As we head into the New Year, it’s a great time to assess where we’ve been and establish a roadmap for where we’re going. And what better way than to take in some expertise from gurus of the business world. This list of books will not only get you headed in the right direction in the New Year, but will inspire you along the way.
Effortless, by Greg McKeown
His previous bestseller, Essentialism, was a breakthrough work focused on not getting things done, but getting the right things done. In his new book, Effortless, McKeown focuses on working smarter, not harder. As an antidote to our burnout culture, he argues that the more essential the work we’re doing, the more effortless it should be to get it done.
Play Nice But Win, by Michael Dell
He built a computer empire on the “buy then build” model. And he mastered it the way Ford mastered car manufacturing. In his book, Play Nice But Win, Dell shares the trials and tribulations of building his company from dorm room to juggernaut. And how the company went public, then private, then public again. His anecdotes are full of relevant takeaways. A person of industry sharing his best advice through story – what’s better?
The Code Breaker – Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and The Future of the Human Race, by Walter Isaacson
There is no better biographer than Walter Isaacson. So you can hardly go wrong with this one on the author’s cred alone, but there is more here. This isn’t as much about the person Isaacson is writing about, Jennifer Doudna, as much as it is about her scientific prowess and what she’s done to positively help humanity forever. She and her collaborators invented CRISPR, a tool to edit human DNA. This is a true-life detective story that had to be told.
Burnout, by Gordon Parker, Gabriela Tavella, and Kerrie Eyers
A complement to #1 on our list, this book, Burnout, explores just how much damage our work-addicted culture is doing to itself. If you’re a high-achiever and always feel exhausted, well, it’s not hard to see why. This book not only dives into why we are this way, but also into who is most susceptible and how to recover. Burnout takes a lot of forms and if you don’t slow down and heal, your body may just do it for you.