Review from Book Depository:
From Kim Scott, author of the revolutionary New York Times bestseller Radical Candor, comes Just Work: Get it Done, Fast and Fair - how we can recognize, attack and eliminate workplace injustice - and transform our careers and organizations in the process.
We - all of us - consistently exclude, underestimate and under-utilize huge numbers of people in the workforce even as we include, overestimate and promote others, often beyond their level of competence. Not only is this immoral and unjust, it's bad for business. Just Work is the solution.
Just Work is Kim Scott's new book, revealing a practical framework for both respecting everyone's individuality and collaborating effectively. This is the essential guide leaders and their employees need to create more just workplaces and establish new norms of collaboration and respect.
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Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
I will answer the question, but first I’d like to propose a new smart thinking category: fiction. Mostly when I read, I read novels. I believe novels allow us to enter into the minds of others, building our capacity for compassion and creating a space for us to connect with others. Novels have made me a better human being. Some of my favorites include The Color Purple by Alice Walker, The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies, Middlemarch by George Elliot, Orlando by Virginia Woolf, The Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.
My favorite smart thinking book is Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daneiel Kahneman, This book is brilliant in its ability to help us come to grips with the fact that we are not as rational as we imagine we are. It helps us to name the different kinds of bias the skew our decisions so that we can think more clearly.
Review From Book Depository: Why is there more chance we'll believe something if it's in a bold type face? Why are judges more likely to deny parole before lunch? Why do we assume a good-looking person will be more competent? The answer lies in the two ways we make choices: fast, intuitive thinking, and slow, rational thinking.
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Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi was a book I read when I started writing Just Work. This is an absolutely brilliant book that profoundly shaped the way I think. Kendi points out that “denial is the heartbeat of racism.” He also offers excellent strategies for becoming more aware. His book and Kahneman’s book actually make a fascinating pairing.
Review from Book Depository:
In this rousing and deeply empathetic book, Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracism Research and Policy Center, shows that when it comes to racism, neutrality is not an option: until we become part of the solution, we can only be part of the problem.
Using his extraordinary gifts as a teacher and story-teller, Kendi helps us recognise that everyone is, at times, complicit in racism whether they realise it or not, and by describing with moving humility his own journey from racism to antiracism, he shows us how instead to be a force for good. Along the way, Kendi punctures all the myths and taboos that so often cloud our understanding, from arguments about what race is and whether racial differences exist to the complications that arise when race intersects with ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality.
In the process he demolishes the myth of the post-racial society and builds from the ground up a vital new understanding of racism - what it is, where it is hidden, how to identify it and what to do about it.
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In this award-winning young adult series from Madeleine L'Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, Vicky Austin experiences the difficulties and joys of growing up.
These are Vicky Austin's thoughts as she stands near Commander Rodney's grave while her grandfather, who himself is dying of cancer, recites the funeral service.
Watching his condition deteriorate over that long summer is almost more than she can bear. Then, in the midst of her struggle, she finds herself the center of attention for three young men. Leo, Commander Rodney's son, turns to her as an old friend seeki comfort but longing for romance. Zachary, whose attempted suicide inadvertently cauesd Commander Rodney's death, sees her as the one sane and normal person who can give some meaning ot his life. And Adam, a serious young student working at the nearby marine-biology station, discovers Vicky, his friend's little sister, incipient telepathic powers that can help him with his experiments in dolphin communications.
Vicky finds solace and brief moments of peace in her poetry, but life goes on around her, and the strain intensifies as she confromts matters of love and of death, of dependence and of responsibility, universal concerns that we all must face. The inevitable crisis comes and Vicky must rely on openness, sensitivity, and the love of others to overcome her private grief.
Once again, Madeleine L'Engle has written a story that reveals in the drama of vividly portrayed characters and events the spiritual and moral dimensions of common human experiences.
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Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
I love listening to audiobooks. I always thought of myself as a visual learner but I find that I understand a book in new ways when I listen to it. Also I can listen while I drive or weed or do the dishes. Especially when my children were very young and time was a precious resource.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
I love the Linden Tree book shop in Los Altos. It’s a children’s book shop and in the before times my husband and I would take the kids there almost every weekend to discover new books. It reminded me of a book shop called Pinocchio’s I used to go to as a child. I recall a sign over the register with the quote from Emily Dickinson, “There is no frigate like a book.” I always felt free and adventurous when I was in a book store as a child.
Smart Thinking Books was born to shine a spotlight on books that can fuel your mind! Many smart thinking books have changed the way I look at the world for the better, so I started this site to help spread the word. - Daryl Feehely
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