Finding information on the Covid traffic light system

At 4pm today today, (Monday 29 November) the government will announce what freedoms will be allowed for each region under different levels of the Covid traffic light system.

The COVID-19 Protection Framework will replace the Alert Level system. It will provide more flexibility for businesses as New Zealand manages COVID-19 in the community.   Source :  COVID-19 Protection Framework

Over the weekend Wellington reached the critical 90 percent fully vaccinated target.

However health and safety precautions and changes to business practices remain in place.

This article from Stuff Senior Business Report, Esther Taunton, summarises what businesses need to know about the Vaccine passport and Traffic light system coming into operation from December 3.

More detailed information is provided by Government agencies such as business.govt.nz and the Ministry of Health’s Unite against covid pages.

Disaster planning and business continuity

Watching or reading any news lately and there is inevitably mention of a natural disaster impacting a community somewhere in the world. Internationally there have been floods and wildfires while closer to home a number of places throughout the country have experienced severe and destructive flooding. 

In Wellington we live with the anticipation of a large earthquake but is your business actually prepared for what might happen should a large scale natural disaster occur?


Newly released research from the Australian Red Cross shows that there are different disaster preparedness personality types.
Those who were prepared felt more in control when faced with a disaster situation and reported feeling less stress and recovered better than those who were not prepared.

A disaster plan needs to be thought about ahead of schedule and staff trained in how to proceed. It needs to cover several different scenarios.

4 Tech Tools Your Business Needs During Natural Disasters outlines what’s needed to ensure you are well equipped to communicate with employees and customers in an emergency situation.

Emotional and mental support is just as important as physical support during these times.   Recently “… leading NZ disaster experts have channelled their extensive global experience into creating and launching a free Pandemic Pack – to help people care for their mental health and work towards post-traumatic growth.

Developed by Hummingly, the pack is a set of downloadable digital cards that have so far been downloaded more than 2000 times, by people who are part of an emerging wave of business leaders, workers and individuals seeking assistance in moving forward with resilience and achieving post-traumatic growth.”  More information can be accessed here.

Newly added to the library collection recently and available in hard copy is : Business continuity management : a practical guide to organizational resilience and ISO 22301 / Crask, James
“Implement practical solutions in business continuity management and organizational resilience guided by international best practice from ISO 22301:2019. Business continuity management and organizational resilience are critical to maintaining a healthy business, but the process can easily become overly process-driven, too detailed and disengaging. As a consequence, many organizations either do nothing (leaving themselves exposed to disruption), take short cuts (leaving major gaps) or lose the interest of senior stakeholders. This book is a straightforward guide to implementing business continuity, including practical solutions built from the author’s personal experience delivering hundreds of projects in a variety of business settings. Business Continuity Management explains how business continuity should sit within a wider risk and organizational resilience framework and how to explain its importance to senior decision makers to ensure appropriate investment. Readers will benefit from case studies of organizational crises and disruptions, a maturity model to plan and measure progress, Key Performance Indicators and templates and checklists covering planning, response, reporting and assurance. This book is the essential reference for business continuity and resilience, with frameworks and examples which can be tailored to any organization”– 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. Or call 021 596 274

Business.govt.nz

Business.govt.nz is a NZ government site offering “Tools and expert advice from government and industry, designed to help Kiwi businesses save time and succeed.”

There is a Covid-19 section.

COVID-19: Information for businesses  

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:

  • operating at Alert Levels
  • business travel across regional boundaries
  • contact tracing
  • financial support for businesses
  • employment and work visas
  • leases and tenancies
  • exporters and importers
  • working from home.

 

Using Linkedin for professional networking

Linkedin is an American based, international social networking site utilised by professionals and entrepreneurs.  It can be used to connect and keep in touch with colleagues, peers, or companies.  It is also a form of promotion of oneself or a business.

If you don’t have a Linkedin profile then following the University of Canterbury’s helpful guide How to set up a Linked in profile will get you started.

