How we built a workplace people love
-- Richard Sheridan
"Joy Inc. is the next step in the evolution of leadership and organization theory."
-- Joseph Grenny, coauthor of Influencer
The Rational Optimist
How prosperity evolves
-- Matt Ridley
"It's a fantastic read essentially arguing that specialization and the trade that emerged from specialization was the essential driver of human cultural evolution. It's a great book."
-- Psychology Today
Why you get more done when you work less
-- Alex Soojung - Kim Pang
"At heart, it is rest, in the many ways Pan describes, that contributes to our ability to be the best of what we can be."
-- Linda Stone, former executive at Apple and Microsoft
The Happiness Advantage
The seven principles of positive psychology that fuel success and performance at work
-- Shawn Achor
"Achor bases his training on a burgeoning body of research on the positive psychology movement, which emphasizes instilling resiliency and positive attitudes."
-- Wall Street Journal
The Respectful Leader
Seven ways to influence without intimidation
-- Gregg Ward with Walter G. Meyer
"If you want to keep Millennials, treat them with respect! Ward's terrific book shows you exactly how."
-- Frank C. Ginsberg, CEO of AFG
If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Happy?
-- Raj Raghunathan
"Raj Raghunathan gives you the tools you need to lead a more satisfying life."
-- Art Markman, author of Smart Thinking
-- Scott Adams
"Dilbert continues to be the voice for the embattled cubicle-dwelling Everyman."
Twelve classic tales from the world of Wall Street
-- John Brooks
"A book of eternal truths."
-- The Guardian
For many engineers, the highest goal is to be an Engineer-of-Record on a major project. For lawyers, winning a huge case, or setting a precedent in law is their career goal. For a doctor, finding a cure for a disease is seen as the highest level of achievement.
But for people in management, career goals can be more subtle and harder to define. That’s where organizational change and corporate culture come into play.
Personally, I would find no deeper sense of success in my career if I could look back on it and know that I made a difference in the lives of my fellow coworkers, by creating a culture of happiness at work. Shawn Achor makes a compelling case in The Happiness Advantage that success does not bring happiness, but rather happiness brings success.
It is my hope that all of Corporate America can learn from the books I’ve outlined below, in order to create success that is built on a culture of happiness.
Give and Take
A revolutionary approach to success
-- Adam Grant
"Give and Take is a pleasure to read, extraordinary informative, and will likely become one of the classic books on workplace leadership and management."
-- Jeff Ashby, NASA space shuttle commander