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)

Work skills you will need in the post-pandemic world

I’ve been reading a few articles which discuss the personal attributes the new “worker” will need in the coming years and the following come up again and again. I’ve chosen to highlight a few Lynda.com courses freely available with your Wellington City Libraries’ card.

 Developing adaptability as a Manager 

The business world is changing faster than ever, with digital transformation and disruption everywhere. Being adaptable is a foundational skill for managers, which enables them to respond to change in positive, resilient ways and seize new opportunities. Join author and professor Dorie Clark, as she introduces strategies for becoming a more adaptable leader. Learn how to monitor for change in order to better prepare for it, hone your skills, and create a more adaptable team that is innovative and responsive to change.

Leading with emotional intelligence

Emotions are all around us in the office, and it’s important for leaders to understand how to harness them to cultivate productivity and positive relationships. In this course, Britt Andreatta shares how to boost your emotional quotient (EQ) to better lead teams, work with peers, and manage up. Learn what emotional intelligence is and how it factors in at work, and discover concrete techniques for raising your own EQ. This includes perceiving yourself accurately, exercising emotional self-control, understanding and managing your triggers, and developing empathy. Then, turn those lessons around to build your awareness of others and become a more inspiring—and effective—leader.

Cybersecurity at work

Cybersecurity isn’t solely within your IT department’s purview. If you own a smartphone, work on a computer, or use the internet, then you’re exposed to a variety of security risks on a daily basis. In this course, instructor Caroline Wong details what these threats are and what you can do about them—both to protect yourself and your organization. In a series of engaging scenarios, Caroline shines a spotlight on some of the most common security risks you’ll encounter in your personal and work life, as well as how to mitigate them. Learn how to identify and avoid phishing, malware, and social engineering attacks. Plus, get best practices for protecting your accounts, company intellectual property, and online activity.

Develop your creative thinking and innovation skills

Learn how to generate innovative solutions in work situations. Review how to develop, design, and create new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, and products. Discover how to use creative and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

 

 

 

 

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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)

Latest business books at Wellington City Libraries

Company of one : why staying small is the next big thing for business / Jarvis, Paul

What if the real key to a richer and more fulfilling career was not to create and scale a new start-up, but rather, to be able to work for yourself, determine your own hours, and become a (highly profitable) and sustainable company of one? Suppose the better–and smarter–solution is simply to remain small? This book explains how to do just that. What if the real key to a richer and more fulfilling career was not to create and scale a new start-up, but rather, to be able to work for yourself, determine your own hours, and become a (highly profitable) and sustainable company of one? Suppose the better–and smarter–solution is simply to remain small? This book explains how to do just that. Company of One is a refreshingly new approach centered on staying small and avoiding growth, for any size business. Not as a freelancer who only gets paid on a per piece basis, and not as an entrepreneurial start-up that wants to scale as soon as possible, but as a small business that is deliberately committed to staying that way. By staying small, one can have freedom to pursue more meaningful pleasures in life, and avoid the headaches that result from dealing with employees, long meetings, or worrying about expansion. Company of One introduces this unique business strategy and explains how to make it work for you, including how to generate cash flow on an ongoing basis. In Company of One, Jarvis explains how you can find the right pathway to do the same, including planning how to set up your shop, determining your desired revenues, dealing with unexpected crises, keeping your key clients happy, and of course, doing all of this on your own.” (Catalogue)

The creative’s guide to starting a business / Kelsall, Harriet
‘A book to devour from start to finish – easy to do as it is accessibly-written and oh so fascinating – and then to dip into later for reference.’ – Joanna Reeves Do you have a passion for making beautiful objects? Are you wondering whether you can take the next step and turn your creativity into a career? This inspirational guide offers easy-to-follow advice from talented and creative industry experts. There are practical exercises that will help you sell your creations, choose the right time to start your business, and guide you through as you do so. With The Creative’s Guide to Starting a Business, you will discover the best way to create pieces that sell, write a business plan, identify and reach customers, research the competition, price products and test the market and promote the business successfully. Packed with interviews, encouraging real life stories, and tips from successful entrepreneurs who started with a passion and turned it into their own successful, creative business, this practical guide will take you through the very first steps of defining creative and financial success to ultimately establishing a rewarding start-up.” (Catalogue)

