A virtual book club for the modern learner

What is a virtual book club?

And why do they matter?

Virtual book clubs allow and encourage people with similar interests to share and gain different perspectives in an effort to promote learning and engagement. Harvard Business Review ran an article about the benefits and popularity of corporate book clubs—saying that they can be good for the mind, good for leadership, and good for business.

Skillsoft’s Off the Shelf


Skillsoft’s OFF THE SHELF isn’t a typical book club… it’s a great benefit for employees and the entire organization. Designed for business professionals, OFF THE SHELF gives readers access to ebooks, audiobooks, and book summary content to enrich the learning experience.

Why Book Clubs Matter


The practice of reading and learning.


A provocative discussion.


Talking and listening to each other.


Ideas and concepts to your business.

The Solution


  • Key titles chosen from the Skillsoft library
  • Offers a relevant and meaningful learning experience


  • Learners can add the ebook, audiobook, or book summary to their playlist
  • Flexibility to read or listen at their convenience


  • Helps organizations support their own virtual book club discussions
  • Readers can apply the book’s ideas and elevate the conversation
  • Create and launch your own book club
  • Align with corporate initiatives and themes
  • Empower people to lead discussions and select topics and/or books

Take learning OFF THE SHELF.

Skillsoft created this virtual book club to support learning and engagement in your employees, your teams, and your organization. The Facilitator’s Guide makes it easy to launch homegrown book clubs in your company.

Launch Engagement and Discussion

impact workforce performance

Book clubs are good for your business. Many companies already use book clubs as a way to connect people around a central topic, get coworkers and colleagues talking and working together, and foster a culture of learning. Just imagine how a book club discussion can spark innovation, new ideas, and strengthen professional relationships.

Ready to Get Started?


The book, audiobook, or book summary on Skillport or Percipio.


The Facilitator’s Guide.


For our next book club title and discussion questions.

Preparedness Month


by Bob Campbell | John Wiley & Sons (US), © 2023

Crisis-ready Leadership provides the knowledge and skills necessary to make timely and effective decisions while managing a large-scale incident. Codifying the best practices from the successful FEMA-certified course On-Scene Crisis Leadership and Decision Making for HazMat Incidents, this comprehensive volume provides systematic guidance on best practices for improving situational awareness, adapting leadership styles, implementing incident command systems across political and organizational boundaries, and more.


by David Hillson | Berrett-Koehler Publishers, © 2022

Risk management has become a standard part of the strategic tool kit, providing senior leaders with a forward-looking radar to scan the future and give early warnings of approaching threats and opportunities. However, even best-in-class organizations can falter in the face of extreme risk exposure. Special circumstances demand special responses, and extreme risk exposure needs very careful handling. Routine risk management approaches will fall short, but businesses that demonstrate a high degree of flexibility and resilience will have the competitive advantage and the ability to thrive where others fail.


by Robert A. Clark | IT Governance, © 2022

COVID-19 has shown organizations that the threat of a pandemic needs to be taken seriously, emphasizing the importance of having a business continuity plan and a pandemic plan. Clark’s book focuses on how an organization can create a new or update an existing pandemic response plan. He highlights the similarities in managing different types of crisis, whether it is a pandemic, or other threats such as cyber attacks, floods, fires, civil disturbances, terrorism, etc.


by Jeff Schlegelmilch, Irwin Redlener | Recorded Books, Inc., © 2020

Rethinking Readiness offers an expert introduction to human-made threats and vulnerabilities, with a focus on opportunities to reimagine how we approach disaster preparedness. Jeff Schlegelmilch identifies and explores the most critical threats facing the world today, detailing the dangers of pandemics, climate change, infrastructure collapse, cyberattacks, and nuclear conflict. Drawing on the latest research from leading experts, he provides an accessible overview of the causes and potential effects of these looming megadisasters.


by Jo Robertson | Rothstein Associates, © 2020

Business leaders would be better served by understanding key crisis concepts and applying them to their own situation rather than relying on crisis advisors to swoop in to take care of a problem once it has become a crisis. Crisis management does not begin on the day the fire erupts, the hurricane barrels through, or the accident happens. Dr. Jo Robertson, a leading expert in heading off and containing crisis, lays out the key concepts that business leaders need to apply to their own organizations.


by Daniel Schutzer | Business Expert Press, © 2023

Recently we have seen several catastrophic events causing huge disruptions, losses, and panic. There is a growing likelihood that these natural disasters and physical and cyber warfare attacks will increase in frequency and lethality, increasingly impacting civilian infrastructure, due to global warming, increased civil unrest and global tensions as international competition increases. This book details how measures can be adapted to keep our systems operational and to rapidly reconstitute lost infrastructure.


by Atif Rafiq | McGraw-Hill, © 2023

In Decision Sprint, innovation and growth expert Atif Rafiq argues that while talent is critically important to any company’s success, the systems through which collaboration and decision-making happen are what separate industry leaders from the rest—and that systems designed to embrace unknowns are quickest and most enduring way to foster growth, continuous innovation, and realization of strategy. This groundbreaking guide walks readers through the process of embracing unknowns.


by Amanda Coleman | Kogan Page, © 2023

Crisis Communication Strategies is a must-have guide that covers the whole span of a crisis from preparing and laying the groundwork before it occurs, during the incident and the aftermath, including the move to recovery and beyond. It guides readers through each phase, providing details of what to consider, what should be done, tips and checklists for improved responses. This second edition contains new content looking at the phases of crises, behavioral communication as a tactic and how to ensure diversity and inclusivity in tumultuous times.

Emotional Intelligence Month


by S. Michele Nevarez | Gildan Media, © 2022

In Beyond Emotional Intelligence, renowned educator and leadership expert S. Michele Nevarez delivers a powerful guide to building ingrained mental habits to help us achieve desired outcomes, improve our relationships, and live in alignment with our values. You'll discover how to use the author's 12 Self-Discoveries to get to know yourself and stop getting in your own way. You'll retrain your mind to develop new patterns of thought and behavior that will serve you better as you achieve your life goals.


by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves | Brilliance Publishing, © 2010

By now, emotional intelligence (EQ) needs little introduction — it’s no secret that EQ is critical to your success. But knowing what emotional intelligence is and knowing how to use it to improve your life are two very different things. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 delivers a step-by-step program for increasing your emotional intelligence using the four core EQ skills — self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management — to exceed your goals and achieve your fullest potential.


by Richard M. Contino and Penelope J. Holt | Business Expert Press, © 2021

Even though it is seldom acknowledged, the truth is that business runs on emotion—yours and almost everyone else’s. And that emotion is often negative, leading us into bewilderment, dysfunction, and failure.

This book explains how to face up to this reality and respond by building street smarts and business emotional intelligence (BEQ). It supports your business success by developing your ability to recognize and effectively manage the destructive emotional tendencies, hidden agendas, and behaviors that exist all around you, and sometimes within you, that block business progress.


by Steven J. Stein | John Wiley & Sons (US), © 2017

The EQ Leader provides an evidence-based model for exceptional leadership, and a four-pillar roadmap for real-world practice. Data collected from thousands of the world's best leaders—and their subordinates—reveals the keys to success: authenticity, coaching, insight, and innovation. This book shows you how to put these key factors to work in your own practice, with clear examples and concrete steps for improving skills and competencies.


by Harvard Business Review | Gildan Media, © 2022

What does it mean to be yourself at work? As a leader, how do you strike the right balance between vulnerability and authority? This book explains the role of authenticity in emotionally intelligent leadership. You'll learn how to discover your authentic self, when emotional responses are appropriate, how conforming to specific standards can hurt you, and when you need to feel like a fake.


by Frances Kay and Neilson Kite | Kogan Page, © 2012

Emotional intelligence, more than IQ and technical knowhow, gives a valuable competitive edge to organizations and is crucial to the success of individuals. Understanding Emotional Intelligence shows readers how to use emotional intelligence in the workplace. It covers topics such as self-awareness, self-motivation, relationship management, how to assess and develop your emotional intelligence, habits of emotionally intelligent people, how to develop an emotionally aware organization, and how to use EQ as a management strategy.


by Amy Jacobson | Gildan Media, © 2021

As organizations around the world are putting more focus on the mindset and wellbeing of staff, the need to develop Emotional Intelligence (EI) has never been greater. Cutting through the hype and dispelling the myths about EI, this practical, easy-to-use resource provides clear guidance, powerful tools, and actionable steps for developing and implementing EI in the workplace for immediate results. Amy Jacobson, an experienced EI specialist, leadership trainer and coach, shares the tools, methodologies, concepts, and actions that increase EI in any situation.


by Gill Hasson | John Wiley & Sons (UK), © 2017

Did you know that the way you approach your own thoughts and feelings determines your happiness and success in every area of your life? Bestselling personal development author Gill Hasson is back with this guide to dealing with your emotions. Learn how to understand yourself and those around you with practical tips and tricks that will help you be more assertive, forge stronger relationships and manage anxiety. Your ability to manage your feelings, other people and your interactions with them are what makes all the difference.


Engage in Mental Health and Well-Being

by Catherine Wemette | Association for Talent Development © 2022

Starting conversations around mental health can be challenging. More often than not, simply asking a question and showing you genuinely care will be enough to start the conversation, even if not with the perfect words. In this issue of TD at Work, Catherine Wemette guides readers in helping others understand the importance of focusing on mental health in the workplace and how to do that.

The Self-Care Mindset: Rethinking How We Change and Grow, Harness Well-Being, and Reclaim Work-Life Quality

by Jeanette Bronee | John Wiley & Sons © 2022

In The Self-Care Mindset, celebrated well-being and mindset expert Jeanette Bronée delivers an actionable and groundbreaking approach that challenges us to rethink self-care at work so we no longer have to choose between being healthy and being successful. With Jeanette’s inclusive approach to self-care, you will receive the tools to protect and unlock our most important resource: our humanity. You’ll learn how to better manage stress, break free from living in survival mode, and navigate FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) so you can harness change and grow by reclaiming agency and recovering what you care about.

The Ultimate Self-Care Book: Improve Your Wellbeing; Build Resilience and Confidence; Master Mindfulness

by Clara Seeger, Stephen Evans-Howe, and Patrick Forsyth | Hodder & Stoughton Ltd © 2021

From confidence and assertiveness to managing stress and mindfulness, The Ultimate Self Care Book is a dynamic collection of tools, techniques, and strategies for success. Discover the main themes and key ideas, and bring it all together with practical exercises.

The Healthy Mind Toolkit: Simple Strategies to Get Out of Your Own Way and Enjoy Your Life

by Alice Boyes | Brilliance Publishing © 2018

Whether we’re aware of it or not, most of us are guilty of self-sabotage. These behaviors can manifest in seemingly innocuous ways, but if left unchecked can create stress and cause problems in all areas of your life.

In The Healthy Mind Toolkit, Dr. Alice Boyes provides easy, practical solutions that will help you identify how you’re holding yourself back and how to reverse your self-sabotaging behaviors. Blending scientific research with techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, this engaging book will take you through the steps to address this overarching problem.

Your Health at Work: An Indispensable Guide to Physical and Mental Wellbeing

by Becky Allen and Howard Fidderman | Kogan Page © 2019

Covering the full range of industries, Your Health at Work provides guidance for everyone. Both physical health (e.g. aches and strains, hazardous substances, accidents) and mental health (anxiety, depression, bullying) are comprehensively discussed to provide you with reliable help and advice on the full range of potential health problems at work. The stories of real workers who have encountered health issues at work are included to make sure that this book is fully representative of real life and gives practical, and sometimes inspirational, insights to support you and your health every day at work.

