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Interview Highlights 2021

One of the great pleasures of writing for the Journal is the opportunity to interview authors whose books getAbstract has selected to summarize. Michael Wiederstein, Caryn Hunt and Sara Küpfer share their personal highlights.

Interview Highlights 2021

Biohacks – Ancient and High-Tech

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The Stress Code

Harmful stress can ruin your life and eventually kill you. Good stress can improve your development. Here’s how to avoid one and embrace the other.

Richard Sutton Pan Macmillan Read Summary
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Game Changers

Biohacker Dave Asprey shows how to hack your mind, body and spirit for better health and contentment.

Dave Asprey Harper Wave Read Summary
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Head Strong

Dave Asprey says experience taught him that you can get smarter, sharper and healthier in just two weeks.

Dave Asprey Harper Wave Read Summary

Stress, in and of itself, is not a problem. It’s simply the body’s survival software. Health and performance coach Richard Sutton shares timely advice on how to prevent stress from overwhelming us. One key take-away: Press the reset button often with techniques such as breathing exercises or meditation.

Everybody can use one or the other recommendation on how to optimize their health and adopt better habits. Wellness guru Dave Asprey set about improving his own health and performance in a very systematic way, integrating new technologies. Hence, he is often referred to as the “father of biohacking.”

Dave Asprey brought the discussion of anti-aging medicine and ‘biohacking’ into the digital age. It’s a fascinating subject. 

Caryn Hunt

From Workplace Niggles to Burnout

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The Burnout Fix

Learn practices that foster resilience and prevent work burnout altogether.

Jacinta M. Jiménez McGraw-Hill Education Read Summary
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The Price of Pettiness

Workplace pettiness is a ubiquitous problem; people often go to absurd lengths to drive their co-workers crazy.

Alex Alonso Society For Human Resource Management Read Summary

Michael was thrilled to see Jacinta M. Jiménez win the “Readers’ Choice Award” at the getAbstract International Book Awards last month. In their conversation, the author shared some additional background information that adds additional value to her excellent book, The Burnout Fix.

No other author left more of an impression on me this year than Jacinta M. Jiménez : I appreciated the way she took the time to have an in-depth conversation – and the professional way she handled critical questions.

Michael Wiederstein

The hidden costs of pettiness in the workplace was the subject of conversation in Michael’s memorable interview with SHRM’s chief knowledge officer, Alex Alonso. Michael was struck by how the conversation vacillated between moments of utter hilarity and disturbing seriousness.

On Obsession and Character

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The Talent War

United States special forces are expert recruiters and trainers. What can they teach HR professionals?

George Randle and Mike Sarraille Lioncrest Publishing Read Summary
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All In

Should you pursue your passion relentlessly? And should firms have single-minded, obsessive leaders?

Robert Bruce Shaw HarperCollins Leadership Read Summary

In US Special Operations, having the right people on your team can often mean the difference between life and death. That’s why Special Operations has become very skilled at identifying the best people based on character attributes. At a time when attracting the right talent has become an existential priority for many businesses, organizations have a lot to gain from copying some of the hiring practices of Special Operations. Learn more in Sara’s wide-ranging interview with Mike Sarraille and George Randle.

It’s been an honor to talk to highly experienced military veterans Mike Sarraille and George Randle. Our conversation drove home the point that nothing on your resume can make up for character.

Sara Küpfer

Management consultant Robert Bruce Shaw explains the obsessive behavior that sets superstar business leaders like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk apart from the rest, leading to companies with trillion-dollar valuations. He explains how obsessions come with a dark side too. 

On Making Technology Work for People

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Reimagining Collaboration

Harness the power of collaboration hubs to manage hybrid and remote teams in a post-COVID world.

Phil Simon Phil Simon Read Summary
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Deep Work

You don’t succeed by answering emails quickly. You succeed by regularly practicing deep work.

Cal Newport Grand Central Read Summary
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Why Remote Work Is So Hard – And How It Can Be Fixed

Business grappled with remote work before COVID; now it faces the challenges and reaps the rewards.

Cal Newport The New Yorker Read Summary

Sara had a fascinating conversation with world-renowned collaboration expert Phil Simon. Phil shared insights on how to make different communication tools work in-sync and leverage the unique properties of each tool to make work processes more efficient.

I don’t use email the way I used to after talking with collaboration expert Phil Simon.

Sara Küpfer

Michael would never have thought that attention and focus guru Cal Newport would personally respond to an initial interview request. But Michael did think that Cal would schedule exactly half an hour – no more, no less – for their conversation. Cal masterfully packed everything worth knowing about dealing with excessive demands in the hybrid workplace into the 30-minute window! Cal’s insights will remain relevant for a long time to come.

On Corporate Responsibility

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Corporate Crime and Punishment

Prosecuting white-collar criminals is difficult, but the law can punish and deter corporate misconduct.

John C. Coffee, Jr. Berrett-Koehler Publishers Read Summary
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Corporate Social Responsibility Is Not Public Relations

An authentic corporate social responsibility (CSR) program helps you connect with customers.

Sangeeta Waldron LID Publishing Read Summary

It’s frustrating as a non-lawyer to see deep-pocketed corporations seem to get away with murder, sometimes literally. Caryn’s wide-ranging interview with law professor and getAbstract International Book Award finalist professor John C. Coffee Jr. offers a thrilling glimpse into the cat-and-mouse game between big corporations and the prosecutors trying to hold them accountable for criminal behavior.

John C. Coffee Jr. ably explains the gargantuan task governments face in prosecuting corporate bad actors, and how they can implement changes to make sure justice is served.

Caryn Hunt

As people acknowledge the shortcomings of governments to face the climate crisis, they look more to what business can do. Sangeeta Waldron argues powerfully that no organization can ignore its impact, not just on climate, but also on worker and community. Younger employees, investors and consumers care a lot these days about what business does to make a better world. They want to be a part of making things better.

The team at the getAbstract Journal is grateful to all the authors who helped us put their books in context. We hope our readers benefited from their insights as much as we did.

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