If you would like to know more about how to use Linkedin to market your business then Stuff’s
Four ways to Incorporate Linkedin into your marketing strategy makes interesting reading

For the not-for-profit sector Elizabeth Negoni’s article,
Digital Storytelling: 5 best practices to activate supporters on LinkedIn available through Business Entrepreneurship database discusses effective ways to improve digital story telling in order to “attract, engage and activate supporters” (Library registration is required to access this article).

For a more indepth look at how best to make LinkedIn work for you check out Linkedin In for dummies in which entrepreneurship guru Joel Elad clues you in on the essentials.

LinkedIn / Elad, Joel
“LinkedIn multiplies what you know by the power of who you know to deliver the number one social platform for business professionals and new job seekers. LinkedIn For Dummies shows LinkedIn newcomers the best ways to discover new opportunities, enhance their personal brand, network with other professionals, and give an exponential boost to their career. Consider this book a passport to help you connect more successfully with many of LinkedIn’s 660+ million members in over 200 countries, as well as an expert guide to the platform’s tools and features and the proven tactics that get you noticed. In this friendly, all-access introduction to the LinkedIn scene, entrepreneurship guru Joel Elad clues you in on the essentials. Get the latest insight on how to create an attractive profile that will make employers give you a second glance as well as techniques for making useful connections across the globe. In no time at all you’ll also be right at home with the profile user interface and getting busy with adding content, searching for career opportunities, and, if you’re looking to hire for your company, recruiting top candidates.” (Catalogue)

For more resources like these search the Wellington City Libraries catalogue here 

If you require more information on this topic please contact our team via email  or on 021 596 274

Introducing a new Business Development Customer Specialist

Tena Koutou to all our WCL business blog followers.

If you have missed the blog updates in recent months, all that is about to change.

My name is Linda and I have recently taken on the role of Business Development Customer Specialist with Wellington City Libraries.

I am a librarian with several decades of experience across the special library world – that is the specialist libraries found within corporations, businesses and government entities.  As well as that I have also had hands-on business experience, running my own business as an independent information provider alongside a not-for-profit trust for the last 14 years.

I came to Wellington in 1995 for a couple of years and never left.  The city and all it offers, grew on me and I am proud to call this city home.

I am passionate about helping Wellington businesses develop, grow and thrive.  Whether you are at the business planning stage with a new idea, looking at taking your start up business to another level, or thinking about expanding outside the region or even internationally, I’m here to assist with your information requirements.

Wellington City Libraries have many business resources that can help you, and I can help you access them.

My hours of availability will be generally Monday – Thursday, 10am to 3pm

If you require assistance please contact me by email or phone  021 596 274

Our latest business books received

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


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

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

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

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

A sampling of latest management books here at Wellington City Libraries

The execution factor : the one skill that drives success / Perell, Kim
Learn the best-kept secret of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs: EXECUTION
Kim Perell made headlines for her amazing transformative story of a startup entrepreneur to an internationally renowned CEO and prominent angel investor. From her modest beginnings at her kitchen table, she went from broke to multi-millionaire in just a few short years. Now, in The Execution Factor, she offers indispensable wisdom as she shares her personal journey and proven program for achieving success. By the time you’ve completed the book you will have a have a blueprint to achieve your dreams in business and in life. Don’t settle for ordinary when you can have extraordinary. Master execution and change your life.” (Catalogue)

The four greatest coaching conversations : change mindsets, shift attitudes, and achieve extraordinary results / Connor, Jerry
“Over 100,000 coaching conversations with leaders, managers, and others seeking meaningful transformation, distilled into the key insights and actions that will deliver lasting change in attitude and behavior. Based on data and insights from thousands of conversations with leaders conducted by the talented coaches of BTS Coach, comes the first book to bring BTS Coach’s research-based coaching process directly to leaders, managers, or anyone coaching individuals or teams, The book reveals four essential mindsets (Be, Relate, Think, Inspire) that can each be transformed through four powerful coaching conversations. These conversations are the difference between coaching that is merely helpful and coaching that is truly transformational. Discover a series of proven tools for sparking your own powerful conversations that will get the very best out of yourself and those around you. Book jacket.” (Catalogue)

How to talk to anyone at work : 72 little tricks for big success communicating on the job / Lowndes, Leil
From the bestselling author of How to Talk to Anyone comes a book dedicated to helping business professionals at any level communicate for success on the job You face tough communication challenges every day at work, both in person and online–a toxic boss, backstabbing coworkers, office politics, and much more. Here are immediate, effective, eye-opening actions you can take to resolve those infuriating problems. You will find stories and examples drawn from corporate communications consultant Leil Lowndes’ more than 20 years of training business professionals, from entry-level new hires to CEOs. After you’ve mastered the unique “bag of little tricks” in this book, you will know How to Talk to Anyone at Work
(Catalogue)

Success through diversity : why the most inclusive companies will win / Fulp, Carol
Explores how investing in a racially and ethnically diverse workforce will help make contemporary businesses more dynamic, powerful, and profitable.
In our fast-changing demographic landscape, companies that proactively embrace diversity in all areas of their operations will be best poised to thrive. Renowned business leader and visionary Carol Fulp explores staffing trends in the US and provides a blueprint for what businesses must do to maintain their competitiveness and customer base, including hiring in new ways, aligning managers around diversity, providing new kinds of leadership development, and engaging employees to embrace differences. Using detailed case histories of corporate cultures such as the NFL, Eastern Bank, John Hancock, Hallmark Health, and PepsiCo, as well as her own experiences in the workplace and in advising companies on diversity practice, Fulp demonstrates how people of different races and ethnicities represent an essential asset to contemporary companies and organizations.” (Catalogue)

Leadership strategy and tactics / Willink, Jocko
“The ultimate guide on leadership from the number one New York Times bestselling co-author of Extreme Ownership and The Dichotomy of Leadership. Decorated ex-US Navy SEAL officer Jocko Willink delivers hard-won leadership principles that have been tested and proven on the battlefield, in business and in life. Leadership Strategy and Tactics takes the guesswork out of leadership by translating theory into practical skills and manoeuvers that leaders at all levels can apply, practice and execute. From the #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Extreme Ownership, this book is a powerful and pragmatic step-by-step guide to leading any team, in any situation, to victory. (Catalogue)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Latest management books arriving at Wellington City Libraries

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wellington City Libraries – latest management books

The smarts : big little hacks to take you a long way at work / Jetha, Saj
“The essential Millennial careers book from the founder of The Smarty Train, the award-winning agency that unlocks talent globally.

First job, new challenge or just bored of the same old? Master the new working world with The Smarts by doing, thinking and feeling to be the best you.

Saj Jetha – economist and founder of multi-award winning training and talent advisory The Smarty Train – has distilled everything he knows about work success in this witty, irreverent collection of smart hacks. Having helped thousands of people at major corporations worldwide like Accenture, EY and HSBC, Saj reveals his secrets for gaining a professional edge in the new working world.

Don’t expect a list of dry, pointless mantras about ‘working hard’ and ‘being punctual’ either. Discover why it’s best to have a difficult conversation with your boss after lunch, what to do when you’re stuck for something to say, and why giants drink coffee. Easy-to-remember, beautifully designed, jargon-free chapters cover everything from the basic (nailing first impressions) to the profound (getting to know how your brain works).

Whether you’re an intern, are moving to the next challenge in your career, or are the CEO, The Smarts offers indispensable advice that’s all about unlocking your talent; doing, thinking and feeling in the smartest possible way.” (Catalogue)

Wayfinding leadership : ground-breaking wisdom for developing leaders / Spiller, Chellie
“This book presents a new way of leading by looking to traditional waka navigators or wayfinders for the skills and behaviours needed in modern leaders. It takes readers on a journey into wayfinding and leading, discussing principles of wayfinding philosophy, giving examples of how these have been applied in businesses and communities, and providing action points for readers to practise and reflect on the skills they are learning”–Publisher information.” (Catalogue)

