Summaries of the Week

What Your Boss Really Wants from You

What Your Boss Really Wants from You

Many people have negative relationships with their bosses. This negativity can have a profoundly negative effect on these employees’ careers and overall happiness. Employees who can decipher what makes their bosses tick can ensure more positive relationships. In What Your Boss Really Wants from You, Steve Arneson explores ways that employees can learn to understand their bosses’ motivations and get to the heart of why they treat their employees the way they do.

Arneson, Steve
Getting to It!

Getting to It!

Everyone is busy, but many people and organizations still seem to fail at progressing toward their goals. The root cause is a failure to focus on the most Important Thing (IT). In Getting to It!, Jones Loflin and Todd Musig explain that identifying ITs is the key to accomplishing not just more things but also more of the right things. The book lays out a system for defining ITs and managing the planning and completion processes.

Loflin, Jones
The Art of Deliberate Success

The Art of Deliberate Success

In The Art of Deliberate Success, David Keane illustrates the ways in which people can become successful. While working with some of the world’s most successful people for more than two decades, Keane discovered that real success is not a product of luck, wealth, hard work, or even talent. It is a direct result of living by choice, not by chance—and anyone can achieve it. Using the word “deliberate” as an acronym, Keane reveals the ten key aspects of professional and personal success that the most successful people live by.

Keane, David
The Liberated CEO

The Liberated CEO

Most people who dream of becoming self-employed desire the freedom and flexibility that comes with not having to work for someone else. While they most likely love what they do and may start out with some solid boundaries for work-life balance, the responsibilities that come with running a growing business can erode that freedom and flexibility. When people put their hearts and souls into building their businesses, it can be a very difficult transition to trust employees to be left alone to do what they have been hired to do. In The Liberated CEO, Scott A.

Leonard, Scott A.
HBR Guide to Finance Basics for Managers

HBR Guide to Finance Basics for Managers

Many managers are left out of their companies’ larger conversations because they cannot speak the language of finance. The HBR Guide to Finance Basics for Managers provides managers of all backgrounds with the terms, tools, and decision-making techniques essential to mastering the fundamentals of finance. Through the book’s collection of articles, managers learn how to use finance basics to strengthen their units, organizations, and careers.

Harvard Business Review
The Hidden Wealth of Customers

The Hidden Wealth of Customers

While there has been an increasing trend in the business world over the past few years to champion driving business success by “focusing on the customer,” most businesses are still getting it wrong. This is because their efforts have primarily been directed toward learning more about each customer in order to sell them more goods and services. These efforts overlook the most important way customers contribute to business growth: by becoming a company’s “ad hoc” sales force.

Lee, Bill
Your Brain at Work

Your Brain at Work

The modern workforce is made up of increasing numbers of knowledge professionals: people employed to solve problems, make decisions, and be creative. These people can benefit greatly by understanding the brain’s workings and the techniques that enhance its efficiency. In Your Brain at Work, David Rock explains why the brain can feel overburdened, why certain situations hinder focus, how insight can be gained more easily, and how to maximize mental assets.

Rock, David