Update to FREE Ascendancy workshop WCL 30TH June

On Thursday 30 June 2016, Henry Lee, Business Optimiser from Ascendency Company will run a free 90 minute interactive workshop at Wellington City Libraries. The workshop will be held on the ground floor just behind the up escalator.

In this fast paced interactive FREE Workshop you will discover how to:

• Create your million dollar message
• Design marketing that WORKS!
• Increase your Sales…..and increase your revenue and profit
• Employ the right people
• Get your time back

When: Thursday 30th June 2016:
Time 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm
Where Wellington City Libraries, Ground floor, 65 Victoria Street, Wellington

Your Presenter: Henry Lee, Business Optimiser
Ascendency – Business and personal Mastery

To book your free place at this Workshop: please either email Marilyn.domney@wcc.govt.nz or phone 801 4059
REGISTER TODAY to be eligible to receive a complimentary invitation to the Group Business Growth Strategy Session.
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FREE ASCENDENCY BUSINESS WORKSHOP WELLINGTON CITY LIBRARIES 30th June 2016

On Thursday 30 June 2016, Henry Lee, Business Optimiser from Ascendency Company will run a free 90 minute interactive workshop at Wellington City Libraries. The workshop will be held on the ground floor just behind the up escalator.

In this fast paced interactive FREE Workshop you will discover how to:

• Create your million dollar message
• Design marketing that WORKS!
• Increase your Sales…..and increase your revenue and profit
• Employ the right people
• Get your time back

When: Thursday 30th June 2016:
Time 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm
Where Wellington City Libraries, Ground floor, 65 Victoria Street, Wellington

Your Presenter: Henry Lee, Business Optimiser
Ascendency – Business and personal Mastery

To book your free place at this Workshop: please either email Marilyn.domney@wcc.govt.nz or phone 801 4059

Latest great business and management book arrivals

Syndetics book coverAgile talent : how to source and manage outside experts / Jon Younger, Norm Smallwood.
“How to Leverage Talent You Don’t Own – Campbell Soup Company and PepsiCo seek advice from anthropologists to understand customer tastes and preferences. Google and Intel engage experts in social science and biomechanics to assess how people think about and use technology.

Companies are gaining advantage through a new capability–strategic use of external experts–made possible by technology and the globalization of talent. Leaders everywhere recognize that “lean,” “agile,” and “fast” strategies require new ways to access and leverage–without owning–key talent to fill critical gaps. As managers seek nontraditional sources of strategic talent and experiment with fast, flexible ways of engaging these experts, they need a new roadmap.

This book delivers that roadmap. It tells you how to assess, choose, attract, develop, support, and retain your external talent. Authored by thought leaders and bestselling authors in leadership and talent management who teach and consult globally, Agile Talent reveals how companies such as Apple, Uber, Airbnb, Google, IBM, and Bain Capital organize and manage new forms of talent in innovative ways. Supported by survey data and packed with tools and templates for applying these ideas, this book is the ultimate guide for winning the next war for talent.”
(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe startup equation : a visual guidebook to building, launching and scaling your startup / by Steven Fisher and Ja-Naé Duane ; illustrations by Caleb Sexton and Kate Rutter ; introduction by Andrew Hyde.
” Visualize Your Successful New Business – You have a great idea for a new business. Now what? How do you turn that great idea into a viable business? Leveraging visual tools, The Startup Equation leads you step by step through the decisions you need to make to find your perfect startup model. You’ll learn things such as identifying your unique entrepreneurial type, creating a great product, building a great team, finding funding and scaling in addition to other elements essential to crafting a roadmap that fits you and your business.

Drawing from their extensive experience working with startups, entrepreneurs Steve Fisher and Ja-Naé Duane offer expert advice on dealing with the challenges and opportunities that accompany every type of new business. Using visual storytelling, they provide a much-needed blueprint to understanding the startup economy. The authors include illustrative business examples from companies such as TechStars and 500Startups, as well as interviews with over 40 entrepreneurs from across the globe.

Filled with insightful case studies, The Startup Equation is a vibrant, practical guide to creating a winning business model for any startup. By following the accessible visual roadmap within, you’ll discover how to build your own successful business plan for your unique dream.

