The best 100 Work Culture books

Work culture plays a pivotal role in shaping the daily experiences and effectiveness of individuals within an organization. Understanding the dynamics of work culture is essential for fostering a positive environment and maximizing productivity. That's why we've compiled a diverse selection of books on work culture to provide a comprehensive insight into this crucial aspect of professional life.

Dive into our collection to gain valuable strategies and perspectives for cultivating a thriving work culture. Ready to elevate your workplace dynamics and enhance your organizational success? Start exploring these insightful titles now!

The best 100 Work Culture books
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Work Culture Books: ReWork by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

ReWork

Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
4.5 (256 ratings)
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What's ReWork about?

Rework (2010) throws out the traditional notions of what it takes to run a business and offers a collection of unorthodox advice, ranging from productivity to communication and product development.

These lessons are based on the authors’ own experiences in building, running and growing their company to a point where it generates millions of dollars in profits annually.

Who should read ReWork?

  • Anyone who has ever considered starting their own company
  • Anyone interested in what work should be like in the 21st century
  • Anyone trying to create an environment of productivity

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Work Culture Books: Scaling Up Excellence by Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao

Scaling Up Excellence

Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao
Getting to More Without Settling for Less
4.2 (53 ratings)
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What's Scaling Up Excellence about?

Scaling Up Excellence is the first major business publication that deals with how leaders can effectively spread exemplary practices in their organization. Readers can expect to learn about the latest research in the organizational behavior field, lots of instructive industry case studies, and many helpful practices, strategies and principles for scaling up.

The authors help leaders and managers understand major scaling challenges and show how to identify excellent niches, spread them and cultivate the right mindset within their organizations. They also set out scaling principles that guide leaders in their daily decisions.

Who should read Scaling Up Excellence?

  • Leaders and managers seeking to improve the performance of their organization
  • Anyone who wants to know how to spread best practices in an organization
  • Anyone interested in cutting-edge organizational research

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Work Culture Books: How to Be a Positive Leader by Jane E. Dutton & Gretchen M. Spreitzer

How to Be a Positive Leader

Jane E. Dutton & Gretchen M. Spreitzer
Small Actions, Big Impact
4.1 (123 ratings)
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What's How to Be a Positive Leader about?

How to Be a Positive Leader examines cutting-edge research from the field of positive organizational behavior, in which companies aim to foster both a positive attitude to work and high performance among employees. The research is complemented with vivid examples from real organizations.

Who should read How to Be a Positive Leader?

  • Anyone interested in the concept of happiness at work
  • Leaders who want to build thriving, successful organizations
  • Employees who want to be happier and more productive

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Work Culture Books: Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux

Reinventing Organizations

Frederic Laloux
A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness
4.4 (163 ratings)
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What's Reinventing Organizations about?

Reinventing Organizations discusses why companies around the world are getting rid of bosses, introducing flat hierarchies and pursuing purpose over profit. And ultimately, by adopting a non-hierarchical model, these organizations thrive.

Who should read Reinventing Organizations?

  • Anyone studying leadership or management
  • Employees and managers fed up with hierarchical organizations
  • CEOs who want to change and modernize their company

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Work Culture Books: The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, Jim Huling

The 4 Disciplines of Execution

Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, Jim Huling
Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals
4.4 (263 ratings)
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What's The 4 Disciplines of Execution about?

The 4 Disciplines of Execution (2012) is a manual for CEOs and managers, showing leaders how to execute their strategic goals by getting their staff to behave differently. By introducing the four disciplines of execution, you’ll help motivate your team to achieve broader company goals.

Who should read The 4 Disciplines of Execution?

  • CEOs, managers and company leaders who want to execute their strategic goals
  • Students of economics and management
  • Anyone who wants to see their organization achieve its goals

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Work Culture Books: Change the Culture, Change the Game by Roger Connors and Tom Smith

Change the Culture, Change the Game

Roger Connors and Tom Smith
The Breakthrough Strategy For Energizing Your Organization and Creating Accountability For Results
4.2 (207 ratings)
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What's Change the Culture, Change the Game about?

Change The Culture, Change The Game (2012) demonstrates how to implement a culture of accountability within your organization. You’ll discover how to help encourage a shift in thinking to get the game-changing results you want and explore the steps needed to sustain such changes.

Who should read Change the Culture, Change the Game?

  • Anyone interested in managing change
  • Anyone wanting to change their organization’s culture

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Work Culture Books: The Culture Engine by S. Chris Edmonds

The Culture Engine

S. Chris Edmonds
A Framework for Driving Results, Inspiring Your Employees, and Transforming Your Workplace
3.9 (52 ratings)
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What's The Culture Engine about?

The Culture Engine (2014) is a guide to creating an inspirational workplace by revolutionizing the culture of your organization. These blinks will walk you through the process of designing, implementing and managing an organizational constitution to guide and transform any group.

Who should read The Culture Engine?

  • CEOs who want to revolutionize their company culture
  • Leaders looking to inspire their teams
  • Organizations that want to transform their approach to work

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Work Culture Books: The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle

The Culture Code

Daniel Coyle
The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups
4.4 (310 ratings)
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What's The Culture Code about?

Daniel Coyle’s The Culture Code (2018) digs into the findings of psychologists, organizational behavior theorists and his own firsthand knowledge of the contemporary business world to provide answers. What makes a group tick? Why do some teams outperform other seemingly evenly matched competitors? As well-researched as it is practical, this study of group dynamics is packed full of illuminating ideas and considered, hands-on advice about getting the best performance out of groups.

Who should read The Culture Code?

  • Managers and executives looking to hone their leadership skills
  • Employees of large organizations curious about the group dynamics around them
  • Members of sports teams interested in boosting their on-field performance

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Work Culture Books: It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work

Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
4.0 (227 ratings)
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What's It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work about?

It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work (2019) is a refreshing antidote to dysfunctional work culture. Drawing on real-world examples from the authors’ successful software company, these blinks shine a light on how we can say goodbye to habitual workplace stress and become calm, focused and efficient.

Who should read It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work?

  • High achievers longing for a better work-life balance
  • Managers looking for a fresh perspective
  • Entrepreneurs trying to de-stress

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Work Culture Books: The Joy of Work by Bruce Daisley

The Joy of Work

Bruce Daisley
30 Ways to Fix Your Work Culture and Fall in Love With Your Job Again
4.3 (204 ratings)
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What's The Joy of Work about?

The Joy of Work (2019) offers tips and techniques for making work less stressful and a lot more fun and productive. It examines many of the productivity pitfalls that can be found in today’s workplace, and provides solutions for both increased efficiency and more peace of mind. It also provides ideas on how to improve the atmosphere in the office and with your colleagues in order to engage in effective and harmonious teamwork. 

Who should read The Joy of Work?

  • Employees
  • Managers and CEOs
  • Coaches and psychologists

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Work Culture Books: The Fearless Organization by Amy C. Edmondson

The Fearless Organization

Amy C. Edmondson
Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth
4.5 (394 ratings)
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What's The Fearless Organization about?

The Fearless Organization (2018) delves into psychological safety and how the workplace can become an environment in which everyone feels confident enough to pitch in and do their best. These blinks explain why people hold back on sharing their ideas at work, how this harms businesses, and how leaders can encourage a culture of openness, questioning, and experimentation that leads to learning and innovation. 

Who should read The Fearless Organization?

  • Forward-thinking leaders who want to encourage innovation and learning
  • Human resources managers looking to get the most out of their talent
  • Team players interested in creating a supportive workplace

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Work Culture Books: The Fifth Discipline by Peter M. Senge

The Fifth Discipline

Peter M. Senge
The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
4.5 (223 ratings)
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What's The Fifth Discipline about?

The Fifth Discipline (1990) is a comprehensive guide to creating learning organizations – workplaces that nurture innovation and personal growth. The author argues that, in our rapidly changing world, companies can only succeed if they change the way in which they deal with problems. In his view, a reactive approach, based on constantly putting out fires, no longer works. Instead, businesses need to adopt what he calls a systems thinking method. This method is proactive, and its purpose is to identify underlying patterns and generate innovative solutions. But this approach only works if you have motivated staff who share the company’s vision. 

Who should read The Fifth Discipline?

