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8 books everyone at your company should read

At getAbstract, we’ve spent twenty years reading and summarizing over 18,000 books, compressing the key insights into 10-minute reads (or audio summaries) for organizations big and small.

Based on our expertise in this area, we decided to compile a list of books that every employee inside your organization should read. We hope you enjoy the rest of this post!

Deep Work 

Deep Work by Cal Newport was the most popular book summaries on getAbstract last year and is an excellent read on a style of working that has become more and more necessary and valued with the rise of knowledge work.  

Deep work is professional work that requires extended periods of intense focus and concentration. Newport argues that deep work is a key activity of the knowledge worker, while shallow work is the activities that will be automated away in the future. As an employee (or leader), understanding deep work can help you improve your productivity, but also help teams be more productive.

The Power of Habit 

The Power of HabitThe Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg is a fantastic book on how habits form and what you can do about it. In this book, you will learn about a three-stage “habit loop” that drives how your habits form in the first place. You will also learn how to control bad habits you may have.

If you’re looking to build better habits at work and in life, you need to read this book. 


How to Win Friends and Influence People

Next up on the list, How to Win Friends and Influence People is of the most memorable reads of all time (and one of the most popular book summaries according to our readers). If you haven’t read this book before, this is the book that started the self-help genre, for good reason.

In this book, you will learn why it’s important to genuinely interested in other people, the importance of praising others, and why it’s important to remember someone’s name. This book is a classic for a reason.

7 Habits of Highly Successful People

Another classic, 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, by Stephen Covey earned a 10/10 rating from the getAbstract editorial team. As the title suggests, when you read this book you will learn seven habits that can help you be more successful at work. For example, some of the habits include “be proactive”, “begin with the end in mind”, “seek first to understand, then be understood”, and many more.

Emotional Habits: 7 Things Resilient People Do Differently

Emotional HabitsOur next recommendation is Emotional Habits: 7 Things Resilient People Do Differently, by Akash Karia. In this book, Karia builds a case for why the most successful people in life aren’t the most intelligent or best educated, but instead, the most resilient. Read the book to discover strategies like how to process negative emotions, how to adopt a power posture and more.


LinchpinNext, we recommend Linchpin, by Seth Godin. This book builds a compelling reason why every person should develop a skill set that makes one, “indispensable.” In other words, the skills you bring to the workplace should be different than anyone else.

We recommend this book, especially for younger people who are new to the workplace. It will have a profound impact on how they think about their career development.

The One Thing 

Our next book recommendation is The One Thing, by Gary Keller. In a similar manner to Deep Work, Keller crafts a compelling narrative around how important focus is, especially when it comes to goal-setting. In this book, you will learn why multi-tasking may be a major limiting factor to your success, as well as strategies for managing home and work life. If you have set goals for the year, we recommend picking up this book to guide you in finding your “one thing.” 

Emotional Intelligence 

Our final pick on the list is Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman. In this book, Goleman introduces you to the concept of emotional intelligence, which he claims is critical for success in life. In this book, you will learn the definition of emotional intelligence, why it matters, and how it can improve your success at work. If you want to better understand and manage your emotions, feelings, and self-motivation, you should pick up this book.

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