Steve Fisher is product designer, filmmaker, entrepreneur, and startup advisor.Ja-Naé Duane is an entrepreneur, researcher, startup advisor, and professor of entrepreneurship & innovation.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe big fish experience : create memorable presentations that reel in your audience / Kenny Nguyen, Gus Murillo, Robert Killeen, Luke Jones.
” Finally a book that gives “real” info on how to give better speeches and presentations….I have always known that I could give better presentations and speeches but I didn’t know to improve. This book gave me the tools, methods, and resources to help me be a better speaker. The book is easy to read and each chapter stands alone as it’s own lesson. I can’t wait to put all the info I learned in this book into practice.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverSuperbosses : how exceptional leaders master the flow of talent / Sydney Finkelstein.
” “Superbosses” is an immensely interesting read, in part because of the range of profiles Syd Finkelstein puts in front of us. Syd’s research has always explored leadership in ways that are both public and intimate, but what makes this book valuable is that, beyond the practical takeaways one would expect of a top-tier management professor, it’s an engaging summary of an in-depth study of inspired and inspiring leaders. Frankly, it’s also just fun to read as a set of stories and insights….As Syd points out, this idea of formally exploring the behaviors and mindsets that define what he calls a superboss is relatively undefined in the market. And viable approaches to realizing disproportionate returns on your activities as a leader—how to influence and impact the world beyond the scope of one’s direct interactions and operations—is increasingly a topic of discussion among executives. What’s unfortunate is that we often concentrate our search for learnings on the operational techniques and track record of leaders, but neglect the ways in which they foster intimate and inspiring relationships with the people around them—at scale. Over the course of the book, Syd gives us a language and framework for thinking about the challenges and art of outsized influence….This is a great read if you’re wondering how to get the most out of your boss or for looking at someone you’re considering learning from, since it offers some insight into the signals that the people you’re around might have potential to be truly great and what they’re looking for in their mentees. It’s also a great book if you have aspirations to superbossness yourself. For many leaders and managers, that can be a lonely position, since candid peer conversations are rare. Syd’s research offers a window into how unambiguously compelling leaders and their disciples articulate the assumptions, describe the consistent behaviors, and craft the visions that drive their successes—all valuable as inputs as you construct your own working model of leadership….My take? Well worth reading. Well worth writing down the questions and challenges that surface for you over the course of the book. Well worth seeing how far you can stretch yourself to surround yourself with superbosses and expand your own footprint in the world around you.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverMatter : move beyond the competition, create more value, and become the obvious choice / Peter Sheahan and Julie Williamson, PhD.
“Find your edge of disruption- There is no question that a macro trend in today’s business climate is that previously defensible markets and niches are becoming increasingly disrupted and/or commoditized. What is particularly useful about this book is that it states, in plain English, what successful companies do to stand out in the minds of customers. In short, these companies step up to the plate and do the hard work of actually solving hard-to-solve problems that their customers face. They get outside of their echo chamber and look externally for information and inspiration. They don’t avoid complexity, they treat it as an opportunity to combine old strengths with innovative thinking and action.

Matter is a rallying cry of sorts for today’s business leaders. There are no easy solutions in today’s increasingly competitive environment, but solutions do exist and the book is filled with examples of companies that have successfully converted challenges into competitive advantages.” (Amazon reviewer)


Syndetics book coverDesigning products people love : how great designers create successful products / Scott Hurff.
” How can you create products that successfully find customers? With this practical book, you’ll learn from some of the best product designers in the field, from companies like Facebook and LinkedIn to up-and-coming contenders. You’ll understand how to discover and interpret customer pain, and learn how to use this research to guide your team through each step of product creation.

Written for designers, product managers, and others who want to communicate better with designers, this book is essential reading for anyone who contributes to the product creation process.

Understand exactly who your customers are, what they want, and how to build products that make them happy Learn frameworks and principles that successful product designers use Incorporate five states into every screen of your interface to improve conversions and reduce perceived loading times Discover meeting techniques that Apple, Amazon, and LinkedIn use to help teams solve the right problems and make decisions faster Design effective interfaces across different form factors by understanding how people hold devices and complete tasks Learn how successful designers create working prototypes that capture essential customer feedback Create habit-forming and emotionally engaging experiences, using the latest psychological research” (Syndetics summary)

newly arrived business/management books – Wellington City Libraries

Syndetics book coverDigital to the core : remastering leadership for your industry, your enterprise, and yourself / Mark Raskino and Graham Waller, Gartner Inc.
“There is no simple strategic method for dealing with the multidimensional nature of digital change. Even the sharpest leaders can become disoriented as change builds on change, leaving almost nothing certain. Yet to stand still is to fail. Enterprises and leaders must re-master themselves to succeed. Leaders must identify the key macro forces, then lead their organizations at three distinct levels: industry, enterprise, and self. By doing this they cannot only survive but clean up.

Digital to the Core makes the case that all business leaders must understand the impact the digital revolution will continue to play in their industries, companies, and leadership style and practices. Drawing on interviews with over 30 top C-level executives in some of the world’s most powerful companies and government organizations, including GE, Ford, Tory Burch, Babolat, McDonalds, Publicis and UK Government Digital Service, this book delivers practical insights from those on the front lines of major digital upheaval. The authors incorporate Gartner’s annual CIO and CEO global survey research and also apply the deep knowledge and qualitative insights they have acquired as practitioners, management researchers, and advisors over decades in the business.

Above all else, Raskino and Waller want companies and their top leaders to understand the full impact of digital change and integrate it at the core of their businesses.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBlack box thinking : the surprising truth about success (and why some people never learn from their mistakes) / Mathew Syed.
“What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google?< What links Dave Braisford's Team Sky and the aviation industry? What is the connection between the inventor James Dyson and the footballer David Beckham? They are all Black Box Thinkers. Whether developing a new product, honing a core skill or just trying to get a critical decision right, Black Box Thinkers aren’t afraid to face up to mistakes. In fact, they see failure as the very best way to learn. Rather than denying their mistakes, blaming others or attempting to spin their way out of trouble, these institutions and individuals interrogate errors as part of their future strategy for success. How many of us, hand on heart, can say that we have such a healthy relationship with failure? Learning from failure has the status of a cliché, but this book reveals the astonishing story behind the most powerful method of learning known to mankind, and reveals the arsenal of techniques wielded by some of the world’s most innovative organizations. Their lessons can be applied across every field – from sport to education, from business to health. Using gripping case studies, exclusive interviews and really practical takeaways, Matthew Syed – the award-winning journalist and best-selling author of Bounce – explains how to turn failure into success, and shows us how we can all become better Black Box Thinkers.” (Syndetics summary) Syndetics book coverThe optimistic workplace : creating an environment that energizes everyone / Shawn Murphy ; foreword by Dorie Clark.The Optimistic Workplace: Creating an Environment That Energizes Everyone
“When it comes to work these days, we’re expected to do more with less–but is this nose-to-the-grindstone philosophy the best way to run a business? Alarmingly low employee engagement numbers indicate otherwise. So, if pushing everyone harder isn’t the path to productivity, what is? Supported by the latest research, this eye-opening book argues that our best work is the product of a positive environment. That’s good news for you as a manager. While you can’t personally transform the corporate culture, you can influence the workplace climate and create meaningful and lasting change.