From hire to fire : & everything in between : managing the employee life cycle – hire, manage, welleing & exit / Hawker, Natasha
“The barrier to start a business is at its lowest but the task to start, build and run one is as difficult as it has ever been. There are legal challenges to be faced within employment law; there’s the cost of hiring and managing employees, whilst trying to avoid and prevent sexual harassment, bullying and terminations – to name just a few. From Hire to Fire & Everything In Between reveals Natasha’s 9 Step Employee Life Cycle, which shares everything you need to know about Human Resources and makes managing your employees’ career journey easier. Doing the right thing by your employees is good for them and for business.” (Catalogue)

The messy middle : finding your way through the hardest and most crucial part of any bold venture / Belsky, Scott
“Silicon Valley is full of start-up success stories; every day stories emerge of a new company with the potential for a billion-dollar valuation and plans for global domination. But what can we really learn from these stories? How many of these start-ups are genuinely successful in the long term? When nine out of ten start-ups end in spectacular burnout, how can we ensure our own success story? While most books and press focus on the more sensational moments of creation and conclusion, The Messy Middle argues that the real key to success is how you navigate the ups-and-downs after initial investment is secured. It will give you all the insights you need to build and optimize your team, improve your product and develop your own capacity to lead. Building on seven years’ of meticulous research with entrepreneurs, small agencies, start-ups and billion-dollar companies, Scott Belsky offers indispensable lessons on how to endure and thrive in the long term.” (Catalogue)

The Art of Communication: How to be authentic, lead others and create strong connections [hardback] / Apps, Judy
Bring nuance, depth, and meaning to every conversation you have The Art of Communication is for anyone who senses that they could be communicating on a deeper level. Perhaps you are a confident communicator but suspect there may be more to the art of conversation that you have not yet been able to access. Or perhaps you feel that your conversations lack depth and meaning and that you’d like to enrich your relationships with others, if only you knew how. This book will address your concerns and show you how to engage wholeheartedly with others. There’s more to conversation than just clear, rational thinking. Left-brain rationality is important, of course, but neuroscience increasingly shows that the right-brain skills of creativity, intuition and spontaneity are essential in good communication. In this guide, you’ll discover ways of tapping into the full conversational potential that lies dormant within you, adding a level of nuance and watching the result as your relationships blossom. You may even find that untapped value in the form of new insights, ideas and creative thoughts, emerges from your daily conversations.

  • Access the more nuanced arts of conversation to create strong connections and tangible results
  • Build cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural connections to communicate effectively with people from different backgrounds
  • Activate your whole mind — not just your intellect — to bring creativity and depth to communication
  • Learn to be open-hearted, spontaneous, vulnerable, intuitive, and captivating in every conversation you hold

From communication guru and bestselling author Judy Apps, The Art of Communication will show you how to breathe life into your relationships and produce powerful new thinking enabling you to transform the world you live in.” (Catalogue)

The business models handbook : templates, theory and case studies / Hague, Paul N.
“Benefit from a reliable collection of the most valuable business models, including detailed coverage of each model, expertly explained theory, as well as case studies and supporting templates. Business frameworks are extraordinarily valuable professional tools. They add structure and clarity to business problems, and can help practitioners overcome the everyday challenges they face. The Business Models Handbook brings together the most helpful and widely used templates and frameworks into a single, invaluable resource. Each chapter focuses on an individual business framework, giving an overview of its purpose and details of how it will help an organisation grow and be profitable. Each model is supported by a real world case study, and enhanced by a handy visual graphic that the reader can use as a template for their own day-to-day work. Meticulously prepared and researched, The Business Models Handbook covers 50 of the best known and most widely used frameworks, including the Ansoff matrix, Price-Quality-Strategy model, Stage-Gate model, Service Profit chain and many more. Authored by Paul Hague, a leading global market researcher with a background working on over 3,000 different research projects, this is a truly invaluable resource for any student or professional.” (Catalogue)

Latest management books received at Wellington City Libraries

Syndetics book coverDon’t worry about the robots : how to survive and thrive in the new world of work / Dr Jo Cribb and David Glover.
Don’t Worry About the Robots is a practical guide to managing the high-speed change ahead of workers. Learn how to disrupt yourself in a positive way, using key principles that will give you the best chance to survive and, even better, to thrive in the new world of work. In this timely book, Dr Jo Cribb and David Glover, former CEOs who have launched successful portfolio careers, share insights from their own experiences plus those of an impressive range of successful business leaders who are all actively thinking about the future of work. Aimed at anyone who needs to change careers or whose job leaves them feeling unchallenged and unfulfilled, as well as those starting work for the first time, this book will provide the inspiration, support and practical tools needed to change your working life.