Yoga Classes for the Complete Beginner: 4 Yoga Classes Suitable for the Complete Beginner

by Sue Fuller | Blackstone Audio, Inc. © 2021

This audio set contains four different yoga classes suitable for the complete beginner. Each class gently and safely introduces different postures and techniques to help create an understanding and to develop a foundation in yoga and yoga practices. Yoga for the Complete Beginner introduces the concept of breathing slowly whilst moving the body through a series of preparatory postures. More Yoga for the Complete Beginner includes a different selection of postures, adding variety to your practice. Yoga Flow for the Complete Beginner introduces the concept of vinyasa flow and moves the body gently through different postures whilst synchronizing the breath and movement. Yoga Nidra for the Complete Beginner introduces the ancient practice of yoga nidra.

Your Brain on Exercise

by Gary L. Wenk | Publisher: Oxford University Press (US) © 2021

Decades of research demonstrate that regular modest levels of exercise improve heart and lung function and may relieve joint pain. Dr. Gary Wenk's goal is to provide a realistic perspective on what benefits your brain should expect to achieve from exercise. Your Brain on Exercise skillfully blends scholarship with illuminating insights and clarity. Without requiring any specialized knowledge about the brain, Your Brain on Exercise entertainingly illustrates the intersection between brain health, the consequences of exercise, and our need to eat in an entirely new light.

The Anxiety Getaway: How to Outsmart Your Brain's False Fear Messages and Claim Your Calm Using CBT Techniques

by Dr. Craig April | Blackstone Audio, Inc. © 2020

There are a lot of resources out there for managing anxiety. However, many of them are based on opinion rather than science. Dr. Craig April, founder of the April Center for Anxiety Attack Management, relies on the latter. By employing cognitive behavioral therapy, a research-proven method for anxiety treatment, listeners can find the breakthrough they desire.

Dr. April shares that, in most of its forms, anxiety is not a mental illness. For this reason, he takes a stripped-down approach to tackling anxiety that looks at the root: false fear messages.


Everyone Wants to Work Here: Attract the Best Talent, Energize Your Team, and Be the Leader in Your Market

by Maura Nevel Thomas | Gildan Media © 2023

Building a productive work culture doesn't have to invite burnout and stress—Everyone Wants to Work Here empowers you and your team to build effective habits for accomplishing your goals. Exhaustion not required.

To achieve efficiency, productivity, and significant results, you need to make the best use of the resources available to you. Productivity expert Maura Thomas helps you nurture the crucial resource that is your work culture and build productive habits for yourself and your team, without letting work take over your life.

The Long-Distance Team: Designing Your Team for Everyone’s Success

by Wayne Turmell and Kevin Eikenberry | Berrett-Koehler Publishers © 2023

Team design and culture are often presented as separate concepts when they are in fact intertwined in the remote work setting. Using the 3C model of communication, collaboration, and cohesion, leaders will be given the tools to overcome challenges, such as proximity bias and deteriorating social connections, to create an environment where everyone can contribute and add value equally, regardless of location.

Beyond Team Building: How to Build High Performing Teams and the Culture to Support Them

by Gibb Dyer and Jeff Dyer | John Wiley & Sons © 2020

Beyond Team Building represents the latest in thinking about creating effective teams. The authors present a new “Five C” framework that focuses on the core aspects of team building. The book helps the reader assess how his/her team is performing on each of the 5Cs—context, composition, competencies, change, and collaborative leadership, and discusses options concerning how to improve team performance along each of these dimensions.

Building Top Performing Teams: A Practical Guide to Team Coaching to Improve Collaboration and Drive Organizational Success

by Paul J. Barbour and Lucy Widdowson | Kogan Page © 2021

Containing more than 40 tools which can be used in a virtual or in-person coaching environment, Building Top-Performing Teams is a practical guide for leaders, HR professionals, coaches, team coaches and anyone with management responsibility. It covers how to motivate, develop, engage and reward a team of employees with different levels of experience and priorities to achieve outstanding business success.

Building and Managing High-Performance Distributed Teams: Navigating the Future of Work

by Alberto S. Silveira Jr. | Apress © 2021

The age of the distributed team is upon us. Teams can now operate and collaborate from locations other than a central office, and events surrounding the 2020 COVID pandemic have thrown its practicality into sharp relief. Managing a team whose members are distributed across several locations requires a different mindset and will remain a must-have for all areas of business from this point forward. Building and Managing High-Performance Distributed Teams explains what the distributed teams concept means to the future of your company.

Power Teams Beyond Borders: How to Work Remotely and Build Virtual Teams

by Peter Ivanov | Gildan Media © 2021

Power Teams Beyond Borders shows listeners how to unlock the potential of their remote and online teams. Full of actionable advice and concrete strategies, celebrated consultant and author Peter Ivanov offers virtual leaders practical guidance on how to create and sustain online engagement across multiple time zones and cultures.

The book includes step-by-step advice on areas like: how to build trust and clarity without meeting in person; how to establish structure in communications and avoid confusion; how to make the most of your team members' unique talents in a global setting; and how to use the technique of “over-communication” to ensure your team members remain fully informed.

The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan: Take Charge, Build Your Team, and Deliver Better Results Faster, 5th Edition

by John A. Lawler, Jayme A. Check, and George B. Bradt | John Wiley & Sons (US) © 2022

The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan has sold over 100,000 copies because it's so practical. The author team of accomplished private equity/M&A transition leaders explains in great detail, how to succeed in new leadership roles, build high-performance teams, execute winning strategies, and achieve organizational goals. The heavily revised 5th edition explains how to your due diligence before accepting a new role, and how to lead in remote or hybrid environments and how to leverage diversity, equity, and inclusion to meet team goals, drive growth and enhance any organization.

Stick Together: A Simple Lesson to Build a Stronger Team

by John Gordon and Kate Leavell | John Wiley & Sons © 2021

From bestselling author Jon Gordon and coauthor Kate Leavell, Stick Together delivers a crucial message about the power of belief, ownership, connection, love, inclusion, consistency, and hope. The authors guide individuals and teams on an inspiring journey to show them how to persevere through challenges, overcome obstacles, and create success together. Stick Together follows Coach David, a high school basketball coach looking to motivate his team for the new season. The team members are given sticks with words written on them and tasked with a number of

As the players work together to complete their tasks, they discover how to make their team stronger and create an unbreakable bond. Perfect for student athletes and teams in all industries including business, education, healthcare, and nonprofit, and for readers of all ages, Stick Together will resonate with anyone looking to improve their team performance and excel in a group environment.

LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Queer Career: Sexuality and Work in Modern America

by Margot Canaday | Princeton University Press, © 2023

Workplaces have traditionally been viewed as “straight spaces” in which queer people passed. As a result, historians have directed limited attention to the experiences of queer people on the job. Queer Career rectifies this, offering an expansive historical look at sexual minorities in the modern American workforce. Arguing that queer workers were more visible than hidden and, against the backdrop of state aggression, vulnerable to employer exploitation, Margot Canaday positions employment and fear of job loss as central to gay life in postwar America.

Be an Inclusion Ally: ABCs of LGBTQ+

by Lisa Koenecke | Lisa Koenecke, LLC, © 2021

Be an Inclusion Ally brilliantly illuminates the path to becoming the most supportive Ally you can be both personally and professionally. This book is the quintessential fast, funny, and ready resource for educating yourself and others about the LGBTQ+ community. With wit and wisdom woven throughout, it's a goldmine for individuals who have questions, but don't know whom to ask. This book celebrates YOU for being willing to learn more and create an inclusionary workplace or school. Be an Inclusion Ally: ABCs of LGBTQ is a practical guide to understanding and supporting family, friends, colleagues, or anyone in the LBGTQ+ community. Written in an easy to follow, friendly style, this guide will provide concrete steps to those seeking to become an ally or an Ally.

The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business

by John Brown | HarperCollins, the © 2014

In The Glass Closet, Lord John Browne, former CEO of BP, seeks to unsettle business leaders by exposing the culture of homophobia that remains rampant in corporations around the world, and which prevents employees from showing their authentic selves. Drawing on his own experiences, and those of prominent members of the LGBT community around the world, as well as insights from well-known business leaders and celebrities, Lord Browne illustrates why, despite the risks involved, self-disclosure is best for employees—and for the businesses that support them. Above all, The Glass Closet offers inspiration and support for those who too often worry that coming out will hinder their chances of professional success.

The Queer Advantage: Conversations with LGBTQ+ Leaders on the Power of Identity

by Andrew Gelwicks | Hachette Go, © 2020

Meet the LGBTQ+ dealmakers, trailblazers, and glass-ceiling breakers in business, politics, and beyond. The people who are creating national public policy, running billion-dollar tech enterprises, and winning Olympic medals. Andrew Gelwicks interviews the leaders who have forged their own paths and changed the world, showing how you can too. From Troye Sivan to Margaret Cho, George Takei to Billie Jean King, Shangela to Adam Rippon, each person credits their queer identity with giving them an edge in their paths to success. Their stories brim with the hard-won lessons gained over their careers. Collecting incisive, deeply personal conversations with inspirational LGBTQ+ trailblazers about how they leveraged the challenges and insights they had as relative outsiders to succeed in the worlds of business, tech, politics, Hollywood, sports and beyond, The Queer Advantage celebrates the unique, supercharged power of queerness.

The Savvy Ally: A Guide to Becoming a Skilled LGBTQ+ Advocate

by Jeannie Gainsburg | Rowman & Littlefield, © 2020

In The Savvy Ally, Jeannie Gainsburg offers much-needed insight and pragmatic advice—especially for those who do not identify as being on the LGBTQ+ spectrum—on how to offer their support and advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community in a respectful and helpful manner. She delves into the language and identities relevant to the community, tools for navigating conversations, offers tips for taking action to create inclusive spaces, and discusses how to foster sustainable allyship.

LGBTQ+ Etiquette and Common Bloopers (Video)

by Jeannie Gainsburg

LGBTQ+ terms and identities are constantly changing. It is difficult to keep up. Many people feel intimidated by all the changes and are silenced by the fear that they will accidentally say something that will offend someone. This video helps relieve this anxiety by offering easy respectful language tips and suggestions for how to mess up properly.

How to be a Good LGBTQ+ Ally (Video)

by MyWorkplaceHealth

LGBTQ+ individuals experience discrimination and harassment; this directly and negatively impacts their mental health, and LGBTQ+ adults are more than twice as likely to experience mental health conditions and are at higher risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviour. So, here we are going to talk about how to be a good LGBTQ+ ally regardless of whether or not you have individuals in your workplace who are out as queer.


Communication Intelligence: Leverage Your Strengths and Optimize Every Interaction to Work Best with Others

by Claude D’Val Morgan | McGraw Hill, © 2023

Now, more than ever, Communication Intelligence is essential for workers at all levels. The good news is that you can learn to develop and master this vital competency. If you’re interested in being your best through effective communication, that’s exactly what you will find in the pages of Communication Intelligence. With more than four decades of study, research, and coaching in the field, C.D. “Hoop” Morgan III has built on the original premise of The Forté Institute: That assessing an individual’s communication style should start with a focus on their strengths―not their weaknesses. Communication Intelligence guides you to identify your unique strengths based on the Forté Communication Style Profile.

What to Say When Things Get Tough: Business Communication Strategies for Winning People Over When They’re Angry, Worried and Suspicious of Everything You Say

by Leonard S. Greenberger | McGraw Hill-Ascent Audio, © 2022

What to Say When Things Get Tough is a comprehensive guide that combines theory and practical examples to help readers develop effective communication strategies. It provides real-world scenarios and dialogues that illustrate the application of the techniques discussed. By following the strategies outlined in the book, readers can enhance their communication skills and build stronger relationships even in challenging situations. This book serves as a valuable resource for professionals in various fields who encounter difficult conversations in their work. It equips readers with the tools and knowledge to handle tough situations with empathy, understanding, and confidence, ultimately leading to better outcomes and strengthened professional relationships.

