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Book Capsules, February 2020

Friday, January 31, 2020

All You Have to Do Is Ask: How to Master the Most Important Skill for Success
Wayne Baker
Currency, 240 pp., $27

Obstacles are a part of life, but rather than letting stress consume us, we could solve many of our problems by reaching out to a colleague, friend, or wider network.


In All You Have to Do Is Ask, Baker shares strategies and tools that everyone, from individuals to leaders to teams, can implement to begin a habit of asking for help. These include a quiz to identify your style of asking and giving; ways to make requests a regular part of meetings; and mini-games to reward asking for help in a team setting.

You don't have to face challenges on your own. Start making asking for help a routine.

Eat Sleep Work Repeat: 30 Hacks for Bringing Joy to Your Job
Bruce Daisley
HarperOne, 320 pp., $25.99


Are you stuck in a rut? Are you unhappy with your job? If you are, that doesn't have to be your reality.

In Eat Sleep Work Repeat, Daisley offers ideas to reinvigorate productivity in the workplace. The author has worked with numerous companies in Silicon Valley, such as Twitter, Google, and YouTube, through which he has gleaned these insights.

For instance, going to lunch or having a tea break with colleagues could reduce your tiredness or lead to team bonding. Another tip Daisley gives is hosting a pre-mortem meeting so you and your team can identify potential issues that may arise.

About the Author

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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