Sidestep New Year’s Resolutions – and Create Lasting Change
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This 6 min. read saves you up to 27 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 8 getAbstract summaries (6 books with a total of 1324 pages, one article and one video) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 1583 minutes (about 27 hours). Learn more.
Sidestep New Year’s Resolutions – and Create Lasting Change

New Year’s resolutions, though well-intended, often don’t get you to where you want to go. Work with goals and habits instead.

RECENT ARTICLES

The Most Important Topics around the New World of Work

Resolve Conflict with Compassionate Communication
This 7 min. read saves you up to 41 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 13 getAbstract summaries (10 books with a total of 2006 pages, 2 articles and one video) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 2401 minutes (about 41 hours). Learn more.
Resolve Conflict with Compassionate Communication

Conflict is bound to arise in the workplace. Here’s how to nip it in the bud or, better yet, channel it productively.

Well-Being Is About More than “An Apple a Day”
Well-Being Is About More than “An Apple a Day”
This 6 min. read saves you up to 70 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 18 getAbstract summaries (12 books with a total of 3476 pages, 3 articles, one video and 2 podcasts) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 4166 minutes (about 70 hours). Learn more.
Well-Being Is About More than “An Apple a Day”

Healthy behavior is not limited to eating wholesome food and regular exercising. It also means managing your time and energy wisely and practicing emotional intelligence.

Learning Myths Debunked
Learning Myths Debunked

No, putting that textbook under your pillow while you sleep won’t make you smarter. 

Making Sense of Agile
Making Sense of Agile

Let’s take a deep dive into an overused buzzword.

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New Work

How-to-Guides: A Fast Track to Current Business FAQs and the Best Answers from Our Library.

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New Work

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SOFT SKILLS

Soft Skills Series: Here's What You Need to Get along with Others and Lead People More Effectively. 

TOP SUMMARIES

New Work: Our Selection from getAbstract's Library

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Chris Dyer and Kim Shepherd

Remote Work

Most successful companies, post-pandemic, will eschew offices and embrace remote or hybrid teams.

Kogan Page Publishers
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Katharine Manning

The Empathetic Workplace

Help your employees handle work and life difficulties with the LASER approach to bringing empathy to work.

HarperCollins Leadership
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Michelle Parry-Slater

The Learning and Development Handbook

Get need-to-know insights into modern workforce learning in this end-to-end guide for learning professionals.

Kogan Page Publishers
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Bryan Hancock, Bill Schaninger, Brooke Weddle and Lucia Rahilly

Culture in the Hybrid Workplace

The new normal corporate culture centers on employees and requires managers t0 lead hybrid teams.

McKinsey
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Amina Aitsi-Selmi

The Success Trap

A handy how-to career guide on getting unstuck.

Kogan Page Publishers
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Gary Bolles

The Next Rules of Work

Forget the color of your parachute. Success today is all about mind-set and continual learning.

Kogan Page Publishers
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HOT TOPIC: THE GREAT RESIGNATION

55% Of American Employees Plan to Quit Their Jobs Soon. Time to Prep for 2022!

America’s Got Talent
Reading List
This 7 min. read saves you up to 30 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 14 getAbstract summaries (6 books with a total of 1480 pages, 3 articles, one video and 4 podcasts) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 1769 minutes (about 30 hours). Learn more.
America’s Got Talent

A wave of cancellations is rolling towards US organizations: According to recent surveys, 55% of American employees plan to quit their jobs in the next 12 months. Here’s how to keep the best ones now – and steal the even better ones away from others.

NEGOTIATION

Negotiate Like a Pro
Negotiate Like a Pro
This 6 min. read saves you up to 11 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 5 getAbstract summaries (2 books with a total of 544 pages, one article, one video and one podcast) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 647 minutes (about 11 hours). Learn more.
Negotiate Like a Pro

You don’t have to be a negotiation specialist with SWAT experience to get your demands accepted: You’re armed and ready when you follow three simple steps.

QUITTING

Bottom Line
Bottom Line
This 11 min. read saves you up to 49 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 14 getAbstract summaries (9 books with a total of 2420 pages, 3 articles and 2 podcasts) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 2893 minutes (about 49 hours). Learn more.
Bottom Line

How to recognize when it’s time to quit – and how to make your exit in style.

GRIT

How to Cultivate Grit
How to Cultivate Grit
This 9 min. read saves you up to 36 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 10 getAbstract summaries (7 books with a total of 1780 pages and 2 videos) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 2127 minutes (about 36 hours). Learn more.
How to Cultivate Grit

You have the talent and the skill, but do you have the drive to succeed? 

MANAGING TALENT

“Sideways Is the New Up!”
“Sideways Is the New Up!”
This 17 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 272 pages) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 310 minutes (about 6 hours). Learn more.
“Sideways Is the New Up!”

Most organizations still assess employees' skills by looking at their current roles and job titles. Edie Goldberg and Kelley Steven-Waiss propose a tried-and-tested alternative.

