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Book Capsules, December 2023

Friday, December 1, 2023

The Case for Good Jobs: How Great Companies Bring Dignity, Pay, and Meaning to Everyone's Work
Zeynep Ton
Harvard Business Review Press, 272 pp., $32

Companies are struggling to find and keep workers. Job hunting can be a vicious circle. Job applicants seek something that provides a living wage, happiness, and growth opportunities. Employers are looking for applicants who are motivated to help with customers and clients. Unfortunately, low pay causes high turnover, and the process starts all over again. In The Case for Good Jobs, Ton offers readers a way forward by positing that good jobs and strong operations lead to higher productivity and increased business competitiveness, thus lowering turnover.

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Brave Together: Lead by Design, Spark Creativity, and Shape the Future with the Power of Co-Creation
Chris Deaver and Ian Clawson
McGraw Hill, 320 pp., $25.50

Brave Together aims to transform business leaders' and creators' lives by embracing co-creation. Deaver and Clawson, who both helped Apple shift its culture from "thinking different" to "working different together," implore readers to embrace the cliché of "work smarter, not harder." The book challenges the status quo of leadership, work, and culture to carve out a brighter, future-oriented framework. The authors include various solutions throughout the book to help readers leave hustle culture behind and lead as co-creators.

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The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.

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