There are, conservatively, 300 gazillion books published every year. No one has the time to list them, let alone read them or review them. That’s a problem because there’s a lot of value in many books you may not hear about because of the clutter.
“Short Takes” is my small effort to cut through the clutter and highlight business books that might be perfect for your next read. Here are pointers to Elevating the Human Experience: Three Paths to Love and Worth at Work, Beyond Happiness: How Authentic Leaders Prioritize Purpose and People for Growth and Impact, and Lead with We: The Business Revolution That Will Save Our Future. I include quotes from the promotional literature for each book.
These books are about happiness at work. I suggest other books and articles on the subject.
“We’ve been conditioned to separate our personal and professional selves, but work is fundamental to our human experience. Love and worth have a place in work because our humanity and authentic identities make our work better. The acknowledgement of our intrinsic worth as human beings and the nurturing of our own or another’s growth through love ultimately contribute to higher performance and organizational growth.”
“Jenn Lim has dedicated her career to helping organizations from name-brand industry leaders to innovative governments build workplace cultures that benefit both their employees and their bottom line, with less employee turnover, greater engagement, and higher profits. Her culture consultancy, Delivering Happiness, demonstrates the profound impact happiness can have on businesses’ ability to thrive in our ever-changing times. In this book, she clearly and concretely shows the way the model works in a hyper-connected fast-paced world, beginning with each individual defining their sense of values and purpose (the ME), and rippling through the organization ecosystem (the WE and the COMMUNITY) in waves of impact.”
“Timely and compelling, this book’s message is simple: The future of profit is people’s purpose, aligned. Lead With We not only examines why we must all conduct business differently in order to grow in today’s market, but provides the how—concrete steps any reader, wherever they find themselves in the business hierarchy, can take toward success.”
The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky