Summer reading: New additions to the business collection


If you have some time on your hands and are relaxing in the sun or under a tree, how about kicking off your new year reading with one of the recent business focused additions to our collection?

You’ll find all these and much, much more in Wellington City Libraries’ catalogue

The retention revolution : 7 surprising (and very human!) ways to keep employees connected to your company / Keswin, Erica
“Build a business with relationships at the center, and you will seize the competitive edge in today’s volatile job/or talent market”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)



Staying the distance : the lessons from sport that business leaders have been missing / Baker, Catherine
“Business leaders are very familiar with drawing lessons from elite sport, particularly around teams, leadership and high performance. But we have all been missing a trick. Day in, day out, sport has been showing us not only how to improve, perform and achieve, but how to do so on a sustained basis, consistently delivering results when it matters. This book shines a light on these unseen lessons, and provides a clear and practical roadmap for how to deploy them in the reader’s own leadership practices. “– Provided by publisher.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Thriving leaders thriving teams / Parsons, Lauren
“Feeling flat, tired or overwhelmed? Concerned you or your colleagues are headed for burnout? Poor health and mental distress are on the rise globally. People are suffering in silence. The talent shortage makes it critical workplaces set themselves apart as desirable employers, to attract and retain great people. Not enough leaders understand how to create true workplace wellbeing. Unfortunately, too many organisations – often inadvertently – treat people as ‘assets’ or ‘resources’ to be used rather than human beings to be nurtured, motivated and celebrated. This needs to change. A complete guide, packed with the latest research, inspiring stories, and practical tools to help you boost your wellbeing, energy and vitality, even if you’re busy and “don’t have time”; be a better leader and help others thrive, no matter what your role; cultivate a positive, energised workplace culture. Thriving Leaders, Thriving Teams is for anyone, from aspiring leaders through to CEOs. Just as master gardeners create the right environment for plants to thrive, leaders must cultivate the ideal environment for their people to flourish. This book shows you how.” Publisher.” (Catalogue)

The art of winning : 10 lessons in leadership, purpose and potential / Carter, Dan
“Ten timeless truths on leadership, purpose and potential – from the unique culture of the All Blacks, and the mind of a living legend”–Publisher information.” (Catalogue)
Also available as EAudiobook Libby


Big bets : how large-scale change really happens / Shah, Rajiv Janardan
“Rajiv J. Shah, president of the Rockefeller Foundation and former administrator of President Barack Obama’s United States Agency for International Development, shares a dynamic new model for creating large scale change, inspired by his own involvements with some of the largest humanitarian projects of our time”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)


Team habits : how small actions lead to extraordinary results / Gilkey, Charlie
“We all know how important habits are for personal effectiveness, success, and happiness. We can apply many of the same principles and insights about personal habits to our teams. When we do, not only do we accrue the personal benefits for ourselves, but we accrue them with and for our team. If small habit changes lead to powerful results for individuals, imagine what it can do for teams. Focusing on improving how people work together at the team level means there’s no need for a top-down initiative or sign-off by the higher-ups to start making our working lives better…Gilkey offers tips on Communication (“What needs to be communicated NOW versus what can wait”), Meetings (“The ultimate question to determine whether your meeting was worth it”), Belonging (“Why getting your teammate coffee isn’t about the coffee”), and much more”– Provided by publisher.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Python for data science / Mueller, John
Python for Data Science For Dummies lets you get your hands dirty with data using one of the top programming languages. This beginner’s guide takes you step by step through getting started, performing data analysis, understanding datasets and example code, working with Google Colab, sampling data, and beyond. Coding your data analysis tasks will make your life easier, make you more in-demand as an employee, and open the door to valuable knowledge and insights. This new edition is updated for the latest version of Python and includes current, relevant data examples”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Faking it : artificial intelligence in a human world / Walsh, Toby
“A prescient analysis of what makes artificial intelligence so … artificial. The brave new world of faking it … Artificial intelligence is, as the name suggests, artificial and fundamentally different to human intelligence. Yet often the goal of AI is to fake human intelligence. This deceit has been there from the very beginning. We’ve been trying to fake it since Alan Turing answered the question ‘Can machines think?’ by proposing that machines pretend to be humans. Now we are starting to build AI that truly deceives us. Powerful AIs such as ChatGPT can convince us they are intelligent and blur the distinction between what is real and what is simulated. In reality, they lack true understanding, sentience and common sense. But this doesn’t mean they can’t change the world. Can AI systems ever be creative? Can they be moral? What can we do to ensure they are not harmful?” (Catalogue)

The key to creativity : the science behind ideas and how daydreaming can change the world / Østby, Hilde
“In The Key to Creativity, Østby takes readers on a deep-dive into why we are creative and what conditions must be present in order for us to make our best work: whether that be a painting, a piece of writing, or simply a good email. Using characters from Alice in Wonderland for inspiration, Østby investigates why we have ideas that seemingly come out of nowhere, like the Cheshire Cat, and how we can quiet our inner critic, like the rule-obsessed Queen of Hearts. Along the way, she speaks with artists of all stripes and interviews psychiatrists and neurologists who specialize in understanding what happens in the brain when we are at our most creative…This engaging and ground-breaking book debunks the myth that you need to be a genius in order to be an artist or inventor. All you need is an idea and the tools to make your creative dream come true”– Provided by publisher.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Hidden potential : the science of achieving greater things / Grant, Adam
“This book illuminates how we can elevate ourselves and others to unexpected heights…Hidden Potential offers a new framework for raising aspirations and exceeding expectations. Adam Grant weaves together ground-breaking evidence, surprising insights, and vivid storytelling that takes us from the classroom to the boardroom, the playground to the Olympics, and underground to outer space. He shows that progress depends less on how hard you work than how well you learn. Growth is not about the genius you possess-it’s about the character you develop. Grant explores how to build the character skills and motivational structures to realize our own potential, and how to design systems that create opportunities for those who have been underrated and overlooked.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The art of explanation : how to communicate with clarity and confidence / Atkins, Ros
“Do you worry about holding people’s attention during presentations? Are you unsure where to start when faced with writing an essay or report? Are you preparing for an interview and wondering how to get all your points across? Explanation – identifying and communicating what we want to say – is an art. … BBC presenter and journalist Ros Atkins, … shares the secrets he has learned from years of working in high-pressure newsrooms, identifying the ten elements of a good explanation and the seven steps you need to take to express yourself with clarity and impact. Whether at work, school, university or home, we all benefit from being able to articulate ourselves clearly. Filled with practical examples, The Art of Explanation is a must-read for anyone who wants to sharpen their communication skills.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Why listen to, work with and follow you? : the 3 qualities of true leaders / Robertson, Larry
“Whether setting out on your career or already ensconced in the boardroom, you will not succeed on your own. You need others to choose to listen, buy into and come with you.  Global leadership expert Larry Robertson highlights communication as the most critical yet least well practised aspect of leadership, using his 3 Qualities of True Leadership: Authenticity (AQ), Empathy (EQ) and Intent (IQ).  WHY YOU? is packed with stories, examples and tools to help you lift your game holistically, both as a true leader and a better person”. –Publisher.” (Catalogue)

My brain has too many tabs open : untangle your relationship with tech / Goodin, Tanya
“Digital detox expert and tech therapist Tanya Goodin is on a mission to help us have a healthier relationship with our electronics. Here, she collects hours of conversations to form a fascinating compendium of everyday problems we all struggle with, plus solutions to stop them taking over lives.” (Catalogue)

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McKinsey on Books : Author talks (3)

Global management consultancy McKinsey and Company offers a regular online series called Author Talks in which they present interviews with authors of newly published business books.

