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Give Work: Reversing Poverty One Job At A Time

Give Work: Reversing Poverty One Job At A Time

Despite trillions of dollars in Western aid, 2.8 billion people worldwide still struggle in abject poverty. Yet the world’s richest countries continue to send money—mostly to governments—targeting the symptoms, rather than the root causes of poverty. We need a better solution. In Give Work, Leila Janah offers a much-needed solution to solving poverty: incentivize everyone from entrepreneurs to big companies to give dignified, steady, fair-wage work to low-income people.

Drive

Drive

How do we motivate our workforce in this new generation? Internal intrinsic motivation is the key. The old ways of carrot and stick are just that… old.. How do we foster internal motivation? There are 3 elements:

  • Autonomy – desire to direct our own lives.
  • Mastery – the urge to get matter, and better at something that matters.
  • Purpose – the yearning to do what we do in service of something that is larger than ourselves.

The Willpower Instinct

The Willpower Instinct

Kelly McGonigal of Stanford University uses research and science to inform and educate on the nature of willpower. What is it? How to strengthen it? What causes willpower breakdowns? All are discussed in this book.
Willpower derives from our pre-frontal cortex and it diminishes over time – therefore it is important to understand the ebbs and flows of our energy. Sleep enough, eat right to keep our blood sugar level, and know when our willpower is likely to be the strongest and the weakest as we plan our day.

Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change

Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change

In 2015, Ellen K. Pao sued a powerhouse Silicon Valley venture capital firm, calling out workplace discrimination and retaliation against women and other underrepresented groups. Her suit rocked the tech world—and exposed its toxic culture and its homogeneity. Her message overcame negative PR attacks that took aim at her professional conduct and her personal life, and she won widespread public support—Time hailed her as “the face of change.” Though Pao lost her suit, she revolutionized the conversation at tech offices, in the media, and around the world. In Reset, she tells her full story for the first time.

The Inner Game of Tennis

The Inner Game of Tennis

The Inner Game of Tennis is a revolutionary program for overcoming the self-doubt, nervousness, and lapses of concentration that can keep a player from winning. Now available in a revised paperback edition, this classic bestseller can change the way the game of tennis is played.

Delivering Happiness

Delivering Happiness

Tony Hsieh tells us about the beginnings of Zappos- from the initial idea, to the challenges of logistics and distribution, to the original management techniques that make Zappos employees some of the happiest there are.

Essentialism

Essentialism

By doing less, we achieve more. The Essentialist person is selective and strategic about what they do, when they do it, and how they do it. Most importantly the essentialist is comfortable saying “no.”

How to Become a Great Boss

How to Become a Great Boss

Jeffrey Fox is a master at producing books that give us the essence of an important idea in succinct and easily understandable prose. How to Become a Great Boss is divided into short, but powerful, chapters offering important advice to any leader.

Behind the Cloud

Behind the Cloud

Marc Benioff takes us through the building of Salesforce into one of the worlds fastest growing software companies. We learn of how he built the foundation, leveraged partnerships, and incorporated a philanthropic model.

On Becoming a Leader

On Becoming a Leader

Warren Bennis believed leaders are not born but rather developed. He exposed the leader as visionary, instead of autocrat.

Positive Intelligence

Positive Intelligence

The greatest enemy of success is not external but rather, internal. Our internal saboteurs keep us from achieving our true potential. Positive Intelligence shows us how to identify, name, and tame these voices, and use our sage wisdom and energy to soar.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Steve jobs granted unmetered access to the writer, and encouraged those around him to be open and truthful, leaving nothing off limits. Based on 40 interviews directly with Steve jobs over 2 years, as well as interviews with more than 100 others, this book is riveting as it recounts all of the incredible highs and lows of Job’s life.

The Happiness Advantage

The Happiness Advantage

Adapted from the most popular undergraduate class at Harvard. We must turn our view of happiness on its head. Instead of saying “I will be happy when…” Be happy now! The happiness of now will propel us to better success in the future. In other words, happiness should not be dictated by external circumstances.

The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit

All behaviors are the result of habits. We can change our behavior by changing our habits. The key is to know the trigger and the reward. Make a decision ahead of time as to what the reward will be.

