Over the course of this week, we will be posting the shortlist selections for our 8 business book categories: General Business, Leadership, Management, Innovation/Creativity, Small Business/Entrepreneurship, Marketing/Sales, Personal Development, Finance. On Monday, December 16th, we'll announce the 8 category winners! In early January, the overall winner of the 2013 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards will be awarded, so stay tuned to The Daily Blog for all the good news.
The selections for the Personal Development category are:
- Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change by Shawn Achor, Crown Business
- Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman, Harper
- Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam Grant, Viking Books
- Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg, Knopf
- Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for Success by G. Richard Shell, Portfolio
The Personal Development category is very strong this year, and this shortlist could have easily been a 'long list.' This is a good problem to have, both for us as editors and for you as readers, because no matter what it is you do for your profession, the Personal Development category is your category. We all have sticking points, and these books offer solutions to the problems that might be holding you back from achieving the kind of success you've always dreamed about. That success isn't always about the job you do, either, it can be in the kind of life you lead. And, simply put, these books will all help you lead a better life once you partake of their particular wisdom. Lean In will inspire you to take a seat at the table, and not let opportunities pass you by (and no, Sandberg's advice is not only effective for women.) Give and Take will help you to identify whether you (and those around you) are a giver, a taker, or a matcher—knowledge that can lead to interpersonal breakthroughs. Before Happiness marks a shift in the usual message about achieving success: telling us that it takes some mental tending of the soil to grow happiness in our own garden, a happiness that precipitates our success. Of course, sometimes the issues we face aren't about happiness or relationships or assertiveness, but about getting your brain into a practice of getting things done, or as Daniel Goleman explains and encourages, learning to better Focus. And, ultimately, achieving success has to start with a solid understanding of what success really means to you, and G. Richard Shell's Springboard will give you all of the skills you need to launch yourself to the next level.