Summaries of the Week

Assertiveness

Assertiveness

Many people conduct their daily interactions without understanding how to make the most of them—or how to avoid confrontations and communication breakdowns. The key is assertiveness: a worldview, behavior strategy, and set of techniques that enables its users to get more of what they want by acknowledging, respecting, and accommodating the needs and wants of others. As Conrad and Suzanne Potts argue in Assertiveness, those who practice this approach will almost always be happier and more successful than those who fall back on aggression or non-assertiveness.

Suzanne Potts, Conrad and
Getting from College to Career

Getting from College to Career

In Getting from College to Career, Lindsey Pollak provides 90 tips designed to help young people land the perfect job and become successful and happy in their careers. This is a modern take on career advice with tips on everything from what to do (and not do) on social media to how to dress for an interview. Pollack relates her own experiences and includes interviews with dozens of professionals.

Pollak, Lindsey
20-Minute Manager: Finance Basics

20-Minute Manager: Finance Basics

20-Minute Manager: Finance Basics demystifies the field of finance by offering clear and concise explanations of key financial concepts and formulas. It emphasizes the importance of finance to company operations and makes it accessible to busy professionals. Covering financial statements, budget preparations, investment calculations, and other related topics, Finance Basics cuts through the jargon and gives the world of numbers a compelling sense of importance.

Review Editors, Harvard Business
Execution Is the Strategy

Execution Is the Strategy

Execution Is the Strategy by Laura Stack is a how-to manual for business leaders that will guide them as they develop their organizations and employees into becoming efficient and capable in today’s rapidly changing business world. The book uses the acronym LEAD and many others to teach easy-to-understand and replicable changes in organizational philosophy and culture that will help provide businesses with an edge.

Stack, Laura
The Leader’s Code

The Leader’s Code

The United States is currently suffering from a leadership crisis, and institutions that represent this country have lost credibility in the minds of many people. While most books on leadership focus on improving the health and wealth of companies, The Leader’s Code focuses on the virtues of good leaders. Donovan Campbell’s vision of the servant leader is based on his experiences in the U.S. Marine Corps. According to Campbell, morally grounded servant-leadership allows followers to believe in the leader’s mission.

Campbell, Donovan
Bernanke’s Test

Bernanke’s Test

In Bernanke’s Test, Johan Van Overtveldt tells the history of the Federal Reserve System (the Fed), including its mission, policies, chairmen, role changes due to legislation, and evolution through 2008. Van Overtveldt focuses on the past two Fed chairs, Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke. Van Overtveldt tells the stories of their lives and careers, details their philosophies, and evaluates their performances. The evaluation includes the research and assessments of many economists.

Van Overtveldt, Johan
Scars & Stripes

Scars & Stripes

Scars & Stripes is a narrative story about Eugene “Red” McDaniel’s struggle to reconcile six years of torture in a Vietnamese prison camp against his belief in his country and in God. Red recounts in great detail the story of his imprisonment, including the names and faces of his fellow prisoners and those of his guards and torturers.

McDaniel, Eugene