The man who solved the market : how Jim Simons launched the Quant Revolution / Zuckerman, Gregory
“Jim Simons is the greatest moneymaker in modern financial history. His record bests those of legendary investors, including Warren Buffett, George Soros and Ray Dalio. Yet Simons and his strategies are shrouded in mystery. The financial industry has long craved a look inside Simons’s secretive hedge fund, Renaissance Technologies and veteran Wall Street Journal reporter Gregory Zuckerman delivers the goods. After a legendary career as a mathematician and a stint breaking Soviet codes, Simons set out to conquer financial markets with a radical approach. Simons hired physicists, mathematicians and computer scientists – most of whom knew little about finance – to amass piles of data and build algorithms hunting for the deeply hidden patterns in global markets. Experts scoffed, but Simons and his colleagues became some of the richest in the world, their strategy of creating mathematical models and crunching data embraced by almost every industry. Simons and his team used their wealth to upend the worlds of politics, philanthropy and science. They weren’t prepared for the backlash. In this fast-paced narrative, Zuckerman examines how Simons launched a quantitative revolution on Wall Street, and reveals the impact that Simons, the quiet billionaire king of the quants, has had on worlds well beyond finance.” (Catalogue)

Building an Inclusive Organization: Leveraging The Power Of A Diverse Workforce [paperback] / Frost, Stephen
“Remove unconscious bias from business processes and create an environment of real inclusion where employees feel valued, able to be themselves and perform to their full potential while boosting company profits. A diverse workforce is a business imperative. Without it, companies are made up of employees who come from the same background and have the same skills and, therefore, the same blind spots. A diverse workforce brings together different strengths, a variety of experiences, a huge breadth of knowledge and a wealth of creative problem-solving techniques. However, in order to leverage the benefits of this diverse workforce, businesses must be inclusive. Inclusion ensures that employees feel supported, are treated fairly and are therefore happier, more engaged and more productive. Building an Inclusive Organization is a practical guide to creating an environment of real inclusion. It explains how to remove unconscious bias from company processes including recruitment and selection, how to make the case for diversity and inclusion to all stakeholders and how to embed inclusion into an organization’s culture and overall business strategy. Packed with case studies from organizations including KPMG, Uber, Salesforce, Harvard University and the UK National Health Service (NHS), Building an Inclusive Organization shows how to implement robust processes and policies to foster diversity and inclusion in organizations of any size, and in all sectors, including the creative industry, finance, tech, and academia and foundations. Guidance and advice is also provided on how to use ‘nudges’ to change behaviours and overcome bias, how to achieve transparency and accountability, and how to measure, review and evaluate inclusion.” (Catalogue)

Superfast : lead at speed / Devonshire, Sophie
“Leaders need to move at speed. It’s time to learn how to lead innovatively, decisively and impactfully in a world which is changing fast and presenting new opportunities at every turn. Providing practical solutions to leadership questions with a real focus on contemporary challenges, innovations and problems, Superfast is a shortcut to organisational progress and personal success. You’ll learn: inspirational approaches to leading and innovating, when to slow down and take more time to get things right, the importance of being responsible as well as responsive, how to use time smartly to achieve the most impact as efficiently as possible, how to make decisions that unlock leadership growth, Stop waiting around. Lead with clarity, flexibility and purpose. Book jacket.” (Catalogue)

Don’t Be Evil: The Case Against Big Tech [hardback] / Foroohar, Rana
“Today Google and Facebook receive 90% of the world’s news ad-spending. Amazon takes half of all ecommerce in the US. Google and Apple operating systems run on all but 1% of cell phones globally. And 80% of corporate wealth is now held by 10% of companies – not the GEs and Toyotas of this world, but the digital titans. How did we get here? How did the tech industry get to dominate our world so completely? How did once-idealistic and innovative companies come to manipulate elections, violate our privacy, and pose a threat to the fabric of our democracy? In Don’t Be Evil, FT columnist Rana Foroohar documents how Big Tech lost its soul – and became the new Wall Street.

Through her skilled reporting and unparalleled access – won through nearly 30 years covering business and technology – she shows the true extent to which the ‘Faang’s (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google) crush or absorb any potential competitors, hijack our personal data and offshore their exorbitant profits. Yet she also lays out a plan for how we can resist, creating a framework that fosters innovation while also protecting us from the dark side of digital technology.” (Catalogue)