Own It: The Power of Women at Work by Sallie Krawcheck
It’s a known fact that women are at the receiving end in the corporate world as they are being compared, judged and perceived in their abilities to match up to their male counterparts. Krawcheck begins her narrative from this point and urges women to knock off the corporate norms that conspicuously tilt towards the males. In her book, drawing examples from own her experiences as a corporate executive and entrepreneur, she emphasises that women must embrace their uniqueness rather than being dictated by parameters set on pre-conceived notions. It’s a must-read book for women as well as men to understand how best one can harness the amazing potential in women.
Getting to ‘Yes And’: The Art of Business Improv by Bob Kulhan with Chuck Crisafulli,
Kulhan’s ‘Yes And’ instantly strikes the right notes with the readers by providing a clear insight of the corporate work culture and wonderfully explicating why and how ‘improv’ procures the best result. He focuses on building a culture of trust, taking others into consideration and watching one’s own as well as the team’s actions. He puts forth an apparently simple yet effective solution to accomplish this goal. He says that by adopting the ‘yes, and’ approach one can overcome the barriers of the mind, personal inhibitions and train one’s mind to be creative and ready to adapt to changes. The take-away for readers is learning the art of improvisation by saying no to ‘Yes but’ and yes to ‘Yes and’.
Reach: A New Strategy to Help You Step Outside Your Comfort Zone, Rise to the Challenge, and Build Confidence by Andy Molinsky
What makes some of us emerge as leaders is the drive to head towards a path that is unfamiliar and poses hidden challenges. According to Molinsky, most people are bound by the fear of the unknown and hence prefer to stick to their comfort zone. The writer however desists from suggesting that we emulate the action that others found successful, but lays down concrete steps that would help us beat the blues of treading the uncharted territory. He pinpoints our ‘avoidance tendencies’ and provides the three C’s namely Clarity, Conviction, and Customization to close the ‘gap in our behavioural style’ and emerge more confident.