Summaries of the Week

HBR Guide to Being More Productive

HBR Guide to Being More Productive

As a business professional, you are often faced with competing priorities, distractions, and overly booked schedules that not only drain your momentum but also prevent you from meeting the demands of your role. In HBR Guide to Being More Productive, a series of authors, presenters, and subject matter experts provide tips on how to make real progress on your work.

Harvard Business Review Press
Influence

Influence

You might have an excellent idea, proposal, or business venture, but it’s not likely to succeed unless you can convince others of its value. In Influence, author and entrepreneur Warren Cass explains how the ability to influence others is foundational to success. He provides an easy-to-follow blueprint for doing a better job at engaging and motivating others and becoming more influential in your career and life.

Cass, Warren
Fearless and Free

Fearless and Free

Madeleine Albright once said that women’s careers are not linear; they zigzag. In the current business landscape, women must embrace this phenomenon and also learn to pivot. Today, employees are expected to learn quickly on the job and are not expected to stay in those jobs for long. Technology has disrupted many industries, making it easier to rise to the top, but taking risks and having courage is critical to success. This can be difficult for women, many of whom are not natural risk takers.

Sachs, Wendy
Leading the Malcolm Baldrige Way

Leading the Malcolm Baldrige Way

The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is the gold standard to which leaders in the public and private sectors aspire. In Leading the Malcolm Baldrige Way, sought-after Baldrige consultants Kay Kendall and Glenn Bodinson provide leaders with the tools to improve their organizational cultures, boost employee engagement, create powerful leaders and strong teams, counteract entitlement and negativity with positive feedback, and accelerate excellence throughout their organizations.

Kendall, Kay
The Shareholder Action Guide

The Shareholder Action Guide

Corporations have tremendous power, but many investors do not realize that as shareholders in publicly traded companies, they have the power to change how corporations approach important issues, such as sustainability and corporate governance. In The Shareholder Action Guide, Andrew Behar outlines what shareholders, either working individually or as a group, can do to engage with corporations to persuade them to change their behaviors.

Behar, Andrew