The beginning of the New Year is a great moment to look into ourselves and resolve some changes in our lives. Many people make typical New Year’s resolutions – they promise themselves that they will finally start exercising and lose few pounds or that they won’t be drinking that much coffee. We are not big fans of such promises, because they are easily forgotten around February. What’s a better idea then? Simply read a good book and inspire yourself to take real actions, not in the first months of 2017, but in the long term. Here are our 4 best books in the subject of self-development – if you haven’t read them yet, it might be a great moment to do it!
1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This all-time classic holds timeless advice about social activities and it is really useful in your family and business life. If you’re thinking about improving your soft skills and becoming a better leader you should definitely read it. Many suggestions mentioned there might seem obvious, but the trick is to extract all this wisdom into our life. You can see the difference and make your friends, colleagues and business partners will feel more appreciated. This book was written in 1936, so it might look a little old-fashioned, but it actually convinced us, that some this didn’t change much.
2. Rework: Change the Way You Work Forever by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
Rework turns upside down thinking about business! The approach of this book is, “You need less than you think”. It reveals tricks how to be more productive, not to waste time on paperwork or meetings and how to stop talking and start working. It shows why planning is harmful and why it’s better to simply ignore the competition. It’s written with straightforward language, so you can easily read it in one evening. And we guarantee – you will be stunned by its simplicity!
3. Leadership: The Power of Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
Goleman is the renowned psychologist in the field of emotional intelligence. He has written many books about the importance of our emotions and this one concentrates on the role of emotions in the workplace. If you would like to inspire your coworkers and employees in the most effective way and you’re looking for innovations in your leadership, this might be a good read for you. Some may say there is nothing new or extraordinary in it, but we think that it has many valuable insights that should be taken into account.
4. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
It’s another all-time classic in our list and you’ve probably heard about it. If you didn’t read it yet, you should probably find some time and do it! This book presents an integrated approach into personal and professional issues connected with effectiveness. Multiple tips help to start managing your inner self and time, spent on unimportant activities. Covey reveals how to live happy, honest and productive life step-by-step.
Books we’ve mentioned here are only few basics from our office bookshelf. We have so much more to read in upcoming months, so we will keep you informed about our next choices! In the meantime you can check out our older blog post about a book “Test-driven development”.