Advocating a steward model of management, The Optimistic Workplace reveals how to: Explore personal and organizational purpose–and align them for astonishing results • Overcome resistance and skepticism • Build camaraderie and deepen loyalty • Increase intrinsic motivation • Help your team find meaning in their work • Identify goals collaboratively and track progress • And more examples from companies large and small demonstrate how this people-centric focus ignites employee potential, increases innovation, and catapults the organization to new levels of performance. Far from being a wish-upon-a-star discussion of workplace happiness, this book presents an array of surprisingly simple strategies as well as practical 30-, 60-, and 90-day plans designed to focus your actions and make employee optimism not just a worthy goal–but a real and measurable result.

” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCollaboration begins with you : be a silo buster / Ken Blanchard, Jane Ripley, Eunice Parisi-Carew.
“Bestselling author Ken Blanchard and his coauthors bring his signature “business parable” style to a critical skill for today’s workplace: collaboration.Everyone knows that collaboration creates high-performing teams and organizations. Yet it often doesn’t happen, because people and groups typically believe that they are doing what’s needed-the problem is always outside: the other team member, the other department. So people stay in their silos and the creative energy collaboration generates is lost. This book shows that collaboration begins with you. It is an inside-out process that starts with your heart (who you are) and head (what you know and believe), then moves to your hands (what you do). The authors help people develop a collaborative culture by utilizing differences, nurturing safety and trust, instituting clear purposes and goals, talking openly, and empowering themselves and others. When people recognize and change erroneous beliefs and actions regarding collaboration, failures can be turned into successes and breakthrough results achieved at every level.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSocial media recruitment : how to successfully integrate social media into recruitment strategy / Andy Headworth.
“In order to attract the right people into your organization despite a global shortfall of talented candidates, new methods are now needed to reach future talent. Social media needs to become a vital part of any recruitment strategy. Social Media Recruitment combines practical guidance with case studies and insights from industry thought leaders to provide a full understanding of what social media means for HR and recruitment and how to successfully integrate and use it. It covers the essentials from the beginning to the end of the process, including employer branding, interviewing and onboarding, and how to assess the ROI of the social media recruitment strategy.Ideal for all HR and recruitment professionals, and anyone responsible for talent strategy, this practical guide focuses on devising and implementing a social media recruitment strategy that works for your organization and is aligned with your recruitment objectives.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGetting there : a book of mentors / by Gillian Zoe Segal.
The path to success is rarely easy or direct, and good mentors are hard to find. In Getting There , thirty leaders in diverse fields share their secrets to navigating the rocky road to the top. In an honest, direct, and engaging way, these role models describe the obstacles they faced, the setbacks they endured, and the vital lessons they learned. They dispense not only essential and practical career advice, but also priceless wisdom applicable to life in general. Getting There is for everyone–from students contemplating their futures to the vast majority of us facing challenges or seeking to reach our potential.” (Syndetics summary)

Fantastic new business resource -Lynda.com

Wellington City Libraries has subscribed to Lynda.com . Lynda.com has a wide range of tutorial video courses on a wide range of business topics such as :

Leadership
Social media marketing
Management
Business skills
Online marketing
Project management

Not only does Lynda.com have business courses, but it has courses on a large range of subjects such as IT, Marketing and Photography. This is an amazing resource and it is FREE for our library customers. Take a look, you won’t regret it. Already we have had a lot of very positive feedback. The courses can be viewed on desktop computers or mobile browsers.

New business books – Wellington City Libraries

Syndetics book coverPrimed to perform : how to build the highest performing cultures through the science of total motivation / Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor.

“Why do some workplace cultures inspire energy and innovation, while others fuel anxiety, boredom, or cynicism? Until now, such legendary cultures have seemed like magic beyond our control. However, behind every culture is a surprisingly elegant science.

Primed to Perform proves that the highest-performing cultures are built on a simple truth: why people work affects how well they work. Great organizations inspire the three most powerful motives for work–play, purpose, and potential–and eliminate the three most destructive–emotional pressure, economic pressure, and inertia. They create total motivation (or ToMo, for short). Total motivation cultures create the highest-performing employees and the most adaptive organizations.

Authors Neel Doshi and Lindsay McGregor show that extraordinary performance at companies like Southwest Airlines, Starbucks, Apple, and Whole Foods comes from cultures that inspire total motivation. They describe how investment professionals, salespeople, teachers, and CEOs perform better when driven by total motivation. And, most important, they share how you can build a culture that inspires total motivation in every moment of every day.

Primed to Perform builds on over a century of academic thinking as well as the authors’ original research into how ToMo drives performance at iconic companies. It introduces the authors’ highly predictive new measurement tool, the total motivation factor, which allows leaders to measure the strength of their culture and understand how it changes over time. It gives leaders the tools to transform their own workplaces.