  • Entrepreneurs who want to uncover blind spots in their thinking
  • Disgruntled employees seeking satisfaction in their work
  • Team members who want to learn to speak their minds

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Work Culture Books: Building an Inclusive Organization by Stephen Frost and Raafi-Karim Alidina

Building an Inclusive Organization

Stephen Frost and Raafi-Karim Alidina
Leveraging the Power of a Diverse Workforce
4.3 (203 ratings)
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What's Building an Inclusive Organization about?

Building an Inclusive Organization (2019) offers a roadmap for leaders to create organizations that truly celebrate diverse perspectives in the workplace. The authors show that to become truly inclusive, workplaces need to work hard to overcome unconscious bias, create divergent teams where people challenge each other, and implement policies to create a psychologically safe environment for all. 

Who should read Building an Inclusive Organization?

  • Hiring managers who want to learn how to turn good intentions into action
  • Leaders wanting to make their companies more innovative and inclusive
  • Anyone who has suffered systematic discrimination and wants to understand how the system works.

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Work Culture Books: Making Work Human by Eric Mosley and Derek Irvine

Making Work Human

Eric Mosley and Derek Irvine
How Human-Centered Companies are Changing the Future of Work and the World
4.4 (56 ratings)
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What's Making Work Human about?

Making Work Human (2020) is a roadmap for building the workplace of the future based on positive human values such as community, connection, and belonging. Drawing on a vast amount of data and using deep analytics, the pioneers of social recognition company Workhuman explain how a work culture of gratitude makes people happier and healthier while boosting productivity and performance.

Who should read Making Work Human?

  • HR professionals interested in new management approaches
  • Business owners looking to boost productivity and innovation in their companies
  • Those curious about the future of work

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Work Culture Books: No Rules Rules by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer

No Rules Rules

Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer
Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention
4.6 (467 ratings)
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What's No Rules Rules about?

No Rules Rules (2020) sets out the principles of Netflix’s unique company culture, based on employee freedom and responsibility, and optimized for maximum innovation. In doing so, it charts the incredible journey of Netflix, a start-up fairytale.

Who should read No Rules Rules?

  • Anyone who works at a start-up
  • Fans of the film The Social Network
  • Those who are wary of Silicon Valley’s increasing dominance

 


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Work Culture Books: Think Again by Adam Grant

Think Again

Adam Grant
The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know
4.6 (1,251 ratings)
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What's Think Again about?

Think Again (2021) examines the science behind changing your mind – and persuading others to change theirs. It explores the biases and assumptions that we bring to our decision-making, and outlines how individuals and organizations can build a mindset of lifelong curiosity.

Who should read Think Again?

  • Psychology buffs looking for fresh insights
  • Sales professionals seeking a new angle
  • People managers hoping to improve team performance

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Work Culture Books: UX for Lean Startups by Laura Klein

UX for Lean Startups

Laura Klein
Faster, Smarter User Experience Research and Design
4.6 (146 ratings)
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What's UX for Lean Startups about?

UX for Lean Startups (2013) provides an innovative, cost-effective approach to researching and designing products and services. Geared toward start-ups and companies that want to act like them, it shows that you can provide your customers with an excellent user experience while keeping your time and money expenditures as lean as possible.

Who should read UX for Lean Startups?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Product designers, managers, and engineers
  • Start-up workers and founders

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Work Culture Books: Can't Even by Anne Helen Petersen

Can't Even

Anne Helen Petersen
How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation
4.3 (181 ratings)
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What's Can't Even about?

Can’t Even (2020) is an attempt to explain and defend the generation that became the world’s punching bag: the millennials. Arguing against accusations of laziness and entitlement, it suggests that millennial exhaustion is a natural response to the messed-up world they inherited.

Who should read Can't Even?

  • Millennials dealing with burnout and exhaustion
  • Friends and relatives of this troubled generation
  • Anyone interested in the problems of modern work

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Work Culture Books: The Upskilling Imperative by Shelley Osborne

The Upskilling Imperative

Shelley Osborne
5 Ways to Make Learning Core to the Way We Work
4.3 (101 ratings)
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What’s it about?

The Upskilling Imperative (2020) introduces practical tips for companies to ensure their staff have ample opportunity to learn skills for the future. With industries and technologies changing all the time, it shows business leaders the steps they can take to stay ahead of the curve and establish robust, accessible learning environments.

Who should read The Upskilling Imperative?

Who’s it for?

  • Managers or C-Level executives looking to upskill their teams
  • People interested in Learning and Development or HR

Employees who want to change the way their company views training 


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Work Culture Books: A World Without Email by Cal Newport

A World Without Email

Cal Newport
Reimagining Work in an Age of Communication Overload
4.4 (296 ratings)
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What's A World Without Email about?

A World Without Email (2021) presents a bold reimagining of the workplace, one in which the days of email and instant messaging are a thing of the past. It argues that while email may seem like an integral part of modern knowledge work, it’s actually making everyone less productive and less focused, not to mention miserable. The solution will require a major paradigm shift –⁠ but it will be well worth the effort.

Who should read A World Without Email?

  • Business leaders who want to root out inefficiencies in their organizations
  • Employees frustrated with the workplace culture of constant communication
  • Freelancers and entrepreneurs looking to improve their workflow

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Work Culture Books: High-Impact Tools for Teams by Stefano Mastrogiacomo and Alexander Osterwalder

High-Impact Tools for Teams

Stefano Mastrogiacomo and Alexander Osterwalder
5 Tools to Align Team Members, Build Trust, and Get Results Fast
4.2 (169 ratings)
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What's High-Impact Tools for Teams about?

High Impact Tools for Teams (2021) offers flexible tools for project planning, assessment, and creating an empowering environment for your team members. At the center is the Team Alignment Map, a simple chart that will transform the way you conduct meetings, track progress, and identify problems before they occur.

Who should read High-Impact Tools for Teams?

  • Leaders and project managers looking for better results
  • Anyone trying to get an ambitious project off the ground
  • Team members who long for a better work environment

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Work Culture Books: Anxiety at Work by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton with Anthony Gostick

Anxiety at Work

Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton with Anthony Gostick
8 Strategies to Help Teams Build Resilience, Handle Uncertainty, and Get Stuff Done
4.2 (215 ratings)
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What's Anxiety at Work about?

Anxiety at Work (2021) explores how the modern workplace contributes to our soaring anxiety levels. It outlines how organizations, and team leaders, can help alleviate their employees’ worries and concerns.

Who should read Anxiety at Work?

  • Anyone interested in organizational psychology
  • Stressed-out employees looking for some perspective
  • Managers hoping to give employee well-being a boost

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Work Culture Books: How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace by Robert Glazer with Mick Sloan

How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace

Robert Glazer with Mick Sloan
Simple and Effective Tips for Successful, Productive and Empowered Remote Work
4.2 (143 ratings)
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What's How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace about?

How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace (2021) is a guide to working remotely. With tips for both organizations and individuals, it covers everything from the benefits of remote work to steps for implementing it successfully, and the tools and tricks that make it easy.

Who should read How to Thrive in the Virtual Workplace?

  • Organizational leaders interested in going remote
  • Employees who want a fulfilling remote experience
  • People who are curious about the future of work

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Work Culture Books: The Long-Distance Teammate by Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel

The Long-Distance Teammate

Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel
Stay Engaged and Connected While Working Anywhere
4.3 (130 ratings)
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What's The Long-Distance Teammate about?

The Long-Distance Teammate: Stay Engaged and Connected While Working Anywhere (2021) is a guide to being a quality teammate while working remotely. It helps you navigate all the interpersonal issues that pop up when you’re no longer sharing an office with your coworkers, and gives advice on how to build connections with people you haven’t seen.

Who should read The Long-Distance Teammate?

  • Anyone working remotely
  • Workers unsure where they fit in
  • People seeking a better work-life balance

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Work Culture Books: Just Work by Kim Scott

Just Work

Kim Scott
How to Root Out Bias, Prejudice, and Bullying to Build a Kick-ass Culture of Inclusivity
3.5 (155 ratings)
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What's Just Work about?

Just Work (2021) reveals just how damaging unchecked bias and discrimination are in the workplace. Everyone has unconscious biases and prejudices that they bring with them to work. But if these aren’t confronted head-on they can create a toxic work environment with unhappy employees who can’t do their best. Tackling bias is a win for everyone.

Who should read Just Work?

