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Gender Intelligence: Breakthrough Strategies for Increasing Diversity and Improving Your Bottom Line

Barbara Annis and Keith Merron

A must read for any business leader trying to promote gender parity, Gender Intelligence exposes the critical blind spots and communication gaps between men and women in the workplace. Annis and Merron introduce the concept of Gender Intelligence – an informed appreciation of the innate differences between the sexes – using brain science and decades of experience to explain why women are leaving their employers. The book provides a comprehensive framework for building an engaging work culture that values the unique talents and contributions of both genders.

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The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t

Robert I. Sutton, PhD

This eye-opening guide for spotting and weeding out workplace bullies, tyrants, and jerks offers practical strategies for eliminating toxic behavior that disengages and demoralizes employees. Based on Sutton’s Harvard Business Review article about the damage “assholes” cause in in their companies, The No Asshole Rule is both straightforward and entertaining; a refreshing primer on setting standards for acceptable behavior at all organizational levels.  

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Powerful Leadership: How to Unleash the Potential in Others and Simplify Your Own Life

Eric G. Stephan and R. Wayne Pace

Stephan and Pace pack a ton of insights and actionable lessons into Powerful Leadership’s 200 pages. The book’s primary message is one of empathy in leading others through what the authors call cohort leadership. This model correctly states that true leaders derive and exercise their power through nurturing trustful, supportive, and reciprocal relationships with employees, rather than by asserting authority or threatening punishment. New and seasoned managers will greatly benefit from adding this book to their shelves. 

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The Employee Experience Advantage: How to Win the War for Talent by Giving Employees the Workspaces They Want, the Tools They Need, and a Culture They Can Celebrate

Jacob Morgan

With research on over 250 companies, Morgan skillfully breaks down the formula for creating an engaged workforce by introducing and defining the concept of employee experience. His model in The Employee Experience Advantage is simple: partner with employees to design your organization’s technology, physical workspace, and culture, thereby building an environment where people want to vs. need to work. The appendix even includes an assessment for leaders to determine where their organization falls on the employee experience scale so they can take immediate steps toward improvement.