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14th June 2013

Mulholland Newsletter

Here at Mulholland, we're busy gearing up for the publication of a very exciting book indeed. Lexicon is the new novel from Max Barry, the author of cult hit Jennifer Government, and has been described by SciFi Now as "highly entertaining and engrossing". It follows Emily Ruff as she enters into an elite organisation of 'poets': masters of manipulation who use language to warp others to their will, as well as Wil Parke who doesn't know why he's immune to their powers, only that he has to run from them. You can read tor.com's review of Lexicon here: Say the Magic Word: Lexicon by Max Barry As you can imagine, the power of words is the main theme of Lexicon, and this is illustrated brilliantly by intriguing excerpts scattered throughout the book. You can read a selection of them on Facebook, in handy picture form that are perfect for sharing. Words Are Weapons on Facebook To see if she's good enough to become a Poet, Emily is asked a series of strange questions. We'd love to see how you'd answer them, so take a look at the link below. Could you become a Poet? on Facebook Lexicon publishes in hardback on the 20th June and we are going to be shouting about it for all of next week. An excerpt will be available on the Mulholland Uncovered Facebook page on Monday, so we hope you check it out!

Teach Yourself

The Ultimate Leadership Book

Carol O'Connor, Sue Stockdale, Clive Steeper, Martin Manser
Authors:
Carol O'Connor, Sue Stockdale, Clive Steeper, Martin Manser

If you want to be the best, you have to have the right skillset. From decision making and motivating people to vision and inspiration, THE ULTIMATE LEADERSHIP BOOK is a dynamic collection of tools, techniques, and strategies for success. Discover the main themes and key ideas, and bring it all together with practical exercises.This is your complete course in leadership. ABOUT THE SERIESULTIMATE books are for managers, leaders, and business executives who want to succeed at work. From marketing and sales to management and finance, each title gives comprehensive coverage of the essential business skills you need to get ahead in your career. Written in straightforward English, each book is designed to help you quickly master the subject, with fun quizzes embedded so that you can check how you're doing.

Nicholas Brealey Publishing US

100 Things Successful People Do

Nigel Cumberland
Authors:
Nigel Cumberland

Do you have what it takes to succeed in life, in work and in your relationships?100 Things Successful People Do is a guidebook to achieving success in any aspect of your life. You will discover the habits that are common to successful people and find out how to adopt them into your own life so that you can be successful too. Mixing simple instructions with activities to get you started, whether you are looking to succeed in your family life, at work, in sports, at school or in retirement, you will find, mindsets, habits and techniques here that will help you get the results you want.

John Murray Learning

100 Things Successful People Do

Nigel Cumberland
Authors:
Nigel Cumberland
Teach Yourself

Business Communication In A Week

Martin Manser
Authors:
Martin Manser

Communication at work just got easierWe live in an age when the number of ways in which we communicate in business is constantly increasing. Years ago, we simply had face-to-face communication, phone and letter. Now we also have more, including email, websites, blogs... and yet, if we are honest, alongside this increase in the waysin which we communicate has come a decrease in the level of effective communication.This book is full of positive guidelines to help you communicate more effectively. You may not be able to change the way your company or organization works, but you can change the way in which you work.Whether you choose to read it in a week or in a single sitting, Business Communication In A Week is your fastest route to success:- Sunday: Know your aims. Who are you writing to/for? What is your message? What response do you want those you are communicating with to make?- Monday: Listen carefully as colleagues explain the challenges they are facing. When you listen, you show you value your colleagues as individuals.- Tuesday: Write clearly. Think creatively about what you want to express, organize your thoughts and then draft and edit your email or report.- Wednesday: Organize better meetings. The key to a successful meeting lies in its preparation, especially why you are holding it, who needs to be present and what you will consider.- Thursday: Give successful presentations. Prepare well, knowing your audience and your key messages, backed up if necessary by useful visual aids.- Friday: Build strong working relationships. Good working relationships are the glue that holds an organization together. How can you cultivate stronger working relationships?- Saturday: Engage effectively online by building - and maintaining - an accessible website and networking by means of social media.