Syndetics book coverTurning people into teams : rituals and routines that redesign how we work / David Sherwin & Mary Sherwin.
“Where do teams go wrong? Having the right people with the right skills doesn’t mean they’ll know how to work together as a team. David and Mary Sherwin maintain it’s all in the design. Through a blend of straightforward activities, conversational stories, and dialogues that help model different forms of team interaction, this book will help teams- * Create workday rituals that aid them in making better decisions and following through on their work responsibilities * Identify patterns of behavior that are getting in the way of team performance, and design and test potential ways to them * Reinforce habits that help team members bring the human element into their interactions and foster open communication Readers of this book will be more prepared to set up and survive challenging projects alongside their coworkers with a shared sense of ownership, and an eye towards retaining the integrity of their teams in the long term. Using a process that has worked at some of the world’s cutting edge companies, the authors detail the steps to take control of team design and plan for success. The key is to give every team member a voice in designing the team’s rules, and in keeping it aligned with the design over the life of the team.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDare to lead : brave work, tough conversations, whole hearts / Brené Brown.Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts
“In her #1 NYT bestsellers, Brene Brown taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers and culture shifters, she?s showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead. Leadership is not about titles, status and power over people. Leaders are people who hold themselves accountable for recognising the potential in people and ideas, and developing that potential. This is a book for everyone who is ready to choose courage over comfort, make a difference and lead. When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it and work to align authority and accountability. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into the vulnerability that?s necessary to do good work.But daring leadership in a culture that’s defined by scarcity, fear and uncertainty requires building courage skills, which are uniquely human. The irony is that we’re choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the same time we’re scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines can’t do better and faster. What can we do better? Empathy, connection and courage to start.Brene Brown spent the past two decades researching the emotions that give meaning to our lives. Over the past seven years, she found that leaders in organisations ranging from small entrepreneurial start-ups and family-owned businesses to non-profits, civic organisations and Fortune 50 companies, are asking the same questions- How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders? And, how do you embed the value of courage in your culture? Dare to Lead answers these questions and gives us actionable strategies and real examples from her new research-based, courage-building programme. Brene writes, ‘One of the most important findings of my career is that courage can be taught, developed and measured. Courage is a collection of four skill sets supported by twenty-eight behaviours. All it requires is a commitment to doing bold work, having tough conversations and showing up with our whole hearts. Easy? No. Choosing courage over comfort is not easy. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and work. It’s why we’re here.?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverImagine it forward : courage, creativity, and the power of change / Beth Comstock ; with Tahl Raz.Imagine It Forward: Making Change Work for You, Your Team, Your Company
“FROM ONE OF TODAY’S FOREMOST INNOVATION LEADERS, AN INSPIRING, PERSONAL APPROACH TO MASTERING CHANGE IN THE FACE OF UNCERTAINTY. Confronting change is incredibly hard, both organizationally and personally. People become resistant. They are afraid. Yet the pace of change in our world will never be slower than it is right now, says Beth Comstock, the former Vice Chair and head of marketing and innovation at GE.

Imagine It Forward is an inspiring, fresh, candid, and deeply personal book about how to grapple with the challenges to chang e we face every day. It is a different kind of narrative, a big picture book that combines Comstock’s personal story in leading change with vital lessons on overcoming the inevitable roadblocks. One of the most successful women in business, Comstock shares her own transformation story from introverted publicist to GE’s first woman Vice Chair, and her hard-won lessons in shifting GE, a 125 year old American institution, toward a new digital future and a more innovative culture.
As the woman who initiated GE’s Ecomagination clean-energy and its (and NBC’s) digital transformations, Comstock challenged a global organization to not wait for perfection, but to seek out emerging trends, embrace smart risks and test ideas boldly, and often.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWhat anyone can do : how surrounding yourself with the right people will drive change, opportunity, and personal growth / by Leo Bottary.
” Most of us don’t seek advice or reach out to others for help very easily. In part, it’s because we’re conditioned to see life as an individual endeavor rather than a team sport. Or because we believe that asking for help makes us look weak or incapable. We regard self-help as by-yourself-help. News flash: no one in the history of the world has ever achieved any level of happiness or success totally by themselves.  

