You don’t know how to improve your work relationships? Have you ever thought about reinventing your career or letting out your creativity at work?
Choose the book that inspires you the most! Here are our book suggestions…
“The Art of Work” by Jeff Goins.
"Originals" by Adam Grant.
Originals addresses the challenge of improving the world by becoming original, by choosing to champion ideas and values that go against conformity. Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Adam Grant explores how to recognise a good idea, speak up, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt.
"Real artists don't starve" by Jeff Goins.
Goins dismantles the myth that being #creative is a hindrance to success by revealing how an artistic temperament is a competitive advantage in the market place. Goins presents timeless strategies for thriving including steal from your influences, collaborate with others, and apprentice under a master. From graphic designers and writers to artists and business professionals, creatives know that no one is born an artist. Furthermore, business and art are not mutually exclusive pursuits. In fact, success in business and in life flow from a healthy exercise of creativity.
"Creative Confidence" by Tom and David Kelley.
A powerful and compelling book on unleashing the creativity that lies within each and every one of us. Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the "creative types." But the book shows us that each and every one of us is creative. In an incredibly entertaining and inspiring narrative, Tom Kelley identifies the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential in our work lives, and in our personal lives, and allow us to innovate in terms of how we approach and solve problems.
"Messy" by Tim Harford.
Messy celebrates the benefits that messiness has in our lives: why it’s important, why we resist it, and why we should embrace it instead. Tim Harford explains that the human qualities we value – creativity, responsiveness, resilience – are integral to the disorder and confusion that produce them. In Messy, you’ll learn about the unexpected connections between creativity and mess; understand why unexpected changes can help generate new ideas and opportunities.
"Thinkertoys" by Michael Michalko.
Creativity expert, Michalko reveals life-changing tools that will help you think like a genius. From the linear to the intuitive, this book details ingenious creative-thinking techniques for approaching problems in unconventional ways. Through fun and thought-provoking exercises, you’ll learn how to create original ideas that will improve your personal and business life.
“Flow” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's famous investigations of "optimal experience" have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. In this book, Csikszentmihalyi demonstrates the ways this positive state can be controlled, not just left to chance, teaching how, by ordering the information that enters our consciousness, we can discover true happiness and greatly improve the quality of our lives.
"A whole new mind" by Daniel H. Pink.
The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't. Drawing on research from around the world, Pink outlines the six fundamentally human abilities that are absolute essentials for professional success and personal fulfillment, and reveals how to master them. A Whole New Mind takes readers to a daring new place, and a provocative and necessary new way of thinking about a future that's already here.
"Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear" by Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. She offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.
"Essentialism" by Greg McKeown.
The way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not. By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy.
"Eat That Frog - 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time" by Brian Tracy.
The title comes from Mark Twain's famous tip: eat a frog first thing in the morning. In other words, instead of putting of difficult or unpleasant tasks, it's better to tackle them straight away. Tracy explains that if you're anxious about a task or don't know how to do it, make it the first thing you tackle on your to-do list. With the worst task out of the way, the rest of your day will be much sunnier.
"Smarter Faster Better" by Charles Duhigg.
At the core of Smarter Faster Better are eight key productivity concepts that explain why some people and companies get so much done. Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics this book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don’t merely act differently. They know that productivity relies on making certain choices.
"The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg.
The author takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed, presenting a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. By harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.
"Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg
In 2010, Sheryl Sandberg gave an electrifying TED talk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Lean In continues that conversation changing from what women can’t do to what they can. Sandberg provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career. She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment, and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women both in the workplace and at home.
"Work Simply" by Carson Tate.
In Work Simply, Carson Tate explains the four major productivity styles – Prioritizer, Planner, Arranger and Visualizer – and offers invaluable tactics for leveraging your personal style instead of fighting it. She makes it much easier to manage your attention span, get more done, tame your inbox, set and reach goals and much more. She also shows how understanding the different styles can improve workplace relationships with bosses, colleagues, and employees.
"The Full Potential Relationship" by Coco Decrouppé.
"The Full Potential Relationship" is a great read and introduces several practical tools for your everyday life. Reflect on all kinds of relationships in your own life and define your 10 individual relationship rules. First, take a look at the relationship with yourself…
"Never Eat Alone" by Keith Ferrazzi.
