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New Books February

New books this month focus on areas such as high performance, leadership, organisational change and decision making. 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!

There is an I in team: what elite athletes and coaches really know about high performance / Mark de Rond

Location: 658.310.324.4 DER

Combining the latest social and psychological research with stories from world-class sports teams and high performance athletes, the book tests many of our most popular notions about teams and teaches a new way to view team potential as a path to business advantage. Through numerous examples from sports, highlighted by interviews from distinguished players and coaches around the world, de Rond shows what team leaders can learn by focusing on the individuals within them.

Leading digital: turning technology into business transformation / George Westerman, Didier Bonnet and Andrew McAfee

Location: 658.007.1 WES

Leading Digital makes the provocative argument that the next imminent phase of digital technology adoption – driven by the convergence of mobility, analytics, social media, cloud computing, and embedded devices – will make everything that’s happened so far look like a prelude. The authors, a trio of highly regarded thought leaders on corporate digital transformation, say changes in the digital realm so far have focused on high tech and media companies – but there’s still a whopping 94% of the business economy that needs to change. This book will show them how.

The future of the professions: how technology will transform the work of human experts / Richard E. Susskind and Daniel Susskind

Location: 658.3 SUS

This book predicts the decline of today's professions and describes the people and systems that will replace them. In an Internet society, according to Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind, we will neither need nor want doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy, consultants, lawyers, and many others, to work as they did in the 20th century. The Future of the Professions explains how 'increasingly capable systems' - from telepresence to artificial intelligence - will bring fundamental change in the way that the 'practical expertise' of specialists is made available in society.

Wiser: getting beyond groupthink to make groups smarter / Reid Hastie and Cass Sunstein

Location: 658.012.123 SUN

Cass Sunstein and leading decision-making scholar Reid Hastie shed light on the specifics of why and how group decisions go wrong--and offer tactics and lessons to help leaders avoid the pitfalls and reach better outcomes. In the first part of the book, they explain in clear and fascinating detail the distinct problems groups run into: They often amplify, rather than correct, individual errors in judgment; They fall victim to cascade effects, as members follow what others say or do; They become polarized, adopting more extreme positions than the ones they began with; They emphasize what everybody knows instead of focusing on critical information that only a few people know. In the second part of the book, the authors turn to straightforward methods and advice for making groups smarter.

Black box thinking: the surprising truth about success (and why some people never learn from their mistakes) / Matthew Syed

Location: 159.9 SYE

Whether developing a new product, honing a core skill or just trying to get a critical decision right, Black Box Thinkers aren’t afraid to face up to mistakes. In fact, they see failure as the very best way to learn. Rather than denying their mistakes, blaming others or attempting to spin their way out of trouble, these institutions and individuals interrogate errors as part of their future strategy for success.

How many of us, hand on heart, can say that we have such a healthy relationship with failure? Learning from failure has the status of a cliché, but this book reveals the astonishing story behind the most powerful method of learning known to mankind, and reveals the arsenal of techniques wielded by some of the world’s most innovative organizations. Their lessons can be applied across every field – from sport to education, from business to health.

Beyond measure: the big impact of small changes / Margaret Heffernan

Location: 658.013:008 HEF

A powerful manifesto for CEOs and managers alike, Beyond Measure reveals how organizations can make huge changes with surprisingly small steps. In this wise and witty guide to creating strong company cultures, business leader Margaret Heffernan lays the groundwork for a new kind of thinking: Organizations can create seismic shifts by making deceptively small changes. Packed with compelling stories and startling statistics, Heffernan takes readers on a tour around the globe. Drawing from her years of experience as a business leader, she ultimately proves that it's often the small changes that make the greatest, most lasting impact.

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