Better Conversations Every Day: 4 Core Skills That Will Change the Way You Lead and Live Your Life

by Maggie Sass and Andre Keil | Center for Creative Leadership, © 2022

Authored by an expert in interpersonal communication, the book offers practical techniques and insights to improve interactions with others, whether in personal relationships, professional settings, or casual encounters. Better Conversations Every Day provides readers with a comprehensive roadmap to improving their communication skills and developing more rewarding relationships through conversation. By implementing the techniques and concepts outlined in the book, readers can enhance their ability to connect with others, foster understanding, and engage in more fulfilling conversations in their day-to-day lives.

Communication Essentials: The Tools You Need to Master Every Type of Professional Interaction

by Trey Guinn | Published by McGraw-Hill

No matter how great your knowledge, expertise or experience, poor communication skills undermine your ability to get your message across, achieve your objectives, and build crucial relationships. To advance your career—and succeed in other aspects of life, as well—building theses skills is essential. In Communication Essentials, expert Trey Guinn takes you step-by-step through the process of improvement, from understanding the importance of message clarity to specific, goal-based strategies to develop and maximize your skills.

Amplify Your Influence: Transform How You Communicate and Lead

by Rene Rodriguez | Gildan Media © 2022

In Amplify Your Influence: Transform How You Communicate and Lead, celebrated keynote speaker, trainer, and leadership coach Rene Rodriguez delivers an eye-opening roadmap to using applied neuroscience to improve listeners' communication ability, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and leadership skills. Based in the author's proprietary AMPLIFII system and methodologies he has taught to over 100,000 participants around the world, the book offers practical tips, useful frameworks, guided practice, and simple application exercises to help listeners create new and lasting behaviors that effect change in their life and work.

Improve Your Communication Skills: How to Build Trust, Be Heard and Communicate with Confidence, 6th Edition

by Alan Barker | Kogan Page © 2022

This fully updated 6th edition now features a handy self-assessment tool to help you profile your own preferred communication style, even more practical exercises, useful checklists and top tips, as well as content on influencing others and managing difficult conversations. This book provides vital guidance on improving your conversations, building rapport, giving effective presentations, writing excellent reports and networking successfully. With the help of Improve Your Communication Skills, you will be able to get your message across—every time.

Communicate with Mastery: Speak With Conviction and Write for Impact

by Kara Levy, JD Schramm | John Wiley & Sons © 2020

Communicating with Mastery provides readers with a rich treasure trove of frameworks and tools for leadership communication as developed and taught over the past decade at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. Designed for the business leader on the go, it provides you quick access to helpful approaches to vexing communication problems leaders face today in speaking and writing to various audiences. Projects often fail not because of the vision, but in the articulation of that vision. With the help of this book, you’ll learn how to ensure you get the results you desire as a leader and communicator.

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High, 3rd Edition

by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler, Emily Gregory | Publisher: McGraw-Hill © 2021

The book that revolutionized business communications has been updated for today’s communication challenges. Crucial Conversations provides powerful skills to ensure every conversation―especially difficult ones―leads to the results you want. Written in an engaging and witty style, it teaches readers how to be persuasive rather than abrasive, how to get back to productive dialogue when others blow up or clam up, and it offers powerful skills for mastering high-stakes conversations, regardless of the topic or person.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The Executive Warrior: 40 Powerful Questions to Develop Mental Toughness for Career Success

by Victor Ng | Marshall Cavendish, © 2018

Why are 87% of people not engaged at work, according to a Gallup global report? Among the biggest reasons are lack of purpose, loss of focus and inability to handle setbacks. To survive and thrive in today’s volatile workplace, you’ll need to be mentally tougher than ever. Many self-development books seem to have all the answers. This is one book that asks all the right questions and guides you to find your own answers – like how a personal coach would.

Mindfulness Based Leadership: The Art of Being A Leader – Not Becoming One

by Kathirasan K | Marshall Cavendish, © 2018

While mindfulness has often been perceived as a solitary activity, this book reveals how it is applicable on a wider scale—in groups, businesses and the wider community. Mindfulness-Based Leadership shows us how to balance self and organizational goals, to erase the real and imagined internal conflicts between what we believe in and what we do in reality.

Marbles, Mayhem and My Typewriter: The Unfadable Life of an Ordinary Man

by Mano Sabnani | Marshall Cavendish, © 2018

In a world where so many people believe that they cannot go far because they were not born gifted or with a silver spoon, Mano Sabnani’s story provides profound inspiration—showing how an ordinary man can achieve extraordinary things by following a very simple and ethical set of principles.

The Power to Become: How I Changed My Own Destiny

by Deepak Shrestha | Marshall Cavendish, © 2018

The Power to Become is an inspirational journey of personal transformation about a barefoot boy from Nepal who became a successful and committed businessman and philanthropist. This book is proof that anything is possible if you dare to go full throttle into life's great adventure.

How Asian Women Lead: Lessons for Global Corporations

by Jane Horan | Palgrave Macmillan, © 2014

How Asian Women Lead provides a vastly different picture than Western-focused leadership literature, highlighting obstacles Asian women face reaching the top, and looking beneath the corporate surface to show cultural and family perspectives. Through her research and the stories of four uniquely different women leaders from varying Asian economies and industries, Horan offers a new perspective to help business leaders and human capital professionals understand leadership diversity, build inclusive and engaged organizations, and sustain success.

Leading Through Change Month

Leading Change: How Successful Leaders Approach Change Management

by Paul Lawrence | Brilliance Audio, © 2019

It is often claimed that 70% of organizational change efforts fail, despite the popularity of linear change models, such as Kotter's 8-step model. The reason few change efforts succeed as intended is because they are based on two implicit assumptions: that the leader or leadership team will come up with a vision and then succeed in persuading the rest of the organization to follow, and that people will happily embrace change without being afforded the opportunity to make their own meaning of that change. Leading Change offers an alternative. It provides a framework for change that opens opportunities for people within the organization to play a significant role in the process.

Change Fatigue Revisited: A New Framework for Leading Change

by Tahsin I. Alam, Richard Dool | Business Expert Press, © 2022

Leaders today must be able to embed resiliency into their organizations and to re-position change as a natural process. Being an effective change agent has become a critical leadership competency for 21st Century leaders. With these factors in mind, the authors propose a new approach to change in this book (the C6 Change Leadership Framework), as a means to mitigate “Change Fatigue” and to enhance a leader’s ability to positively affect change in their organizations. This book will enable leaders to manage change in a more proactive, tailored and engaged manner to increase the likelihood of achieving the expected outcomes of the change initiatives.

MIT Sloan Management Review Article on Leading Change Means Changing How You Lead

by MIT Sloan Management Review | MIT Sloan Management Review, © 2022

When a business is performing well on fit to purpose and relative advantage, the leader needs to recognize the twin dangers of complacency (believing that there’s no need for change) and hubris (overconfidence in the quality of one’s leadership). Contextually effective leaders combat complacency by continually striving for change, and they combat hubris by recognizing that their own opinion is less significant than the opinions of key stakeholders. Finally, the task of messaging is to maintain a focus on the ultimate priorities of the business rather than on concerns that are fleeting or disconnected from the company’s core strategy.

The Change Mindset: The Psychology of Leading and Thriving in an Uncertain World

by Andy Craggs | Kogan Page, © 2023

In The Change Mindset, leadership development expert Andy Craggs unpicks the main reasons why teams fail when it comes to dealing with change and navigating uncertainty. He defines the common traps that lead to failure; from not allowing yourself to reimagine the possible, mimicking the behaviour that your competition has shown when dealing with change, to doubting yourself and your team. Leading through change requires business leaders to be courageous and to show empathy, both for themselves and their people.

No Point B: Rules for Leading Change in the New Hyper-Connected, Radically Conscious Economy

by Caleb Gardner | Ascent Audio, © 2022

Our future depends on changing the way we change. But because technology has forever altered our relationship with what's coming next, the tomorrow we envisioned is too often totally different by the time it arrives. How can leaders manage disruption when disruption never stops coming? Drawing upon his vast experience in business leadership and social activism, author Caleb Gardner shows how the simple idea of embracing constant change as a core competency for living in a complex world could revolutionize our relationship with modernity and transform our approach to effective leadership.

The Secret Sauce for Leading Transformational Change

by Ian Ziskin and The Consortium for Change (C4C) | Recorded Books, © 2023

Most large-scale transformational change happens because of unanticipated, unaddressed, unplanned disruptions which raise questions about what it takes to lead, survive, and even thrive in periods of transformational change. This first-of-its-kind book offers a variety of lenses and perspectives, in the form of interviews, essays, and survey responses, with insights from business leaders, HR leaders, coaches, consultants, academics, thought leaders, and other transformational change experts. The compilation of practical tools provides listeners with a deep and diverse analysis of top-notch thinking and practices for leading transformational change. This work is fundamental to aspiring leaders who wish to learn the secret sauce for leading transformational change.

How to Future: Leading and Sense-Making in an Age of Hyperchange

by Scott Smith and Madeline Ashby | Kogan Page, © 2020

How to Future is a guidebook to futuring and arms you with tools, strategies and practices that illuminate new strategic pathways. Renowned futurists Scott Smith and Madeline Ashby teach you how to manage the daily flood of information and signals, and discern emergent patterns that have a direct impact on the direction of your business. How to Future isn't about the "one future" you expect. Instead, this book equips you with valuable tools and concepts, builds a future-focused mindset and enables you to envision, stress-test and prototype adaptable, informed and agile strategic visioning. These tools will empower you, your team and your organization to anticipate whatever futures emerge.

World Creativity & Innovation Day

The Bold Ones: Innovate and Disrupt to Become Truly Indispensable

by Shawn Kanungo | McGraw Hill Ascent Audio, © 2022

Disruption for disruption's sake isn't a smart strategy when you're seeking ways to accelerate your career and become truly indispensable. In The Bold Ones, you'll discover it's more about being bold than disruptive: being simultaneously confident enough to challenge industries, yet practical enough to recreate them. In this playbook from internationally celebrated disruption strategist Shawn Kanungo, you'll learn where to start, what to do, and how to break through with your ideas. Distilling lessons learned from some of the world's most extraordinary disruptors, The Bold Ones presents eight unconventional pillars to success.

The New Art of Ideas: Unlock Your Creative Potential

by Robin Landa | Berrett-Koehler, © 2022

A great idea presents a well-formulated thought or plan of action that spurs growth, change, advancement, adaptation, or new insight. Worthwhile ideas move the needle; they change the playing field altogether. The New Art of Ideas is designed to help readers consistently produce worthwhile ideas by becoming nimble and imaginative thinkers better equipped to compete and produce in a global economy.

Find Your Red Thread: Make Your Big Ideas Irresistible

by Tamsen Webster | Tantor, © 2022

You have a terrific idea. It's so powerful that it could change a life, a market, or even the world. There's just one problem: others don't see its power—yet. If you truly value the possibility of your idea, then you're ready to find your Red Thread—the through line that connects your idea to your audience's hearts and minds. The best part is, the Red Thread already exists. It's the connection that makes the invisible link between your audience's problem and your solution tangible—and actionable. With the Red Thread, you'll inspire audiences to act and get the outcome you're both looking for.

How Creativity Rules the World: The Art and Business of Turning Your Ideas Into Gold

by Maria Brito | HarperCollins Leadership, © 2022

How Creativity Rules the World shows that, despite contrary beliefs, creativity can be taught and learned by anyone. Creativity is an inexhaustible resource that is the key to thriving in the business world and beyond. This timeless guide promises to make the creative process of successful seven-figure artists and billion-dollar entrepreneurs—as well as the author’s own—accessible and actionable for you to take the power of their ideas to the next level.