  • CEOs wanting to create thriving workplaces
  • Anyone who’s experienced workplace harassment, and wants tools to address it
  • Workplace bullies who want to confront their prejudices

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Work Culture Books: Teams That Work by Scott Tannenbaum and Eduardo Salas

Teams That Work

Scott Tannenbaum and Eduardo Salas
The Seven Drivers of Team Effectiveness
4.5 (122 ratings)
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What's Teams That Work about?

Teams That Work (2020) presents the seven drivers that make any team effective. Packed with the latest research and real-world examples, this practical guide draws on the many years of experience of coauthors Scott Tannenbaum and Eduardo Salas in helping teams succeed.

Who should read Teams That Work?

  • Managers or leaders who want to boost team performance
  • Anyone who wants to be a better team player
  • Teamwork skeptics who’ve tried it all

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Work Culture Books: The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford

The Phoenix Project

Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford
A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win
4.5 (222 ratings)
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What's The Phoenix Project about?

The Phoenix Project (2013) explores how integrating the Development and IT Operations teams of a company’s IT department can improve communication, accelerate workflow, and increase value. It uses a fictional lens to unpack a common real-life scenario – demonstrating how the DevOps approach enables organizations to deftly adapt to sudden changes, updates, or market pressures.

Who should read The Phoenix Project?

  • Business leaders looking to increase value through their IT department 
  • IT managers seeking to streamline their teams’ workflow
  • Tech employees wondering how different parts of a business interrelate

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Work Culture Books: Simple Truths of Leadership by Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley

Simple Truths of Leadership

Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley
52 Ways to Be a Servant Leader and Build Trust
4.7 (319 ratings)
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What's Simple Truths of Leadership about?

Simple Truths of Leadership (2022) explores simple principles that elevate leaders from good to great. It reveals the common mistakes that leaders make – and uncovers the behaviors that result in better team performance and closer working relationships. 

Who should read Simple Truths of Leadership?

  • New managers eager to build strong relationships with their teams
  • Seasoned leaders looking for a fresh perspective
  • Entrepreneurs hoping to brush up on their people skills

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Work Culture Books: Leading from Anywhere by David Burkus

Leading from Anywhere

David Burkus
Unlock the Power and Performance of Remote Teams
4.3 (184 ratings)
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What's Leading from Anywhere about?

Leading from Anywhere (2021) is a guide to leading a remote team, covering everything from building a company culture, managing performance, and running virtual meetings to providing feedback to team members. In addition to setting out the best way to manage a team remotely, it makes a strong case for remote work in general. 

Who should read Leading from Anywhere?

  • CEOs and team leaders
  • Remote workers in dysfunctional organizations
  • Anyone interested in setting up a remote business

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Work Culture Books: Masters of Scale by Reid Hoffman

Masters of Scale

Reid Hoffman
Surprising Truths from the World's Most Successful Entrepreneurs
4.3 (476 ratings)
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What's Masters of Scale about?

Masters of Scale (2021) is part fascinating anecdote, part how-to guide for entrepreneurs who are preparing to launch their product or scale up their company. With case studies and stories behind some of the world’s biggest companies, it isolates the principles behind successfully scaling up.

Who should read Masters of Scale?

  • Serial entrepreneurs
  • Investors looking to scale a startup
  • Executives seeking to grow their companies

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Work Culture Books: Who Not How by Dan Sullivan with Benjamin Hardy

Who Not How

Dan Sullivan with Benjamin Hardy
The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Accelerating Teamwork
4.5 (564 ratings)
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What's Who Not How about?

Who Not How (2020) introduces a new way of thinking about entrepreneurship, goal setting, and collaboration. Developed by business coach Dan Sullivan, the Who Not How mindset shows the importance of delegating tasks to others. By inviting them to help you achieve your goals, you’ll gain more free time, increase your income, and develop valuable, lasting professional relationships.

Who should read Who Not How?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs looking to realize a business idea
  • Burned-out professionals with a desire for more free time
  • Perfectionists on the hunt for procrastination cures

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Work Culture Books: Strategic Kaizen™ by Masaaki Imai

Strategic Kaizen™

Masaaki Imai
Using Flow, Synchronization, and Leveling Assessment to Measure and Strengthen Operational Performance
4.5 (90 ratings)
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What's Strategic Kaizen™ about?

Strategic Kaizen (2021) examines the principles and practices of corporations that have embraced lean thinking – a paired-down, customer-oriented production process pioneered in postwar Japan. Also known as the Toyota Production System, this managerial philosophy is all about maximizing efficiency and reducing waste by making many small changes. 

Who should read Strategic Kaizen™?

  • Managers and leaders
  • Technophiles and car lovers
  • Strategists and planners

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Work Culture Books: Neurodiversity at Work by Theo Smith and Amanda Kirby

Neurodiversity at Work

Theo Smith and Amanda Kirby
Drive Innovation, Performance and Productivity With a Neurodiverse Workforce
4.4 (313 ratings)
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What's Neurodiversity at Work about?

Neurodiversity at Work (2022) is a practical guide to recruiting neurodiverse employees and creating work environments that allow them to thrive. Thanks to the digital revolution, the world of work has changed dramatically over the last decades. Yet corporate culture has remained trapped in archaic hiring practices that don’t work for the neurodiverse. By updating these practices, you’ll create a more inclusive workplace, which will yield more successful and innovative teams.

Who should read Neurodiversity at Work?

  • Hiring managers seeking to attract neurodiverse candidates
  • Leaders looking to create a communicative, trusting workplace
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to advocate for themselves in a corporate environment

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Work Culture Books: Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People by Renée Evenson

Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People

Renée Evenson
Over 325 Ready-to-use Words and Phrases for Working with Challenging Personalities
4.2 (600 ratings)
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What's Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People about?

Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People (2013) provides practical tactics for navigating tough conversations at work. Along with over 325 phrases, it includes dozens of sample conversations that show the phrases in action.

Who should read Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People?

  • Anyone dealing with difficult coworkers or bosses
  • Employees looking for practical guidance on how to talk to colleagues
  • People interested in conflict management

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Work Culture Books: The Leader's Guide to Unconscious Bias by Pamela Fuller & Mark Murphy with Anne Chow

The Leader's Guide to Unconscious Bias

Pamela Fuller & Mark Murphy with Anne Chow
How To Reframe Bias, Cultivate Connection, and Create High-Performing Teams
4.3 (195 ratings)
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What's The Leader's Guide to Unconscious Bias about?

The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias (2020) is a guide to unconscious bias at work: how to identify it, and what to do about it. Leaders and managers have a particular responsibility to ensure unconscious bias doesn’t harm the careers of their team members.

Who should read The Leader's Guide to Unconscious Bias?

  • Workplace leaders who want to take good care of their teams
  • Workers curious about how unconscious bias affects them
  • People looking to deepen their understanding of bias

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Work Culture Books: Working Backwards by Colin Bryar

Working Backwards

Colin Bryar
And Other Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon
4.4 (145 ratings)
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What's Working Backwards about?

Working Backwards (2021) tells the story of how Amazon changed the way people live. It explores founder Jeff Bezos’ leadership philosophy, and reveals how this philosophy has informed Amazon’s most iconic products and services

Who should read Working Backwards?

  • Executive coaches looking for fresh insights
  • Entrepreneurs hoping to turbo-charge their business
  • Managers wanting to boost their teams’ performance

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Work Culture Books: Getting Along by Amy Gallo

Getting Along

Amy Gallo
How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People)
3.2 (231 ratings)
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What's Getting Along about?

Getting Along (2022) describes the importance of workplace interactions and their effects on productivity and creativity.

Who should read Getting Along?

  • Managers who want to create positive work environments
  • People unhappy with their colleagues
  • Anyone interested in workplace relationships

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Work Culture Books: Humor, Seriously by Jennifer Aaker & Naomi Bagdonas

Humor, Seriously

Jennifer Aaker & Naomi Bagdonas
Why Humor Is a Superpower at Work and in Life (And How Anyone Can Harness It. Even You.)
4.1 (464 ratings)
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What's Humor, Seriously about?

Humor, Seriously (2021) explores the value of a human-centered approach to business, and of the funny that can be found and created in any environment. It relies on science, psychology, and humorous anecdotes from experts in the field to show how using humor can create a culture of levity, build trust, and unlock creativity.

Who should read Humor, Seriously?

  • Leaders looking to build trust
  • Managers who want to enhance creativity
  • Anyone seeking more joy in work and life

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Work Culture Books: Learning Agile by Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene

Learning Agile

Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene
Understanding Scrum, XP, Lean, and Kanban
4.3 (361 ratings)
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What's Learning Agile about?

