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Employee’s Survival Guide to Change, by Jeffrey Hiatt (ISBN: 978-1930885202).  A complete guide to surviving and thriving during organizational change.
Disappearing Through the Skylight: Culture and Technology in the Twentieth Century, by O.B. Hardison, Jr. (ISBN: 978-0140115826). The key take away from this book is that is the recognition that when an entire culture understands something it becomes “invisible.” It doesn’t go away, it becomes intuitive, and it becomes culture.
Epic Change: How to Lead Change in the Global Age, by Timothy Clark (ISBN: 978-0470182550). Epic Change presents a strategic-level road map, along with tactical level tools, for the every-day needs of leaders who must respond to all types of adaptive challenge to remain competitive.
Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: The Bestselling Guide to Doing Business in More than 60 Countries, by Terri Morrison and Wayne Conaway (ISBN: 978-1593373689). This is an invaluable book for "doing well while doing good" in your intercultural relations, covering the protocols of appointments, business entertaining, greetings, forms of address, gestures, dress, and gifts in 60 of the nations you're most likely to be doing business.
Linked: How Everything is Connected to Everything Else and What it Means, by Albert-Laszlo Barabási (ISBN: 978-0452284395). The results of Barabási's research into the behavior of networks are deeply compelling. Not all networks are created equal, he says, and he shows how even fairly robust systems like the Internet could be crippled by taking out a few super-connected nodes, or hubs. His mathematical descriptions of this behavior are helping doctors, programmers, and security professionals design systems better suited to their needs
The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness, by Williams, Teasdale, Segal, and Kabat-Zinn (ISBN: 978-1593851286). This authoritative, easy-to-use self-help program is based on methods clinically proven to reduce the recurrence of chronic unhappiness.
Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10, by Marcus Luttrell (ISBN: 978-0316067607).  If you're looking for a true story that showcases both American heroism and Afghani humanity, Marcus Luttrell's Lone Survivor may be the book for you.
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”: A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity, by Beverly Daniel Tatum (ISBN: 978-0465083619). An insightful exploration of the varieties of Americans' experience with race and racism in everyday life.

 

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