Another batch of great management books recently received

Syndetics book coverDisrupt you! : master personal transformation, seize opportunity, and thrive in the era of endless innovation / Jay Samit.
” Excellent book, a must read….Whether you are an entrepreneur on the verge of building your first business, or a business owner needing to change directions because your industry is changing or just a guy trying to get ahead within a company you work at, this is the book for you. Not only is it chocked full of interesting information, useful tools and solid insight but it’s also a very enjoyable read. I highly recommend this book. I might suggest that (if you’re like me) and like taking notes, that you go right for the hardcover version of this. I ordered the Kindle version first but it’s definitely the kind of book you want to take notes in and highlight, so I wound up also ordering a hardcover as well. (Amazon USA)

Syndetics book coverThe high-speed company : creating urgency and growth in a nanosecond culture / Jason Jennings, with Laurence Haughton.
“No one knows the ins and outs of successful companies better than bestselling author Jason Jennings. Back in 2001, with It’s Not the Big That Eat the Small, It’s the Fast That Eat the Slow (HarperBusiness, 2011), Jennings proved that speed was the ultimate competitive advantage. The High-Speed Company reveals the unique practices of businesses that have proven records of urgency and growth. The key distinction is that they’ve created extraordinary cultures with a strong purpose, more trust and relentless follow-through.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverManaging your team through business change / Richard Newton.
“How do you make change work? What skills and resources do you need? From understanding and planning, to implementing and assessing the impact, this book covers all aspects of managing change using simple, practical steps and strategies, each one of which has been developed, tested and proven to work. Brilliant Managing your Team through Change will expertly guide you step by step through the entire change process so you can deliver the required outcomes whilst keeping your team and other stakeholders on board throughout. · Understand the nature and complexities of the change process · Define and develop a customised change plan and schedule · Effectively communicate with, motivate and manage your team through the process Everything you need to think about, know and do to manage change effectively” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWhoever tells the best story wins : how to use your own stories to communicate with power and impact / Annette Simmons.Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins: How to Use Your Own Stories to Communicate with Power and Impact
“Stories have tremendous power. They can persuade, promote empathy, and provoke action. Better than any other communication tool, stories explain who you are, what you want…and why it matters. In presentations, department meetings, over lunch–any place you make a case for new customers, more business, or your next big idea–you’ll have greater impact if you have a compelling story to relate. Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins will teach you to narrate personal experiences as well as borrowed stories in a way that demonstrates authenticity, builds emotional connections, inspires perseverance, and stimulates the imagination. Fully updated and more practical than ever, the second edition reveals how to use storytelling to: Capture attention • Motivate listeners • Gain trust • Strengthen your argument • Sway decisions • Demonstrate authenticity and encourage transparency • Spark innovation • Manage uncertainty • And more Complete with examples, a proven storytelling process and techniques, innovative applications, and a new appendix on teaching storytelling, Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins hands you the tools you need to get your message across–and connect successfully with any audience.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe new one minute manager / Ken Blanchard, PhD, Spencer Johnson, MD. “Updated & Still a Classic must-read for people who value relationships…I read the original One Minute Manager multiple times back in the 80s while working at my first serious job. I’ve threaded my way through a lot of organizations and managers since then, but as I read this new, updated version I found the same foundational principles enhanced to be applicable to business cultures today with different structures, flexible work arrangements, and technology that didn’t exist 30 years ago. What is most impressive about this little book is that the title implies manager, but every person can practice the principles. The world has changed but preserving relationships is still a major objective at work and at home and in our communities. (Amazon USA)

Syndetics book coverHidden strengths : unleashing the crucial leadership skills you already have / Thuy Sindell and Milo Sindell.
“Books like StrengthsFinder 2.0 have helped leaders discover their strengths – but they stop there. The Sindells argue that focusing only on your best abilities neglects a vital development opportunity. They show how to identify hidden strengths that can be quickly elevated into full strengths with attention and focus. Working mainly on your strengths can ultimately make you weaker, they argue – you need to continually add new skills, not rely on what you’re already good at. And while most people assume that means they should try to turn their weaknesses into usable skills, the Sindells say that it takes too much time and effort – the ROI just isn’t there. It’s in the neglected middle skills, neither strengths nor weaknesses, that the most potent development opportunities lie. They’re close enough to being strengths that putting your energy there can offer a powerful payoff. Using assessments, exercises, and case studies, the Sindells help you identify your most promising middle skills and create a plan to turn them into strengths. In today’s work environment, not growing and stretching yourself translates into lack of innovation, stagnation, and obsolescence. Relying upon strengths is like relying upon training wheels – at a certain point you need to take them off in order to improve and grow.” (Syndetics summary)