Thinking Fast and Slow

Thinking Fast and Slow

Winner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award in 2012, Nobel Prize winner in Economic Sciences, Daniel Kahneman, breaks down the human thinking process as it relates to our judgment and decision-making. In judging the world around us, we use 2 mental systems.

Chaos Monkeys

Chaos Monkeys

Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley is an autobiography written by Antonio García Martínez.[1] The book compares Silicon Valley to the “chaos monkeys” of society. It details his career experiences with launching a tech startup, selling it to Twitter, and working at Facebook from its pre-IPO stage.

Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!

Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!

Based on the premise that accountants often make finance unnecessarily confusing, this guide helps small business owners see beyond the numbers. It shows the reader how to use key financial indicators as a basis for smart business decisions, with a focus on companies in the range between start-up and $5 million in revenue.

The Power of Full Engagement

The Power of Full Engagement

The leader of the energy project at HBS shows us how to maximize our energy. Every one of our thoughts and actions has an energy consequence. Leaders are stewards of organizational energy. Marathon runners look sallow and emotionally flat. Sprinters look powerful and full of energy. We must learn to live our lives as a series of sprints: fully engaged for periods of time, and then fully disengaging and seeking renewal.

Winning

Winning

Jack Welch led GE through amazing growth. His book describes his leadership and management philosophy, which can help any person in business. Here are some of the few: empower others, ask questions, tap into the potential of all of your associates, choose integrity and candor over charts, graphs, and politics, spend more time in action, instead of planning and posturing budgets, and always look for ways to make it easier to do business with.

Wooden on Leadership

Wooden on Leadership

John Wooden is arguably one of the best coaches and teachers of the 20th century. He led the UCLA Bruin basketball team as head coach to 10 NCAA championships in 12 years, including 4 perfect years and an 88 game-winning streak. In this book, Coach wooden shares his beliefs, his values, and his teaching and coaching philosophy. Coach wooden believes that we must do our best every moment; focus on the process, and the result will take care of itself.

Mindful Work

Mindful Work

A New York Times reporter reveals what business leaders around the country are already discovering: Meditation may be the key to fostering a happier, more productive workplace.

You Are a Brand

You Are a Brand

History and Current Events

A World Lit Only by Fire

A World Lit Only by Fire

Beloved and Darling Child

Beloved and Darling Child

Beloved and Darling Child

Over 4000 letters were written between princess Victoria and her mother, Queen Victoria. The letters describe pre-war Berlin, palace intrigue, and the Prussian state. Fascinating to read the thoughts of mother and daughter as they experience the world from the highest seats of power.

Chasing Shadows

Chasing Shadows

In the Garden of Beasts

In the Garden of Beasts

Taking Charge

Taking Charge

Team of Rivals

Team of Rivals

Team of Rivals

Upstairs At The Whitehouse

Upstairs At The Whitehouse

A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at life on Pennsylvania Avenue with America’s first families, by the man who spent nearly three decades in their midst.

It's What I Do

It's What I Do

War photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir It’s What I Do is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life. What she does, with clarity, beauty, and candor, is to document, often in their most extreme moments, the complex lives of others. It’s her work, but it’s much more than that: it’s her singular calling.

We Two

We Two

Queen Victoria’s early life and marriage to Albert are exquisitely told in this book. One of the most successful partnerships on both professional (Albert greatly shaped the thinking of Queen Victoria and her governance), as well as personal (they had 9 children together), levels.

Personal Growth

Happy: A Documentary

Happy: A Documentary

People who value money, power, fame and good looks are less likely to be happy than people who value compassion, cooperation and a willingness to make the world a better place.

When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air

What makes life worth living in the face of death? At the age of thirty-six, Paul Kalanithi is diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer before completing his training as a neurosurgeon. One day he is a doctor treating the dying, and the next he is a patient struggling to live. When Breath Becomes Air follows Kalanithi’s transformation and outlook on life as a medical student, a neurosurgeon and finally, as a patient.

Better Than Before

Better Than Before

The author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, tackles the critical question: How do we change?

Gretchen Rubin’s answer: through habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives.