Latest management books received in Library

Syndetics book coverThe caterpillar’s edge : evolve, evolve again, and thrive in business / Sid Mohasseb.
“The secret code to growing a successful business is adjusting your strategy every single day. Business leaders, large and small, need to learn a new game with very different rules. They must accept an ever-changing and uncertain landscape, but a landscape that can be constantly leveraged for greater profitability. They must believe that their companies are caterpillars with the potential to become butterflies. The Caterpillar’s Edge shows why we must embrace a future of flux. It exposes the addictions that chain us to our past and the truths that influence our behaviors. And, it shows just how to seize breakthrough advantages by pushing through all the noise around “Big Data.” Within its DNA, the caterpillar aspires and pushes for more, and it gets just that, evolving gracefully from one entity into another, always building a competitive edge in the process. Break free from accepted archaic business practices by cracking that secret code which demands evolving your business always.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBuilding the agile business through digital transformation / Neil Perkin, Peter Abraham.
” Building the Agile Business through Digital Transformation is a guide for organizational development professionals and change managers needing to better understand, implement and lead digital transformation in the workplace. It sets aside traditional thinking and outdated strategies to explain what steps need to be taken for an organization to become truly agile. It addresses how to build organizational velocity and establish iterative working, remove unnecessary process, embed innovation, map strategy to motivation and develop talent to succeed. Building the Agile Business through Digital Transformation provides guidance on how to set the pace and frequency for change and shows how to break old habits and reform the behaviours of a workforce to embed digital transformation, achieve organizational agility and ensure high performance. Full of practical advice, examples and real-life insights from organizational development professionals at the leading edge of digital transformation, this book is an essential guide to building an agile business.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFit for growth : a guide to strategic cost cutting, restructuring, and renewal / Vinay Couto, John Plansky, Deniz Caglar.
” A practical approach to business transformation Fit for Growth * is a unique approach to business transformation that explicitly connects growth strategy with cost management and organization restructuring. Drawing on 70-plus years of strategy consulting experience and in-depth research, the experts at PwC’s Strategy& lay out a winning framework that helps CEOs and senior executives transform their organizations for sustainable, profitable growth. This approach gives structure to strategy while promoting lasting change. Examples from Strategy&’s hundreds of clients illustrate successful transformation on the ground, and illuminate how senior and middle managers are able to take ownership and even thrive during difficult periods of transition. Throughout the Fit for Growth process, the focus is on maintaining consistent high-value performance while enabling fundamental change. Strategy& has helped major clients around the globe achieve significant and sustained results with its research-backed approach to restructuring and cost reduction. This book provides practical guidance for leveraging that expertise to make the choices that allow companies to: Achieve growth while reducing costs; Manage transformation and transition productively; Create lasting competitive advantage; Deliver reliable, high-value performance. Sustainable success is founded on efficiency and high performance. Companies are always looking to do more with less, but their efforts often work against them in the long run. Total business transformation requires total buy-in, and it entails a series of decisions that must not be made lightly. The Fit for Growth approach provides a clear strategy and practical framework for growth-oriented change, with expert guidance on getting it right. * Fit for Growth is a registered service mark of PwC Strategy& Inc. in the United States” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMultipliers : how the best leaders make everyone smarter / Liz Wiseman.
We’ve all had experience with two dramatically different types of leaders. The first type drains intelligence, energy, and capability from the people around them and always needs to be the smartest person in the room. These are the idea killers, the energy sappers, the diminishers of talent and commitment. On the other side of the spectrum are leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of the people around them. When these leaders walk into a room, light bulbs go off over people’s heads; ideas flow, and problems get solved. These are the leaders who inspire employees to stretch themselves to deliver results that surpass expectations. These are the Multipliers. And the world needs more of them, especially now when leaders are expected to do more with less. Leadership expert Liz Wiseman explores these two leadership styles, showing how Multipliers can have a resoundingly positive and profitable effect on organizations — getting more done with fewer resources, developing and attracting talent, and cultivating new ideas and energy to drive organizational change and innovation. In analyzing data from more than 150 leaders, Wiseman has identified five disciplines that distinguish Multipliers from Diminishers. These five disciplines are not based on innate talent; indeed, they are skills and practices that everyone can learn to use, even lifelong and recalcitrant Diminishers. Real-world case studies and practical tips and techniques bring to life each of these principles, showing you how to become a Multiplier too, whether you are a new or an experienced manager. This updated edition includes new examples of Multipliers as well as two new chapters: one on accidental Diminishers, and one on how to deal with Diminishers.

Syndetics book coverOne minute mentoring : how to find and work with a mentor–and why you’ll benefit from being one / Ken Blanchard and Claire Diaz-Ortiz.
” The bestselling co-author of the legendary The One Minute Manager#65533; and a former Twitter executive join forces to create the ultimate guide to creating powerful mentoring relationships. The past decade has seen the dramatic rise of a word now well known in corporate hallways: mentoring. But a new awareness about mentoring hasn’t necessarily meant an increased understanding of how to implement the practice. While most people agree that having a mentor is a good thing, they don’t know how to find one or use one. And despite widespread approval for the idea of being a mentor, most people don’t think they have the time or skills to do so. Positive mentoring relationships can change the way we lead and help us succeed. In One Minute Mentoring, legendary management guru Ken Blanchard and Claire Diaz-Ortiz, a former Twitter executive and early employee, combine their knowledge to provide a systematic approach to intergenerational mentoring, giving readers great insight into the power and influence of mentoring and encouraging them to pursue their own mentoring relationships. Using his classic parable format, Blanchard explains why developing effective communication and relationships across generations can be a tremendous opportunity for companies and individuals alike. One Minute Mentoring is the go-to source for learning why mentoring is the secret ingredient to professional and personal success.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPeople with purpose : how great leaders use purpose to build thriving organizations / Kevin Murray.
This book brings together a wide range of research on how having a clearly defined purpose as part of one’s business strategy is a vital element in business success and longevity. Leaders who communicate a defined corporate mission alongside clear and genuine corporate values allow their employees to find purpose in their day to day roles and embody their company’s vision. This in turn, facilitates employee engagement, loyalty and work satisfaction. Illustrated with more than 30 case studies unearthed from exclusive interviews with top CEOs from a wide range of industries, Kevin Murray explores how leaders who have powerfully articulated purpose statements have brought companies back from the brink of collapse or continue to rapidly grow their businesses into resilient successful companies, which attract and retain top talent, keep employees engaged and deliver top financial results.

great new business reading at Wellington City Libraries

Syndetics book coverThe glass wall : success strategies for women at work – and businesses that mean business / Sue Unerman & Kathryn Jacob.
“Never mind the glass ceiling. In the workplace today there’s a glass wall. Men and women can see each other clearly through the divide, but they don’t speak the same language or have the same expectations. And as a result, women and their careers are suffering.

With more women than ever in the workforce, but still too few in the boardroom, now is the time to address the assumptions and miscommunication holding women back. This book gives women the tools they need to master any situation. Drawing on Unerman and Jacob’s own experience in male-dominated businesses, as well as over a hundred interviews with both men and women, The Glass Wall provides clear, smart and easy-to apply strategies for success. From unlocking ambition and developing resilience to nurturing creativity and getting noticed, these are the skills that everyone needs to learn to help break down that wall and create better workplaces for all.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe coaching habit : say less, ask more & change the way you lead forever / Michael Bungay Stanier.
“In Michael Bungay Stanier’s The Coaching Habit , coaching becomes a regular, informal part of your day so managers and their teams can work less hard and have more impact.

Drawing on years of experience training more than 10,000 busy managers from around the globe in practical, everyday coaching skills, Bungay Stanier reveals how to unlock your peoples’ potential. He unpacks seven essential coaching questions to demonstrate how – by saying less and asking more – you can develop coaching methods that produce great results.
Get straight to the point in any conversation with The Kickstart Question Stay on track during any interaction with The Awe Question Save hours of time for yourself with The Lazy Question , and hours of time for others with The Strategic Question Get to the heart of any interpersonal or external challenge with The Focus Question and The Foundation Question Finally ensure others find your coaching as beneficial as you do with The Learning Question
A fresh innovative take on the traditional how-to manual, the book combines insider information with research based in neuroscience and behavioural economics, together with interactive training tools to turn practical advice into practiced habits. Witty and conversational, The Coaching Habit takes your work – and your workplace – from good to great.

