Everyone knows that you need to work hard to achieve your goals. But here’s the thing—hard work isn’t enough. Without a thoughtful strategy, you’re just signing up for a miserable, unproductive slog. So to make the most of your efforts and learn the secrets of working smarter, check out the three brainy new books below.
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The Smart Mission: NASA’s Lessons for Managing Knowledge, People, and Projects
By Edward J. Hoffman, Matthew Kohut, and Laurence Prusak
This paradigm-shifting book—by three project management experts, all of whom have decades of experience at NASA and elsewhere—challenges the conventional wisdom on project management, focusing on the human dimension: learning, collaboration, teaming, communication, and culture. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-author Edward J. Hoffman, in the Next Big Idea App
Mindreader: The New Science of Deciphering What People Really Think, What They Really Want, and Who They Really Are
By David J. Lieberman
Tired of guessing what they’re really thinking? Read people in every situation—in person, on a screen, or in writing—using the new science of psycholinguistics, from a New York Times bestselling author and consultant to the FBI, CIA, and NSA. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author David Lieberman, in the Next Big Idea App
Both/And Thinking: Embracing Creative Tensions to Solve Your Toughest Problems
By Wendy Smith and Marianne Lewis
Filled with practical advice and fascinating stories—including firsthand tales from IBM, LEGO, and Unilever, as well as from startups, nonprofits, and even an inn at one of the four corners of the world—Both/And Thinking will change the way you approach your most vexing problems. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-authors Wendy Smith and Marianne Lewis, in the Next Big Idea App
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