Must-Reads for the New Year

This new year it’s time to make a commitment to lifelong learning. While you’re working on your 2018 goals, don’t forget to nourish your mind with a reading list that inspires, invigorates, and enthuses you.

We’ve done some of the heavy lifting for you here at BigSpeak, and compiled a list of upcoming book releases you’ll love and 2017 reads you may have missed but really shouldn’t have.

2018 Soon-to-be Best Sellers

‘Great at Work’ by Morten Hansen (Jan. 30)

Morten Hansen, an expert on management at UC Berkeley, has discovered the secrets every top performer lives by, and he’s sharing them with you. After a five-year study looking into what makes somebody the best in his/her field, he came up with an empirically based answer– and it’s not working overtime until your family forgets what you look like.

He found that top performers actually work less, do more, and achieve greater successes. His “seven work-smarter practices” will lift you up to join the top performers without overworking you.

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‘Thinking in Bets’ by Annie Duke (Feb. 6)

World Series of Poker winner, Annie Duke, will turn your 2018 into an adrenaline-filled year. Her book ‘Thinking in Bets’ uses her experience as a professional poker player to help you assess risks, take bets, and catch bluffs.

She knows life won’t always present the full picture, but with her techniques you will be able to make confident decisions without knowing the whole story. This book will teach you how to maintain emotional control, in even the most stressful decision-making scenarios.

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‘Rise and Grind’ by Daymond John (Jan. 23)

Daymond John’s latest book, ‘Rise and Grind,’ is a sequel to his first book, ‘Power of Broke,’ in which he highlights the key elements that brought him from rags to riches with his garage start-up, FUBU.

In his new book, John pulls from his experiences as a now-successful entrepreneur, as well as other successful businessmen and women he has worked with and looked up to. He identifies characteristics that are shared by successful people and helps you assimilate them into your own life.

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‘Your Best Year Ever’ by Michael Hyatt (Jan. 2)

This new year Michael Hyatt, former CEO, entrepreneur, and bestselling author, has created a five-step plan to help you reach your most important goals. This book will help you focus on the big picture and move past the little, distracting obstacles.

Read this book before mapping out your new year’s resolutions to ensure that you are setting healthy goals in and out of the office, and creating realistic routes to take you where you want to be.

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‘Brotopia’ by Emily Chang (Feb. 6)

After exposing herself to the tech world of Silicon Valley through hosting and producing the hit show Bloomberg Technology, Emily Chang knows the challenges women face in the industry. Her interviews with leading ladies in the industry shed light on the closed-off men’s club that is the tech industry.

In her book, Chang discusses the long road ahead for women’s equality in the Valley and the daring women who have taken huge risks to pave the way for others. If you are at all interested in being a leader in the tech industry (men and women alike) read this book for insights into bettering working conditions in ‘Brotopia’.

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2017 You Shouldn’t Have Missed

‘The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt’ by Robert I. Sutton

This entertaining and informative book is a must-have for anybody that interacts with people on a daily basis (so… everyone). Jerks come in all shapes and sizes, but Sutton will teach you how to make them seem minuscule in 2018.

He uses scientific research, studies, and experiments to figure out how to deal with the different type of jerks in your life and help you de-stress because of it. He’s spent his life studying organizational change and has applied this work to eliminating stressors, like big kid bullies. Make 2018 the year of positivity by arming yourself with these defense mechanisms that will neutralize any jerk.

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‘Rejection Proof’ by Jia Jiang

Become resilient in ways you never thought you could be by adopting Jia Jiang’s ‘rejection proof’ attitude. Jia Jiang is a rejection expert, capable of turning any ‘no’ into a positive experience.

His book surrounds the same premise as his ‘100 Days of Rejection’ TED talk, which was the most viewed talk of 2017. After actively seeking out rejection for 100 days he learned not only how to cope with it, but also how to learn and grow from it. His book will teach you how to become rejection proof in all aspects of your life and have you welcoming the word ‘no.’

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‘Multipliers’ by Liz Wiseman

Liz Wiseman’s revision of her previous book ‘Multipliers Vol. I’ has become the authority on best leadership practices. Her experience in the corporate world, ending in her current role as President of the Wiseman Group, has lent her valuable lessons to what makes a leader great.

“Multipliers’ refers to the leaders who stretch themselves to uplift the people around them. We all know there are two types of the leaders; the ones that drain their employees of creativity and intelligence, and the ones that inspire it. This book will give you tips and tricks on how to encourage the best out of your employees. If you are currently (or ever hope to be) a leader in your field this is a must-read.

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‘The Art of Connection’ by Michael Gelb

If 2018 is anything like 2017 we are sure to lose a little bit more of ourselves to technology. Michael Gelb, the leading authority on genius thinking to personal and organizational development, is working to counteract the loss of personal connections due to developing technologies.

In his 2017 book, he provides several methods for making personal connections to better your career and your personal life. He uses scientific research, empowering anecdotes, and hands-on activities to teach you how to make lasting and powerful connections that will turn you into someone everyone wants to work with.

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‘Innovation Code’ by Jeff Degraff

Jeff Degraff’s book will thrust you out of your comfort zone and into the magic making zone of innovation. Degraff’s experience as a business professor and author has dubbed him the ‘Dean of Innovation.’

This book will help you find the right environment for your innovation and creativity to flourish.It will coach you through the process of letting go of order and composition to embrace the chaos and collaboration needed for true innovation to occur.

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Jessica Welch is the Marketing Content Associate at BigSpeak Speakers Bureau.