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Book tips: 10 Inspiring Books We Think You’ll Like

by Nadia Lawrence

Ready to take the next career step? Here you go! We have 10 book tips for you

Book tip #1: Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual (for a Sexist Workplace)

by Jessica Bennett, HarperCollins, 2016

What it’s about
Funny, irreverent, and honest, this guide offers practical advice on tackling the subtle, insidious sexism in today’s workplace. What makes Fight Club different is that it doesn’t simply complain about male stereotypes but challenges women to take a closer look at their own deeply-entrenched behavior. Maybe we’re part of the problem?

What you learn
If you’re currently stuck in a sexist swamp, or you know someone who is–this book offers a way to make real changes that can help in everyday life as well as in the workplace.

About the author
Jessica Bennett is an American journalist whose work focuses on sexuality, gender, and culture. She is the first-ever gender editor of The New York Times.

Book tip #2: The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World

by Marti Olsen Laney , Workman Publishing, 2002

What it’s about
It’s a common misconception that introverts are simply shy or antisocial. But, as this educational book shows, there are many advantages to being an introvert or having an introvert on your team: you just have to understand—and work with—their temperament.

What you learn
Full of coping strategies and tips that can help the introvert manage her energy, socialize, and cope with the extrovert world, this is a must-read for introverts as well as for those that love and employ them.

About the author
Marti Olsen Laney is a psychotherapist, researcher, educator, and author. She is one of America’s foremost authorities on introversion.

Book tip #3: Let the Elephants Run: Unlock Your Creativity and Change Everything

by David Usher, House of Anansi Press, 2014

What it’s about
Do you wish you were more creative? According to the author of this inspiring book, creativity is a skill we can all learn; it’s perfectly possible to reignite the spark that many of us feel we’ve lost since childhood. All it needs is for us to start reconnecting with our imagination and nurturing our creative selves.

What you learn
Let your imagination run free for the first time in years, and take your first steps to regaining that lost creativity!

About the author
David Usher is a political scientist, performance artist, and entrepreneur. A sign on the wall of his consulting company reads, “Dream big, let the elephants run!”

Book tip #4: Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

by Max Tegmark, Knopf, 2017

What it’s about
This highly readable guide asks the question we’re all asking: in which direction are we taking the technology we’re designing; or rather, where will it take us? How will it affect our jobs, our society, and our sense of what it is to be human?

What you learn
Complex and thought-provoking, Life 3.0 invites us to take part in what’s certainly one of the most important conversations of our time: the meaning, and future application, of artificial intelligence.

About the author
Max Tegmark is a Swedish-American physicist and cosmologist. He’s a professor at MIT, and a co-founder of the Future of Life Institute.

Book tip #5: The Miracle Morning

by Hal Elrod, Hal Elrod, 2012

What it’s about
This book is about waking up every day knowing you’re going to fulfill your potential. By taking just a few minutes first thing in the morning for meditation and visualization of the day ahead and some exercise, you can learn to relax and take the day in stride.

What you learn
The Miracle Morning can help you take practical steps towards a new, relaxed way of being and to discover new sources of energy to reach your goals.

About the author
Author and popular public speaker Hal Elrod says he’s on a mission to elevate the consciousness of humanity–one morning at a time.

Book tip #6: Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change

by Beth Comstock with Tahl Raz, Penguin, 2018

What it’s about
People are naturally resistant to change: many of us find it threatening. But we also know it’s necessary for growth. This behind-the-scenes look into power, success, and influence reveals how businesses, including the giants, need change to stay relevant in a transforming world.

What you learn
Beth Comstock shows how each of us can use our imagination to become a change maker. Sharing her deeply personal journey and offering practical takeaways from a lifetime of experience at the top, Imagine It Forward helps us learn to embrace change, in both our personal lives and our careers.

About the author
Beth Comstock is the former vice chair of General Electric (GE). She has been named on both Fortune and Forbes lists of the world’s most powerful women.

Book tip #7: High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way

by Brendon Burchard, Hay House, 2017

What it’s about
According to Brendan Burchard, there are just six performance habits that can decide whether or not you enjoy long-term success. Adopt them, and you’ll be a winner. Anyone can practice these habits, whether they want to get more done in their everyday lives, become better leaders, or increase their confidence.

What you learn
Looking for tips to become a high performer? Look no further.

About the author
Brendon Burchard is a leading high-performance coach, personal development trainer, and bestselling author.

Book tip #8: The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups

by Daniel Coyle, Random House, 2018

What it’s about
Why do some organizations enjoy greater success than others? According to this author it’s because they’re able to create a common micro-culture where each member of the team feels valued and experiences a sense of belonging. The Culture Code explores what makes such teams successful, drawing on examples across a wide range of industries.

What you learn
Full of insight, this is for anyone who’s interested in understanding what makes a good team click.

About the author
Daniel Coyle is an author and also works as a special advisor to the Cleveland Indians professional baseball team.

Book tip #9: The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to Save It

by Yascha Mounk, Harvard University Press, 2018

What it’s about
This is an analysis of one of the most important topics of our time: the rise in populist nationalism and the challenge to democracy. Why is it happening and what can we do about it? The book identifies key drivers of voters’ discontent and considers how to reverse the trend.

What you learn
A book for anyone concerned with contemporary politics and the action we urgently need to take as individuals, voters, and members of democratic societies.

About the author
Yascha Mounk is a Lecturer on Government at Harvard University and a Senior Fellow in the Political Reform Program at New America.

Book tip #10: Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

by Deborah Feldman, Simon & Schuster, 2012

What it’s about
For those of us lucky enough to live in a society where women and men are considered equal, it’s hard to imagine life where secular education is minimal and young women’s opportunities are restricted to marriage and motherhood.

What you learn
This fascinating and unsettling personal account offers special insight into a closed, repressive world that outsiders rarely have the opportunity to experience.

About the author
Deborah Feldman was raised in a Satmar Hasidic community in Brooklyn, New York, until she managed to leave and start a new life in the outside world.

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