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7 Books Sheryl Sandberg Recommend You To Read (Only If You Want To Succeed At Work)

7 Books Sheryl Sandberg Recommend You To Read (Only If You Want To Succeed At Work)

As the chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg has become a national leader. Here are the seven books that Sandberg recommends – a surprising mix of fiction, fact and more. Of course, you can also read her 2013 book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.”

1. A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen

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    Quote: ““You cannot be really first-rate at your work if your work is all you are.”

    This book of stories is a perfect read for those going through a milestone in life. Often given as a graduation present, Quindlen’s book prompts us to consider think through each moment. Work matters and it is only one part of a full and happy life. We all need inspiration to get through life’s difficult moments – this is a great book for those times.

    Buy A Short Guide To A Happy Life on Amazon

    2. Bossypants by Tina Fey

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      Quote: ““Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss. Or they won’t. Who cares? Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.”

      As one of the world’s most successful comedians, Tina Fey’s memoir makes for a great read. For fans of the “30 Rock” show, reading this book will give you the inside story behind making the program. Fey also shares insights and commentary on beauty and what it means to be a woman in modern America. The book is also incredibly funny with many great moments (the honeymoon story on the cruise ship comes to mind).

      Buy Bossypants on Amazon

      3. Conscious Business: How to Build Value Through Values by Fred Kofman

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        Quote: “To change a culture, the leaders have to change the messages people receive about what they must do to fit in. When people understand that there are new requirements for belonging, they adjust their behavior accordingly.”

        Kofman’s book inspires business owners, entrepreneurs and the rest of us about the importance of leadership. Based on his research and work as a consultant, Kofman shares exercises and activities designed to help leaders improve their organizations. Those looking for an easy read will need to go elsewhere. Kofman describes his program as comparable to running a marathon.

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        Buy Conscious Business on Amazon

        4. Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood by Michael Lewis

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          Quote: ““Memory loss is the key to human reproduction. If you remembered what new parenthood was actually like you wouldn’t go around lying to people about how wonderful it is, and you certainly wouldn’t ever do it twice.”

          Michael Lewis is best known for his gripping books that explore the financial industry (“The Big Short” and “Boomerang” are my two favourites). In this book, Lewis explores the family through the perspective of fatherhood. It’s a new perspective on family that shows just how much children change your life. The book has three sections that comment on each of his children. Oddly, there is not much discussion of Lewis’s wife in the book. If you’re seeking a novel gift for Father’s Day, this is the book for you.

          Buy Home Game on Amazon

          5. Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton PhD

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          Now Discover Your Strengths

            Quote: ““At an early age, you started hearing it: It’s a virtue to be “well-rounded.”… They might as well have said : Become as dull as you possibly can be.”

            Where exactly should we focus our efforts at work? Common wisdom suggests that we ought to focus on fixing our weaknesses. In this groundbreaking book, the authors point out that there are far greater results to be had from a focus on your strengths. Knowing yourself and your strengths is essential to becoming successful in business. Not sure what your strengths are? Read “StrengthsFinder 2.0” and take the online test that comes with the book.

            Buy Now Discover Your Strengths on Amazon

            6. Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution by Caroline Weber

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              Quote: “This ornamentation impressed upon all viewers their king’s ability to channel limitless resources into his own, and his family’s, supreme glorification.”

              Like it or note, clothes matter. What you wear to the office shapes how you are perceived. Caroline Weber explains how Queen Marie-Antoinette expressed her power through clothing. What the Queen wore to events mattered; her decisions on which clothes to buy could also make or break careers. As a long time student of history, we have much to learn from works of scholarship. If you are working to develop your personal style, you can learn a great deal from this 18th century Queen.

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              Buy Queen of Fashion on Amazon

              7. The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

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                Quote: ““A startup is a human institution designed to create a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty.”

                The Lean Startup has become the Bible of 21st century startup companies. Small companies that rapidly build products and innovate based on customer feedback are often inspired by this book. Companies that use the book’s methodology include Dropbox, Votizen (now called Brigade) and Grockit. If you want to start a company and achieve results fast, this is the book for you.

                Buy The Lean Startup on Amazon

                Featured photo credit: Sheryl Sandberg/Wikimedia Commons via commons.wikimedia.org

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                How to Overcome Boredom

                How to Overcome Boredom

                Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

                I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

                If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

                What is Boredom?

                We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

                You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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                It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

                If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

                When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

                Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

                If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

                Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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                Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

                In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

                It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

                Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

                Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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                In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

                3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

                1. Get Focused

                Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

                You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

                Here are a few ideas:

                • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
                • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
                • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

                2. Kill Procrastination

                Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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                So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

                Here are some ideas:

                • Do some exercise.
                • Read a book.
                • Learn something new.
                • Call a friend.
                • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
                • Do a spring cleaning.
                • Wash the car.
                • Renovate the house.
                • Re-arrange the furniture.
                • Write your shopping list.
                • Water the plants.
                • Walk the dog.
                • Sort out your mail & email.
                • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

                3. Enjoy Boredom

                If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

                Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

                So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

                Final Thoughts

                Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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