Through these interviews readers are able to gain more insight into the author’s experiences and knowledge on their topics.

In today’s blog we continue our series of linking some of these interviews with the books available in the Wellington City Libraries collection.

Click on these links to access earlier blogs : Author talks (1) and Author talks (2)

The inclusive organization : real solutions, impactful change, and meaningful diversity / Jenkins, Netta
“DEI is an 8-billion dollar industry that is not yet accessing its full potential through real solutions and results. However, through a powerful formula of policies and practices that motivate employees to be more socially and self-aware, The Inclusive Organization provides a revolutionary yet practical resource for individuals at any stage of their career. Employees across all levels and organizations are looking to drive actionable impact, but unfortunately lack the knowledge and support in doing so. This book will help any organization improve their DEI initiatives and create the sustainable and scalable change employees want to see within their workplace. Readers will be able to utilize worksheet examples and toolkits out of this book to build their own customized DEI roadmap. The Inclusive Organization is a must-read for any workplace committed to real and lasting change.”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Author Talks: Is there a seat at the table?
Aerodei CEO Netta Jenkins explains why shortfalls in inclusion efforts can impact your company’s bottom line, and what you can do to create a more inclusive workplace.

Think Faster, Talk Smarter: How to Speak Successfully When You’re Put on the Spot / Abrahams, Matt
“Stanford lecturer and host of the #1 business podcast Think Fast, Talk Smart, Matt Abrahams, reveals the secrets to finding the right words when it counts. Communication is crucial to success in life and business. However, it is not just big speeches that matter: it is also those critical, spur-of-the-moment situations for which we cannot prepare.” (Catalogue)   Also available as Ebook Libby


Read more : Author Talks: How to speak confidently when you’re put on the spot
If you dread public speaking, small talk, or delivering feedback, you’re not alone. Matt Abrahams shares tips for mastering communication in spontaneous situations.

The case for good jobs : how great companies bring dignity, pay & meaning to everyone’s work / Ton, Zeynep
“Imagine you are a leader in a large company, and you volunteer at a local soup kitchen, helping the needy who can’t afford warm meals. On your way out, the director stops you and says, “I just need you to know that many of the people visiting our services are actually your employees.” This really happened. The leader was shocked. He assumed that because the company paid market rate, the company was doing right by its employees. But market rate isn’t a living wage. Market rate doesn’t make good jobs. Many leaders want to provide good jobs. They want to pay more, provide dignity and meaning in people’s work, and give them opportunities for growth. But they don’t know how to start, or they don’t think it can be done without hurting the bottom line. Most want to win with customers but are hobbled by a host of service and operational problems largely driven by high employee turnover–and that is partly driven by the low pay. It is indeed a vicious cycle, and Zeynep Ton is here to show the way out: why good jobs combined with strong operations always lead to good outcomes for the business. And why, more than ever in a post-pandemic world, failing to provide good jobs will catch up with you and threaten your business. Ton, the preeminent voice of the good jobs strategy, lays out plainly what most companies and leaders are doing wrong–and how to get it right. She shows that by choosing good jobs, companies are positioning themselves for future success. Practical, prescriptive, and often provocative, Leading with Good Jobs is essential reading for leaders of any company that wants to-needs to-choose excellence”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Read more: Author Talks: Empower employees, reduce turnover
Zeynep Ton, professor at MIT Sloan, highlights an operating model that improves customer and employee retention, fosters resilience, and drives purpose.

Scaling people : tactics for management and company building / Johnson, Claire Hughes
“A leader at both Google and Stripe from their early days, Claire Hughes Johnson has worked with founders and company builders to try to replicate their success. The most common questions she’s asked are not about business strategy—they’re about how to scale the operating structures and people systems of a rapidly growing startup. Scaling People is a practical and empathetic guide to being an effective leader and manager in a high-growth environment. The tactical information it puts forward—including guidance on crafting foundational documents, strategic and financial planning, hiring and team development, and feedback and performance mechanisms—can be applied to companies of any size, in any industry. Scaling People includes dozens of pages of worksheets, templates, exercises, and example documents to help founders, leaders, and company builders create scalable operating systems and lightweight processes that really work. Implementing effective leadership and management practices takes effort and discipline, but the reward is a sustainable, scalable company that’s set up for long-term success. Scaling People is a detailed roadmap for company builders to put the right operating systems and structures in place to scale the most important resource a company has: its people.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Read more: Author Talks: Scale your people, not just your company
A corporate officer explains the role that self-awareness and partnership play in driving performance.

Next! : the power of reinvention in life and work / Lipman, Joanne
“The profound disruptions of recent years have sparked a collective reckoning. We reprioritized our lives, and reordered how we envisioned the future. Businesses were forced to pivot, while leaders scrambled to rethink their roles. There has been an unprecedented global reset. But in truth, almost everyone goes through this kind of reappraisal at least once in their life—and probably more often than that. Whatever the catalyst, it prompts in us the urgent need to pivot, to ask the question: What’s next—and how do I get there? In Next!, bestselling author and journalist Joanne Lipman distills hundreds of personal interviews along with the latest scientific research to answer just this question. Through irresistible storytelling, she takes us inside successful career reinventions (ad executive to bestselling novelist; stay-at-home mom to CEO) and astonishing business transformations (wait until you hear what Play-Doh and Viagra have in common). From the laboratories of neuroscientists to the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, to the frontlines of the social justice movement, Lipman explores how and why these transformations succeed. At its heart, Next! offers a thrilling argument: by harnessing the science and understanding the process, we can better understand how to reinvent that new career, change the direction of our lives, or inspire innovation in our organizations. This book provides a toolkit that shows how to make meaningful transitions—large or small—and to figure out for ourselves what’s Next!” (Catalogue)
Available as EBook Libby and EAudiobook Libby

Read more: Author Talks: Create your ‘reinvention road map’ in four easy steps
In her latest book, Joanne Lipman dispels the myth of abrupt transformations and outlines a concrete path to reinvention.

