New management books at Wellington City Libraries

The fix : overcome the invisible barriers that are holding women back at work / King, Michelle P.
“A guide to overcoming the invisible barriers that hold women back at work. While the focus is on women in this book, King is not blind to others facing barriers too — men themselves who deviate from the Don Draper model, for example, and others who are perceived as not fitting in. Fixing the workplace to help women will lead to fixing the workplace for all because, King concludes, ‘it is the only way companies will survive the inevitable changes to come’.” Based on King’s research and exclusive interviews with major companies and thought leaders, The Fix reveals why denying the fact that women are held back just because they are women – what she calls gender denial – is the biggest obstacle holding women back at work and outlines the hidden sexism and invisible barriers women encounter at work every day. In this fascinating and empowering book, King outlines the invisible barriers that hold women back at all stages of their careers, and provides readers with a clear set of takeaways to thrive despite the sexist workplace, as they fight for change from within. Gender equality is not about women, and it is not about men – it is about making workplaces work for everyone. Together, we can fix work, not women.” (Catalogue)

The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias: How to reframe bias, cultivate connection, and create high-performing teams / Fuller, Pamela A timely, must-have guide to understanding and overcoming bias in the workplace, from the experts at FranklinCovey. Unconscious bias affects everyone. It can look like the disappointment of an HR professional when a candidate for a new position asks about maternity leave. It can look like preferring the application of a red brick university graduate over one from a state school. It can look like assuming a man is more entitled to speak in a meeting than his female junior colleague. Teaching you how to overcome unconscious bias, this book provides more than thirty unique tools, such as a prep worksheet and a list of ways to reframe your unconscious thoughts. According to the experts at Franklin Covey, your workplace can achieve its highest performance rate once you start to overcome your biases and allow your employees to be whole people. By recognising bias, emphasising empathy and curiosity, and making true understanding a priority in the workplace, we can unlock the potential of every person we encounter.” (Catalogue)

Unapologetically ambitious : take risks, break barriers, and create success on your own terms / Archambeau, Shellye
” Shellye Archambeau recounts how she overcame the challenges she faced as a young black woman, wife, and mother, managing her personal and professional responsibilities while climbing the ranks at IBM and subsequently in her roles as CEO. Through the busts and booms of Silicon Valley in the early 2000s, this bold and inspiring book details the risks she took and the strategies she engaged to steer her family, her career, and her company MetricStream toward success. Through her journey, Shellye discovered that ambition alone is not enough to achieve success. Here, she shares the practical strategies, tools, and approaches readers can employ right now, including concrete steps to most effectively. Unapologetically Ambitious invites readers to move beyond the solely supportive roles others expect them to fill, to learn how to carefully tread the thin line between assertive and aggressive, and to give themselves permission to strive for the top.” (Catalogue)

Out-innovate : how global entrepreneurs from Delhi to Detroit are rewriting the rules of Silicon Valley / Lazarow, Alexandre
The new playbook for innovation and startup success is emerging from beyond Silicon Valley, at the ‘frontier.’ Startups have changed the world. In the United States, many startups, such as Tesla, Apple, and Amazon, have become household names. For decades, the hot center of this phenomenon has been Silicon Valley. This is changing fast. Thanks to technology, startups can now take root anywhere–and they are, from Delhi to Detroit to Nairobi to Sao Paulo. As venture capitalist Alexandre Lazarow shows in this insightful and instructive book, this Silicon Valley “gospel” is due for a refresh–and it comes from what he calls the “frontier,” the growing constellation of startup ecosystems, outside of the Valley and other major economic centers, that now stretches across the globe. With rich and wide-ranging stories of frontier innovators from around the world, Out-Innovate is the new playbook for innovation–wherever it has the potential to happen.” (Catalogue)

Data-driven business transformation : how to disrupt, innovate, and stay ahead of the competition / Carruthers, Caroline
Data Driven Business Transformation illustrates how to find the secrets to fast adaptation and disruptive origination hidden in your data and how to use them to capture market share. Digitalisation – or the Digital Revolution – was the first step in an evolving process of analysis and improvement in the operations and administration of commerce. The popular author team of Caroline Carruthers and Peter Jackson, two global leaders in data transformation and education, pick up the conversation here at the next evolutionary step where data from these digital systems generates value, and really use data science to produce tangible results.” (Catalogue)

Principles for success / Dalio, Ray
An entertaining, illustrated adaptation of Ray Dalio’s Principles, the #1 New York Times bestseller that has sold more than two million copies worldwide.
Principles for Success distills Ray Dalio’s 600-page bestseller, Principles: Life & Work, down to an easy-to-read and entertaining format that’s acces­sible to readers of all ages. It contains the key elements of the unconven­tional principles that helped Dalio become one of the world’s most suc­cessful people–and that have now been read and shared by millions worldwide–including how to set goals, learn from mistakes, and collaborate with others to produce exceptional results. Whether you’re already a fan of the ideas in Princi­ples or are discovering them for the first time, this illustrated guide will help you achieve success in having the life that you want to have.” (Catalogue)

Latest management books at Wellington City Libraries

The insider’s guide to culture change : creating a workplace that delivers, grows, and adapts / McHale, Siobhan
“From disengaged employees to underserved customers, business failures invariably stem from a culture problem. In The Insider’s Guide to Culture Change, acclaimed culture transformation expert and global executive Siobhan McHale shares her proven four-step process to demystifying culture transformation and starting down the path to positive change. The Insider’s Guide to Culture Change walks readers through McHale’s four-step process to culture transformation

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing in a Downturn (with bonus article “Reigniting Growth” By Chris Zook and James Allen) (HBR’s 10 Must Reads) [paperback] / Review, Harvard Business
“How do the most resilient leaders and organisations survive — and even thrive — during a market slowdown? If you read nothing else on weathering a down market and returning to growth, read these 10 articles. We’ve combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you navigate a tough market, stay resilient, and return to growth and prosperity faster than the competition. (Catalogue)

Brave new work : are you ready to reinvent your organization? / Dignan, Aaron
“The way we work is broken. It takes forever to get anything done. Meetings and emails are incessant. Bureaucracy stifles talent and creativity. After decades of management theory and multiple waves of technological and societal change, is this really the best we can do? Aaron Dignan teaches companies how to eliminate red tape, tap into collective intelligence, and rethink long-held traditions that no longer make sense. In Brave New Work, he shows you how to revolutionize the way your company works forever. Using stories from companies at the cutting edge of organisational transformation, Brave New Workwill show you how to transform your team, department and business from the inside-out-making work more adaptable, abundant and human. It is packed with new tactics and tips for updating your company’s operating system- the simple rules and assumptions so deeply embedded that you don’t even think to question them. Learn how to reignite passion and energy throughout your organisation. Build a company that runs itself.” (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)

Do Agile: Futureproof Your Mind. Stay Grounded. [paperback] / Drake, Tim
“When faced with ‘new’ and ‘different’, are we really open-minded – or wary and suspicious?  In a world obsessed with the latest tech or trend, where groupthink dominates, it’s easy to close down our thinking; to mentally inhabit a space that is both comfortable and familiar. Yet what if we’ve become stuck in our ways? Or stopped having an opinion that was truly our own?  Today’s world requires a new type of toolkit. One that helps build mental resilience, a growth mindset, and a positive outlook. Once that’s in place, you can do practically anything.” (Catalogue)

The innovation ultimatum : how six strategic technologies will reshape every business in the 2020s / Brown, Steve
“”Providing invaluable cutting-edge content, The Innovation Ultimatum is a much-needed source of guidance and inspiration for business leaders, board members, C-suite executives, and senior managers who need to prepare their businesses for the future.   Using straightforward, jargon-free language, this important resource provides a set of strategic questions every leader will need to ask and answer in order to prepare for the impending changes to the business landscape. Author Steve Brown shares his insights to help leaders take full advantage of the next wave of digital transformation and describes compelling examples of how businesses are already embracing new technologies to optimize operations, create new value, and serve customers in new ways. Written for anyone that wants to understand how automation and new technology will fundamentally restructure business.” (Catalogue)

Our latest business books received

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


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

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

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

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

New management books have been arriving at Wellington City Libraries.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

Research resources – how to access

Live in Wellington, and are still needing to do research but no longer have access to Unversity or Polytechnic online resources? Have a look at our Mygateway online resources. We have some fantastic resources available for FREE including Business Source Premier, Academic Source Elite and Proquest Research Library. If you are want to upskill further, have a look at Lynda.com. Lynda.com is a subscription service but FREE with your Wellington City Libraries membership.

If you need some assistance with a research project, or have a deadline to meet, we offer one hour’s free research per each separate topic. If your search skills are a bit rusty, we offer free training in the use of our online resources. Contact prosearch@wcc.govt.nz or ring Marilyn on 801 4059.