June 2020’s Top Reads

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



More than 12,000 business books are published every year—an overwhelming choice for busy professionals. Therefore, in partnership with getAbstract, Training brings you June’s top three business books recommended to our readers.

Subtle Acts of Exclusion. How to Understand, Identify, and Stop Microaggressions” by Tiffany Jana and Michael Baran(Berrett-Koehler, 2020, 200 pages, ISBN: 9781523087051; $19.99)

Everyone has unconscious biases. Though most “subtle acts of exclusion” are not malicious, if people commit them unchecked, their effects can demoralize a workforce. Leaders seeking a more inclusive culture must discuss sensitive subjects such as racism or sexism, even at the risk of getting the words wrong. Dr. Tiffany Jana and Dr. Michael Baran explain how your organization can put inclusive policies into place while never sugarcoating potential difficulties. They suggest activities for building awareness and inclusion, both important values that foster resilient teams of engaged employees.

Rating (out of 10): 9

“The Advice Trap. Be Humble, Stay Curious & Change the Way You Lead Forever” by Michael Bungay Stanier (Page Two, 2020, 264 pages, ISBN: 9781989025758; $10.32)

Everyone hates to receive advice, but everyone loves to give it. Unfortunately, most advice is useless. To stop giving other people a piece of your mind, Michael Bungay Stanier—author of the best-selling “The Coaching Habit”—urges you to corral your “Advice Monster.” Stanier’s guidebook, which he describes as “a manual, a playbook, a studio, a dojo,” tells you how to make the transition from gratuitous meddler to helpful coach.

Rating (out of 10): 9

“Your Team Loves Mondays, Right…? A Guide For People Managers” by Kristin A. Sherry “Black Rose Writing, 2020, 177 pages, ISBN: 9781684334636; $17.95)

Gallup surveys found that 50 percent of 7,200 associates who quit their jobs left because of their managers. Kristin A. Sherry reports that difficult managers often share certain important traits. They don’t know how to identify their own style of delegating and directing. They lack the desire to garner better results by altering their behavior in response to other people, and they communicate poorly. Sherry suggests the three critical attributes of a good manager are “character, competence, and caring.” Put those in action, she says, to help your team love Mondays.

Rating (out of 10): 7

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