By David Burkus
A few weeks ago, I rounded up my 2015 reading with a list of the best books of the year. But 2016 is shaping up to be as good a year for business books as 2015 was, if not better. I’ve been reading a lot of books that will release early this year, and here are my most anticipated, in no particular order:
How to Have a Good Day by Caroline Webb. A former McKinsey consultant offers evidence-based ways to balance work and life.
Superbosses by Sydney Finkelstein. A Tuck university professors reveals his findings from more than 200 interviews to outline how to be a great boss.
Best Job Ever! By C.K. Bray. A PhD and career coach gives action-based plan for building the career of your dreams.
Originals by Adam Grant. A Wharton prodigy returns to explain how to challenge the status quo without risking it all.
The Happiness Track by Emma Seppala. An expert on health psychology argues that happiness is the key to fast tracking our professional and personal success.TED Talks by Chris Anderson. The leader of the TED movement offers a guide to creating talks that are unforgettable.
Grit by Angela Duckworth. I’ve been waiting for this book since I first read Duckworth’s amazing research on what it takes to succeed.
Small Data by Martin Lindstrom. In an era of big data, a marketing thought leader reminds us that sometimes small clues yield big breakthroughs.
The Confidence Game by Maria Konnikova. One of the best science writers of our time examines the minds, motives, and methods of con artists—and the people who fall for their cons.
Deep Work by Cal Newport. An uber-productive professor reveals how to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task.
Wired to Create by Scott Barry Kaufman and Caroline Gregoire. A Penn professor and HuffPo writer team up to make sense of the mysterious creative mind.
Sprint by Jake Knapp, Josh Zeratsky, and Braden Knowitz. Three Google Ventures partners outline a process for solving tough problems, proven at more than a hundred companies.
Platform Revolution by Sangeet Paul Choudary, Marshall W. Van Alstyne, and Geoffrey Parker. Two professors and an entrepreneur-in-residence offer a practical guide to the new business model that is transforming the way we work and live.
The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly. One of the leading technology thinkers and offers a guide through the imperatives that will shape the next thirty years of technology.
David Burkus is the author of Under New Management. He is host of the Radio Free Leader podcast and Associate Professor of Management at Oral Roberts University. To get more resources to help you lead smarter, join his free newsletter.