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New Books July 2016

New books this month focus on areas such as competition, talent management, influencing, negotiation 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!

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Beyond competitive advantage: how to solve the puzzle of sustaining growth while creating value / Todd Zenger

Location: 658.012.2 ZEN

In "Beyond Competitive Advantage," strategy professor Todd Zenger describes what makes a great corporate theory and helps readers understand the many tensions and trade-offs they'll face as they apply the theory to meet the challenge of market expectations. Based on years of research and analysis, "Beyond Competitive Advantage" provides managers and executives with a framework for both sustaining value and creating growth.

The tao of coaching: boost your effectiveness at work by inspiring and developing those around you / Max Landsberg

Location: 658.310.85 LAN

The essence and success of The Tao of Coaching has always been its focus on the practical tips and techniques for making work more rewarding through the habit of coaching - and this philosophy continues to underpin this brand new reissue. The book's premise is simple: that to become an effective coach, managers and leaders need master only a few techniques, even though mastery obviously requires practice. Each chapter focuses on a specific technique - or Golden Rule - of coaching to help practice make perfect.

Effective talent management: aligning strategy, people and performance / Mark Wilcox

Location: 658.310.834 WIL

Effective talent management is about aligning the business's approach to talent with the strategic aims and purpose of the organisation. The core rationale of any talent strategy should be to have a direct positive impact on the organisation's goals but in many cases this is not so. The ideas, principles and approaches outlined here will enable the reader to understand the strategic nature of talent and design a response that meets the needs of their own organisation. Case studies are used to illustrate the concepts and proven methodologies guide the day-to-day practice of the reader. The content will link the strategic intent of HR with the practical actions it takes to make a positive impact on the business's results.

Building a culture of innovation: a practical framework for placing innovation at the core of your business / Cris Beswick, Derek Bishop and Jo Geraghty

Location: 658.001.4 BES

Being a truly innovative company is more than dreaming up new products and services by external consultants and internal taskforces. Staying one step ahead of the competition requires you to embed innovation into your organizational culture. Innovation needs to be embodied in everything that gets done by everyone who works there. By changing your organizational culture to one that supports Building a Culture of Innovation, you will remove the barriers that stop you responding quickly and agilely to changing market conditions and opportunities for growth.

Invisible influence: the hidden forces that shape behavior / Jonah Berger

Location: 316.475 BER

If you’re like most people, you think that your choices and behaviors are driven by your individual, personal tastes, and opinions. You wear a certain jacket because you liked the way it looked. You picked a particular career because you found it interesting. The notion that our choices are driven by our own personal thoughts and opinions is patently obvious. Right? Wrong.

In his surprising and compelling Invisible Influence, Jonah Berger integrates research and thinking from business, psychology, and social science to focus on the subtle, invisible influences behind our choices as individuals. By understanding how social influence works, we can decide when to resist and when to embrace it—and how we can use this knowledge to make better-informed decisions and exercise more control over our own behavior.

Learning leadership: the five fundamentals of becoming an exemplary leader / James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner

Location: 658.007.1 KOU

Learning Leadership: The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader is a comprehensive guide to unleashing the inner-leader in us all and to building a solid foundation for a lifetime of leadership growth and mastery.  The book offers a concrete framework to help individuals of all levels, functions, and backgrounds take charge of their own leadership development and become the best leaders they can be. Arguing that all individuals are born with the capacity to lead, Kouzes and Posner provide readers with a practical series of actions and specific coaching tips for harnessing that capacity and creating a context in which they can excel.

Negotiating the nonnegotiable: how to resolve your most emotionally charged conflicts / Daniel Shapiro.

Location: 316.776. SHA

In this landmark book, world-renowned Harvard negotiation expert Daniel Shapiro introduces a groundbreaking, step-by-step method to resolve your most difficult conflicts. Find out how to successfully resolve your most emotionally charged conflicts. This indispensable guide reveals the five hidden emotional forces that strain your relations and block agreement: vertigo, repetition compulsion, taboos, assault on the sacred, and identity politics. The moment you feel attacked, these forces transform your conflict into an adversarial battle, turning even a straightforward disagreement into an emotional uproar.  In Negotiating the Nonnegotiable, you will learn a powerful, proven approach to overcome these forces, reconcile your relations, and reach agreement in even your most challenging personal and professional disputes.