FastCompany™ list of ten best business and productivity books of 2015

FastCompany™ list of ten best business and productivity books of 2015

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Title: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

New York Times Bestseller - Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Audible and Amazon In Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley's most audacious entrepreneur. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family and friends, the book traces the entrepreneur's journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world. Vance spent more than 30 hours in conversation with Musk and interviewed close to 300 people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk's world-changing companies: PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity, and to characterize a man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation while making plenty of enemies along the way. Vance uses Musk's story to explore one of the pressing questions of our time: can the nation of inventors and creators which led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk--one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history--is a contemporary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.
Author(s): Ashlee Vance
ISBN 13: 9780062301239
Pages: 400
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Title: The Great Beanie Baby Bubble

The best-selling author of Debt-Free U traces the Beanie Babies consumer craze of the 1990s, drawing on hundreds of interviews to document the line's spectacular rise and fall. 50,000 first printing. Illustrations.
Author(s): Zac Bissonnette
ISBN 13: 9781591846024
Pages: 272
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Title: Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits--to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life

Gretchen Rubin's answer: through habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives. So if habits are a key to change, then what we really need to know is: How do we change our habits? Better than Before answers that question. It presents a practical, concrete framework to allow readers to understand their habitsand to change them for good. Infused with Rubins compelling voice, rigorous research, and easy humor, and packed with vivid stories of lives transformed, Better than Before explains the (sometimes counter-intuitive) core principles of habit formation. Along the way, Rubin uses herself as guinea pig, tests her theories on family and friends...
Author(s): Gretchen Rubin
ISBN 13: 9780385348638
Pages: 320
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Title: Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It

Too many people believe that if they keep their heads down and work hard, they'll be recognized as experts on the merits of their work. But that's simply not true anymore. To make a name for yourself, you have to capitalize on your unique perspective and knowledge and inspire others to listen and take action. But becoming a "thought leader" is a mysterious and opaque process. Where do the ideas come from, and how do they get noticed? Dorie Clark explains how to identify the ideas that set you apart and promote them successfully. The key is to recognize your own value, cultivate your expertise, and put yourself out there. Featuring vivid examples and drawing on interviews with Seth Godin, Dan Pink, David Allen, Robert Cialdini, and other thought leaders, Clark teaches ...
Author(s): Dorie Clark
ISBN 13: 9781591847403
Pages: 224
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Title: Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!

In author Nicholas Carlson's capable hands, this riveting book captures Mayer's rise and Yahoo's missteps as a dramatic illustration of what it takes to grab the brass ring in Silicon Valley.
Author(s): Nicholas Carlson
ISBN 13: 9781455556618
Pages: 368
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Title: Becoming Steve Jobs

But this book is different from all the others. Becoming Steve Jobs takes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about Steve Jobs.
Author(s): Brent Schlender
ISBN 13: 9780385347402
Pages: 464
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Title: Black Box Thinking: Why Most People Never Learn from Their Mistakes--But Some Do

So why don't we all embrace the aviation approach to failure rather than the health-care approach? As Matthew Syed shows in this eye-opening book, the answer is rooted in human psychology and organizational culture.
Author(s): Matthew Syed
ISBN 13: 9781591848226
Pages: 336
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Title: The Effective Engineer

Introducing The Effective Engineer--the only book designed specifically for today's software engineers, based on extensive interviews with engineering leaders at top tech companies, and packed with hundreds of techniques to accelerate your ...
Author(s): Edmond Lau
ISBN 13: 9780996128100
Pages: 260
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Title: Humans Are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will

What hope will there be for us when computers can drive cars better than humans, predict Supreme Court decisions better than legal experts, identify faces, scurry helpfully around offices and factories, even perform some surgeries, all faster, more reliably, and less expensively than people? Its easy to imagine a nightmare scenario in which computers simply take over most of the tasks that people now get paid to do. While well still need high-level decision makers and computer developers, those tasks wont keep most working-age people employed or allow their living standard to rise. The unavoidable questionwill millions of people lose out, unable to best the machine?is increasingly dominating business, education, economics, and policy. The bestselling author of Talent Is Overrated explains how the skills the economy values are changing in historic ways. The abilities that will prove most essential to our success are no longer the technical, classroom-taught left-brain skills that economic advances have.....
Author(s): Geoff Colvin
ISBN 13: 9781591847205
Pages: 256
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Title: Do Over

Presents advice on developing the personal resources needed to have a satisfying career and navigate career changes, discussing the need to form good relationships, invest in learning new skills, maintain personal ethics, and learn the art ...
Author(s): Jon Acuff
ISBN 13: 9781591847618
Pages: 256
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