Reading for pleasure, or reading to expand your mind? Why not both? Whether you’re brand new to the workplace or feel on top of your game, there’s a lot of fascinating books out there. Too many.
That’s why we are going to pick our top three non-fiction books every month that we loved, and think everyone should read. They’re not your average leadership books – you won’t find any books promising success here. However, we hope that they’ll make you think.
Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber
It’s certainly an attention-grabbing title! Graeber is an anthropologist who wrote an article about the rise of bullshit jobs that went viral. He went on to further elaborate on what a bullshit job actually is after research found that an alarming amount of people thought that not only was their job non-essential, but actually a waste of time.
Graeber looks at the whole structure of industry, from universal basic income to the 15 hour work week. It’s essential reading for anyone in the world of work.
Efficiency has come to mean vesting more and more power to managers, supervisors, and presumed ‘efficiency experts,’ so that actual producers have almost zero autonomyDavid Graeber
Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain
This book seeks to challenge the misconceptions around introversion and extroversion – and dismantle the cult of the personality where a loud, over-confident individual is seen as more competent and valued more.
Interestingly, from a business management perspective, quiet CEOs perform better. Quiet looks at the neuroscience behind introverts and champions the plight of introverts everywhere.
There’s zero correlation between the loudest talker and the best ideaSusan Cain
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
As diversity and inclusion become necessities in the workplace, we all need to confront our unconscious (and sometimes our conscious) biases. This New York Times best-seller looks at race-relations in the UK and is a must-read.
While Eddo-Lodge’s book doesn’t specifically deal with the workplace, it’s a good first step on everyone’s journey to be anti-racist. It will certainly give you food for thought.
The mess we are living in is a deliberate one. If it was created by people, it can be dismantled by people, and it can be rebuilt in a way that serves all, rather than a selfish, hoarding fewReni Eddo-Lodge