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A 2021 Summer Reading List for our Times

Updated: Jun 25



As we enter out second pandemic summer, this reading list speaks to the issues of our times. While continuous learning is an ongoing theme of all my semi annual book lists, this summer it is front and centre with rock star psychologists Adam Grant’s most recent offering about knowing what we don’t know.


Fairness at work has been an overarching topic of late (finally), and Kim Scott’s anxiously awaited follow up to her wildly successful book Radical Candor treats this important topic with her usual directness and common sense. Remote work, now a mainstay for so many is brilliantly covered by a number of thoughtful and helpful voices in an accessible and always popular Harvard Business School Guide.


Canadian Dr Mary Donohue shares foundational and very timely communication tips with my top pick and we round out the list with well-timed entries on job search, business etiquette and optimism. And just in time for a summer of re-openings, Priya Parker’s lessons on gathering stand us all in good stead.


Have a great summer and happy reading.


  • Think Again, The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know by Adam Grant, 2021

  • Just Work, Get Sh*t Done Fast and Fair by Kim Scott, 2021

  • HBR Guide To Remote Work, Be More Productive, Set Boundaries, Connect With Your Team by Harvard Business Review, 2021

  • What Colour Is Your Parachute, Your Guide To a Lifetime of Meaningful Work and Career Success, 50th edition By Richard Boles, 2021

  • Message Received, Seven Steps to Breakdown Communication Barriers at Work by Dr. Mary Donohue, 2020 (My top pick!)

  • Business Etiquette, The Insiders Guide to Workplace Courtesy and Customs by Whalen Book Works, 2020

  • The Hope Circuit, A Psychologist's Journey from Helplessness to Optimism by Martin E. P. Seligman, 2018

  • The Art Of Gathering, How We Meet And Why It Matters by Priya Parker, 2018

  • Primal Leadership, Unleashing The Power Of Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee, 2013


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