Latest business books in the library

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Business books – Wellington City Libaries

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

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

Syndetics book coverNew rules of the game : 10 strategies for women in the workplace / Susan Packard.New Rules of the Game: 10 Strategies for Women in the Workplace
“Business is a team sport. Learn how to win. Where would your career be if you could understand how your colleagues–especially men–succeed and win at work? And if, in understanding and applying the rules, you could win, too? In New Rules of the Game , business leader Susan Packard shows you how to cultivate gamesmanship –a strategic way of thinking regularly seen in the video game and sports worlds, and most often among men–that develops creativity, focus, optimism, teamwork, and competitiveness. You’ll learn the Ten Rules of Gamesmenship and how to use them effectively to: · Compete outwardly in a healthy, rewarding way · Build support groups to help you advance · Step up with more grit to get the next win · Approach your workplace with more lightness and insight · Take loss in stride and provide the emotional distance needed to win at work Packard shares her career story with humor and candor, including the successes and the mistakes, the triumphs and some personal and career setbacks, and presents them as teachable moments for you. But the book is much bigger that one person’s experience. Packard also shares the stories of other presidents and CEOs who have become great gamers in their own fields, providing you with the insight and inspiration to play the business game smarter, stronger, and more successfully. You will also be better able to coach others, inspiring your team to perform at higher levels as you drive them toward the next win.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe creator’s code : the six essential skills of extraordinary entrepreneurs / Amy Wilkinson.
Kevin Plank was relatively small for an American footballer, and when he weighed the cotton T-shirt he wore under his team uniform, he found it weighed three pounds because it was so drenched in sweat. Knowing he couldn’t hinder himself in this way, he set about finding a material that wasn’t so absorbent. Going to a local fabric shop, he soon learned that synthetic materials would not take in as much sweat, so he had a shirt made and found it added just four ounces over the course of a game. When he gave some team-mates samples to try, they also soon saw the advantages. He began to produce the shirts commercially, and now Under Armour is a $2 billion global brand used by people from every sport. Packed with fascinating and inspirational tales of success, Amy Wilkinson’s brilliant book explains the six essential skills required by entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams. Based on in-depth interviews with the founders of numerous global brands, from eBay to Spanx, from LinkedIn to PayPal, she shows just what they did and what set them apart. For the key to being a successful entrepreneur isn’t necessarily about being ‘first’, it is about being the ‘only’ one, and devising a new formula where none previously existed. Above all, these stories show how – if you follow the right steps – anyone can become a successful entrepreneur.

Syndetics book coverThe business model navigator : 55 models that will revolutionise your business / Oliver Gassmann, Karolin Frankenberger, Michaela Csik.
“A strong business model is the bedrock to business success. But all too often we fail to adapt, clinging to outdated models that are no longer delivering the results we need. The brains behind The Business Model Navigator have discovered that just 55 business models are responsible for 90% of the world’s most successful businesses. These 55 models – from the Add-On model used by Ryanair to the Subscription model used by Spotify – provide the blueprints you need to revolutionise your business and drive powerful change. As well as providing a practical framework for adapting and innovating your business model, this book also includes each of the 55 models in a quick-read format that covers: What it is Who invented it and who uses it now When and how to apply it “An excellent toolkit for developing your business model . ” Dr Heinz Derenbach, CEO, Bosch Software Innovations” (Syndetics summary

