Book competition: more books to win

Do you have a favourite ‘management bible’ that’s permanently on your bookshelf? Share your knowledge with the rest of the HR community. The reader who writes the most dazzling review of their favourite management book or gives the most detailed response will win all six of the titles featured below in this week’s giveaway.  The closing date for entries is 21 August 2007.

Inspirational Manager
Author: Judith Leary-Joyce
Price: £12.99
Publisher: Prentice Hall Business
Pages: 288
ISBN: 0273712519

Some bosses are better than good – they’re inspirational. Inspirational Manager shows you how to be a great manager, how to uncover the best in your people, and how to have the tough conversations when they are needed. This book gives you the tools and techniques to help people notice you.

Business Coaching
Authors: Peter Shaw and Robin Linnecar
Price: £14.99
Publisher: Capstone Publishing
Pages: 256
ISBN: 1841127418

This book illustrates the impact coaching can have and identifies changes in leadership and management demands and expectations. The authors consider different formats for coaching and its potential value at board level, including for the chief executive officer, and for other individuals or groups such as new recruits or those who have just been promoted.

Solutions Focus Working

Authors: Mark McKergow & Jenny Clarke
Price: £17.99
Publisher: SolutionsBooks
Pages: 224
ISBN: 0954974948

Fourteen organisations all over the world tell the stories of how ‘Solutions Focus’ has helped them to change – and show you many ways to find what works in the workplace. These case studies illustrate the Solutions Focus approach in action, from widescale change to everyday effective management. The cases come from a wide range of organisations, including Lufthansa, British Sky Broadcasting and the Cooperative Group. They worked on issues including restructuring, strategy development, sales improvement, continuous improvement, team development, outplacement, training and job satisfaction.

The Art of Creative Thinking

Author: John Adair
Price: £12.99
Publisher: Kogan Page
Pages: 133
ISBN: 0749447990

The importance of creative thinking today needs no emphasis. In your profession or sphere of work, you will have a competitive advantage if you develop your ability to come up with new ideas. In your personal life, too, creative thinking can lead you into new paths of creative activity. It can enrich your life – though not always in the way you expect. This book provides clear, practical guidelines for developing one’s powers as a creative thinker. Using examples of entrepreneurs, authors, scientists and artists, John Adair illustrates a key aspect of creativity in each chapter.

Lean Solutions

Authors: James P Womack and Daniel T Jones
Price: £14.99
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 368
ISBN: 0743276035

A massive disconnect exists today between consumers and providers. In this book, lean production experts Womack and Jones show consumers and companies alike how they can align their goals to achieve greater value with less waste.

Grande Expectations

Author: Karen Blumenthal
Price: £12.99
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Pages: 272
ISBN: 0749928077

How is the value of a company – particularly a multinational – really determined? Karen Blumenthal, a veteran reporter and editor for the Wall Street Journal, answers this question and many more in this book. Grande Expectations shows you how money is made and lost by following one familiar stock, Starbucks, over the course of an entire year.

READER OFFER: To win this week’s selection, simply visit the books section of the Work Clinic Blog. Click on the comments button, register (your details will remain confidential), then enter the title of your favourite management book and provide a brief review. The closing date for entries is 21 August 2007.

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