The Art of Explanation: How To Communicate With Clarity And Confidence / Atkins, Ros
“Whether at work, school, university or home, we all benefit from being able to articulate ourselves clearly. Filled with practical examples, The Art of Explanation is a must-read for anyone who wants to sharpen their communication skills.” (Catalogue)


Read more:  Author Talks: Am I making myself clear?
Feeling misunderstood? A BBC journalist shares the communication blunders that keep you from getting your point across and what you can do to avoid them.

If you would like further information please contact the Prosearch team at the library. We can help you find information across a range of perspectives and resources. All enquiries are treated in confidence.


McKinsey on Books : Author talks (2)

Global management consultancy McKinsey and Company offers a regular online series called Author Talks in which they present interviews with authors of newly published business books.

Through these interviews readers are able to gain more insight into the author’s experiences and knowledge on their topics.

In today’s blog we’ve linked some of these interviews with the books available in the Wellington City Libraries collection.

The crisis of democratic capitalism / Wolf, Martin
“Martin Wolf has long been one of the wisest voices on economic issues on the world stage. He has never been known as a sunny-side-up optimist, yet he has never been as worried in his adult life as he is today. Liberal democracy is in recession, and authoritarianism is on the rise. The ties that ought to bind open markets to free and fair elections are being strained, even spurned, even in democracy’s notional heartlands, like America and England. Around the world, powerful voices argue that capitalism is better without democracy. Other voices argue that democracy is better without capitalism. This book is a forceful rejoinder to both views. Even as it offers a deep, lucid assessment of why this marriage has grown so strained, it makes clear why a divorce between capitalism and democracy would be an almost unthinkable calamity for the entire world. Democratic capitalism has many enemies and few true friends. For all its flaws, Wolf argues, it remains the best system for human flourishing the world has seen, but something has gone seriously awry: the growth of prosperity has slowed, and the division of the fruits between the hyper-successful few and the rest has become more unequal. The oligarchs have retreated to their bastions, where they take a dim view of government and its ability to invest in the public goods needed to foster opportunity and sustainability. But the waters will rise to overwhelm them too in the end. Citizenship is not just a slogan or a romantic idea; it’s the only force that can save us, Wolf argues. Nothing has ever harmonized political freedom and economic freedom better than a shared faith in the common good, and nothing ever will. This wise and rigorously fact-based exploration of the whole epic human story of the dynamic between democracy and capitalism lands on the lesson that our ideals and our interests not only should align- they must. For everyone’s sake”– Provided by publisher.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Readers of The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism may also like : Author Talks: Martin Wolf issues a wake-up call on the state of democratic capitalism
The chief economics commentator at the Financial Times explains why the relationship between democracy and the market economy is in crisis and details a sustainable, inclusive plan to restore it.

I, human : AI, automation, and the quest to reclaim what makes us unique / Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas
“It’s no secret that AI is changing the way we live, work, love, and entertain ourselves. Dating apps are using AI to pick our potential partners. Retailers are using AI to predict our behavior and desires. Rogue actors are using AI to persuade us with Twitter bots and fake news. Companies are using AI to hire us-or not. This is just the beginning. As AI becomes smarter and more humanlike, our societies, our economies, and our humanity will undergo the most dramatic changes we’ve seen since the Agricultural Revolution. Some of these changes will enhance our species. Others may dehumanize us and make us more machinelike in our interactions with others. It’s up to us to adapt and determine how we want to live and work. Are you ready? In I, Human psychologist Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic offers a guide for reclaiming ourselves in a world in which most of our decisions will be made for us. To do so, we’ll need to double down on what makes us so special-our curiosity, adaptability, and emotional intelligence-while relying on the lost virtues of empathy, humility, and self-control. Filled with big-think fascinations and practical wisdom, I, Human is the book we need to thrive in the future”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Readers of I, human may also like : Author Talks: In the ‘age of AI,’ what does it mean to be smart?
As artificial intelligence gets better at predicting human behavior, a business psychologist encourages people to strengthen the uniquely human skills that machine learning has yet to tap.

Rising together : how we can bridge divides and create a more inclusive workplace / Helgesen, Sally
“Focusing on behaviors rather than bias, the author offers practical ways to build more inclusive relationships, teams, and workplaces to identify specific tactics that can help people move forward.” (Catalogue)

Readers of Rising Together may also like : Author Talks: Sally Helgesen shares tools for achieving workplace inclusion
Leadership coach Sally Helgesen breaks down the “how” of inclusive communication, and the simple method she uses to assess workplace culture.

The unsold mindset : redefining what it means to sell / Coggins, Colin
“A how-to guide for salespeople to revitalize their sales strategy and become more effective in building relationships”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Readers of The Unsold Mindset may also like : Author Talks: How the most successful salespeople defy stereotypes
Entrepreneurs Colin Coggins and Garrett Brown share how a mindset that embraces authenticity, emotional intelligence, and purpose helps make sales about more than just transactions.

The good life : lessons from the world’s longest scientific study of happiness / Waldinger, Robert J.
“What makes a life fulfilling and meaningful? The simple but surprising answer is: relationships. The stronger our relationships, the more likely we are to live happy, satisfying, and overall healthier lives. In fact, the Harvard Study of Adult Development reveals that the strength of our connections with others can predict the health of both our bodies and our brains as we go through life. The invaluable insights in this book emerge from the revealing personal stories of hundreds of participants in the Harvard Study as they were followed year after year for their entire adult lives, and this wisdom is bolstered by research findings from this and many other studies. Relationships in all their forms–friendships, romantic partnerships, families, coworkers, tennis partners, book club members, Bible study groups–all contribute to a happier, healthier life”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Readers of The Good Life may also like : Author Talks: The world’s longest study of adult development finds the key to happy living
Harvard study director Robert Waldinger provides the data-backed answer to what makes people live happier and longer lives and shares the choices anyone can make to start feeling more fulfilled right now.

Edible economics : a hungry economist explains the world / Chang, Ha-Joon
“Economic thinking – about climate change, immigration, austerity, automation and much more – in its most digestible form. For decades, a single free market philosophy has dominated global economics. But this is bland and unhealthy – like British food in the 1980s, when bestselling author and Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang first arrived in the UK from South Korea. Just as eating a wide range of cuisines contributes to a balanced diet, so too is it essential we listen to a variety of economic perspectives. In Edible Economics, Chang makes challenging economic ideas more palatable by plating them alongside anecdotes about food from around the world. Beginning each chapter with a menu, Chang uses the stories behind key ingredients – where they come from, how they are cooked and consumed, what they mean to different cultures – to explore economic theory. For Chang, strawberries are delicious with cream, but they also prophesise a jobless future; chocolate is a wonderful pudding, but more exciting are the insights it offers into post-industrial knowledge economies. Explaining everything from the hidden cost of care work to the misleading language of the free market as he cooks dishes like anchovy and egg toast, Gambas al Ajillo and Korean dotori mook, Ha-Joon Chang serves up an easy-to-digest feast of bold ideas. Myth-busting, witty and thought-provoking, Edible Economics shows that getting to grips with the economy is like learning a recipe: if we understand it, we can change it – and, with it, the world”–Publisher’s description.” (Catalogue)

Readers of  Edible Economics may also like : Author Talks: A food-loving economist crafts a recipe for humane capitalism
Using the history of common foods and goods, Ha-Joon Chang explains the economics of industrial policy and the relationship between freedom and capitalism.

