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25 of the Most Inspiring Books Everyone Should Read | Inc.com

Whether you turn pages, tap a tablet, or listen to audio, a good book can be a perfect relaxation aid, tutor, or source of inspiration. Here are quotes from more than two dozen executives who name their favorite book and explain why it's worth your attention.<p>1. <i>The Checklist Manifesto</i> by Atul Gawande<p>…

Ford Motor Company

RZR Razor

Meant for men only, the RZR Razor takes the modern razor and strips it down to its essentials. In place of a flexible body or ball-like joint, it …

Shopping

The Best Way for New Leaders to Build Trust

When I took over as CEO of Intralinks, a company that provides secure web based electronic deal rooms, the company was hemorrhaging so much cash that its survival was at stake. The service was going down three times per week; we were in violation of the contract with our largest client; our chief …

Doing Less, Leading More

Our first accomplishments as professionals are usually rooted in our skill as individual contributors. In most fields we add value in the early stages of our careers by getting things done. We’re fast, we’re efficient, and we do high-quality work. In a word, we’re <i>doers.</i> But when we carry this …

The Defining Elements of a Winning Culture

A company’s culture can have a powerful impact on its performance. Culture is the glue that binds an organization together and it’s the hardest thing for competitors to copy. As a result, it can be a lasting source of competitive advantage. Take these examples: <b></b><p><i>Kent Thiry builds a values-focused</i> …

12 business books you will need to read in 2014

<i>This originally appeared on LinkedIn. You can follow Adam Grant here.</i><p>One of the highlights of becoming an author is getting to read some exciting books in advance, and hearing early buzz about others. It’s the book nerd’s version of seeing sneak previews of movies before they hit the silver …

Self-improvement

The 10 Best Pointy-Haired Boss Moments From 'Dilbert'

Dilbert

10 Tell-Tale Signs You Have A Terrible Boss

Merideth Ferguson, co-author of a study conducted by Baylor University, calls this the "spillover effect," meaning your work life also affects your marriage and other intimate relationships.<p>"Most people quit supervisors; they don't quit jobs," said Ferguson, assistant professor of management at …

Top 10

9 Tips For Finding And Actually Completing A Free Online Class

These classes are free to sign up for, which also makes them very easy to drop out of. The majority of people don't make it through the first lecture, which is a shame, since there are so many fantastic and genuinely useful courses out there.<p>I'm now in the process of taking my first online course, …

Computer Science

Why 70% Of All Employees Hate Their Jobs

Look at any three people in your workplace. Statistically, only one of them feels good about being there.<p>According a recent Gallup report, more than two-thirds of U.S. workers (70%) are either "not engaged" or "actively disengaged" at work.<p>That's bad news for companies already struggling to hire …

Employee Engagement

9 Money Talks You Should Have With Your Spouse

Frankle points out that even if you're a careful planner who's great with money, having a spouse who doesn't understand investing or has a completely different money philosophy can easily sink your financial future. That's why it's important to get on the same page with your spouse on the major …

Financial Planning

Warby Parker's Founder: There Are 2 Reasons Why People Leave Their Jobs

To make sure people are happy and prevent turnover, Warby Parker's culture is rooted in open and honest feedback.<p>"So, we spend a lot of time developing leaders internally and creating learning opportunities," Blumenthal tells Adam Bryant at The New York Times.<p>When Blumenthal started the online …

Warby Parker

The One Thing You Need To Know To Be A Great Leader

<b>To be a great leader, you must find what's universal, and capitalize on it.</b><p>Unlike managers, who are concerned with the incremental growth of individuals, Buckingham says leaders "rally people to a better future." In order to unite large groups around a single vision, leaders find success by filling …

Leadership

Turn Yourself Into a Star Sales Leader

You are a star salesperson. And after years of exceptional performance, you’ve just become the sales leader. How can you translate star sales performance into star sales leadership?<p>If you are like many sales leaders I’ve worked with your first impulse will be to try to clone yourself — that is to …

Preventing Rejection at Work

You walk into a meeting late and people are already in huddles. Colleagues glance over ever so briefly then turn back to their conversations. You sit down in a corner and use your smartphone to check email. Once the group discussion starts, you want to offer an opinion but can’t seem to get a word …

To Be Authentic, Look Beyond Yourself

Authenticity — what is it, who has it, and how do you get it? Most people associate authenticity with being true to oneself — or “walking the talk.” But there’s a problem with that association; it focuses on how <i>you</i> feel about <i>yourself</i>. Authenticity is actually a relational behavior, not a …

What to Do When You’ve Made Someone Angry

I was running late. My wife Eleanor and I had agreed to meet at the restaurant at seven o’clock and it was already half past. I had a good excuse in the form of a client meeting that ran over and I wasted no time getting to the dinner as fast as possible.<p>When I arrived at the restaurant, I …

Stop Telling Your Employees What to Do

I will never forget the experiences of getting my first suit. I was 12 years old and my father took me to a department store on 18th street in New York City. I was very excited; this was the transition to feeling grown up. A real milestone. I would have a suit like all the grown men I knew.<p>At the …