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Book Capsules, March 2021

Monday, March 1, 2021

Culture Renovation: 18 Leadership Actions to Build an Unshakeable Company
Kevin Oakes
McGraw-Hill Education, 352 pp., $30

In the aftermath of the pandemic, leaders will need to guide their employees through yet another culture shift. According to Oakes, "Only 15% of companies that embark on culture change are successful." He details the three phases involved in forming organizational culture: plan, build, and maintain. This book is designed for the forward-thinkingleader who values corporate culture and wants the mindset to build and manage it correctly. Readers will find Culture Renovation rich with guidance on forming a healthy company culture along with strategies on how to sustain and gauge its progress.

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Social Chemistry: Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection
Marissa King
Dutton, 368 pp., $28

There's more to networking than racking up contacts on social media. Social Chemistry offers readers an evidence-based overview of relationship building, how it works in the real world, and how to use it to support personal and organizational goals. King opens the book by recounting the story of how a sharecropper's jobless grandson, Vernon Jordan, becomes known as "one of the most connected men in America." She later explores the three categories of networkers: expansionists, brokers, and conveners. King delivers new insights for readers who want to learn more about how to leverage their own personal and professional circles.

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