The Human Element: Overcoming the Resistance that Awaits New Ideas

by Peter Lerman, David Schonthal, and Loran Nordgren | Ascent Audio, © 2021

The Human Element is for anyone who wants to introduce a new idea or innovation into the world. Most marketers, innovators, executives, and activists operate on a deep assumption. It is the belief that the best way to convince people to embrace a new idea is to heighten the appeal of the idea itself. We instinctively believe that if we add enough value, people will eventually say "yes." This reflex leads us down a path of adding features and benefits to our ideas or increasing the sizzle of our messaging-all in the hope of getting others on board. We call this instinct the "Fuel-based mindset." The Fuel-based mindset explains so much of what we do, from adding countless trivial features to software, to bolting a sixth blade onto a shaving razor.

Innovation is Everybody’s Business: How to Ignite, Scale & Sustain Innovation for Competitive Edge

by Tamara Ghandour | Nicholas Brealey, © 2021

Innovation isn’t something you do after you get your work done. It’s how you do your work. Organizations all over the world are shedding jobs in record numbers. Yet today they are desperately in need of people with the abilities and skills to think ahead of the curve, delight customers, motivate colleagues, slash costs, and achieve unconventional results.

In this practical road map to becoming irreplaceable, global innovation guru and best-selling author Robert B. Tucker reveals why honing your I-Skills (Innovation Skills) may be the smartest career move you’ll make.

Stress Awareness Month

Present Perfect: A Mindfulness Approach to Letting Go of Perfectionism and the Need for Control

by Pavel Somov | New Harbinger Publications, © 2010

While there's no doubt that setting high standards for yourself is a good thing, you've probably already noticed that perfectionism can come at a high price. And when you take steps to try to change, it's easy to be too hard on yourself and fall into the same traps that keep you feeling stressed and disappointed. This book presents a revolutionary approach to overcoming perfectionism—a way to transform your need for precision into self-acceptance, compassion, and love for each perfectly imperfect passing moment in our lives.

Winning the Stress Challenge: Highly Successful Stress-Management and Wellness Programs

by Nick Hall | G&D Media, © 2019

Research shows that it is how you respond to the challenges you face that determines their impact upon your health. Your perception, your cognitive appraisal, and your interpretation are what matter most. These are the fundamental skills you need to have in order to win the stress challenge.

Listful Living: A List-Making Journey to a Less-Stressed You

by Paula Rizzo | Mango Publishing Group, © 2019

Make lists work for you with Listful Living: Anyone can make a list. But can that list make you a calmer, more mindful, super productive and less stressed version of yourself? It’s easy to become overwhelmed by to-do’s, bucket lists and goals. The secret to success is not just about what you put on your list but what you intentionally leave off. Less is more. Leading with intention and how you’d like your life to feel is key.

Stress Into Strength: Resilience Routines for Wimps, Warriors, and Everyone in Between

by Nick Arnett | HarperCollins Leadership, © 2021

Discovering and practicing your ideal rhythm of stress and renewal—physical, social, and spiritual—will enhance your health, strength, and resilience. Stress reactions are automatic, but to transform stress into strength, you need to become intentional about routines that activate your natural renewal systems. The proven tips throughout Stress Into Strength will help you do exactly that.

Emotional Brilliance: Living a Stress Less Fear Less Life

by Relly Nadler and Cathy L. Greenberg | Blackstone Publishing, © 2021

Emotional Brilliance is your most powerful tool to create and maintain your healthy internal balance. It is the foundation for ALL your external success in both your professional and personal life. Emotional Brilliance is your personal field guide to help you quickly establish habits to realize your best self during local or worldwide crisis and for your entire life.

Stressaholic: 5 Steps to Transform Your Relationship with Stress

by Heidi Hanna | Wiley, © 2014

Stress in and of itself is not bad and is actually utilized for growth when balanced with adequate recovery. The solution to stress addiction is to build in and prioritize optimal rest and relaxation on a holistic level—body, mind, and spirit—in order to consistently recharge and create a more resilient operating system. Stressaholic shows you how to win the war on stress without limiting progress by creating an optimal performance pulse of stress and recovery for life.

Extinguish Burnout: A Practical Guide to Prevention and Recovery

by Terri Brogue and Robert Brogue | Society for Human Resource Management, © 2019

Trapped. Stuck. Helpless. These are the words that people experiencing burnout use to describe their lives, but they don’t have to. Nearly everyone has experienced burnout. Some have escaped burnout’s grips, but at what cost, and after how long? When we find ourselves succumbing to the pressures of today that move us towards burnout, we need a clear path to get out and avoid it in the future. The words used after extinguishing burnout are hopeful, thriving, flourishing, and powerful.

Stress-Less Leadership: How to Lead in Business and in Life

by Nadine Greiner | Gildan Media, © 2019

Say "goodbye" to stress-induced headaches, wasted time, wasted energy, and unhappiness. Stress is not a necessary evil. It is not a badge of honor. It is not a way of life. In fact, it's probably leading you to your death, and making people around you miserable. Take control of the pressures at work and at home with actionable strategies and real-world solutions and unlock your potential with Stress-Less Leadership. Combining her firsthand experience, countless case studies, and deep-dive research, executive coach and CEO Nadine Greiner, PhD, will give you the tools you need to conquer the stress that's holding you back.

National Employee Appreciation Day

Employees First! Inspire, Engage, and Focus on the Heart of Your Organization

by Donna Cutting | Red Wheel/Weiser, © 2022

The world is changing and it’s time to reimagine and reshape your employee experience. Take care of the people who take care of your customers. Employees First! presents recognition strategies and appreciation techniques, but it goes deeper than that. You will learn how giving your team members a voice in your company, supporting them with knowledge and training, giving them purpose and equitable pay, translates into higher productivity and happier customers. Discover what real empowerment is, and why building a diverse culture of inclusion is beneficial to all involved.

The Power of Thanks: How Social Recognition Empowers Employees and Creates a Best Place to Work

by Eric Mosley, Derek Irvine | Recorded Books, © 2014

Building a fully engaged, energized workforce is the key to business success. The Power of Thanks reveals how leading companies like Intuit, JetBlue Airways, IHG, Symantec, ConAgra Foods, and The Hershey Company empower employees through social recognition, in which the practice of mutual appreciation and trust directs and rewards higher performance. Eric Mosley and Derek Irvine, executives at the world-renowned employee recognition firm Globoforce, explain why social recognition is so powerful and how you can apply it in your company.

Employee Experience: Develop a Happy, Productive and Supported Workforce for Exceptional Individual and Business Performance, 2nd Edition

by Ben Whitter | Kogan Page, © 2022

In a world of increasing stress and constant change, supporting and developing employees has never been more difficult. Employee Experience is an essential resource for improving experiences at work. To develop top-performing employees, HR professionals need to move beyond ad hoc engagement initiatives and instead to design and embed employee experience throughout an organization's processes and culture - from the moment an employee sees a job advert to the moment they leave the company.

Reward Management: A Practical Introduction, 3rd Edition

by Michael Rose | Kogan Page, © 2022

How can you fairly reward and recognize employees and align this with team and organizational performance? Reward Management is a practical guide for understanding how to develop successful reward strategies. It covers key areas including pay and grade structures, job evaluation, non-cash reward, pay reviews, bonus plans and tax issues. Featuring guidance, practical tools, and case studies throughout, this book provides the knowledge and skills needed to plan, implement and assess an effective reward strategy in any type of organization.

Recognizing and Engaging Employees for Dummies

by Bob Nelson | Recorded Books, © 2019

Recognizing and Engaging Employees for Dummies gives you the tools and information you need to improve morale, productivity, and personal achievement with a successful employee recognition program. Written by a world-leading authority in employee recognition, this book walks you step-by-step through the design and implementation process and describes the incentives that work, the behaviors to reward, and the mechanisms that must be in place for the program to be effective in the long term. You'll learn how to pinpoint the places where engagement and recognition could improve the bottom line, and how to structure the reward for optimal balance between motivational, financial, and organizational effectiveness. With clear explanations and a fun, friendly style, this book is your quick and easy guide to boosting productivity, profit, and customer satisfaction.

15 Employee Recognition And Appreciation Ideas (Part 1) | Ways to Recognize Employees

by The Virtual Hub Ltd

Employee recognition and appreciation can go a long way in boosting morale and showing your team that you value their hard work. Here are 15 ideas to show your employees some love!

International Women’s Day

You, the Leader (HBR Women at Work)

by Harvard Business Review | ASCENT, © 2022

Women face a double bind, forced to choose whether to be liked or respected, while neither one alone is enough to secure a seat at the table. It is up to organizations to change, but until then, what's an aspiring female leader to do? You, the Leader tackles these obstacles and more as women chart their path to the top, from a lack of credit for their work to feeling invisible to unfair biases. This book will help you better understand how women can lead with authenticity and become valued leaders in their organizations.

Strong Women Lift Each Other Up

by Molly Galbraith | HarperCollins Leadership, © 2021

Women are ready to stop the vicious cycle of criticizing, judging, gossiping, and comparing themselves. We want to feel good in our own skin and know we’re enough, just as we are. Strong Women Lift Each Other Up is an evidence-based, actionable guide to creating a better life for yourself and a better world with more opportunity for women and girls.

Climbing the Spiral Staircase: How Women Can Navigate Their Careers and Accelerate Their Success

by Leanne Meyer | ForbesBooks, © 2022

Has your progress up the corporate ladder come to a grinding halt? Are your ambitions being held captive by your gender? Does it seem like the men around you are consistently progressing further and faster even though you are putting in the same effort? This book is a practical guide for women who are ready to be intentional about the next chapter in their careers. In Climbing the Spiral Staircase, Leanne Meyer examines the modern workplace, and the challenges women face as they navigate this complex environment.

Make Your Own Map: Career Success Strategy for Women

by Kathryn Bishop | Kogan Page, © 2021

There's no such thing as a pre-set path to career success. Following the footsteps of others can only get you so far—and for women, there are often additional obstacles. But what if you could design your own path to your career goals? What if you could Make Your Own Map? Based on material from the popular Women Transforming Leadership course from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Make Your Own Map will help you develop a resilient and aspirational strategy for your career—whatever your starting point.

Arrive and Thrive: 7 Impactful Practices for Women Navigating Leadership

by Janet Foutty, Susan Mackenty Brady, and Lynn Perry Wooten | McGraw Hill, © 2022

Women who arrive at the top should be able to thrive at the top. Instead, they’re judged lucky to survive―even more so with pandemic-era pressures overwhelming their already busy family and professional lives. What if there was a way you could flourish in a senior leadership role as your best self, inspire excellence in your team channeling your own wellbeing and, at the same time, lead a highly fulfilled life? There is―and Arrive and Thrive shows you how.

One Bold Move a Day: Meaningful Actions Women Can Take to Fulfill Their Leadership and Career Potential

by Shanna A. Hocking | McGraw Hill, © 2023

Even after being rejected 100 times right out of college, Shanna Hocking never strayed from her dream career and now, in One Bold Move a Day, you’ll will benefit from lessons learned, and discover new, life-changing ways to build the confidence you need to succeed on your own terms. In One Bold Move a Day, Hocking shows how a single, measurable act each day provides the daily challenge that will help you truly grow. With insight gleaned from years in multi-billion-dollar nonprofits and running a business to support women leaders, Hocking offers actionable advice and useful tools to facilitate your personal journey.

