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February 1 - February 22, 2016 4 Working World l W ith help from getAbstract, the world's largest library of business book summaries, Working World takes a quick look at the TOP 5 Business Books. 1. YOUR FIRST LEADERSHIP JOB A pair of organizational psychologists helps you make the challenging transition into your first leadership job. For many people, becoming a new frontline supervisor or entry-level leader is the most challenging transition in their careers. Organizational psychologists Tacy M. Byham and Richard S. Wellins help you climb that ladder in this concise, step-by-step guide to navigating your first management role and launching yourself as a leader. Writing in an accessible, straightforward tone, Byham and Wellins provide much-needed advice and step-by- step instructions for novice managers. Their comprehensive manual touches on a variety of pivotal subjects, such as developing your leadership brand, creating a positive workplace culture, learning to inspire your team, harnessing your power to motivate others and finding your calling as a frontline leader. Each chapter provides reinforcement in the form of tests, practice drills and other aids. getAbstract recommends this toolbox to new leaders as well as to executives looking for a fresh perspective on leading today. Tacy M. Byham and Richard S. Wellins | Wiley 2015 | 288 pg. | ISBN: 9781118911952 2. SINGLETASKING Multitasking doesn't work, but "singletasking" does. People try to multitask to accomplish the many jobs that confront them every day. But multitasking just doesn't work. In fact, it adds to the time it takes to complete complex tasks. You will do much better if you handle tasks sequentially, one- by-one, and not simultaneously – which is actually impossible. Multitasking is symptomatic of larger societal problems, including alienation, the devaluation of human experience and meaningless relationships according to Devora Zack, a consultant and practitioner of neurolinguistic programming. She explodes the "multitasking myth" and offers a practical alternative – "singletasking" – focusing on one chore at a time – as the way to work and live with greater efficiency and production. Zack lives the sort of frenetic life that seems to demand multitasking, but instead she singletasks successfully. If you are trying to do too much, all at once, getAbstract recommends her fresh alternative to multitasking. Devora Zack | Berrett-Koehler 2015 | 192 pg. | ISBN: 9781626562615 3. HOW TO SPEAK HOW TO LISTEN Every educated person should understand how to speak and listen skillfully. In 1940, intellectual, philosopher and academic Mortimer J. Adler wrote How to Read a Book, described by Amazon as a "living classic." Forty years later, he wrote this accompanying volume on speaking and listening, offering the FEATURED ARTICLE by getAbstract Top Business Books

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