“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 / Employment, 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 / Employment, Personal Development
Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Daniel Kahneman | Subjects: Organizational Behavior, Personal Development
In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Charles Duhigg | Subjects: Organizational Behavior, 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 / Employment, Personal Development
Everyone knows that Icarus’s father made him wings and told him not to fly too close to the sun; he ignored the warning and plunged to his doom. The lesson: Play it safe. Listen to the experts. It was the perfect propaganda for the industrial economy. What boss wouldn’t want employees to believe that obedience and conformity are the keys to success?
But we tend … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Seth Godin | Subject: Personal Development
Communication is essential in a healthy organization. But all too often when we interact with people—especially those who report to us—we simply tell them what we think they need to know. This shuts them down. To generate bold new ideas, to avoid disastrous mistakes, to develop agility and flexibility, we need to practice Humble Inquiry.
Ed Schein defines Humble Inquiry as “the fine art of drawing … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Edgar H. Schein | Subjects: Leadership, Management, Personal Development
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 / Employment, 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 / Employment, 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 / Employment, 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 / Employment, 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 / Employment, Organizational Behavior, Personal Development
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 / Employment, Personal Development
When Hugh MacLeod was a struggling young copywriter, living in a YMCA, he started to doodle on the backs of business cards while sitting at a bar. Those cartoons eventually led to a popular blog – gapingvoid.com – and a reputation for pithy insight and humor, in both words and pictures.
MacLeod has opinions on everything from marketing to the meaning of life, but one of … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Hugh MacLeod | Subjects: Innovation, Personal Development
Talk is powerful. And it isn’t just `difficult’ conversations that matter–the everyday dialogue we have with one another is critical to both personal and organizational success. Packed with sample dialogues and dozens of personal stories, and backed by solid research and the authors’ firsthand observations, The Four Conversations describes how to get maximum results from conversations that every one of us must use to get … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Authors: Jeffrey Ford, Laurie Ford | Subjects: Organizational Behavior, Personal Development
In this seminal book on helping, corporate culture and organizational development guru Ed Schein analyzes the dynamics of helping relationships, explains why help is often not helpful, and shows what any would-be-helper must do to insure that help is actually provided.
Many words are used for helping — assisting, aiding, advising, coaching, consulting, counseling, supporting, teaching, and many more — but they all have common dynamics … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Edgar H. Schein | Subjects: Leadership, Management, Organizational Behavior, Personal Development
Speed reading used to require months of training. Now you can rev up your reading in just a few minutes a day. With quizzes to determine your present reading level and exercises to quickly introduce new skills, this book is a must for anyone feeling pressed for time.
Content: Book | Author: Abby Marks-Beale | Subject: Personal Development
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 / Employment, Miscellaneous, Personal Development
Mortensen (Maximum Influence) draws on Howard Gardner’s research on multiple forms of intelligence and Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence to introduce his concept of PQ—the specialized intelligence required for the art of persuasion. While the book is primarily geared toward marketing and sales professionals, the author argues that the inability to command influence is a universal personal and professional dilemma; he makes a compelling case that … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Kurt Mortensen | Subject: Personal Development
Understanding and Changing Your Management Style, by psychologist and business consultant Robert Benfari, is a hands-on guidebook for determining the type of leader you are–and becoming the kind you want to be. It includes methods that you can use to influence others, problem-solving techniques, and exercises that reveal your psychological nature according to the widely used Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Using the resultant patterns, the book … [ Read more ]
Content: Book | Author: Robert C. Benfari | Subjects: Management, Organizational Behavior, Personal Development