Learning Agile (2015) is a no-nonsense guide to an often misunderstood concept – agile. The reason for that misunderstanding is simple: all too often, agile is bandied about as a one-size-fits-all solution to every conceivable organizational difficulty. Longtime agile practitioners Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene don’t see it that way. For them, agile is a great tool, but you have to know how – and when and why – to use it. And that starts with getting a grasp on agile’s underlying principles. 

Who should read Learning Agile?

  • Software developers
  • Team leaders 
  • Project managers

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Work Culture Books: Management Mess to Leadership Success by Scott Jeffrey Miller

Management Mess to Leadership Success

Scott Jeffrey Miller
30 Challenges to Become the Leader You Would Follow
4.4 (240 ratings)
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What's Management Mess to Leadership Success about?

Management Mess to Leadership Success (2019) is a guide to renovating and polishing your management skills. Through relatable, personal anecdotes of fumbles, missteps, and what not to do, it offers applicable challenges for you to revamp your team by providing a step-by-step guide on how to lead yourself and others and deliver results.

Who should read Management Mess to Leadership Success?

  • Team managers
  • HR professionals
  • Leaders in and beyond the corporate office

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Work Culture Books: Trust and Inspire by Stephen M.R. Covey

Trust and Inspire

Stephen M.R. Covey
How Truly Great Leaders Unleash Greatness in Others
4.5 (142 ratings)
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What's Trust and Inspire about?

Trust & Inspire (2022) provides a new leadership model. Instead of the traditional “Command and Control” approach, Covey proposes one that focuses on collaboration, trust and personal growth. It offers a new set of tools for inspiring and unlocking the massive potential of a modern workforce. 

Who should read Trust and Inspire?

  • CEOs and executives looking to create a better workplace environment
  • Managers and supervisors who want to be more hands-off
  • Parents and educators who want a more empowering approach to childcare

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Work Culture Books: The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety by Timothy R. Clark

The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety

Timothy R. Clark
Defining the Path to Inclusion and Innovation
4.3 (291 ratings)
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What's The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety about?

The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety (2020) is a practical handbook for creating and maintaining psychological safety in the workplace. In order for employees to take risks, ask questions, challenge the status quo, and make mistakes – all while learning and growing – they have to feel included and safe. This book shows how leaders can reduce social friction while encouraging collaboration and innovation.

Who should read The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety?

  • Managers and CEOs trying to boost employee well-being and productivity
  • Leaders tired of dusty corporate hierarchies
  • Anyone interested in practical approaches to workplace inclusion

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Work Culture Books: Jerks at Work by Tessa West

Jerks at Work

Tessa West
Toxic Coworkers and What to Do About Them
4.1 (280 ratings)
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What's Jerks at Work about?

Jerks at Work (2022) provides a handbook for how to deal with difficult people at work. Identifying seven types of jerks, it informs you about what kind of behaviors to look out for and how to deal with them in a pragmatic, positive way.

Who should read Jerks at Work?

  • Anyone who is struggling with a jerk at work
  • Those who have a friend or loved one who won’t stop complaining about a jerk at work 
  • People who are interested in how social psychology applies to the workplace

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Work Culture Books: Handbook of Strategic 360 Feedback by Allan H. Church, David W. Bracken, John W. Fleenor, Dale S. Rose

Handbook of Strategic 360 Feedback

Allan H. Church, David W. Bracken, John W. Fleenor, Dale S. Rose
3.7 (135 ratings)
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What's Handbook of Strategic 360 Feedback about?

The Handbook of Strategic 360 Feedback is a guide to the pros and cons of 360 Feedback, including detailed guidance on how to implement the process as well as how to avoid pitfalls such as unconscious bias or people who try to game the system. 

Who should read Handbook of Strategic 360 Feedback?

  • Company leaders
  • HR managers
  • Team leaders

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Work Culture Books: Workstyle by Lizzie Penny and Alex Hirst

Workstyle

Lizzie Penny and Alex Hirst
A revolution for wellbeing, productivity and society
3.8 (218 ratings)
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What's Workstyle about?

Workstyle: A revolution for wellbeing, productivity and society (2022) introduces the concept of workstyle: the freedom to choose when and where we work. By examining the outdated history of the standard 9 to 5 working week in the light of the modern digital age, the authors lay the foundation for an individualized and autonomous way of working. 

Who should read Workstyle?

  • Career-optimizers who feel that our current way of working is inefficient or unnecessary.
  • People with disabilities or challenges which exclude them from the regular 9 to 5.
  • Visionaries who dare to dream of a better world.

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Work Culture Books: The WEIRDest People in the World by Joseph Henrich

The WEIRDest People in the World

Joseph Henrich
How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous
4.1 (148 ratings)
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What's The WEIRDest People in the World about?

The WEIRDest People in the World (2020) describes why Westerners think and behave so differently from most other people. It also explains how the policies of the Western Church in the realms of marriage and kinship have helped cultivate these odd cultural attributes, transforming the world and helping the West flourish in the process. 

Who should read The WEIRDest People in the World?

  • Anyone interested in the confluence of history, anthropology, culture, and economics
  • Westerners seeking a greater understanding of cross-cultural differences
  • Fans of experimental psychology

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Work Culture Books: The Pumpkin Plan by Mike Michalowicz

The Pumpkin Plan

Mike Michalowicz
A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field
4.4 (216 ratings)
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What's The Pumpkin Plan about?

The Pumpkin Plan (2012) presents a simple yet powerful strategy to help you grow your business and stand out in any industry. Through real-life examples and practical tips, you’ll learn how to identify and focus on your most profitable clients, streamline your operations, and create a company culture that fuels growth.

Who should read The Pumpkin Plan?

  • Owners of small businesses looking to grow
  • Entrepreneurs seeking sustainable success
  • Startup founders needing a roadmap

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Work Culture Books: Trust by Dr. Henry Cloud

Trust

Dr. Henry Cloud
Knowing When to Give It, When to Withhold It, How to Earn It, and How to Fix It When It Gets Broken
4.5 (327 ratings)
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What's Trust about?

Trust (2023) is a sensitive and practical guide to this essential part of human relationships. It reveals the deep significance of trust as a factor in our lives and outlines the five essential elements for building and maintaining it.

Who should read Trust?

  • Leaders who wish to create trust within organizations
  • Those looking to establish deeper personal and familial relationships
  • People who want to rebuild trust after it has been broken

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Work Culture Books: The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox

The Goal

Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox
A Process of Ongoing Improvement
3.6 (238 ratings)
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What's The Goal about?

The Goal (1984) is a trailblazing example of the “business novel” genre, seamlessly blending fictional storytelling with practical business advice in a revolutionary manner. Experience the corporate journey of Alex Rogo as he endeavors to rescue his struggling company from going bust. Through Alex’s perspective, uncover valuable insights into topics like streamlining manufacturing operations and enhancing team productivity.

Who should read The Goal?

  • The ‘newbie’ manager
  • The experienced pro seeking a new perspective
  • General learners curious about the manufacturing world

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Work Culture Books: The Devops Handbook by Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois & John Willis

The Devops Handbook

Gene Kim, Jez Humble, Patrick Debois & John Willis
How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, & Security in Technology Organizations
4.1 (167 ratings)
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What's The Devops Handbook about?

The DevOps Handbook (2016) offers a roadmap on how to catapult your technology operations into a realm of world-class agility, reliability, and security. Dive deep into the heart of the DevOps philosophy, equipping you with insights to bridge gaps between development and operations, while fostering unmatched efficiency.

Who should read The Devops Handbook?

  • Technology professionals seeking to enhance organizational efficiency
  • Business leaders navigating digital transformation initiatives
  • Aspiring IT managers and DevOps enthusiasts

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Work Culture Books: The Motive by Patrick M. Lencioni

The Motive

Patrick M. Lencioni
Why So Many Leaders Abdicate Their Most Important Responsibilities
4.3 (43 ratings)
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What's The Motive about?

The Motive (2020) dives into the importance of leaders having a strong and clear drive for their work. Centered around two fundamental motives, it guides leaders to recognize their genuine intentions and adopt responsibility-driven leadership for the good of their organizations.

Who should read The Motive?

  • Aspiring leaders wanting to know the essence of genuine leadership.
  • Managers seeking self-improvement
  • Advocates for selfless, service-oriented leadership.

