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New Books for Everyone You Know at Work

Holiday reading recommendations for all of your colleagues.

​Books, like too many slices of pie and epic battles for the wishbone, are the gifts that keep on giving. So, whether you'll be snuggling in front of the fire or schlepping the family to grandma's house, here are some newly published books recommended by Matt Davis, publisher of SHRM Books, that you can wrap up for colleagues and friends or slip into your own carry-on.

Happy holidays and happy reading!

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For the Newbie

Everybody Writes: Your New and Improved Go-to Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content
In this newly updated edition of the immensely popular Everybody Writes, Ann Handley delivers all of the practical how-to advice and insight you need, as well as strategies, techniques, tips and tools that will refine, upgrade and—most of all—inspire your own best content marketing.

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For You-Know-Who

Getting Along: How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People)
This research-based guide for how to handle difficult people at work is full of relatable, sometimes cringe-worthy examples, the latest behavioral science research and practical advice you can use right now. Getting Along by Amy Gallo is an indispensable guide to navigating your toughest relationships at work—and building interpersonal resilience in the process.

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For the Techie

Ideaflow: The Only Business Metric That Matters
Drawing upon many decades of experience leading Stanford University's premier Launchpad accelerator and advising some of the world's most innovative organizations, Jeremy Utley and Perry Klebahn offer research-based advice for overcoming thinking traps, finding unexpected inspiration and tricking your brain to be more creative.


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For the Creative Type

The Human Side of Innovation: The Power of People in Love with People
Part memoir, part manifesto, in The Human Side of Innovation, Mauro Porcini, PepsiCo's award-winning chief design officer, reveals the secret to life-changing innovation: putting human needs at the center of any design process.


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For the Always-Frazzled

Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away
Drawing on stories from athletes, CEOs and others, Annie Duke explains why quitting is integral to success and offers strategies for determining when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em that will save you time, energy and money. Whether you're facing a make-or-break business decision or a life-altering personal choice, mastering the skill of quitting will help you make the best next move.

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For the HR Manager

Small Business BIG RECRUITING: How to Hire in Any Labor Market and Within Any Budget
Thoughtful and encouraging throughout, Alex Shattuck's book delivers real-world, proven-to-work guidance for hiring top talent in any labor market and with any budget.

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For the Overcommitted

Smart Brevity: The Power of Saying More with Less
Brevity is confidence; length is fear. This is the guiding principle of a communications formula built by Axios journalists Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen and Roy Schwartz to prioritize essential news and information, explain its impact, and deliver it in a concise and visual format. The co-founders of Axios have created an essential guide for communicating effectively and efficiently in the digital age using smart brevity.

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For the Whole Team

Smarter Collaboration: A New Approach to Breaking Down Barriers and Transforming Work
Based on research with thousands of executives from around the world, Heidi K. Gardner and Ivan A. Matviak share their insights for implementing smarter collaboration. This is an essential guide for forward-thinking leaders who want to transform their organizations, reshape the way they work, and increase impact and success.


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For the Eternally Stuck

The 6 Types of Working Genius: A Better Way to Understand Your Gifts, Your Frustrations, and Your Team
Patrick Lencioni creates a framework and a common language for us to overcome the false narratives we make about ourselves and others. He also unlocks a tool that allows us to identify what brings us joy and fulfillment in an easy-to-understand yet powerful way. Beyond the personal discovery and instant relief the book provides, it also gives teams a remarkably simple and practical framework for tapping into one another's natural gifts, which increases productivity and reduces unnecessary judgment.

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For the Striver

When Women Lead: What They Achieve, Why They Succeed and How We Can Learn from Them
Julia Boorstin brings together the stories of more than 60 female CEOs and leaders, along with lessons from dozens of new studies. Her combination of narrative and research reveals how once-underestimated characteristics, such as vulnerability, gratitude and divergent thinking, can be vital superpowers—whcih anyone can work to their advantage.


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For the HR Professional

Preparing for the SHRM-CP Exam and Preparing for the SHRM-SCP Exam: Workbook and Practice Questions from SHRM, 2022 Edition
These two new SHRM certification workbooks deliver exam preparation resources and feature real questions from previous SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams. Certification candidates gain exposure to the types of items they will encounter in the current exams, feedback about correct and incorrect responses, and guidance to help develop study and test-taking strategies.


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For the Recruiter

The SHRM Essential Guide to Talent Management: A Handbook for HR Professionals, Managers, Businesses, and Organizations
Talent management is the most evergreen of HR topics because finding and keeping the best talent is a constant business imperative. But talent management moves quickly, and you have to stay ahead of the trends to be successful at hiring, engaging, coaching and retaining top talent. The SHRM Essential Guide to Talent Management by Sharlyn Lauby is your professional desk reference. It's full of practical solutions, expert insights and best practices to help you get unstuck when you're faced with any talent management challenge.

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For the Button-Pusher

Talking Taboo: Making the Most of Polarizing Discussions at Work
When politics, sex, race, religion, gender and other polarizing subjects come up for discussion among co-workers, what happens next? SHRM Chief Knowledge Officer Alexander Alonso, SHRM-SCP, explains why some topics are taboo while others are not by bringing the topics to life with real-world conversations. The book includes proven assessment and guidance tools that will help you make the most of taboo topics in your workplace.


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For the Early Adopter

Digitizing Talent: Creative Strategies for the Digital Recruiting Age
Popular podcaster Jessica Miller-Merrell offers readers an extensive survey of the ever-changing landscape of recruiting and a curated collection of recruitment tools, techniques and strategies to equip passive and active job-seeker candidates with success.