“Coaching is an art and it’s far easier said than done. It takes courage to ask a question rather than offer up advice, provide and answer, or unleash a solution. giving another person the opportunity to find their own way, make their own mistakes, and create their own wisdom is both brave and vulnerable. In this practical and inspiring book, Michael shares seven transformative questions that can make a difference in how we lead and support. And he guides us through the tricky part – how to take this new information and turn it into habits and a daily practice. – Bren#65533; Brown , author of Rising Strong and Daring Greatly

” The Coaching Habit is a succinct and practical handbook for getting the best from others and yourself.” – Nir Eyal , author of Hooked

“Concise and compelling,” – Bob Sutton , author of Scaling Up Excellence” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGood authority : how to become the leader your team is waiting for / Jonathan Raymond.
“Why is it so hard to get people to own their work? Why are most company cultures such stifling places to work even though they’re led by good people with good intentions? And, how is it, that in spite of a half-century of big ideas from business and management gurus that the numbers on “employee engagement” are getting worse? In this compelling new book, Jonathan offers an alternative, a way off the “I can’t find good people” merry go round, by inviting you to embrace a radically personal approach to attracting, retaining and developing top talent. With 34% of the workforce now freelancing in one form or another, the options are clear. Organizational leaders must find a way to offer people something they can’t get by going out on their own other than a steady paycheck. As Jonathan argues, we’re in the personal economy now, and leaders that rely on strategies and tactics to manipulate people are an endangered species. What good people want is personal growth. And, we all know that to grow we need someone outside of ourselves to help us see and change what we don’t yet. Good people want that at work. That’s what being a good authority is all about.Good Authority is full of practical examples, dialogue and tools you can use to change the way you lead. Whether you’re a business owner, executive, team leader or coach looking for new ways to help your clients, this book will light a fire in you that you may not have noticed has gone out. It will help you rediscover your passion for change and challenge your assumptions about how to make it happen. And, it will give you permission to be a little more you than you were yesterday.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDesigning your life : build a life that works for you / Bill Burnett; Dave Evans.Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
“*** The #1 New York Times Bestseller *** ‘Life has questions. They have answers’ New York Times

Whether we’re 20, 40, 60 or older, many of us are still looking for an answer to that perennial question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ In Designing Your Life , Silicon Valley design innovators Bill Burnett and Dave Evans use their expertise to help you work out what you want – and how to get it.

Their phenomenally successful Life Design course has been tried and tested by thousands of people, from students to mid-career professionals to retirees contemplating a whole new future. Now in book form for the first time, their simple method will teach you how to use basic design tools to create a life that will work for you.

Using real-life stories and proven techniques like reframing, prototyping and mind-mapping, you will learn how to build your way forwards, step-by-positive-step, to a life that’s better by a design of your own making.

Because a well-designed life means a life well-lived.”

(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFinish big : how great entrepreneurs exit their companies on top / Bo Burlingham.Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top
“”In Finish Big, Bo Burlingham draws on dozens of interviews to identify eight key factors that determine whether owners leave their businesses happily. He showcases the insights, exits and cautionary tales of entrepreneurs across an array of industries including manufacturing, food and services. Finish Big is an illuminating and inspirational guide to one of the most stressful, and yet potentially rewarding, processes business owners must go through.”” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe business of being social : a practical guide to harnessing the power of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and other social media networks for all businesses / Michelle Carvill and David Taylor.
“Expert guidance on building a winning social media strategy for your business. Do you know how your company’s Facebook page actually benefits the business? Are you getting the most out of Twitter, YouTube, Linkedln, Pinterest and Instagram? What are the other key social media platforms and how are businesses using them profitably? Social media has been part of most businesses’ marketing strategy for several years now, but many are still confused about how to stay abreast of emerging channels and get the most out of the long-established ones. Widely praised on first publication, this completely revised new edition of The Business of Being Social breaks down the every aspect of social media, from the basics to the most complex issues, and explains step-by-step how you can build a strategy for success. Learn How to: Create a viable, integrated, manageable social media strategy, Understand the newer platforms, including Google+, Tumblr, Whats App, Ello and Others, Mange effective social advertising campaigns, Grow vibrant communities on all relevant social media platforms and use them to understand your audience Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary)

