Dopamine: the Good, the Bad and the Useful
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This 11 min. read saves you up to 63 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 16 getAbstract summaries (12 books with a total of 3127 pages, 3 articles and one video) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 3742 minutes (about 63 hours). Learn more.
Dopamine: the Good, the Bad and the Useful

Make this powerful brain chemical work for instead of against you.

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The Most Important Topics around the New World of Work

Making the Most of In-Person Team Gatherings
This 6 min. read saves you up to 110 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 27 getAbstract summaries (21 books with a total of 5500 pages, 3 articles, one video and 2 podcasts) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 6594 minutes (about 110 hours). Learn more.
Making the Most of In-Person Team Gatherings

You’ve been looking forward to this for a long time: Having your entire team in person (!) gathered in one place. How do you make the most of people’s time together?

Office Politics for Women
Office Politics for Women
This 10 min. read saves you up to 46 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 17 getAbstract summaries (10 books with a total of 2279 pages, 5 articles and 2 podcasts) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 2725 minutes (about 46 hours). Learn more.
Office Politics for Women

Succeed despite bias at work

How to Set Up a Mentoring Program (and Why)
How to Set Up a Mentoring Program (and Why)

The best companies have them and the best talent expects them. Here’s a guide to get started.

How to Offer Effective Feedback
How to Offer Effective Feedback

Constructive, yet delivered with compassion, feedback is what makes learning cultures thrive.

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Rory M. McDonald and Christopher Bingham

Productive Tensions

New theories on how to maximize innovation amid complexity and uncertainty.

MIT Press
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Jagadish Vasudev

Developing an Inclusive Consciousness

Break free from your self-limiting beliefs to develop a truly inclusive mind-set.

Talks at Google
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Shelmina Abji

Show Your Worth

Shelmina Babai Abji offers an insider’s blueprint for women and minorities aspiring to climb the corporate ladder.

McGraw-Hill Education
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Ruchika Tulshyan

Inclusion on Purpose

Avoid “casual” racism and sexism in the workplace.

MIT Press
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Minda Zetlin

Career Self-Care

Self-care is key for advancing your career.

New World Library
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Derek Thompson

The biggest problem with remote work

Remote work can work for you if you have a “synchronizer” to address its weaknesses.

The Atlantic
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HOT TOPIC: WELLBEING

How to Help Your Employees Stay Healthy

“Meditation Trains Your Mind.”
Interview
This 10 min. read saves you up to 9 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from one getAbstract summary (one book with a total of 456 pages) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 538 minutes (about 9 hours). Learn more.
“Meditation Trains Your Mind.”

Author, coach and long-time meditator Giovanni Dienstmann explains why the benefits of a daily meditation practice go beyond relaxation – and how mindful awareness can help you realize your goals.

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Purpose Problems
Purpose Problems
This 8 min. read saves you up to 56 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 13 getAbstract summaries (10 books with a total of 2787 pages and 3 articles) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 3337 minutes (about 56 hours). Learn more.
Purpose Problems

The search for meaning at work: A more delicate issue than often admitted.

How to Heal from PTSD
How to Heal from PTSD

Both people and organizations experience traumatic events. Here’s how to move past them.

Well-Being Is About More than “An Apple a Day”
Well-Being Is About More than “An Apple a Day”

It also means managing your time and energy wisely and practicing emotional intelligence.

The Built-In Superpower
The Built-In Superpower

How healthy optimism makes you more resilient.

HOW-TO-GUIDES:

Leading for Well-Being
Leading for Well-Being
This 7 min. read saves you up to 26 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 7 getAbstract summaries (5 books with a total of 1278 pages and 2 articles) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 1527 minutes (about 26 hours). Learn more.
Leading for Well-Being

A healthy workforce is a productive workforce. From sponsoring exercise programs to creating a values-based work culture, there is a lot you can do as a leader to help your employees thrive.

How to Sleep
How to Sleep

Those who sleep better (and often, more) are healthier, in a better mood and perform better. Time for more accurate sleep leadership in your organization!

How to Move Out of Stress-Paralysis
How to Move Out of Stress-Paralysis

In moments of acute stress, the brain engages a fight or flight response. Learn how to snap out of it.

INTERVIEWS:

“Well-Being Doesn’t Just Mean Switching Off. It Is About How You Burn Your Light.”
“Well-Being Doesn’t Just Mean Switching Off. It Is About How You Burn Your Light.”
This 8 min. read saves you up to 6 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from one getAbstract summary (one book with a total of 304 pages) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 357 minutes (about 6 hours). Learn more.
“Well-Being Doesn’t Just Mean Switching Off. It Is About How You Burn Your Light.”

Nicolai Chen Nielsen and Nicolai Tillisch explain how to make ambition work for you.

“Mindfulness Is a Lifestyle.”
“Mindfulness Is a Lifestyle.”

British psychologist Audrey Tang discusses how introducing small nuggets of mindfulness into your workday can lead to powerful changes over time.

INTERVIEWS

In Conversation with Experts and Professionals

“It Doesn’t Matter What People Get Curious About, as Long as They Get Curious.” 
“It Doesn’t Matter What People Get Curious About, as Long as They Get Curious.” 
This 15 min. read saves you up to 7 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from one getAbstract summary (one book with a total of 348 pages) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 403 minutes (about 7 hours). Learn more.
“It Doesn’t Matter What People Get Curious About, as Long as They Get Curious.” 

