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Freshly published Business and Self-Development Books for April 2010

Posted on 19 April 2010 by Phillipa Mitchell

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Today’s Red Pepper Book News: Freshly Business and Self-Development Books
Quick links to our new books
Reinventing Management
Getting Naked
The Intelligent Company
The Death of Modern Management
The Management Mythbuster
Handbook of Improving Performance in the Workplace
The Leader Who Had No Title
Get Rid of the Performance Review!
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
The Most Successful Small Business in The World
 
Welcome to this month’s highlights in Business and Self-Development!
 
This month’s selection has a particularly good assortment of titles for readers who aspire to being successful, inspirational human beings!

The Intelligent Company will equip you with a set of powerful skills that are vital for successful managers now and in the future, and The Death of Modern Managementis a practical guide which offers advice on how to survive and to thrive amidst the new uncertainties of contemporary business. In
 
Reinventing Management, Julian Birkinshaw draws on various international examples to develop a comprehensive framework for clarifying the choices that make up a firm’s management model, advising mid-level and top-level executives how to take the initiative to effect change in their organization.
 
Similarly, in The Leader Who Had No Title renowned leadership and personal development expert Robin Sharma teaches readers about the power of effective leadership, regardless of what you do within your organization and the current circumstances of your life.
 
If you want to ensure job security in your current position you should definitely read Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? in which Seth Godin shares the secret to becoming indispensable in an organization, regardless of title. Or if you’re thinking of going it alone, first read The Most Successful Small Business in The World.

The Management Mythbuster is a humorous review of current management practices and issues, and Get Rid of the Performance Review! provides advice on motivating and inspiring people.  

Happy Reading!
The Red Pepper Team  

 
 Reinventing Management
Reinventing Management: Smarter Choices for Getting Work Done
Author: Julian Birkinshaw
 
The recent economic crisis was not just caused by a failure of regulation or economic policy; it was a story of the failure of management in a fundamental sense-a deeply flawed approach to management that encouraged bankers to pursue opportunities without regard for their long-term consequences, and to put their own interests ahead of those of their employers and their shareholders. And looking more widely, there is a creeping disenchantment with management as a profession: surveys show that managers generate less respect than lawyers and bankers in the eyes of the general public, and there are few if any positive role models for management.
 
There is no one best management model. Rather, the best model for any particular company depends on their competitive and circumstantial factors. Drawing on case examples from a range of global companies, Julian Birkinshaw develops a comprehensive framework for clarifying the choices that make up a firm’s management model. Moreover, it shows mid-level as well as top-level executives how to take the initiative to effect change in their organization.
 
Red Pepper Price: R 316.00
Delivery Time: 3 – 4 weeks
ISBN-13: 9780470750117 (ISBN-10: 0470750111)
Format: Hardback
No of Pages: 314pp
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publication Date: 05 Mar 2010
Country of publication: United Kingdom
Dewey Code: 658
 
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 Getting Naked
Written in the same dynamic style as his previous bestsellers including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Lencioni illustrates the principles of inspiring client loyalty through a fascinating business fable. He explains the theory of vulnerability in depth and presents concrete steps for putting it to work in any organization. The story follows a small consulting firm, Lighthouse Partners, which often beats out big-name competitors for top clients. One such competitor buys out Lighthouse and learns important lessons about what it means to provide value to its clients.
 
- Offers a key resource for gaining competitive advantage in tough times
- Shows why the quality of vulnerability is so important in business
- Includes ideas for inspiring customer and client loyalty
- Written by the highly successful consultant and business writer Patrick Lencioni

This new book in the popular Lencioni series shows what it takes to gain a real and lasting competitive edge. 

Red Pepper Price: R 287.00
Delivery Time: 3 – 5 weeks
ISBN-13: 9780787976392 (ISBN-10: 0787976393)
Format: Hardback
No of Pages: 240pp
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publication Date: 02 May 2008
Country of publication: United States
Dewey Code: 658.46
 
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 The Intelligent Company
Today’s most successful companies are Intelligent Companies that use the best available data to inform their decision making. This is called Evidence-Based Management and is one of the fastest growing business trends of our times. Intelligent Companies bring together tools such as Business Intelligence, Analytics, Key Performance Indicators, Balanced Scorecards, Management Reporting and Strategic Decision Making to generate real competitive advantages.
As information and data volumes grow at explosive rates, the challenges of managing this information is turning into a losing battle for most companies and they end up drowning in data while thirsting for insights. This is made worse by the severe skills shortage in analytics, data presentation and communication.
This latest book by best-selling management expert Bernard Marr, will equip you with a set of powerful skills that are vital for successful managers now and in the future. Increase your market value by gaining essential skills that are in high demand but in short supply. Loaded with practical step-by-step guidance, simple tools and real life examples of how leading organizations such as Google, CocaCola, Capital One, Saatchi & Saatchi, Tesco, Yahoo, as well as Government Departments and Agencies have put the principles into practice.
 