Syndetics book coverWork simply : embracing the power of your personal productivity style / Carson Tate.
“Make work simple by using the tools and tactics that are right for you Your time is under attack. You just can’t get enough done. You find yourself wondering where the hours go. You’ve tried every time-management system you can get your hands on–and they’ve only succeeded in making your work more complicated. Sound familiar? If you sometimes feel you spend more time managing your productivity than doing actual work, it’s time for a change. In Work Simply , renowned productivity expert Carson Tate offers a step-by-step guide to making work simple again by using the style that works best for you. Tate has helped thousands of men and women better manage their time and become more productive. Her success owes partly to the realization that most of us fit into one of four distinct productivity styles: Arrangers , who think about their projects in terms of the people involved; Prioritizers , who are the definition of “goal-oriented”; Visualizers , who possess a unique ability to comprehend the big picture; and Planners , who live for the details. In this book, you’ll learn How to identify your own productivity style as well as the styles of those around you–bosses, coworkers, staff, and family. How to select your “tools of the trade” to maximize your effectiveness, from the style of pen you use to the way you decorate your office. When face-to-face conversations are more effective than e-mails–and vice versa. What it takes to lead the perfect meeting. Why a messy desk is right for some, but a disaster for others–and how to tell. After reading Work Simply , you’ll come away with a productivity system that truly and fundamentally fits you –and you’ll never feel overwhelmed again.” (Syndetics summary)

Latest management books

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

Latest management books received

Syndetics book coverThe frugal innovator : creating change on a shoestring budget / Charles Leadbeater.
“Successful bottom of the pyramid entrepreneurship requires more than just low-cost innovation. Though using limited resources and cheap materials is necessary for developing products that consumers can afford, the real challenge of such entrepreneurship is to create products under these limitations that consumers really want. Leadbeater, former industrial editor of Financial Times, argues that frugal innovation is critical to the future. As the world cannot long sustain seven billion people consuming resources at the rate of the world’s top 5 percent consumers, there is an urgent need for innovations that appeal to the bottom of the pyramid while preserving resources and materials. Leadbeater identifies four common design principles that successful frugal products share (they are lean, simple, clean, and social), and he dedicates a chapter to each of them, giving examples of successful entrepreneurs whose products illustrate each principle. Leadbeater’s emphasis on clean and social product innovation sets his work apart from other books on bottom of the pyramid innovation, such as Radjou, Prabhu, and Ahuja’s Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth (2012). This new wave of innovation, which started in the developing world, is spreading globally. –Jay J. Janney, University of DaytonCopyright American Library Association, used with permission.” (CHOICE)

Syndetics book coverFire : how fast, inexpensive, restrained and elegant methods ignite innovation / Dan Ward.
”Thought-provoking and Relatable…The best way to learn is to hear a good storyteller talk in simple, straightforward terms that use relatable specific examples to reinforce the stories. F.I.R.E. accomplishes this teaching masterfully. Dan Ward’s style hooks you in with something that you can understand and relate to, then makes his point in a way you’re sure to remember. I guarantee every time I look at a ridiculously long and over complicated PowerPoint presentation, I’m going to wonder who got stoned before hitting “save”. The F.I.R.E. approach, while not difficult to comprehend, is reinforced with great historical and current examples and leaves you nodding your head saying, “I can do that!” He clearly believes in this approach, but also paints it into a frame of reality by illustrating when it is or is not applicable. And while Dan’s commitment to this approach is clear and resounding, it never comes off as preachy. F.I.S.T is a great cultural thought piece told in a clear, understandable, and fun way by a brilliant storyteller. “ (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThe small big : small changes that spark big influence / Steve J. Martin, Noah J. Goldstein, and Robert B. Cialdini.
Why “it is often the smallest changes in approach that make the biggest difference” when it comes to influencing others
“Why did Martin, Goldstein, and Cialdini write this book? As they explain, their goal “has been to provide a collection of small BIGs that you could add to your persuasion toolkit. Small changes, informed by recent persuasion science that anyone…can employ to make a big difference when persuading and communicating with others.” One key point is that small BIGs that must be used strategically. My way of describing is that a sniper’s mindset is needed rather than a carpet bomber’s approach. Another key point is that skillful use of one or two (not a cluster) of small BIGs will increase the clarity of a message, its intended meaning”. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThe 10 principles of open business : building success in today’s open economy / by David Cushman with Jamie Burke. “A clear explanation of why all businesses would profit from adopting open business principles…. Makes a clear and much needed distinction between social business (tools) and open business (behaviour). This is a very thoughtful, free from hype, look at the way big businesses are changing out of both need and desire and an indication of how smaller and new businesses can adopt this type of behaviour as the norm for the benefit of everyone.” (Amazon UK reviewer)