More and more companies emphasize curiosity in the workplace. This is no surprise to Stefaan van Hooydonk, who considers curiosity a “growth mindset in action.”

“You Don’t Have to Be Old and Wise to Do What’s Right.”
“You Don’t Have to Be Old and Wise to Do What’s Right.”
This 13 min. read saves you up to 7 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 2 getAbstract summaries (2 books with a total of 320 pages) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 371 minutes (about 7 hours). Learn more.
“You Don’t Have to Be Old and Wise to Do What’s Right.”

G. Richard Shell explains the value of honest, moral behavior for both individuals and organizations.

“Job Essence Consists of the Actions and Behaviors That Reflect the Higher Purpose of the Job Role.”
“Job Essence Consists of the Actions and Behaviors That Reflect the Higher Purpose of the Job Role.”
This 7 min. read saves you up to 10 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 2 getAbstract summaries (2 books with a total of 496 pages) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 589 minutes (about 10 hours). Learn more.
“Job Essence Consists of the Actions and Behaviors That Reflect the Higher Purpose of the Job Role.”

Most employees know what to do and how to do it – yet few truly understand the why behind their daily job tasks.

NEW: THOUGHT LEADER PROFILES

Instant Practical Insights into the Thinking of Important Contemporaries

Simon Sinek
This 9 min. read saves you up to 39 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 14 getAbstract summaries (9 books with a total of 1912 pages and 5 videos) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 2286 minutes (about 39 hours). Learn more.
Simon Sinek

On purpose, leadership and empathy.

Yuval Noah Harari
Yuval Noah Harari, photo by Dirk-Jan Visser/laif
This 9 min. read saves you up to 26 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 7 getAbstract summaries (3 books with a total of 1291 pages, one article and 3 videos) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 1541 minutes (about 26 hours). Learn more.
Yuval Noah Harari

On facing the future as one humanity.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This 7 min. read saves you up to 25 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 4 getAbstract summaries (4 books with a total of 1215 pages) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 1451 minutes (about 25 hours). Learn more.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

There are many stories and there are many feminisms.

Carol Dweck
This 8 min. read saves you up to 33 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 9 getAbstract summaries (7 books with a total of 1630 pages and one video) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 1948 minutes (about 33 hours). Learn more.
Carol Dweck

On the foundations of a growth mind-set, or, why we are “born to learn.”

Tim Ferriss
This 9 min. read saves you up to 7 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 2 getAbstract summaries (one book with a total of 320 pages and one video) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 375 minutes (about 7 hours). Learn more.
Tim Ferriss

On facing fears and learning anything.

Brené Brown
This 7 min. read saves you up to 23 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 8 getAbstract summaries (4 books with a total of 1136 pages, one video and 3 podcasts) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 1357 minutes (about 23 hours). Learn more.
Brené Brown

On vulnerability, psychological safety and other leadership skills.

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CREATIVITY

Creativity Is a Journey, Not a Destination
Creativity Is a Journey, Not a Destination
This 4 min. read saves you up to 34 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 16 getAbstract summaries (7 books with a total of 1692 pages, 4 articles, 4 videos and one podcast) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 2027 minutes (about 34 hours). Learn more.
Creativity Is a Journey, Not a Destination

A Reading List to Get the Creative Juices Flowing

TEAMWORK

How to Brainstorm
How to Brainstorm
This 5 min. read saves you up to 21 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 5 getAbstract summaries (5 books with a total of 1015 pages) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 1213 minutes (about 21 hours). Learn more.
How to Brainstorm

The great ideas are out there waiting for the patient and the bold to find them.

SLEEP

How to Sleep
How to Sleep
This 6 min. read saves you up to 24 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 16 getAbstract summaries (4 books with a total of 1197 pages and 12 articles) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 1431 minutes (about 24 hours). Learn more.
How to Sleep

Those who sleep better (and often, more) are healthier, in a better mood and perform better. Time for more accurate sleep leadership in your organization!

HABITS

Biohacking for Beginners
Biohacking for Beginners
This 7 min. read saves you up to 55 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 14 getAbstract summaries (9 books with a total of 2733 pages and 5 articles) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 3273 minutes (about 55 hours). Learn more.
Biohacking for Beginners

Tweaks to sharpen your thinking and increase your energy 

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Urgent Questions from the Business World – Answered Promptly

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Emotional Leadership Versus Virtual Distance
Emotional Leadership Versus Virtual Distance
This 3 min. read saves you up to 8 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 3 getAbstract summaries (3 books with a total of 394 pages) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 470 minutes (about 8 hours). Learn more.
Emotional Leadership Versus Virtual Distance

A few tricks can work wonders when it comes to virtual leadership.

Do Your Team Members Feel Safe Enough to Ask for Help?
Do Your Team Members Feel Safe Enough to Ask for Help?

How to promote safety and a culture of dialog in your team – and thus set the course for the future.

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MEREDITH TAGHI

What difference can an individual make? “A really big one”, says Meredith Taghi, VP Group Learning, Talent and HR Platforms at Deutsche Post DHL. “That is, if the right people are given the opportunity to get things done.” Meredith says it was Michael J. Arena’s Adaptive Space that opened her eyes to the potential of perfect job/people matches. Read our summary of the book!

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Michael J. Arena

Adaptive Space

Disrupt your competitors, or the boldest of them will disrupt you. For “disrupt,” read “kill.”

McGraw-Hill Education
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