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7 Books You Should Read ASAP

7 Books You Should Read ASAP

The IntelAgree team isn’t kidding around when it comes to books. We’re always reading something, and we love to talk about the latest thing that inspired us. And now we’re sharing it out! Without further ado, here are the latest books our team recommends.

David Hull – Chief Executive Officer

David’s book: Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott

What it’s about: This guide for effective management is based on the simple idea that to be a good boss, one must care on a personal level and also challenge employees directly.

David’s biggest takeaway: If you ask for and get criticism, feedback, or guidance from your employees, they’ll be more open to receiving it from you.

David says: The book holds great real-world examples, and there’s a blog that goes along with it too.

Who should read it: Anyone in leadership.

Rick Lloyd, VP of Sales

Rick’s book: Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins

What it’s about (from Amazon): For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare — poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world’s top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events, inspiring Outside magazine to name him “The Fittest (Real) Man in America.”

Rick’s biggest takeaway: “The harder you try, the harder life becomes—to your benefit.” Life is really, really tough, and people need to embrace that.

Rick says: I’m not typically a self-help book reader, but I loved this audiobook and the workbook activities. It’s helped me to take more accountability, visualize success, and accomplish more than I thought I could possibly handle.

Who should read it: Anyone who wants to achieve more in life.

Evan O’Conner, Director of Sales

Evan’s book: Behind the Cloud by Marc Benioff

What it’s about (from Amazon): Salesforce founder, chairman, and CEO Marc Benioff shares how salesforce.com survived the dotcom explosion of 2001, and defined itself as the leader of the cloud computing revolution, sparking a $46-billion dollar industry.

Evan’s biggest takeaway: This book inspires you to throw out the rule book, disrupt a massive industry, and build a company with a focused vision. It’s insanely practical and tactical, with ideas and strategies you can implement right away.

Who should read it: Anyone who’s starting a company or part of a startup.

Evan’s book: Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies by Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh

What it’s about (from Amazon): Hoffman and Yeh reveal how to navigate the necessary shifts and weather the unique challenges that arise at each stage of a company’s life cycle, such as: how to design business models for igniting and sustaining relentless growth; strategies for hiring and managing; how the role of the founder and company culture must evolve as the business matures, and more.

Evan’s biggest takeaway: The two biggest growth limiters for blitzscaling businesses are product-to-market fit and operational scalability.

Evan says: It’s a refreshing perspective on the world of startups. It feels very professional and balanced, unlike the usual hyped-up but unfocused startup advice.

Who should read it: Anyone who’s starting a company or part of a startup.

Kyle Myers, Director of Professional Services

Kyle’s book: A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas by Warren Berger

What it’s about (from Amazon): By showing how to approach questioning with an open, curious mind and a willingness to work through a series of “Why,” “What if,” and “How” queries, Berger offers an inspiring framework of how we can all arrive at better solutions, fresh possibilities, and greater success in business and life.

Kyle’s biggest takeaway: We should never stop questioning, but we should stop to ask if we’re asking the best possible questions.

Kyle says: As a parent, I’m sometimes frustrated when my son asks incessant questions. But I oddly admire that he doesn’t just ask “why,” he tries to connect the dots and dig deeper. Reading this book reminded me that it’s my job to help him ask the right questions. When I really listen and seek to understand, we both end up happier.

Asking questions and being curious are the most basic of instincts. But somewhere along the way, they’re lost when our classrooms are too full, our lives are too busy, and so much information is just a Google search away. This book helped remind me that we should always be cultivating a culture of curiosity.

Who should read it: Business leaders involved with strategic thinking, organizational design, professional services, and analysis of any kind. Also, any parent of a child old enough to ask “why!”

Sarah McNulty, Product Designer

Sarah’s book: Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

What it’s about: Shoe Dog is Phil Knight’s memoir; the book takes you through the history of Nike.

Sarah’s biggest takeaway: Phil’s story shows that if you have a dream, and make every decision in service of that dream, anything is possible.

Sarah says: Phil’s tenacity, commitment, sacrifice, and whit are inspiring and entertaining. He tells a story full of dynamic, interesting characters who overcome obstacles again and again.

Who should read it: Anyone who’s interested in business, startups, retail, sports, shoes, or compelling human stories.

Sarah’s book: Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

What it’s about: Two Stanford University Design professors use proven design thinking techniques like prototyping and mind-mapping to walk the reader through designing a happier life.

Sarah’s biggest takeaway: Getting to the root of what brings you joy in life (or puts you into a flow state) allows you to explore career or life options you may not have previously considered.

Sarah says: I love my field and my job, so I wasn’t looking for help there. What I did take advantage of was its focus on life balance. One of the early exercises is evaluating the current state of your health, work, play, and love areas. This book provides practical, exercise-based guidance on how to make it happen.

Who should read it: Anyone who’s in school, early in their career, considering a career change, or interested in introspection and self/life improvement.

Are we missing anything? Tell us what you think we should read next!

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