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New Books June – Part 2

It has been a bumper month for new books! Here are some more options to consider right now:

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Smarter, faster, better: the secrets of being productive in life and business / Charles Duhigg (2016)

Location: 159.9 DUH

In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Charles Duhigg explained why we do what we do. In Smarter Faster Better, he applies the same relentless curiosity, deep reporting, and rich storytelling to explain how we can improve at the things we do. It’s a groundbreaking exploration of the science of productivity, one that can help anyone learn to succeed with less stress and struggle, and to get more done without sacrificing what we care about most—to become smarter, faster, and better at everything we do.

Creating competitive advantage: how to be strategically ahead in changing markets / Kevin Uphill (2016)

Location: 658.012.2 UPH

Creating Competitive Advantage sets out a compelling case for the business benefits of better market anticipation, and provides tools and approaches to develop a forward-looking strategy that will deliver these. Through theory, case studies and practical insights, the book demonstrates how better analysis of market trends and scanning of the environment combined with business model change and confident leadership can gain and maintain competitive advantage.

The innovator's hypothesis: how cheap experiments are worth more than good ideas / Michael Schrage (2014)

Location: 658.011.4 SCH

The Innovator’s Hypothesis addresses the innovation priorities of companies that live in the real world of limits. Michael Schrage advocates a cultural and strategic shift: small teams, collaboratively—and competitively—crafting business experiments that make top management sit up and take notice. He introduces the 5x5 framework: giving diverse teams of five people up to five days to come up with portfolios of five business experiments costing no more than $5,000 each and taking no longer than five weeks to run. Successful 5x5s, Schrage shows, make people more effective innovators, and more effective innovators mean more effective innovations.

Strength-based leadership coaching in organizations: an evidenced-based guide to positive leadership development / Doug MacKie (2016)

Location: 658.310.85 MAC

Strength-Based Leadership Coaching in Organizations reviews key areas of leader and team development and describes a model of strengths development in organizations. It discusses the application of strength-based leadership coaching from the managerial and external perspective within the context of career stage, seniority, role challenges and organizational need in order to facilitate meaningful change. Finally, it covers the limitations of the strength-based approach to leadership development together with the challenges of integrating positive leadership development. It shows exactly what a strengths focus is and that there is increasing evidence that this approach does get results.

Consumer behaviour / Isabelle Szmigin and Maria Piacentini (2015)

Location: 658.8.013 SZM

A new approach to teaching consumer behaviour, incorporating the latest issues in behavioural, psychological and sociological learning alongside new areas of research. Practitioner commentaries including Renault and Thinkbox, and extended case studies featuring Pinterest and Havaianas, place this fascinating subject firmly in a real world context.

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