National Reading Month

All In: How Obsessive Leaders Achieve the Extraordinary

by Robert Bruce Shaw | HarperCollins Leadership, © 2020

Extraordinary leaders share a passionate commitment to achieving their vision that borders and sometimes crosses the line into obsession. All In shows why obsession, if properly focused and managed, is both necessary and productive. Advances in any endeavor almost always depend on a small group of individuals who are completely consumed by the goal they're pursuing. When these leaders and teams are successful, everyone benefits from their obsessive nature. All In explores the three obsessions underlying the achievements of the greatest leaders: delighting customers, building great products and creating an enduring company.

What Would Steve Jobs Do? How the Steve Jobs Way Can inspire Anyone to Think Differently and Win

by Peter Sander | Recorded Books, © 2022

What Would Steve Jobs Do? presents the six-part business model Jobs applied to make Apple the most valuable publicly traded manufacturing corporation in the world and the global model for business excellence. While the results of this model can be profound, each step is something you can easily focus on with clarity and purpose. This book will show you how to transform your organization, recast your future, and do your part to redefine our world using the wisdom and foresight of the greatest business sage in generations.

Bet on Yourself: Recognize, Own, and Implement Breakthrough Opportunities

by Ann Hiatt | HarperCollins Leadership, © 2021

Take charge of your career and create a life full of learning, adventure, joy, and success utilizing these never-before-shared leadership principles Ann Hiatt learned working alongside the world’s top tech CEOs—Google’s Eric Schmidt, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, and Yahoo!'s Marissa Mayer. Whether you’re stuck in your current job, starting your first job and wondering how you can use it as a steppingstone towards your dream career, or mid-career and wanting to finally be recognized for promotion or a leadership role, this book is for you.

Fast-Track Your Leadership Career

by Rashim Mogha | Women Lead Publishing, © 2018

While American women hold 52 percent of all professional-level jobs, only 20 percent hold executive, senior leadership, and management positions in U.S. high-tech industries. As a woman of color, Rashim Mogha knows the frustration and devastation of being passed over for a leadership position. She realized that just exceeding her performance goals would not land her a leadership role. So, she created an integrated strategy for career advancement. Fast-Track Your Leadership Career provides a template for creating that integrated strategy. You’ll get concrete examples on how to identify your superpower, build your brand, invest in yourself, navigate work politics, and build a support system that will propel you along the road to your success.

Fast-Track Your Leadership Career: A Guided Journal

by Rashim Mogha | Rashim Mogha, © 2019

Based on Rashim Mogha's best-selling book, Fast-Track Your Leadership Career, this journal includes thought provoking questions that guide you towards discovering what success means to you, how to align your superpower to your success and to own your narrative—Your Story that is unique to YOU. This journal holds your opportunity to truly discover who you are through your own story and to feel empowered to take the next steps in your success journey—to thrive.

Jeff Bezos: In His Own Words

by Helena Hunt | Agate Publishing, © 2018

Jeff Bezos: In His Own Words offers a unique look into the mind of one of the world's most successful entrepreneurs by collecting more than 500 of Bezos's quotes on business, technology, customer service, e-commerce, innovation, entrepreneurship, and more. Meticulously curated from interviews, speeches, shareholder letters, press releases, and other sources, this book creates a comprehensive picture of Jeff Bezos, his obsessions, and what makes his ventures thrive. Jeff Bezos: In His Own Words reveals in detail a man who wants to push the future forward―and will inspire readers to do the same.

Nerve: Lessons on Leadership from Two Women Who Went First

by Martha Piper and Indira Samarasekera | Recorded Books, © 2021

Martha Piper and Indira Samarasekera had vastly different career paths on their way to becoming the first (and so far only) female presidents of two of Canada’s largest and most respected research universities and directors of some of the nation’s largest market cap companies, but what they had in common was their gender, their willingness to take risks when leadership opportunities presented themselves, and a work ethic second to none. It was not always easy, pretty, or fair, but it was always the result of choosing to answer the call to lead. A call that in the authors’ view, too many women still turn away from. In Nerve: Lessons on Leadership from Two Women Who Went First, Piper and Samarasekera share their personal and professional stories, offering guidance for women leaders of every age and at every stage of their career. Nerve is a must-read for any woman who is leading today, considering leading, or thinking about life after leading.

The Leader’s Mind: How Great Leaders Prepare, Perform, and Prevail

by Jim Afremow with Phil White | HarperCollins Leadership, © 2021

The Leader's Mind taps into the same tips and techniques honed by top-tier athletes, such as how to get in a "zone," thrive on a team, and stay humble, to become a champion at work and the ultimate team player at home. Stop struggling with the expectations you face at work and at home by fundamentally changing the way you process what’s happening in your life. The mental edge that sets elite athletes apart outlined in this book will help you become the champion leader you want to be.

Black History Month

Successful Black Entrepreneurs: Hidden Histories, Inspirational Stories, and Extraordinary Business Achievements

by Steven S. Rogers | Wiley, © 2022

Successful Black Entrepreneurs is an insightful collection of Harvard Business School case studies about Black entrepreneurs succeeding in a variety of industries and through different routes, including start-ups, franchising, and acquisitions. The book also recognizes and celebrates Black entrepreneurial excellence, as it takes the reader through the stages of entrepreneurship, including ideation, raising capital, growing the company, and taking it public.

Choosing to Prosper: Triumphing Over Adversity, Breaking Out of Comfort Zones, Achieving Your Life and Money Dreams

by Bola Sokunbi | Wiley, © 2022

In Choosing to Prosper, celebrated company founder and finance leader Bola Sokunbi delivers an uplifting and practical message of success and resilience in the face of formidable obstacles. The book challenges readers to examine their own financial and personal dreams and find the strength and resilience they need to achieve them. The author provides the tools readers need to build confidence, find their voice, and realize personal growth. Imposter syndrome, mental health challenges, and common familial obstacles are all explored in the context of the author’s incredible and inspirational life experiences.

Black Faces in High Places: 10 Strategic Actions for Black Professionals to Reach the Top and Stay There

by Randal D. Pinkett and Jeffrey A. Robinson | HarperCollins Leadership, © 2022

Black Faces in High Places is the essential guide for Black professionals who are moving up through their organizations or industries but need a roadmap for how to get to the top and stay there. It highlights the experiences of other Black faces in high places who were able to navigate various crossroads, reach the top, and stay there, including insights from President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Cathy Hughes, Bob Johnson, Ursula Burns, David Steward, Angela Glover Blackwell, Ken Chenault, Senator Cory Booker, Geoffrey Canada, and others.

The Gumbo Coalition: Ten Leadership Lessons That Help You Inspire, Unite, and Achieve

by Marc Morial | HarperCollins Leadership, © 2020

Marc Morial knew his calling from a young age was to be a leader in the fight for meaningful change. Growing up in the segregated South and helping his father realize an incredible victory as the first African American mayor of New Orleans, Morial was shown that significant change is possible. Less than two decades later in his own mayoral race in New Orleans, Morial built what he christened the “Gumbo Coalition,” an incredible mixture of all of New Orleans’s ingredients—African Americans, Whites, Latinos, Asians, business leaders, grassroots community activists, business leaders, clergy, and more. Each ingredient brought its own flavor, creating a dish that was able to reduce crime and rebuild New Orleans’s reputation with such power that the city successfully attracted an NBA franchise, multiple Super Bowls, and the Essence Festival, the largest African American event in the nation.

The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires

by Dennis Kimbro | Gildan Media, © 2013

Based on a seven-year study of 1,000 of the wealthiest African Americans, The Wealth Choice offers a trove of sound and surprising advice about climbing the economic ladder, even when the odds seem stacked against you. Readers will learn about how business leaders, entrepreneurs, and celebrities like Bob Johnson, Spike Lee, L.A. Reid, Herman Cain, T.D. Jakes and Tyrese Gibson found their paths to wealth; what they did or didn’t learn about money early on; what they had to sacrifice to get to the top; and the role of discipline in managing their success.

A Blessing: Women of Color Teaming Up to Lead, Empower and Thrive

by Bonita C. Stewart and Jacqueline Adams | Gildan Media, © 2021

A Blessing presents a fresh, bold analysis of African American female leadership. An unapologetic look at our often-overlooked role in America's social, political, psychological and economic history, it is armed with data that should be empowering for today's "unicorns". The book offers a "playbook" to help Black unicorns "team up" and find innovative ways to support one another as they climb, what research shows, are lonely, stressful, jagged yet ultimately rewarding ladders of opportunity.

National Time Management Month

Successful Time Management: How to be Organized, Productive, and Get Things Done, Sixth Edition

by Patrick Forsyth | Kogan Page, © 2022

Successful Time Management includes great time-saving ideas, practical solutions and checklists, plus advice on: controlling paperwork; organizing your emails; delegating and working with others; prioritizing to focus on key issues; and getting and staying organized. This fully updated 6th edition features even more practical exercises, useful templates and top tips to help you minimize time-wasting and interruptions and focus on the priorities that will lead to success in your job and career. Successful Time Management will give you the tools to become more efficient and effective.

No Nonsense: Time Management: 50 Tips to Hack Your Time and Get Everything Done

by Keith Bailey and Karen Tiber Leland | Career Press, © 2020

In today’s hurly-burly work environment, many businesspeople find it challenging to avoid distraction, stay focused, use their time and energy to maximum benefit, and gain ground on important goals and outcomes. In short, we are overloaded. No Nonsense: Time Management helps you overcome this feeling of overload and avoid the traps that lead to an unproductive relationship with time. The book offers smart solutions, powerful habits, and proven time hacks for improving everyday work situations.

Managing Time

by Harvard Business Review Press | Gildan Media, © 2022

Does it seem like you never have enough time to get everything done? Keeping on top of your tasks, deadlines, and work schedule can be daunting. Managing Time quickly walks you through the basics. You'll learn to assess how you spend your time now, prioritize your tasks, plan the right time to work on each one, and avoid procrastination and interruptions.

Time Management Ninja: 21 Tips for More Time and Less Stress in Your Life

by Craig Jarrow | Mango Media, © 2019

You want more time to spend with family, to achieve big goals, and to simply enjoy life. Yet, there seem to be more and more things competing for your time, and more distractions interrupting your day. Time Management Ninja offers 21 rules that will show you an easier and more effective way to take control of your time and manage your busy life. Follow these simple principles and get more done with less effort. It’s no-stress, uncomplicated time management that works.

The 1 Day Refund: Take Back Time, Spend it Wisely

by Donna McGeorge | Ascent Audio, © 2022

Are you constantly juggling multiple tasks and operating at 100 per cent or more? Do you feel you are permanently on the treadmill and can’t get off? If you needed extra capacity for something urgent, could you find it? In The 1-Day Refund, best-selling author and time management expert Donna McGeorge shows you how to recover an extra 15 percent of your time—10 minutes per hour, 1 hour per day or a full day each week—to think, breathe, live and work. By creating more space, you’ll discover a new ability to focus on what’s truly important to you.

How to Organize Yourself: Simple Ways to Take Control, Save Time and Work More Efficiently, 7th Edition

by John Caunt | Kogan Page, © 2022

Dramatically improve the way you work with great tips on how to determine goals, prioritize tasks, overcome distractions; build positive work habits and adjusting to working at home. This fully updated 7th edition now features even more practical exercises, useful templates and top tips to help you get organized, as well as content on how to deal with the ubiquitous presence of smartphones and adapt to the ever-increasing scope for interruption and procrastination in our 24/7 lives. How to Organize Yourself will enable you to take control of your workload, reduce stress and fatigue, and free up time for the things that really matter.

