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Change the Way You Work

Books with fresh perspectives, unconventional solutions and big ideas to transform your work.

​Summer has arrived at last and brings with it a bevy of terrific new workplace books, each full of fresh perspectives, unconventional solutions and big ideas to transform you and your workplace this summer!

Happy reading!


A Cure for the Common Company
By Richard Safeer

Well-being expert Safeer delivers a step-by-step roadmap for creating a culture of health on your team and in your company that keeps your people happier and more engaged. You'll discover the importance of shaping your well-being culture and challenging yourself, your team and your workforce to live better lives. The book features bulletproof strategies to help leaders build a sound cultural foundation that supports change and step up to guide their employees to be the best versions of themselves.

Nine Lies About Work

The Empathy Advantage
By Heather E. McGowan and Chris Shipley

Leaders today must recognize and respond to fundamental shifts in leadership: Effective leadership means enabling success, not just managing people; viewing peers as collaborators, not competitors; unlocking intrinsic motivation from workers, instead of applying extrinsic pressure; and inspiring value creation by leading with empathy, rather than driving productivity with unquestioned authority. The Empathy Advantage offers everyone from seasoned executives to emerging leaders valuable advice on how to lead a complex, diverse and multi-generational workforce to outperform your competition.

Dare to Lead

Digitizing Talent
By Jessica Miller-Merrell

In this hyper-competitive talent and recruiting market, digital recruiting presents employers with a distinct competitive advantage for reaching, engaging and building relationships with qualified and interested job seekers. Miller-Merrell—an expert in all things related to digital talent; the founder of Workology, a learning platform for HR professionals; and a popular podcaster—offers readers an extensive survey of the ever-changing landscape of recruiting and a curated collection of recruitment tools, techniques and strategies to successfully engage passive and active job candidates.

Atomic Habits

HR Like a Boss
By John Bernatovicz

The main tenets of success in human resources hinge on owning what you do, having a passion for people and understanding your business. HR Like a Boss offers HR professionals all the tools they need to help employees feel more connected to their organizations and ensure their companies' success. Written by a creative entrepreneur who has devoted his career to the HR community, this book combines real-life stories of HR professionals who embody the characteristics of a "boss"—meaning a skilled business leader—with practical insights for making an impact on their people, organizations and communities.

Measure What Matters

The Anxious Achiever
By Morra Aarons-Mele

From entrepreneur, mental health advocate and podcaster Aarons-Mele, The Anxious Achiever offers research-based insights into mental health as well as practical advice to help you understand your own anxiety profile, confront bad habits, resist perfectionism and manage social anxiety. Whether you're experiencing anxiety for the first time or have been battling it for years, The Anxious Achiever will help you turn your stress and worries into a source of strength.


HR Unleashed!!
By Steve Browne

It's easy to get bogged down in the administration of human resources, but Browne reminds us of our true value and talent. HR Unleashed!! will light a fire in you to rekindle relationships, get out from behind your desk and put the human back into human resources. You'll find yourself rereading and reflecting on Browne's practical advice and hard-won insights—and walking away with clear steps on how to unleash HR!! So, by all means, look up from your work and take your HR journey to the next level.

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Staff Matters
By Bonnie Low-Kramen

Developed through more than 1,500 conversations Low-Kramen had with executives, HR professionals, recruiters, executive assistants and leadership experts, there is no other book that provides such unique perspectives and firsthand insights into the workplace. Staffs everywhere are finding their voices—and the stakes have never been higher in global workplaces where no one knows what new crisis could arise tomorrow. Are you ready for a revolutionary, people-focused approach to fixing what's broken?

The Surprising Science of Meetings

To the Top
By Jenna C. Fisher

Fisher, a leadership advisor, reveals how the world has a once-in-a-generation opportunity today to close the gender gap at the top of organizations. You'll discover how practices often engaged in by women—including compassion, empathy, communication, mentorship and collaboration—are now in high demand. Drawing on scientific research and the powerful stories of female business leaders who have made it to the top, Fisher outlines how we can seize this opportunity for change.

Back to Human

By Jenn Granneman and Andre Sólo

Everyone has a sensitive side, but nearly 1 in 3 people have the genes to be more sensitive than others—both physically and emotionally. These are the people who pause before speaking and think before acting. They tune into subtle details and make connections that others miss. They tend to be intelligent, big-hearted and wonderfully creative, and they are wired to go deep, yet society tells them to hide the very sensitivity that makes them this way. These are the world's "highly sensitive people," and Sensitive is the book that champions them.

Back to Human

The Experience Mindset
By Tiffani Bova

The author of the popular Growth IQ delivers a smart new guide to enhancing customer and employee experience. Based on exclusive research from two Salesforce-sponsored studies of thousands of employees and C-suite executives, The Experience Mindset details exactly how your company can adopt an experience mindset at scale. It's not enough to know that happy employees equal happy customers. You must have an intentional, balanced approach to company strategy that involves all stakeholders—IT, marketing, sales, operations and HR—with key performance indicators and ownership over outcomes.

Back to Human

How Trust Works
By Peter H. Kim

Kim, the world's leading expert in the nascent field of trust repair, has conducted more than two decades of groundbreaking research to answer the question of how trust works. Drawing on that extensive data, he reveals surprising truths about how relationships are built, how they are broken and how they are repaired. Full of insights and personal accounts, Kim transforms our understanding of our deepest bonds and delivers tools to build strong and supportive relationships on every level.

Back to Human

15 Tools to Turn the Tide
By Seth Freeman

Negotiation is hard. Freeman's book doesn't just provide key principles to turn the tide in negotiations, it also gives you a suite of customized, step-by-step devices—simple phrases, mnemonics, glance-and-go play sheets and more—that you can deploy whenever you need them. Whether you're closing a multimillion-dollar deal in a recession, negotiating a job offer or just working out holiday dinner plans with your in-laws, this book gives you a roadmap to your goals—a relentlessly practical guide you'll actually use again and again.

Matt Davis is the publisher of SHRM Books.