The secret is in reaching out to other people. What distinguishes highly successful people from everyone else is the way they use the power of relationships to create a win-win situation. "Never Eat Alone" lays out specific steps to form and develop connections with colleagues, friends and acquaintances that will serve you throughout your career.
"Give and Take" by Adam Grant.
"Give and Take" shows how, in today’s dramatically reconfigured world, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. The book is about the importance of giving as professionals, and how adding value to the others’ careers can ultimately help our own success. Adam Grant opens up a revolutionary approach to work, interactions, and productivity that will change the way you see personal and professional relationships.
"Networking for people who hate networking" by Devora Zack.
If most networking advice books assume that to succeed you have to become an extrovert or, at least, learn how to fake it, this one shows that there is another way. This book shatters stereotypes about people who dislike networking, examines and then smashes the rules of standard networking advice, showing how the very traits that ordinarily make people networking-averse can be harnessed to forge an approach that is just as effective as more traditional approaches.
"Power Questions - Build relationships, win new business, and influence others" by Andrew Sobel and Jerold Panas.
The popular belief is that we win business by being clever and quick on our feet, and that saying the right thing is what attracts others. But, as "Power Questions" demonstrates, knowing the right question to ask is actually far more important than having a ready answer. "Power Questions" can immediately help you win more business, deepen your relationships, and connect with people rapidly. It shows you how to use thought-provoking questions to engage prospects and uncover their most pressing issues.
"The confidence code" by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman.
The authors provide an informative and practical guide to understanding the importance of confidence - and learning how to achieve it - for women of all ages and at all stages of their career. Working women today are better educated and more qualified than ever before. Yet men still predominate in the corporate world. Claire Shipman and Katty Kay argue that the key reason is confidence, offering the inspiration and practical advice women need to close the gap and achieve the careers they want and deserve.
"Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy" by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.
We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build. Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us. Even after the most devastating events, it is possible to grow by finding deeper meaning and gaining greater appreciation in our lives. Option B illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, and create resilient communities and workplaces.
"Together is better" by Simon Sinek.
Sinek beautifully illustrated book will inspire more readers to ask for help, help others, and discover their own courage through a charming story about change. Life is a series of choices. Sometimes our choices work out for the better…and sometimes they don’t. But there is one choice, regardless of every other decision, that profoundly affects how we feel about our journey: Do we go alone or do we go together? It is the courageous few who ask for help. It is the giving few willing to help others. We can all find the courage we need and know the joy of service – the minute we learn that together is better. The message is simple: relationships – real, human relationships – really, really matter.
“Linchpin” by Seth Godin.
There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there's a third team, the linchpins. These people figure out what to do when there's no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art. Have you ever found a shortcut that others missed? Seen a new way to resolve a conflict? Then you have what it takes to become indispensable, by overcoming the resistance that holds people back.
"The life-changing magic of tidying up" by Marie Kondo.
Despite not being a typical career book, the method by Marie Kondo is very applicable to both personal and professional life. This book teaches how to create more space for things that matter by decluttering physical things and tidying up your mental state.
"Presence" by Amy Cuddy.
This book offers an in-depth research on how our physical presence can positively influence our mental energy and confidence level. In fact, by accessing our personal power, we can achieve "presence" - the state in which we stop worrying about the impression we are making on others and instead adjust the impression we've been making on ourselves.
"A more beautiful question" by Warren Berger.
Asking questions may be an underappreciated tool: critical to learning, innovation, success, happiness - yet often discouraged in schools and workplaces. In "A more beautiful question" the author reveals that powerhouse businesses are fueled by the ability to ask fundamental, game-changing questions. But he also focuses on human stories of people using questioning to solve everyday problems, from "How can I adapt my career in a time of constant change?" to "How can I step back from the daily rush and figure out what really makes me happy?"
"I could do anything if I only knew what it was" by Barbara Sher.
A life without direction is a life without passion. This book guides you not to another unsatisfying job, but to a richly rewarding career rooted in your heart's desire. The author reveals how you can recapture "long lost" goals, overcome the blocks that inhibit your success, decide what you want to be, and live your dreams.
