September 2019’s Top Reads

In partnership with getAbstract, Training brings you September’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 September’stop three business books recommended to our readers.

“The Power of Positive Leadership. How and Why Positive Leaders Transform Teams and Organizations and Change the World” by Jon Gordon (Wiley, 2017, 208 pages, ISBN: 9781119351979; $25)

Practicing positive leadership enables you to create a healthy organizational culture and cohesive teams. Positivity increases your ability to succeed and to meet life’s challenges. Positive leadership comes from having faith in the future and the resolve to solve difficult problems. Jon Gordon, who also wrote “The Energy Bus” among his other bestsellers, explains why positive people tend to work harder, make more money, and succeed in many industries, including politics and sports. Gordon packs his advice with observations and case studies. His basic and occasionally profound advice will encourage leaders in search of inspiration.

Rating (out of 10): 7

Applicability: 8

Innovation: 7

Style: 7

“The Best Team Wins. The New Science of High Performance” by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton (Simon & Schuster, 2018, 272 pages, ISBN: 9781501179860; $27)

Bestselling authors Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton deconstruct the motivation of employees across the generations to help managers keep multigenerational teams performing smoothly. The former workforce of vertical banks of long-time employees now must become fluid, cross-functional teams. The authors discuss how different generations work and which management styles motivate them. This fast-moving, entertaining guide offers real-world case studies and surprising research into generational differences and parallels. The authors also offer 101 ideas for inspiring a multigenerational workforce. 

Rating (out of 10): 9

Applicability: 9

Innovation: 8

Style: 9

“Taking the Work Out of Networking. An Introvert’s Guide to Making Connections That Count” by Karen Wickre (Gallery Books, 2018, 240 pages, ISBN: 9781501199271; $25)

If you hate networking, Twitter and Google veteran Karen Wickre has bad news and good news. The bad: You can’t just skip it. The good: Great networking now is not like the awful nametag confabs of your nightmares. She shows how using social media strategically can make connecting easier, and describes painless ways to tap your network for leads, intros, and more. Wickre, a self-described introvert, writes in an upbeat tone, explaining how to craft a social media persona, maintain connections, and get comfy with social protocols. Introverts will benefit from her low-pressure routes to connection.

Rating (out of 10): 8

Applicability: 8

Innovation: 7

Style: 8

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