Latest management books here at Wellington City Libraries

Syndetics book coverBeyond measure : the big impact of small changes / Margaret Heffernan. “A powerful manifesto for CEOs and employees alike: Influential and award-winning business leader Margaret Heffernan reveals how organizations can build ideal workplace cultures and create seismic shifts by making deceptively small changes. By implementing sweeping changes, businesses often think it’s possible to do better, to earn more, and have happier employees. So why does engagement prove so difficult and productivity so elusive? In Beyond Measure, Margaret Heffernan looks back over her decades spent overseeing different organizations and comes to a counterintuitive conclusion: it’s the small shifts that have the greatest impact. Heffernan argues that building the strongest organization can be accelerated by implementing seemingly small changes, such as embracing conflict as a creative catalyst; using every mind on the team; celebrating mistakes; speaking up and listening more; and encouraging time off from work.  Packed with incredible anecdotes and startling statistics, Beyond Measure takes us on a fascinating tour across the globe, highlighting disparate businesses and revealing how they’ve managed to change themselves in big ways through incremental shifts. How did the CIA revolutionize their intelligence gathering with one simple question? How did one organization increase their revenue by $15 million by instituting a short coffee break? How can a day-long hackathon change the culture of a company? Told with wry wit and knowing humor, Heffernan proves that it’s often the small changes that make the greatest, most lasting impact.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSocial selling : techniques to influence buyers and changemakers / Tim Hughes and Matt Reynolds. “As the digital landscape has changed buyers’ habits it’s increasingly difficult to reach them early enough in their decision-making process using traditional sales methods. Developing relationships with decision-makers through social networks has become an increasingly critical skill – enabling sales professionals to engage early on and ‘hack’ the buying process. Social Selling provides a practical, step-by-step blueprint for harnessing these specific and proven techniques including:- How to use networks purposefully to build social trust and create a high quality community – How to develop real influence and authority in your subject area and connect with change-makers – How to scale the social selling strategy across an organisation including maturity and investment models, risk and governance, and technology platforms.Written by Tim Hughes, a thought-leader and renowned practitioner in social selling, and Matt Reynolds, one of the UK’s leading technology sociologists, this is essential reading for sales professionals, digital sales directors, and SMEs who want to embrace the power of social selling in their organisation. The book is also supported by eight bonus ‘how-to’ articles, giving more depth on how to run the processes discussed in the book.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLeading innovation : 5 steps to monetising ideas for business growth / Tracey Walsh. “Leading Innovation reveals the innovation secrets of senior executives from some of the biggest business names in Australia including Telstra, Origin and CSIRO. This step-by-step book outlines proven strategies for solving critical business problems and monetising ideas – for growth and sustainability. This book makes innovation truly accessible. Readers are taken on a journey through customer engagement, business model examination, talent management and design thinking. This is a handy companion guide for any leader who wants to make a lasting impact. Transform your corporate, medium sized business or government department using the 5 step method: RISK * RELATE * RESONATE * RESOURCE * REVOLUTIONISE” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMapping experiences : a guide to creating value through journeys, blueprints and diagrams / Jim Kalbach. ” Customers who have inconsistent, broken experiences with products and services are understandably frustrated. But it’s worse when people inside these companies can’t pinpoint the problem because they’re too focused on business processes. This practical book shows your company how to use alignment diagrams to turn valuable customer observations into actionable insight. With this unique tool, you can visually map your existing customer experience and envision future solutions.  Product and brand managers, marketing specialists, and business owners will learn how experience diagramming can help determine where business goals and customer perspectives intersect. Once you’re armed with this data, you can provide users with real value.   Mapping Experiences is divided into three parts:   Understand the underlying principles of diagramming, and discover how these diagrams can inform strategy Learn how to create diagrams with the four iterative modes in the mapping process: setting up a mapping initiative, investigating the evidence, visualizing the process, and using diagrams in workshops and experiments See key diagrams in action, including service blueprints, customer journey maps, experience maps, mental models, and spatial maps and ecosystem models” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe innovation maze : 4 routes to a successful new business case / Gijs Van Wulfen. “Do you struggle with innovation? The Innovation Maze makes innovation simple. It shows you four different routes through the wonderfully designed innovation maze to successful new business cases for new products or services. This book is your guide on HOW to solve the innovation maze.   