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Work Culture Books: How to Work with (Almost) Anyone by Michael Bungay Stanier

How to Work with (Almost) Anyone

Michael Bungay Stanier
Five Questions for Building the Best Possible Relationships
4.0 (68 ratings)
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What's How to Work with (Almost) Anyone about?

How to Work with (Almost) Anyone (2023) is a compelling guide to mastering workplace dynamics and nurturing professional relationships. It shows how you can enable more effective collaboration by facilitating open dialogue, nurturing curiosity, and fostering trust.

Who should read How to Work with (Almost) Anyone?

  • Leaders who manage projects or coordinate teams
  • Employees who want to boost their workplace relationships
  • Young adults learning to interact with varying personalities in academic and professional environments

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Work Culture Books: Elevate Your Team by Robert Glazer

Elevate Your Team

Robert Glazer
Empower Your Team To Reach Their Full Potential and Build A Business That Builds Leaders
4.5 (86 ratings)
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What's Elevate Your Team about?

Elevate Your Team (2023) presents a framework to optimize team performance and drive company growth, while safeguarding employees against burnout. By implementing this strategy, leaders can guide their teams to reach their full potential, so that both they – and their company – thrives.   

Who should read Elevate Your Team?

  • Leaders seeking sustained business growth
  • Managers wanting to optimize team performance
  • Directors looking for a new framework for success

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Work Culture Books: The Purpose Effect by Dan Pontefract

The Purpose Effect

Dan Pontefract
Building Meaning in Yourself, Your Role, and Your Organization
4.2 (184 ratings)
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What's The Purpose Effect about?

The Purpose Effect (2016) combines motivational psychology, organizational culture, and the pursuit of meaning to explore how shared purpose can change the world. What happens when company and employee goals align? How can we foster a culture where we pursue work that really has an impact? This deep-dive is your guide to finding the sweet spot of shared purpose.

Who should read The Purpose Effect?

  • Leaders wanting to build meaningful businesses
  • Employees seeking purpose in their career
  • Managers and coaches looking to optimize performance

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Work Culture Books: The Toyota Way by Jeffrey K. Liker

The Toyota Way

Jeffrey K. Liker
14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer
4.4 (191 ratings)
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What's The Toyota Way about?

The Toyota Way (2003) delves into Toyota's unique approach to lean manufacturing and continuous improvement. It shares the foundational principles that drive Toyota's exceptional operational and organizational culture, emphasizing long-term thinking, respect for people, and problem-solving. These principles have revolutionized business, and have been adapted and applied beyond manufacturing to various sectors and industries.

Who should read The Toyota Way?

  • Anyone curious about Lean Manufacturing 
  • Business leaders seeking process improvement strategies
  • Management students and professionals studying best practices

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Work Culture Books: Rewired by Eric Lamarre & Kate Smaje & Rodney Zemmel

Rewired

Eric Lamarre & Kate Smaje & Rodney Zemmel
The McKinsey Guide to Outcompeting in the Age of Digital and AI
3.8 (182 ratings)
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What's Rewired about?

Rewired (2023) presents a transformative roadmap crafted by the world's foremost management consultancy. It guides businesses on enhancing customer experiences, streamlining costs, and harnessing the immense potential of digital and AI. Dive in, and position your company for unparalleled long-term success.

Who should read Rewired?

  • Business leaders navigating digital transformation
  • Teams spearheading AI-driven enterprise initiatives
  • Consultants seeking proven digital strategy blueprints

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Work Culture Books: Team Topologies by Matthew Skelton & Manuel Pais

Team Topologies

Matthew Skelton & Manuel Pais
Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow
3.1 (55 ratings)
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What's Team Topologies about?

Team Topologies (2019) offers a framework for organizing IT and business teams for optimal software delivery. It introduces four fundamental team structures and their interaction patterns to improve speed, autonomy, and alignment with business needs. This approach emphasizes dynamically adjusting team structures based on evolving requirements.

Who should read Team Topologies?

  • Organizational leaders seeking strategies to improve team efficiency and streamline software delivery processes.
  • IT managers looking to align business goals with technology team dynamics and interactions.
  • Software architects interested in how team topologies can influence system design and vice versa.

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Work Culture Books: The Mind of the Leader by Rasmus Hougaard & Jacqueline Carter

The Mind of the Leader

Rasmus Hougaard & Jacqueline Carter
How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results
4.2 (197 ratings)
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What's The Mind of the Leader about?

The Mind of the Leader (2018) explores how leaders can cultivate critical inner capacities like mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion to become more effective guides. Supported by research conducted by The Potential Project, it draws on psychology, neuroscience, and case studies of global organizations to provide science-based tools for strengthening these core leadership skills. 

Who should read The Mind of the Leader?

  • Managers looking to improve their leadership skills
  • Emerging leaders 
  • Entrepreneurs and founders wanting to develop a purpose-based leadership approach

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Work Culture Books: Move Fast and Fix Things by Frances Frei & Anne Morriss

Move Fast and Fix Things

Frances Frei & Anne Morriss
The Trusted Leader's Guide to Solving Hard Problems and Accelerating Change
3.2 (107 ratings)
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What's Move Fast and Fix Things about?

Move Fast and Fix Things (2023) dives into the art of addressing core challenges in organizational landscapes. Emphasizing the interplay of genuine curiosity and steadfast trust, it reveals the blueprint for navigating business dynamics and turning challenges into stepping stones – paving the way for enduring success.

Who should read Move Fast and Fix Things?

  • Aspiring leaders seeking strategic insights
  • Management professionals aiming for transparency and trust-building
  • Business consultants focused on organizational problem-solving

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Work Culture Books: Going Infinite by Michael Lewis

Going Infinite

Michael Lewis
The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon
3.8 (237 ratings)
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What's Going Infinite about?

Going Infinite (2023) offers a behind-the-scenes look at the scandal surrounding Sam Bankman-Fried and the epic collapse of his cryptocurrency companies. It aims to answer the question: How can a man go from earning billions of dollars in a matter of years to losing it all in a matter of months?

Who should read Going Infinite?

  • News junkies interested in current financial events
  • Anyone who likes a good rise-and-fall story
  • People curious about the Sam Bankman-Fried trial

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Work Culture Books: Nine Lies About Work by Marcus Buckingham & Ashley Goodall

Nine Lies About Work

Marcus Buckingham & Ashley Goodall
A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World
3.6 (93 ratings)
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What's Nine Lies About Work about?

Nine Lies About Work (2019) challenges common beliefs and practices in the workplace, proposing that many widely accepted truths about work are actually misconceptions. It aims to shift our understanding of work, advocating for a focus on individual strengths, the importance of the team, and the intrinsic love of work.

Who should read Nine Lies About Work?

  • Managers seeking to improve team dynamics and performance
  • Employees looking to enhance their work experience and productivity
  • Anyone interested in reevaluating and challenging traditional workplace practices and beliefs

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Work Culture Books: The Essential Drucker by Peter F. Drucker

The Essential Drucker

Peter F. Drucker
The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker's Essential Writings on Management
3.9 (29 ratings)
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What's The Essential Drucker about?

The Essential Drucker (2001) distills key lessons from decades of management consulting. It covers how to set ambitious yet achievable goals, hire for organizational fit, develop knowledge workers, foster entrepreneurship and innovation, and craft strategies for growth. 

Who should read The Essential Drucker?

  • Managers of businesses and nonprofits seeking to unlock team potential
  • Entrepreneurs aiming to build enduring organizations
  • Leaders charting a course through uncertainty

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Work Culture Books: Human + Machine by Paul R. Daugherty & H. James Wilson

Human + Machine

Paul R. Daugherty & H. James Wilson
Reimagining Work in the Age of AI
3.7 (117 ratings)
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What's Human + Machine about?

Human + Machine (2018) explores the transformative impact of artificial intelligence on the workforce, presenting a vision where human and machine collaboration enhances innovation, efficiency, and productivity. It delves into the changing landscape of various industries due to AI integration, emphasizing the new skills and roles that will become essential.

Who should read Human + Machine?

  • Business leaders looking to integrate artificial intelligence into their operations
  • Technology enthusiasts 
  • Students and recent graduates looking to prepare for and navigate the future job market

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Work Culture Books: 10 Leadership Virtues for Disruptive Times by Tom Ziglar

10 Leadership Virtues for Disruptive Times

Tom Ziglar
Coaching Your Team Through Immense Change and Challenge
4.5 (15 ratings)
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What's 10 Leadership Virtues for Disruptive Times about?

