Best Upcoming Skills Books of February 2017
- The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone
The key to our intelligence lies in the people and things around us. And yet each of us is error prone, sometimes irrational, and often ignorant. But our collaborative minds also enable us to do amazing things.
- The Hardware Hacker: Adventures in Making and Breaking Hardware
“Hardware, says Bunnie Huang, is a world without secrets: if you go deep enough, even the most important key is expressed in silicon or fuses. In The Hardware Hacker, Huang shares his experiences in manufacturing and open hardware, creating an illuminating and compelling career retrospective. With highly detailed passages on the ins and outs of manufacturing and a comprehensive take on the issues associated with open source hardware, The Hardware Hacker is an invaluable resource for aspiring hackers and makers.
- HBR’s 10 Must Reads for New Managers (with bonus article “How Managers Become Leaders” by Michael D. Watkins) [Read online]
If you read nothing else on becoming a new manager, read these 10 articles. Wass; and BONUS ARTICLE: “How Managers Become Leaders,” by Michael D. Watkins.
- No Limits: Blow the CAP Off Your Capacity
#1 New York Times bestselling author John C. What if our limits are not really our limits. In his newest book, John Maxwell identifies 17 core capacities.
- Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions [Read online]
These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not. Computers, like us, confront limited space and time, so computer scientists have been grappling with similar problems for decades. In a dazzlingly interdisciplinary work, Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths show how algorithms developed for computers also untangle very human questions.
- High Velocity Hiring: How to Hire Top Talent in an Instant
. And in High-Velocity Hiring, he provides the tools and systems for creating a hiring process designed for today’s fast-paced, talent-deficient landscape. High-Velocity Hiring replaces the old, worn-out way of hiring with the simple but revolutionary approach of actively cultivating top talent before positions open.
- Rich20Something: Ditch Your Average Job, Start an Epic Business, and Score the Life You Want
Millennial business guru and entrepreneur Daniel DiPiazza was once your typical 20-something. This is not another collection of rehashed “life hacks,” motivational platitudes, or tired common-sense advice. Filled with concrete examples, practical advice, case studies, and DiPiazza’s inimitable voice, Rich20Something is a must-have handbook for getting the most out of your life now.
- Time, Talent, Energy: Overcome Organizational Drag and Unleash Your Team’s Productive Power [Read online]
Managing Your Scarcest Resources Business leaders know that the key to competitive success is smart management of scarce resources. That’s why companies allocate their financial capital so carefully. Building off of the popular Harvard Business Review article “Your Scarcest Resource,” Michael Mankins and Eric Garton, Bain & Company experts in organizational design and effectiveness, present new research into how you can liberate people’s time, talent, and energy and unleash your organization’s productive power.
- The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios
) and different platforms (print, desktop, tablet, smartphone, and conference room display) The Big Book of Dashboards is the only book that matches great dashboards with real-world business scenarios. By organizing the book based on these scenarios and offering practical and effective visualization examples, The Big Book of Dashboards will be the trusted resource that you open when you need to build an effective business dashboard. The Big Book of Dashboards gives you the tools, guidance, and models you need to produce great dashboards that inform, enlighten, and engage.
- Extreme You: Step Up. Stand Out. Kick Ass. Repeat.
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