestep roadblocks on the entrepreneurial journey and sets readers on a path to startup success.” (Catalogue)

Survive & thrive : entrepreneurship frameworks that work : easy to follow how-to-guides, to create your entrepreneurial initiative / Kewene-Hite, Paul
“This book is designed for entrepreneurs, and hopeful entrepreneurs, of all ages, education levels, and backgrounds. The frameworks in this book have been used successfully in coaching and training individuals and groups in high schools, business schools, governments, and companies of all sizes across industries around the world. The frameworks have also been used successfully by individuals on their own at home. This book will shine a light onto various entrepreneurial paths, helping you see a way forward so that you can create a startup; build around science & technology; plan software; launch inside corporate, family business, school, and government; explore acquisitions; puzzle through turnarounds; lead during a crisis; evaluate your career; shift into a lifestyle career; positively impact people and the planet with a social venture; lead volunteers; strategize sales; and document your ideas for technology. Use these frameworks as power tools to help you do more than survive… learn to thrive!” (Catalogue)

On entrepreneurship and startups.
“The best entrepreneurs balance brilliant business ideas with a rigorous commitment to serving their customers’ needs. If you read nothing else on entrepreneurship, read these 10 articles by experts in the field. We’ve combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you build your company for enduring success. Leading experts and practitioners such as Clayton Christensen, Marc Andreessen, Steve Blank, and Reid Hoffman provide the insights and advice you need to: Build a business from the ground up Adopt lean startup practices like business model experimentation Be realistic about how prescient your business plan can truly be Focus on the most important part of your business: the people Connect powerfully with your audience of investors and customers – Understand where companies with the most impact are launching now– Provided by publisher” (Catalogue)

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.

Exporting to Asia?

If you are either exporting to an Asian market, or thinking about doing so Exporter Today  offers  overview and insight into different markets.

Market update Philippines

How is The Philippines market looking for Kiwi exporters in 2021? What are its unique characteristics and requirements? Where are the biggest opportunities for our exporters? Post-Covid are there any emerging trends? And what lessons or special advice will help exporters get successfully started there? ExporterToday editor Glenn Baker puts these questions to INCITE’s Cameron Gordon.

Market update Malaysia
Cameron Gordon, partner at INCITE talks to ExporterToday and NZBusiness editor Glenn Baker about what’s happening on the ground in the Malaysian F&B sector, and what it means for New Zealand food and beverage brands.

Market update Indonesia
Watch Glenn Baker, Editor at ExporterToday and NZBusiness Magazine interview Cameron Gordon, Partner at Incite about what’s happening on the ground in the Indonesian F&B sector, and what it means for New Zealand food and beverage brands.

Market update Singapore
The first in a series of insightful reports on the ASEAN market opportunity for New Zealand F&B exporters, with Incite’s head of client growth Cameron Gordon

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.

Covid 19 – Resources for employers

A number of government, research and business organisations have coronavirus information available for employers and employees.  

The resources below will assist you to find out about COVID-19, how it may affect  business and how to stay updated.

The government’s central resource for COVID-19 business information with updates about COVID-19 and guidance to help businesses. Here’s where you’ll find information about:

Ministry of Health provides the latest updates, information and advice on COVID-19.

MBIE’s is the government’s central resource for COVID-19 business information with updates about COVID-19 and guidance to help businesses. 

Employsure offers a FAQs and resources hub for employers

The Workshop offers a number of resources on how to talk about vaccination within whanau, community and workplaces.

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.

Business support from the banking sector

You’re in business and have a business account with your preferred bank.

But are you aware that most banks offer a range of resources to support your business?

A bank can help you get your business off the ground, help with the appropriate finance, advise on cybersecurity issues for e-commerce, provide business insights and assist with international commerce.

All the main banks offer free workshops and a range of tools to help manage and grow your business.

Talk to your banking business advisor or check out the options available via the bank’s website.

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.

Women in trades

Currently, women make up only 13 percent of all employees in the New Zealand construction industry.

According to a new survey, employers are keen to hire more women, but they need support to do it.

It seems a good fit – with more than 20,000 woman estimated to have lost their jobs last year due to the impact of Covid on different sectors and New Zealand trades suffering a skill and labour shortage, how could more women be encouraged into the trades and the trades be supported to employ and train women?

In this article Fiona Clark notes that employing more women in the trades is, simply, good for business.

Residential clients, in particular, enjoy having female tradies on site, and women often report they feel more comfortable having them in the house.

However, being a woman in a traditionally male dominated trade can bring challenges.  Advice and support for employees and employers can be found in the Women in Trades collective

Women in Trades (WIT) is a not-for-profit that promotes trades and trades training as a viable career option to women and employers.

If you are a woman looking for a job in the trades or a tradie seeking a woman for role then check out the TradeCareers pilot programme where we connect tradies ready to work with women and women ready to work with tradies. 

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.

The role libraries play in economic development

“Libraries also provide important resources to small business owners via their tools and databases. In fact, research has found that when libraries provide business development data, market entry costs drop dramatically, lowering the barrier to entry for small business owners.”

Whatever stage your business is at, don’t overlook the power of the library to assist.

At Wellington City Libraries my role is dedicated to assisting businesses of all types, sizes and focus within the Wellington area.

Get a librarian on your work team – it can make a difference.

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.