10 Leadership Virtues for Disruptive Times (2021) provides a framework for leaders navigating major change, concentrating on core virtues such as kindness, humility, and respect. Ziglar’s insights advocate for a Coach Leadership style that cultivates each team member’s unique dreams and abilities, ensuring that businesses thrive even in difficult times.

Who should read 10 Leadership Virtues for Disruptive Times?

  • Modern motivators
  • Team-centric visionaries
  • Digital desk directors

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Work Culture Books: Talent Wins by Ram Charan, Dominic Barton & Dennis Carey

Talent Wins

Ram Charan, Dominic Barton & Dennis Carey
The New Playbook for Putting People First
3.0 (28 ratings)
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What's Talent Wins about?

Talent Wins (2018) advocates for a radical shift in business strategy to prioritize human capital, asserting that talent management should be at the core of organizational decision-making. It emphasizes the need for agility, collaboration, and a continuous learning culture to foster a high-performing workforce. And it provides practical strategies and recommendations to drive transformation and ensure that talent is leveraged effectively for business success.

Who should read Talent Wins?

  • Business executives and leaders
  • Entrepreneurs and startup founders
  • Business students and educators

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Work Culture Books: Competing in the Age of AI by Marco Iansiti & Karim R. Lakhani

Competing in the Age of AI

Marco Iansiti & Karim R. Lakhani
Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World
3.5 (172 ratings)
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What's Competing in the Age of AI about?

Competing in the Age of AI (2020) unveils a future where AI is the cornerstone of business. It reveals how AI removes age-old business constraints, enabling a quantum leap in scale, scope, and learning. Step into a realm where strategy is reinvented and the economy is reimagined, offering both unprecedented opportunities and profound challenges for leaders in the digital epoch.

Who should read Competing in the Age of AI?

  • Tech entrepreneurs seeking to disrupt traditional business models
  • Executives exploring the impact of AI on operational and strategic decisions
  • Business strategists interested in digital transformation and innovation

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Work Culture Books: Leadership Two Words at a Time by Bill Treasurer

Leadership Two Words at a Time

Bill Treasurer
Simple Truths for Leading Complicated People
4.1 (232 ratings)
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What's Leadership Two Words at a Time about?

Leadership Two Words at a Time (2022) is a simple, practical guide to leadership. Following two-word instructions such as “create trust,” you can become a better leader – inspiring others and improving your work environment.

Who should read Leadership Two Words at a Time?

  • New leaders
  • Experienced leaders who want to learn something new
  • Anyone who wants to make their workplace a better place

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Work Culture Books: Finding Clarity by Marc Lesser

Finding Clarity

Marc Lesser
How Compassionate Accountability Builds Vibrant Relationships, Thriving Workplaces, and Meaningful Lives
4.4 (224 ratings)
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What's Finding Clarity about?

Finding Clarity (2023) offers insight into developing more fulfilling personal and professional relationships through the practice of compassionate accountability. It delves into seven strategies for enhancing communication and understanding in relationships, to foster environments that are both supportive and productive. 

Who should read Finding Clarity?

  • Professionals seeking improved workplace communication and leadership skills
  • Individuals looking to enhance personal relationship dynamics
  • Anyone interested in mindfulness and emotional intelligence development

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Work Culture Books: DEI Deconstructed by Lily Zheng

DEI Deconstructed

Lily Zheng
Your No-Nonsense Guide to Doing the Work and Doing It Right
2.9 (95 ratings)
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What's DEI Deconstructed about?

DEI Deconstructed (2022) bridges theory and messy reality with pragmatic insights to make your organization more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Moving beyond ineffective strategies, it provides a detailed foundation and roadmap for driving systemic change within companies.

Who should read DEI Deconstructed?

  • Business leaders seeking systemic DEI change in their organizations
  • Managers aiming to build inclusive and diverse teams
  • Employees looking to improve DEI from within their companies

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Work Culture Books: The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook by Charles H. Green & Andrea P. Howe

The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook

Charles H. Green & Andrea P. Howe
A Comprehensive Toolkit for Leading with Trust
4.1 (28 ratings)
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What's The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook about?

The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook (2011) is a guide to building and maintaining robust professional relationships. Filled with actionable insights and real-world examples, it equips you with strategies to enhance your credibility, deepen trust with clients and colleagues, and master the art of empathetic communication. Whether you're navigating complex partnerships or seeking to build rapport quickly, this resource is your roadmap to becoming an indispensable advisor in your field.

Who should read The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook?

  • Business consultants seeking enhanced client relationship strategies
  • Sales professionals aiming to build deeper trust with clients
  • Corporate leaders focused on fostering a culture of trust

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Work Culture Books: Scaling People by Claire Hughes Johnson

Scaling People

Claire Hughes Johnson
Tactics for Management and Company Building
3.6 (50 ratings)
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What's Scaling People about?

Scaling People (2023) offers practical leadership and management advice for founders and executives creating high-growth startups. Drawing on the author’s experience leading operations and people at top technology companies, it guides companies in building the systems needed to scale their most valuable asset – their people.

Who should read Scaling People?

  • Founders and executives
  • Leaders seeking company growth
  • Entrepreneurs looking to scale their startups

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Work Culture Books: Take Back Your Power by Deborah Liu

Take Back Your Power

Deborah Liu
10 New Rules for Women at Work
3.8 (46 ratings)
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What's Take Back Your Power about?

Take Back Your Power (2022) is part memoir, part practical guide to making your mark as a woman in the workplace. Through a wide-ranging selection of anecdotes from women at the top of their fields, it offers ten rules for career success and shares the mindsets and strategies that make each possible.

Who should read Take Back Your Power?

  • Female business leaders and employees
  • People from underrepresented backgrounds looking to make their mark at work
  • Men committed to fostering equality in the workplace

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Work Culture Books: Leadership Revolution by Lori Mazan

Leadership Revolution

Lori Mazan
The Future of Developing Dynamic Leaders
3.9 (252 ratings)
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What's Leadership Revolution about?

Leadership Revolution (2023) explores the dynamics of executive coaching, and provides an overview of the challenges and opportunities in contemporary leadership development. It explains how today’s leaders must adapt to changing environments and cultivate a mindset of continuous growth and improvement.

Who should read Leadership Revolution?

  • Managers, executives, and anyone in a leadership role
  • People interested in the field of leadership coaching
  • Professionals in human resources

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Work Culture Books: Product Operations by Melissa Perri & Denise Tilles

Product Operations

Melissa Perri & Denise Tilles
How Successful Companies Build Better Products at Scale
3.5 (46 ratings)
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What's Product Operations about?

Product Operations (2022) makes the case for implementing dedicated systems and roles to align complex product development processes across an organization. Covering team structures, discovery methods, development workflows, and continuous optimization, it provides frameworks to facilitate cross-functional transparency and harmony from conception through to delivery and iteration. 

Who should read Product Operations?

  • Product managers seeking insights into implementing product operations
  • Business analysts and product owners looking to streamline product roadmaps, release oversight or feedback integration
  • Collaborators in marketing, sales or UX design who want to better understand the broader vision of the product life cycle

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Work Culture Books: The Strategy Legacy by Alex Brueckmann

The Strategy Legacy

Alex Brueckmann
How to Future-Proof a Business and Leave Your Mark
4.3 (112 ratings)
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What's The Strategy Legacy about?

The Strategy Legacy (2023) is a groundbreaking exploration of strategy and leadership. Catering to a wide audience, from experienced executives to emerging entrepreneurs, it provides invaluable insights, practical examples, and engaging illustrations to equip readers with the tools they need to future-proof their organizations.

Who should read The Strategy Legacy?

  • Business leaders seeking strategic growth and organizational development
  • Entrepreneurs aiming to align strategy with company identity
  • Executives focused on long-term success and leadership skills

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Work Culture Books: The Age of AI by Henry Kissinger, Eric Schmidt & Daniel Huttenlocher

The Age of AI

Henry Kissinger, Eric Schmidt & Daniel Huttenlocher
And Our Human Future
3.8 (273 ratings)
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What's The Age of AI about?

The Age of AI (2021) examines the evolution of artificial intelligence, how it’s increasingly integrated into all facets of life, and profound questions surrounding AI’s relationship to ethics, security, economics, and the human experience itself.

Who should read The Age of AI?