Teach Yourself

Decision Making In A Week

Martin Manser
Authors:
Martin Manser

Making decisions just got easierYou make decisions all the time in everyday life: what to eat, what clothes to wear, with whom you spend your leisure time and how you spend your money. In your business life you are also constantly making decisions: the different activities you - and your business colleagues - need to carry out in order to arrive at a sound decision. At work, you are deciding how to spend your time, which emails to answer, what subjects to raise at a meeting, when is the best time for your company to launch a new product, what companies you should invest in, what you are not willing to compromise on in negotiations, what policies to develop and how best to market your products and services. Some of these decisions may have already been made for you by other colleagues, usually those above you in your company or organization, and your task is merely to implement them. In other matters, however, you can exercise some control over the actual decision-making process.Each of the seven chapters in Decision Making In A Week covers a different aspect of the decision-making process:- Sunday: Know your aims clearly. What are you actually making a decision about?- Monday: Collect relevant information. Consider all the relevant factors as you gather the information you need.- Tuesday: Identify different options. Widen your thinking, challenge assumptions and consider creative solutions.- Wednesday: Work effectively as a team. Make decisions as a group so that colleagues will feel motivated to implement the decision.- Thursday: Evaluate different options. Set objective criteria against which you can examine the various options you have identified.- Friday: Make an informed decision and implement it, communicating it well to all the relevant parties.- Saturday: Review the decision carefully, evaluating the whole decision-making process, noting what went well and learning from mistakes.

Teach Yourself

Managing Yourself In A Week

Martin Manser
Authors:
Martin Manser

Managing yourself just got easierOne of the most important aspects of being a manager is being able to manage yourself and the first step to doing this effectively is becoming aware of yourself and evaluating your strengths and weaknesses. In Managing Yourself In A Week you will learn about good time management and organization skills including planning and setting priorities, dealing with time wasters, and practical steps on maintaining a diary and to-do lists. You will explore techniques such as managing your mind and learn about the power of positive thinking in developing strategies and making good decisions. You will learn about managing emotions, increasing confidence, dealing with nerves, motivating yourself and building strong relationships by applying good listening skills. The final chapter, on managing stress, looks at what produces stress in you and discusses ways of dealing with its consequences. Managing Yourself in a Week gives handy guidelines that will enable you to take a grip on yourself and re-evaluate your way of working and your priorities in life. It is a quick and reliable guide to the basics of self-management in the world of work.Over this week-long course you will cover:- Sunday: Know yourself well- Monday: Manage your focus clearly- Tuesday: Manage your time effectively- Wednesday: Manage your mind decisively- Thursday: Manage your emotions carefully - Friday: Manage your relationships successfully- Saturday: Manage stress thoroughly

Teach Yourself

Finding & Hiring Talent In A Week

Nigel Cumberland
Authors:
Nigel Cumberland

The ability to recruit the right people to work for you is crucial to anyone who wants to advance their career.Written by Nigel Cumberland, a leading expert on recruitment as both a coach and a practitioner, this book quickly teaches you the insider secrets you need to know to in order to build a brilliant team.The highly motivational 'in a week' structure of the book provides seven straightforward chapters explaining the key points, and at the end there are optional questions to ensure you have taken it all in. There are also cartoons and diagrams throughout, to help make this book a more enjoyable and effective learning experience.So what are you waiting for? Let this book put you on the fast track to success!

