What Corporate America is Reading, August 2018

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800-CEO-READ, a leading direct supplier of book-based resources compiles a monthly list of best-selling business books based on purchases by its corporate customers nationwide. Here are the best sellers for August 2018, plus descriptions of the Top 10.

1. “Uncensored: My Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black and White America” by Zachary R. Wood, Dutton Books

2. “Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive” by Bradley R. Staats, Harvard Business School Press

3. “Subscribed: Why the Subscription Model Will Be Your Company’s Future — And What to Do about It” by Tien Tzuo and Gabe Weisert, Portfolio

4. “Growth IQ: Get Smarter about the Choices That Will Make or Break Your Business” by Tiffani Bova, Portfolio

5. “The Power of a Positive Team: Proven Principles and Practices That Make Great Teams Great” by Jon Gordon, Wiley

6. “How to Work with and Lead People Not Like You: Practical Solutions for Today’s Diverse Workplace” by Kelly McDonald, Wiley

7. “The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos” by Christian Davenport, PublicAffairs

8. “O Great One!: A Little Story about the Awesome Power of Recognition” by David Novak and Christa Bourg, Portfolio

9. “8 Steps to High Performance: Focus on What You Can Change (Ignore the Rest)” by Marc Effron, Harvard Business School Press

10. “Clockwork: Design Your Business to Run Itself” by Mike Michalowicz, Portfolio

11. “The Gold Standard: Building a World-Class Team” by Mike Krzyzewski, Business Plus

12. “The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers and the Future of Humanity” by Byron Reese, Atria Books

13. “On Grand Strategy” by John Lewis Gaddis, Penguin Press

14. “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing” by Daniel H. Pink, Riverhead Books

15. “The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate” by Fran Hauser, Houghton Mifflin

16. “The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups” by Daniel Coyle, Bantam

17. “The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy” by Jon Gordon, Wiley

18. “What to Do When It’s Your Turn (and It’s Always Your Turn)” by Seth Godin, Domino Project

19. “The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues” by Patrick M. Lencioni, Jossey-Bass

20. “From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership” by Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr., Jossey-Bass

21. “The Meaning Revolution: The Power of Transcendent Leadership” by Fred Kofman, Currency

22. “Managing Up: How to Move Up, Win at Work, and Succeed with Any Type of Boss” by Mary Abbajay, Wiley

23. “That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) about Working Together” by Joanne Lipman, William Morrow & Company

24. “Creating Signature Stories: Strategic Messaging That Energizes, Persuades and Inspires” by David Aaker, Morgan James Publishing

25. “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead” by Brene Brown, Avery Publishing Group

Descriptions of the top 10

1. “Uncensored: My Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black and White America” by Zachary R. Wood, Dutton Books

Rooted in his own powerful personal story, twenty-one-year-old Zachary Wood shares his dynamic perspective on free speech, race and dissenting opinions — in a world that sorely needs to learn to listen.

2. “Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive” by Bradley R. Staats, Harvard Business School Press

In “Never Stop Learning,” behavioral scientist and operations expert Bradley R. Staats describes the principles and practices that comprise dynamic learning and outlines a framework to help you become more effective as a lifelong learner.

3. “Subscribed: Why the Subscription Model Will Be Your Company’s Future — And What to Do about It” by Tien Tzuo and Gabe Weisert, Portfolio

In “Subscribed,” you’ll learn how these companies made the shift, and how you can transform your own product into a valuable service with a practical, step-by-step framework. Find out how you can prepare and prosper now rather than trying to catch up later.

4. “Growth IQ: Get Smarter about the Choices That Will Make or Break Your Business” by Tiffani Bova, Portfolio

Through Bova’s insightful analyses of these and many other case studies, you’ll see why it can be a mistake to imitate strategies that worked for your competitors, or rely on strategies that worked for you in the past. To grow your company with confidence, you first need to grow your Growth IQ.

5. “The Power of a Positive Team: Proven Principles and Practices That Make Great Teams Great” by Jon Gordon, Wiley

“The Power of a Positive Team” provides a blueprint for addressing common pitfalls that cause teams to fail — including complaining, selfishness, inconsistency, complacency, unaccountability — while offering solutions to enhance a team’s creativity, grit, innovation and growth.

6. “How to Work with and Lead People Not Like You: Practical Solutions for Today’s Diverse Workplace” by Kelly McDonald, Wiley

The changing demographics of today’s workforce bring conflicting viewpoints, perspectives, approaches, skills, habits and personalities together in one place; whether that leads to synergy or catastrophe is up to you. “How to Work With and Lead People Not Like You” helps you turn a hurdle into an advantage so you or your team can do more, achieve more and enjoy the ride.

7. “The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos” by Christian Davenport, PublicAffairs

While it is too soon to tell who will ultimately dominate a still-emerging industry, “The Space Barons” proves that a host of cutting-edge business ideas will likely result from ongoing efforts to conquer the stars.

8. “O Great One!: A Little Story about the Awesome Power of Recognition” by David Novak and Christa Bourg, Portfolio

Whether you’re trying to lead a small department, a Fortune 500 company, a nonprofit or your own family, the lessons at the heart of “O Great One!” can help you make everyone around you happier and more effective.

9. “8 Steps to High Performance: Focus on What You Can Change (Ignore the Rest)” by Marc Effron, Harvard Business School Press

Research-based, practical and filled with self-assessments, tools and templates to support your performance goals at work, this short, powerful book will help you and anyone on your team deliver outstanding results.

10. “Clockwork: Design Your Business to Run Itself” by Mike Michalowicz, Portfolio

Whether you have a staff of one, one hundred or somewhere in between, whether you’re a new entrepreneur or have been overworked and overstressed for years, “Clockwork” is your path to finally making your business work for you.

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