New business and management books

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

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

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

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

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

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

Latest management books recently received

Syndetics book coverThe business of being social : a practical guide to harnessing the power of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube for all businesses / Michelle Carvill and David Taylor.“***Must-read for social media users***….This book is undeniably the ‘bible’ for those of us who do social media for our businesses. Before it teaches you about the fundamentals behind each platform, you are introduced to the reasons WHY and how we should be harnessing this sometimes viewed, black art. Michelle and David demystify social media and take your through your paces so that you can develop a strategy and campaign that will give you results. Highly recommended. (Amazon UK reviewer)

Syndetics book coverSocial change anytime everywhere : how to implement online multichannel strategies to spark advocacy, raise money, and engage your community / Allyson Kapin, Amy Sample Ward.
“The nonprofit’s how-to guide for using online media to further their missionsThis book is written for nonprofit staff who say themselves or are asked by others, Email communications, social media, and mobile are important, but how will they help our nonprofit and the issues we work on? Most importantly, how the heck do we integrate and utilize these tools successfully? The book will help answer these questions and is organized to guide readers through the planning and implementation of online multi-channel strategies that will spark advocacy, raise money and promote deeper community engagement in order to achieve social change in real time. Offers a practical guide for nonprofits on how to best implement online and social media Outlines the various types of mobile media and online and when it makes sense to use them Shows how to build mobile expertise into the staff structure and sell mobile initiatives to the board Social Change Anytime Everywhereserves as a resource to help nonprofit staff and their boards quickly understand the evolving online landscape and identify and implement the best online channels, strategies, tools, and tactics to help their organizations achieve their missions”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverThe unstoppables : tapping your entrepreneurial power / Bill Schley ; foreword by Graham Weston. “The Unstoppables has reaffirmed my approach to entrepreneurship and more importantly has given me actionable ideas for applying the concept of being unstoppable toward the success of my organization. The case studies found in the book clearly support the premise, even though derived from many non-business settings. Bill Schley writes an engaging and entertaining book with a powerful message leaving the reader feeling empowered.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThe big enough company : how women can build great businesses and happier lives / Adelaide Lancaster and Amy Abrams. “If you are considering entrepreneurship, or are already there, this book is an invaluable tool! In addition to laying out insightful and helpful advice, authors Amy and Adelaide use real life anecdotes from a variety of business owners (including their own experiences as entrepreneurs) to demonstrate how their ideas apply in real life scenarios. As a small business owner, I related to everything they said and the book compelled me to sit back and think about things I would otherwise not have considered. Unlike some other business owner guides and books that I have perused over the years, this book offers a uniquely honest approach and really gets into the mind of how entrepreneurs work, the challenges they face, how to grow and make your business work. I cannot recommend it enough!” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThe gamification revolution : how leaders leverage game mechanics to crush the competition / Gabe Zichermann, Joselin Linder. “There’s got to be more to it than just games, but still a strong argument for why games are more than just fun…I think there’s more to it than just games that explains how our generations differ, but still, he’s right that something has to make our brands and our employee and customer engagement strategies stand out from the “desperate” attempts companies are making to draw attention to themselves. While Zicherman may overdo it with the number of cases he uses through the book, he explains from many different angles why games are a serious way to get attention. For me, this book will provide more than just the general idea that games could engage our employees and customers … it will help to construct the system that should make it really work. At least until the inevitable time when people get bored and we realize something more is needed to make it fun.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverNewsjacking : the urgent genius of real-time advertising / Grant Hunter and Jon Burkhart. “A fresh, and very current perspective on communications today…Alot of books for the advertising/marketing industry feel like they’re the same thing that was said in the 70s, 80s, 90s.. and they’ve just been re-hashed, got a fancy cover.. but it’s basically the same thing that’s being said. But Newsjacking comes at things with something new to say. A fresh way of doing things… a way in which the marketing industry could approach creativity in todays world. Newsjacking gets that we’re all connected, and we all get our news almost immediately…. and it gets that brands need to behave in this same fast, spontaneous way. it’s a great read, it’s great to look at… it’s not the sort of thing you only read once and put down. It’s a resource.. and it’s inspiring.” (Amazon reviewer)

