The books that have been reviewed on this website, so far, have all been books for which the authors incorporate great data driven discussions and ideas. These books can be extremely beneficial to anyone, regardless of what stage of their career may be.
The following 4 books come highly recommended by Adam Grant, a professor at the prestigious Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. At 34 years old, Adam Grant is recognized as the youngest tenured professor at Wharton as well as being its most highly rated professor. Therefore, a book recommendation from him is certainly a recommendation to take serious.
As Adam wrote in his original LinkedIn post: “Here’s a preview of the exciting new books on work and psychology. Instead of just spouting their opinions, these authors bring us real data”
1. Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges (Amy Cuddy, December 29)
Presence, by Harvard University professor Amy Cuddy, covers some of the most challenges situations people often finds themselves in in the work world. This book is built upon Cuddy’s popular TED talk about “power posing” and explains how changing the way we carry ourselves can help us achieve new levels of success.
2. Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family(Anne-Marie Slaughter, September 29):
Equality in the workplace for men and women has been found to be very beneficial for a business. Anne-Marie Slaughter happens to be the first woman in charge of direct policy planning for the State Department. Already well known for her submission on why women still can’t have it all that was published in the Atlantic, Slaughter uses Unfinished Business to discuss how equality in the workplace and at home can be created through efforts by both individuals and policymakers.
3. Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction (Philip Tetlock, September 29)
If you could only known the future of your business or career? Years of research have led Philip Tetlock, a Wharton professor as well, to co-create the Good Judgment Project (GJP). Bringing together thousands of volunteers across several fields as varied as entertainment to plumbing, GJP works to harness the collective wisdom of the volunteers to forecast world events – so far they have been rather successful. In Superforecasting, Tetlock and co-author Dan Gardner, seek to arm the reader with the tools to turn them into “superforecasters” like the group of volunteers that the GJP has assembled since 2011.
4. Friend and Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both (Adam Galinsky and Maurice Schweitzer, September 29)
Not knowing how to navigate the tension between cooperation and competition can really hold us back. In Friend and Foe, researchers Adam Galinsky and Maurice Schweitzerpresent unique research that they have conducted across several fields that can help us find this right balance. Some of this valuable research answers many longstanding questions posed by people trying their best to succeed in the business world: How do we obtain power and how do we keep it? What is the best order to go in for an interview? How do we build trust and, more importantly, repair broken trust?