When you innovate and generate great ideas for new products or services, you are faced with so many pitfalls. A lot of people experience innovation as a maze and get lost on the way. The fuzzy front end of innovation causes many projects to have a false start. Eighty percent of all innovation projects never even reach the market. This book is your guide on HOW to solve the innovation maze. It shows you four different routes through the wonderfully designed innovation maze to successful new business cases for new products or services:   1. I have an idea; now what? 2. I discovered a new technology; now what?   3. I identified a relevant unsolved problem; now what?  4. I face a business challen≥ now what?  For each of the four innovation routes you will get practical and visual checklists to answer vital questions like: How do I know there’s a need for it? How do I know it is technologically do-able? How do I know I can realize a profit? You will end up with a great format for a successful new business case for your innovative ideas.  It’s written for start-ups, entrepreneurs, managers and consultants. Gijs van Wulfen is the author of innovation bestseller The Innovation Expedition and is one of LinkedIn’s first Influencers. He ranks in the top 10 of the International Top 40 Innovation Bloggers.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWinning with data : transform your culture, empower your people, and shape the future / Tomasz Tunguz and Frank Bien. “Crest the data wave with a deep cultural shift Winning with Data explores the cultural changes big data brings to business, and shows you how to adapt your organization to leverage data to maximum effect. Authors Tomasz Tunguz and Frank Bien draw on extensive background in big data, business intelligence, and business strategy to provide a blueprint for companies looking to move head-on into the data wave. Instrumentation is discussed in detail, but the core of the change is in the culture–this book provides sound guidance on building the type of organizational culture that creates and leverages data daily, in every aspect of the business. Real-world examples illustrate these important concepts at work: you’ll learn how data helped Warby-Parker disrupt a $13 billion monopolized market, how ThredUp uses data to process more than 20 thousand items of clothing every day, how Venmo leverages data to build better products, how HubSpot empowers their salespeople to be more productive, and more. From decision making and strategy to shipping and sales, this book shows you how data makes better business.  Big data has taken on buzzword status, but there is little real guidance for companies seeking everyday business data solutions. This book takes a deeper look at big data in business, and shows you how to shift internal culture ahead of the curve.   Understand the changes a data culture brings to companies Instrument your company for maximum benefit Utilize data to optimize every aspect of your business Improve decision making and transform business strategy   Big data is becoming the number-one topic in business, yet no one is asking the right questions. Leveraging the full power of data requires more than good IT–organization-wide buy-in is essential for long-term success. Winning with Data is the expert guide to making data work for your business, and your needs.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChapter one : you have the power to change stuff / Daniel Flynn. “The world probably doesn’t need another book. And while this object you hold in your hands might look like one, it’s so much more .   It’s an invitation. And it’s addressed to you. To inspire you to challenge everything, to remind you that you can turn ideas into reality and to present you the opportunity to be part of bold idea that could change the course of history.   Chapter One is the story of three kids from Melbourne, Australia with zero experience in business who had an idea and the crazy belief that we all have the power to change stuff. It started with the World Water Crisis (and how to end it) but has developed into an award-winning consumer goods brand that empowers millions of people to fight poverty with every munch of muesli, sip of water or pump of hand wash. And that’s just the beginning.   This is the story of epic proportions by Thankyou co-founder Daniel Flynn about Thankyou’s gut-wrenching decisions, wild mistakes and daring moves in business, marketing and social enterprise so far. You’ll laugh at their boldness, cry at their failings and be inspired by their determination.  But more than that, you’ll understand that, no matter your walk of life, you too have the power to change stuff.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe culture map : breaking through the invisible boundaries of global business / Erin Meyer. “Whether you work in a home office or abroad, business success in our ever more globalized and virtual world requires the skills to navigate through cultural differences and decode cultures foreign to your own. Renowned expert Erin Meyer is your guide through this subtle, sometimes treacherous terrain where people from starkly different backgrounds are expected to work harmoniously together.  When you have Americans who precede anything negative with three nice comments; French, Dutch, Israelis, and Germans who get straight to the point (“your presentation was simply awful”); Latin Americans and Asians who are steeped in hierarchy; Scandinavians who think the best boss is just one of the crowd–the result can be, well, sometimes interesting, even funny, but often disastrous.  Even with English as a global language, it’s easy to fall into cultural traps that endanger careers and sink deals when, say, a Brazilian manager tries to fathom how his Chinese suppliers really get things done, or an American team leader tries to get a handle on the intra-team dynamics between his Russian and Indian team members.  In The Culture Map , Erin Meyer provides a field-tested model for decoding how cultural differences impact international business. She combines a smart analytical framework with practical, actionable advice for succeeding in a global world.” (Syndetics summary)