New management books received

Syndetics book coverThe advantage : the 7 soft skills you need to stay one step ahead / Emma-Sue Prince.“Finding A Competitive Advantage In A World Of Constant Change…..What I like about ‘The Advantage’ is that it is a business book written with integrity. It isn’t just theory but tried and tested. The author has applied the 7 soft skills of adaptability, critical thinking, empathy, integrity, optimism, resilience and being proactive to her own life and experienced the results. The book itself is an easy read packed with relevant examples and practical applications. If you want to take your business career (and life in general) to the next level in a period of heightened competition and constant change then developing key `soft skills’ and adding them to your overall skillset will give you that competitive advantage. Highly recommended read.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverMarket your way to growth : 8 ways to win / Philip and Milton Kotler.“This book of only 200 pages is full of wisdom. It is a “RECIPE BOOK” for all managers who are responsible for setting goals and directions for any type of organisation. Philip and Milton Kotler have identified 9 megatrends that are changing the world and prescribe 8 winning strategies to deal with these trends. The examples given from recent history; the Conclusions and the Questions to be answered at the end of each Chapter, add immensely to the value of the book. The Epilogue captures the conflict between austerity and stimulus spending which is at the heart of the great debate on economic recovery solutions. The book is written in simple language, without jargon or complexities” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThe one thing : the surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results / Gary Keller with Jay Papasan.
“Part motivational book, part self-help, the latest from Keller (The Millionaire Real Estate Agent), together with Papasan (president of Rellek Publishing), vies to give us a path for achieving extraordinary results. Keller challenges the worthiness of deeply rooted notions-a balanced life, discipline, willpower, multitasking-and presents his insights with a coach’s verve and goal-oriented approach. He begins by examining the attitudes and ideas that derail us. From here he moves on to show us how to become more productive; and this, he claims, relies on focus, which leads him to ask: “What’s the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” While the book does grab you by the collar, many of Keller’s points are more rhetoric than argument. For example, he challenges the philosophical idea of balance and concludes that it does not exist: “[It] is a grand idea, but not a very practical one. Idealistic, but not realistic.” Unfortunately, though, while the actual philosophical idea is about ethics, Keller is referring to work-life balance. Despite the book’s appealing style and energy, more intellectual substance would have helped the overall work. 34 illus. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.” (Publisher Weekly)

Syndetics book coverMind the gap : creating your successful business strategy / Susannah Schofield.“An excellent and enjoyable read for a business book. I can highly recommend it for both large and small organisations as I believe all would derive considerable benefit from carrying out the Dice Matrix Model described in the book.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverDecide : better ways of making better decisions / David Wethey.“If you think you don’t need this book, you are probably just the kind of decision-maker who does. Just decide….If this book doesn’t convince you that you are not quite the decision-making wizard you thought you were, then beware, you might be deluding yourself. The author has not set out to discover a silver bullet, or to create a classroom list of dos and donts that will transform your performance, but to lead the reader into and through the briar bush of decision-making with a virtuoso review of received wisdom and unique anecdotal insight.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverPinterest marketing : an hour a day / Jennifer Evans Cario.“Excellent Introduction to the Power of Pinterest…As a marketer these days, it can be challenging to stay on top of all the various mediums available to proliferate marketing content. Pinterest exploded and many businesses and individuals are scrambling to figure out how to take advantage of it. What “Pinterest Marketing: An Hour a Day” does is explain the power of the medium and offer a practical guide to using Pinterest to position your brand’s personality. As a social media veteran, Jennifer does a great job of walking readers through best practices and tips to jump in and start using Pinterest now!” (Amazon reviewer)

New management books in the library

Syndetics book coverBig data, big analytics : emerging business intelligence and analytic trends for today’s businesses / Michael Minelli, Michele Chambers, Ambiga Dhiraj.“An Excellent Overview of Big Data & Machine Learning…This excellent summarization reveals trends that might otherwise be hidden by the forest of numerical and computational methods and will even be valuable in its observations to expert practitioners caught up in the details of computation.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverBusiness behaving well : social responsibility, from learning to doing / edited by Ron Elsdon.“Great resource for 21st century approach to business…Given the economic reports we hear on a daily basis, Business Behaving Well addresses major issues facing each of us today. With words like sustainability and stewardship being introduced into our vocabulary, contributors to this book shed light on ways for For-Profit, Nonprofit, and Government sectors to mutually benefit each other. Anyone affected by these three entities will appreciate the message delivered by Business Behaving Well. I work with an NPO that is using the book as a resource for new ways to collaborate”. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverCrowdstorm : the future of innovation, ideas, and problem solving / Shaun Abrahamson, Peter Ryder, Bastian Unterberg.“An interesting mix of known and original examples, and a lot of insider insights…By writing this book, the authors generously share their knowledge on how to conduct so-called crowdstorm initiatives. “By learning the processes and gathering the right tools, you’ll be able to attract and motivate talent to improve your approaches to complex problem solving,” the back cover explains. And I must admit that it does this very well. Everything is in there, and I think it’s perfectly generalizable to many different crowdsourcing initiatives and platforms.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverStorytelling in business : the authentic and fluent organization / Janis Forman.“”Many people in business understand that storytelling has the power to shape an organization’s mission, engage employees, motivate customers, and influence public and shareholder perceptions. However, few people have the strategic and creative skills to develop their best stories and use them in the most compelling way. More than just a ‘how to’ book, Storytelling in Business provides a framework for understanding the purposes and elements of organizational storytelling. This book challenges us all to develop fluency in storytelling and guides us through the process of building a storytelling habit of mind.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverMidnight lunch : the 4 phases of team collaboration success from Thomas Edison’s lab / Sarah Miller Caldicott.
Thomas Edison created multi-billion dollar industries that still exist today. What many people don’t realize is that his innovations were generated through focused approaches to teamwork and collaboration. Authored by the great grandniece of Thomas Edison, “Midnight Lunch” provides an intriguing look at how to use Edison’s collaboration methods to strengthen live and virtual teams today. Edison’s four phases of collaboration success offer a simple yet powerful way to see how different combinations of live and digital resources can multiply results and deliver outstanding ROI now. Shows how to draw together individuals from diverse disciplines, ensuring multiple perspectives and rapid problem-solving. Explains how to mix specialists and generalists on the same team, preventing groupthink and discouraging a culture of “superstars.” Reveals the steps needed to reskill team members for collaboration in the digital era.”

Syndetics book coverPinterest for business : how to pin your company to the top of the hottest social media network / Jess Loren, Edward Swiderski.“The key thing, however, in approaching “Pinterest for Business” is that it is “for businesses” … this is not really a guidebook for everybody, but a look at how companies can make use of this social media tool. …The book is structured as a walk-through, from basic explanations of what’s what, and where the various bits are on the site, and how they work, to how Pinterest interfaces with other platforms. It then goes into some “psychology” of image-based messaging ” (Amazon reviewer)

New social media books plus a guide to pop up shops

Syndetics book coverSocialized! : how the most successful businesses harness the power of social / Mark Fidelman.“Get your highlighter ready…Fidelman may have just joined the company of John Naisbitt (Megatrends) and Geoffrey Moore (Crossing the Chasm) writing a potential landmark book for businesses to take note what’s around the next disruptive corner. Socialized is filled with page after page of empirical insight that will leave executives understanding what’s at stake, and those who depend on executive commitment finally having a blueprint to success…Fidelman masterfully tells the story of Social Businesses who know how put the pieces together; those that failed, or are failing; and what plays businesses need to run to start winning the Social game. Socialized is a book that will be filled with highlighter marks, side notes, and searchable references to see how all the pieces fit together”. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverPinterest for business : how to pin your company to the top of the hottest social media network / Jess Loren, Edward Swiderski.“I just picked up my copy of Pinterest for Business the other day and I found it quite insightful and informative on a social media platform that the social media layman might not know much about. The authors take their time explaining every aspect on how one uses Pinterest and its use of “pins”. While the book is a definite easy read, it is geared towards businesses, as the title suggests. It is very helpful for businesses in determining where to start with their Pinterest account and points out things to look out for when expanding your social media presence via Pinterest. Interesting and informative read!” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverPop-up business for dummies / by Dan Thompson.
“A great book for anyone planning a pop up, thinking about it or starting out in retail. I liked the accessible style, lots of links to more sources of advice and examples of what works out there. There are some really useful lists of what to plan for – including basic but important things like an electric heater which I’d have forgotten completely. You’ll need a guide to accounting alongside this, but the author mentions some good ones in the chapter on finance. Lots of the advice applies to more traditional businesses too, so even if you don’t end up launching as a pop up (or go on to open a longterm business) the book will grow with you. Highly recommended.” (Amazon UK revewer)

Recently acquired management books

Syndetics book coverWhat matters now : how to win in a world of relentless change, ferocious competition, and unstoppable innovation / Gary Hamel.
“Critical insight from the man Fortune called “the world’s leading expert on business strategy”About the only thing a leader can be sure of is that what worked yesterday is unlikely to work today, let alone tomorrow. Never before have businesses faced a more fractured, contentious and dynamic environment. If ever there was a need for fundamentally new thinking about values, competition, leadership, organization talent, and how these things are directly tied to management, it is now. Gary Hamel lays out an essential agenda in a world where old nostrums aren’t merely useless, but downright toxic. Contains more than 25 standalone chapters in six sections that are brutally honest and tackle critical management and leadership challenges head-on Explains how to move from defense to offense, reverse the tide of commoditization, and outrun change Tackles how to effectively hack management, capture the moral high ground, and foster extraordinary contribution Written by one of the world’s most prescient management experts and the acclaimed author of The Future of Management Concise and to the point, What Matters Now will inspire leaders to rethink their business, their management, and how they lead”– Provided by publisher.

Syndetics book coverEthics of big data / Kord Davis with Doug Patterson.
“An important, timely and useful book”…What do ethics and big data have in common? The truth is they ought to get together more often. As companies continue to blunder their way through one data crisis after another, they need an approach to working through the hard questions about how they buy and sell, aggregate, use and handle customer data. There is no blanket answer or policy that will be right for all organizations; this book does not say what is good and evil- but it describes a practical approach to creating clarity through ethical inquiry…. It’s a smart read for anyone who deals in customer data, but will be valuable for anyone who wants to understand how to fully use a technology in a way that’s true to individual, organizational, and community values.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCope with change at work / Sue Stockdale and Clive Steeper.“I found this book a useful companion and refresher to `all things’ change. It provided many useful models and examples highlighting key learning points. I was especially interested in how so many of the techniques could be used equally successfully in private life outside work, especially for encouraging small children more positively.
The book sets itself an ambitious target of equipping the reader to deal with any change the world hurls at us, and delivers 100%. Essential reading material for anyone in a modern office working environment..
With `change’ being the new `normal’, we all have to accept and cope with change. The book challenges the reader to take control, sets out the tools and techniques on which to build our change strategies that will accelerate our successful journey through change.
HR Managers should improve the chances of successful change by handing out copies of this book in advance of organisational change rather than dealing with a more costly unprepared aftermath”. (Amazon UK reviewer)

Syndetics book coverLeading the way : seven skills to engage, inspire and motivate / Andrew Leigh and Michael Maynard.“Practical ideas for today’s leadership issues…This is a useful new handbook full of practical advice for 21st Century leaders. Its central leadership model of 7 I’s (Individuality, Insight, Initiate, Innovate, Inspire, Improvise, Implement) is memorable and is sure to strike a chord in many workplaces.
The style of the book is clear and direct. Each chapter has lots of common sense checklists and ‘Ideas for Action’ and each ends with a ‘Twitter summary’ in 140 characters or less for those without the time to read more. Highly recommended” (Amazon UK reviewer)

Syndetics book coverGreenwash : big brands and carbon scams / Guy Pearse.
“Going green is the new black for big business. But how real is the climate-friendly revolution that’s being advertised? Toyota reckons Mother Nature drives a Prius, Ford wants us to ‘Join the Green Revolution’, and McDonald’s has painted its famous golden arches green. Facebook has even ‘friended’ Greenpeace. But are big brands and the celebrities endorsing them really as green as they claim? In Greenwash, in the tradition of Fast Food Nation and No Logo, Guy Pearse looks behind the corporate façade – and what he finds will startle you. Nothing is sacred and no one is safe from scrutiny in this exposé of carbon scams: not the Prius or the Nissan LEAF, not the World Wildlife Fund or Earth Hour, not Oprah or Leonardo DiCaprio. For consumers trying to shop the planet green, Greenwash is a wake-up call. It’s also an entertaining and practical book that helps consumers to pick the truly green businesses from the greenwashers and to demand a higher environmental standard from all. Praise: ‘Guy Pearse’s welcome book reveals the difficulty of judging the benefits and real environmental costs of the way we live.’-David Suzuki” (Amazon UK Book description)

Syndetics book coverVested : how P&G, McDonald’s, and Microsoft are redefining winning in business relationships / Kate Vitasek and Karl Manrodt with Jeanne Kling.“Excellent Examples of Collaborative Relationships….Vested gives real examples of how companies can work as “we’ to achieve success. My takeaway, Vested thinking and methodology unlocks the power of innovation to drive value and transform relationships. So many of us give lip service to “win-win” relationships yet we act in our own self-interest, it is refreshing to see companies in Vested relationships who truly live “win-win” where winning is mutual-success…”(Amazon reviewer)

Latest management books to be received in the library

Syndetics book coverThe corner office : indispensable and unexpected lessons from CEOs on how to lead and succeed / Adam Bryant.What we have in this volume is a “buffet” of “nuggets” from about 75 interviews of mostly CEOs that Adam Bryant conducted over a period of several years, interviews featured by The New York Times in its Sunday edition. Several of those interviewed are prominent but most were not familiar, at least to me, when I first read what they had to say about what they did as well as about how and why they did it. Bryant is wise not to present one interview after another, in alpha or chronological order. Rather, he divides the material into three parts (Succeeding, Managing, and Leading) and cherry picks from the interviews whatever is most relevant to the given topic or insight. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverDisciplined dreaming : a proven system to drive breakthrough creativity / Josh Linkner.Josh has created a platform that enables a business leader to more effectively create, convey and execute a successful vision in business. Many leaders are naturally good at dreaming big dreams. Few leaders are good at taking a disciplined approach to execute their dreams and to deliver results through creative and critical thinking. I found Josh’s book to be an excellent resource for creating a systematic way to generate results through creativity and a focus on the execution, resulting in the all-important “buy in” from the entire organization. I recommend this book to anyone who senses a gap between his or her dreams and actual results. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverCuration nation : why the future of content is context : how to win in a world where consumers are creators / Steven Rosenbaum.We all know there is information overload because of the internet. For sure, it is hard to imagine life before the world wide web. It is just has hard, sometimes, to imagine, how to make sense out of the abundance of data that is now available to us. It is not that there isn’t enough information coming our way, it is that there is too much for any single human being to process intelligently. We need information brokers. Not to tell us what to think. But to help us think more accurately and clearly. Steven Rosenbaum gets this and has written an intelligent and practical book about how to manage information so that we make use of information rather than it use us. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThought leaders : how to capture, package and deliver your ideas for greater commercial success / Matt Church, Scott Stein and Michael Henderson.If you consider yourself to be a thought leader, this book is for you. Matt Church, Scott Stein and Michael Henderson have distilled their collective wisdom into a significant model for you to be able to identify, package, and leverage your expertise to the world. The message is compelling, the ideas are thought-provoking, and most importantly, the concepts are actionable. I found several useful take-aways from this book, even though I have been a master meeting facilitator and teamwork expert for the past twenty years. Regardless of where you are on your journey from neophyte to master, you will enjoy and learn from this book. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverAn insider’s guide to building a successful consulting practice / Bruce L. Katcher with Adam Snyder.Outstanding advice for prospective and experienced consultants. This book is an excellent resource for anyone who is thinking of starting a consulting practice or has had one for many years and wants to update. Dr. Kathcher has assembled a wealth of information and presented it an interesting and highly readable fashion. I’ve read it and referred to it many times and have recommended it to colleagues and clients. (Amazon reviewer)

Latest management books – Wellington City Libraries

Here is a selection of recent management books received in Wellington City Libraries. More will be added later in the month.