Get it Done Now! Own Your Time, Take Back Your Life, Second Edition

by Brian Tracy | G&D Media, © 2020

We live in the most technologically advanced period of history in the most technologically advanced world. With the advent of mobile phones, killer apps, internet speeds that stagger the imagination, and nearly any bit of information, products, and solutions only one click away, how can it be that remaining optimally productive is such a challenge for so many? In a word: DISTRACTION. Many of us spend precious time focusing on the incessant emails, texts, notifications, ads, etc. that seem important-even urgent-to our success and happiness, but, in reality, only complicate our lives and take us even further from our goals. In Get It Done Now! Brian addresses this challenge of distraction in its many forms and shows you how to focus on your most important task so you can get it done now!

Two Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done

by Josh Davis | Tantor Audio, © 2020

Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience, Josh Davis, director of research at the NeuroLeadership Institute explains clearly that our brains and bodies operate according to complex biological needs that, when leveraged intelligently, can make us incredibly effective. From what and when we eat, to when we tackle tasks or disengage—how we plan our activities has a huge impact on performance. Davis shows us how we can create the conditions for two awesome hours of effective mental performance.

Goal Setting Month

Supercharged Goal Setting

by Warren Gfabiareshes | Gildan Media, © 2019

When you know what your dreams are, what you’re trying to achieve, you have a sense of what you’re working for. Haven’t you noticed how that commitment of achievement lights a fire under you? How it makes you willing to do whatever it takes to succeed? This exciting book will explain how to turn your dreams into goals that you want to strive for and commit to achieving.

Get Momentum: How to Start When You’re Stuck

by Jason W. Womack and Jodi Womack | Wiley, © 2016

Do you sometimes feel stuck, despite real efforts to gain momentum on goals you’ve set? Momentum means you’re doing more than simply getting things done. It’s that feeling of satisfaction, the belief that you can achieve big goals and complete important projects that fulfill you both personally and professionally. Get Momentum coaches you in the mindset, skill set, and toolkit required to make progress on the items you have on your life and work goals faster and easier, while living a less stressful, more meaningful life.

The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals

by Jim Huling, Sean Covey, Chris McChesney | Franklin Covey, © 2012

The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) is a simple, repeatable, and proven formula for executing your most important strategic priorities in the midst of the whirlwind. By following the 4 Disciplines—Focus on the Wildly Important; Act on Lead Measures; Keep a Compelling Scoreboard; Create a Cadence of Accountability—leaders can produce breakthrough results, even when executing the strategy requires a significant change in behavior from their teams.

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National Mentoring Month

Master Mentors: 30 Transformative Insights From Our Greatest Minds

by Scott Jeffrey Miller | HarperCollins Leadership, © 2021

For busy professionals and lifelong learners seeking practical strategies for reaching new heights, Master Mentors distills 30 essential learnings from Seth Godin, Susan Cain, Trent Shelton, General Stanley McChrystal, and other top business minds and thought leaders of our time.

9 Powerful Practices of Really Great Mentors: How to Inspire and Motivate Anyone

by Stephen E. Kohn and Vincent D. O’Connell | Career Press, © 2015

The support of a mentor is an integral part of any effort to maximize someone’s full potential. A mentor-protégé relationship has many unique features, which both sides of the relationship need to understand and appreciate. 9 Powerful Practices of Really Great Mentors features a set of proven techniques for those who serve as mentors in a variety of contexts, but particularly in the workplace.

The Mentor’s Guide: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships, 3rd Edition

by Lois J. Zachary and Lisa Z. Fain | Wiley, © 2022

In the newly revised Third Edition of The Mentor’s Guide: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships, veteran mentoring experts Lois J. Zachary and Lisa Z. Fain deliver a thoughtful and rich exploration of the critical process of mentoring. The book offers practical tools for facilitating the mentoring experience from beginning to end.

Mentoring Programs That Work

by Jennifer Labin | ATD, © 2017

A stellar mentor can change the trajectory of a career. And an enduring mentoring program can become an organization’s most powerful talent development tool. But fixing a “broken” mentoring program or developing a new program from scratch requires a unique process, not a standard training methodology. Mentoring Programs That Work will help your organization succeed by building mentoring programs that connect people and inspire learning transfer.

Starting Strong: A Mentoring Fable: Stories for Success Within the First 90 Days

by Lois J. Zachary and Lory A. Fischler | Wiley, © 2014

In Starting Strong, mentoring experts Lois J. Zachary and Lory A. Fischler weave a compelling tale that exemplifies the concepts, highlights the dynamics, and outlines the issues involved in mentoring relationships. The authors use the form of a fable to tell the story of a budding mentoring relationship filled with possibilities, problems, and triumphs. As organizations face the transition of departing Boomers and arriving Millennials, Starting Strong offers a hands-on and readable guide to create effective mentoring relationships that will ensure the success of that transition.

Universal Human Rights Month


by MIT Sloan Management Review | MIT Sloan Management Review, © 2020

The extent to which corporations should react to human rights abuses by governments in their host and home countries has become one of the most dynamic and interdisciplinary discussions in the field of corporate responsibility. Corporations are increasingly expected to become more proactive in protecting human rights as private and public responsibilities blur and companies become more conscious of the expectations of a more socially aware investor base and workforce. And we believe that speaking out against human rights violations is the right thing to do on its own merits.


by Cynthia Owyoung | McGraw Hill, © 2022

In All Are Welcome, Owyoung explains what DEIB is and why it matters, and she delivers the information and insights you need to make DEIB a key element of your company culture. With All Are Welcome, you have everything you need to build a workforce and a company designed to compete in the twenty-first century while doing your part to make the world a better place to live―and work.


by Thomas Piketty | Blackstone Publishing, © 2022

It is easy to be pessimistic about inequality. We know it has increased dramatically in many parts of the world over the past two generations. No one has done more to reveal the problem than Thomas Piketty. Now, in this surprising and powerful new work, Piketty reminds us that the grand sweep of history gives us reasons to be optimistic. Over the centuries, he shows, we have been moving toward greater equality. We know we can do better, Piketty concludes. The past shows us how. The future is up to us.


by Sheldon L. Eakins | Wiley, © 2022

The fact that the typical modern classroom lacks equity will come as no surprise to many educators. But few resources explain how to remedy that situation in the here and now. Leading Equity delivers an eye-opening and actionable discussion of how to transform a classroom or school into a more equitable place.


by Amber Cabral | Gildan Media, © 2021

Allies and Advocates delivers a powerful and useful message about inclusion and diversity in everyday life. Author Amber Cabral, a celebrated inclusion strategist, speaker, and writer, shows listeners how to move away from discriminatory/unjust behaviors and support and build meaningful connections with people across our diverse backgrounds and identities.


by MIT Sloan Management Review | MIT Sloan Management Review, © 2021

Companies must be prepared to meet their moral and business obligations when operations bump up against labor abuses—or worse. Swedish fashion giant H&M’s commitment to “operating with respect to human rights across the value chain” recently cost the company $74 million and the wrath of its third biggest—and fastest-growing—market. Read this article to assess whether your business should have a human rights strategy in place.


by Minal Bopaiah | Berrett-Koehler, © 2021

Even the most passionate advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion have been known to treat equity as the middle child—the concept they skip over to get to the warm, fuzzy feelings of inclusion. But Minal Bopaiah shows throughout this book that equity is critical if organizations really want to leverage differences for greater impact. Equity is a guidebook for change, answering the question of how that so many leaders are asking today.


by Elisa Vincent | Skillsoft, © 2021

National Stress Awareness Day

Listful Living: A List-Making Journey to a Less-Stressed You

by Paula Rizzo | Mango Publishing Group, © 2019

Make lists work for you with Listful Living. Anyone can make a list. But can that list make you a calmer, more mindful, super productive and less stressed version of yourself? It’s easy to become overwhelmed by to-do’s, bucket lists and goals. The secret to success is not just about what you put on your list but what you intentionally leave off. Less is more. Leading with intention and how you’d like your life to feel is key.

Stress Into Strength: Resilience Routines for Wimps, Warriors, and Everyone in Between

by Nick Arnett | HarperCollins Leadership, © 2021

Discovering and practicing your ideal rhythm of stress and renewal—physical, social, and spiritual—will enhance your health, strength, and resilience. Stress reactions are automatic, but to transform stress into strength, you need to become intentional about routines that activate your natural renewal systems. The proven tips throughout Stress Into Strength will help you do exactly that.

Emotional Brilliance: Living a Stress Less Fear Less Life

by Relly Nadler and Cathy L. Greenberg | Blackstone Publishing, © 2021

Emotional Brilliance is your most powerful tool to create and maintain your healthy internal balance. It is the foundation for ALL your external success in both your professional and personal life. Emotional Brilliance is your personal field guide to help you quickly establish habits to realize your best self during local or worldwide crisis and for your entire life.

Stressaholic: 5 Steps to Transform Your Relationship with Stress

by Heidi Hanna | Wiley, © 2014

Stress in and of itself is not bad and is actually utilized for growth when balanced with adequate recovery. The solution to stress addiction is to build in and prioritize optimal rest and relaxation on a holistic level—body, mind, and spirit—in order to consistently recharge and create a more resilient operating system. Stressaholic shows you how to win the war on stress without limiting progress by creating an optimal performance pulse of stress and recovery for life.

Extinguish Burnout: A Practical Guide to Prevention and Recovery

by Terri Brogue and Robert Brogue | Society for Human Resource Management, © 2019

Trapped. Stuck. Helpless. These are the words that people experiencing burnout use to describe their lives, but they don’t have to. Nearly everyone has experienced burnout. Some have escaped burnout’s grips, but at what cost, and after how long? When we find ourselves succumbing to the pressures of today that move us towards burnout, we need a clear path to get out and avoid it in the future. The words used after extinguishing burnout are hopeful, thriving, flourishing, and powerful.


Using affirmations is a proven method of reprogramming your brain and training it to consciously control what you think about. Gratitude Affirmations are a great way to express gratitude and amplify blessings for health, peace, and happiness.


Using affirmations is a proven method of reprogramming your brain and training it to consciously control what you think about. Detox Affirmations help detox body and soul to reduce stress and increase the level of feel-good hormones leading to success and happiness.

Veterans Day

The Program: Lessons from Elite Military Units for Creating and Sustaining High Performance Leaders and Teams

by Jake MacDonald and Eric Kapitulik | Wiley, © 2019

The Program offers a hands-on guide to the winning techniques and tactics of The Program, the acclaimed team building and leadership development company. Drawing on the actual experiences of The Program’s instructors from their personal combat stories to working with world-class athletic teams and successful corporations, the book clearly shows how The Program’s training operations can help to achieve life goals and ambitions.

GUTS—Greatness Under Tremendous Stress: A Navy SEAL's System for Turning Fear into Accomplishment

by Brian E. Hiner | McGraw Hill, © 2021

What does it take to set a goal or have a dream, and then actually achieve it? What does it take to turn fear and stress into foresight, motivation, and action? It takes GUTS. No one knows this better than decorated Navy SEAL veteran Brian “Iron Ed” Hiner. During more than 20 years of service, Hiner witnessed the paralyzing power of fear firsthand―not just on the battlefield but in every aspect of his life. He also learned that it’s possible to overcome those fears and turn negative self-doubt into positive accomplishments. Even more, he knows that anyone can do it―if you have GUTS.

A Higher Standard: Leadership Strategies from America’s First Female Four-Star General

by Ann Dunwoody with Tomago Collins | Gildan Media, © 2015

On June 23, 2008, President George W. Bush nominated Ann Dunwoody as a four-star general in the US Army—the first time a woman had ever achieved that rank. The news generated excitement around the world. Now retired after nearly four decades in the Army, Dunwoody shares what she learned along the way, from her first command leading 100 soldiers to her final assignment, in which she led a $60 billion enterprise of over 69,000 employees, including the Army's global supply chain in support of Iraq and Afghanistan. In A Higher Standard, Dunwoody details her evolution as a soldier and reveals the core leadership principles that helped her achieve her historic appointment.

