We dare you to go just one day without reading or hearing about some incredible new discovery or development. Change occurs rapidly in just about every industry these days –particularly technology. Business executives and managers can ill afford to lose traction, especially in the tech field. And keeping pace with current trends isn’t enough – you need to open your mind and embrace intellectual growth.
The following books may interest just about anyone, but they are particularly relevant for those in the tech field:
1. Give and Take
Adam Grant, the Wharton School’s highest-rated professor, explains that workplaces consist of “givers, takers and matchers.” Your role influences your success and how you co-exist with others.
“By shifting ever so slightly in the giver direction,” Grant writes, “we might find our waking hours marked by greater success, richer meaning and more lasting impact.”
2. Elon Musk
Ashlee Vance’s biography of the revolutionary and controversial entrepreneur examines his intellect, character and insatiable appetite for risk.
“If some of the things that Musk says and does sound absurd, that’s because on one level they very much are,” Vance explains.
With so many competing distractions these days, getting someone’s attention is a challenge. Tech journalist Ben Parr illustrates the importance of understanding the “Seven Captivation Triggers.”
“Disruptions that aren’t significant and consistent with an audience’s values always lead to trouble and distract from the message you are trying to deliver,” Parr points out.
4. Delivering Happiness
Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh (pronounced “shay”) shares his business philosophy and explains how leaders can promote a happy and productive work culture.
“I made a list of the happiest periods in my life, and I realized that none of them involved money,” writes Hsieh.
5. The Box
No one gives even a passing thought to the humble, old shipping container, yet economist and author Marc Levinson explains how it forever changed the global economy back in the 1950s.
“Some of the world’s great port cities soon saw their ports all but disappear, while insignificant towns on little-known harbors found themselves among the great centers of maritime commerce,” Levinson writes.