Summaries of the Week

Deep Work

Deep Work

Today’s knowledge worker–based business environment is rife with distraction, due in large part to the proliferation of network tools like email and social media. This distraction fragments our attention and leads us to spend an inordinate amount of time performing shallow work—work that adds little true value. Deep work—activities performed in a state of focused concentration—adds the most value to an organization and contributes to our personal and professional development, success, and fulfillment.

Newport, Cal
Talent Is Overrated

Talent Is Overrated

Why are world-class performers able to do what they do? Some people say they are born with innate talent, that they are smarter than everyone else, or that their extraordinary abilities come from years of experience. In Talent Is Overrated, Fortune editor Geoff Colvin draws on the concept of deliberate practice—intensive repetitive activity designed to improve problem areas of performance—to explain why some people are able to achieve world-class performances while others are not.

Colvin, Geoff
Managing the Millennials

Managing the Millennials

Millennials have a predominate place in today’s workplace. In Managing the Millennials, Chip Espinoza and Mick Ukleja explore the best practices managers can use to effectively engage, nurture, and lead Millennials. They present nine intrinsic values that Millennials possess, as well as nine perceived orientations that managers think Millennials have. The authors offer ways to resolve the resulting conflicts, build relationships, and boost productivity.

Espinoza, Chip
The Multigenerational Sales Team

The Multigenerational Sales Team

In the next decade, Millennials (born between 1980 and 2000) will hold close to half the jobs in the United States. Merging the working styles of Millennials, Generation Xers (born between 1965 and 1979), and Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) will be a primary task for executives. In The Multigenerational Sales Team, Warren Shiver and David Szen provide strategies to help leverage generational gaps into employable strengths that ensure flexible, high-performance teams.

Shiver, Warren
The Mosaic Principle

The Mosaic Principle

Today, we are each faced with an important choice when shaping our lives: striving for depth or breadth. These days, there is significant pressure to achieve greater depth by becoming experts and specialists—all at the risk of creating a society of narrow individuals unable to deal with complex challenges. In The Mosaic Principle, Nick Lovegrove argues that instead we should strive to create lives of breadth and diversity by drawing from a variety of options, then piecing them together into a whole and fulfilling life—similar to creating a beautiful mosaic.

Lovegrove, Nick