Syndetics book coverCoaching for innovation : tools and techniques for encouraging new ideas in the workplace / Cristina Bianchi, Maureen Steele. “Coaching for innovation” is addressed to everyone willing to encourage new ideas and behaviours in the workplace. The authors take the reader by hand and effectively teach them how to master and apply coaching techniques to everyday business at any level to drive innovation…This book is well structured, easy to follow and consult, without losing out on completeness and accuracy. The form is fluent and enjoyable to read….I would recommend “Coaching for innovation” as a guide to anyone committed to challenge hard-to-die habits and change-averse attitudes, as well as to improve communication between individuals and groups.” (Amazon UK reviewer)

Syndetics book coverBusiness networking, the survival guide : how to make networking less about stress and more about success / Will Kintish. If you only buy one book on networking…Buy this one. The two big areas where people mess up most when networking – how and who to approach when networking, and talking to complete strangers are covered better than anywhere else I’ve seen. I first met Will Kintish nearly 10 years ago and I’ve been using his tips ever since. They are absolutely sound and seem to work everywhere and on anyone. No nasty NLP or slimy sales stuff, just how to get on with people like a regular person and get loads of business off the back of it. The book itself is nicely laid out and easy to dip in and out of. It’s a must for every business persons skills armoury. (Amazon UK reviewer)

What I’ve been tweeting lately

The Millennial disruption via fulltextreports.com

A pocket guide to doing business in #China by Gordon Orr from @McKinsey via @NZTEnews

Demystify the tendering process in eight stages via @MBIEgovtnz

Partnering for international success: @FormwayDesign shares their ‘going global’ story via @NZTEnews

Interesting website for economists

Doing Business 2015: Going Beyond Efficiency via fulltextreports.com

State of the app economy via fulltextreports.com

New business books to inspire you

Syndetics book coverThe freaks shall inherit the earth : entrepreneurship for weirdos, misfits, and world dominators / Chris Brogan.
“Do you ever wonder where you fit in? Do you sometimes get that feeling that you have something much bigger to offer the universe, but then it fills you with fear and anxiety, so you think maybe I’ll just pay it safe? But what is safe? The factory job? The cubicle job? Factories all over have been converted to open spaces for startups. Skyscrapers have entire floors open for lease because the “same as everyone else” class of jobs have dried up. Many of us were raised to seek out a job that required us to fit in, to conform, to adapt until we fit the mold. The Freaks Shall Inherit The Earth is a guide for the kind of person who wouldn’t normally pick up a business book. The personal business revolution is upon us. Here’s your recipe book for starting your revolutionary business, including some of what you will learn: How to be as weird as you want while providing a viable business structure to support it What most people are missing from the basic frameworks of doing business How to turn passions into businesses How to build out the Digital Channel What Kickstarter and Square mean for the future of business) Take the plunge. Learn to fail and then win. Dare to do something that “everyone else” doesn’t. The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth will help. Bestselling author and successful entrepreneur Chris Brogan explains step-by-step how to build your business from the ground up, all without compromising the unique mindset and personal values that make you a freak in the first place”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverHearing our calling : rethinking work and the workplace / Gill Coombs.“This book is for people who are dissatisfied with their jobs, and would like to find their vocation. Coombs questions many unquestioned assumptions about the workplace, putting our work into the larger context of where we are as a society today, and the environmental crisis. I think this book will also appeal to people — like me — who feel a deep unease with ‘business as usual’ and believe that there are alternatives out there to many conventional modes of work. The book begins by exploring a general sense of unhappiness in the workplace, suggesting that our large institutions have inadvertently created a situation where people’s best talents are underutilized or ignored. She then explores the history of work, and the underlying assumption — or insistence — that there’s no alternative to how we live now. The most useful chapters, for me, were those that looked at finding your vocation. Coombs looks at the human community ecologically, suggesting that each of us has a natural role or purpose to play. The bottom line, Coombs suggests, is that business as usual is no longer possible, and that a general, society-wide rethinking is required about how we live. And there seems no better place to start this process than in the workplace. Recommended”. (Amazon UK)

