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Executives stuck at home? Try these books and podcasts, says Smartsheet

With COVID 19 making dramatic shifts to everyone’s schedules, Smartsheet has republished a New Year list of recommended reading and podcasts for housebound executives.

A break in the routine can be a great opportunity to prepare for a stronger future, as Smartsheet notes.

Smartsheet’s top five are:

1. Connect First: 52 Simple Ways to Ignite Success, Meaning, and Joy at Work, by Melanie A. Katzman, PhD.

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. That’s a key reason to connect first. To gain an audience for your ideas, first capture your coworkers’ hearts. It’s a long-term investment in your reputation that extends beyond any job.”

2. The Technology Fallacy: How People Are the Real Key to Digital Transformation, by Gerald C. Kane, Anh Nguyen Phillips, Jonathan R. Copulsky, and Garth R. Andrus.

“Our research finds that the human and organisational aspects of digital transformation are often more important than the technological ones. In other words, effective digital transformation may not involve new technology at all.”

3. Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle, by Emily Nagoski, Ph.D., and Amelia Nagoski, DMA.

“This book is for any woman who has felt overwhelmed and exhausted by everything she had to do and yet still worried she was not doing ‘enough.’ Which is every woman we know—including us.”

4. Rise: 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, and Liking Your Life, by Patty Azzarello.

“No one cares how hard you work. It’s about results. Not taking vacations is not something to be proud of nor is it a precursor to great success. This is really only a sign of being so out of control at work that you are demonstrating you are someone who can’t plan and prepare enough to take a week off.”

5. From the CEO’s Perspective: Leadership in Their Own Words, by Teri Citterman.

“Today’s leaders have to do much more than just deal with the changes happening at breakneck speed. Leaders must anticipate change, plan for change, manage change, and — the hardest part of all — actually CHANGE while not missing a beat. And doing so gets more challenging every day.”

For the Smartsheet list of five “can’t miss” podcasts, click here.

“As you consider goals for 2020, whether you aim to stay relevant in the ever-changing age of technology, or want to continue to strengthen your leadership skills, books can be a valuable resource. And they can help you formulate feedback and constructive criticism, or even serve as a resource for a team member needing to grow in a certain area,” the collaboration platform publisher notes in its blog post.

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