High-performing cultures can’t be left to chance; organizations must create systems that shape and maintain them. Whether you’re a five-person team or a start-up, an elementary school or a university, a nonprofit or a mega-institution, Primed to Perform shows you how.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA crowdfunder’s strategy guide : build a better business by building community / Jamey Stegmaier.“I appreciate that Jamey Stegmaier is a concise and clear writer. This book is one of the rare few that walks a delicate line between “beginner” and “advanced” – the content is accessible, even to a newbie in the crowdfunding world, but also has enough rich insight and detail to be a valuable read for someone with a lot of experience already….Jamey’s stories are entertaining and also illustrate in concrete ways how seemingly small choices in crowdfunding implementation, can make a very big difference to the success (or failure), of your campaign. Some of his lessons learned have been painful ones, and some of his ideas are counter-intuitive, but when I understood his logic, it changed my view completely.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThe introvert entrepreneur : amplify your strengths and create success on your own terms / Beth L. Buelow.
“A practical guide to help introverts harness their natural gifts and entrepreneurial spirit

Think you have to be loud and brash to be successful in business? Think again. The strengths and traits of the typical introvert lend themselves well to entrepreneurship, as well as “intrapreneurship” and a range of business roles. In The Introvert Entrepreneur , professional coach Beth Buelow shows readers how to harness their natural gifts (including curiosity, independence, and a love of research) and counteract their challenges (such as an aversion to networking and self-promotion). She addresses a wide range of topics –from managing fears and expectations and developing a growth mindset to networking, marketing, leadership skills, and community-building–informed by interviews with introverts who have created successful businesses without compromising their core personality.

Filled with fresh insights and actionable advice, this essential guide will support anyone who’s striving to make a difference in a loud and chaotic world.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLeading women : 20 influential women share their secrets to leadership, business, and life / Nancy D. O’Reilly, PSYD.

“Now is the time…Stop waiting around for the career–and life–that you deserve and start taking the reins! Leading Women shows you how to claim power and respect, conquer your internal barriers, and change the world by helping other women do the same. Featuring stories from twenty nationally acclaimed female leaders, this empowering guide offers real-life advice for breaking free of the predetermined roles in the business world and life. Powerful women such as New York Times bestselling author Marci Shimoff, advocacy leader Gloria Feldt, and Emmy-winning television host Aurea McGarry describe what it’s like to go beyond their comfort zones, hold their own in a male-dominated environment, and take control of the situations that keep many women from achieving their goals. From corporate coach Lois Frankel’s key ways to becoming a natural and necessary leader to bestselling author M. Bridget Cook-Burch’s struggles after years of abuse, their insight will help you embrace your purpose, seize important opportunities, and overcome any obstacle that comes your way.

With the guidance of these influential, resourceful leaders, you’ll maximize your personal power, exceed your business goals, and establish a network designed to support and celebrate your fellow women.

Contributors include: Kristin Andress, Cheryl Benton, Claire Damken Brown, PhD, M. Bridget Cook-Burch, Vivian Diller, PhD, Gloria Feldt, Lois P. Frankel, PhD, Joanna L. Krotz, Aurea McGarry, Lisa Mininni, Shirley Osbourne, Lois Phillips, PhD, Birute Regine, PhD, Linda Rendleman, Marcia Reynolds, PhD, Marci Shimoff, Rebecca Tinsley, Sandra Ford Walston, Michele Willens, and Janet Rose Wojtalik, EdD” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGood profit : how creating value for others built one of the world’s most successful companies / Charles G. Koch.
“THE REVOLUTIONARY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM BEHIND ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL COMPANIES OF OUR TIME
In 1961, Charles Koch joined his father s Wichita-based company, then valued at $21 million. Six years later, he was named chairman of the board and CEO of Koch Industries, Inc. Today, Koch Industries estimated worth is $100 billion — making it one of the largest private companies in the world. Koch exceeds the S&P 500 s five-decade growth by 27-fold and plans to double its value on average every six years.
What exactly does this company do and why is it so remarkably profitable? Koch s name may not be on your stain-resistant carpet, stretch denim jeans, the connectors in your smart phone, or your baby s ultra-absorbent diapers but it makes them all. And Koch s Market-Based Management(r) system is what drives these innovations and many more.
Based on five decades of interdisciplinary studies, experimental discovery, and practical implementation across Koch businesses worldwide, the core objective of MBM is to generate “good” profit. Good profit results from products and services that customers vote for freely with their dollars, products that improve people s lives. It results from a culture where employees are empowered to act entrepreneurially to discover customers preferences and the best ways to satisfy them. Good profit is what follows when “long-term value is created for customers, employees, shareholders, and society. “
Here, drawing on revealing, honest, and previously untold stories from his nearly six decades in business, Koch walks the reader through the five dimensions of MBM to show how to apply its framework to generate more good profit in any business, industry, or organization of any size. Readers will learn how to:
. Craft a vision for how to thrive in spite of increasingly rapid disruption
. Select and retain a workforce possessing both virtue and talent
. Create an environment of knowledge sharing that prizes respectful challenges from everyone at every level
. Award employees with ownership and decision rights based on their proven contributions, not job title
. Motivate all employees to maximize their contributions by structuring incentives so compensation is limited only by the value they create
A must-read for any leader, entrepreneur, or student, as well as anyone who wants a more civil, fair, and prosperous society, “Good Profit” is destined to rank as one of the greatest management books of all time.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe power of the herd : a nonpredatory approach to social intelligence, leadership, and innovation, Linda Kohanov.
“Linda Kohanov is beloved for her groundbreaking articulation of “the way of the horse,” an experiential wisdom known to riders for centuries but little studied or adapted to off-horse use. Now Kohanov takes those horse-inspired insights on exceptional communication and leadership into the realms of our workplaces and relationships. Here we explore the benefits of “nonpredatory power” in developing assertiveness, fostering creativity, dealing with conflict, and heightening mind-body awareness.

In the first part of this far-reaching book, Kohanov profiles cultural innovators who employed extraordinary nonverbal leadership skills to change history, usually on horseback: Winston Churchill, George Washington, Alexander the Great, and the Buddha, among others. She also draws on the behavior of mature horse herds, as well as the herding cultures of Africa and Mongolia, to debunk theories of dominance hierarchies, challenge ingrained notions of “survival of the fittest,” and demonstrate the power of a consensual leadership in which governing roles are fluid.