Syndetics book coverDecoding the new consumer mind : how and why we shop and buy / Kit Yarrow ; foreword by Paco Underhill.“I highly recommend this book and it was a really enjoyable read – very accessible to most anyone interested in the topic of consumer psychology. This is also critical read for marketers of all levels. It provides a thorough analysis of the shift in today’s current consumer mindset with implications to digital and native advertising, public relations and brand identity. This is the perfect introduction for executives of any level and within any department in order to understand the impact of a new cultural identity, and to align their operations with marketing targets”. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverSuper teams : using the principles of RESPECT to unleash explosive business performance / Paul Marciano, PhD, Clinton Wingrove. “…SuperTeams is: a different and highly compelling book about transforming groups of individuals not only into teams but into high performance teams that get terrific business results. When I reviewed Carrots and Sticks, I described it as the most important book on Worker Safety of the 21st Century and it isn’t about worker safety, and I stand by that assessment. If that is true, that SuperTeams is a close second. In SuperTeams Dr. Paul Marciano (an intellectual powerhouse in his own right) teams with Human Resources guru Clinton Wingrove to create a work that is more applied and instructive than Carrots and Sticks, and that builds on the first book. SuperTeams is like a field manual for putting Carrots and Sticks into place. I keep three books on my desk that I consult often, SuperTeams is one of them. It is a truly important work that anyone who manages people should know and reference; take my advice: buy two, because you will want to keep one close and if you lend one out you probably won’t get it back”. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThe curve : turning followers into superfans / Nicholas Lovell.“This is not only a great read, but following on from titles such as “The Long Tail” is opening our eyes to the imminent future of consumer orientated business. Covering a multitude of examples from businesses across Gaming, Music, Baking Goods and Swimming Pools, Nicholas shows how the embracing of the Free price point is enabling people throw of the tyranny of the physical and significantly increase their earnings and value of their business. I would recommend this as a key book for anyone who is involved in a business which sells direct to consumers. (Amazon UK reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThe hard thing about hard things : building a business when there are no easy answers / Ben Horowitz.
“*Starred Review* It’s fairly evident that this is a collection of blogs, loosely strung together, united in their varied perspectives on start-ups, CEO-dom, and business in general. Though Horowitz is a cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and his credentials reside mainly in Silicon Valley, he’s imparted some valuable insight on hard lessons learned that apply to any manager, whether in the executive suite or not. As with most experiential books, it is all about him but it’s written in such an engaging and universally acceptable manner that no one could object. Leave aside his background, for the moment. Who would realize, for instance, that executives worry about things like initiating layoffs, hiring the right people, training, and minimizing politics, among others? It’s a refreshingly honest take, and his colorful (and, yes, profanity-laced) language breaks down any other misperceptions about the role and the person. Plus, his imagination is compelling, such as the comparisons between peacetime and wartime CEOs: Peacetime CEO always has a contingency plan. Wartime CEO knows that sometimes you gotta roll a hard six. After all, the success equation is easy: the hard thing is getting it done.–Jacobs, Barbara Copyright 2014 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverJab, jab, jab, right hook : how to tell your story in a noisy social world / Gary Vaynerchuk.“I have a ton of social media books on my shelves, but none of them work quite the same angle as this author. While many books focus on the ‘how-to’ of a specific platform, or even go into detailed accounts of exactly what to post, this book focuses on something much more interesting: storytelling…The author argues that stories change with each platform, and then goes on to show how your story should change in each instance. His six rules for storytelling on social media platforms inform the more detailed advice he gives for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, & Tumbler…If you own or work in any business, this is a great place to start. It’s not a how-to and the author expects some media savvy on the part of the reader, but what you will learn about storytelling on different platforms will be invaluable for your company if you apply it appropriately. Highly recommended.” (Amazon reviewer)