In his 1976 book The Long Run Solution , Joe Henderson suggested that becoming truly accomplished at running (or at anything) doesn’t typically require us to perform superhuman feats. In fact, success is frequently realized by those who simply do the things anyone can do that most of us never will.

In What Anyone Can Do , with the help of Leo Bottary’s Year of the Peer podcasts guests (and playful illustrations by Ryan Foland ), you’ll discover that if you surround yourself with the right people, you’ll do the things anyone can do far more often. And when you do that, you and the people around you will realize more of what you want out of business and life. It’s that simple.

The Power of Peers (2016) made a strong case for how and why formal peer groups are so effective. This book steps outside the formal peer group arena to examine all the important relationships we have in our lives (parents, teachers, spouses, mentors, children, mentees, etc.) and provides a practical approach and specific framework for harnessing their power for your benefit (and theirs). It’s what anyone can do. You’re anyone, right?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWork the problem : how experts tackle workplace challenges / Kathryn Stafford.
A software engineer sees her tech skills slipping even as she rises to manage her own team. A marketing director is squeezed between a demanding, artistic boss and her staff. A tech-savvy manager of operations wants to modernize his warehouse but is surprised when he is stymied. Everyone has experienced a situation at work where challenges pile so high that the only solution seems to be to cut and run. But what if we faced our problems head on instead of quitting? Each fictionalized case study in Work the Problem is coupled with in-depth analysis and commentary by two experts who offer fresh ways of looking at seemingly insurmountable difficulties from perspectives such as performance improvement, organization development, and human resources. The result is an engrossing collection of unique yet familiar stories that build on one another, creating a conversation about universal workplace problems and how we can think about solving them for ourselves. Work the Problem is about more than the specific demands of any one workplace–it’s about cultivating the mindset and skills to take on the inevitable challenges that will arise in any career. Whether you’re thinking of quitting your job, you feel stalled out at your workplace, or you’re advising someone who has hit a wall, Work the Problem is the book to reach for.

Recently received management books

Disrupters : success strategies from women who break the mold / Fletcher, Patti
“The business world is stacked against women who have been trained to follow the deeply ingrained, unspoken rules of business culture created long before they entered the workforce. But imagine a world where women throw out the old playbook and start making their own rules. Tech executive, board member, and angel investor Dr. Patti Fletcher helps you recognize and smash those old rules and introduces you to the women who have found success by breaking them. With exciting insights and uplifting stories, Disrupters reveals the keys you need to achieve your own version of success.”–Back cover.” (Catalogue)

The meaning revolution : leading with the power of purpose / Kofman, Fred
‘One of the most extraordinary thinkers on leadership and management I have ever encountered’ – Sheryl Sandberg
Forget the standard practices of leadership taught in business school — all about compensation, command and control. This is a new model for how to inspire — through purpose, principle and people. The Meaning Revolution is Fred Kofman’s call to arms for anyone who has ever felt unengaged at work and offers actionable advice for how we can all find more meaning and dignity whatever we do. Bringing together economics and conflict resolution, counselling and mindfulness, Kofman explains how our most deep-seated anxiety is that we are wasting our lives. The things that we think matter — salaries and job titles — actually only account for 15% of our motivation at work. The other 85% is about how we belong, feeling we make a difference, that we serve a purpose larger than ourselves. Transformative leadership is about helping employees feel connected to a great mission or purpose, and discovering the ‘immortality project’ at the core of your business.” (Catalogue)

The business of change : how New Zealand organisations can survive and thrive despite digital disruption / Pollok, Mike
“…The objective of this book is to discuss the digital threats and opportunities likely to have the most impact on New Zealand and to help Kiwi organisations to cope with, and take advantage of, the new realities of business today and tomorrow” — Back cover.” (Catalogue)
Digital Darwinism : survival of the fittest in the age of business disruption / Goodwin, Tom
“Digital Darwinism takes an exhilarating look at disruptive thinking to inspire those who want to be the best at digital transformation. Change across business is accelerating, but the lifespan of companies is decreasing. Life is more unpredictable than ever and leaders are facing a growing abundance of decisions to make, data to process and technology that threatens to disrupt even the most established business models. These are the forces that could destroy your company but, with the right strategy in place, they could also help you transform it into a market leader. Digital Darwinism is a guiding hand through the turbulence of this moment, offering practical strategies as well as an ambitious call-to-action that lights a fire underneath complacency and inspires creative change. In this book, Tom Goodwin shines a light into the future by exploring technology, society and the lessons of the past so that you can understand how to adapt, what to embrace and what to ignore. Goodwin proves how every assumption the business world has previously made about “digital” is wrong in order to revolutionize your mindset: incremental change isn’t good enough, adding technology at the edges won’t work and digital isn’t a thing – it’s everything. If you want your organization to succeed in the post-digital age, you need to be enlightened by Digital Darwinism”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Rebel talent : why it pays to break the rules at work and in life / Gino, Francesca
“Great stories, great science, and great practical advice about how, when, and why to break the rules.”
— Angela Duckworth, New York Times bestselling author of Grit
Do you want to follow a script — or write your own story? Award-winning Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino shows us why the most successful among us break the rules, and how rebellion brings joy and meaning into our lives. Rebels have a bad reputation. We think of them as troublemakers, outcasts, contrarians: those colleagues, friends, and family members who complicate seemingly straightforward decisions, create chaos, and disagree when everyone else is in agreement. But in truth, rebels are also those among us who change the world for the better with their unconventional outlooks. Instead of clinging to what is safe and familiar, and falling back on routines and tradition, rebels defy the status quo. They are masters of innovation and reinvention, and they have a lot to teach us. Francesca Gino, a behavioral scientist and professor at Harvard Business School, has spent more than a decade studying rebels at organizations around the world, from high-end boutiques in Italy’s fashion capital, to the World’s Best Restaurant, to a thriving fast food chain, to an award-winning computer animation studio. In her work, she has identified leaders and employees who exemplify “rebel talent,” and whose examples we can all learn to embrace. Gino argues that the future belongs to the rebel — and that there’s a rebel in each of us. We live in turbulent times, when competition is fierce, reputations are easily tarnished on social media, and the world is more divided than ever before. In this cutthroat environment, cultivating rebel talent is what allows businesses to evolve and to prosper. And rebellion has an added benefit beyond the workplace: it leads to a more vital, engaged, and fulfilling life. Whether you want to inspire others to action, build a business, or build more meaningful relationships, Rebel Talent will show you how to succeed — by breaking all the rules.” (Catalogue)

Clockwork : design your business to run itself / Michalowicz, Mike
Do you worry that your business will collapse without your constant presence? Are you sacrificing your family, friendships, and freedom to keep your business alive? What if instead your business could run itself, freeing you to do what you love when you want, while it continues to grow and turn a profit?

It’s possible. And it’s easier than you think.

If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you started your business so you could be your own boss, make the money you deserve, and live life on your own terms. In reality, you’re bogged down in the daily grind, constantly putting out fires, answering an endless stream of questions, and continually hunting for cash.

Now, Mike Michalowicz, the author of Profit First and other small-business bestsellers, offers a straightforward step-by-step path out of this dilemma. In Clockwork, he draws on more than six years of research and real life examples to explain his simple approach to making your business ultra-efficient.
Among other powerful strategies, you will discover how to:

* Make your employees act like owners: Free yourself from micromanaging by using a simple technique to empower your people to make smart decisions without you.

* Pinpoint your business’s most important function: Unleash incredible efficiency by identifying and focusing everyone on the one function that is most crucial to your business.

* Know what to fix next: Most entrepreneurs try to fix every inefficiency at once and end up fixing nothing. Use the “weakest link in the chain” method to find the one fix that will add the most value now.

