March 2020’s Top Reads

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

“Lifescale. How to Live a More Creative, Productive, and Happy Life” by Brian Solis (Wiley, 2019, 304 pages, ISBN: 9781119535867; $30)

Your time and attention have never been more valuable. Tech companies vie for your attention and trade it as a commodity. They lure you into increasing your time on their platforms, and exploit neuroscientific discoveries to manipulate your online behavior. You succumb to the barrage of distractions, losing focus and creativity. “Digital anthropologist” Brian Solis noticed the demise of his own creativity and developed the Lifescale method in response. He provides a framework for recapturing your focus, rekindling your creative spark, and igniting a deep sense of purpose and well-being.

Rating (out of 10): 8

“Convinced! How to Prove Your Competence & Win People Over” by Jack Nasher (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2018, 240 pages, ISBN: 9781523095599; $19.95)

Mentalist Jack Nasher offers tips to help you appear more competent, attractive, intelligent, and important. He argues that your actual competence matters little compared with your perceived competence. He revels in people’s judgmental reflexes. Gaming them is the point of his book. But without judgment, how do you know who to trust with personal and professional assignments? He accepts that accurately judging someone else’s competence can be extremely difficult. To overcome the challenge, Nasher presents his “eight pillars of competence”—proven techniques, tools, and tactics derived from decades of psychological research.

Rating (out of 10): 9 

“Not Everyone Gets A Trophy. How to Manage the Millennials.” By Bruce Tulgan (Jossey-Bass Inc. Publishers, 2016, 208 pages, ISBN: 9781119190752; $25)

Management expert Bruce Tulgan researched what makes Millennials tick and—generalizing, of course—he discusses how to bring out their best qualities while addressing some possibly less desirable traits. Millennials aren’t slackers, he says. They’re ambitious and want to understand exactly what they need to do to advance. Though he may exaggerate some Millennial drawbacks, Tulgan offers solid advice for supervising new hires. If you manage Millennials, you’ll appreciate his insights about getting the most from members of this high-maintenance, high-achieving generation while helping them find satisfaction at work.

Rating (out of 10): 8

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