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New Books August

New books this month focus on areas such as strategy, change management, sales and more. The titles listed below are only a small section of the new additions. If you wish to borrow any of the books listed or find out what other fascinating titles are available, please get in touch!

Strategic intelligence: conceptual tools for leading change (2015) / Michael Maccoby

Location: 658.007.1 MAC

This book describes the qualities of strategic intelligence and provides the conceptual tools that equip leaders to improve and transform organizations in the age of knowledge work. These qualities include foresight, visioning, partnering both within and outside the organization, and engaging and motivating collaborators. To develop these qualities, it is necessary to articulate a leadership philosophy and to gain knowledge of systems, variation, personality psychology, and the theory of knowledge. This book uniquely integrates leadership, personality and organization.(maccoby.com)

The science of successful organizational change: how leaders set strategy, change behavior, and create an agile culture (2015) / Paul Gibbons

Location: 658.016.7 GIB

Every leader understands the burning need for change–and every leader knows how risky it is, and how often it fails. To make organizational change work, you need to base it on science, not intuition. Despite hundreds of books on change, failure rates remain sky high. Are there deep flaws in the guidance change leaders are given? While eschewing the pat answers, linear models, and change recipes offered elsewhere, Paul Gibbons offers the first blueprint for change that fully reflects the newest advances in mindfulness, behavioral economics, the psychology of risk-taking, neuroscience, mindfulness, and complexity theory. (pearsoned.co.uk)

The effective change manager’s handbook: essential guidance to the change management body of knowledge (2014) / Edited by Richard Smith, David King, Ranjit Sidhu and Dan Skelsey

Location: 658.016.7 SMI

The Effective Change Manager's Handbook is explicitly designed to help practitioners, employers and academics define and practice change management successfully and to develop change management maturity within their organization. A single-volume learning resource covering the range of underpinning knowledge required, it includes chapters from esteemed and established thought leaders on topics ranging from benefits management, stakeholder strategy, facilitation, change readiness, project management and education and learning support. (koganpage.com)

Marketing analytics: a practical guide to real marketing science (2015) / Mike Grigsby

Location: 658.8.012.2 GRI

Who is most likely to buy and what is the best way to target them? Marketing Analytics enables marketers and business analysts to answer these questions by leveraging proven methodologies to measure and improve upon the effectiveness of marketing programs. The book demonstrates how statistics, analytics and modeling can be put to optimal use to increase the effectiveness of every day marketing activities, from targeted list creation and data segmentation to testing campaign effectiveness and forecasting demand. The author explores many common marketing challenges and demonstrates how to apply different data models to arrive at viable solutions. (koganpage.com)

Creating effective teams: a guide for members and leaders – 5th edition (2015) / Susan A. Wheelan

Location: 658.310.324.4 WHE

Based on the author’s many years of consulting experience with teams in the public and private sectors, Creating Effective Teams: A Guide for Members and Leaders describes why teams are important, how they function, and what makes them productive. Susan A. Wheelan covers in depth the four stages of a team—forming, storming, norming, and performing—clearly illustrating the developmental nature of teams and describing what happens in each stage. Separate chapters are devoted to the responsibilities of team leaders and team members. Problems that occur frequently in groups are highlighted, followed by what-you-can-do sections that offer specific advice. (sagepub.com)

The agile organization: how to build an innovative, sustainable and resilient business (2015) / Linda Holbeche

Location: 658.016.7 HOL

Given today's context of tough change, organizations need to be able to innovate as well as develop and implement strategy quickly and efficiently. The key to this is agility - a set of capabilities that can help organizations to rapidly adapt to changing circumstances. At the same time, resilience is also essential if benefits are going to endure over the longer term and if employees are to be kept on board. The Agile Organization focuses on how to build both agility and resilience at individual, team and organizational levels. It draws on a wealth of research, including the lived experience and learning of managers and HR and organization development (OD) professionals. (koganpage.com)

Selling and sales management – 10th edition (2015) / David Jobber & Geoff Lancaster

Location: 658.85 JOB

Over the past quarter of a century, Selling and Sales Management has proved itself to be the definitive text in this exciting and fast-paced subject area. This new edition comes fully updated with new case studies, using working businesses to connect sales theory to the practical implications of selling in a modern environment. This edition contains the results from cutting-edge research that differentiates it from most of its competitors. The book continues to place emphasis on global aspects of selling and sales management. Topics covered include technological applications of selling and sales management, ethics of selling and sales management, systems selling and a comprehensive coverage of key account management. (pearsoned.co.uk)