Syndetics book coverBold : how to be brave in business and win / Shaun Smith & Andy Milligan.
“”Bold” is about 14 businesses brave enough to challenge industry norms. They put purpose before profit, go beyond what customers expect, and relentlessly differentiate themselves from everyone else. They know no compromise and show no timidity. They are bold in thought and execution, and they measure their success in new ways. Shaun Smith and Andy Milligan include revealing interviews with key executives and let them tell each brand’s story in ways that capture the unique culture of each company. The lively accounts are supported by a page design that in full color stresses and summarizes the key points.”Bold” demonstrates that these brands share traits that make them unique, and it offers readers a checklist of things their own organizations can do to adopt these traits.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChange the culture, change the game : the breakthrough strategy for energizing your organization and creating accountability for results / Roger Connors and Tom Smith.
“I would highly recommend this book to all business people, whether they are top leaders or managers at any level in any type of organization. The emphasis on getting results though a culture of accountability sets it apart from the feel-good books about corporate culture because the authors actually give readers a proven formula for success. It’s not easy working with something as hard to quantify as culture, but the authors pull it off. The book is fascinating and well-written. And its many good examples bring the topic to life.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverEnchantment : the art of changing hearts, minds, and actions / Guy Kawasaki.
Whether you’re in the for-profit or non-profit world, whether you’re in some form of vocational ministry or working for a huge conglomerate, who you are impacts everything you’re involved with. Our character can be the scent of life or the stench of death, and we would all do well to remember that…The rest of the book tackles the implications of being enchanting, from launching your cause, overcoming resistance, using technology, how it plays out with employees and employers, how to make enchantment endure–and even how to resist it….
A key principle that resonated with me is that of endurance. Even if you have the greatest cause, it’s essential to remember that “enchantment is a process, not an event. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverHBR’s 10 must reads on managing people.
If you are looking for a quick introduction to the ideas of a number of thought-leaders on how to manage people, this book is a good resource…
In my opinion, every article in the book contains ideas which will be useful in almost any workplace. In most workplaces there is enormous scope for improving the quality of people management. Some of the articles were first published more than 20 years ago, but the principles which they espouse are yet to find their way into most workplaces. I highly recommend this book to any manager. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverMaking it happen : turning good ideas into great results / Peter Sheahan.
“The world is not short of ideas, but it is short of people who know how to carry them out. “Making It Happen” unravels the process of taking a good idea and turning it into a successful venture. Author Peter Sheahan guides the reader through the five competencies that will enable you to understand and utilize the forces that drive buyers’ behavior, break through mental barriers and effectively position your offer in the market. Whether you are looking to start a business, get promoted or launch a social movement, this book will streamline your thinking so you can finally turn your good ideas into great results. Peter Sheahan has a reputation for making it happen fast. By 30, he had established two international multimillion-dollar consulting practices and authored five books, including the bestsellers “Generation Y” and “Fl!p.” Let him share with you the strategies that make Google, BMW and Goldman Sachs his clients.” (Syndetics summary)

Management/business books newly arrived

Here are some of the titles newly arrived at the library this month:

