By Thomas Shambler
Practical advice from the best books in business
1. So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
By Cal Newport
In an eye-opening account, Cal Newport debunks the belief that to 'follow your passion' is good advice. Not only is it cliché and flawed, but it has little to do with how most people end up loving their work.
2. We Are Market Basket: The Story of the Unlikely Grassroots Movement That Saved a Beloved Business
By Daniel Korschun and Grant Welker
Exploring the New England supermarket chain, Market Basket. A company so trusted that people took to the streets – by the thousands – so save its flailing business.
3. How to Fly A Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention and Discovery
By Kevin Ashton
Having built three successful start-ups, Kevin Ashton knows the challenges that go along with creating something new. Here he explores humanity's greatest creations, to discover the truth behind who creates and how they do it.
4. Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business
By Paul Downs
The author of popular "You're the Boss" blog for The New York Times has been running his own furniture business for twenty-four years. In his first book, Downs provides an honest portrait of the challenges all bosses must face.
5. Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age
By Sherry Turkle
Technology has made communication easier, any a lot less personal. Celebrated media professor Sherry Turkle explores the value of face-to-face conversations, and their role in creativity and productivity.
6. Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics
By Richard Thaler
What happens when the fields of economics and psychology collide? Author Richard Thaler seeks to explain the seemingly unexplainable things we humans do, and their role in affecting the economy.