  • Technology enthusiasts and professionals
  • Business leaders and entrepreneurs
  • Policymakers and ethicists

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Work Culture Books: Wiring the Winning Organization by Gene Kim & Steven J. Spear

Wiring the Winning Organization

Gene Kim & Steven J. Spear
Unleashing Our Collective Greatness Through Simplification, Slowification, and Amplification
4.0 (19 ratings)
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What's Wiring the Winning Organization about?

Wiring the Winning Organization (2023) delves into the art of transforming mundane workplaces into hubs of efficiency and innovation. It provides a practical three-part roadmap for leaders to rewire organizational dynamics and achieve exceptional success.

Who should read Wiring the Winning Organization?

  • Aspiring organizational alchemists
  • Efficiency-seeking team leaders
  • Innovation-hungry executives

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Work Culture Books: Sustainable Leadership by Clarke Murphy

Sustainable Leadership

Clarke Murphy
Lessons of Vision, Courage, and Grit from the CEOs Who Dared to Build a Better World
3.4 (13 ratings)
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What's Sustainable Leadership about?

Sustainable Leadership (2022) explores the strategies and insights from top CEOs who’ve successfully integrated sustainability into their business models. It serves as a comprehensive guide for leaders aiming to achieve remarkable sustainability results, offering practical advice and real-world examples. The focus is on vision, courage, and grit as essential qualities for sustainable leadership.

Who should read Sustainable Leadership?

  • CEOs and senior business executives
  • Business strategy and leadership students
  • Entrepreneurs interested in sustainable business practices

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Work Culture Books: Irresistible by Josh Bersin

Irresistible

Josh Bersin
The Seven Secrets of the World's Most Enduring, Employee-Focused Organizations
3.5 (20 ratings)
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What's Irresistible about?

Irresistible (2022) introduces a fresh perspective on leadership and organizational design, advocating for a “network of teams” approach rather than traditional hierarchies. It highlights the importance of fostering an employee-centric culture for improved engagement, retention, and innovation. By making your organization irresistible, it argues, you can achieve greater speed, profitability, and market leadership.

Who should read Irresistible?

  • Business leaders seeking organizational growth
  • HR professionals focused on talent development
  • Entrepreneurs building employee-centric cultures

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Work Culture Books: The Fund by Rob Copeland

The Fund

Rob Copeland
Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates, and the Unraveling of a Wall Street Legend
3.8 (126 ratings)
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What's The Fund about?

The Fund (2023) delves into the world of Ray Dalio and his hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, revealing the unvarnished truths behind its success and controversies. Explore its passionate culture and unique ideals, brought to life via painstaking research and exclusive interviews.

Who should read The Fund?

  • Wall Street aficionados
  • Corporate culture explorers
  • Financial leaders and entrepreneurs

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Work Culture Books: The Corner Office by Adam Bryant

The Corner Office

Adam Bryant
Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed
3.9 (155 ratings)
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What's The Corner Office about?

The Corner Office (2012) explores the shared traits and behaviors of successful CEOs through in-depth interviews with business leaders. It uncovers the nuances of effective leadership and decision-making in the corporate sphere. The insights offered are invaluable for anyone aspiring to reach top executive roles.

Who should read The Corner Office?

  • Aspiring CEOs and executive-level professionals
  • Business management students and academics
  • Entrepreneurs and Startup Founders

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Work Culture Books: The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace by Gary D. Chapman & Paul E. White

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace

Gary D. Chapman & Paul E. White
Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People
4.1 (26 ratings)
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What's The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace about?

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace (2007) outlines the keys to cultivating value, recognition, and appreciation at work, by tapping into the deeply personal ways workers wish to be recognized at their best.

Who should read The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace?

  • Employees who feel undervalued and dispirited at work
  • Managers who want to tailor their approach to get the best out of all their employees
  • CEOs and founders keen to create an atmosphere of ownership and appreciation

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Work Culture Books: Culture Is the Way by Matt Mayberry

Culture Is the Way

Matt Mayberry
How Leaders at Every Level Build an Organization for Speed, Impact, and Excellence
3.8 (12 ratings)
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What's Culture Is the Way about?

Culture is the Way (2023) provides an insightful blueprint for enhancing employee engagement and achieving peak productivity in the workplace. This guide delves into how leaders across all levels can cultivate a workplace culture that fosters organizational excellence and maximizes the potential of every employee. It shows how to build a dynamic and effective organizational culture that drives success and impact.

Who should read Culture Is the Way?

  • Leaders seeking to enhance workplace culture and employee engagement
  • Managers aiming for organizational excellence and team development
  • Business professionals interested in leadership and cultural transformation

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Work Culture Books: The Idea Is the Easy Part by Brian Dovey

The Idea Is the Easy Part

Brian Dovey
Myths and Realities of the Startup World
4.2 (42 ratings)
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What's The Idea Is the Easy Part about?

The Idea is the Easy Part (2023) offers a refreshing, no-nonsense guide to the entrepreneurial journey, countering common myths about startup success and failure. With insights from decades of firsthand experience, it’s an enthusiastic yet realistic manual for aspiring entrepreneurs, providing practical advice on making informed decisions at every stage of the startup process, from ideation to execution.

Who should read The Idea Is the Easy Part?

  • Current and aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Anyone wanting to sort the startup fact from fiction 
  • People with big ideas that they want to become a reality

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Work Culture Books: All In by Mike Michalowicz

All In

Mike Michalowicz
How Great Leaders Build Unstoppable Teams
4.1 (141 ratings)
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What's All In about?

All In (2024) argues that to build highly effective teams, great leaders must invest time and effort into recruiting people for potential rather than credentials, and fostering a sense of ownership and community in everyone.

Who should read All In?

  • Aspiring managers learning how to recruit and motivate others
  • Team leaders looking to improve engagement and productivity
  • Anyone focused on the recruitment, retention, and development of great teams

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Work Culture Books: Glad We Met by Steven G. Rogelberg

Glad We Met

Steven G. Rogelberg
The Art and Science of 1:1 Meetings
3.6 (21 ratings)
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What's Glad We Met about?

Glad We Met (2023) examines the transformative power of one-on-one meetings. This insightful exploration reveals why these meetings are not just a managerial duty but a cornerstone of effective leadership and team development. Learn to master the balance among productivity, relationship-building, and employee growth.

Who should read Glad We Met?

  • The emerging leader
  • Experienced executives
  • The HR professional

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Work Culture Books: Going on Offense by Behnam Tabrizi

Going on Offense

Behnam Tabrizi
A Leader's Playbook for Perpetual Innovation
4.3 (13 ratings)
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What's Going on Offense about?

Going on Offense (2023) equips you with the strategies to transform your organization into a powerhouse of innovation. Dive into the stories of industry giants who dared to be different, and learn how to apply their bold approaches to your own challenges. Unleash your potential to lead change and drive your company toward a future of continuous growth and success.

Who should read Going on Offense?

  • Aspiring tech industry leaders
  • Corporate strategy enthusiasts
  • Innovation-driven business students

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Work Culture Books: Uncommon Service by Frances Frei & Anne Morriss

Uncommon Service

Frances Frei & Anne Morriss
How to Win by Putting Customers at the Core of Your Business
4.2 (49 ratings)
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What's Uncommon Service about?

Uncommon Service (2012) unveils an innovative approach to conquering the business world. It emphasizes excellence in customer service by making strategic trade-offs and focussing on what the customers value most.

Who should read Uncommon Service?

  • Startup founders
  • Customer relationship managers
  • Strategy consultants

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Work Culture Books: The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking by Michael D. Watkins

The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking

Michael D. Watkins
Leading Your Organization Into the Future
4.1 (233 ratings)
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What's The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking about?

The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking (2024) is a comprehensive guide designed to enhance your leadership skills by focusing on strategic thinking. It identifies six key components of strategic thought: mental agility, pattern recognition, political savvy, problem-solving, systems analysis, and visioning, each essential for recognizing threats and opportunities, establishing priorities, and driving organizational success. Offering a blend of academic insights and practical tools, it aims to develop and nurture your strategic thinking, making it an invaluable resource.

Who should read The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking?

  • Aspiring business leaders seeking strategic skills
  • Executives facing complex organizational challenges
  • Professionals interested in leadership and organizational change

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Work Culture Books: The Case for Good Jobs by Zeynep Ton

The Case for Good Jobs

Zeynep Ton
How Great Companies Bring Dignity, Pay, and Meaning to Everyone's Jobs
3.8 (9 ratings)
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What's The Case for Good Jobs about?