Whether you have a staff of one, one hundred, or somewhere in between, whether you’re a new entrepreneur or have been overworked and overstressed for years, Clockwork is your path to finally making your business work for you.” (Catalogue

Latest management books recently arrived

Book Jacket for: The mind of the leader : how to lead yourself, your people, and your organization for extraordinary resultsThe mind of the leader : how to lead yourself, your people, and your organization for extraordinary results / Hougaard, Rasmus
“Most leaders think they’re effective at motivating their employees, but study after study shows that employees are more disengaged and uninspired than ever. The solution lies not in more management training or fun off-sites but in looking within–into the mind of the leader. Based on their years-long research and practice, Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter, of the Potential Project, have conclusively found that three qualities stand out as being foundational for leaders today: mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion–what they call the MSC Leadership Mind, the ideal mind of the leader. Mindfulness addresses the distractedness that kills our focus, stunts our productivity, and makes us action-addicted multitaskers. Selflessness addresses the general lack of fulfillment in work life by helping us–and the people we lead–find true happiness and meaning. And compassion addresses today’s social disintegration by enhancing true human connections, followership, and engagement. While some think these traits are innate, Hougaard and Carter, together with hundreds of their associates working with thousands of leaders around the world, have developed a system to help leaders of all kinds learn and cultivate the MSC Leadership Mind. By addressing their own needs first, then those of their people, and finally the culture of their organization, every leader can learn to embody what makes for great leadership in today’s challenging organizational environment.– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Book Jacket for: How women rise : break the 12 habits holding you back from your next raise, promotion, or jobHow women rise : break the 12 habits holding you back from your next raise, promotion, or job / Helgesen, Sally
“Ready to take the next step in your career … but not sure what’s holding you back? Read on. Leadership expert Sally Helgesen and bestselling leadership coach Marshall Goldsmith have trained thousands of high achievers–men and women–to reach even greater heights. Again and again, they see that women face specific and different roadblocks from men as they advance in the workplace. In fact, the very habits that helped women early in their careers can hinder them as they move up. Simply put, what got you here won’t get you there … and you might not even realize your blind spots until it’s too late. Are you great with the details? To rise, you need to do less and delegate more. Are you a team player? To advance, you need to take credit as easily as you share it. Are you a star networker? Leaders know a network is no good unless you know how to use it. Sally and Marshall identify the 12 habits that hold women back as they seek to advance, showing them why what worked for them in the past might actually be sabotaging their future success. Building on Marshall’s classic best seller What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, their new book How women rise is essential reading for any woman who is ready to advance to the next level.” (Catalogue)

Book Jacket for: Soulpreneurs : live your purpose, lift your platform and leap into prosperitySoulpreneurs : live your purpose, lift your platform and leap into prosperity / Luciano, Yvette
“Whether you wish to start up (or supercharge) your business, create your blog or book, attract abundance as an artist, or transition from your day job to your dream career, Soulpreneurs is the blueprint you’ve been waiting for. Learn how to: get clear on your purpose and vision, identify your key strengths and values, build your confidence, grow your brand sustainably, and stay on track when things don’t go to plan.” (Catalogue)

Book Jacket for: The CEO next door : the 4 behaviours that transform ordinary people into world-class leadersThe CEO next door : the 4 behaviours that transform ordinary people into world-class leaders / Botelho, Elena L.
“Based on an in-depth analysis of over 2,600 leaders drawn from a database of more than 17,000 CEOs and C-suite executives, as well 13,000 hours of interviews, and two decades of experience advising CEOs and executive boards, Elena L. Botelho and Kim R. Powell overturn the myths about what it takes to get to the top and succeed. What those who reach the top share are four key behaviors that anyone can master: they are decisive; they are reliable, delivering what they promised when the promise it, without exception; they adapt boldly, and they engage with stakeholders without shying away from conflict. Based on this breakthrough study of the most successful people in business, Botelho and Powell offer career advice for everyone who aspires to get ahead.” (Catalogue)

Book Jacket for: The new science of radical innovation : the six competencies leaders need to win in a complex worldThe new science of radical innovation : the six competencies leaders need to win in a complex world / Giles, Sunnie
“Following Sunnie Giles’s Harvard Business Review article “”The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World,”” this book uses solid scientific principles to help leaders in any organization navigate successfully through the increasing speed and interdependence in today’s market.” (Catalogue)

Book Jacket for: Digital transformation : build your organization's future for the innovation ageDigital transformation : build your organization’s future for the innovation age / Herbert, Lindsay“Digital Transformation is a wonderful read and provides fantastic insights…Digital Transformation is a wonderful read and provides fantastic insights. More than that, it provides the ‘How’ together with practical guidance on undertaking the journey to digital transformation. This book should be on the ‘2018 must read list’ for anyone who wants to gain a greater understanding of, or embark on, digital transformation. I will be highly recommending this book to my colleagues and industry peers.(Amazon reviewer)

Research resources – how to access

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