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Adventures in the Workplace

Some of the best new books on business and the workplace, available from the Ferguson Library.


Govindarajan, Vijay
Beyond the Idea: Innovation in Any Organization
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Companies stumble when they imagine that innovation is mostly about ideas. The reality is that ideas are only beginnings.  This accessible handbook offers guidance for anyone charged with making innovation happen: executives, managers, consultants, project leaders, and teams.  An organization must move from ideas to action, building the business of tomorrow.  Source: From the Publisher


Li, Junheng
Tiger Woman on Wall Street
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A successful equity analyst and founder of an equity research firm, the self-proclaimed tiger woman of Wall Street has the unique perspective of having been raised in China and  educated in the United States.  A mixture of autobiography and economics, this book is for anyone doing business in China or seeking to invest in Chinese companies.  Source: Booklist, Oct 01, 2013


Michelli, Joseph A.
Leading the Starbucks Way
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One of the best-recognized brands in the world, Starbucks singlehandedly transformed the ordinary delivery of coffee into a cultural phenomenon. Author Michelli explains that the international success of  Starbucks began with a promise, to inspire and nurture the human spirit one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.  Source: From the Publisher


Close, John Weir
A Giant Cow-Tipping By Savages
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Oh, to re-live those engulf-and-devour times of the 1980s, when hardly a day passed without a hostile takeover, a triggered poison pill or a nasty courtroom battle between high-powered  lawyers. Taking a stroll down this pothole-filled memory lane is a book whose title is inspired by something Ted Turner said about the AOL-Time Warner merger. And we know how that turned out.  Source: Wall Street Journal, Dec 12, 2013


Azelby, Joseph
Kiss Your But Good-bye: One Word That Stands Between You & Success
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Imagine an environment where colleagues help one another become more efficient by speaking the truth about what detracts from the team's objectives. This  practical guide will help you  overcome your weaknesses and  your "but" to achieve the career and personal relationships you want . Finding your “but” can be tough medicine, but the author delivers it with a spoonful of sugar.  Source: From the Publisher

Rothman, Lauren A.
Style Bible: What to Wear to Work
746.92 R846s

If author Rothman has one thing to prove in her book on career dressing, it's that fashion in the workplace still has rules. Observe these rules, or find yourself running in place career-wise, she cautions. She covers grooming basics and accessories, but her best chapter is "Shop Your Closet," in which she provides advice on organizing an existing wardrobe.  Source: Publishers Weekly, Sept 16, 2013


Savage, Frank
The Savage Way: Navigating the Waves of Business & Life
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Raised in segregated Washington, D.C., Savage dreamed big, growing up believing his mother’s insistence that “You can be anything you want to be.” That anything turned out to be an international businessman and financier.  Along the way, as husband and father of six, Savage discovered his love for competitive sailboat racing.  Source: From the Publisher


Berkun, Scott
The Year Without Pants: WordPress.Com and the Future of Work
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The title is taken from an inside joke among members of author Burkun's former team of employees at WordPress.com, the popular open-source blogging tool and content management system. WordPress powers about 20 percent of the entire Internet and thrives on freedom and experimentation by proudly encouraging employees to work remotely, to use Skype instead of e-mail, and hold meetings in locales ranging from Portland, Ore., to Athens, Greece.  Source: PW Annex Reviews, Nov 25, 2013


Henry, Todd
Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day
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The imperative of this new book to die empty may sound exhausting, but it's not about working yourself to the bone until you have nothing left to give. Instead, it's about reminding yourself that your life is finite to create a sense of urgency that breaks the habit of putting your best work off until tomorrow. The author provides a number of tactics and mental challenges to keep you focused.  Source: Booklist, Sept 15, 2013