The power of knowing what you don’t know
Through give and take, Adam Grant taught readers the importance of interactions with others. In Originals he preached the value of new ideas. In his new book, Think Again, Grant wants readers to forget, let go, and move on from ideas and knowledge that don’t work for them.
“When you master the art of rethinking, I believe you are better positioned for success at work and happiness in life,” writes Grant. “If you think again, you can find new solutions to old problems and rethink old solutions to new problems. It’s a way to … live with less regrets. “
Sometimes, no matter how well thought out or carefully crafted, they can give us tunnel vision, writes Grant. When we become open to new ideas, we see mistakes in these plans and can identify and prevent mistakes that we would likely make. (February; Vikings; $ 28)
Listen as you mean it
Reclaiming the lost art of true connection
From Ximena Vengoechea
We often tend to be hypocritical when it comes to listening. We get annoyed when someone doesn’t pay us full attention, but when someone else is telling a story, it’s okay if we check our phones while talking. Sometimes that’s okay, writes Ximena Vengoechea in Listen Like You Mean It. But sometimes not hearing can have serious consequences.
In her book, Vengoechea not only offers tips and tricks on how to listen more closely. it goes deeper. Vengoechea also covers how to deepen conversations, how to deal with them when they get tough, and how to get more out of them.
“When you’re tired of getting one-word answers from your partner, colleague, lover, or sibling, it’s time to ask a different type of question,” writes Vengoechea. “With connection questions we can go beyond the superficial and get to know our interlocutor much more deeply.” (March; portfolio; 27 USD)
The way of integrity
Find the way to your true self
From Martha Beck
Martha Beck writes in her new book how one finds happiness when one finds the way to integrity. This is because everything else suffers if we are not honest with ourselves.
“It’s likely because you’re divided internally,” writes Beck in The Way of Integrity. “This is what it feels like not to have integrity. All of these inner reactions affect our outer life. Since we cannot concentrate, our work suffers. Irritability and gloom make us bad company and weaken our relationships. ”
How do you find the path of integrity? Beck divides it into three phases in her book. The first is called “the dark wood of error” in which one feels lost, insecure and exhausted. Then there is the inferno of discovering the things that cause our suffering. One begins to heal in “purgatory”, where one begins to develop new behaviors that correspond to their inner truth. And finally there is a paradise in which one begins to live.
That may sound like a lot, but stick with it. Beck finds ways to make metaphorical sense. (April; penguin life; $ 26)
Your brain is always listening
Tame the hidden dragons that control your luck, your habits and your problems
From Dr. Daniel G. Amen
In your brain, the prolific Dr. Daniel G. Amen aims to teach readers how to tame what he calls mental dragons – how to put the bad in their place, and how to get the good to work for us. To explain how these dragons can work for or against us, Amen describes four circles of health and disease: biological, psychological, social and spiritual.
“When a circle is unhealthy, your brain is more likely to listen to your dragons from the past, others, and society, and then let them take control,” Amen writes.
If the dragon metaphor is too much for you, remember that Amen knows what he is talking about. The man has worked in brain health for 40 years.
“Over 175,000 brain scans later, it becomes even clearer that the problems we are treating are not psychological problems. It’s brain health problems that steal your mind, ”he writes. (March; Tyndale Momentum; $ 26)
The unconventional way to groundbreaking ideas
By Cyril Bouquet, Jean-Louis Barsoux and Michael Wade
Three professors from the Institute for Management Development have teamed up to write about foreign thinking. No, not the alien mindset. In this case, ALIEN stands for attention, levitation, imagination, experimentation and navigation. The acronym provides readers with a “framework … to overcome prejudice and mental models that can limit creativity or make a great idea fail.”
The book is designed to help leaders manage themselves and their thinking. The authors admit that managers were the focus in developing the plan, but they believe that their thinking model can work for anyone in any organization. They hope the book provides tools that work for readers when inspiration comes.
“With the ALIEN model, you can catalyze original thinking and accelerate your ability to recognize patterns and make the right mental connections,” writes the trio. (March; PublicAffairs; USD 28)
As strong as water
How I found the courage to lead with love in business and in life
By Laila Tarraf
After more than 25 years as a senior human resource manager at companies like Walmart, Peet’s Coffee and Tea and AllBirds, Laila Taraf learned a lot about what makes people tick and how to keep track of them. But when her husband died of an accidental drug overdose and she soon lost her parents, Tarraf was forced to examine a person she was not used to – herself.
In Strong Like Water, Tarraf tells her story of healing and looking deep inside. It wasn’t easy for her.
“I’ve used every coping mechanism in my well-stocked arsenal to divide myself into departments and separate myself from my fear,” writes Tarraf. “Unfortunately, there was still a lot of work to be done.”
Tarraf shows readers the processes she went through to find healing and courage. Strong as Water can be read like a memory, but Tarraf’s examples from real life can be comprehensible to readers from all walks of life. (April; she writes to the press; $ 17)
This article originally appeared in the March / April 2021 issue of SUCCESS magazine.
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Jesus Jimenez is a contributor to the Dallas Morning News. He eats, breathes and sleeps Texas Rangers baseball. He also loves to run, travel, and shop for cool socks.