Teach Yourself

Management in 4 Weeks

Martin Manser, Nigel Cumberland, Norma Barry, Di Kamp
Authors:
Martin Manser, Nigel Cumberland, Norma Barry, Di Kamp
Teach Yourself

Deliver Great Training Courses In A Week

Martin Manser
Authors:
Martin Manser

Learn in a week, what the experts learn in a lifetime. Sunday: What is training?Monday: Identifying training needs clearlyTuesday: Designing the course carefullyWednesday: Planning variety creativelyThursday: Delivering your training successfullyFriday: Evaluate the training thoroughlySaturday: Refine your skills constantly

Teach Yourself

Secrets of Success at Work

Nigel Cumberland
Authors:
Nigel Cumberland

Teach Yourself

Difficult Conversations In A Week

Martin Manser
Authors:
Martin Manser

Difficult conversations just got easierHow do you deal professionally with a colleague whose work is seriously below standard? A supplier who is always late? Saying 'no' graciously? Giving someone bad news? Many of us have been on the receiving end of business conversations that have been badly handled, poorly timed or scarcely prepared for by the person we're talking to. This practical book offers help to new and aspiring managers in a variety of business situations, such as delivering bad news in an appraisal, and how to work with a range of colleagues who may be lazy, negative orincompetent.Whether you choose to read it in a week or in a single sitting, Difficult Conversations In A Week is your fastest route to success:- Sunday: Why are some conversations difficult? We may tend to avoid difficult conversations: how else can you deal with them? - Monday: Manage your emotions Distinguish the facts of an incident and how colleagues feel about it and their sense of identity.- Tuesday: Prepare well The venue, atmosphere and timing of a difficult conversation are all important. It is essential that you prepare well, especially your opening words and the direction that you want the conversation to go in, including alternative ways to resolve the issue.- Wednesday: Listen carefully As you listen, you discover more about your colleague's background and motivation. You also need to learn how to ask incisive questions that get to the root of an issue.- Thursday: Treat colleagues with respect In a difficult conversation, you need to affirm your colleague and continue to listen until they feel heard. You will explain your point of view politely, yet firmly, being neither passive nor aggressive in tone.- Friday: Seek change Involve colleagues in a conversation; learn how to deal with certain kinds of colleagues, for example, those who are lazy, aggressive or shy.- Saturday: Build trusting relationships Work hard to develop strong working relationships, so that when you have to have a difficult conversation, you will be better placed to do sobecause you will know the person better.

Teach Yourself

Effective Business Writing in a Week: Teach Yourself

Martin Manser
Authors:
Martin Manser

Most of us spend hours every day typing emails and other documents at work, yet howmany of us have ever had any training in writing skills? New and aspiring managersfind themselves having to write advertising copy or press releases, while manybusinesses want to engage successfully online. Effective Business Writing in a week isa practical guide to better communication at work, whether through more traditionalforms such as business reports or through email, websites and social media.Keywords:StyleStructureEmailBusiness reportsPresentationsLettersAdvertisingPress releasesLetterssocial mediawebsite copy

Teach Yourself

People Management In A Week

Norma Barry
Authors:
Norma Barry

Sunday: Understand how people management relates to leadership, and the features and tools of a people management roleMonday: Explore the various managerial levels and roles and the responsibilities and qualities of people managersTuesday: Gain an overview of people management styles and their advantages and disadvantages in different situationsWednesday: Examine the external and internal organisational contexts of people managerial jobsThursday: Use your power and influence effectively to motivate teams, tackle poor performance and provide positive feedback and encouragementFriday: Develop your coaching and mentoring ability and learn to identify and utilise your team's specific skillsSaturday: Maintain successful performance through effective delegation, planning and strategy, and good communication

Teach Yourself

Decision Making In A Week

Martin Manser
Authors:
Martin Manser

The ability to make the right decision is crucial to anyone who wants to advance their career.Written by Martin Manser, a leading expert on decision making in a business context, this book quickly teaches you the insider secrets you need to know to in order to choose the right path.The highly motivational 'in a week' structure of the book provides seven straightforward chapters explaining the key points, and at the end there are optional questions to ensure you have taken it all in. There are also cartoons and diagrams throughout, to help make this book a more enjoyable and effective learning experience.So what are you waiting for? Let this book put you on the fast track to success!

