Exams are upon us, and you’re probably already anticipating the break from school and stress, although holidays can bring on their own type of stress, with parties, gifts, visiting family and friends all becoming competing priorities. You are looking forward to winding down, but did you know: research shows that reading can be a great way to de-stress, while also improving your cognitive abilities and your understanding of other people?
This Wall Street Journal article discusses some of the known benefits of reading and suggests putting aside 30 minutes a day with a good book. We have plenty of books in the library to help you out with that. Check out my suggestions, some of which come from the Financial Times business book awards in the last couple years:
Pop into the Kelowna library to check out the display created by Fran Drummond, in time for the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival!
The display includes books and reports about the BC wine industry (including reports by faculty members in the School of Business), books about marketing wine, wine labels and making wine– and many interesting bottles (empty– too bad) collected from around the Okanagan… check out some of the links below for books available at the library about the wine industry:
Happy reading 🙂
September is just around the corner, and to start the term we have a new e-book collection at the library. The Business Expert Press collection comprises 50 practical e-books on subjects such as Accounting, Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management, Human Resources Management & Organizational Behaviour, International Business, Marketing, Management, and Supply & Operations Management.
You can find the collection here: Business Expert Press E-book Collection
Download e-books such as: China: Doing Business in the Middle Kingdom, Essential Concepts : Building of Cross-Cultural Management, Communication Strategies for Today’s Managerial Leader, and Consumer Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Globalization.
IMPORTANT INFO ON DOWNLOADING: To download whole e-books– click on the title you wish to select > click on the InfoTools button above the title page > scroll to “Business Expert Press Options” and then “download this title”.
Saturday, March 23, 8:30 PM is Earth Hour! Will you join hundreds of millions of people this weekend to mark Earth Hour and promote the preservation of our planet? More than just turning off the lights, Earth Hour has momentum with their new “I Will If You Will” campaign. Create your own challenge on YouTube, Facebook or Twitter for positive action for the environment, or accept someone else’s challenge.
Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, and the movement has grown worldwide with cities, governments, and businesses joining in the event.
In prep for Saturday, check out these books on green/socially responsible/sustainable businesses in the library… light a candle, turn off the lights and squint your way through…
“Ethical Chic is a lively and engaging look at the environmental, labor, and social practices of six legendary US companies. It’s a must-read for any consumer interested in spending their money in socially conscious ways.”—Sally Greenberg, executive director, National Consumers League
“If you are joining the social entrepreneurship revolution, or seeking to apply its principles in a mainstream business setting, this insightful and incredibly well researched book sets out the rules of the road ahead.” –John Grant, Author of Co-opportunity and The Green Marketing Manifesto
“This is exactly the book that the world needs right now. It’s our GPS for reaching the destination we must achieve: an intersection of business and consumerism that drives not just big profits but also greater good.”–Katya Andresen, COO Network for Good and author, Robin Hood Marketing
Just in time for (the end) of mid-semester break… some new books at the Library, for your reading pleasure:
“Steven Levy’s new account [of Google], In the Plex, is the most authoritative to date and in many ways the most entertaining.”
—James Gleick, The New York Review of Books
A successful Wall Street trader turned Cambridge neuroscientist reveals the biology of financial boom and bust, showing how risk-taking transforms our body chemistry, driving us to extremes of euphoria or stressed-out depression. — book description
“Kirkpatrick gives the reader a detailed understanding of how the company grew from a 2004 Harvard dorm-room project into the world’s second-most-visited site after Google.”
–Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
As the first summer semester comes to a close, it’s time to catch up on some reading. Here’s some suggested business titles at OC Library, recommended by Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten in their The 100 best business books of all time:
- The effective executive / Peter F. Drucker
- The tipping point: how little things can make a big difference / Malcolm Gladwell
- The 7 habits of highly effective people : restoring the character ethic / Stephen R. Covey
- Good to great: why some companies make the leap – and others don’t / Jim Collins
- The five dysfunctions of a team: a leadership fable / Patrick Lencioni
- Swim with the sharks without being eaten alive: outsell, outmanage, outmotivate, and outnegotiate your competition / Harvey Mackay
- The leadership challenge / James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
- Discovering the soul of service: the nine drivers of sustainable business success / Leonard L. Berry
- In search of excellence: lessons from America’s best-run companies / by Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman, Jr.
- First, break all the rules: what the world’s greatest managers do differently / Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
Did you know that you can borrow select ebrary & EBSCO e-books from OC Library? Read the details here.
Of course, you can view all our ebooks via an on-campus computer or from home. There are hundreds of business-related ebooks available, including:
- Too busy to shop: marketing to “multi-minding” women/ Kelley Murray Skoloda ; foreword by Geraldine Laybourne
- About face: the secrets of emotionally effective advertising / Dan Hill
- Values and stakeholders in an era of social responsibility : cut-throat competition? / Paolo D’Anselmi
- The Jossey-Bass handbook of nonprofit leadership and management [electronic resource] / David O. Renz, editor
- If you build it will they come? Three steps to test and validate any market opportunity / Rob Adams
- The economy of brands / Jan Lindemann
Find e-books: In OCtopus, enter the keywords that reflect your topic and select e-book as Publication Type. In the Library catalogue, use the location limiter online.
Questions? Just ask!