10 must-read career and leadership books for 2022


HDo you have a New Years resolution to make your next career change and need a guide to making it happen? Want to be a smarter leader or a better advocate, or to manage your time more wisely? We scanned the 2022 publisher catalogs for the career and leadership books that seem to be the most useful, most compelling, or at least in one case, the most fun. Below are 10 options to put on your radar in 2022.

Amp It Up: leader for hypergrowth with high expectations, urgency and intensity, Frank Slootman, January 19

Snowflake CEO, which debuted on the New York Stock Exchange last year in the software industry’s largest IPO, Slootman shares his experience by posting three companies in this guide to improving performance without making costly changes. While Slootman likes to say he has no formula, there is certainly a method to his approach: an “amplify” strategy that includes declaring “war” on incrementalism, refining the focus of an business and lead with speed and urgency. “I exercise the prerogative of the executive”, he declared Forbes‘Alex Konrad in March. “I don’t have to justify it, I don’t have to convince you. I just need to know that’s what I want to do.

Jerks At Work: toxic colleagues and what to do about them, Tessa Ouest, January 25

West’s book follows in the footsteps of Stanford University professor Robert Sutton’s best-selling book, The no-hole rule, and its practical suite, The A ** hole survival guide. Social psychologist at New York University, West classifies different types of toxic colleagues (the “kiss up / kick downer”, “free rider” and “gaslighter”, to name a few) and describes the best way to engage with them. Even if you don’t have to meet them in person, difficult colleagues are still present in remote working and can be just as difficult to deal with in the virtual world.

How to talk to your boss about race: expressing yourself without being arrested, Y-Vonne Hutchinson, February 1

A former international human rights lawyer who now acts as a diversity and inclusion consultant, Hutchinson is an outspoken adviser to technology leaders and Fortune 500 companies. His book is for employees who recognize that changing racism systemic is everyone’s business. Described as a “manual for overcoming fear and pushing for change,” Hutchinson’s book, in a sense, is about power and is a reminder that employees also have the power to make change.

The power of regret: how looking back moves us forward, Dan Pink, February 1

Readers may be familiar with Pink as the author of several commercial blockbusters—Free agent nation, which defines the independent economy; A whole new spirit, who celebrated creative rights brains; and To drive, who looked at what makes people tick. While his new book isn’t all about work and careers, it draws on research in social psychology, neuroscience, and biology to explore one of the great human emotions that drive our personal and professional lives: the regret. For the book, he embarked on two public opinion research projects on what people regret and their attitudes towards emotion. His thesis: The concept of “no regrets” is nonsense, and we should use this “essential emotion” to make better decisions, improve performance and find more meaning.

Anti-racist leadership: how to transform corporate culture into a race-conscious world, James D. White, March 1

The 2022 publication list is full of books on diversity and inclusion, but few are written by a CEO who has been tasked with making change. White, who ran Jamba Juice from 2008 to 2016 and now sits on several high-profile boards, wrote about diversity issues with well-known researcher Joan C. Williams. During his time at Jamba Juice, he says, he tripled the diversity among senior executives. The description of the book warns that he does not hold back: “This book is not apolitical. This book is explicitly anti-racist. … This book recognizes that capitalism is built on the foundation of systemic racism ”, telling business leaders“ that you occupy an important position in the power structure ”.

Love + work: how to find what you love, love what you do and do it for the rest of your life, Marcus Buckingham, April 5

Renowned “forces” guru Buckingham, now at the ADP Research Institute, takes a hands-on approach to helping people follow the age-old advice to “do what you love.” Buckingham’s guide aims not only to help people figure out what they enjoy doing, but also to help them choose roles where they will be successful, reshape existing jobs, and do a job that stands out from the crowd.

A new way of thinking: your guide to superior management efficiency, Roger Martin, April 12

A collection of Martin harvard business review articles in one place, this management guide, which includes notes he wrote to CEOs and their teams, brings together the writings of one of the business world’s most respected thought leaders. Martin, the former Dean of the University of Toronto Business School, has been named the world’s leading management thinker, has advised the CEOs of Procter & Gamble, Lego and Ford, and is known for his research on strategy, design and innovation. Martin helped leaders reframe their thinking and break away from approaches that have worked in the past.

Burn Rate: launch a startup and lose your mind, Andy Dunn, May 10

Starting a new business is never easy, but doing so with bipolar disorder is doubly difficult. Dunn, the co-founder of menswear startup Bonobos, which sold to Walmart for $ 310 million in 2017, explains how he struggled with his sanity as he launched the fast-growing brand. Meanwhile, the book’s description reads: “Dunn was haunted by a ghost: a diagnosis of bipolar disorder he received after a frightening manic episode in college, one that had punctured the idyllic veneer of his upbringing in the Midwest. ” In an era of increasing emphasis on mental health, Dunn’s memoir appears to offer insight into the unique challenges facing entrepreneurs with mental illness.

The worst helper in the world, Sona Movsesian, July 19

More for Conan O’Brien fans than business enthusiasts, this book is far from a typical career dish. Still, we couldn’t help but include what seems like an irreverent, satirical beach about everything. not to do at work. Think of it as a break from the never-ending parade of the serious self-help book genre and laugh with a comedic take on Movsesian, O’Brien’s longtime assistant and co-host of his podcast. She includes tips on everything from watching TV at your desk to becoming ‘untouchable’ (endowing you with friends and family) while sharing personal stories about her work with O’Brien over the past 12 years. .

Happier Hour: How to Beat Distraction, Increase Your Time, and Focus on What Matters Most, Cassie Holmes, September 6

We believe that money is our most scarce resource, but it really is time. Holmes, professor of marketing and behavioral decision-making at UCLA Anderson School of Management, explains how to use your time in the most meaningful and satisfying ways. Offering tips on how to avoid distractions, be present, and design your schedule, this book by Holmes, which studies happiness, seems worth your time.


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