August 2019’s Top Reads

In partnership with getAbstract, Training brings you August’s top three business books recommended to our readers.

More than 11,000 business books are published every year—an overwhelming choice for busy professionals. Therefore, in partnership with getAbstract, Training brings youAugust’stop three business books recommended to our readers.

“The Surprising Science of Meetings. How You Can Lead Your Team to Peak Performance” by Steven G. Rogelberg (Oxford University Press (USA), 2019, 192 pages, ISBN: 9780190689216; $24.95)

Many managers regard inefficient, unproductive, or boring meetings as an unavoidable business flaw. Professor Steven G. Rogelberg challenges this assumption with ideas on how to stop wasting time and energy by facilitating better meetings. He bases his advice on research, best practices, and surveys. Rather than canceling meetings, he says, improve them by being mindful and skillful about their design and delivery. He suggests short “standing meetings,” which offer health benefits, satisfaction, and efficiency. To improve your meeting culture, try his smart strategies. 

Rating (out of 10): 9

Applicability: 10

Innovation: 8

Style: 8

“Turn Enemies into Allies. The Art of Peace in the Workplace (Conflict Resolution for Leaders, Managers, and Anyone Stuck in the Middle)” by Judy Ringer (Career Press, 2019, 224 pages, ISBN: 9781632651549; $16.95)

Workplace conflict saps employee energy, loyalty, morale, and productivity. Unfortunately, most managers lack dispute resolution training. Conflict management expert and aikido master Judy Ringer explains that this Japanese martial art and its mind-body principles can guide managers in handling disputes. She carefully details her step-by-step conflict resolution system as she teaches managers how to use this elegant approach to restore workplace peace. Her philosophy and methods are equally effective in handling disagreements between employees or between friends or family members.

Rating (out of 10): 9

Applicability: 9

Innovation: 8

Style: 9

“This Messy Magnificent Life. A Field Guide” by Geneen Roth (Scribner, 2018, 224 pages, ISBN: 9781501182464; $26)

Educator and eating disorder expert Geneen Roth’s deeply personal essays illuminate the possibility of being free from the endless chatter of the mind and its narratives of pain, humiliation, anger, and suffering. Roth suffered life-altering setbacks and used their lessons to start the “drop the Me Project,” ending the practice of constantly focusing on self-improvement. Her essays speak to those who want to focus on their lives and success and not on negative inner voices.

Rating (out of 10): 9

Applicability: 9

Innovation: 9

Style: 10

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