Purpose Problems
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This 8 min. read saves you up to 56 hours
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Purpose Problems

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

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The Most Important Topics around the New World of Work

“Work Will Never Love Us Back. Other People Will.”
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 432 pages) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 509 minutes (about 9 hours). Learn more.
“Work Will Never Love Us Back. Other People Will.”

We’ve been told that we should look for purpose, joy and fulfillment in our jobs. But that claim is a fraud, says labor journalist and author Sarah Jaffe.

How to Run Effective Meetings
How to Run Effective Meetings
This 7 min. read saves you up to 31 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 12 getAbstract summaries (7 books with a total of 1524 pages, 3 articles and 2 podcasts) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 1822 minutes (about 31 hours). Learn more.
How to Run Effective Meetings

Stop treating meetings as a necessary evil.

Twenty-Three Minutes
Twenty-Three Minutes

Interruptions derail your workday – 23 minutes at a time.

How to Heal from PTSD
How to Heal from PTSD

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

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New Work

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New Work

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

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New Work: Our Selection from getAbstract's Library

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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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Giovanni Dienstmann

Mindful Self-Discipline

Live your life in harmony with what you deem important, and focus on realizing your potential, goals and dreams.

Giovanni Dienstmann
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Michael Bungay Stanier

How to Begin

Embark on an ambitious, inspiring personal challenge to make a difference for yourself and your community.

Page Two Publishers
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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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Jason Sperling

Creative Directions

You think working as a creative is hard? Try managing creatives.

HarperCollins Leadership
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FOCUS: 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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How to Heal from PTSD
How to Heal from PTSD
This 10 min. read saves you up to 42 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 12 getAbstract summaries (8 books with a total of 2078 pages and 4 articles) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 2484 minutes (about 42 hours). Learn more.
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

“Work Will Never Love Us Back. Other People Will.”
“Work Will Never Love Us Back. Other People Will.”
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 432 pages) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 509 minutes (about 9 hours). Learn more.
“Work Will Never Love Us Back. Other People Will.”

We’ve been told that we should look for purpose, joy and fulfillment in our jobs. But that claim is a fraud, says labor journalist and author Sarah Jaffe.

“People Don’t Want to Be Merely Motivated – They Seek Inspiration.”
“People Don’t Want to Be Merely Motivated – They Seek Inspiration.”
This 13 min. read saves you up to 31 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 4 getAbstract summaries (4 books with a total of 1512 pages) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 1802 minutes (about 31 hours). Learn more.
“People Don’t Want to Be Merely Motivated – They Seek Inspiration.”

Trust is the lubricant of the new world of work, says Stephen M.R. Covey – but if you really want to bring your organization forward, you have to be an inspiring leader and put purpose…

“If You’re Good at Coaching, You’ll Eventually Become Obsolete to the Person.”
“If You’re Good at Coaching, You’ll Eventually Become Obsolete to the Person.”
This 13 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 294 pages and one podcast) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 340 minutes (about 6 hours). Learn more.
“If You’re Good at Coaching, You’ll Eventually Become Obsolete to the Person.”

Master Coach Marion Franklin on asking the right questions, waiting patiently for answers, and the number one problem with coaching-style leadership.

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.

Celeste Headlee
This 7 min. read saves you up to 9 hours
For your knowledge advantage, we put together the most actionable insights from 4 getAbstract summaries (2 books with a total of 429 pages, one video and one podcast) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 508 minutes (about 9 hours). Learn more.
Celeste Headlee

On the power of conversations to bring people together.

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 1617 pages and one video) on this topic. If you did this work yourself, you would be busy for at least 1933 minutes (about 33 hours). Learn more.
Carol Dweck

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

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.

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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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.

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 

CUSTOMER INSIGHTS

Urgent Questions from the Business World – Answered Promptly

NEW ARTICLES

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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