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New Books January

New books this month focus on areas such as social media, management and organisational design.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!

Human resource development: Practices and orthodoxies / Edited by John Walton and Claire Valentin

Location: 658.3 WAL

‘Human Resource Development brings together an internationally recognised group of contributors to provide a critical overview of contemporary concepts, practices and orthodoxies in human resource development (HRD). The book focuses on four key areas of HRD thinking and practice; formative concepts; training and development interventions; career development practices; and team development practices. Each chapter will identify the theoretical and empirical starting points, and outline the context, history, and current utilisation. Theoretical critique is enhanced by practical examples, providing a critical, but highly accessible examination of contemporary HRD practice.’

Content rules: How to create killer blogs, podcasts, videos, eBooks, webinars (and more) that engage customers and ignite your business / Ann Handley and C.C. Chapman

Location: 658.8:004.738.5 HAN 

‘The guide to creating engaging web content and building a loyal following, revised and updated Blogs, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other platforms are giving everyone a "voice," including organizations and their customers. So how do you create the stories, videos, and blog posts that cultivate fans, arouse passion for your products or services, and ignite your business? Content Rules equips you for online success as a one–stop source on the art and science of developing content that people care about. This coverage is interwoven with case studies of companies successfully spreading their ideas online—and using them to establish credibility and build a loyal customer base.

Find an authentic "voice" and craft bold content that will resonate with prospects and buyers and encourage them to share it with others. Leverage social media and social tools to get your content and ideas distributed as widely as possible. Understand why you are generating content—getting to the meat of your message in practical, commonsense language, and defining the goals of your content strategy.’

The power of global teams: driving growth and innovation in a fast changing world / Elisabeth Marx

Location: 658.310.324.4 MAR

The Power of Global Teams skillfully reveals how to build high-performance executive teams that win international clients, turn businesses around, and accelerate international growth in a globally competitive market. This highly-practical book pinpoints the success secrets of top international teams through an extensive range of case studies, from Asia to the US, demonstrating how high-performance teams can be developed step-by-step, and confronting the key challenges international business leaders face day-to-day.

Grounded in business psychology, it outlines a series of well-proven models that will enhance team governance and galvanize financial results. Featuring exclusive interviews with influential global leaders from a range of sectors, including: Barclays, AMEC, Acumen Fund, Rockefeller Foundation, Citi, Christie's, Ogilvy & Mather, Virgin Media.

The 80/20 manager: ten ways to become a great leader / Richard Koch

Location: 658 KOC

‘A large number of managers - especially in these difficult times - feel completely overwhelmed. Their inboxes are overflowing, they constantly struggle to finish their to-do lists and they stay at work longer than they would like to, leaving little time for the things that really matter. Luckily there is a way for managers to enjoy work and build a successful and fulfilling career without stress or long hours.

In his bestselling book The 80/20 Principle, Richard Koch showed readers how to put the 80/20 Principle - the idea that 80 per cent of results come from just 20 per cent of effort - into practice in their personal lives. Now he demonstrates the few things you need to do in the workplace to multiply the results you achieve.’

Making the matrix work: how matrix managers engage people and cut through complexity / Kevan Hall

Location: 658.014 HAL

‘Global customers, supply chains and more integrated business functions mean that work now cuts across the traditional vertical silos of country and function. But the 'solution' of the matrix structure also brings multiple bosses, competing goals and higher levels of complexity. Traditional management training prioritizes clarity, predictability and control. In a matrix we need to be able to balance this with the ability to tolerate ambiguity, manage uncertainty and decentralize control.

Managers need an expanded toolkit to help them move from the hard to the soft, from the concrete to the ambiguous and back again depending on the situation. Making the Matrix Work introduces some new ideas and practical tools in 3 key areas. This book gives individuals working in the matrix the tools to take control of their own goals, role and success and shows matrix managers how to lead others to make their matrix really work.’

The power of intuition: how to use your gut feelings to make better decisions at work / Gary Klein

Location: 159.9 KLE

‘At times in our careers, we've all been aware of a "gut feeling" guiding our decisions. Too often, we dismiss these feelings as "hunches" and therefore untrustworthy. But renowned researcher Gary Klein reveals that, in fact, 90 percent of the critical decisions we make is based on our intuition. In his new book, ‘The Power of intuition’, Klein shows that intuition, far from being an innate "sixth sense," is a learnable--and essential--skill.

Based on interviews with senior executives who make important judgments swiftly, as well as firefighters, emergency medical staff, soldiers, and others who often face decisions with immediate life-and-death implications, Klein demonstrates that the expertise to recognize patterns and other cues that enable us--intuitively--to make the right decisions--is a natural extension of experience.’