Money and love : an intelligent roadmap for life’s biggest decisions / Strober, Myra H.
“Hardly ever, when faced with daunting questions, do we have the keys to combine both head and heart in a balanced and fulfilling way. Labor economist and Stanford Professor Emerita Myra Strober and social innovation leader Abby Davisson know that in our daily lives money and love are interdependent. Whereas most decision-making guides focus only on one or the other, Money and Love shows us and our loved ones how to consider them jointly using the original, step-by-step 5Cs method: Clarify, Communicate, Choices, Check-in, and Consequences. At a time when we are experiencing the most significant shift in work-life balance in decades–marked by remote work, the Great Reshuffle, and a mass reconfiguring of family dynamics and social/professional networks–Strober and Davisson’s framework offers simple and effective steps to empower readers to make the best strategic decisions without having to sacrifice their careers or personal lives”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Readers of Love and Money may also like : Author Talks: A lifelong labor economist shares five steps for making better choices about money and love
Stanford professor emerita Myra Strober details her experience combatting workplace inequity and outlines the framework she teaches for answering life’s biggest questions—like whether to move, marry, or accept a job offer.

The toolbox : strategies for crafting social impact / Harold, Jacob
“Transform your corner of the world with strategies from a social change visionary In The Toolbox: Methods and Mindsets for Social Impact, celebrated nonprofit executive Jacob Harold delivers an expert guide to doing good in the 21st century. In the book, you’ll explore nine tools that have driven world-shaking social movements and billion-dollar businesses–tools that can work just as well for a farmers market or fire department or small business. The author describes each of the tools–including storytelling, mathematical modelling, and design thinking–in a stand-alone chapter, intertwining each with a consistent narrative and full-color visual structure.”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Readers of The Toolbox may also like : Author Talks: A toolbox for social change
Cofounder of Candid and former GuideStar CEO Jacob Harold details the tools—from design thinking to game theory—that organizations can use to optimize their social-impact work.

The human side of innovation : the power of people in love with people / Porcini, Mauro
“PepsiCo’s and 3M’s award-winning chief design officer reveals the secret to creating life-changing innovations: putting the human factor at the center of everything. In every industry, new technologies have lowered the barrier to entry like never before. Either you design exceptional products, brands and experiences, or somebody will beat you to it. And Mauro Porcini-PepsiCo’s and 3M’s first ever chief design officer-says, the key to real, world-changing innovation is to put people first. Putting people first requires what Porcini calls unicorns: people who are in love with people and who have a genuine fire in them to create meaningful solutions for actual human beings. In this book, he describes them, celebrates them, and details their superpowers so you can find them, hire them, grow them, and retain them. Some have qualities you might expect-the ability to dream and an attention to detail-but when was the last time you heard an executive ask prospective hires if they were kind or humble? Porcini uses his journey across startups and multinational corporations, through successes and failures, to create a handbook for modern innovators. This book is written by a celebrated designer, high-level corporate executive, and a decent human being”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Readers of The Human Side of Innovation may also like : Author Talks: PepsiCo’s Mauro Porcini talks meaningful design and mentorship
PepsiCo chief design officer Mauro Porcini explains how designers and nondesigners alike can push the boundaries of innovation every time they create.

7 rules of power : surprising – but true – advice on how to get things done and advance your career / Pfeffer, Jeffrey
“Is power the last dirty secret or the secret to success? Both. While power carries some negative connotations, power is a tool that can be used for good or evil. Don’t blame the tool for how some people used it. Rooted firmly in social science research, Pfeffer’s 7 rules provide a manual for increasing your ability to get things done, including increasing the positive effects of your job performance. With 7 Rules of Power, you’ll learn, through both numerous examples as well as research evidence, how to accomplish change in your organization, your life, the lives of others, and the world”–Publisher’s description.” (Catalogue)

Readers of 7 Rules of Power may also like : Author Talks: Rules of power from Jeffrey Pfeffer to help you get your way
Stanford professor Jeffrey Pfeffer shares advice for gaining power through resources, reputation, and relationships.

McKinsey on Books blog piece (1) can be found here 

If you need more information please contact the Prosearch team at the library.  We can help you find information across a range of perspectives and resources. 
All enquiries are treated in confidence.

McKinsey on Books – Author Talks

Global management consultancy McKinsey and Company offers a regular online series called Author Talks in which they present interviews with authors of newly published business books. 

Through these interviews readers are able to gain more insight into the author’s experiences and knowledge on their topics.

In today’s blog we’ve linked some of these interviews with the books available in the Wellington City Libraries collection.

Author Talks: Unleash your team’s full potential
Bestselling author Daniel Coyle defines the essential elements that create the foundation for optimal company culture.

The culture playbook : 60 highly effective actions to help your group succeed / Coyle, Daniel
“What is great culture made of? How do you get more of it, or turn around a group that needs improving? In The Culture Playbook, Daniel Coyle delivers a field-tested guide for building strong, cohesive, high-performing groups. Coyle, author of the New York Times bestselling The Culture Code, has spent the last six years studying and consulting with some of the most successful groups on the planet – including Pixar, Navy SEALS Team 6 and others. Here, he distils his findings into 60 concise, actionable, scientifically proven tips for building safety, generating trust, and establishing purpose – plus a set of conversation-igniting exercises to help you assess and improve your current culture. The result is a book that will sharpen the skills of any leader and strengthen the cohesion of any team – because it demonstrates that great culture is not controlled by fate or luck; it’s controlled by you”–Publisher’s description.” (Catalogue)

Author talks : Think digital
People have long worried about being replaced by machines, but Tsedal Neeley says the true threat to job security in the digital age is other humans—namely those who know how to use digital tools.

The digital mindset : what it really takes to thrive in the age of data, algorithms, and AI / Leonardi, Paul M.

“The digital revolution is here. It’s changing how work gets done, how industries are structured, and how people from all walks of life work, behave, and relate to each other. To thrive in a world driven by data and powered by algorithms, we must learn to see, think, and act in new ways. We need to develop a digital mindset. But what does that mean? Some fear it means that in the near future we will all need to become technologists who master the intricacies of coding, algorithms, AI, machine learning, robotics, and who-knows-what’s-next. This book introduces three approaches – Collaboration, Computation, and Change – that you need for a digital mindset and the perspectives and actions within each approach that will enable you to develop the digital skills you need. With a digital mindset, you can ask the right questions, make smart decisions, and appreciate new possibilities for a digital future. Leaders who adopt these approaches will be able to develop their organization’s talent to prepare their company for successful and continued digital transformation. Award-winning researchers and professors Paul Leonardi and Tsedal Neeley will show you how, and let you in on a surprising and welcome secret: developing a digital mindset isn’t as hard as we think. Most people can become digitally savvy if they follow the “30% rule”-the minimum threshold that gives us just enough digital literacy to understand and take advantage of the digital threads woven into the fabric of our world”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Author Talks: How to fall in love with work
Out of the thousands of moments in a workday, says Marcus Buckingham, you should spend 20 percent on your most beloved areas of mastery.

