Summaries of the Week

How Google Works

How Google Works

By focusing on the user and creating great products and services, Google rose out of the dot.com phenomenon of the late 1990s to become a historic Internet-based business success story and a global technology leader. In How Google Works, authors and Google executives Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Alan Eagle tell the behind-the-scenes story of life and work at Google—sharing the lessons they have learned in the hope of providing insight and inspiration to other leaders and entrepreneurs who want to build something great.

Schmidt, Eric
Expect to Win

Expect to Win

Professionals in today’s fluctuating work environment must take responsibility for actively and aggressively managing their careers, but most lack the practical and strategic tools to help them reach their career goals. In Expect to Win, Carla A. Harris explains how professionals can use the lessons she has learned throughout her Wall Street career to maximize their potential and climb their corporate ladders.

Harris, Carla A.
Athena Rising

Athena Rising

Athena Rising by W. Brad Johnson and David Smith is a book written for men, by men, about mentoring women. Although men are often in a position to mentor women, they may be unwilling or afraid to do so. As a result, they are failing to take advantage of the valuable untapped talent of more than half of the population. Part I of the book provides an overview of how men can better understand gender dynamics in the workplace from a female perspective, while Part II provides essential principles of cross-gender mentoring.

Johnson, W. Brad
The Healthy Workplace

The Healthy Workplace

Countless workers express a desire to lose weight, reduce stress, and increase their productivity, but their jobs hinder their efforts. In fact, most work environments foster unhealthy habits. They take only reactive, not proactive, roles when it comes to the health of their employees. In The Healthy Workplace, researcher and workplace wellness expert Leigh Stringer presents strategies to help organizations create healthy environments that actually improve employees’ well-being.

Stringer, Leigh
Scared Speechless

Scared Speechless

Many people fear public speaking more than they fear death. There are several reasons for this fear, and in Scared Speechless, Steve Rohr and Dr. Shirley Impellizzeri provide tips and techniques for overcoming it. Basing much of their analysis on neuroscientific evidence, they are able to explain many psychological and physiological aspects of the fear of public speaking. They also offer advice for dealing with different types of speeches and audiences.

Rohr, Steve