"Finding your own north star - claiming the life you were meant to live" by Martha Beck.
Explorers depend on the North Star when there are no other landmarks in sight. The same relationship exists between you and your right life, the ultimate realization of your potential for happiness. Martha Beck will teach you how to read your internal compasses, articulate your core desires, identify and repair the unconscious beliefs that may be blocking your progress, nurture your intuition, and cultivate your dreams.
"Payoff" by Dan Ariely.
Every day we work hard to motivate ourselves, the people we live with, the people who work for and do business with us. In this way, much of what we do can be defined as being “motivators.” Payoff investigates the true nature of motivation, our partial blindness to the way it works, and how we can bridge this gap. The author digs deep to find the root of motivation - how it works and how we can use this knowledge to approach important choices in our own lives.
"Reach" by Andy Molinsky.
What sets successful people apart is their willingness to do things most of us fear. What’s more, we have the false notion that successful people like to do these things, when they have simply found their own way to do them. According to Andy Molinsky, there are five key challenges underlying our avoidance tendencies, and he has discovered that many people who confront what they were avoiding come to realize that they actually enjoy it, and can even be good at it.
"The new rules of work" by Alexandra Cavoulacos & Kathryn Minshew.
People in previous generations tended to pick one professional path and stick to it. Today’s career trajectories aren’t so scripted and linear. We don’t discover and apply for jobs the same way anymore, and employers don’t find applicants the way they used to. Kathryn Minshew and Alexandra Cavoulacos, founders of TheMuse.com, offer the definitive guide to the modern workplace. Through quick exercises and structured tips, you will learn the new rules for finding the right path; for landing the perfect job; and for growing and advancing in your career.
"Simple Rules - How to thrive in a complex world" by Donald Sull and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt.
Armed with a few simple rules, you can tackle even the most complex of problems. Drawing on more than a decade of rigorous research, Sull and Eisenhardt provide a clear framework for developing effective rules and making them better over time. They find insights in unexpected places, from the way Tina Fey codified her experience working at Saturday Night Live, to Japanese engineers rules used to optimize Tokyo’s rail system. This is the definitive playbook for living simply and efficiently in every sphere of life.
"The difference maker" by John C. Maxwell.
What can make the difference in your life today? How can two people with the same skills and abilities, in the same situation, end up with two totally different outcomes? John C. Maxwell says the difference maker is attitude. In "The difference maker", Maxwell shatters common myths about attitude, showing you how to overcome the five biggest attitude obstacles and teaching the skills you need to make attitude your biggest asset.
"Stand Out" by Dorie Clark.
To make a name for yourself, you have to capitalize on your unique perspective and knowledge and inspire others to listen and take action. Dorie Clark explains how to identify the ideas that set you apart and promote them successfully. The key is to recognize your own value, cultivate your expertise, and put yourself out there. Clark teaches readers how to develop a big idea, leverage existing affiliations, and build a community of followers.
"So Good They Can't Ignore You" by Cal Newport.
Cal Newport debunks the belief that "follow your passion" is good advice. Not only preexisting passions are rare, but they could lead to anxiety and chronic job hopping. Newport sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving what they do, uncovering the strategies they used and the pitfalls they avoided in developing their compelling careers. Matching your job to a preexisting passion does not matter. Passion comes after you put in the hard work to become excellent at something valuable, not before. In other words, what you do for a living is much less important than how you do it.
"Leave Your Mark" by Aliza Licht.
Drawing invaluable lessons from her experience, Licht shares advice, inspiration, and a healthy dose of real talk. She delivers personal and professional guidance for people just starting their careers and for people who are well on their way. With a particular emphasis on communicating and building your personal brand, Aliza is your knowledgeable guide to the contemporary working world, where personal and professional lines are blurred and the most important thing you can have is a strong sense of self.
"Thrive" by Arianna Huffington.
In Thrive Arianna Huffington makes a compelling case for redefining what it means to be successful in today's world. As more and more people are realizing, there is far more to living a truly successful life than just earning a big salary. Our relentless pursuit of the two traditional metrics of success - money and power - has led to an epidemic of burnout and stress-related illnesses, and an erosion in the quality of our relationships. We need a third metric for defining success to truly thrive. That third metric includes our well-being, our ability to draw on our intuition and inner wisdom, our sense of wonder, and our capacity for compassion and giving.