Love + work : how to find what you love, love what you do, and do it for the rest of your life / Buckingham, Marcus
“We’re in the middle of an epidemic of stress and anxiety. A global pandemic has wreaked havoc on our lives. Average life expectancy in the United States is down. At work, less than 16 percent of us are fully engaged. In many high-stress jobs, such as distribution centers, emergency room nursing, and teaching, incidences of PTSD are higher than for soldiers returning from war zones. We’re getting something terribly wrong. We’ve designed the love out of our workplaces, and our schools too, so that they fail utterly to provide for or capitalize on one of our most basic human needs: our need for love. As Marcus Buckingham shows in this eye-opening, uplifting book, love is an energy, and like all forms of energy, it must flow. It demands expression-and that expression is “work.” Whether in our professional accomplishments, our relationships, or our response to all the many slings and arrows of life, we know that none of this work will be our best unless it is made with love. There’s no learning without love, no innovation, no service, no sustainable growth. Love and work are inextricable. Buckingham first starkly highlights the contours of our loveless work lives and explains how we got here. Next, he relates how we all develop best in response to other human beings. What does a great work relationship look like when the other person is cued to your loves? What does a great team look like when each member is primed to be a mirror, an amplifier, of the loves of another? Finally, he shows how you can weave love back into the world of work as a force for good, how you can use your daily life routines to pinpoint your specific loves, and how you can make this a discipline for the rest of your life. Today, too often, love comes last at work, and we are living the painful consequences of this. Love + Work powerfully shows why love must come first-and how we can make this happen”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Author Talks: Quiet!
Noise, notifications, anxiety. Internally and externally, life has never been more distracting—which is why finding moments of silence has never been more important.

Golden : the power of silence in a world of noise / Zorn, Justin
Golden, The Power of Silence in a World of Noise offers a new way of understanding the unprecedented mass proliferation of sensory input we live with, how it impacts us, and strategies and practices we as individuals, groups, organizations, and society at-large can use to turn down the noise. Silence isn’t simply an absence of noise. At a time when everyday life demands our attention at every waking moment, Justin Zorn shares what scientists, philosophers, spiritual practitioners, creatives, and businesspeople have discovered about the nature of silence. In this timely and enlightening book, they examine how we can be quiet together-suggesting how we create group norms among colleagues, in families, and between partners. With the explosion of open workspaces, the issue of working quiet is an urgent one; Justin offer innovative often counterintuitive strategies to create productive environments. Thought-provoking and practical, Justin Zorn asks why we are letting silence slip away and what we can do to stop it?” — Publisher’s description.” (Catalogue)

Author Talks: Africa is not a country
News, entertainment, and even charity campaigns tend to promote a stereotypical image of Africa that ignores its nuance and history. Dipo Faloyin is correcting this narrative.

Africa is not a country : breaking stereotypes of modern Africa / Faloyin, Dipo
“You already know these stereotypes. So often Africa is depicted simplistically as an arid red landscape of famines and safaris, uniquely plagued by poverty and strife. In this funny and insightful book, Dipo Faloyin offers a much-needed corrective. He examines each country’s colonial heritage, and explores a wide range of subjects, from chronicling urban life in Lagos and the lively West African rivalry over who makes the best Jollof rice, to the story of democracy in seven dictatorships and the dangers of stereotypes in popular culture. By turns intimate and political, Africa Is Not A Country brings the story of the continent towards reality, celebrating the energy and fabric of its different cultures and communities in a way that has never been done before.” — publisher.” (Catalogue)

Author Talks: 25 million … and counting
Despite life-threatening circumstances, refugees are some of the most entrepreneurial people in the world. Andrew Leon Hanna shares why.

25 million sparks : the untold story of refugee entrepreneurs / Hanna, Andrew Leon
25 Million Sparks is a powerful story of hope – a beautiful reminder of our equal dignity, common humanity, and brilliant potential for innovation. It sheds light on the brutal injustices of war and violence – while celebrating refugees’ records of uplifting communities, generating transformative ideas, and creating peace even amid disaster. Hanna’s captivating human-centered narration of the stories of three women entrepreneurs in the Za’atari camp allows their voices to be heard clearly. These stories, along with others across the globe, are illustrative of the resilience and the power of refugees – and particularly of refugee women – to heal, lead, and advance communities around the world… if only the world recognizes, listens to, and invests in them appropriately.”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Author Talks: People, planet, profits, and …
Simmons University President Lynn Perry Wooten refreshes the triple bottom line with a fourth pillar for leading through compounding crises.

The prepared leader / James, Erika H. 
“In no other time in recent history have leaders in every industry and on every continent grappled with so many changes that have independently and simultaneously undermined their ability to lead. The Prepared Leader encapsulates more than two decades of the authors’ research to convey how it has positioned them to navigate through the distinct challenges of today and tomorrow. Their insights have implications for every leader in every industry and every worker at every level. In their must-listen, actionable book, James and Wooten provide tools and frameworks for addressing and learning from crises, and they provide insight into what you need to know to become a Prepared Leader, including: the five phases of crisis management and the skills you need for each phase; making the right decisions under pressure and how to avoid common mistakes; and building a crisis leadership team and how to lead one that you’ve inherited. James and Wooten argue that-in addition to people, profit, and the planet-prepared leadership should be the fourth “P” in a company’s bottom line. They bring decades of world-renowned research on crisis leadership, diversity and inclusion, management strategy, and positive leadership to the table to help leaders better prepare themselves to lead through crises-and for whatever lies around the corner.” (Catalogue)  E-audiobook format only

Author Talks: Dismantling double standards in business with CNBC’s Julia Boorstin
Julia Boorstin, creator of CNBC’s Disruptor 50 franchise, shares the lessons she’s learned on adaptability and decision making from some of the world’s top female CEOs.

