Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlo Bock
Bock led HR at Google, the first major firm to shift to a totally data-driven HR function. It’s eye-opening when you learn how many traditional HR approaches no longer work.
Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility by Patty McCord
This provides Insights into the best practices of the amazingly bold HR function at Netflix. Their performance culture is simply amazing.
The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin
We can hack our habits, power through our motivation struggles, but eventually we all hit a wall. How we address these challenges is where success ultimately comes from. I’m curious about how this book offers advice on how to meet these challenges.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
When it comes to learning, we are ultimately trying to change our behaviors. This book gives good insight on the hardest behaviors to alter—habits—and provides practical ideas on how to change them.
The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win by Jeff Haden
We like to think motivation is an external factor that will strike us when the time is right. Hardly. This book provides a look at where motivation comes from and how we can break down our goals to drive towards better success.
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
Newport, a computer science professor at Georgetown University, takes the reader through a smart and engaging journey in which he articulates that, to be successful, one needs to learn to prioritize those very few things each day that truly bring value to our professional lives. In an age of social media and other distractions, Newport shows us that success in any endeavor is the result of being able to focus on what’s important.
Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin
We only have one life to live, and the authors argue that we spend too much of it chasing that which is unimportant, and money is often at the top of the list. Moreover, by living a frugal and meaningful life, we have the chance to exit the “rat race” sooner than we might think, leaving us time to pursue our passions.
Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton
As a chief learning officer and professional coach, I’m always looking for ways to identify and hone my strengths and those of people with whom I work. This book provides practical insights into discovering and leveraging your strengths. And the strengths assessment that accompanies it is a valuable tool to heighten one’s self-awareness regarding his or her own strengths.
Co-Active Coaching: New Skills for Coaching People Toward Success in Work and Life by Laura Whitworth, Karen Kimsey-House, Henry Kimsey-House, and Phillip Sandahl
As a professional coach, I believe coaching skills and those organizations that foster coaching cultures are discovering the competitive advantage. This book provides a simple, relatable model and a wide range of skills that individuals can practically apply to more positively impact their personal and professional lives by being more effective in how they communicate and relate to others and by helping others to realize their full potential.
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
With the opening scene set in Ethiopia, it is the sweeping tale of twin brothers (originally conjoined but separated after birth) who were orphaned at birth due to the death of their mother, a beautiful Indian nun, and the abandonment of their father, a British doctor, who later becomes quite famous. The story provides a compelling and intimate look at relationships, political struggles, the field of medicine, adventure, sexuality, and family connection. The writing is so captivating and vivid, I had the sensation of the flavors, smells, and visions. It is a long book, yet as I got close to the end, I slowed my pace to savor it and not let go. There are many reasons this was on the New York Times bestsellers list for two years.