Book CLUB Compass reviews four new titles

IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE CRAZY AT WORK

JASON FRIED AND DAVID HEINEMEIER HANSSON

The authors of The New York Times bestseller Rework have developed a new strategy for the ideal company culture – what they call “the calm company.” The concept is a direct attack on the chaos, anxiety and stress that plague millions of workplaces and billions of people who work their day jobs in business cultures that place a premium on long hours and overwork.

Calm has been the cornerstone of their company’s culture since the authors founded Basecamp 20 years ago. It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work is a practical and inspiring distillation of their insights and experiences.

240 pages, HarperNonFiction, October 2018, US$27.99 (hardback)

UPSKILL: 21 KEYS TO PROFESSIONAL GROWTH

CHRIS WATSON

Adaptive skills specialist Chris Watson presents learning solutions to help busy professionals respond and adjust to the fast-paced world around them. The book features more than 800 practical ideas bundled into 21 adaptive skills that contribute to successful outcomes at work and beyond.

These skills – which include communication, collaboration, creativity and interpersonal awareness – can be practiced and refined throughout a career.

276 pages, Crown House Publishing, October 2018, US$19.65 (paperback)

PROSPERITY

COLIN MAYER

In 2017, just 52 percent of people surveyed for the Edelman Trust Barometer said they trust businesses to do what is right. Of possible comfort to business: the public mistrusts government and the media even more.

Colin Mayer, a professor of Management Studies at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, diagnoses the nature of the problem and offers proposals for reforming law, regulation, public policy and business practice to redefine the purpose and role of corporations.

288 pages, Oxford University Press, January 2019, US$24.95 (hardback)

NINJA FUTURE: SECRETS TO SUCCESS IN THE NEW WORLD OF INNOVATION

GARY SHAPIRO

Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, unpacks the mindset of true innovators and reveals the skills and traits for remaining competitive in a rapidly shifting landscape.

Shapiro’s combination of deep-dive analysis, access to the world’s leading innovators and years of industry expertise gives readers insights to help their businesses thrive in the fast-moving high-tech future.

256 pages, William Morrow, December 2018, US$25.99 (hardback); and 352 pages, William Morrow, February 2019, GB£20.00 (hardback)

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