When women lead : what we achieve, why we succeed and what we can learn / Boorstin, Julia

“In her groundbreaking, deeply reported work, Julia Boorstin reveals the odds-defying leadership approaches of women running the world’s most innovative and successful companies – and what we can learn from them. Now, in When Women Lead, Boorstin brings together the stories of over sixty of those female CEOs and leaders, and dozens of new studies. Her combination of narrative and research reveals how once-underestimated characteristics, from vulnerability and gratitude to divergent thinking, can be vital superpowers – and that anyone can work these approaches to their advantage. Featuring new interviews with Gwyneth Paltrow, Jenn Hyman, Whitney Wolfe Herd, Lena Waithe, Shivani Siroya, and more, When Women Lead is a radical blueprint for the future of business, and our world at large. ‘Filled with top-notch research, practical insight and stories from the most inspiring women in business, Julia Boorstin lays out a new, inclusive vision for leadership and our world at large that we all will benefit from.’ – Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive ‘When Women Lead is replete with concrete insights that have personally helped me navigate our unprecedented times of change. Weaving together perspectives from tech, business, politics, the cultural sphere and beyond, Boorstin’s deep reporting and voracious inquiries serve not only as a tactical manual for individuals, but as a toolkit for building interdisciplinary connections.’ – Bettina Korek, CEO of the Serpentine Galleries, London” (Catalogue)

Author Talks: How to learn and lead calmly through volatile times
Three McKinsey veterans condense decades of boardroom experience and cognitive science into a guide for learning proactively and leading dynamically amid the most uncertain circumstances.

Deliberate calm : how to learn and lead in a volatile world / Brassey, Jacqueline
“A trio of McKinsey & Company veterans draws from a combination of psychology, neuroscience, and consciousness practices plus a combined 50-plus years of international board room experience to offer as approach to learning and leading with awareness and intentional choice, even amidst the most challenging circumstances”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)


Author Talks: Turn your work enemies into allies
Whether you’re being interrupted in meetings or challenged at every turn, Amy Gallo shares tactics for getting value out of difficult work relationships.

Getting along: how to work with anyone (even difficult people) / Gallo, Amy
“Named one of “22 new books . . . that you should consider reading before the year is out” by Fortune: A research-based, practical guide for how to handle difficult people at work.” (Catalogue)



Author Talks: What poker pro Annie Duke can teach you about quitting on time
Ever been told to quit while you’re ahead, or that winners never quit? Poker player-turned decision strategist Annie Duke explains why this advice is costing you time and money.

Quit : the power of knowing when to walk away / Duke, Annie
“From the bestselling author of Thinking in Bets comes a toolkit for mastering the skill of quitting to achieve greater success Business leaders, with millions of dollars down the drain, struggle to abandon a new app or product that just isn’t working. Governments, caught in a hopeless conflict, believe that the next tactic will finally be the one that wins the war. And in our own lives, we persist in relationships or careers that no longer serve us. Why? According to Annie Duke, in the face of tough decisions, we’re terrible quitters. And that is significantly holding us back. In Quit, Duke teaches you how to get good at quitting. Drawing on stories from elite athletes like Mount Everest climbers, founders of leading companies like Stewart Butterfield, the CEO of Slack, and top entertainers like Dave Chappelle, Duke explains why quitting is integral to success, as well as strategies for determining when to hold em, and when to fold em, that will save you time, energy, and money. You’ll learn: How the paradox of quitting influences decision making: If you quit on time, you will feel you quit early What forces work against good quitting behavior, such as escalation commitment, desire for certainty, and status quo bias How to think in expected value in order to make better decisions, as well as other best practices, such as increasing flexibility in goal-setting, establishing “quitting contracts,” anticipating optionality, and conducting premortems and backcasts Whether you’re facing a make-or-break business decision or life-altering personal choice, mastering the skill of quitting will help you make the best next move”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

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New reads for September


Wellington City Libraries’ collections are constantly incorporating new publications and resources.
Throughout August a number of new business books were added to the collection, both as hard copies and in e-format.
Below is a listing of some you might find useful.

From the book shelves

100 days of brave : how to launch a business you love in three months / Gabrie, Iolanthe
“Practical, frank, and inspiring, 100 Days of Brave shows you how to bring your business idea to life in just over three months. If you want to live life on your own terms working on a startup that you love, and enjoy the freedom and rewards that entrepreneurship brings, then this book is your ultimate road map. What are you waiting for? Over 100 days, you’ll find out how to build the foundations of a solid business, bring it to life as you create your brand, build your community and grow your customer base; then, in the third month, you’ll keep working on and in your business, marketing, prospecting and celebrating your wins! Whether you start with a part-time hustle or you dive straight in to a full-time new business, this book will provide invaluable support. There is no secret to success in business. There is only the choice to accept total responsibility for your life. Is now your moment to be brave?” (Catalogue)

Alphabet soup : the essential guide to LGBTQ2+ inclusion at work / Bach, Michael
“Everything you need to know about creating LGBTQ2+ inclusive spaces, from A to Z. What you aren’t doing to create an LGBTQ2+ inclusive space is costing you more than you might think. Every year, organizations (be they employers, volunteer organizations, hospitals, academic organizations, religious and faith organizations, or any space where people congregate) who aren’t doing the necessary work are losing millions of dollars to low productivity, staff turnover, missed opportunities, and reputational damage–and no, simply slapping a rainbow over your company logo every June isn’t going to cut it. In this myth-busting follow-up to the 2020 breakout bestseller Birds of All Feathers, diversity and inclusion expert Michael Bach breaks down everything you need to know about creating inclusive spaces for people who don’t fit squarely into the “straight” and “cis” box. And don’t worry if you’re already feeling lost; by the time you’ve finished this book, you’ll know exactly what LGBTQ2+ means–and a whole lot of other stuff to boot. With clarity and a healthy dose of humor, Bach lays out a road map on how to ensure your space is safe for LGBTQ2+ people. You’ll gain a clear understanding of sexuality, gender identity, and gender expression (yes, they’re different things, and it matters); what a Safe Space is, and how to turn your space into one; how to create and properly enforce a Code of Conduct; and how to grab a piece of the fabulous “pink dollar” (worth more than $1 trillion dollars annually in the Canada and US alone!). A must-read for leaders, HR professionals, CEOs, and managers of all levels, Alphabet Soup is a critical guide to creating a truly inclusive space for all–regardless of sexuality, gender identity, or gender expression. Whether you consider yourself an ally, or don’t even know what it means to be one, you’ll come away armed with everything you need to know to create a safe, productive, and thriving LGBTQ2+ inclusive organization.”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

The game of innovation : conquer challenges, level up your team, play to win / Cutler, David
“As a leader, how do you discover and implement breakthrough opportunities? Gamify challenges. Level up your team. And play to WIN. Unveiling a comprehensive approach to extraordinary problem-solving, The GAME of Innovation offers all you need to meet challenges head on and seize the competitive edge. Conceived by a super-creative quartet of top-tier business consultants, The GAME of Innovation builds upon a novel premise: What if you framed problems as if they were games of profound significance? How might you design something new or reimagine the old, particularly when competition increases, technology disrupts, change accelerates, money tightens, and the rules of success are constantly evolving? The book then shares a flexible methodology for designing powerhouse problem-solving GAMEs (Guidelines, Arena, Materials, Experience), aligning teams with 5 problem-solving “lenses,” building consensus behind change, and leading/managing the process. This uncommon, easy-to-read, visual book is packed with actionable strategies that will help you and your community thrive when playing The GAME of Innovation.” (Catalogue)

