Contributors to the September 2019 issue of TD magazine offer their book recommendations.
Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant
When I entered the business world after college, I was taken aback by the behavior I saw from various “high-power” VP and C-level executives, so the message that you don’t have to be a jerk to get things done that Grant shares resonated with me. Spoiler alert: He goes a step further to say it’s actually better if you aren’t.
The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age by Reid Hoffman
I’ve shared this with every new member of my team. We want to continue to build a culture at the Educe Group that has helped us achieve commendations recently from the Washington Post and Fortune magazine as one of the top five best workplaces for small companies.
The Universe Within Us: A Guide to the Purpose of Life by Jane Harper
It’s a wholistic approach toward understanding purpose and life satisfaction through both science and spirituality.
Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Malone Scott
This was a great book to give a framework of giving feedback and having candid conversations with anyone at any level in the organization.
Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation by Dan Schawbel
This book caught my attention because the use of technology is always growing but, in many ways, it’s killing our ability to communicate and connect with people in a real way. I really enjoyed the actionable items available in this book to gauge how much technology has taken over and possibly disrupted our ability to socialize.