Publisher’s Weekly has released their list of Best Summer Books for 2016, and the selections range from novels to biographies to poetry. As you slip into your bathing suit for a relaxing afternoon at the beach or by the pool, Menlo Partners recommends the following recent business-related books. Each is exceptionally well-written and highly relevant to workers and managers in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble” by Dan Lyons
Disrupted was published in April 2016, and the author spoke recently at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park. The book is a memoir of his experience as a middle-aged entrant into the tech start-up world. Lyons’ depiction of the culture at HubSpot is colorful, entertaining and deeply disturbing, revealing the dark underbelly of an environment which values action over all else and “burns and churns” its Millennial workers.
“Lead the Work: Navigating a World Beyond Employment” by John W. Boudreau, Ravin Justhasan, and David Creelman
Lead the Work, published in 2015, examines the rapidly evolving business practices that are distributing work outside of the traditional employer-employee relationship. The authors analyze free agents, outsourcing, alliances and talent platforms, presenting an effective framework for leading work – not workers – in the present-day economy. The book paints an optimistic picture of the future of work while acknowledging the many legal, economic and social concerns about the large-scale shift from employment to freelancing. It also provides valuable insights into leveraging multiple resources for maximum productivity.
“Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown.
A New York Times Bestseller in 2014, Essentialism is a concise, compelling examination of the “paradox of success” – in which early professional accomplishments lead to increased scope and information overload, resulting in a lack of clarity and feeling of overwhelm. This experience is so familiar to Silicon Valley workers, and the book calls not for new behaviors, but rather for a fundamental shift in mindset to help us prioritize and restore sanity to our working lives.
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Menlo Partners would love to hear your recommendations for thoughtful, engaging summer reading. As always, we welcome your questions regarding job search, recruiting, temporary staffing and career transition. Contact our talent acquisition specialists today!