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Read to upgrade your skills

As we wait for normalcy to return to the workplace could be a good distraction and what’s better than reading?

Drishti Arora (t2 Intern) Published 01.06.21, 02:20 AM

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No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention by Erin Meyer and Reed Hastings

Netflix co-owner Reed Hastings with bestselling author of The Culture Map, Erin Meyers, gives his personal account of the evolution of Netflix in this book. Know about the success of one of the most iconic OTT platforms, Netflix. Hastings breaks the orthodox culture of a company’s working and instead reveals his focus on freedom and responsibility which helped Netflix transform and become innovative. Nominated as a 2020 Financial Times Business Book of the Year and a New York Times Bestseller, No Rules Rules contains over more than hundred interviews of present and past Netflix employees, their experience and untold stories of Hastings’s own career.


Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms by Shellye Archambeau

Learn practical strategies, tools and approaches that you can apply to establish a successful career, from this book. Discover Silicon Valley’s first female African-American CEO Shellye’s journey of risks, strategies and success. The book gives an account of her challenges as a young woman of colour. A truly inspiring book to help you achieve your professional as well as personal goals, learn how to be unapologetically ambitious!

Experimentation Works: The Surprising Power of Business Experiments by Stefan H. Thomke

Harvard Business School professor Stefan Thomke in this book shares exciting and deep insights for business experimentations. If you are someone who is ready to take risks, this book is perfect for you. Learn how to conduct experiments in your business organisation. Innovation leads to success, and as this book guides you through a new way of thinking, you will come across some informative and engaging stories from the world’s leading organisations.

No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram by Sarah Frier

There is no escaping Instagram in the urban capitals of the world. The visual platform has amassed a large user base, slowly evolving into a business platform for many. But what and how exactly did this fun and simple platform transform into a way of life? Award-winning reporter Sarah Frier shares some of the untold, behind-the-scenes stories of Instagram, in her book No Filter. As the name suggests, Frier doesn’t apply any filters to her story as is prevalent on the app. Get to know what goes on behind the app that you spend hours glued to every day.

How I Built This: The Unexpected Paths to Success from the World’s Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs by Guy Raz

If you plan to start your own business, then this book is a must-read! Award-winning journalist and NPR host Guy Raz has interviewed more than 200 successful entrepreneurs, like Lisa Price, founder of Carol’s daughter, Jim Koch of Sam Adams Brewery, Jen Rubio of Away, Joey Zwillinger and Tim Brown of AllBirds. Learn about business from scratch –– from starting your own business, raising money, recruiting employees, beating your competitors, and finally receiving a real earning. Based on one of the most notable NPS podcast, How I Built This can be your source of help and motivation.

Good Economics for Hard Times: Better Answers to Our Biggest Problems by Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee and Esther Duflo

There is no doubt that all of us are living in tough times. The problems are huge and finding solutions seem to be a much bigger problem. Nobel prize-winning economists Banerjee and Duflo share answers to the social and political problems around us in this book. Tackling issues like immigration and its supposed effects on lower-income group natives on a country, artificial intelligence and what to expect from it in the future, balance between economic growth and climate change, this book is of interest to all socially-conscious readers and not just economy enthusiasts.

Joy at Work: Organising Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo

Do you find work from home tiresome? Is it boring and demotivating? Find joy at your workplace with this book. A guide which will help you declutter your workspace and feel more organised. The book also helps you with conducting your meetings more effectively, organising your digital files and streamlining your time most effectively. It is time to enjoy your professional life in times where it seems to get merged with your personal life. Overcome the challenges and let happiness and success find you.

The Sialkot Saga by Ashwini Sanghi

This business thriller fiction depicts the story of two businessmen, Arvind and Arbaaz, who compete against each other. Even though it is a fiction, this novel helps you understand the competition in the business world and how it works. A story revolving around past and present, fact and fiction, business and politics, it will expand your horizon of knowledge and let you know how competition in business can lead you to success.

The Introvert’s Edge to Networking: Work the Room. Leverage Social Media. Develop Powerful Connections by Matthew Pollard

The title is sure to attract many people from the introvert club! Matthew Pollard, an introvert himself, breaks the myth of an introvert not being able to network. There is no rule that an extrovert can only be more successful by being outgoing. The book will guide you to overcome your fear and discomfort while networking and help you use your strengths. With real-life examples and his own research, Matthew proves how introverts too can create a powerful source of networking and flourish in business.

Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance by Erica Dhawan

With pandemic and turning to technology, understanding digital language can be difficult for some of who belong to the old school of thought. In her book Digital Body Language, Erica Dhawan enlightens us with some of the techniques on how to deal with large video conferences, daily emails and texts. Learn new signals and cues of online reading, phone and video calls, including thousands of emails. Replace the traditional body language and become tech-savvy at work to continue your business smoothly without any hassle.

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