Best Upcoming Skills Books of August 2017

Every month, new books are released, and we’d like to share the ones with you we think should not be missed. This time, we’re focussing on Skills. Please let us know what you think, and happy reading!

Best Upcoming Skills Books of August 2017

  • Principles: Life and Work
    Principles: Life and Work

    Along the way, Dalio discovered a set of unique principles that have led to Bridgewater’s exceptionally effective culture, which he describes as “an idea meritocracy that strives to achieve meaningful work and meaningful relationships through radical transparency. In Principles, Dalio shares what he’s learned over the course of his remarkable career. While the book brims with novel ideas for organizations and institutions, Principles also offers a clear, straightforward approach to decision-making that Dalio believes anyone can apply, no matter what they’re seeking to achieve.

  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)–Sixth Edition
    A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)–Sixth Edition

    The PMBOK® Guide–Sixth Edition – PMI’s flagship publication has been updated to reflect the latest good practices in project management. New to the Sixth Edition, each knowledge area will contain a section entitled Approaches for Agile, Iterative and Adaptive Environments, describing how these practices integrate in project settings. It will also contain more emphasis on strategic and business knowledge—including discussion of project management business documents—and information on the PMI Talent Triangle™ and the essential skills for success in today’s market.

  • Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self
    Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self

    “Bored and Brilliant shows the fascinating side of boredom. ” ―Gretchen Rubin, author of #1 NYT Bestseller The Happiness Project “Bored and Brilliant is full of easy steps to make each day more effective and every life more intentional. Manoush’s mix of personal stories, neuroscience, and data will convince you that boredom is actually a gift.

  • Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen
    Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen

    New York Timesbestselling author Donald Miller uses the seven universal elements of powerful stories to teach readers how to dramatically improve how they connect with customers and grow their businesses. Donald Miller’s StoryBrand process is a proven solution to the struggle business leaders face when talking about their businesses. This revolutionary method for connecting with customers provides readers with the ultimate competitive advantage, revealing the secret for helping their customers understand the compelling benefits of using their products, ideas, or services.

  • Total Focus: Make Better Decisions Under Pressure
    Total Focus: Make Better Decisions Under Pressure

    In the wake of that failure, Webb realized that successful entrepreneurs need a skill he had already mastered: total focus. So Webb started over, applying total focus to a new startup, a media company called Hurricane Group. For instance, you’ll discover: · The difference between total focus and tunnel vision is developing total situational awareness: the ability to spot opportunities and threats without getting distracted from your goal.

  • You Get What You Pitch For: Control Any Situation, Create Fierce Agreement, and Get What You Want In Life
    You Get What You Pitch For: Control Any Situation, Create Fierce Agreement, and Get What You Want In Life

    TV’s most popular pitchman reveals the secrets of pitching to get what you want in virtually any situation. Pitching is about persuasion: radiating positivity, controlling the situation, winning an audience’s trust, creating “fierce agreement,” and getting them to want to give you what you’re asking for. You Get What You Pitch For is built around common, real-life scenarios almost anyone can relate to, from handling disagreements, job interviews, making an important speech, getting funding, going after a promotion, and more.

  • Mergers and Acquisitions: Integration and Transformation Management as the Gateway to Success (Management for Professionals)
    Mergers and Acquisitions: Integration and Transformation Management as the Gateway to Success (Management for Professionals)

    This book brings home the message that meticulous integration management is the key to success in M&A transactions. Half of all M&A transactions are unsuccessful because many companies embarking on a merger neglect this key success factor. The book provides first-hand accounts of M&A transactions that the authors led or were involved in, assessing each case from an insider perspective and outlining the key success factors and pitfalls.

  • How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds
    How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds

    Most of us don’t want to think, Jacobs writes. Thinking is trouble. Thinking can force us out of familiar, comforting habits, and it can complicate our relationships with like-minded friends.

  • Head First Agile: A Brain-Friendly Guide to Agile and the PMI-ACP Certification
    Head First Agile: A Brain-Friendly Guide to Agile and the PMI-ACP Certification

    Is your team considering agile. Do you think agile might help you build better software. Head First Agile is a brain-friendly guide to understanding agile concepts and ideas.

  • The Non-Designer’s Presentation Book: Principles for effective presentation design (2nd Edition)
    The Non-Designer's Presentation Book: Principles for effective presentation design (2nd Edition)

    She expands upon the four fundamental principles of good design and typography introduced in her award-winning Non-Designer’s series and adds four more principles specific to achieving clear communication with slides. In this essential guide to presentation design, you’ll learn: • What makes a good presentation—or a bad one • How to plan, organize, and outline your presentation • Four principles for developing effective presentations • Four principles for designing beautiful slides that communicate clearly • Specific tips for using animation and transitions that aren’t annoying • A list of timeless presentation rules. .

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