The Case for Good Jobs (2023) illustrates how market wages often fail to cover workers' basic needs, spotlighting the necessity for businesses to revalue labor and adopt good job practices.

Who should read The Case for Good Jobs?

  • Business leaders
  • HR professionals
  • Social activists

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Work Culture Books: Mastering Executive Transitions by Navid Nazemian

Mastering Executive Transitions

Navid Nazemian
The Definitive Guide
3.1 (14 ratings)
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What's Mastering Executive Transitions about?

Mastering Executive Transitions (2021) explores the critical challenges and opportunities executives face during career transitions. It delves into the realities versus the research on executive transitions, highlighting the complexities, shorter tenures, and overwhelming demands leaders face in today’s world.

Who should read Mastering Executive Transitions?

  • Senior executives facing career transition challenges
  • Emerging leaders aspiring to executive roles
  • Business students studying leadership and management

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Work Culture Books: Brave Together by Chris Deaver & Ian Clawson

Brave Together

Chris Deaver & Ian Clawson
Lead by Design, Spark Creativity, and Shape the Future with the Power of Co-Creation
3.9 (58 ratings)
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What's Brave Together about?

Brave Together (2024) explores the transformative potential of cocreation for sparking innovation and driving leadership success. Through practical advice and insights, it demonstrates how to harness collective creativity to shape a visionary future and foster a culture of collaborative achievement.

Who should read Brave Together?

  • Corporate leaders and management teams
  • Creative professionals and innovators
  • Anyone interested in enhancing creativity and collaboration

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Work Culture Books: Untapped Leadership by Jenny Vazquez-Newsum

Untapped Leadership

Jenny Vazquez-Newsum
Harnessing the Power of Underrepresented Leaders
3.4 (113 ratings)
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What's Untapped Leadership about?

Untapped Leadership (2023) explores the leadership strategies, capabilities, and contributions made by leaders of color and those from marginalized backgrounds. Sharing diverse stories and strategies, it argues that the insights derived from BIPOC leadership are universally applicable, offering valuable lessons for anyone interested in enhancing their approach to leadership and navigating complex professional and personal landscapes.

Who should read Untapped Leadership?

  • Aspiring leaders seeking personal and professional development
  • Managers aiming to enhance team performance and innovation
  • All those interested in diverse leadership strategies and perspectives

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Work Culture Books: The Trusted Learning Advisor by Keith Keating

The Trusted Learning Advisor

Keith Keating
The Tools, Techniques and Skills You Need to Make L&d a Business Priority
4.7 (6 ratings)
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What's The Trusted Learning Advisor about?

The Trusted Learning Advisor (2023) offers an alternative for learning and development professionals to evolve beyond mere order-takers and become trusted learning advisors. It provides the tools, techniques, and skills needed to transform L&D into a proactive role through trust, stakeholder relationships, and strategic processes. This blueprint for L&D professionals aims to enhance their impact and give them a seat at the table.

Who should read The Trusted Learning Advisor?

  • L&D professionals at any stage of their career 
  • Leaders who want to foster a learning culture
  • Anyone who believes professional development is important

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Work Culture Books: The Friction Project by Robert I. Sutton & Huggy Rao

The Friction Project

Robert I. Sutton & Huggy Rao
How Smart Leaders Make the Right Things Easier and the Wrong Things Harder – Without Driving Everyone Crazy
4.1 (16 ratings)
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What's The Friction Project about?

The Friction Project (2024) unveils strategies for how to make organizations run smoothly, beginning with identifying sources of both beneficial and detrimental friction. It introduces tools to address common friction troubles, empowering leaders to navigate and optimize organizational dynamics.

Who should read The Friction Project?

  • Employees so swamped with meaningless tasks that they have no time for work
  • Workers who wish they could put the brakes on projects that move too fast
  • Managers who suspect they’re out of touch with the concerns of their staff and clients

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Work Culture Books: Attention Factory by Matthew Brennan

Attention Factory

Matthew Brennan
The Story of TikTok and China's ByteDance
4.1 (19 ratings)
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What's Attention Factory about?

Attention Factory (2020) chronicles the meteoric rise of ByteDance, a company that has left an indelible mark on our perceptions of Chinese technology. A deft interweaving of storytelling, analysis, and captivating anecdotes, it offers an unparalleled glimpse into the company’s growth and how it has shaped the American and Chinese internet landscapes.

Who should read Attention Factory?

  • Tech enthusiasts interested in the inner workings of Chinese internet companies
  • Business professionals looking to understand the strategies behind TikTok’s rapid growth
  • Anyone curious about the TikTok phenomenon and its influence

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Work Culture Books: Moving to Outcomes by Robert Glazer & Matthew Wool

Moving to Outcomes

Robert Glazer & Matthew Wool
Why Partnerships Are the Future of Marketing
4.3 (50 ratings)
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What's Moving to Outcomes about?

Moving to Outcomes (2021) explores the evolution of partnership marketing from its traditional roots to its current automated and scalable form, a transformation driven by technological advancements and shifts in supply and demand. Packed with insights into leveraging this model to its fullest, it enables companies to navigate and thrive in the digital marketplace.

Who should read Moving to Outcomes?

  • Forward-thinking marketers seeking innovative strategies
  • Business leaders aiming for growth through diversification
  • Investors interested in marketing trends and future potentials

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Work Culture Books: Marketing Artificial Intelligence by Paul Roetzer & Mike Kaput

Marketing Artificial Intelligence

Paul Roetzer & Mike Kaput
AI, Marketing, and the Future of Business
3.2 (112 ratings)
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What's Marketing Artificial Intelligence about?

Marketing Artificial Intelligence (2022) unravels the transformative journey of marketing in the AI era, inviting you to explore the seismic shifts reshaping audience engagement and the essence of marketing strategies. Dive into the world where AI’s fusion with human creativity opens new avenues for innovation, personalization, and efficiency, fundamentally altering how we connect with consumers. This guide provides insights to navigate the evolving digital landscape, making AI an indispensable ally in crafting the future of marketing.

Who should read Marketing Artificial Intelligence?

  • Marketing professionals exploring AI integration
  • Business leaders seeking competitive advantage
  • Technology enthusiasts curious about AI’s impact

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Work Culture Books: Remote Work Revolution by Tsedal Neeley

Remote Work Revolution

Tsedal Neeley
Succeeding from Anywhere
3.6 (7 ratings)
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What's Remote Work Revolution about?

Remote Work Revolution (2021) unveils a roadmap for thriving in an era of virtual organizations, addressing the most pressing challenges facing remote teams and their managers. Drawing on evidence-based insights and practical strategies, this guide empowers leaders and employees to foster trust, productivity, and innovation in the digital workplace.

Who should read Remote Work Revolution?

  • Business leaders seeking to optimize their remote work strategies
  • Managers of virtual teams striving to maintain productivity and collaboration
  • Employees transitioning to remote work environments looking to thrive in their roles

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Work Culture Books: Co-Intelligence by Ethan Mollick

Co-Intelligence

Ethan Mollick
Living and Working with AI
3.9 (34 ratings)
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What's Co-Intelligence about?

Co-Intelligence (2024) explores the benefits of partnering with generative, language-based artificial intelligence (AI) in education, the workplace, and any area of life you wish to excel in. By harnessing the potential of new AI technology, and better understanding its limitations, you can use AI to significantly enhance your performance and potential.

Who should read Co-Intelligence?

  • Workplace professionals wanting to benefit from AI
  • AI amateurs looking to advance their user skills
  • Curious luddites wishing to learn about AI

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 FAQs 

What's the best Work Culture book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard ReWork as the ultimate read on Work Culture.

What are the Top 10 Work Culture books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • ReWork by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
  • Scaling Up Excellence by Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao
  • How to Be a Positive Leader by Jane E. Dutton & Gretchen M. Spreitzer
  • Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux
  • The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, Jim Huling
  • Change the Culture, Change the Game by Roger Connors and Tom Smith
  • The Culture Engine by S. Chris Edmonds
  • The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle
  • It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
  • The Joy of Work by Bruce Daisley

Who are the top Work Culture book authors?

When it comes to Work Culture, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
  • Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao
  • Jane E. Dutton & Gretchen M. Spreitzer
  • Frederic Laloux
  • Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, Jim Huling