Kohanov adapts these lessons into twelve powerful guiding principles we can all incorporate into our work and personal lives. Eloquent and provocative, this is horse sense for everyone who seeks to thrive in the herds we all run in — our communities, careers, families, and friendships.” (Syndetics summary)

Latest business books in the library

Syndetics book coverThe simplicity cycle : a field guide to making things better without making them worse / Dan Ward.
“The award-winning engineer, Air Force lieutenant colonel, and author of F.I.R.E offers a road map for designing winning new products, services, and business models, and shows how to avoid complexity-related pitfalls in the process. With a foreword by design guru Don Norman. Humans make things every day, whether it’s composing an e-mail, cooking a meal, or constructing the Mars Rover. While complexity is often necessary in the development process, unnecessary complexity adds complications. The Simplicity Cycle provides the secret to striking the proper balance. Dan Ward shines a light on how complexity affects the things we make for good or ill, taking us on a journey through the process of making things, with a particular focus on identifying and avoiding complexity-related pitfalls. The standard development process involves increasing complexity to improve the outcome, Ward explains. The problem comes when the complexity starts getting in the way–but often we don’t know where that point is until we pass it. He suggests a number of techniques for identifying the problem and fixing it, including how to overcome several types of wrongheaded thinking–such as the idea that complexity and quality are the same. In clear, compelling language, and using his trademark mix of examples from research, personal experience, and pop culture, Ward offers a universal concept, visually described with a single, evolving diagram. Ideal for business leaders and technologists, The Simplicity Cycle is helpful for anyone looking to simplify and improve everything we do, whether we work in an office, at home, or at the Pentagon.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverProcrastinate on purpose : 5 permissions to multiply your time / Rory Vaden.Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to Multiply Your Time
“You’ve tried managing your time. You’ve tried prioritizing your time. Now discover how to multiply it. Do you feel like you’re busier than ever – yet never caught up? You’re not alone. Many of us are tired, frustrated, and stressed from being overworked at the office and at home, with no concrete plan for getting it all under control without compromising our well-being. In Procrastinate on Purpose , self-discipline strategist Rory Vaden presents a different approach for how to identify and focus on what’s important. Instead of one more calendar, checklist, or gadget, he points out that what we really need is an understanding of the emotional reasons we fail to maximize our time – and he then reveals the five ‘permissions’ we can grant ourselves in order to get better results while creating more margin in our daily lives. In this paradigm-shifting book, you will discover how to: Identify your most significant priorities, in business and in life Create more time to do the things you love without sacrificing results Say no to the things that don’t matter, and yes to the things that do Implement systems that give you more time tomorrow than you have today Gain control and inner peace by adopting the ‘multiplier mindset’ Informed by Southwestern Consulting’s work with thousands of busy clients, and interspersed with Vaden’s case studies that reveal the ‘multiplier mindset’ at work, this insightful, practical book will turn everything you thought you knew about time upside-down-and it will change the way you work and live. From the New York Times bestselling author of Take the Stairs – A bold new way to get things done. ‘Managing your time is a lot like managing your money. It’s not about the numbers; it’s about your behavior. The best time-management tricks in the world won’t do you much good if they don’t actually make your life better. In Procrastinate on Purpose , Rory builds on what we’ve all heard about time management and adds the two things that have always been missing: emotion and significance.’ Dave Ramsey, New York Times bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio show host ‘If you’ve ever thought, ‘I wish I had more time,’ read the great principles of this book. And then I dare you to do what Rory does: live them.’ Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Start and Quitter ‘ Procrastinate on Purpose will alter the way the professional world thinks about time – I’ve never read anything like it. Useful, unique, and relevant . . . this is an absolute must-read for every leader.’ Sue Schick, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of Pennsylvania and Delaware ‘This book is a game-changer.’ Jon Gordon, bestselling author of The Energy Bus and The Carpenter ‘Every once in a while a book comes along that completely shifts the way an entire generation thinks about a specific topic. When it comes to time management and productivity, Procrastinate on Purpose may be the one!’ Andy Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of The Traveler’s Gift and The Noticer” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCommunicate to influence : how to inspire your audience to action / Ben Decker & Kelly Decker.
