1. “Connect First: 52 Simple Ways to Ignite Success, Meaning, and Joy at Work” by Melanie Katzman, McGraw-Hill Education

A renowned business psychologist, adviser and consultant to the world’s leading companies reveals the key to greater success, meaning and joy at work. Technology has enabled us to be more interconnected today than ever before.


2. “Chasing the Bright Side: Embrace Optimism, Activate Your Purpose, and Write Your Own Story” by Jess Ekstrom, Thomas Nelson

Entrepreneur and speaker Jess Ekstrom helps readers let go of cynicism and negativity and start viewing their challenges through the lens of opportunity and optimism, showing us how to start seeing the good in the world so that we can become the good in the world.

3. “Invested: Changing Forever the Way Americans Invest” by Charles Schwab, Currency

“To say Charles Schwab is an entrepreneur is an understatement. He really is a revolutionary.” — Phil Knight, co-founder of Nike, author of “Shoe Dog.” The founder of The Charles Schwab Corp. recounts his ups and downs as he made stock investing, once the expensive and clubby reserve of the few, accessible to ordinary Americans.

4. “Creative Calling: Establish a Daily Practice, Infuse Your World with Meaning and Succeed in Work + Life” by Chase Jarvis. HarperBusiness

The award-winning photographer and founder of CreativeLive shares how anyone — from a novice to a pro — can establish a creative practice and unleash that power for greater health, happiness and positive impact on career, hobby and life.

5. “Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us” by Daniel H. Pink, Riverhead

The author of the bestseller “A Whole New Mind” is back with a paradigm-changing examination of how to harness motivation to find greater satisfaction in life. This book of big ideas discusses the surest pathway to high performance, creativity and well-being.

6. “The Harder You Work, the Luckier You Get: An Entrepreneur’s Memoir” by Joe Ricketts, Simon & Schuster

Joe Ricketts, founder of TD Ameritrade, shares the epic inside story of how a working-class kid from the Nebraska prairie took on Wall Street’s clubby brokerage business, busted it open and walked away a billionaire.

7. “Swim!: How a Shark, a Suckerfish and a Parasite Teach You Leadership, Mentoring and Next Level Success” by Walter Bond, Wiley

A fascinating story about the power of networking, connection and mentorship. Written as an engaging parable, “Swim!” brings to life real-world challenges (and their solutions) and presents them in simple yet powerful terms.

8. “Don’t Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles — and All of Us” by Rana Foroohar, Currency

From an acclaimed Financial Times columnist and CNN analyst comes a penetrating indictment of how today’s biggest tech companies are hijacking data, livelihoods and people’s minds.

9. “The Longevity Economy: Unlocking the World’s Fastest-Growing, Most Misunderstood Market” by Joseph F. Coughlin

Oldness is a social construct at odds with reality. It constrains how we live after middle age and stifles business thinking on how to best serve a group of consumers, workers and innovators that is growing larger and wealthier with every passing day.

10. “The Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World” by Raj Sisodia, Michael J. Gelb, HarperCollins Leadership

In a world that urgently needs healing on many levels, this is a movement whose time has come. This book shows how it can be done, how it is being done and how you can begin to do it, too.

11. “The Rule: How I Beat the Odds in the Markets and in Life — and How You Can Too” by Larry Hite, McGraw-Hill Education

12. “Get Sht Done: The Ultimate Guide to Productivity, Procrastination and Profitability”

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13. “What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence” by Stephen A. Schwartzman, Avid Reader Press

14. “Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most” by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen, Penguin Books

15. “Customer of the Future: 10 Guiding Principles for Winning Tomorrow’s Business” by Blake Morgan, HarperCollins Leadership