The Grit Factor: Courage, Resilience, and Leadership in the Most Male-Dominated Organization in the World

by Shannon Huffman Polson | Gildan Media, © 2020

At age 19, Shannon Huffman Polson became the youngest woman ever to climb Denali, the highest mountain in North America. She went on to reach the summits of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Kilimanjaro and spent more than a decade traveling the world. Yet it was during her experience serving as one of the Army's first female attack helicopter pilots, and eventually leading an Apache flight platoon on deployment to Bosnia-Herzegovina, that she learned the lessons of leadership that forever changed her life.

See Shannon Huffman Polson’s Keynote on The Grit Factor for Skillsoft here

Elite: High Performance Lessons and Habits from a Former Navy SEAL

by Nick Hays | Wiley, © 2019

Elite is a practical, no-nonsense guide to elevate your leadership skills and drive your team to their maximum potential. Before you can push your team to the max, you must push yourself—elite teams require elite leaders. This invaluable guide supplies the tools you need to develop effective strategies to motivate, adapt, and overcome. Author Nick Hays combines military training with Harvard education to present a comprehensive program that will unlock the potential in yourself and your team.

Leading from the Front: No-Excuse Leadership Tactics for Women

by Courtney Lynch and Angie Morgan | McGraw Hill, © 2017

Angie Morgan and Courtney Lynch weren’t born leaders—they became leaders during their years in the US Marine Corps, enduring some of the toughest training on earth. Now they pass those field-tested strategies and hard-fought insights to you. They deliver 10 key practices to becoming a powerful leader. Now more than ever, women are stepping up, leaning in, and taking charge in leadership positions of every stripe. Channel your strengths, maximize your resources, and motivate your team to achieve any goal you set by Leading from the Front.

Mission Transition: Navigating the Opportunities and Obstacles to Your Post-Military Career

by Matthew J. Louis | HarperCollins Leadership, © 2019

Every year, about a quarter of a million veterans leave the military—most of whom are grossly unprepared for the transition. These servicemembers have developed incredible leadership, problem-solving, and practical skills that are underutilized once they reach the civilian world, a detriment to both themselves and society. Mission Transition guides military personnel through the entire process of making a successful move into civilian professional life.

Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success

by Deborah Lee James | Recorded Books, © 2019

As the 23rd Secretary and the "CEO" of the male-dominated US Air Force (only the second woman to lead a U.S. military service), Secretary Deborah Lee James led a force of 660,000 people and managed a $139 billion budget—larger than the GDP of more than 120 countries. In Aim High, she shares her personal and professional challenges, outcomes, strategies for success, and the problem-solving principles she used to overcome the daunting pressures, threats, and challenges that come with rising to the top of the US Armed Forces.

Global Diversity Awareness Month

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Trainers: Fostering DEI in the Workplace

by Simon Fanshawe | The Association for Talent Development (ATD), © 2022

With Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Trainers: Fostering DEI in the Workplace, the need for DEI trainers to go at it alone comes to an end. Expert facilitator Maria Morukian provides the guidance you need to develop the knowledge and skills required for DEI training.

How to Be a Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador: Everyone’s Role in Helping All Feel Accepted, Engaged, and Valued

by Celeste Warren | Berrett-Koehler Publishers, © 2022

Using a proven three-part framework, this book shows how anyone—from a CEO to frontline employee—can play a pivotal role in creating a diverse and welcoming workplace. As Celeste Warren says, needed change won't take place unless all employees feel that they have a role to play in creating the culture they would like to see in their organization.

Authentic Diversity: How to Change the Workplace for Good

by Michelle Silverthorn | Gildan Media, © 2021

In Authentic Diversity, culture change expert and diversity speaker Michelle Silverthorn explains how to transform diversity and inclusion from mere lip service into the very heart of leadership. Following the journey of a Black woman in the workplace, leaders learn the old rules of diversity that keep failing her and millions like her again and again, and the new rules they must put in place to make success a reality for everyone.

All Are Welcome: How to Build a Real Workplace Culture of Inclusion that Delivers Results

by Cynthia Owyoung | McGraw Hill, © 2022

DEIB expert Cynthia Owyoung has spent more than two decades working in this space. She’s seen it all, and she knows what works―and what doesn’t. In All Are Welcome, Owyoung explains what DEIB is and why it matters, and she delivers the information and insights you need to make DEIB a key element of your company culture.

Unleash the Power of Diversity: Multi Cultural Competence for Business Results

by Debjani Mukherjee Biswas | Made for Success, © 2020

Cultural diversity savvy is critical for business results in an increasingly global workforce. In Unleash the Power of Diversity, Biswas has developed groundbreaking new frameworks and a practical guide to increasing effectiveness through multi-cultural competence.

What Diversity & Inclusion is REALLY About

by Simon Sinek

Global Diversity Month

by Vaco Global

Workplace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Action

by Skillsoft | Skillsoft, © 2021

This course is your guide to defining diversity, equity, and inclusion and advancing meaningful and impactful diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in your workplace. In this course, you'll learn to recognize key characteristics of DEI and practices for building and sustaining a healthy DEI culture.

World Mental Health Day

Engage in Mental Health and Well-Being

by Catherine Wemette | The Association for Talent Development (ATD), © 2022

Starting conversations around mental health can be challenging. More often than not, simply asking a question and showing you genuinely care will be enough to start the conversation, even if not with the perfect words. In this issue of TD at Work, Catherine Wemette guides readers in helping others understand the importance of focusing on mental health in the workplace and how to do that.

Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace: A Practical Guide for Employers and Employees

by Donna Butler and Gill Hasson | Gildan Media, © 2020

Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace contains expert guidance for improving mental health and supporting those experiencing mental ill health. This comprehensive book addresses the range of issues surrounding mental health and wellbeing in work environments - providing all involved with informative and practical assistance.

The Urban Brain: Mental Health in the Vital City

by Nikolas Rose and Des Fitzgerald | Princeton University Press, © 2022

Most of the world’s people now live in cities and millions have moved from the countryside to the rapidly growing megacities of the global south. Re-examining the relationship between the city and the brain, Rose and Fitzgerald explore the ways cities shape the mental health and illness of those who inhabit them.

Learned Hopefulness: The Power of Positivity to Overcome Depression

by Dan Tomasulo and Scott Barry Kaufman | Recorded Books, Inc., © 2021

If you suffer from depression, subclinical depression, or low mood, you may have days where you feel like you've lost hope - hope that you'll ever feel better, that the world will be a better place, or that you'll someday find the happiness that always seems to elude you. You aren't alone. With this unique, compassionate, and life-affirming guide, you'll find the tools you need to break free from hopelessness and start living a life of happiness and vitality.

The Box: An Invitation to Freedom from Anxiety

by Wendy Tamis Robbins | Made for Success, © 2021

Raw and powerful, vulnerable and intimate, The Box is both a triumphant memoir and an irresistible invitation. It portrays a courageous journey to find the source of a debilitating disorder in order to find the power to overcome it. Wendy's experience reminds us of the redemptive power of forgiveness and the healing power of love, not just for others, but for ourselves. It is a story of courage that reframes mental illness sufferers as survivors--a powerful portrait of a woman who refused to remain caged in a box of her making. Now, the invitation is yours...if you are willing to accept it.



by Rashim Mogha | Women Lead Publishing, © 2018

Providing concrete examples on how to identify your superpower, this book will teach you how to build your brand, invest in yourself, navigate work politics, and build a support system that will propel you along the road to success.


by Dawn Jones | Made for Success, © 2018

With more women moving into advanced leadership roles, there are subtle do's and don'ts that will help or hinder your leadership journey. This audio program shows you how to effectively navigate your path to success as a leader.


by Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj and Kitty Chisholm | Kogan Page, © 2021

Examining the reasons why championing works and why it is so important for female executive development in particular, Championing Women Leaders is a user-friendly guide to developing workplace champions for female leaders in any organization.


by Michelle Patterson (ed) | BenBella Books 2014

Compiled by the president of the Global Women Foundation, Michelle Patterson, Women Change the World features essays from remarkable women such as Janet Bray Attwood, Dame DC Cordova, Wendy Lea, Sharon Lechter, Dr. Marissa Pei, and more. These women offer their wisdom and advice to other women who are just starting their professional careers or are looking to advance.


by Janet Foutty, Susan Mackenty Brady, and Dr. Lynn Perry Wooten | McGraw Hill, © 2022

What if there was a way you could flourish in a senior leadership role as your best self, inspire excellence in your team channeling your own wellbeing and, at the same time, lead a highly fulfilled life? There is―and Arrive and Thrive shows you how.


by Portia R. Mount, Jennifer W. Martineau | Recorded Books, © 2018

Kick Some Glass empowers you to break through your glass ceiling and guides you toward understanding your context and uncovering what you really want, what your definition of success is, what your values are, and how to set the goals to reach your potential.



by Denise Padín Collazo | Berrett-Koehler, © 2021

Social justice work is more crucial than ever, but it can be physically and emotionally draining. Longtime activist Denise Collazo offers three keys to help Hispanic women keep their focus, morale, and energy high.


by Juana Bordas | Berrett-Koehler, © 2013

Juana Bordas takes us on a journey to the very heart and soul of Latino leadership. She offers ten principles that richly illustrate the inclusive, people-oriented, socially responsible, and life-affirming way Latinos have led their communities. Bordas includes the voices and experiences of other distinguished Latino leaders and vivid dichos (traditional sayings) that illustrate positive aspects of the Latino culture. This unprecedented book illustrates powerful and distinctive lessons that will inform leaders of every background.


by Greg McLaughlin, Vinny Caraballo, Heidi McLaughlin | Business Expert Press, © 2014

Going beyond diversity by looking into how this emerging segment of the workforce views, accepts, and embraces innovation, this book is a study on how to unlock the innovative potential of the US Latino workforce. Understanding how to unlock the innovative capabilities of Latinos is important for companies that want to differentiate themselves through an innovative workforce.


by Cigna


by US Department of the Interior


Teaching Indigenous Students: Cultural Awareness and Classroom Strategies for Improving Learning Outcomes

by Thelma Perso and Colleen Hayward | Routledge, © 2015

Indigenous children, like all children, deserve a future they choose for themselves. This book aims to empower teachers to help halt the cycle of disadvantage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and make a real difference to their relationships, learning outcomes and opportunities in the short and long term.

One Story, One Song

by Richard Wagamese | Blackstone Publishing, © 2019

Author Richard Wagamese invites listeners to accompany him on his travels. His focus is on stories: how they shape us, how they empower us, how they change our lives. Ancient and contemporary, cultural and spiritual, funny and sad, the tales are grouped according to the four essential principles Ojibway traditional teachers sought to impart: humility, trust, introspection, and wisdom.

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States: Revisioning American History

by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz | Recorded Books, Inc., © 2014

Today in the United States, there are more than 500 federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the 15 million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. Spanning more than 400 years, this classic bottom-up peoples' history radically reframes US history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative.

Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World

by Tyson Yunkaporta | HarperOne, © 2020

As an indigenous person, Tyson Yunkaporta looks at global systems from a unique perspective, one tied to the natural and spiritual world. In considering how contemporary life diverges from the pattern of creation, he raises important questions. How does this affect us? How can we do things differently? In Sand Talk, he provides a new model for our everyday lives. Rich in ideas and inspiration, it explains how lines and symbols and shapes can help us make sense of the world. It’s about how we learn and how we remember. It’s about talking to everyone and listening carefully. It’s about finding different ways to look at things.