"The slight edge" by Jeff Olson.
The Slight Edge is not just a self-help method you must learn in order to become successful. On the contrary, it shows you how to create powerful results from the simple daily activities of your life, by using tools that are already within you, discovering that one thing that will help you achieve that goal, realize a life-long dream or propel you up the ladder to success.
"Deep Work" by Cal Newport.
Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he celebrates the power of its opposite. This book takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories and no-nonsense advice; it is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.
"What color is your parachute?" by Richard N. Bolles
If you're only going to read one book this summer, you may want to choose this one. Why? It covers a little about everything. Bolles writes, "In today's world, he or she who gets hired is not necessarily the one who can do that job best; but, the one who knows the most about how to get hired." The first half of the book talks about how to create an eye-catching résumé and cover letter, as well as how to improve your networking, interviewing, and negotiating skills - while the second half focuses on how to find your ideal career.
"The Upstarts" by Brad Stone
Uber and Airbnb have ushered in a new era: redefining neighborhoods, challenging the way governments regulate business, and changing the way we travel. Another generation of entrepreneurs is using technology to upend convention and disrupt entire industries. The Upstarts is the definitive story of two new titans of business and a dawning age of tenacity, conflict and wealth. Brad Stone describes how it all happened and what it took to change the world. The perfect inspiration for your entrepreneurs.
"Good Leaders Ask Great Questions" by John C. Maxwell.
John Maxwell has mastered the art of asking questions, using them to learn and grow, connect with people, challenge himself, improve his team, and develop better ideas. In this book, he teaches why questions are so important, what questions you should ask yourself as a leader, and what questions you should be asking your team.
"Leaders eat last" by Simon Sinek
Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. Too many workplaces are driven by cynicism, paranoia, and self-interest. But the best ones foster trust and cooperation because their leaders build what Sinek calls a "Circle of Safety" that separates the security inside the team from the challenges outside. Sinek illustrates his ideas with fascinating true stories that range from the military to big business, from government to investment banking.
"Do Over" by Jon Acuff.
You already have everything you need for an amazing career. In fact, you’ve had it since day one. Starting on the first day on the job, you’ve had the chance to develop the four elements all great careers have in common: relationships, skills, character, and hustle. Now it’s time to amplify them and apply them in a new way. This unique approach will give you the power to call a Do Over. You’ll have the resources to reinvent your work and get unstuck. You’ll even rescue your Mondays as you discover how to work toward the job you’ve always wanted!
"Body of Work: finding the thread that ties your story together" by Pamela Slim.
In these days, when it's increasingly rare to have a stable career in any field, we tend to blend big company jobs, startup gigs, freelance work, and volunteer side projects. We take chances to expand our knowledge, skills, and experience. But how to make sense of that kind of career and explain it?Pamela Slim shows how to have meaningful careers in this new world of work, find the connections among diverse accomplishments, sell your story, and continually reinvent and relaunch your brand.
"Start With Why" by Simon Sinek.
Sinek starts with a fundamental question: why are some people and organisations more innovative, influential and profitable than others? And why are they able to repeat their success? In business, it doesn't matter what you do, it matters WHY you do it. Simon Sinek provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.
"Pivot" by Jenny Blake.
What's next? is a question we all have to ask and answer more frequently in an economy where the average job tenure is only four years and people find themselves hitting professional plateaus. How do you evaluate options and move forward without getting stuck? It's about small steps, not big leaps. This book will teach you how to pivot from a base of your existing strengths. When you pivot, you double down on your existing strengths and interests to move in a new, related direction. It empowers you to navigate changes with flexibility and strength.
"The first 90 days" by Michael D. Watkins.
Transitions are a critical time. While they offer a chance to start fresh and make needed changes in an organisation, missteps made during the crucial first three months in a new role can jeopardise your success. Watkins offers proven strategies for conquering the challenges of transitions, identifying the most common pitfalls you may encounter and providing the tools and strategies you need to avoid them. Whether you’re starting a new job, being promoted or embarking on an overseas assignment, how you manage your transition will determine whether you succeed or fail.