POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AT WORK

Book News: May 30th, 2012

Sarah Lewis brings the fields of positive psychology and appreciative inquiry together to provide leaders and change agents with a powerful new approach to organizational excellence. She describes how positive leadership and appreciative inquiry can create inspiring organisations.

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ACKOFF’S F/LAWS: THE CAKE

Book News: May 22nd, 2012

Russell Ackoff’s witty and subversive “F/laws of Management” have become well known and widely loved by managers and business students around the world. They cover areas like hierarchy, teams, innovation, motivation and management. The f/laws contradict assumptions often held by managers.

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THE MINDFUL WORKPLACE

Book News: May 9th, 2012

Michael Chaskalson offers a practical and theoretical guide to the benefits of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in the workplace. He describes the latest neuroscience research into the effects of mindfulness training and details an eight-week mindfulness training course.

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EFFECTIVE TEAMWORK: PRACTICAL LESSONS FROM ORGANIZATIONAL RESEARCH

Book News: May 3rd, 2012

In this third edition Michael A West Effective has updated the text to reflect the latest research evidence. The book provides managers with the necessary guidance and tools to build and maintain effective teamwork.

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GROUP DYNAMICS AND TEAM INTERVENTIONS

Book News: April 27th, 2012

In this book Timothy M. Franz sets out a framework for understanding and improving team performance.

The author bridges the gap between current research findings on group behavior and real-life practice to optimize the performance of teams in organizations.

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MANAGING THE FUTURE

Book News: April 20th, 2012

MANAGING THE FUTURE

In this guide to forecasting and strategic planning Stephen M. Millett sets out to help organizations cope with an uncertain future. It is a daunting task and in the midst of dealing with the pressures of today it can seem like an impossible one. But building future planning into everyday practices is not only vital, it’s eminently doable.

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WHO KILLED CREATIVITY? AND HOW DO WE GET IT BACK?

Book News: April 12th, 2012

Andrew Grant, Gaia Grant and Jason Gallate have compiled this essential guide to building a culture of creativity and innovation throughout an organization.

Your help is needed to crack an unsolved crime: creative thinking is critical for future fulfillment and survival, and yet it is now declining at an alarming rate. In this original mystery-style approach, you will have the opportunity to match your knowledge against that of the latest brain researchers, psychologists, and sociologists as you are taken on a humorous and often startling journey to discover why creativity is dying an untimely death.

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PREVENTING STRESS IN ORGANISATIONS

Book News: April 10th, 2012

Emma Donaldson-Feilder, Rachel Lewis and Joanna Yarker have put together a comprehensive picture of how to develop positive managers.

The book offers an innovative, evidence-based approach to help managers prevent and reduce workplace stress in their staff. It provides information on the critical skills managers must develop in order to prevent stress, and the key ongoing behaviours that promote a healthy work environment. It also shows practitioners in occupational psychology, HR, Health and Safety and related professions how positive management can be integrated into an organizational existing practices and processes.

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WHO’S IN THE ROOM

Book News: March 29th, 2012

Bob Frisch examines how great leaders structure and manage the teams around them. At the top of every organization chart lies a myth—that a Senior Management Team makes an organisation’s critical decisions. The reality is that critical decisions are typically made by the boss and a small group of confidants—a “team with no name”—outside of formal processes.

Meanwhile, other members of the management team wonder why they weren’t in the room or even consulted ahead of time. The dysfunction that results from this gap between myth and reality has led to years of unproductive team building exercises. The problems, Frisch shows, are ones of process and structure, not psychology.

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TOOLS FOR COACHING

Book News: March 23rd, 2012

Nicolai Andler has put together this complete compendium of tools and techniques for working smarter with people. It makes a valuable contribution to the art of leadership and change management.

The most valuable asset are the people of the organisation. That’s why the softer aspects of people management and related skills get more and more attention. Using the same approach as Nicolai Andler’s successful ‘Tools for Project Management, Workshops and Consulting’, this standard work gives you a reference or cookbook-style access to the most important tools, including a rating of each tool in terms of applicability, ease of use and effectiveness.

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