Summer 2021 Reading List

By Matt Davis June 29, 2021

Here are five new books with fresh perspectives and proven solutions to add to your reading list as you meet the challenges of the brave, new world of work.


The Culture Puzzle: Harnessing the Forces That Drive Your Organization's Success

Corporate culture is critical to any organizational change effort. Business anthropologists and management experts Mario Moussa, Derek Newberry and Greg Urban offer a model for identifying the essential elements of any culture and show how to unlock its power by harnessing four key forces: vision, interest, habit and innovation. (Berrett-Koehler)


I Love It Here: How Great Leaders Create Organizations Their People Never Want to Leave

Clint Pulver knows a thing or two about what makes a great workplace. He has traveled the globe as "The Undercover Millennial" and has conducted 10,000 interviews to learn how great leaders create great companies that engender employee loyalty. Pulver's book is jam-packed with guidance and tools to help create the work environment that will motivate employees. Empathy and kindness are two crucial attributes to establishing a winning organization, he declares. (Page Two Books)


The Power of Trust: How Companies Build It, Lose It, Regain It

In business, responsibilities to investors, customers, employees and society don't always neatly align, and they can pull company leaders in different directions. Harvard Business School professor Sandra Sucher and co-author Shalene Gupta dig deep into the science behind trust and show readers a new understanding of what trust is, plus how it can be built and regained when lost. (PublicAffairs)


UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias at Work

Rework Work CEO Stacey Gordon delivers a thorough roadmap for building inclusive workplaces where people can thrive. Full of real-world examples, this book demonstrates how organizations can weave diversity, equity and inclusion into their DNA through the four A's: awareness, alignment, action and advocacy. (Wiley)


Wellbeing at Work: How to Build Resilient and Thriving Teams

Co-authored by Gallup chairman and CEO Jim Clifton and its chief workplace scientist Jim Harter, Wellbeing at Work explores the five key elements of an individual's welfare: career, social, financial, physical and community. The book advises managers on how they can help employees thrive by building organizational resilience and improving individual mental health. (Gallup Press)

Matt Davis manages the SHRM Book Publishing program. 

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