Great business books recently received

Syndetics book coverThe freaks shall inherit the earth : entrepreneurship for weirdos, misfits, and world dominators / Chris Brogan.
“Valuable for entrepreneurs and “employeepreneurs”….An easy read with a lot of lessons and practical advice that you can implement right away. Even if you work in a large organization, there is something here for you as you look to improve yourself and your organization. The book is broken into small enough pieces that it is easy to digest. Well worth it….If you want to improve what you are doing every day — and how you are going about it — read this book.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThe frugal innovator : creating change on a shoestring budget / Charles Leadbeater.
“Frugal innovation is a powerful new model for creating solutions for a world struggling with rapid population growth, exploding demand from consumers on modest incomes, and global pressure to minimize environmental damage. This new wave of innovation started in the developing world but is spreading globally. This inspiring book provides an insight into what promises to become a worldwide movement as large companies in developed economies start to learn from entrepreneurs in the developing world, who are coming up with radical solutions to pressing challenges. Frugal innovators follow four design principles to create these solutions: ‘lean, simple, clean and social’. Frugal innovators are devising these new solutions for clean water and energy, affordable housing and health care, because the constraints they work give them no option but to think radically and challenge conventional wisdom. By unpicking the principles, drivers and methods for frugal innovation, Leadbeater’s analysis and case studies lead to practical ‘how-to’ strategies for applying frugal innovation wherever you work. “– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverThe hard thing about hard things : building a business when there are no easy answers / Ben Horowitz.
“*Starred Review* It’s fairly evident that this is a collection of blogs, loosely strung together, united in their varied perspectives on start-ups, CEO-dom, and business in general. Though Horowitz is a cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and his credentials reside mainly in Silicon Valley, he’s imparted some valuable insight on hard lessons learned that apply to any manager, whether in the executive suite or not. As with most experiential books, it is all about him but it’s written in such an engaging and universally acceptable manner that no one could object. Leave aside his background, for the moment. Who would realize, for instance, that executives worry about things like initiating layoffs, hiring the right people, training, and minimizing politics, among others? It’s a refreshingly honest take, and his colorful (and, yes, profanity-laced) language breaks down any other misperceptions about the role and the person. Plus, his imagination is compelling, such as the comparisons between peacetime and wartime CEOs: Peacetime CEO always has a contingency plan. Wartime CEO knows that sometimes you gotta roll a hard six. After all, the success equation is easy: the hard thing is getting it done.–Jacobs, Barbara Copyright 2010 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverThe curve : turning followers into superfans / Nicholas Lovell.
The concept of the Curve starts as a seemingly niche idea, focused on a few specific industries. By the end of the book it feels both common sense and revolutionary in the potential breadth of its applicability. It has provided a new lens through which to evaluate and understand corporate strategy. A ‘must read’ for anyone needing to understand the future of business. In addition it is packed with fascinating anecdotes and observations, which makes it a compelling and enjoyable read.” (Amazon UK reviewer)

Syndetics book coverFire : how fast, inexpensive, restrained and elegant methods ignite innovation / Dan Ward.
“Ward’s military career led to his expertise in high-speed, low-cost innovation, and he transposes his military principles and techniques into a marketplace-innovation system he calls FIRE (fast, inexpensive, restrained, and elegant). He explains his marketplace acronym: fast is about defining a project objective that can be satisfied on a short time line; inexpensive means delivering meaningful capabilities on a shoestring, a respected skill; restrained means self-control, tight budgets, small teams, activities focused on the short-term; and elegant values simplicity over complexity in design of organizations and processes, relying on experience and rules of thumb to solve specific problems as they arise rather than adhering to rigid rules. FIRE is an approach to innovations that focuses on outcomes rather than compliance. Ward concludes, By placing a premium on speed, thrift, simplicity, and restraint, we can deliver first-in-class and best-in-class products without spending decades and billions. This thought-provoking book, developed with a military perspective, offers valuable insight for those striving for innovation in their business activities.–Whaley, Mary Copyright 2010 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverBig data @ work : dispelling the myths, uncovering the opportunities / Thomas H. Davenport.
” From prior content on big data, there is some welcomed new information that frames the field as it continues its maturity. BD is not going away. Definitely worth the read. Davenport is a good writer, excellent researcher and provides a nice compendium of where big data is today from new sources as a seasoned expert in analytics. Despite some of the other sub-par assessments among other reviewers, you have to understand the intent of this book; it is NOT intended to move you into becoming a data scientist but rather providing you a very current snapshot on the current state of the technology and most recent developments for the organization in big data readiness. For the exec wanting to get a refreshed update on the technology, start here you will not be disappointed.” (Amazon reviewer)