Red Pepper Price: R 398.00
Delivery Time: 3 – 4 weeks
ISBN-13: 9780470685952 (ISBN-10: 0470685956)
Format: Hardback
No of Pages: 252pp
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publication Date: 26 Feb 2010
Country of publication: United Kingdom
Dewey Code: 658.403
 
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 The Death of Modern Management
The Death of Modern Management: How to Lead in the New World Disorder
Author: Jo Owen
 
The current financial crisis has highlighted problems not only in the economic system, but also in the way that many companies are governed and managed. The Death of Modern Management provides a powerful argument about the collapse of modern management due to the weight of its own contradictions, focusing on the trends in contemporary management. This practical guide offers advice on how to survive and to thrive amidst the new uncertainties of contemporary business and the new working world. Bestselling author Jo Owen provides this entertaining and instructive how-to guide for surviving and thriving amidst the new uncertainties of contemporary business.
 
Red Pepper Price: R 316.00
Delivery Time: 3 – 4 weeks
ISBN-13: 9780470682852 (ISBN-10: 047068285X)
Format: Hardback
No of Pages: 288pp
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publication Date: 20 Nov 2009
Country of publication: United Kingdom
Dewey Code: 658.4
 
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 The Management Mythbuster
The Management Mythbuster
Author: David A.J. Axson
Become a better manager by challenging the myths of commonly accepted management wisdom. A humorous review of current management practice with a very serious message, The Management Mythbuster makes an entertaining case for questioning much of the conventional wisdom that pervades the corporate world today.
Through contrarian and provocative points of view, real world examples and deep analysis, author and management thought leader David Axson offers over a dozen short, pithy commentaries on the important issues in management today:
 
- Short chapters on popular management practices, theories, tools and behaviors
- A humorous review of current management practice, with an underlying serious message
- The fallacies of conventional management wisdom revealed and refuted
- Exposes the fallacies of standard management thinking

If you are brave enough, this concise, easily read book is for you, returning a sense of common-sense perspective to the practice of management. 

Red Pepper Price: R 330.00
Delivery Time: 3 – 4 weeks
ISBN-13: 9780470463628 (ISBN-10: 0470463627)
Format: Hardback
No of Pages: 368pp
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publication Date: 10 Mar 2010
Country of publication: United Kingdom
Dewey Code: 658
 
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 Handbook of Improving Performance in the Workplace
Handbook of Improving Performance in the Workplace
Author: ISPI, Kenneth H. Silber, Wellesley R. Foshay
 
The Handbook stands alone as a rigorous, evidence-based Body of Knowledge under the banner of the International Society for Performance Improvement’s “performance landscape,” and for the first time provides a unified and authoritative compendium of standard principles and best practices for improving productivity and performance in the workplace. Featuring best-in-field researchers, thinkers, and practitioners across several disciplines and geographic boundaries, each volume provides a current review of all information presently available for the three core areas of improving performance in the workplace: Instructional Design and Training Delivery; Intervention Selection and Implementation; and Measurement and Evaluation.
 
Red Pepper Price: R 2,998.00
Delivery Time: 3 – 4 weeks
ISBN-13: 9780470525432 (ISBN-10: 0470525436)
Format: Hardback
No of Pages: 1492pp
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publication Date: 12 Jan 2010
Country of publication: United Kingdom
Dewey Code: 658.314
 
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 The Leader Who Had No Title
The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life
Author: Robin S. Sharma
 
For more than fifteen years, Robin Sharma has been quietly sharing with Fortune 500 companies and many of the super-rich a success formula that has made him one of the most sought-after leadership advisers in the world. Now, for the first time, Sharma makes his proprietary process available to you, so that you can get to your absolute best while helping your organization break through to a dramatically new level of winning in these wildly uncertain times.
In The Leader Who Had No Title, you will learn:
· How to work with and influence people like a superstar, regardless of your position
· A method to recognize and then seize opportunities in times of deep change
· The real secrets of intense innovation
· An instant strategy to build a great team and become a “merchant of wow” with your customers
· Hard-hitting tactics to become mentally strong and physically tough enough to lead your field
· Real-world ways to defeat stress, build an unbeatable mind-set, unleash energy, and balance your personal life
Regardless of what you do within your organization and the current circumstances of your life, the single most important fact is that you have the power to show leadership. Wherever you are in your career or life, you should always play to your peak abilities. This book shows you how to claim that staggering power, as well as transform your life-and the world around you-in the process.
Red Pepper Price: R 170.00
Delivery Time: 3 – 4 weeks
ISBN-13: 9781847378774 (ISBN-10: 1847378773)
Format: Paperback
No of Pages: 224pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publication Date: 28 Feb 2010
Country of publication: United Kingdom
Dewey Code: 658.409
 