Syndetics book coverBrainsteering : a better approach to breakthrough ideas / Kevin P. Coyne and Shawn T. Coyne.
“A book showing how to do something needs to have two things: ideas that really work and a style that interests and intrigues. Brainsteering has both of these characteristics. The authors’ step-by-step processes are sound and will stimulate a wide range of great ideas. Their writing style is fun to read, exciting at points. Their stories illuminate the concepts and make them sound like something most readers could do”. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverHer place at the table : a woman’s guide to negotiating five key challenges to leadership success / Deborah M. Kolb, Judith Williams, Carol Frohlinger.
“Her Place at the Table is an extraordinary work by three talented authors who understand their topic and know how to bring it to life for their readers. As the authors correctly note in their introduction, “the stories in this book carry substantial lessons for anyone – male or female – trying to puzzle through the challenging landscape of today’s organizations” (p.15). They are right on target. This book is a “must-read” for every person at any level in an organization.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverEmotionomics : leveraging emotions for business success / Dan Hill.
“For far too-long, emotions have been ignored in favour of rationality and efficiency, but scientific breakthroughs have revealed that people are primarily emotional decision makers. Many companies, though, have not yet accepted that fact, much less acted on it.Emotionomics – listed by Advertising Age as one of the ten books you should read – will help you to understand emotions in terms of business opportunities. In today’s highly competitive marketplace where many products look alike, it is the emotional benefit that can make the difference. Dan Hill’s book draws on insights gathered through facial coding, the best viable means of measuring and managing the emotional response of customers and employees, to help you leverage emotions for business success in terms of branding, product design, advertising, sales, customer service, and employee engagement.Emotions matter and Emotionomics will help you to step closer to customers and employees, while also stepping ahead of your competitors. Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHBR’s 10 must reads on strategy.
“There are plenty of books available on strategy, but most business leaders do not have a lot of time to read them. Where can you go to get a reasonably-priced introduction to the ideas of some of the leading experts on business strategy? This book provides one possible answer. It includes essays on strategy and the five competitive forces by Michael Porter, building a vision by Collins and Porras, blue ocean strategy by Kim and Mauborgne, and the balanced scorecard by Kaplan and Norton.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverThe business playground : where creativity and commerce collide / Dave Stewart & Mark Simmons.
“There aren’t many books that I read that leave me dumbfounded and questioning why it was I did whatever it was I was doing, in the manner that I was doing it. Stewart and Simmons utilize humor, real world examples, games, and downright wit and logic to get their point across that mentally “loosening it up a bit” is the best way to go about finding your creative avenues. I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking to break the mold of monotony at work or for anyone looking to find that creative spark in whatever he/she is chasing in life.” (Amazon reviewer)

Management/business books newly arrived

Syndetics book coverAt the crossroads, Philip Coltoff
“At the Crossroads offers insights for both the aspiring leader and the senior leader — this book succinctly and intelligently portrays the author’s own experiences, learning and research. As a CEO, Phil’s commitment to the welfare of children created a sense of urgency, from the maintenance worker to the clinician, at the same time that his tactical leadership inspired programs and services that led to evidence based practices. Not for profit executive management programs ought to have this book as required reading—there are gems and pearls in many pages that will resonate for leaders and for those aspiring to leadership positions.” (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverBury My Heart at Conference Room B, Peter Earnest.
“If you are looking for (yet another) thoughtful analysis, in-depth treatment, with a fresh and well-structured approach, case studies and novel ideas for addressing the “perennial challenge” of motivation and engagement, don’t buy this book. If, on the other hand, you want an actionable and versatile way to engage your people with their work for all the right reasons, and to connect their work and life as never before, Bury My Heart at Conference Room B is not only compelling reading, it will get you into action. (Amazon reviewer)

Syndetics book coverHBR’s 10 must reads : the essentials.
“Change is the one constant in business, and we must adapt or face obsolescence. Yet certain challenges never go away. That’s what makes this book a “must read.” These are 10 seminal articles by management’s most influential experts, on topics of perennial concern to ambitious managers and leaders hungry for inspiration-and ready to run with big ideas to accelerate their own and their companies’ success.If you read nothing else-full stop-read:Michael Porter on competitive advantage,  John Kotter on leading change, Daniel Goleman on emotional intelligence, Peter Drucker on managing your career, Clay Christensen on disruptive innovation,  Tom Davenport on analytics,  Robert Kaplan and David Norton on the Balanced Scorecard, Rosabeth Moss Kanter on innovation, Ted Levitt on marketing, C.K. Prahalad and Gary Hamel on core competence Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverInnovation secrets of Steve Jobs / Carmine Gallo.
“In his acclaimed bestseller The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, author Carmine Gallo laid out a simple step-by-step program of powerful tools and proven techniques inspired by Steve Jobs’s legendary presentations. Now, he shares the Apple CEO’s most famous, most original, and most effective strategies for sparking true creativity-and real innovation-in any workplace. Book jacket.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverIntelligent company/Bernard Marr.
“This book does an excellent job helping executive and line managers alike to understand the importance of good, reliable, timely information, combined with robust analysis to support real time systems for management. His 5 steps outline a sound strategy for attaining and retaining a competitive edge in today’s information saturated business environment. These steps are especially appropriate and well written in their flexible yet crystal clear guidance to help the leader in any industry, through outlining a winning strategy, and providing ample examples throughout as well. A great read, and reference too!” (Amazon reviewer)