New business and management books

Syndetics book coverRiding the creative rollercoaster : how leaders evoke creativity, productivity and innovation / Dr. Nick Udall.
“Leadership is about creating opportunities for individuals and teams in order to cultivate innovation at all levels of an organization. The only way to shape purposeful, meaningful and successful futures is through innovation. This book turns the current understanding of innovation on its head. It explores how innovation is actually a mindset, not a business led process. How we think, relate, learn and organize either moves us towards this mindset or away from it. It’s time for leaders to move to a multi-dimensional view of innovation, where creative breakthrough is evoked by design. Rewriting the rules of innovation, each chapter reveals a different part of the puzzle, giving the reader new insights to re-order and re-pattern what leadership in today’s world can achieve”– Provided by publisher

Syndetics book coverStrategic thinking for advertising creatives / Alice Kavounas Taylor.“Comprehensive, insightful, readable…As an-award winning copywriter – not to mention joint founder and former leader of one of the UK’s most renowned creative advertising courses – Alice Kavounas Taylor ought to know a thing or two about advertising strategy. Here’s proof that she does. The book gives an in-depth yet approachable view of a complex subject, deconstructing each step of the classic Creative Brief in turn, and illustrating the principles of the process with well chosen practical examples. A valuable addition to the library of anyone studying, or with an interest in, creativity and strategic thinking.” (Amazon UK reviewer)

Syndetics book coverFinding the space to lead : a practical guide to mindful leadership / by Janice Marturano.
“Great resource…As a certified coach this is the resource I’ve been looking for. Working with leaders for 11 years, teaching these tools is an integral part of our work. Now we have Janice’s tips, practices, and realistic ways to integrate mindfulness into our busy days. This book includes the role of emotions in leadership (often ignored or barely acknowledged), practical methods such as desk chair meditation, and purposeful pauses. I highly recommend this book.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverBuilding your business the right-brain way : sustainable success for the creative entrepreneur / Jennifer Lee ; illustrations by Kate Prentiss ; foreword by Michael Port.
“Building Your Business the Right-Brain Way by Jennifer Lee is a solid book to help more creative types (or right-brained people) build their business. Lee includes valuable resources and tips on succeeding, and coaches you through the exercises to help you along the way. If you have big goals or little goals, this is definitely a book you should read!.. a fun, colorful, and engaging book to read about business. It doesn’t seem like those words should be used in the same sentence, but it works with Lee’s book! The format of the book works in an organized, practical way to help people who are more creative than set on working with excel sheets about money and their business plan. Of course a business should be taken seriously, but who says you can’t also have fun while being successful with it? ” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverOut of office / Simon Salt.
“Salt has done a great job of writing a step-by-step guide for people who are seeking to work from home part-time or full-time. It’s especially great for people new to this type of working situation but also beneficial for people who have being doing it for awhile and feel like something is not quite work. It covers a lot of different potential challenges and offers different ideas for resolving them to make the work from home situation actually work. I really appreciate that Salt took the time to consult a number of different people who have worked from home in different ways and included their information, experiences and tips in the book. We all do this type of work differently so it’s helpful to see a variety of viewpoints on common issues” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThe brain sell : when science meets shopping : how the new mind sciences and the persuasion industry are reading our thoughts, influencing our emotions and stimulating us to shop / Dr. David Lewis.
“The Perfect Guide to Neuromarketing, What makes David Lewis’s book so impressive is the balance it strikes between conveying his undoubted expertise in investigating the way consumers’ brains work and his candour about the limitations of neuromarketing techniques like EEG and fMRI.
Lewis evidently understands the subject with the depth that reflects his academic background, however his written style is light and accessible and the book is peppered with real-world examples that reveal how companies capitalise on the way in which our brains work (which is appreciably different from how we think we think!).” (Amazon UK reviewer)