“”The gold standard forcommunication training programs.” — USA Today Business communication sucks. At each meetingand presentation, we are inundated with information,leaving us thirsting for inspiration. Sure, we willcheck off an action item because we have to . . .but what if we were actually inspired to do something?What if we were so moved that wewantedto do it? Leaders must earn the license to lead. Not by expertise,authority, or title alone, but by influence .In Communicate to Influence , you will learn the secretsof the Decker Method — a framework thathas been perfected over the past 36 years. Ben andKelly Decker add fresh insights to these provenprinciples so that you can ignite change and inspireaction. Discover: The Five White Lies of Communicating:learn which barriers prevent you fromgetting better The Communicator’s Roadmap: usea tool to visually chart what type ofcommunication experience you create The Behaviors of Trust: align what you saywith how you say it to better connect withyour audience The Decker Grid: shift your messagefrom self-centered, all about me contentto relevant, audience-centered content thatdrives action You are called to communicate well. Not onlyon the main stage, under bright lights, but everytime you speak with your colleagues, your clients,and other stakeholders. It’s time to learn how. Stopinforming. Start inspiring . BEN DECKER & KELLY DECKER are the leadingexperts in the field of business communication.They consult on messaging, cultivate executivepresence among the leadership of Fortune 500companies and startups alike, and regularlydeliver keynotes to large audiences. Together, theyrun Decker Communications, a global firm thattrains and coaches tens of thousands of executivesa year. Ben and Kelly live in the San FranciscoBay Area, where they constantly test and refinecommunication techniques with their mostdemanding audience, their three boys.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverReal women, real leaders : surviving and succeeding in the business world / Kathleen Hurley and Priscilla Shumway, editors.
“Plan your path to leadership with insight from real women at the top In Real Women, Real Leadership , twenty-four women leaders describe their personal journeys to the top, providing deep insight and a fascinating perspective on “making it” as a woman in the male-dominated business environment. They discuss their experiences and offer guidance on topics such as balancing family and career, building alliances, mentoring and being mentored, and overcoming obstacles in the business world which is still dominated by men in the senior levels of management. Drawn from a range of industries including higher education, technology, law, the military, politics, the media, and more, these stories provide the details that every ambitious woman needs to know. You’ll learn which skills, attributes, and relationships served these women best, how they overcame the obstacles thrown into their paths, and the people they credit as instrumental along the way. A self-assessment chapter helps you discover your own leadership attributes, and determine which skills you need to acquire as you formulate your own personal roadmap to the top. There are many books about women who have been excellent leaders, but Real Women, Real Leadership provides the personal, relatable testimonials from women who have navigated the opportunities and pitfalls of the business world. Each story sheds light on women’s unique leadership attributes, and provides guidance for professional women charting their own professional advancement. Learn from women leaders in a diverse range of industries Discover the leadership attributes that make the biggest impact Gain insight into work/life balance, mentors, relationships, and more Discover your leadership strengths and develop a plan forward Studies have shown that companies with three or more women board members dramatically outperform the competition in returns on equity, sales, and invested capital ? yet women only claim a tiny percentage of boardroom seats and top executive positions. Why? And why, when they do achieve leadership positions, do women tend to make such outstanding leaders? Real Women, Real Leadership tackles these questions and more from an in-the-trenches perspective to help you become the leader you want to be.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHearing our calling : rethinking work and the workplace / Gill Coombs.
“For many of us, work is a source of anxiety rather than joy, and our workplace routine has become a strain on our lives. This unique book explores whether it’s possible to develop a world of work which is, in fact, joyful, fulfilling and good for our health.Insightful and practical, Hearing our Calling traces the history of work, challenging current work practices and routines we take for granted. Drawing on her extensive work with different organisations, the author exposes the corporate world and reveals a surprising and beautiful alternative. She argues that we all have a ‘calling’, and that hearing it is especially important in times of widespread unemployment and economic hardship.This lucid and readable book invites us to think differently about how and where we work, both individually and as a society, and offers the potential for real change.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHumanise : why human-centred leadership is the key to the 21st century / Anthony Howard.
“Legendary leaders change the world by putting leadership at the service of humanity Humanise is a comprehensive look at human-centred leadership, providing insight and guidance for those who want to change the world. A deep examination of the concept of moral leadership, this book examines what it is, how it’s acquired, and how it can be applied in business, government, and society. Readers will gain insight into predominant leadership styles exemplified in governments and organizations around the world, and discover the missing pieces that come together to more effectively guide people through challenges and transitions. With a focus on building a solid foundation, a strong moral compass, and deep empathy for others, this book shows you how to be a leader wherever you are, build your leadership capability, and make a positive impact on the world. We are facing a crisis of leadership. Where are the new Mandelas? What type of person is that? What are their qualities and attributes? Who will lead us into the future? Humanise is a book for people who want to be the very best version of themselves, the best leader they can be, and impact the world for good. Discover a different perspective on the leadership crisis throughout the world Create your own leadership foundation starting with your purpose and principles Turn your personal moral values into a leadership style that will benefit and inspire others Influence the individuals and world around you to become a part of the solution Following in the footsteps of Mandela and Ghandi, this book explains why great leadership is human-centred, and how you can become such a leader, no matter who you are or what position you are in. For those interested in picking up the torch and guiding the way, Humanise provides a roadmap to the version of you you’ve always wanted to be, and that the world needs you to be.” (Syndetics summary)

