There are many reasons why I loathe the dreaded small talk question, “So, what do you do?” A question I usually pose instead is, “Have you read anything good lately?” Or, “What are your reading now?” This question works for me because I am genuinely interested in finding out what great books, articles or blogs others are reading. It also shifts the emphasis of the conversation away from me/you to the ideas of others. So in that same spirit, I’m starting a new (hopefully recurring) series of posts on what I’m reading now. Most of what I read is driven by what I am curious about, so I’m calling this my Curiosity Shelf.
Pink, Daniel H. When : the Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. Riverhead Books, 2018.
So much of my work is cyclical, driven by the semester schedule. My day is series of routine, oft repeated events. Why not pause to reflect on why we do things when we do them. Maybe there’s a better way or to take Pink’s advice, a better when.
Hauser, Fran. The Myth of the Nice Girl : Achieving a Career You Love without Becoming a Person You Hate. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018.
Harvard Business Review. Women at Work: Conversations about the workplace, and women’s place in it. HBR Podcasts, 2018. https://hbr.org/2018/01/podcast-women-at-work
I’m a woman. I’m a working woman. I’m a career-driven, working woman. I’m a career-driven, working woman in a female dominated profession. I’m a career-driven, working woman in a female dominated profession in an industry predominantly led by men. There are a lot of roles for me to navigate. These experts bring good research to light.
Hansen, Morten T. Great at Work : How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More. First Simon & Schuster hardcover ed., Simon & Schuster, 2018.
This book taps into the two themes from the other books on my shelf right now: time and work. We all have the same amount of time to use every day. How can we use that time wisely and well? How can I help others think about using their time well? Hansen offers us insights through true life stories of some of the greatest performers from a wide variety of professions.
So, what’s on your shelf? Please share it with me in the comments!