As we get closer to summer, I wanted to share some books that I’ve read recently/am currently reading. They’re not what you would call “beach reads,” but I’ve found them helpful both professionally and personally. Have a marketing, management or fun book you’d like to recommend? Please let me know with a comment or send me a message @cecileoreste.

Radical Candor: Be A Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott

Radical Candor Book CoverKim Scott previously worked at Apple and Google, plus ran her own software start-up in Silicon Valley. I’ve always been fascinated by the tech industry and their work culture so this book very much interested me. The title also spoke to me as I continue to work on improving my management skills. I’m still reading it and have enjoyed it so far, but can picture people reading this book and thinking, “there’s no way I could do that in my organization.”

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton & Sheila Heen

Difficult Conversations book coverAt times, it felt like the constructive criticism I was giving wasn’t sticking. I suspected that I wasn’t being direct enough so sought out this book for tips on how to approach these “difficult conversations.” The advice in this book is not just helpful in the workplace, but also provides a good framework for solving relationship problems. The 10th anniversary edition also includes an updated section called “Answers to Ten Questions People Ask,” which addresses many of the questions the authors were asked after the book first came out.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Essentialism Book CoverThis has been one of the most helpful books I’ve read all year. In a nut shell, it recommends only focusing on tasks and responsibilities that contribute to your goals. As someone who loves checking things off a to do list, this was a radical way of thinking. It’s something I still struggle to implement particularly at work, but I have become more mindful of this concept which has had a positive impact on my personal life.

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