Recent additions to our Management books

Syndetics book coverForget a mentor, find a sponsor : the new way to fast-track your career / Sylvia Ann Hewlett.
“Great career advice: Yes mentors matter; sponsors are crucial…As a “how to get on in life and business” topic mentorship has been talked about for years. What Sylvia Hewlett addresses in this book is why mentorship is great … but not enough. What you really need she argues are “sponsors” – so not just a person who gives you quiet advice 1-on-1 over over coffee. But someone who advocates for you when you are not in the room – someone who uses their organizational/political capital to advance your interests, albeit as part of a compact where both sides benefit. Based on concrete research and crucially giving advice about the way to proceed, and potential pitfalls along the way, Sylvia Hewlett’s book is an important contribution to the understanding of how organizations work and how to get ahead! (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThe up side of down : why failing well is the key to success / Megan McArdle.
“Multiple iterations almost always beats single-minded focus around a single idea.” We don’t have to get it right the first time, or even a majority of times. Instead, it is in getting things wrong that we learn to ultimately get them right. Megan McArdle writes a fun, engaging, and convincing book that tells us success is often learned through failure… Her style reminded me of Gladwell – her writing is readable, and loaded with relevant, interesting stories. It’s a non-fiction book that reads like fiction. McArdle’s book could benefit anyone, regardless of vocation or political beliefs”. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverStrategic partnering : remove chance and deliver consistent success / Luc Bardin, Raphaël Bardin, and Guillaume Bardin.
” Successful partnerships have always been a critical source of business growth and are becoming ever more essential in today’s connected economy. However, even as companies become increasingly inter dependent, strategic partnering today fails far more often than it succeeds because it is approached as an art instead of a science. BP executive, Luc Bardin, presents a clear, easy to use model for partnering that has evolved from feedback and examples from the world’s leading CEOs and companies. His model includes a practical, well tried set of rules and methods and treats partnering as a process. He provides a guide for the many aspects of cooperation, including selecting a strategic partner, building relationships, designing the partnership vision and plan, developing a core value proposition and how to measure outcomes. Packed with case studies from leading Fortune 100 companies and personal interviews with their C Suite level executives, Strategic Partnering provides a useful roadmap for a successful partnership”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverReady to be a thought leader? : how to increase your influence, impact, and success / Denise Brosseau.
“Brosseau, leadership entrepreneur, presents her blueprint for galvanizing others to rally around our ideas. She defines thought leaders as change agents whose intentions and efforts are aligned to improve the world and who then choose to have a more significant impact by sharing their expertise, knowledge, and lessons learned with others . . . for sustainable evolutionary and revolutionary change. The author presents her seven-step process for transitioning from leader to thought leader, which includes finding your driving passion; testing your ideas and opinions with knowledgeable contacts for feedback; attracting supporters and those who can champion your plan; finding the courage to lead and to risk your reputation to espouse a new direction or vision; codifying, testing, and refining your plan for others to follow; learning how to be discoverable and to connect with those who can build on your ideas; and learning how to gain traction for your ideas locally, nationally, and internationally. While her book is clearly an infomercial for her business, the author does offer valuable insight and strategies that will contribute to the growing leadership industry.–Whaley, Mary Copyright 2010 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.” (Booklist)

Syndetics book coverThe power of understanding people : the key to strengthening relationships, increasing sales, and enhancing organizational performance / Dave Mitchell.
“Dave Mitchell is both hysterical and thought-provoking. He uses great examples and anecdotes to further explain what motivates people and drives their behavior, which makes reading this book feel like an enjoyable conversation. I have utilized his approach in countless interactions and am always impressed with how easy it is to overcome obstacles simply by understanding the behavior cues of others…I have bookmarked, highlighted and re-referenced this book many times from many different perspectives. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to be a more effective leader, co-worker, professional, friend or partner. Whether you are in a situation that requires new techniques on conflict resolution, or if you are simply wanting to sharpen your communication skills, this book is a must-read.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverLeading high performance / Murray Eldridge.“Guide your career and your business like an athlete with this excellent leadership guide
Thought provoking, instructive and constructive. I love the concept of using the principles of coaching a sport to those of running a high performance company. Murray Eldridge offers practical guidance to being a good leader/coach, setting goals and objectives, talent selection and appraisals, driving performance and performing well yourself….Based generally around the notion that coaches and competitors in sport have nowhere to hide when it comes to their performance; shouldn’t it be possible to emulate that in the business world? The author provides a step-by-step journey to driving the best performance from yourself and your people. “Leading High Performance” is the new handbook for successful organizations!” (Amazon reviewer)