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I'm a Librarian at the Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne Library. I am also the Liaison for the School of Arts, Sciences, & Education and the School of Information Technology.

The Art of Leading Collectively

Co-Creating a Sustainable, Socially Just Future

9781603586269By Petra Kuenkel
Call Number: HD2961 .K76 2016
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A guide to collaborative impact for leaders in industry, government, and social change networks

Our world is facing unsustainable global trends–from climate change and water scarcity to energy insecurity, unfair labor practices, and growing inequality. Tackling these crises effectively requires a new form of leadership–a collective one. But, in a world of many silos, how do we get people to work together toward a common goal? That is one of the most important questions facing sustainability and social-change professionals around the world, and it is a question that Petra Kuenkel answers in The Art of Leading Collectively.

Readers learn how to tackle system change for sustainable development, reimagine leadership as a collaborative endeavor, retrain leaders to work collectively, and manage diverse groups through a change process that has sustainability as a guiding focus. Drawing upon two decades of pioneering, internationally recognized work orchestrating multi-stakeholder initiatives, Kuenkel presents her chief tool, the Collective Leadership Compass, and shows others how to use it with large groups of diverse stakeholders to solve complex, urgent problems–particularly those that enmesh business activities, governance, human needs, and environmental impacts.

The book offers many examples of collective leadership efforts involving corporate, public, and nonprofit sectors around the world. Readers learn about the processes that led to a sustainable textile alliance and set standards for sustainable cocoa and coffee production and trade, as well as those that helped nations rebound from war, develop sustainable infrastructure, and tackle resource conflicts with global businesses, to name a few.

Kuenkel provides a clear roadmap for leaders from multinational companies involved in partnerships, international organizations engaged in cooperative development, public agencies, and interest groups–as well as for citizens seeking solutions to social and sustainability challenge

The Education Invasion

How Common Core Fights Parents for Control of American Kids

9781594038815__39887-1483735035-220-290By Joy Pullman
Call Number: LB3060.83 .P85 2017
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In 2009, a conglomerate of unelected, self-appointed officials met behind closed doors to create a set of rules that would outline what children must learn in every grade in core K-12 classes. In 2010, the Obama administration required states to use these rules for curriculum and tests to have a chance at extra federal money during the Great Recession. Three years later, most Americans told pollsters they had no idea what common Core was. Their children were beginning to find out, however. Pullmann tugs on a thread that leads to a big tangle of history, politics, and intrigue that together help explain why small children must sit and cry over math homework while their parents look on helplessly. Early test results suggest Common Core means American kids will learn less. Why, then, did we do it? Who made out like bandits while kids and self-governance suffered? And how can Americans ensure their children won’t be served the same rewarmed brain hash they have rejected time and time again?

Street Marketing

The Future of Guerrilla Marketing and Buzz

51ka1mv8b7l-_sx329_bo1204203200_By Marcel Saucet
Call Number: HF5415.1265 .S28 2015
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This title identifies obstacles impeding conventional communications campaigns in today’s world; the most appropriate responses to these problems might in fact be new marketing concepts. What the book ultimately reveals are the key factors in a successful street marketing campaign.

Public Health Science and Nursing Practice

Caring for Populations

080362199xBy Christine L. Savage
Call Number: RT97 .S28 2016
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How do you solve population-level health problems and develop appropriate nursing interventions?

This unique, problem-solving, case-based approach shows you how. You’ll encounter three different case studies in every chapter–two in the text and one online at DavisPlus–that explore concepts such as community assessments, public health policy, and surveillance. Step by step, you’ll develop the knowledge and skills you need to apply public health principles across a variety of health care settings, special populations, and scenarios.

Metalworking – Doing It Better

Machining, Welding, Fabricating

512j5gt2bngl-_sx378_bo1204203200_By Tom Lipton
Call Number: TS227 .L578 2013
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This collection of priceless tips, tricks, skills, and experiences from a veteran of the trade is presented in a way that captures the readers attention and engages them in the process of furthering their skills. It includes shop-tested descriptions and illustrations of creative and unique techniques and observations from four decades in the metalworking trades. Perfect for hobbyists and veterans alike, and everyone in between, and for those who work out of either small shops or garages, backyard facilities and basements. It will help any metalworker do better work and do it faster!

Construction Jobsite Management

9781305081796_p0_v1_s1200x630By William R. Mincks and Hal Johnston
Call Number: TH438 .M55 2017
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The newly updated Fourth Edition of CONSTRUCTION JOBSITE MANAGEMENT examines all facets of construction project management from the contractor’s point of view. The responsibilities of project managers, construction superintendents, and construction engineers are covered in depth, from configuring a project team through closing out a project. The text maintains a strong focus on jobsite personnel activities, outlining proven procedures and offering helpful techniques to manage projects effectively from start to finish. Clear, concise language and accurate, relevant detail make this book an essential introduction to the real world of construction jobsite management.

The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership

A New Paradigm for Sustainable Success

51o91lt6ejl-_sx322_bo1204203200_By Jim Dethmer, Diana Chapman & Kaley Warner Klemp.
Call Number: HD57.7 .D494 2015
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You’ll never see leadership the same way again after reading this book. These fifteen commitments are a distillation of decades of work with CEOs and other leaders. They are radical or provocative for many. They have been game changers for us and for our clients. We trust that they will be for you too. Our experience is that unconscious leadership is not sustainable. It won’t work for you, your team or your organization in the long term. Unconscious leadership can deliver short term results, but the costs of living and leading unconsciously are great. Fear drives most leaders to make choices that are at odds with healthy relationships, vitality and balance. This fear leaves a toxic residue that won’t be as easily tolerated in an increasingly complex business environment. Conscious leadership offers the antidote to fear. These pages contain a comprehensive road map to guide you to shift from fear-based to trust-based leadership. Once you learn and start practicing conscious leadership you’ll get results in the form of more energy, clarity, focus and healthier relationships. You’ll do more and more of what you are passionate about, and less of what you do out of obligation. You’ll have more fun, be happier, experience less drama and be more on purpose. Your team will get results as well. They’ll be more collaborative, creative, energized and engaged. They’ll solve issues faster, and once resolved the issues won’t resurface. Drama and gossip will all but disappear, and the energy and resources that fueled them will be redirected towards innovation and creativity. Any one of these commitments will change your life. All of them together are revolutionary. Leaders who practice the 15 commitments: – End blame and criticism – Speak candidly, openly and honestly, in a way that invites others to do the same – Find their unique genius – Let go of taking everything-especially themselves and their problems-so seriously – Create win for all solutions – Experience a new relationship to time and money where there is always enough What do you need to bring to the table? Be curious. Sounds so simple, and yet in our experience it’s a skill few have mastered. Most of us are far more interested in being right and proving it, than we are in learning, growing and shifting out of our old patterns. By default we gravitate towards the familiar. We’re asking you to take a chance and explore the unfamiliar. You’ll get scared and reactive. We all do. So what? Just stay curious and let us introduce you to a whole new world of leadership.