“As he did in The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg melds cutting-edge science, deep reporting, and wide-ranging stories to give us a fuller, more human way of thinking about how productivity actually happens. He manages to reframe an entire cultural conversation: Being productive isn’t only about the day-to-day and to-do lists. It’s about seeing our lives as a series of choices, and learning that we … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Charles Duhigg | Subjects: Career, Personal Development
Imagine discovering what successful people have in common, distilling it into a set of simple practices, and using them to transform your life and work. Authored by three legends in leadership and self-help — including Built to Last co-author Jerry Porras — it challenges conventional wisdom at every step. Success Built to Last draws on face-to-face, unscripted conversations with hundreds of remarkable human beings from … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Authors: Jerry I. Porras, Mark Thompson, Stewart Emery | Subjects: Career, Personal Development
In this eye-opening account, Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that “follow your passion” is good advice. Not only is the cliché flawed — preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work — but it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping.
After making his case against passion, Newport sets out on … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Cal Newport | Subjects: Career, Personal Development
We swim in an ocean of feedback. Bosses, colleagues, customers—but also family, friends, and in-laws—they all have “suggestions” for our performance, parenting, or appearance. We know that feedback is essential for healthy relationships and professional development—but we dread it and often dismiss it.
That’s because receiving feedback sits at the junction of two conflicting human desires. We do want to learn and grow. And we also … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Authors: Douglas Stone, Sheila Heen | Subjects: Career, Leadership, Management, Organizational Behavior
It’s always enlightening—and enjoyable—to read business literature that actually qualifies as literature. And Mohsin Hamid’s new novel fits the bill perfectly.
Hamid creatively appropriates the self-help format in How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. It’s the life story of an unnamed man, an amoral Horatio Alger who is born to a poor family in a rural village in a country that sounds a lot … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Mohsin Hamid | Subjects: Career, Miscellaneous, Personal Development
In most domains of life, skill and luck seem hopelessly entangled. Different levels of skill and varying degrees of good and bad luck are the realities that shape our lives—yet few of us are adept at accurately distinguishing between the two. Imagine what we could accomplish if we were able to tease out these two threads, examine them, and use the resulting knowledge to make … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Michael J. Mauboussin | Subjects: Career, Personal Development
Whether you’re newly-promoted into your first management role, an established veteran of the C-suite, or somewhere between, your most powerful skill as a leader is the ability to hold effective conversations.
After a promotion to a management or leadership role, most people struggle with how to leave behind former priorities and mindsets. Leadership Conversations defines and distinguishes the very different mindsets of management and leadership, and … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Authors: Alan S. Berson, Richard G. Stieglitz | Subjects: Career, Leadership, Management, Personal Development
In 2010 world-renowned innovation expert Clayton M. Christensen gave a powerful speech to the Harvard Business School’s graduating class. Drawing upon his business research, he offered a series of guidelines for finding meaning and happiness in life. He used examples from his own experiences to explain how high achievers can all too often fall into traps that lead to unhappiness.
The speech was memorable not only … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Authors: Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, Karen Dillon | Subjects: Career, Personal Development
Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach. That’s a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others). In this provocative and persuasive new book, he asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Daniel Pink | Subjects: Career, Organizational Behavior, Personal Development
It is taken for granted in the knowledge economy that companies must employ the most talented performers to compete and succeed. Many firms try to buy stars by luring them away from competitors. But Boris Groysberg shows what an uncertain and disastrous practice this can be.
After examining the careers of more than a thousand star analysts at Wall Street investment banks, and conducting more than … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Boris Groysberg | Subjects: Career, Human Resources, Management, Organizational Behavior
Personal Brand Planning for Life is not a typical book on branding. It takes you well beyond the definition of branding and marketing yourself. This book will walk you through the process of accessing your own aptitude to understand what your strengths and desires really are. It shows you how to take this understanding and develop a brand from it. Many books on branding stop … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Authors: Robert M. Donnelly, Todd Rhoad | Subjects: Career, Personal Development
Seelig, executive director of the entrepreneurship center at Stanford’s School of Engineering, presents a thoughtful, concise set of observations for those making the unsteady transition to adulthood. While the majority of her advice is intended for would-be entrepreneurs, her accessible lessons should come in handy for those in any field, as well as those still trying to decide on a field. Culled from her personal … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Tina Seelig | Subjects: Career, Entrepreneurship
Readers who accept poet and Fortune 500 consultant Whyte’s invitation to enter into “an imaginative conversation about life and work” are likely to be challenged as well as delighted by the beauty of his writing and the expansiveness of his views. Gracefully using the metaphor of a sea voyage to depict the journey through the world of work, Whyte views work not only as a … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: David Whyte | Subjects: Career, Miscellaneous, Personal Development
Originally published in 1957 and now back in print to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, The Hidden Persuaders is Vance Packard’s pioneering and prescient work revealing how advertisers use psychological methods to tap into our unconscious desires in order to “persuade” us to buy the products they are selling.
A classic examination of how our thoughts and feelings are manipulated by business, media and politicians, The Hidden … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Authors: Mark Crispin Miller, Vance Packard | Subjects: Career, Human Resources, International
In our borderless global economy, companies must ship their executives nearly as far and wide as their products. Whether these far-flung executives soar or land with a thud may make all the difference between a successful international enterprise or a world-class failure-and it is this crucial difference that Developing Global Executives defines.
Based on a wide-ranging study of veteran global executives, leadership development experts Morgan W. … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Authors: George P. Hollenbeck, Morgan W. McCall, Jr. | Subjects: Career, Human Resources, International
Make Your Contacts Count is a practical, step-by-step guide for creating, cultivating, and capitalizing on networking relationships and opportunities. Packed with valuable tools, the book offers a field-tested “Hello to Goodbye” system that takes readers from entering a room, to making conversations flow, to following up. Updated from its first edition, the book now includes expanded advice on building social capital at work and in … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Authors: Anne Baber, Lynne Waymon | Subjects: Career, Personal Development
Powerful and seemingly unpredictable forces compel firms and professionals toward failure or success. Here are 50 ideas you can use to get the “dragons” to work on YOUR side.
Content: Book | Author: Paula Gamonal | Subjects: Career, Management, Personal Development
Not offering a self-help book, but instead mounting a scientific explanation of the limitations of the human imagination and how it steers us wrong in our search for happiness, Gilbert, a professor of psychology at Harvard, draws on psychology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy and behavioral economics to argue that, just as we err in remembering the past, so we err in imagining the future. “Our desire … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Daniel Gilbert | Subjects: Career, Personal Development
Peter Han cofounded a software company soon after college and sold it a few years later. By any measure he was already successful, but he still was curious about how others found long-term meaning in their work. So he set out to learn what a diverse group of influential “somebodies” had done back when they were still “nobodies.”
Nobodies to Somebodies is based on Han’s interviews … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Peter Han | Subjects: Career, People
Most books about career advancement are either weighty examinations about success in the workplace or flippant, humorous takes on surviving the countless inanities of modern work life. Jeffrey Fox’s book is neither. Instead, Fox presents 75 commonsense rules about successfully conducting your career.
Rules like “Know Everybody by Their First Name” and “No Goals No Glory” may seem obvious; others, such as “Don’t Take Work Home … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Jeffery J. Fox | Subject: Career