MOTIVATION

Empower to Motivate
Empower to Motivate
This 8 min. read saves you up to 38 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 8 getAbstract summaries (7 books with a total of 1874 pages and one article) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 2241 minutes (about 38 hours). Learn more.
Empower to Motivate

Misconceptions about motivation abound. Let’s take them on.

INTERVIEWS

In Conversation with Experts and Professionals

“Empathy Is One of the Most Incredible Superpowers.”
“Empathy Is One of the Most Incredible Superpowers.”
This 17 min. read saves you up to 6 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 2 getAbstract summaries (one book with a total of 280 pages and one video) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 319 minutes (about 6 hours). Learn more.
“Empathy Is One of the Most Incredible Superpowers.”

Gary A. Bolles, author of The Next Rules of Work and Chair for the Future of Work at Singularity University, talks about the declining shelf life of skills, ways to compensate for those losses –…

“The Way to Success Is Knowing Your Strengths and Using Them.”
“The Way to Success Is Knowing Your Strengths and Using Them.”
This 8 min. read saves you up to 5 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from one getAbstract summary (one book with a total of 224 pages) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 261 minutes (about 5 hours). Learn more.
“The Way to Success Is Knowing Your Strengths and Using Them.”

Women are still passed up for promotion way too often, and men dominate the leadership levels in the workplace. Are hybrid work arrangements going to help level the playing field? Gill Whitty-Collins, author of Why…

“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.

FEATURES

A Dozen Books, Summarized in a Handful of Abstracts – in One Story: Our Longreads

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.

SUPERPOWER

Reading Boosts Your Performance. Seriously.
Reading Boosts Your Performance. Seriously.
This 8 min. read saves you up to 42 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 11 getAbstract summaries (8 books with a total of 2096 pages, one article, one video and one podcast) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 2508 minutes (about 42 hours). Learn more.
Reading Boosts Your Performance. Seriously.

The benefits of reading go beyond mere knowledge acquisition.

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 

HOT TOPIC: PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY

How to Achieve and How to Maintain It.

EXPERT INTERVIEW

“Burnout Is Insidious: It Sneaks Up on You, Gradually Gnawing Away at You Over Time.”
“Burnout Is Insidious: It Sneaks Up on You, Gradually Gnawing Away at You Over Time.”
This 18 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 347 minutes (about 6 hours). Learn more.
“Burnout Is Insidious: It Sneaks Up on You, Gradually Gnawing Away at You Over Time.”

Jacinta Jiménez, author of The Burnout Fix, on prevention, treatment and reintegration in case of burnout – a topic that still too few people talk about or act on.

READING LIST

People Will Only Leave Their Comfort Zone from a Safe Place
People Will Only Leave Their Comfort Zone from a Safe Place
This 7 min. read saves you up to 44 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 15 getAbstract summaries (9 books with a total of 2159 pages, 2 articles, 2 videos and 2 podcasts) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 2584 minutes (about 44 hours). Learn more.
People Will Only Leave Their Comfort Zone from a Safe Place

You don’t want your team to “play it safe.” You want people to feel safe to play – as in pitching their ideas, performing to their potential and challenging the status quo.

INCLUSIVE WORKPLACE

Lessons in Psychological Safety
Lessons in Psychological Safety
This 3 min. read saves you up to 54 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 14 getAbstract summaries (11 books with a total of 2672 pages and 3 articles) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 3204 minutes (about 54 hours). Learn more.
Lessons in Psychological Safety

When people feel safe working together, they achieve more.

HOW-TO-GUIDE

How to Achieve Psychological Safety
How to Achieve Psychological Safety
This 4 min. read saves you up to 14 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 3 getAbstract summaries (3 books with a total of 668 pages) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 798 minutes (about 14 hours). Learn more.
How to Achieve Psychological Safety

In four steps.

OPTIMISM

The Built-In Superpower
The Built-In Superpower
This 6 min. read saves you up to 72 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 10 getAbstract summaries (9 books with a total of 3601 pages and one video) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 4316 minutes (about 72 hours). Learn more.
The Built-In Superpower

How healthy optimism makes you more resilient.

FIRST AID

How to Move Out of Stress-Paralysis
How to Move Out of Stress-Paralysis
This 3 min. read saves you up to 12 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 4 getAbstract summaries (2 books with a total of 574 pages, one article and one video) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 686 minutes (about 12 hours). Learn more.
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.

CUSTOMER INSIGHTS

Urgent Questions from the Business World – Answered Promptly

NEW ARTICLES

Do Your Team Members Feel Safe Enough to Ask for Help?
Do Your Team Members Feel Safe Enough to Ask for Help?
This 4 min. read saves you up to 33 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 8 getAbstract summaries (7 books with a total of 1638 pages and one article) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 1962 minutes (about 33 hours). Learn more.
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.

Is Our Desire to Be the Best More Important than Our Mental Health?
Is Our Desire to Be the Best More Important than Our Mental Health?

The world witnessed one of the most courageous acts of vulnerability in Olympic sports, and we should all take note. 

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Our Favorite Thinkers and Leaders Share Their Favorite Reads

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!

SUMMARY

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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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