International Day for the World's Indigenous Peoples

by R.AGE

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2020

by IPS Inter Press Service News Agency

A Time to Commemorate | National Indigenous History Month 2021

by GCIndigenous

Embracing the Scope of Culture

Embracing the Scope of Culture

by Skillsoft


Practical Web Inclusion and Accessibility: A Comprehensive Guide to Access Needs

by Ashley Firth | Apress, © 2019

The web has to be inclusive. The importance of considering access needs is gaining mainstream attention. In Practical Web Inclusion and Accessibility, you’ll be guided through a broad range of access needs, the barriers users often face, and provided practical advice on how your sites can help rather than hinder. Going beyond advice tailored solely for developers, this book offers potential improvements for designers, developers, user experience professionals, QA and testers, so that everyone involved in building a website can engage with the concepts without the need to understand how to code.

Disability Awareness: Working with People with Disabilities Study Guide, Student Edition

by GTS Learning | Courseware Company, LTD., © 2013

People with disabilities represent a significant and largely underutilized resource for businesses. Many disabled persons are underemployed or unemployed. As a result of advocates for diversity, as well as a shrinking labor pool, employers are taking a serious look at hiring and retaining people with disabilities. This course guide will give supervisors, managers, and human resource consultants tools and tips for creating a diverse workplace.

Disability and Employer Practices: Research Across the Disciplines

by Susanne B. Bruyére (ed) | Cornell University Press, © 2016

Nearly one in five people report some form of disability, and they are only half as likely to be employed as those without disabilities. With the aging workforce and returning military veterans both contributing to increasing number of disabilities in the workplace, there is an urgent need for better ways to address continuing employment disparities for people with disabilities. Disability and Employer Practices features research-based documentation of workplace policies and practices that result in the successful recruitment, retention, advancement, and inclusion of individuals with disabilities.

Swimming Against the Tide: True Story of Para Swimmer Madhavi Latha

by Madhavi Latha Prathigudupu | Sage Publications, © 2021

Swimming Against the Tide is an inspirational story about an ordinary woman with extraordinary grit who set out to create a fair and inclusive world for the persons with disability. Triumphing over a near-death situation with hydrotherapy, she eventually became a national champion in para swimming. She then started a movement called ‘Yes, We Too Can!!!’ and co-opted other athletes with disabilities to realize their dreams through access to sports.

Limitless: The Power of Hope and Resilience to Overcome Circumstance

by Mallory Weggemann with Tiffany Yecke Brooks | Thomas Nelson, © 2021

On January 21, 2008, a routine medical procedure left Mallory paralyzed from her waist down. Less than two years later, Mallory had broken eight world records, and by the 2012 Paralympic Games, she held fifteen world records and thirty-four American records. Two years after that, a devastating fall severely damaged her left arm. But despite all of the hardships that Mallory faced, she was sure about one thing: she refused to give up. In Limitless, Mallory shares the lessons she learned by pushing past every obstacle and expectation that stood in her way.

Resources for Supporting Learners with Disabilities

by Digital Promise | © 2020

This page contains a curated list of special education resources and edtech products to support learners with disabilities in a distance learning context.

Creating an Open, Inclusive Dialogue About Disability

by Skillsoft | © 2021

Diversity is more diverse than you might realize. Go beyond the standard topics of race, religion, gender, and age to find out how a diverse workforce can benefit nearly any business.

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Communication Intelligence: Leverage Your Strengths and Optimize Every Interaction to Work Best with Others

by Claude D’Val Morgan | McGraw Hill, © 2023

Now, more than ever, “communication intelligence” is essential for workers at all levels. The good news is that you can learn to develop and master this vital competency. If you’re interested in being your best through effective communication, that’s exactly what you will find in the pages of Communication Intelligence. With more than four decades of study, research, and coaching in the field, C.D. “Hoop” Morgan III has built on the original premise of The Forté Institute: That assessing an individual’s communication style should start with a focus on their strengths―not their weaknesses.


The Empathy Advantage: Leading the Empowered Workforce

by Heather E. McGowan and Chris Shipley | Wiley, © 2023

In The Empathy Advantage: Leading the Empowered Workforce, Heather E. McGowan and Chris Shipley team up again to deliver a guidebook for leaders navigating the uncertainty of a post pandemic world in a sequel to their successful book The Adaptation Advantage. Leaders today must acknowledge and respond to the fundamental shifts that lay the foundation for effective leadership: From managing people to enabling success, from viewing peers as competitors to seeing them as collaborators, from applying extrinsic pressure on workers to unlocking intrinsic motivation, and from driving productivity with unquestioned authority to inspiring value creation by leading with empathy.

August 2023

Radically Human: How Technology is Transforming Business and Shaping Our Future

by Paul Daugherty, H. James Wilson, and Jonathan Yen | Gildan Media, © 2022

Technology advances are making tech more...human, changing everything you thought you knew about innovation and strategy. In their groundbreaking book Human + Machine, Accenture technology leaders Paul Daugherty and H. James Wilson showed how leading organizations use the power of human-machine collaboration to transform their businesses and their bottom lines. Now those companies and other pioneers across industries are reshaping the very nature of innovation. In Radically Human, Daugherty and Wilson show this profound shift—how artificial intelligence is becoming less artificial and more intelligent. How, instead of data-hungry approaches to AI, innovators are pursuing data-efficient approaches that enable machines to learn as humans do. And how, instead of replacing workers with machines, they are unleashing human expertise to create human-centered AI.

July 2023

Office Shock: Creating Better Futures for Working and Living

by Christine Bullen, Joseph Press, and Bob Johansen | Berrett-Koehler, © 2023

Most people have experienced “office shock” during the past two years, with the pandemic disrupting where and how they work. It's clear that we can't go back to the office the way it was. This book reimagines the office and shows how we can plan for more sustainable ways of working. Instead of just focusing on the present moment, Office Shock includes a FutureBack perspective, which refers to thinking back from the future and allows us to anticipate directions of change. We're in a decisive decade, and this book offers a way forward that is based on adaptability and agility.

June 2023

Evergreen Talent: A Guide to Hiring and Cultivating a Sustainable Workplace

by Roberta Chinsky Matuson | Career Press, © 2020

Evergreen Talent will show you how to attract, find, and keep employees for the long-term. What many organization leaders fail to understand is that you can’t simply transplant a competitor’s talent strategy and achieve the same results―just as you can’t take plants suited to a warm climate and expect them to thrive in chillier locales. The conditions are too different. But a company that takes the time to examine its own environment, select talent accordingly, and nurture its people will stand tall, regardless of economic conditions. In Evergreen Talent Roberta Matuson, aka the Talent Maximizer, challenges leaders to think differently about their approach to growing a sustainable workforce―one that will regenerate regularly, with minimal effort on their part.

May 2023

Superpower: An Inspiring Story to Overcome Self-Doubt and Unleash Your Authentic Greatness

by Kate Leavell | Wiley, © 2022

In Superpower, bestselling author Kate Leavell delivers a compelling story of self-love, appreciation, and the power of sharing and connecting with those around us through vulnerability and understanding. In the book, a soccer coach tells his players about the adventures of "the new kid" at school who's afraid of being teased and bullied. Through the help of a special teacher, he and his classmates learn to overcome challenges and harness the power of seeking to understand new perspectives and viewpoints. The class experiences the power of connection inside the activities during puzzle week, and along with their new student, finds the confidence to embrace their unique traits and appreciate and celebrate the uniqueness in each other. An eye-opening and thought-provoking journey through difference, self-acceptance, and understanding, Superpower shows us how to impact the world for good using our very own, built-in superpowers.

April 2023

The Art of Conscious Conversations: Transforming How We Talk, Listen, and Interact

by Chuck Wisner | Berrett-Koehler, © 2022

We live in conversations like fish live in water—we’re in them all the time, so we don’t think about them much. As a result, we often find ourselves stuck in cyclical patterns of unproductive behaviors. We listen half-heartedly, react emotionally, and respond habitually, like we're on autopilot. This book is a practical guide for thoughtfully reflecting on conversations so we can avoid the common pitfalls that cause our relationships and work to go sideways. Chuck Wisner identifies four universal types of conversations and offers specific advice on maximizing the effectiveness of each.

March 2023

Leading with Joy: Practices for Uncertain Times

by Akaya Windwood and Rajasvini Bhansali | Berrett-Koehler, © 2022

In a time of increasing disconnection and uncertainty, Leading with Joy shows how leaders can reclaim their purpose and embrace joy in service of social transformation. Leadership that connects people and centers compassion and trust instead of competition and disconnection is needed more than ever before. There are plenty of manuals that show people how to manage organizations, but what is really needed in this moment is a book that shows us how to include kindness and inspiration within leadership. Leading with Joy promotes a courageous and compassionate approach to leadership that can sustain purposeful action and social change.


The New Art of Ideas: Unlock Your Creative Potential

Robin Landa | Berrett-Koehler, © 2022

In a world with a surplus of ideas, what separates a good idea from a bad one? Learn how to cultivate a mindset that produces the kind of ideas people can't turn down. Most professionals cannot generate a solid idea. They either offer up tired or reused ones, or they generate lots of ideas but none that are worth pursuing.

A great idea presents a well-formulated thought or plan of action that spurs growth, change, advancement, adaptation, or new insight. Worthwhile ideas move the needle; they change the playing field altogether. The New Art of Ideas is designed to help readers consistently produce worthwhile ideas by becoming nimble and imaginative thinkers better equipped to compete and produce in a global economy.

January 2023


by Rob Cross | Ascent Audio, © 2021

Collaboration, that seemingly Good Thing all companies encourage, is creating an epidemic of overload and burnout. It crushes our vitality and well-being, prevents us from being innovative, and blocks our companies from being the most successful organizations they could be. Beyond Collaboration Overload will show you the practices that the best collaborators prevent overload from derailing their careers and, often, their lives.


Love + Work

by Marcus Buckingham | Ascent Audio, © 2022

We're in the middle of an epidemic of stress and anxiety. Average life expectancy in the US is down. At work, less than sixteen percent of us are fully engaged. In many high-stress jobs such as distribution centers, emergency room nursing, and teaching, incidences of PTSD are higher than veterans returning from war zones. As Marcus Buckingham shows in this eye-opening, uplifting book, love is an energy, and it must flow. It demands expression—and that expression is "work." There's no learning without love, no innovation, no service, no sustainable growth. Love and work are inextricable.


A More Beautiful Life

by Whitney English | HarperCollins Leadership, © 2022

In A More Beautiful Life, Whitney English shares HEART Goals–a system that starts with what matters most to you, never forcing you to adopt arbitrary goals and rules. The process matters, not just the outcomes. This system frees you from comparison and allows you to be authentically yourself. It helps you gain confidence as you make the progress that comes from having done your best instead of the depressing discouragement that comes from comparing yourself to the performances of others. You won’t have to become someone else to get what you want.



by Gemma Dale | Kogan Page, © 2021

Flexible Working shows that working practices outside the standard 9-5, five-days-a-week in the office can benefit a company. It drives employee engagement and performance, reduces costs and workplace stress and improves talent acquisition from a more diverse talent pool. It also explains how a proactive flexible working strategy can have sustainability benefits and reduce a company's carbon footprint. Including case studies from organizations such as Zurich Insurance, and supported by rigorous analysis of flexible working data, this is essential reading for all HR professionals.


Promotions are So Yesterday

by Julie Winkle Giulioni | Association for Talent Development (ATD), © 2022

In Promotions Are So Yesterday, Julie Winkle Giulioni offers you a new approach for developing your employees' careers and helping them thrive in a company when promotions are not readily available. Help bring your employees and your organization to even greater achievement with a strategy that will increase your employees' job satisfaction, performance, knowledge, and skills, and strengthen your organization's workforce.