Latest management books

Syndetics book coverExtraordinary leadership in Australia & New Zealand : the five practices that create great workplaces / James Kouzes, Barry Posner with Michael Bunting.
“The research-driven guide to the leadership behaviours which create more engaged workplaces and higher performance, Extraordinary Leadership in Australia and New Zealand is a guidebook for what it takes, at any level of an organisation, to bring out the best in people. And full of insights not just from people who are making a difference, but also evidence from their direct reports, colleagues and managers about the impact that The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® has on them and their performance. Drawing upon empirical data from more than 75,000 people in the Australian and New Zealand workforce, the authors document how The Five Practices are being applied here, and also compares this region with data from 28 other countries. Interviews with more than 100 leaders and their teams provide real examples and practical applications within the grasp of every reader who aspires to make a difference. Case studies are balanced across gender, function, and industry providing a broad perspective, identifying why leadership matters, and offering keen insights into how you lead others to greatness. Study examples of extraordinary leadership in Australia and New Zealand Discover the behaviours that make great leaders, and why they’re so important Examine the research that shows how leadership affects engagement and organisational performance Learn why people need great leadership, and why it motivates them to perform at their best Leadership must be nurtured. While all leaders are born, great leaders are made! With expectations higher than ever, and resources unprecedentedly scarce, today’s leaders face some of the most difficult, complex organisational challenges yet. Extraordinary Leadership in Australia and New Zealand presents a data-driven framework for being an effective leader, with expert guidance toward the actions that you can take to improve the performance of your team and organisation.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBehind every good decision : how anyone can use business analytics to turn data into profitable insight / Piyanka Jain and Puneet Sharma ; edited by Lakshmi Jayaraman.Behind Every Good Decision: How Anyone Can Use Business Analaytics to Turn Data into Profitable Insight
“There is a costly misconception in business today–that the only data that matters is BIG data, and that complex tools and data scientists are required to extract any practical information. Nothing could be further from the truth. In Behind Every Good Decision , authors and analytics experts Piyanka Jain and Puneet Sharma demonstrate how professionals at any level can take the information at their disposal and leverage it to make better decisions. The authors’ streamlined frame work demystifies the process of business analytics and helps anyone move from data to decisions in just five steps…using only Excel as a tool. Readers will learn how to: Clarify the business question • Lay out a hypothesis-driven plan • Pull relevant data • Convert it to insights • Make decisions that make an impact Packed with examples and exercises, this refreshingly accessible book explains the four fundamental analytic techniques that can help solve a surprising 80% of all business problems. Business analytics isn’t rocket science–it’s a simple problem-solving tool that can help companies increase revenue, decrease costs, improve products, and delight customers. And who doesn’t want to do that?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe confidence myth : why women undervalue their skills and how to get over it / Helene Lerner.
“We need more women at the highest levels in business, government, and nonprofits – and there is no time to waste. The problem, says Helene Lerner, isn’t so much that women lack confidence but that they misunderstand what confidence really is. True confidence isn’t fearlessness; it’s having the courage to move forward while your knees are shaking. Any woman waiting until she has enough confidence with a capital C to act never will. Lerner lays out practical strategies for beating this confidence myth, drawing on her own and other female leaders’ experiences and on her survey of over 500 working women. You’ll learn how to present your best self no matter how you feel inside, welcome even brutal feedback as a tool to hone your skills, avoid spreading yourself too thin by saying “no” strategically, and much more. The book features dozens of Confidence Sparks, simple but powerful exercises and techniques to catapult your career to the next level. The playing field is not level and gender inequities persist, but the women interviewed in this book have found ways to navigate through it, and you can, too. The key to success is seizing the opportunity and acting now. Helene Lerner is here to act as your personal coach as you silence the “mad mind chatter” and take risks, speak out, and step up.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStrategic connections : the new face of networking in a collaborative world / Anne Baber, Lynne Waymon, Andre Alphonso, and Jim Wylde.Strategic Connections: The New Face of Networking in a Collaborative World
“Today’s organizations are collaborative. With old command-and-control methods replaced by openness and transparency, networking has become an essential professional skill–expected of everyone, at every level. Unveiling eight indispensable competencies for the new Network-Oriented Workforce, Strategic Connections provides practical advice for building better, more productive business relationships. Readers will discover how to: Commit to a positive, proactive networking mindset • Align networking activities with individual and organizational objectives • Leverage their contacts by organizing them into strategic groups • Earn trust–a prerequisite for collaboration • Boost their social acumen and increase their likeability • Master conversational skills and deepen interactions • Employ storytelling to make communications memorable • Use networking to deliver value to the company Thanks to technology, new contacts are only a click away. But the level of connection and collaboration required for real success demands advanced face-to-face relationship-building skills. This book gives you the tools you need to meet goals, execute strategies, foster innovation, and make yourself invaluable to your organization.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBlue ocean strategy : how to create uncontested market space and make the competition irrelevant / W. Chan Kim, Renée Mauborgne.
“The global phenomenon that has sold 3.5 million copies, is published in a record-breaking 43 languages and is a bestseller across five continents-now updated and expanded with new content. This global bestseller, embraced by organizations and industries worldwide, challenges everything you thought you knew about the requirements for strategic success. Now updated with fresh content from the authors, Blue Ocean Strategy argues that cutthroat competition results in nothing but a bloody red ocean of rivals fighting over a shrinking profit pool. Based on a study of 150 strategic moves (spanning more than 100 years across 30 industries), the authors argue that lasting success comes not from battling competitors but from creating “blue oceans”-untapped new market spaces ripe for growth. Blue Ocean Strategy presents a systematic approach to making the competition irrelevant and outlines principles and tools any organization can use to create and capture their own blue oceans. This expanded edition includes: * A new preface by the authors: Help! My Ocean Is Turning Red * Updates on all cases and examples in the book, bringing their stories up to the present time * Two new chapters and an expanded third one-Alignment, Renewal, and Red Ocean Traps-that address the most pressing questions readers have asked over the past 10 years A landmark work that upends traditional thinking about strategy, this bestselling book charts a bold new path to winning the future. Consider this your guide to creating uncontested market space-and making the competition irrelevant. To learn more about the power of blue ocean strategy, visit blueoceanstrategy.com. There you’ll find all the resources you need-from ideas in practice and cases from government and private industry, to teaching materials, mobile apps, real-time updates, and tips and tools to help you make your blue ocean journey a success.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe naked CEO : the truth you need to build a big life / Alex Malley.Service Temporarily UnavailableService Temporarily Unavailable
Gain insights from a successful CEO who’s lived a big life. Be inspired by his unabashed real-life stories. Learn how to dream big and have the courage to pursue your passions and be willing to fail in that quest. Take the practical tips and apply them to your own career.

Business Excellence Series – 4 free talks to be held at Wellington City Libraries

WHAT MAKES A BUSINESS EXCELLENT?

This series consisting of 4 free talks, addresses some of the really important issues for SME business owners – Successful marketing, resilience, financial management and navigating local government.
Where: Ground floor, Wellington City Libraries, 65 Victoria Street
When: See Dates and Times Below
The Business Excellence series commences:

First Event
5:30 pm (for a 5.45 start) THIS HAS BEEN AND GONE

<Second Event
5.30 pm (for a 5.45 start) THIS HAS BEEN AND GONE

Third Event
5.30 pm (for a 5.45 start) THIS HAS BEEN AND GONE

Fourth Event
5.30 pm (for a 5.45 start) THURSDAY 23rd April 2015

Sally Newcombe Rightway (Accountancy)
Sally Newcombe has a Regional Partner role at RightWay, an accounting firm actively challenging the norms of the traditional beancounter. An accountant by trade, Sally spends her days using timely financial data to help her customers have the visibility to make great business decisions. So many businesses struggle with cashflow that Sally is going to talk to us a bit more about that tonight.

For further details, and to reserve your free place please contact Marilyn.domney@wcc.govt.nz or Phone: 04 801 4059
It is envisaged each talk will be 30 minutes with time for Q & A

Have questions about The Business Excellence Seminar Series? Contact Marilyn Domney

Latest management books

Syndetics book coverThe book of leadership : how to get yourself, your team and your organisation further than you ever thought possible / Anthony Gell.
Have you ever wondered what characteristics are shared by successful business leaders? Have you ever asked yourself what it is that they do differently which makes them and their organisations stand out from the crowd? And what can you learn from them to ensure your own success? If so, this book is for you.

 

Syndetics book coverChange your space, change your culture : how engaging workspaces lead to transformation and growth / Rex Miller, Mabel Casey, Mark Konchar. “Rex Miller and his co-authors have once again used their unique MindShift multi-stakeholder approach to explore and discover new insights into an extraordinarily important problem: How do the environments we design and provide for people act as powerful culture-shaping tools. The book begins with the premise that the number one resource of any company is engagement. And it’s space that is a key proxy for culture. In other words, the spaces—the actual designed places for work, conferencing, exercise, eating, walking, and the like—reflect the values of the company, and also shape the patterns of behavior and interaction. Change Your Space, Change Your Culture provides a powerful collection of perspectives from a diverse blend of stakeholders in the space-design and workplace arenas and examines: why the workplace stopped working, what you must know about the workplace that’s coming, and how a new view of space can provide insights into how to change your organization’s culture. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverWhy motivating people doesn’t work … and what does : the new science of leading, energizing, and engaging / Susan Fowler.
This book is practical: Fowler not only summarizes the latest psychological studies on motivation, she shows how to actually apply them in the workplace. This book is proven: Fowler has successfully used her approach around the world with clients like Microsoft, CVS, NASA, H&R Block, Mattel, and dozens more, and examples in the book include her “insider stories” from Phil Jackson and Billy Beane. Top consultant, trainer, and coach Susan Fowler says stop trying to motivate people! It’s frustrating for everyone involved and it just doesn’t work. You can’t motivate people — they are already motivated, but generally in superficial and short-term ways. Applying recent, often surprising psychological discoveries she lays out a tested model, and course of action that will help leaders guide their people towards the kinds of motivation that not only increases productivity and engagement but that gives them a profound sense of purpose and fulfillment. Fowler argues that leaders still depend on traditional carrot and stick techniques because they haven’t understood their alternatives and don’t know what skills are necessary to apply the new science of motivation. Her Optimal Motisuvation process shows leaders how to move people away from dependence on external rewards and help them discover how their jobs can meet their deeper psychological needs — for autonomy, relatedness, and competence — that science tells us result in meaningful and sustainable motivation. Susan Fowler’s book is the groundbreaking answer for leaders who want to “get motivation” right! – Publisher.

 

Syndetics book coverCreating authentic organizations : bringing meaning and engagement back to work / Robin Ryde and Lisa Sofianos.
“In the complex and global economy it’s more important than ever that we recognize and respond to the need for employees to bring their authentic selves to work. Doing so can mean increased innovation, productivity, more thoughtful risk taking, a sense of responsibility and increased adaptiveness to change. Creating Authentic Organizations works beyond the limited remit of authentic leadership and shows how this concept can and should be applied to your workforce. With simple and powerful models and strategies it will show you how to ensure more authentic dialogue, both between employees to discuss smaller issues and also to ensure open and meaningful discussion around threats and challenges. Bold and cutting edge, it offers a simple framework for a new set of management principles relating to self-management, empowerment and the freedom to operate. By re-framing the role of management, Creating Authentic Organizations will help you implement real meaning at work and improve organizational resilience”– Provided by publisher.

 

 

 

Syndetics book coverPrimal teams : harnessing the power of emotions to fuel extraordinary performance / Jackie Barretta.Primal Teams: Harnessing the Power of Emotions to Fuel Extraordinary Performance
“Barretta, founding partner of Nura Group, explores the role of emotions within a team, digging into the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and quantum physics to provide an accessible and practical guide to utilizing emotions to drive performance. Ultimately, she discovers that team “superperformance” depends on the creation of a work dynamic that harnesses the power of our feelings. Barretta explains how to spark the “creative brain[s]” of employees, as well as how to deepen impact and emotion. In addition, she examines “primal emotion[s],” the source of motivation, and the importance of play. She guides readers through the process of battling negativity and fear, which includes “creating a diversion,” “enliven[ing] the positive,” and “arous[ing] positivity.” Most importantly, she shows how to bring about a team’s emotional coherence by using “emotional contagion.” Offering insight into “detecting emotions,” she directs readers to employ empathy, “understand how emotions affect decisions,” and know where to draw the line. Barretta also covers “primal IQ,” building emotional bonds, and restraining overblown egos. This innovative book will help business leaders build emotional bonds on their teams and maximize results. Agent: Michael Snell, Michael Snell Literary Agency. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved” (Publisher Weekly)

 

Syndetics book coverWhat motivates me : put your passions to work / Adrian Gostick & Chester Elton.What Motivates Me: Put Your Passions to Work
The book provides a step-by-step guide to tailor your work to better fit your core motivations and boost your happiness and success in your career.