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New Books December

New books this month focus on areas such as big data, design thinking, coaching and personal psychology. 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!

The silo effect: why putting everything in its place isn’t such a bright idea / Gillian Tett

Location: 658.013 TET

In The Silo Effect, Tett uses an anthropological lens to explore how individuals, teams and whole organisations often work in silos of thought, process and product. With examples drawn from a range of fascinating areas - the New York Fire Department and Facebook to the Bank of England and Sony - these narratives illustrate not just how foolishly people can behave when they are mastered by silos but also how the brightest institutions and individuals can master them. The Silo Effect is a sharp, visionary and inspiring work with the insight, prescriptions and power to remove our organisational blinders and transform the way we think for the better.

Unfinished business: women, men, work, family / Anne-Marie Slaughter

Location: 396.5 SLA

We all know the importance of relationships in creating and growing a business, and yet most of us don’t know exactly what to do about it. We go to networking events, meet associates for coffee, or maybe even email prospective clients, but it’s never quite enough. The challenge that faces us, and the problem with these activities, is that they don’t scale. The number of people you need to need to meet in order to advance your business, build your influence, and fill the top of your sales funnel is simply too many to handle. This book contains the solution.

Big data: using smart big data, analytics and metrics to make better decisions and improve performance / Bernard Marr

Location: 658:004.6 MAR

There is so much buzz around big data. We all need to know what it is and how it works - that much is obvious. But is a basic understanding of the theory enough to hold your own in strategy meetings? Probably. But what will set you apart from the rest is actually knowing how to USE big data to get solid, real-world business results - and putting that in place to improve performance. Big Data will give you a clear understanding, blueprint, and step-by-step approach to building your own big data strategy. This is a well-needed practical introduction to actually putting the topic into practice.

The little book of big coaching models: 76 ways to help managers get the best out of people / Bob Bates

Location: 658.310.85 BAT

Leaders and Managers want quick answers; quick ways to reach solutions, ways and means to access knowledge that won’t eat into their time and quick ideas that deliver a big result.  The Little Book of Big Coaching Models cuts through all the noise and gives managers access to the best coaching models that they need to get the best from their team. Every model is quick and easy to read and delivers the essential information and know-how quickly, efficiently and memorably.

How music got free: what happens when an entire generation commits the same crime? / Stephen Witt

Location: 338.3 WIT

Witt has written a thrilling book that depicts the moment in history when ordinary life became forever entwined with the world online — when, suddenly, all the music ever recorded was available for free. In the page-turning tradition of writers like Michael Lewis and Lawrence Wright, Witt’s deeply-reported first book introduces the unforgettable characters—inventors, executives, factory workers, and smugglers—who revolutionized an entire art form, and reveals for the first time the secret underworld of media pirates that transformed our digital lives.

Die empty: unleash your best work every day / Todd Henry

Location: 658.310.132 HEN

Die Empty is a tool for people who aren’t willing to put off their most important work for another day. Todd Henry explains the forces that keep us in stagnation, and introduces a process for instilling consistent practices into your life that will keep you on a true and steady course. It’s not about slaving over a project or living on a whim—it’s about embracing the idea that time is finite and making the unique contribution to the world that only you can make. Henry shows how to cultivate the mindset and the methods you need to sustain your enthusiasm, push through mental barriers, and unleash your best work each day.

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