January 2020’s Top Reads
More than 11,000 business books are published every year—an overwhelming choice for busy professionals. Therefore, in partnership with getAbstract, Training brings you January’s top three business books recommended to our readers.
“Mind Hacking. How to Change Your Mind for Good in 21 Days” by John Hargrave (Gallery Books, 2016, 240 pages, ISBN: 9781501105654; $16)
Prankish entrepreneur Sir John Hargrave believes the mind revolution is underway. Once befuddled by drugs and alcohol, he drew on his coding background to hack his addiction and transform his life. He shares his system of objective mind training, offering ways to identify negative mental loops, generate fresh “positive loops,” and embed them in your mind. Hargrave provides numerous “mind games” to build healthy patterns of concentration and “meta thinking.” This humorous, candid, practical guide offers a 21-day challenge of playful personal mind transformation. Freethinkers, innovators, and those struggling with obsessive thinking will find intriguing solutions.
Rating (out of 10): 8
“Mastering Collaboration. Make Working Together Less Painful and More Productive” by Gretchen Anderson (O’Reilly Media, 2019, 228 pages, ISBN: 9781492041733; $39.99)
Collaboration is one of humankind’s primal dynamics, but formal collaboration inside today’s organizations seldom works. Companies suffer when colleagues can’t get together effectively to develop smart solutions to problems. Leaders might pay lip service to the idea of collaboration, yet few know how to bring it about. As you might suspect, there is a better way. Collaboration expert Gretchen Anderson explains in practical terms how collaboration works, what it can accomplish, how to organize collaborative teams and which common collaboration pitfalls to avoid.
Rating (out of 10): 9
“Courage Goes to Work. How to Build Backbones, Boost Performance, and Get Results” by Bill Treasurer (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2019, 224 pages, ISBN: 9781523098569; $19.95)
When he was young, consultant Bill Treasurer feared heights. He overcame his fear and became a high-diving champion. Every day for seven years, Treasurer would climb to the top of a 100-foot tower (as tall as a 10-story building). From there, at a speed of more than 50 miles per hour, he’d dive head-first into a 10-foot-deep pool. He became the captain of the U.S. High Diving Team. Now, he teaches managers how to be brave and how to imbue their workers with courage. In this 10th-anniversary edition of his bestseller on building courage in the workplace, Treasurer jokes that he hopes to enroll his readers in the “Fraternal Order of Courageous Managers.”
Rating (out of 10): 9
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