Book competition: Win £120 worth of books

Do you have a favourite ‘management bible’? Then why not share your knowledge with the rest of the HR community? The reader who writes the most dazzling review of their favourite management book(s) will win all six of the books featured below in this week’s giveaway.

Managing for Performance

Author: Pam Jones
Price: £14
Publisher: Prentice Hall Business
Pages: 208
ISBN: 0273703544

This book is for managers facing the challenge of creating and leading high-performing teams. Based on research from Ashridge Business School, it identifies the secrets of leading a high-performance team and provides a toolkit for managers to develop their team and their own personal performance. It will help managers to analyse their teams, as well as suggesting ways for achieving success and how to get the best out of their staff by building positive relationships and creating a dynamic working environment where employees want to deliver their best.

Thought Leadership

Author: Robin Ryde
Price: £25
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Pages: 128
ISBN: 0230525512

All leadership starts with thinking – about problems, possibilities and organisational capabilities. But thinking never occurs in a vacuum. Long gone are the days when a chief executive would disappear for weeks on end only to reappear with ‘the answer’. Modern leadership is about shaping the social process of engagement, strategising, and decision making, so that workers can create immeasurable value. This book is about how executives can transform the thinking of those around them.

The Employer’s Handbook

Author: Barry Cushway
Price: £40
Publisher: Kogan Page
Pages: 336
ISBN: 0749449721

This book incorporates the changes arising from the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006, the Work and Families Act 2006, Maternity and Paternity Leave, and the Paternity and Adoption Leave Regulations 2006. It includes guidelines on the ageism laws and the latest employment tribunal forms. It also provides access to free legal updates, downloadable templates and forms, and policy documents for dealing with all key employment issues.

The Innovative Leader

Author: Paul Sloane
Price: £9.99
Publisher: Kogan Page
Pages: 196
ISBN: 0749450010

All leaders understand the importance of creativity and innovation to the future of their organisations. But what are the secrets that successful leaders use to really drive innovation? This book aims to help readers transform the creative capabilities and innovative performance of their businesses. It contains advice and guidance on topics such as how to encourage your team to analyse their problems, generate ideas and develop creativity, citing examples from the likes of Virgin, Google and Disney.

When Cultures Collide: Leading Across Cultures

Author: Richard Lewis
Price: £19.99
Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing
Pages: 599
ISBN: 1904838022

Capturing the rising influence of culture and the seismic changes throughout many regions of the world, cross-cultural expert and international businessman Richard Lewis has significantly broadened the scope of his seminal work on global business and communication. Building on his LMR model (linear-active, multi-active, reactive variations) he gives readers and managers practical strategies to embrace differences and work successfully across increasingly diverse business cultures.

Hot Spots

Author: Lynda Gratton
Price: £20
Publisher: Financial Times Prentice Hall
Pages: 232
ISBN: 0273711466

Why do some teams, workplaces and organisations buzz with energy while others don’t? Lynda Gratton explores the places and times where co-operation flourishes, creating energy, innovation, productivity and excitement. She has spent more than a decade examining how, why, and where hot spots emerge, as well as the organisational qualities that are crucial to supporting their emergence and what we can do to increase the likelihood of them arising in our own organisations.

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