How the future works : leading flexible teams to do the best work of their lives / Elliott, Brian
“The pace of change in the way that we work is accelerating faster than what leaders ever imagined possible. What felt like radical shifts driven by the pandemic ended up being the beginning of empowering individuals to do their best work while also leading better lives. But achieving true flexibility — not only in where but critically when people work — requires overcoming decades of reflexes leaders have built up around “the right way to work” based on 9-to-5 days full of meetings in office buildings. And it requires building new reflexes, new skills, new strengths — moving from resistance to re-design — to lead with purpose, to coach rather than tell, and to believe that by letting go, you’ll get more back. This is a how to-book that empowers leaders with the tools and tips to do better for their people and, in turn, their businesses. The insights draw from extensive original global research from Future Forum and case studies from a wide range of companies like Levi’s, Genentech, Salesforce, Slack, Royal Bank of Canada, and IBM, “– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Talent : how to identify energizers, creatives, and winners around the world / Cowen, Tyler
“Tyler Cowen and Daniel Gross’s Talent offers strategies on how to spot, assess, woo, and retain highly talented people. How do you find talent with a creative spark? To what extent can you predict human creativity, or is human creativity something irreducible before our eyes, perhaps to be spotted or glimpsed by intuition, but unique each time it appears? The art and science of talent search get at exactly those questions. Renowned economist Tyler Cowen and venture capitalist and entrepreneur Daniel Gross guide the reader through the major scientific research areas relevant for talent search, including how to conduct an interview, how much to weigh intelligence, how to judge personality and match personality traits to jobs, how to evaluate talent in on-line interactions such as Zoom calls, why talented women are still undervalued and how to spot them, how to understand the special talents in people who have disabilities or supposed disabilities, and how to use delegated scouts to find talent. Identifying underrated, brilliant individuals is one of the simplest ways to give yourself an organizational edge, and this is the book that will show you how to do that. It is both for people searching for talent, and for those being searched and wish to understand how to better stand out”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Who comes next? : leadership succession planning made easy / Kelly, Mary C
“Leaders leave. It’s inevitable. It might even happen today. Are you prepared? Every organization needs a plan for leadership succession, but few leaders know how to start the process. WHO COMES NEXT? solves that problem and easily guides you through the steps of creating a viable succession plan. The book simplifies the process and gives you the tools you need to build and activate your leadership succession. Whether you are part of a small, family business or a Fortune 500 company, you need to start now by answering the question: WHO COMES NEXT? — description.” (Catalogue)

Downloadable books

How to be a productivity ninja : worry less, achieve more, love what you do / Allcott, Graham
“‘All the tips and techniques you need to stay calm, get through your tasks, make the most of your time and stop procrastinating. It’s fun, easy to follow and practical – and may just be the kick up the bottom you need!’  Closer World-leading productivity expert Graham Allcott’s business bible is given a complete update.   Do you waste too much time on your phone? Scroll through Twitter or Instagram when you should be getting down to your real tasks? Is your attention easily distracted? We’ve got the solution: The Way of the Productivity Ninja.   In the age of information overload, traditional time management techniques simply don’t cut it anymore. Using techniques including Ruthlessness, Mindfulness, Zen-like Calm and Stealth & Camouflage, this fully revised new edition of How to be a Productivity Ninja offers a fun and accessible guide to working smarter, getting more done and learning to love what you do again.” (Catalogue)

New business material added to the collection

A book on a desk next to a cup of coffee and pen and paper

Adding new items to the Wellington City Libraries book collection is an ongoing process.  
There’s always something new, and the business subject area is diverse. 

Below are some of the new titles that have been added recently covering storytelling with data, aspects of Excel spreadsheets, changing career direction and running hybrid meetings.   

You can find the full listing of new non-fiction material here

Making numbers count : how to translate data into stories that stick / Heath, Chip
“Understanding numbers is essential – but humans aren’t built to understand them. Chip Heath outlines specific principles that reveal how to translate a number into our brain’s language. This book is filled with examples of extreme number makeovers, vivid before-and-after examples that take a dry number and present it in a way that people click in and say “Wow, now I get it!” This book will help math-lovers and math-haters alike translate the numbers that animate our world – allowing us to bring more data, more naturally, into decisions in our schools, our workplaces, and our society”–Publisher’s description.” (Catalogue)

Microsoft Excel dashboards & reports / Alexander, Michael
“It’s time for some truly “Excel-lent” spreadsheet reporting Beneath the seemingly endless rows and columns of cells, the latest version of Microsoft Excel boasts an astonishing variety of features and capabilities. But how do you go about tapping into some of that power without spending all of your days becoming a spreadsheet guru? It’s easy. You grab a copy of the newest edition of Excel Dashboards & Reports For Dummies and get ready to blow the pants off your next presentation audience! With this book, you’ll learn how to transform those rows and columns of data into dynamic reports, dashboards, and visualizations. You’ll draw powerful new insights from your company’s numbers to share with your colleagues – and seem like the smartest person in the room while you’re doing it. Excel Dashboards & Reports For Dummies offers: Complete coverage of the latest version of Microsoft Excel provided in the Microsoft 365 subscription Strategies to automate your reporting so you don’t have to manually crunch the numbers every week, month, quarter, or year Ways to get new perspectives on old data, visualizing it so you can find solutions no one else has seen before If you’re ready to make your company’s numbers and spreadsheets dance, it’s time to get the book that’ll have them moving to your tune in no time. Get Excel Dashboards & Reports For Dummies today.” (Catalogue)

Pivot : the art and science of reinventing your career and life / Markel, Adam
“The successful CEO of the internationally renowned Peak Potentials–who has trained thousands of people to find new jobs, careers, and directions–shares his practical and inspirational program for reinventing yourself, whether you are out of work or want to change your professional trajectory. What would you do in your life if you knew you could not fail? That’s the question answered in Pivot, a roadmap for embracing your true potential without abandoning your responsibilities or risking your future. As a transformational teacher and the CEO of Peak Potentials, which has trained more than one million people worldwide, Adam Markel can help you leap out of your comfort zone and into the destiny you’ve always dreamed of. Whether you are transitioning your career, or have been downsized, or believe that your true potential has yet to be fully tapped, Pivot is a guide to reinvention for anyone, at any age. With clear-eyed compassion and frank assessments, Adam shares the secrets that will guide you away from fear and toward a powerful new vision for your life. The uplifting stories, introspective prompts, clear step-by-step exercises, and energizing calls to action throughout this remarkable book will guide you through the process of personal and career transformation, from creating a vision and clearing space for change to building a supportive environment and establishing daily rituals that will regenerate your soul. Success and personal fulfillment are within reach! Program your internal GPS to a destination of your wildest imagination–all it takes to change your path is one right turn”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