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 Get Rid of the Performance Review!
Get Rid of the Performance Review!
Author: A. Culbert, Samuel Lawrenc, E. Rout
The performance review. It is one of the most insidious, most damaging, and yet most ubiquitous of corporate activities. We all hate it. And yet nobody does anything about it. Until now… Straight-talking Sam Culbert, management guru and UCLA professor, minces no words as he puts managers on notice that — with the performance review as their weapon of choice — they have built a corporate culture based on intimidation and fear. Teaming up with Wall Street Journal Senior Editor Lawrence Rout, he shows us why performance reviews are bogus and how they undermine both creativity and productivity. And he puts a good deal of the blame squarely on human resources professionals, who perpetuate the very practice that they should be trying to eliminate.
But Culbert does more than merely tear down. He also offers a substitute — the performance preview — that will actually accomplish the tasks that performance reviews were supposed to, but never will: holding people accountable for their actions and their results, and giving managers and their employees the kind of feedback they need for improving their skills and to give the company more of what it needs. With passion, humor, and a rare insight into what motivates all of us to do our best, Culbert offers all of us a chance to be better managers, better employees and, indeed, better people. Culbert has long said his goal is to make the world of work fit for human consumption. “Get Rid of the Performance Review!” shows us how to do just that.
Red Pepper Price: R 287.00
Delivery Time: 3 weeks
ISBN-13: 9780446556057 (ISBN-10: 044655605X)
Format: Hardback
No of Pages: 256pp
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publication Date: 29 Apr 2010
Country of publication: United States
Dewey Code: 658.3125
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 Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? How to Drive Your Career and Create a Remarkable Future
Author: Seth Godin
 
Why are some people easily outsourced, downsized, or freelanced into obscurity, while others have their pick of opportunities? In his most powerful book yet, Seth Godin argues that it’s more essential than ever to become indispensable – to become a linchpin. Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations: they invent, lead (regardless of title), connect others, make things happen, and create order out of chaos. They love their work and pour their best selves into it and turn each day into a kind of art – and, in today’s world, they get the best jobs and the most freedom. Godin shows that the key to being indispensable is overcoming the fears that hold most of us back. If you have you ever found a shortcut that others missed, seen a new way to resolve a conflict, or made a connection with someone others couldn’t reach, then you have what it takes to become indispensable. It’s time to stop complying with the system and draw your own map.
Red Pepper Price: R 205.00
Availability: Ships within 4-5 days
ISBN-13: 9780749953355 (ISBN-10: 0749953357)
Format: Paperback
No of Pages: 256pp
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Publication Date: 04 Feb 2010
Country of publication: United Kingdom
Dewey Code: 650.1
 
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 The Most Successful Small Business in The World
The Most Successful Small Business in The World: The Ten Principles
Author: Michael Gerber
 
As statistics tell us, most of the entrepreneurs who go out on their own to start a business will fail. This title gives you the author’s unique approach to thinking about the meaning of your company by applying his ten critical steps; a process you must go through long before you ever open your door.
Red Pepper Price: R 297.00
Availability: Ships within 3 weeks
ISBN-13: 9780470503621 (ISBN-10: 0470503629)
Format: Hardback
No of Pages: 192pp
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publication Date: 13 Jan 2010
Country of publication: United Kingdom
Dewey Code: 658.022
 
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New Business and Motivational Books to Feed your Mind this September

Posted on 31 August 2009 by Phillipa Mitchell

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Did you know that September has been designated as self-improvement month? In aid of self-improvement, here’s a great selection of the latest business and management titles for your personal growth and professional success. We’ve got something for project managers, leaders, salespeople, bosses and employees, and also some self-improvement titles that will benefit everyone.
 
Project managers should refer to Brilliant Project Management and Project Manager for invaluable advice on this subject. Similarly Project Managing Change gives you practical, sensible solutions to real business change issues. If you’re more interested in leadership, How to Lead is a practical guide that for developing the skills and habits necessary for leadership, and Know What You Don’t Know shows leaders how to go beyond mere “problem solving” to uncover and address emerging problems. For salespeople, Career Salesperson answers essential questions faced by salespeople every day.
 
For many, the hardest aspect of corporate life is dealing with other people. Tough Conversations with Your Employee will help you handle your employees and find a balance between being their friend, being a leader, and being their boss. Or if you’re on the other side of this situation, read Tough Conversations with Your Boss for tips on broaching tricky subjects like raises, bonuses or holidays.
 
Apparently many people fear public speaking more than death, but being able to give a great presentation can really help your career. Presenting to Win is perfect for anybody who has ever struggled with public speaking. Or perhaps you’re presentation skills are great but you struggle to communicate effectively in writing. Brilliant Business Writing teaches you how to write clearly, effectively and compellingly in any form of written communication including emails, brochures, letters and more. 
 
Sometimes skills, talent, and hard work are not enough to thrive in the corporate world. 101 Ways to Stand Out at Work shows the reader how to identify and counter personal weaknesses, correct self-sabotaging behaviors and analyse and adapt to corporate culture. Great personal improvement reads are Personal Impact which provides practical tips for connecting with people quickly, easily and powerfully and A New You discusses the motivation and tools you need to unlock the secrets of successful change.

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Happy Reading!

The Red Pepper Team 

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