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What's New in Business: October 2000
Particularly recommended by the business librarians are:

HD 4904 .H345 2000
HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW ON WORK AND LIFE BALANCE is one of the newest offerings in the Harvard Business Review Paperback Series, which collects related articles from the HBR. It gives the lie to the idea that balancing "work" and "life" is a turn-of-the-millenium, .com company kind of problem, as some the articles in the collection were published as far back as 1980. Each chapter of the book addresses a different aspect of the Work/Life equation and each is fronted with a concise executive summary, making it easy to determine whether the chapter in question addresses your particular need for information. Topics include the alternative workplace, the "mommy track," the cost of success and more. This book provides an excellent introduction to the topic for the student or the manager. (JF)

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HF 5382.7 .M686 2000
GAMES COMPANIES PLAY. THE JOB HUNTER'S GUIDE TO PLAYING SMART AND WINNING BIG IN THE HIGH-STAKES HIRING GAME by Dr. Pierre Mornell succeeds where many job hunting books before it have failed. These books rarely hold the promise of an interesting read. Most often the topics are rote and the delivery is duller than an HVAC training manual. This is true in part because the fundamentals of sound job hunting haven't changed too radically over the years. Many of the old rules (network, do your homework, write that perfect cover letter) remain unbroken for a reason - they make sense. Truth be told, in the realm of job hunting and career books, there's a glut of books all saying the same thing.

That's why it's a pleasure to come across a book like Games Companies Play, a well written and painless guide to navigating the hiring game. Pierre Mornell works under the premise that there are sixteen personality types that most people fall under, each with tendencies towards specific strengths and weaknesses. By understanding our assets and liabilities we are better equipped to answer difficult interview questions, accurately assess our performance and make the adjustments needed to tilt the scale in our favor. Other topics Games covers include digging beneath the surface of a company or interviewer, the psychology of interviewing and how to pay attention to the seemingly insignificant details that can make or break the deal. It takes a skilled writer to create a book about workplace "personality types" that isn't tedious, but Mornell succeeds with the assistance of telling anecdotes, great insider information and a layout that reads easier than USA Today. While other books may give more intensive guidance in specific aspect of job hunting (resume writing, networking, salary negotiations etc...),Games Companies Play is an excellent overview of conducting an effective search and is highly recommended for novices and experienced job seekers alike. (AM)

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HF 5549.5 .E43 N348 2000
THE BULLY AT WORK:WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STOP THE HURT AND RECLAIM YOUR DIGNITY ON THE JOB by Gary Namie and Ruth Namie has been hailed as "a landmark book blazing light on one of the business world's dirtiest secrets." According to the authors, "bullying at work is the repeated, malicious verbal mistreatment of a Target (the recipient) by a harassing bully (the perpetrator) that is driven by the bully's desire to control the Target. That control is typically a mixture of cruel acts of deliberate humiliation or interference and the withholding of resources and support preventing the Target from succeeding at work. The most important defining characteristic is that the bully's actions damage the Target's health and self-esteem, relations with family and friends, economic livelihood, or some combination of them all." There are many types of bullies and many reasons for Targets to be bullied. Strategies are offered for rebuilding self-esteem and overcoming the self-defeating traps that Targets can fall into.

There are ways to fight back, but Targets have to prepare themselves. Eyewitnesses can document instances of bully actions, so it is not just one person's word against another. A list of incidents should be compiled. An internal complaint can be filed, but that is often not a good idea, since management loyalty favors the bully. Unions can't or won't always help, and generally employee assistance plans don't offer solutions because they are designed to serve the employer's interests. Even though fellow employees are aware of the bullying actions and offer support and sympathy, they may be reluctant to step forward and testify because of fears for their own future job security. Another strategy is to file a lawsuit against the bully and the employer. However, this is can be a difficult and expensive process, since courts often view employee lawsuits as "frivolous." In the end, statistics show that 75% of the bullies stay, while the Targets are driven out. It might be best for Targets to get legal assistance to help them design a severance package that will enable them to leave the company with their dignity and financial security intact, and move on to a new situation where they can thrive. The authors hope that one day bullying victims in the workplace will receive the same protection as victims of sexual harassment and racial discrimination. They have created the CAMPAIGN AGAINST WORKPLACE BULLYING, a nonprofit education, research, and advocacy organization, which is recognized as a national clearinghouse for learning about bullying. Their web site is an excellent source of information on this important subject. (NL)

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Other new titles recently arrived in the department:

HD 30.37 .P68 2000
CLICKS AND MORTAR: PASSION DRIVEN GROWTH IN AN INTERNET DRIVEN WORLD by David S. Pottruck

HD 31.D776 H45 2000
PETER DRUCKER / ROBERT HELLER by Robert Heller

HD 31 .M3827 2000
BEN FRANKLIN'S 12 RULES OF MANAGEMENT: THE FOUNDING FATHER OF AMERICAN BUSINESS SOLVES YOUR TOUGHEST PROBLEMS by Blaine McCormick

HD 9696.8 .U6 K95 2000
100 BEST INTERNET STOCKS TO OWN by Greg Kyle

HF 5415.1265 .M87 2000
WEB RULES: HOW THE INTERNET IS CHANGING THE WAY CONSUMERS MAKE CHOICES by Tom Murphy

HG 172.B84 H45 2000
WARREN BUFFETT: THE MAN WHO MADE BILLIONS WITH A UNIQUE INVESTMENT STRATEGY by Robert Heller

HG 177 .M88 2000
FUNDRAISING FOR DUMMIES by John Mutz

HG 4027.6 .S534 2000
RAISING CAPITAL: GET THE MONEY YOU NEED TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS by Andrew J. Sherman

Contact the business librarians, who also answer questions about business, money, and work, at (412) 281-7141 or at www.carnegielibrary.org/locations/downtown/contact.cfm.

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