The end of burnout : why work drains us and how to build better lives / Malesic, Jonathan
“Burnout has become our go-to term for talking about the pressure and dissatisfaction we experience at work. But because we don’t really understand what burnout means, the discourse does little to help workers who are suffering from exhaustion and despair. Jonathan Malesic was one of those workers, and to escape he quit his job as a tenured professor. In The End of Burnout, he dives into the history and psychology of burnout, traces the origin of the high ideals we bring to our dismal jobs, and profiles the individuals and communities who are already resisting our cultural commitment to constant work. In The End of Burnout, Malesic traces his own history as someone who burned out of a tenured job to frame this rigorous investigation of how and why so many of us feel worn out, alienated, and useless in our work. Through research on the science, culture, and philosophy of burnout, Malesic explores the gap between our vocation and our jobs, between the ideals we have for work and the reality of what we have to do… In this critical yet deeply humane book, Malesic offers the vocabulary we need to recognize burnout, overcome burnout culture, and find moral significance in our lives beyond work”– Provided by publisher” (Adapted from catalogue)

What color is your parachute? 2022 : your guide to a lifetime of meaningful work and career success / Bolles, Richard Nelson
“With timeless advice, up-to-the-minute insights, and more than ten million copies sold over fifty years, the world’s most popular and best-selling career guide is fully revised and expanded for 2022.” (Catalogue)



Suddenly hybrid : managing the modern meeting / Reed, Karin M.
“Prior to COVID 19, hybrid meetings were relatively rare and consisted of the majority of attendees being in person with perhaps someone “dialing in” (and often forgot about). The hybrid meeting that will likely monopolize the way meetings are conducted from here on out will likely involve a group of people gathered in one conference room, maybe another group of people gathered in a huddle room somewhere else, and a variety of folks showing up in their own individual boxes on screen via their personal webcams. Managing the expectations, participation, and conversation flow for all of these different constituencies will be fraught with challenges but perhaps some opportunities as well for the leader who leans into developing new skills. This book provides some much-needed early insight and guidance into what works and what does NOT when it comes to hybrid meetings. Practical, actionable, and implementable steps organizations can take as they adjust and adopt the hybrid model will be provided. These actionable steps will be supported by current research as well as firsthand stories of those who have begun transitioning to this new way of moving business forward. The primary objectives of this book are: To be a science-based but practical guide on managing the hybrid meeting, what will be the “new normal” for the foreseeable future To highlight new research insights gathered from those who are early in the transition To provide actionable best practices based upon the new research, informed by data from the early days of the pandemic, and supported by groups and teams science To illustrate the challenges and opportunities through real-world examples that can allow readers to “walk in the shoes” of those who are making the transition to a hybrid meeting world.”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

New items added

Desk with coffee and picture of book

At the beginning of each month a listing of new items added to the library collection in the previous month is uploaded to the library website. 

You can find it here.

Below are some of the new business materials added in March.  These are now available for borrowing.

Retail recovery : how creative retailers are winning in their post-apocalyptic world / Pilkington, Mark
“This book offers a comprehensive analysis of new forces which are changing the way in which we buy products and experience brands. It includes in-depth interviews with some of the most innovative players–from John Lewis in the UK, to Nike and Patagonia in the US–in the hope of drawing out key learning points for the rest of the industry, across the globe. It also provides essential guidelines for governments, as they strive to rebuild society in the wake of recent catastrophes. The retail industry, with which we have all grown up, has been devastated by the twin effects of the internet and the Coronavirus lockdown. Huge numbers of prestigious brands have gone under, or are a shadow of their former selves. The world economy has gone into deep recession, with reduced employment and incomes across broad swathes of society. Many discretionary products have simply become too expensive for ordinary people to buy on a regular basis. High streets and shopping malls lie half empty, causing a vacuum at the core of our societies. There is an urgent need to regenerate our local shopping centers, in order to create new hope in depressed areas. So how can retailers and brands respond to this crisis? Fortunately, new shoots of recovery are emerging from the wreckage of the old order–new brands, new technology, new ways of providing value, and new and innovative methods of creating excitement to draw in consumers, all of which have the potential to kick-start the retail economy”–Publisher’s description.” (Catalogue)

The awareness code : the secrets to emotional empowerment for incredible leadership / Linton, Wayne
“The Awareness Code is a ground-breaking guide to help you increase your human awareness so you can transform yourself to become an incredible leader. Through the frameworks, case studies and guidance found in this book, you will develop a style of leadership that will allow you to reach a whole new level of awareness. Innovative leadership development has stagnated. The Awareness Code is the new foundation for current and next generation leaders. At every level of human endeavour across all sectors–from CEOs and managers to politicians, teachers and sporting coaches–this book provides guidance for any undertaking that requires someone to step up and lead. The Awareness Code clarifies the full range of human awareness and how you can develop into the most empowered state of leadership, providing valuable insights that will lead to exceptional clarity, productivity and drive on both an individual and collective basis.”–Dust jacket.” (Catalogue)

Managing people / Hunsaker, Phillip L
“This title in DK’s Essential Managers series contains all you need to manage people effectively and to develop or hone your management style.– Amazon.” (Catalogue)



Mindwandering : how your constant mental drift can improve your mood and boost your creativity / Bar, Moshe
“Research has revealed that our brains are inherently noisy. A number of brain regions connected in what’s dubbed the Default Mode Network (DMN) are always grinding away, engaged in a number of different involuntary activities that neuroscientists collectively call mindwandering: from daydreaming and self-chatter to ruminating about the past and worrying about the future. Not only does all of this inner commotion tug our attention away from the present moment, but it can dampen the quality of our experience, lowering our mood and potentially contributing to anxiety and depression. Yet, there’s method to this apparent madness. Mindwandering is our brain’s way of developing our sense of self, trying to sort out what others are thinking, and searching for associations to help us interpret what’s happening in our lives. It can be both positive and negative. On one hand, can become so engaged in this consideration of the past and making predictions about the future that for much of the time we are disconnected from what is actually happening in the moment. On the other, we can become more aware of where our minds are wandering, learning to direct them to stimulate creative, increase our ability to focus, and boost our mood. We want, in short, to work toward being able to bring the right mind to the right time. Mindwandering is the first book to expose readers to the multi-faceted phenomenon of their wandering minds, the new and exciting research of the brain and the mind behind this default mode of ours, when it is beneficial and when it is harming us to wander, and how we can gain some control over our mental lives. In doing so, Mindwandering will bring to readers the rare and marvelous convergence of advanced neuroscience with ancient wisdom; cognitive psychology with creativity and mood; and the brain’s default state linked to the quality of our daily experience”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

If you need further information on these, or other business related subjects please contact the Prosearch team at the library.  We can help you find information across a range of perspectives and resources.  All enquiries are treated in confidence.