Our summer reading list was such a big hit last year, we thought we’d make it an annual tradition! Wherever your travels take you this summer, consider bringing one or more of these books and resources to read—or listen to—en route.
1. Algorithms to Live by: The Computer Science of Human Decisions, by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths
As you know, decisions play a huge part in the recruiting process—both from the candidate and HR side. This book offers a fascinating exploration of how computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives, helping to solve common decision-making problems and illuminate the workings of the human mind.
Learn how to have better hunches and when to leave things to chance, how to deal with overwhelming choices, and how best to connect with others. From finding a spouse to finding the right hire, the mechanisms for making decisions are the same. In short, Algorithms to Live By transforms the wisdom of computer science into strategies for human living.
2. Recruiting and Retaining Talent into an Urgent Care Center, by The Inline Group
Across the U.S., urgent care centers (UCCS) are cropping up in record numbers. And if you ever recruit for Urgent Care, you won’t want to miss The Inline Group’s comprehensive urgent care recruiting manual: Recruiting and Retaining Talent into an Urgent Care Center.
“The urgent care industry is growing so rapidly that the time has come for them to have resources dedicated to their needs,” said Inline Group President Kelli Mulloy. “Our experience in urgent care and candidate sourcing works so well for our clients that we wanted to share all that we have learned.”
Get the guide by contacting Tina Shuey at 214-260-3209 or email@example.com.
3. When Breath Becomes Air, by the late Paul Kalanithi, M.D.
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.
A life-changing book that offers firsthand insights into the existential questions that plague most physicians. You won’t be the same when you close the cover.
4. Work Rules!, by Laszlo Bock
Whether you’re recruiting within your firm or sourcing physician candidates, you might want to check out Work Rules! From the visionary head of Google’s innovative People Operations comes a groundbreaking, bestselling inquiry into the philosophy of work-and a blueprint for attracting the most spectacular talent to your organization and ensuring that they succeed.
“We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It’s not right that the experience of work should be so demotivating and dehumanizing.” So says Laszlo Bock, head of People Operations at the company that transformed how the world interacts with knowledge.
This insight is the heart of Work Rules!, a compelling and surprisingly playful manifesto that offers lessons including: 1) Take away managers’ power over employees, 2) Learn from your best employees—and your worst, 3) Hire only people who are smarter than you are, no matter how long it takes to find them, and many more.
5. Originals, by Adam Grant
The #1 national bestseller and New York Times bestseller examines how people can champion new ideas—and how leaders can fight groupthink. Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt; how parents and teachers can nurture originality in children; and how leaders can build cultures that welcome dissent.
Grant also discusses the dreaded middle of mediocrity, what he calls middle status conservatism. The more familiar you are with a particular domain, the less creative you are. And when working in middle management, you are less likely to rock the boat. At the lower or upper rungs of the corporate ladder, you have more latitude to step out of conforming positions.
Learn from an entrepreneur who pitches his start-ups by highlighting the reasons not to invest, a woman at Apple who challenged Steve Jobs from three levels below, an analyst who overturned the rule of secrecy at the CIA, a billionaire financial wizard who fires employees for failing to criticize him, and a TV executive who didn’t even work in comedy but saved Seinfeld from the cutting-room floor. The payoff is a set of groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and improving the status quo.
And that’s our 2016 Summer Reading List! From our team to yours, have a wonderful vacation.
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