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Chief Joy Officer
Richard Sheridan
How to lead by spreading joy. What’s at the core of your company culture? Is it the pressure to make money? To become an icon of innovation? Or is your company founded on a desire to spread joy? Chief Joy Officer (2018) is author and entrepreneur Richard Sheridan’s guide to crafting a business that spreads joy.
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17 minutes
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Overcoming Mobbing
Maureen Duffy, Len Sperry
A Recovery Guide for Workplace Aggression and Bullying Do you or someone you know work with an office bully? If so, you'll likely understand how powerful the effects of a workplace bully can be. It can make victims feel miserable at work and dread showing up each day. Unfortunately, workplace aggression and abuse are becoming increasingly more common. And we aren’t just talking about bosses tormenting their employees. We are talking about a more deceitful attack called mobbing. Workplace mobbing occurs when a workplace group, which typically includes management as well, harasses and torments an employee until that employee is forced to leave due to the stress of working in such a toxic environment. Workplace mobbing can destroy careers and lead to physical and emotional stress. In its worst cases, it can lead to mental illness and even suicide. Authors and mental health professionals Maureen Duffy and Len Sperry aim to explain mobbing, why it occurs, and how companies can eliminate it. As you read, you’ll learn how to identify mobbing, why it forces people to leave careers they love, and how a speak no evil company fosters a healthy work environment.
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18 minutes
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The Culture Code
Daniel Coyle
A guide to implementing three key skills into any group environment, whether it be in the workplace or even in the world of crime, group dynamics are critical for success. Working in groups is a part of everyday life. Whether you work in the corporate world or the local restaurant down the street, you must interact with others and work together to ensure the success of the company. A bad group dynamic can rapidly turn the company culture from a positive one to a toxic one. However, after years of research, Daniel Coyle has cracked the code of success and shares the three traits that all successful groups incorporate: safety, vulnerability, and purpose. In each chapter, Coyle lays out the importance of each skill and gives actionable advice on how to implement these skills into any group scenario. Learn how to create a safe work environment through communication and vulnerability, and learn why a cheesy catchphrase could be the key to establishing a sense of purpose in any group scenario.
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20 minutes
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The Essential HR Handbook
Sharon Armstrong, Barbara Mitchell
A one stop guide to modern HR methods, with in depth advice on everything from performance reviews to managerial advice. A no frills primer on everything you need to know about Human Resources. The Essential HR Handbook cuts to the chase and tells you what you need to know about performance reviews, employee relations, and advice for managers. Targeted at people new to management and HR who are looking for the best ways to give employees what they need to thrive, and strategies to craft effective corporate policy, and providing knowledge beyond how to simply hire, onboard, and retain employees.
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17 minutes
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The Genius of Opposites
Jennifer B. Kahnweiler
The Genius of Opposites (2015) provides a refreshing new take on the old saying “opposites attract” and invites us to consider the innovative partnerships that can be forged when introverts and extroverts learn to work together. Jennifer B. Kahnweiler’s revolutionary theory explores the genius of combining two seemingly incompatible personality types: introverts and extroverts. Exploring case studies of successful (and hopelessly doomed) partnerships comprised of opposites, Kahnweiler provides a five step strategy called the “ABCDE method” that will teach readers to accept differences, resolve conflicts, and celebrate the potential of others to create amazing partnerships.
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The No Asshole Rule
Robert I. Sutton
Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One that Isn’t How do you react when you meet a mean-spirited person? If you’re anything like author Robert Sutton, you probably think: “Wow, what an asshole!” Maybe you call them something else, like bullies, creeps, jerks, tyrants, or egomaniacs. But overall, asshole seems to best capture the fear and loathing you have for these nasty people. Unfortunately, most of us have to deal with assholes in the workplace, and Sutton aims to show how destructive these people are to their colleagues and organizations. You’ll learn how to keep these types of jerks out of the workplace as well as how to handle the ones you are stuck with. As you read, you’ll learn the total cost of assholes in business, why emotionally distancing yourself is key, and how sometimes being an asshole can be effective.
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20 minutes
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What You Do is Who You Are
Ben Horowitz
Find out how you can build a company culture that works by turning to history and seeing what you can learn from the world’s greatest leaders. Talk to any business leader and they’ll tell you that company culture is crucial. Creating an environment that people want to work in is essential to any workplace, but how can you accomplish this? As you’ll find out, creating a culture isn’t a new concept, in fact, Ben Horowitz recounts the lessons we can learn from some of history’s most prolific leaders. By focusing on some of today’s most successful companies like Apple, Horowitz also turns back to history and takes a closer look at historical leaders who transformed cultures. Find out how you can build a culture based on the ancient samurai code, what you can learn from a prison gang leader, and how you can define a culture code that works.
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25 minutes
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