Great new business books arrived at Wellington City libraries

Syndetics book coverThe network imperative : how to survive and grow in the age of digital business models / Barry D. Libert, Megan Beck, Jerry Wind.
“Digital networks are changing all the rules of business. New, scalable, digitally networked business models, like those of Amazon, Google, Uber, and Airbnb, are affecting growth, scale, and profit potential for companies in every industry. But this seismic shift isn’t unique to digital start-ups and tech superstars. Digital transformation is affecting every business sector, and as investor capital, top talent, and customers shift toward network-centric organizations, the performance gap between early and late adopters is widening.

So the question isn’t whether your organization needs to change, but when and how much.

The Network Imperative is a call to action for managers and executives to embrace network-based business models. The benefits are indisputable: companies that leverage digital platforms to co-create and share value with networks of employees, customers, and suppliers are fast outpacing the market. These companies, or network orchestrators , grow faster, scale with lower marginal cost, and generate the highest revenue multipliers.

Supported by research that covers fifteen hundred companies, authors Barry Libert, Megan Beck, and Jerry Wind guide leaders and investors through the ten principles that all organizations can use to grow and profit regardless of their industry. They also share a five-step process for pivoting an organization toward a more scalable and profitable business model.

The Network Imperative , brimming with compelling case studies and actionable advice, provides managers with what they really need: new tools and frameworks to generate unprecedented value in a rapidly changing age.”
(Syndetics summary)
Syndetics book coverThe founder’s mentality : how to overcome the predictable crises of growth / Chris Zook & James Allen.
“Three Principles for Managing–and Avoiding–the Problems of Growth. Why is profitable growth so hard to achieve and sustain? Most executives manage their companies as if the solution to that problem lies in the external environment: find an attractive market, formulate the right strategy, win new customers.
But when Bain & Company’s Chris Zook and James Allen, authors of the bestselling Profit from the Core , researched this question, they found that when companies fail to achieve their growth targets, 90 percent of the time the root causes are internal, not external–increasing distance from the front lines, loss of accountability, proliferating processes and bureaucracy, to name only a few. What’s more, companies experience a set of predictable internal crises, at predictable stages, as they grow. Even for healthy companies, these crises, if not managed properly, stifle the abilityto grow further–and can actively lead to decline.

The key insight from Zook and Allen’s research is that managing these choke points requires a “founder’s mentality”–behaviors typically embodied by a bold, ambitious founder–to restore speed, focus, and connection to customers:

* An insurgent’s clear mission and purpose
* An unambiguous owner mindset
* A relentless obsession with the front line

Based on the authors’ decade-long study of companies in more than forty countries, The Founder’s Mentality demonstrates the strong relationship between these three traits in companies of all kinds–not just start-ups–and their ability to sustain performance. Through rich analysis and inspiring examples, this book shows how any leader–not only a founder–can instill and leverage a founder’s mentality throughout their organization and find lasting, profitable growth”.
(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverOptimize your strengths : use your leadership strengths to get the best out of you and your team / James Brook and Dr Paul Brewerton.
“Discover your unique edge. Each of us has our own set of strengths, abilities and skills that allow us to shine and deliver exceptional results. These are our underlying qualities that energise us and we are great at (or have potential to become great at). But how do you understand and build upon your strengths and how do you inspire others to do the same?

Optimize Your Strengths provides a proven strengths-based approach to achieving peak performance for you and your team. You’ll discover your core strengths and learn how to use these to bring out the best in yourself and inspire passion, innovation and engagement in those you lead. Using the Stretch Leadership Model, leadership and organisational development experts, James Brook and Paul Brewerton, show you how to lead beyond boundaries and develop positive habits that drive you to continuously improve and take advantage of new opportunities.

