This week my TBR list is actually better defined as my half-read, need-to-finish list!

Making Work Humanby Eric Mosley and Derk Irvine.  This book was a promo sent to me and I am about one chapter in. It covers the human side of business and, considering the impact COVID had in workplaces around the world, how to keep in touch with the human side of the workplace. I don’t expect this book to change my world, but I am looking for a few small pick ups such as, “The creative collisions that spark innovations are fed by differences in your workforce, not just similarities…how are your employees supposed to innovate if they all see each problem from the same perspective?”

What You Don’t Know About How Others See You by Ann Demaris and Valerie White. This book was referenced in an article and the title caught my interest. In the introduction alone the book already provided some thoughts about how I may be intending to come across one way but being perceived as the opposite. Another one that may not shake the earth, but will provide opportunities for self assessment.

No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer. Netflix is known for it’s culture of openness and productivity.  They pay a severance for unhappy employees to quit. They share their earnings with every employee before they share it with the investors. They had to lay off a significant portion of their workforce when Blockbuster didn’t buy them and instead of it slowing them down it was the trigger to more creativity. Why do these tactics, which are counter to what traditional businesses do, work for Netflix? This book has already provided stories of real situations and interviews with current and former Netflix employees…and it has already got me thinking of how to improve transparency and creativity in my work.

Raising Worry-Free Girls: Helping Your Daughter Feel Braver, Stronger, and Smarter in an Anxious World by Sissy Goff. Although I’m only halfway through this book after three months of reading it, it’s my favorite on the list. I am learning that some books are not meant to be read in digital format and I think that’s why this one is taking me so long to read! The author has shared where anxiety comes from and how to help your daughter (and I think it also can be helpful for your son and yourself!) overcome the “Worry Monster” who is telling her lies about what could happen. I have recommended this to no fewer than five friends and I’m not even done yet — I have a feeling I’ll be singing the praises of this book for a while (and maybe give it a real review when I finally finish it; hopefully it won’t take 4 more months!).

Nancy Drew: The Bungalow Mystery by Carolyn Keene. I recall my oldest sister having a shelf full of yellow-spined hardback Nancy Drew books. I never read any of them. My daughter enjoys mysteries and so we started reading these books together a few months ago, this one is number three where Nancy’s friend’s guardians may be trying to steal the friend’s inheritance. I expect some danger, some secret staircases, and Nancy saving the day.  This is the only one on the list I have yet to start and I am looking forward to the comfortable characters and the (slightly predictable) mystery.

What are you reading this week? And do you also have a pile of half read books on your list? No? Just me then. 😉

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