Teach Yourself

Business Communication In A Week

Martin Manser
Authors:
Martin Manser
Teach Yourself

Successful Recruitment in a Week: Teach Yourself

Nigel Cumberland
Authors:
Nigel Cumberland

The ability to recruit the right people to work for you is crucial to anyone who wants to advance their career. Written by Nigel Cumberland, a leading expert on recruitment as both a coach and a practitioner, this book quickly teaches you the insider secrets you need to know to in order to build a brilliant team. The highly motivational 'in a week' structure of the book provides seven straightforward chapters explaining the key points, and at the end there are optional questions to ensure you have taken it all in. There are also cartoons and diagrams throughout, to help make this book a more enjoyable and effective learning experience. So what are you waiting for? Let this book put you on the fast track to success!

Teach Yourself

Appraisals In A Week

Di Kamp
Authors:
Di Kamp

Effective appraisals just got easierAppraisals are often seen as an isolated and time-consuming round of paperwork that everyone has to engage in and few see any point to. If we were to truly recognize the potential and intended value of appraisals, they would be regarded completely differently.The original intention of an appraisal system is to encourage and develop the staff of the organization, so that they all perform to their highest potential. Properly implemented and used, appraisals will help you, if you are a manager, to ensure that your staff are as effective as possible in their work, and thereby to make your area of work a powerful contributing factor to the success of the organization.Appraisals can also make your job as a manager easier, because they give you the opportunity and framework to encourage and develop your staff. This results in a team of people who feel valued and supported, and who know that their work makes a positive difference to the organization as a whole. As a manager, you can then spend less time and energy on pushing and controlling your team, and more time on the work that moves things forward and is more satisfying.By the end of the final chapter, you will see how appraisals can make a positive difference to youas a manager, your staff as individuals, and the organization as a whole. Sunday: Why appraise?Monday: Formulating a successful appraisalTuesday: The appraiser's role 1: setting the frameworkWednesday: The appraiser's role 2: attitudes and approachesThursday: The interview 1: reviewing achievementFriday: The interview 2: looking aheadSaturday: Completing the appraisal: after the interview

Teach Yourself

Introducing Management in a Week: Teach Yourself

Martin Manser
Authors:
Martin Manser
Teach Yourself

Project Management In A Week

Martin Manser
Authors:
Martin Manser

Managing projects just got easierThis book will help you come to grips with the basics of project management in a week. By the end of the week you will know your way through the process more clearly. For a start, you will have to consult your end users to work out their precise requirements. You will then need to work out the best way to deliver the required outputs, consider the size of the team you will need to meet those requirements and prepare a schedule for the project. Most importantly, you will need to firm up costs, work out a budget and develop monitoring procedures to keep to the agreed costs. You will learn tips for communicating well, especially when dealing with unexpected problems that may arise.Each day of the week covers a different area and the material is structured for ease of reference. An introduction gives you a 'heads-up' as to what the day is about. The main material then explains the key lessons to be learned. Important principles are clarified and backed up by case studies, quotations and tables. Each day concludes with a summary, next steps and multiple-choice questions, to reinforce the learning points.Sunday: Think clearly. Lay firm foundations for your project as you clarify and set parameters for the project.Monday: Plan your project carefully. Begin to make detailed arrangements for the various stages of the project.Tuesday: Cost your project wisely in the planning stage and ensure that you have rigorous controls in place to monitor costs and quality as you implement the project.Wednesday: Implement your project successfully. After all your planning and preparation, you are now ready to put the project into practice.Thursday: Communicate effectively. Good communication with all the colleagues involved in your project is vital to ensure that the team works successfully.Friday: Deal with change constructively. Here we look at why some projects go off track and how to manage changes.Saturday: Conclude and evaluate your project positively. How do you complete all the final stages of your project? What lessons can you learn as you evaluate the success of your project?

Hodder & Stoughton

Scapegoats, Shambles and Shibboleths

Martin Manser
Authors:
Martin Manser