It has now been a couple weeks into 2017 and it is time to make good on all those resolutions we pushed upon ourselves. In addition to getting more exercise, eating healthier, and maybe traveling more, people generally resolve to work harder, make more money, or maybe even find a new job. In any case, there are books for those who want to achieve that, but find it hard to start from scratch. These books might not get you the job, or make you a better boss, but they certainly are a good start to getting on that path:
1. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter
As a psychologist and career coach, Marshall Goldsmith has coached 150 CEOs and is listed as a top management thinker. He has a lot of experience in the business world and in this book tries to share his knowledge. Goldsmith and Reiter go over 20 workplace habits that keep people from success, and offer advice on what will get you advanced to the next stage in your career.
2. Why We Work by Barry Schwartz
Schwartz writes for those that manage others, and compellingly argues that people are not solely motivated by money to get the job done. Instead, he suggests that creativity, happiness in the workplace, and other positive motivators drive employees to get the job done.
3. Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Both Burnett and Evans are Design Theory professors at Stanford and together they teach a course of the same name as their book. Designing Your Life gives strategies and exercises for improving one’s personal and professional life based on design theory.
4. Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg
Duhigg’s second bestseller takes productivity and creativity and turns them into skills that anyone can achieve. He gives real life stories to help inspire people to recognize that looking at ideas in new perspectives is usually what achieves success.
5. Pivot by Jenny Blake
Pivot is important to anyone who is hoping to make a career change. Blake, a former Google employee and career coach, goes over the steps it takes for a large or small career change. Her method does require a lot of planning, but the planning is worth the payoff in the end.
6. Superbosses by Sydney Finkelstein
Superbosses are for those who are managers, or hope to be one, that want to be as successful as possible being a leader. Finkelstein takes a look at real life “superbosses” who have helped their employees fully develop their strengths. Finkelstein goes over how to go from boss to superboss in ways that anyone can achieve.
7. Payoff by Dan Ariely
Ariely is a professor at Duke as well as an author of other popular books, and a columnist for The Wall Street Journal on human behavior. He introduces concepts to help employee motivation that are not based on money, but are incentive based. This book is for anyone, but especially those that strive to help employees stay motivated and work with their best effort.
What is your “work harder” resolution? Will you be picking up any of these books?
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