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New Business Books

New books on a variety of business topics have been added to the Library’s shelves over the past few weeks. They cover how to use LinkedIn to increase your business, how to make it as a professional blogger, how to discover what profession is really best for you and much more.

Click on a title to see if there are copies available for checkout or to place a hold on a book if it has a waiting list.

 Business in Blue Jeans: How to Have a Successful Business on Your Own Terms, in Your Own Style by Susan Baroncini-Moe.
The world no longer defines successful business people by their suits and ties. We live in a world where any entrepreneur can create a successful, profitable, enjoyable business in whatever style suits him or her the best. In “Business in Blue Jeans,” readers will learn how to create and grow a business that works for them.

 Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers: The People Skills You Need to Achieve Outstanding Results by Anthony Mersino.
Research indicates that emotional intelligence accounts for an astonishing 70-80 percent of management success. Technical expertise just isn't enough anymore; project managers need strong interpersonal skills and the ability to recognize emotional cues in order to lead their teams to success.

 Icons and Idiots: Straight Talk on Leadership by Bob Lutz.
When Bob Lutz retired from General Motors in 2010 after an unparalleled forty-seven-year career in the auto industry, he was one of the most respected leaders in American business. He had survived all kinds of managers over those decades: tough and timid, analytical and irrational, charismatic and antisocial, and some who seemed to shift frequently among all those traits. His experiences made him an expert on leadership, every bit as much as he was an expert on cars and trucks. Now Lutz is revealing the leaders -- good, bad, and ugly -- who made the strongest impression on him throughout his career.

 The Inclusion Dividend: Why Investing in Diversity & Inclusion Pays Off by Mark Kaplan and Mason Donovan.
In today's increasingly diverse, global, interconnected business world, D&I, or diversity and inclusion, is no longer just "the right thing to do," it is a core leadership competency and central to the success of business. Working effectively across differences such as gender, culture, generation, race, and sexual orientation not only leads to a more productive, innovative corporate culture, but also to a better engagement with customers and clients. 


 Kiss Your But Good-Bye: How to Get Beyond the One Word that Stands Between You & Success by Joseph Azelby and Robert Azelby.
This book is a practical guide to overcoming your weaknesses -- your "buts" -- to achieve the career and personal relationships you want. It will help all professionals find their individual “but” -- whether it's a lack of skills, a distracting behavior, or a personality quirk that interferes with achieving success. It also enables managers to help their employees discover personal weaknesses and to learn how to deliver the direct, honest feedback every worker needs and deserves.

 The Panic Free Job Search: Unleash the Power of the Web and Social Networking to Get Hired by Paul Hill.
Advances in technology make the way jobs are found and filled online distinctly different from just a few years ago. Employers are scanning the Web using advanced tools to capture signals from LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, among other sites, to recruit candidates. Based on leading Internet strategies, “The Panic Free Job Search” offers advice on how to get hired.


 The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success: Kick-Start Your Business, Brand and Job Search by Wayne Breitbarth.
Are you at a social-media disadvantage if you entered the business world before the rise of Facebook? Wayne Breitbarth argues that the opposite is true when it comes to LinkedIn; your experience and connections as a seasoned professional give you a leg up in harnessing the benefits of LinkedIn, and LinkedIn can extend your reach even further with minimal time each week.

 Soul Trader: Putting the Heart Back into Your Business by Rasheed Ogunlaru.
This book helps logical-minded business owners ensure that they find life balance, get to be creative and understand the human aspects of winning and keeping customers. Aimed at both new and established business owners, “Soul Trader” helps readers identify their life and business goals, develop a simple strategy and plan of action, understand and build on their brand, boost confidence and develop creative thinking and communication skills. 


 Starting Your Career as a Professional Blogger by Jacqueline Bodnar.
With the right approach, a blog can be an extra source of cash, or it can be a business unto itself yielding thousands of dollars a week, all earned on your own schedule, from the comfort of your home office, and writing about the topic of your choice. Experienced blogger Jacqueline Bodnar offers a comprehensive overview of the blogging world, presenting effective strategies for establishing a web presence and marketing your work.


 The 12-Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian Moran and Michael Lennington.
Most organizations and individuals work in the context of annual goals and plans, a 12-month execution cycle. Instead, “The 12 Week Year” avoids the pitfalls and low productivity of annualized thinking. This book redefines your "year" to be 12 weeks long. In 12 weeks, there isn't enough time to get complacent, and urgency increases and intensifies. In the end, more of the important stuff gets done and the impact on results is profound.

 What Keeps Leaders Up at Night: Recognizing and Resolving Your Most Troubling Management Issues by Nicole Lipkin.
No matter how successful you are, if you're like most leaders you're occasionally plagued by the doubt that accompanies typical management questions. Psychologist and business consultant Nicole Lipkin shows readers how to recognize and resolve eight of the most troubling management issues leaders face today: miscommunication, stress, change, unhealthy competition, damaging group dynamics, loss of motivation and engagement, elusive success, and the typical leadership snafus that make us temporarily go from good to bad.

 What You're Really Meant to Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential by Robert Steven Kaplan.
Is there a road map that will enable you to defy conventional wisdom, resist peer pressure, and carve out a path that fits your unique skills and passions? Robert Steven Kaplan proposes an integrated plan for identifying and achieving your goals. He outlines specific steps and exercises to help you understand yourself more deeply and build your capabilities in a way that fits your passions and aspirations.

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