Through a fictional narrative that brings the subject to life; follow the journey of Joe (a leader facing both personal and professional crises), as you learn to:

Discover, analyse and grow you and your team’s natural strengths and abilities in pursuit of a compelling vision Develop an energising and powerful leadership approach based on strengths, solutions and possibilities Use a Stretch Toolbox of six step-by-step models to uncover your leadership edge and grow into an inspiring leader Get hands-on experience working through chapter exercises on an accompanying website Take real action to continually enhance your strengths and improve your weaknesses” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBreaking the trust barrier : how leaders close the gaps for high performance / JV Venable.Breaking the Trust Barrier: How High-Performance Teams Lead Together
“Build Extraordinary Trust and Lead Your Team to a Higher Plane. For former US Air Force Thunderbirds’ commander and demonstration leader JV Venable, inspiring teamwork was literally a matter of life and death. On maneuvers like the one pictured on the cover, the distance between jets was just eighteen inches. Closing the gaps to sustain that kind of separation requires the highest levels of trust.

On the ground or in the air, from line supervisor to CEO, we all face the same challenge. Our job is to entice those we lead to close the gaps that slow the whole team down–gaps in commitment, loyalty, and trust. Every bit of closure requires your people to let go of biases and mental safeguards that hold them back. The process the Thunderbirds use to break that barrier and craft the highest levels of trust on a team with an annual turnover of 50 percent is nothing short of phenomenal. That process is packaged here with tips and compelling stories that will help you build the team of a lifetime”.
(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDifference makers : a leader’s guide to championing diversity on boards / Dr Nicola Howe, Alicia Curtis.
“‘Outstanding insight into how to effectively embrace diversity … a roadmap for creating better organisations, better companies and a better society.’ – Rhys Williams, 2015 Young West Australian of the Year ‘…includes practical tools, checklists and activities for both the aspiring and experienced director.’ – Angie Paskevicius, CEO, Holyoake ‘If you seriously want to make a difference – you must read Difference Makers.’ – David Koutsoukis, founder of the Exceptional Teams Academy ‘I recommend this book to all those who believe we deserve better organisations.’ – Rabia Siddique, international humanitarian, author and advocate ‘…a sound rationale highlighting the importance of diversity in achieving good governance … a nuanced and thoughtful resource designed to help meet the challenge.’ – Professor David Gilchrist, director, Curtin University Dr Nicky Howe is a CEO and leadership and management expert, with a doctorate of business administration from the University of Western Australia, and postgraduate qualification in management from Flinders University. Nicky has a passion for building the capacity of individuals, organisations and communities. She is author of Better Relationships with Those You Lead, a handbook of practical skills and strategies for leaders and managers. Alicia Curtis is one of Western Australia’s most inspiring young social and business entrepreneurs, an award-winning speaker and leadership facilitator. Alicia established Alyceum in 2002 developing innovative transformational leadership programs. Alicia has a master’s degree in business leadership and was named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2014. Together Nicky and Alicia founded the Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards governance program, and as a consequence they were driven to share their findings and experiences in this fascinating book.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDesign to grow : how Coca-Cola learned to combine scale and agility (and how you can too) / David Butler and Linda Tischler.Design to Grow: How Coca-Cola Learned to Combine Scale and Agility (and How You Can Too)
“Expert advice from Coca-Cola’s vice president of Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Learn how Coca-Cola uses design to grow its business by combining the advantages of scale with the agility to respond to fast-changing market conditions.
In today’s world, every company is at risk of having a “Kodak Moment”-watching its industry and the competitive advantages it has developed over years, even decades, vanish overnight. The reason? An inability to adapt quickly to new business realities. Established companies are at risk, but it’s no easier being an agile startup, because most of those fail due to their inability to scale. Tomorrow’s business winners-regardless of size or industry-will be the ones that know how to combine scale with agility.

