Remote Works: Managing for Freedom, Flexibility, and Focus
Ali Greene and Tamara Sanderson
Berrett-Koehler, 264 pp., $24.95
Employees have more flexible options to work both in person and from the comfort of their homes, and business leaders must adapt. Employers can't manage workers in the same way, so Greene and Sanderson used their years of experience at remote companies DuckDuckGo and Automattic to develop a playbook for managing remote teams. The authors interviewed dozens of experts to address the challenges of leading a remote team, such as communicating more effectively, eliminating frustration over what tools to use, establishing team norms, and focusing on completing tasks.
Building a New Leadership Ladder: Transforming Male-Dominated Organizations to Support Women on the Rise
Carol J. Geffner
The MIT Press, 200 pp., $29.95
Women rarely get access to the same support networks as their male colleagues. Geffner, a leadership and governance expert, spent more than 200 hours interviewing women leaders for this book, which tackles the transformation of workplace culture to support a new generation of women leaders. Geffner makes the case that organizations and workplace leaders must be more proactive in fighting gender discrimination so that women can reach their full potential. The interviews helped Geffner identify strategies companies can take to remove obstacles to women's advancement.