There’s a reason businesses around the world are constantly looking for inspiration from adventure stories. Starting a company, climbing the corporate ladder, pushing your skills every day–it’s all the makings of a hero story. And that ideology transforms the business world into an ever-evolving landscape, with epic new tales of underdogs and industry giants spun every day.
Or something like that.
Whether you just love a good book, learn best from reading, or prefer to keep tabs on how your own professional world is spinning, here are a few of the most exciting titles coming out this month:
1) Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad by Austin Kleon
Out April 2, 2019
From the mind behind the wildly popular Steal Like an Artist comes a new handbook for continuing to create when life gets rough, aptly titled Keep Going.
Kleon digs into productivity tenets that apply to anyone looking to keep going regardless of the industry, offering tips on how to stay focused or do work that leaves the world better than you found it. Perhaps the most valuable is Kleon’s suggestion to recognize when you need to rest and just turn on airplane mode—not every moment should be about producing, anyway.
2) Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall
Out April 2, 2019
Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall are here to wreck your expectations of showing up for work. Each of the titular nine lies tackles one of the most commonly held assumptions around doing work and breaks down why it actually doesn’t help us accomplish anything. The authors then go on to explain why leaders who are able to break free of these “lies,” a group they call freethinkers, can help craft the world of work into what it should be, rather than what it is perceived as.
3) WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game by Abby Wambach
Out April 9, 2019
Inspired by her viral 2018 commencement speech to Barnard College’s graduates in New York City, Wambach’s latest is a call to action for working women all over the world to unleash their inner power and unite as a force together. A former Women’s FIFA World Champion, Wambach imparts lessons on individual empowerment in addition to leading a team toward an impactful future.
4) Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Alan Eagle
Out April 16, 2019
The same team that brought you How Google Works has written a follow-up detailing some of their best lessons with fond reverence for the man who taught them—Bill Campbell. The book combines more than 80 interviews from people who knew, loved, and worked with “Coach Bill,” detailing narratives that demonstrate his ability to build trusting professional relationships within his teams. It’s “yet another” Silicon Valley book but told in a fresh and human way.
5) Choose: The Single Most Important Decision Before Starting Your Business by Ryan Levesque
Out April 30, 2019
The single most important decision you make in business is also the hardest—which is why Ryan Levesque has written a book to walk you through it. Choose guides the reader through narrowing down business plans from inspirations and picking out the hands that will help you create your future. Spoiler: It’s less about what you build and more about who you build it with.