November 2017’s Top Reads

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

“Global Teams. How the Best Teams Achieve High Performance” by Jo Owen (FT Press, 2016, 313 pages, ISBN: 9781292171913; $25.99)

To succeed at globalization, businesses need efficient teams operating at their peak worldwide. Global teams struggle with geography, time differences, and cultural and linguistic barriers. Their companies often must reconcile these teams’ divergent worldwide and local or national goals. Leadership expert Jo Owen explains that while senior executives tend to see global goals as paramount, team members also face local and national priorities. Owen’s fascinating and quite specific manual, while somewhat repetitive, includes a wealth of relevant details. getAbstract recommends his useful handbook to senior managers and global team leaders.

Rating (out of 10): 8

Applicability: 8

Innovation: 7

Style: 8

“Learning Technologies in the Workplace. How to Successfully Implement Learning Technologies in Organizations” by Donald H. Taylor (Kogan Page Publishers, 2017, 242 pages, ISBN: 9780749476403; $39.95)

Adult learners are embracing new tools and techniques, and using multiple online sources, including social networks and YouTube, to gather information and learn new skills. More and more, learners are self-motivated to find the information they need—whether through Web searches or peer networks—and apply it to their work. Many Learning professionals cling to a bygone era when Learning & Development (L&D) departments created and controlled learning, instead of maximizing the potential of this participatory revolution. Learning and Performance Institute Chairman Donald H. Taylor challenges Learning professionals who resist and deny change to open their horizons and offers a clear path to the L&D unit’s renewed relevance and contribution. getAbstract recommends this visionary, practical workplace learning guide to L&D professionals.

Rating (out of 10): 8

Applicability: 8

Innovation: 7

Style: 8

“The Bully-Proof Workplace. Essential Strategies, Tips, and Scripts for Dealing with the Office Sociopath” by Peter J. Dean and Molly D. Shepard (McGraw-Hill Education, 2017, 320 pages, ISBN: 9781259859663; $25)

Bullies blight the workplace. They harm morale and productivity. But if you understand bullies, you can learn to deal with them. Bullies fall into four categories: “Belier,” “Blocker,” “Braggart,” and “Brute.” Confronting a bully is difficult, but if you succeed, you may benefit almost immediately. You could feel a weight lift from your shoulders and take pride in your ability as an executive. But, authors Peter. J. Dean and Molly D. Shepard caution in this exhaustive—and sometimes exhausting—manual, if things don’t go well, you could face an even more difficult situation. They offer varied techniques for putting bullies in their place. getAbstract recommends their guidance to Human Resource officials, managers and victims of bullies.

Rating (out of 10): 8

Applicability: 9

Innovation: 8

Style: 8

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