10 Most-Anticipated Books of 2018

I love books. One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to read 100 books. (I probably read around this every year but I’ve never tracked it…this year I will.) So naturally, one of the first things I wanted to do in the new year is assemble a reading list of sorts. I’ve read a few of these already in their advance copy form, but I’m looking forward to seeing all of these in print this year.

Below are the 10 books publishing in 2018 that I am most looking forward to (in order of release date):

When by Daniel Pink (January 9). We know that so much of success come down to timing, but we don’t really know that much about timing. Luckily, Pink has put together a great primer on the science of when to do what.

Powerful by Patty McCord (January 9). I’m obviously a fan of many of Netflix’s people practices, so I can hardly wait for a book by the women who wrote many of them.

Herding Tigers by Todd Henry (January 16). Managing creative teams is as easy as herding cats….cats that can also maul you. Luckily, Henry shows how to unleash (but direct) the brilliance of creative teammates.

Big Potential by Shawn Achor (January 30). What Achor did for understanding happiness, he’s now doing for the success and achievement.

Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuk (January 30). I’ll be honest, I owe a lot of my initial motivation to build a platform to Gary Vee’s original book, and so I’m looking forward to seeing the collection of equally motivated success stories captured here.

Great At Work by Morten Hansen (January 30). A five-year study of what separates peak performers from everyday employees. What Jim Collins does for organizational performance, Hansen’s research is doing for individual performance.

In Defense of Troublemakers by Charlan Nemeth (March 20). I’ve loved Nemeth’s research and written about it since before my first book. I’m so excited to see her release a trade book version of her ideas on the power of dissent.

New Power by Jeremy Heimans Henry Timms (April 3). Their article years ago in HBR is still one of my favorites, the book unpacking the power of movements will undoubtedly be as well.

Friend Of A Friend by David Burkus (May 1). Okay. This one is my own, so of course I’m anticipating it. But if you wished you could have the benefits of networking without all the meeting strangers at cocktail parties…this is your book.

Build An A-Team by Whitney Johnson (May 1). The mind who brought disruptive innovation to thinking about our own careers now shows managers how to use the same learning curve to build a winning team.

I’m sure there will be more, but this should keep my first half of the year full. I hope you’ll join me and boosting your reading this year and leveling up your thinking.

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