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Five keys of powerful business relationships :how to become more productive, effective, and influential / Sallie J. Sherman, Joseph P. Sperry, Steve Vucelich. New York: McGrawHill, 2014.

A game-changing guide that will help you leverage every critical relationship in your organization for greater success. The authors combine their knowledge and experience to show you how to get maximum value from virtually every relationship–both internal and external. You’ll learn how to spot those relationships that are not generating their full power–and turn them into drivers of profit and growth. You’ll discover new ways to eliminate barriers to performance and boost the energy of individuals, teams, groups, and your organization as a whole.

Creating value in nonprofit-business collaborations :new thinking and practice / James E. Austin, M. May Seitanidi. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2014.

With over a hundred case examples from around the globe and hundreds of literature references, the book reveals how collaboration between businesses and nonprofit organizations can most effectively co-create significant economic, social, and environmental value for society, organizations, and individuals. It features the ground-breaking Collaborative Value Creation framework that can be used for analyzing the sources, forms, and processes of value creation in partnerships between businesses and nonprofits. The book is a step-by-step guide for business managers and non-profit practitioners for achieving successful cross-sector partnerships. It examines the key dimensions of the Collaborative Mindset that shape each partner’s collaborative efforts. It analyzes the drivers of partnership evolution along the Collaboration Continuum, and sets forth the key pathways in the Collaboration Process Value Chain. The book concludes by offering Twelve Smart Practices of Collaborative Value Creation for the design and management of cross sector partnerships.

Gen Y now :millennials and the evolution of leadership, second edition /John W. “Buddy” Hobart, Herb Sendek.  San Francisco: Wiley, 2014.

In this book, top team leadership gurus Buddy Hobart and Herb Sendek explore all the myths about Gen Y and show you how Millennials can be your most creative, motivated, and loyal employees. This book goes from demographic research to concrete practice, explaining that Generation Y is more than we’ve been led to believe. They value authenticity, flexibility, and recognition. Using the strategies in Gen Y Now, you can hire and retain these demanding workers, and the payoffs could be huge. Keep up with current trends and technologies to move your organization into the future; Attract the best young talent in preparation for the mass retirement of Baby Boomers and Gen X; Understand how demographic trends impact the way your intergenerational teams think; Inspire motivation in Millennial employees, reducing dissatisfaction and turnover costs. There are 80 million Millennials, and they are transforming the modern workforce. Gen Y Now contains the leadership strategies you need to manage and motivate the Millennial generation.

Serve to be great :leadership lessons from a prison, a monastery, and a board room / Matt Tenney. New Jersey: Wiley, 2014.

In this book, the author offers his life experiences and unique insights to help leaders apply the powerful principles of servant leadership. Servant leaders are not weak or timid. Motivated by the aspiration to serve, they achieve true power by empowering others to achieve excellence. This is a practical guide to becoming a leader people want to follow. By shifting focus from short-term gain to serving others, leaders can create great workplace cultures that deliver superior, long-term results. Serve to Be Great is the perfect playbook for realizing the ultimate in personal and business success.

Connected by design :7 principles of business transformation through functional integration / Barry Wacksman and Chris Stutzman. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2014.

Some highly valued companies–including Amazon, Apple and Google–have harnessed a new business model of functional integration to build highly interactive ecosystems of interrelated products and digital services, gaining new levels of customer engagement. This model a unique competitive edge by using transformative digital technologies to deliver high-value customer experiences, generate repeat business, and unlock lucrative new business-to-business revenue streams. The book shows how to use functional integration to achieve transformative growth within any type of company. Based on R/GA’s pioneering work with firms at the forefront of functional integration, this book identifies seven principles companies must follow in order to create and deliver new value for customers and capture new revenues. It explains how functional integration drove the transformation of market-leading companies as diverse as Nike, General Motors, McCormick & Co., and Activision to establish authentic brand relationships with their customers, enter new categories, and develop new sources of income.

Strategy for the corporate level :where to invest, what to cut back and how to grow organisations with multiple divisions, 2nd edition /Andrew Campbell … [et al.].  San Francisco, 2014.

This book covers strategy for organisations that operate more than one business, a situation commonly referred to as group-level or corporate-level strategy. Corporate-level strategy addresses four types of decisions that only corporate-level managers can make: which businesses or markets to enter, how much to invest in each business, how to select and guide the managers of these businesses, and which activities to centralise at the corporate level. This book gives managers and executive students all the tools they need to make and review effective corporate strategy across a range of organisations

The enlightened organization :executive tools and techniques from the world of organizational psychology / Catherine Berney. London; Philadelphia : Kogan Page, 2014.

Focusing on more than just corporate governance and organizational structures, this book explores how individual leaders can develop their own skills to contribute to the success of the business by developing an engaged, empowered and transparent organization. It discusses the organization and its responsibility to enable success by putting in place processes that support an “enlightened” culture where people are involved and invested in the organization. An organizational psychology expert, the author draws on her background to show leaders and managers how to enable others to become accountable for their individual and collective potential and create a culture of free and authentic dialogue. Providing useful tools and techniques to apply in practice, she discusses the types of processes that need to be put in place, such as leadership, culture, remuneration, reward, communication and collaboration, and examines the leader’s role in building an enlightened organization.

Building a global learning organization :using TWI to succeed with strategic workforce expansion in the LEGO Group /Patrick Graupp, Gitte Jakobsen, John Vellema. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2014.

The book outlines the organizational and planning models used by the LEGO Group to create the internal ability to give and receive tacit skills and knowledge. Describing how and why TWI is used as the foundation for success in knowledge transfer across diverse languages and cultures, it provides step-by-step guidance on how to establish a solid organizational foundation for your own learning organization. Providing expert insight into the work of culture change, the book explains how to work with people to create motivation for moving to a new system of learning. It details the critical elements that made the implementation at the LEGO Group a success, identifies the stumbling blocks they encountered along the way, and explains how they were overcome. Case studies describe in detail what these efforts looked and felt like in actual application. The TWI program has long been recognized for its ability to generate results.

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