In Design to Grow , a Coca-Cola senior executive shares both the successes and failures of one of the world’s largest companies as it learns to use design to be both agile and big. In this rare and unprecedented behind-the-scenes look, David Butler and senior Fast Company editor, Linda Tischler, use plain language and easy-to-understand case studies to show how this works at Coca-Cola-and how other companies can use the same approach to grow their business. This book is a must-read for managers inside large corporations as well as entrepreneurs just getting started.” (Syndetics summary)

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)

New Management books at Wellington City Libraries

Syndetics book coverPower score : your formula for leadership success / Geoff Smart, Randy Street, and Alan Foster.
“Written in an informal, Q & A style, yet backed up with data from more than 15,000 career interviews, Smart, Street, and Foster lay out their formula for running a successful organization – both for-profits and non-profits. P + W + R = Power Score. Yes, it’s a real formula and they’ve been testing it at businesses large and small for nearly two decades. Other reviewers have focused on the formula, so I won’t be redundant. Instead, I offer another perspective. I must admit I was a bit skeptical at first when I saw that all the endorsers of Power Score were men. As a female entrepreneur and lifelong student of leadership I thought, “Here we go again. Another business book with male dominated case studies.” I was pleasantly surprised that the authors weave in real-life stories from both male and female leaders, who have succeeded and failed, to bring their formula to life. Refreshing!” (Amazon USA)

Syndetics book coverThe mobile mind shift : engineer your business to win in the mobile moment / Ted Schadler, Josh Bernoff, Julie Ask, Forrester Research.
““An essential guide for those needing to grow business in a mobile world….The ubiquity of smartphones and mobile devices has created the opportunity for businesses to thrive by serving their customer’s and employee’s needs wherever and whenever they are. We have grown accustomed to going to our mobile devices whenever we need assistance, and it is in these mobile moments that brands have the ability succeed, or fail, at building customer loyalty and engagement. The authors of this fantastic book point out that businesses must succeed at winning these mobile moments, or they risk being disrupted by more progressive and entrepreneurial companies. The reality is that many mobile first companies have set the bar very high, and as a result, consumers have very high expectations. So how do the rest of us catch up and shift our business processes (and personal skills) to meet the needs of a mobile first world? Start by reading this book. It is full of examples and practical instruction. The authors have experienced what works and what does not, and the resulting advice is applicable to both big and small businesses.” (Amazon USA)

Syndetics book coverStrategic planning for nonprofit organizations : a practical guide for dynamic times / Michael Allison, Jude Kaye.“The roadmap you need on a long, hard journey….I recently joined my organization after spending nearly 10 years in another industry. The role that I took on, overseeing strategy and partnerships was new for me as well as for the organization. I came into an organization that capitalized on growth opportunities in a very organic fashion. With increased capacity to take on strategy development, and the need to do so, we set out on the organization’s first ever strategic planning process. Finding myself in the position of project lead, I was desperate to find information about what to expect from the process, elements that contribute to a good process, how to prepare the organization for change, and how to keep external consultants accountable. This book was all that and more – the ideal roadmap, showing the path, but also highlighting bumps along the way.” (Amazon USA)

Syndetics book cover101 more ways to make training active / Elaine Biech.
“What a great idea and what a great product. Input from dozens of successful practitioners in the training field. Biech has done so much more than make training active. With this collection, she has made it inviting, inspirational, and imaginative. Veteran trainers and neophytes alike will easily be able to sharpen their classroom style. I speak has a veteran of many years who nonetheless has found a plethora of new activities.” (Amazon USA)

Syndetics book coverNo-drama leadership : how enlightened leaders transform culture in the workplace / Marlene Chism.
“As someone who has lived through the trials and challenges Marlene addresses in this very important book, I can say without question that her insights are spot-on and much needed. We are truly at a transitional point in the leadership and management fields- with so many companies and government agencies completely unprepared for the environment they face today. Because of her background, prospective, and uncommon level of pereception, Marlene is able to not only identify the issues that plaque organizations today- but to also offer a way forward. Although there are countless leadership books on the shelves- there is still a void. So much of whats out there is irrelevant boilerplate and cliches. That doesnt apply to the work of Marlene Chism. In the years to come her work will be considered ahead of its time. All the more reason you should take the time now to read it” (Amazon USA)

Syndetics book coverProject management for the unofficial project manager / Kory Kogon, Suzette Blakemore and James Wood.
“This was a great book!…. I really liked all of the stories and examples. The authors made the concepts easy to understand and the book was an easy read. Before now, I never really thought about the people aspect of project management. I can see now, many of my project problems in the past were really people problems. While reading, I learned a lot, about the project management process, but not too much. This was key for me. I’ve purchased Project Management books in the past that were too technical and I never made it to the end. This book gave me everything I needed in a simple, easy to digest format”. (Amazon USA)

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 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)

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)