The era of social technologies provides seemingly endless opportunity, both for individuals and organizations. But it’s also the subject of seemingly endless hype. Yes, social tools allow us to do things entirely differently–but how do you really capitalize on that?,In “11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era,” the newest in Harvard Business Review’s line of digital books (HBR Singles), social strategist and insightful blogger Nilofer Merchant argues that “social” is much more than “media.” Smart companies are letting social become the backbone of their business models, increasing their speed and flexibility by pursuing openness and fluidity. These organizations don’t operate like the powerful “800-pound gorillas” of yesteryear–but instead act more like a herd of 800 gazelles, moving together across a savannah, outrunning the competition.,This ebook offers new rules for creating value, leading, and innovating in our rapidly changing world. These social era rules are both provocative and grounded in reality–they cover thorny challenges like forsaking hierarchy and control for collaboration; getting the most out of all talent; allowing your customers to become co-creators in your organization; inspiring employees through purpose in a world where money alone no longer wields that power; and soliciting community investment in an idea so that it can take hold and grow.,The strategies of the Industrial Era–or even the Information Age–will not be enough for the Social Era. Read “11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era” to get ready to meet the challenges of this new age and thrive
We design to elicit responses from people. We want them to buy something, read more, or take action of some kind. Designing without understanding what makes people act the way they do is like exploring a new city without a map: results will be haphazard, confusing, and inefficient. This book combines real science and research with practical examples to deliver a guide every designer needs. With it you’ll be able to design more intuitive and engaging work for print, websites, applications, and products that matches the way people think, work, and play.,Learn to increase the effectiveness, conversion rates, and usability of your own design projects by finding the answers to questions such as:,These are just a few of the questions that the book answers in its deep-dive exploration of what makes people tick.,When we design, we solicit responses from people. We want them to do something. ,is a solid design-psychology hybrid book that teaches you how to be more effective at guiding these responses.,Tackling some central UX design thinking questions such as “,” and “,”, , guides you through practical steps to increase the effectiveness, conversion rates, and usability of your UX design.,Like many good UX books, ,is not written to be read continuously. Instead, it will prove far more valuable over time as you reference it and build on your foundational knowledge of design thinking and UX design knowledge.
In 24/6, Tiffany Shlain explores how turning off screens one day a week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul.,Internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Tiffany Shlain takes us on a provocative and entertaining journey through time and technology, introducing a strategy for living in our 24/7 world: turning off all screens for twenty-four hours each week. This practice, which she???s done for nearly a decade with her husband and kids (sixteen and ten), has completely changed their lives, giving them more time, productivity, connection, and presence. She and her family call it ???Technology Shabbat.???,Drawn from the ancient ritual of Shabbat, living 24/6 can work for anyone from any background. With humor and wisdom, Shlain shares her story, offers lessons she has learned, and provides a blueprint for how to do it yourself. Along the way, she delves into the neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and history of a weekly day of rest across cultures, making the case for why we need to bring this ritual back.,A compelling personal story and a fascinating, far-reaching examination of the complex world we???ve created, 24/6 is a call to rebalance ourselves and our society.
Celebrate the pleasure of reading and the thrill of discovering new titles in an extraordinary book that???s as compulsively readable, entertaining, surprising, and enlightening as the 1,000-plus titles it recommends.,Covering fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children???s books, history, and more, ,ranges across cultures and through time to offer an eclectic collection of works that each deserve to come with the recommendation, You have to read this. But it???s not a proscriptive list of the ???great works??????rather, it???s a celebration of the glorious mosaic that is our literary heritage.,Flip it open to any page and be transfixed by a fresh take on a very favorite book. Or come across a title you always meant to read and never got around to. Or, like browsing in the best kind of bookshop, stumble on a completely unknown author and work, and feel that tingle of discovery. There are classics, of course, and unexpected treasures, too. Lists to help pick and choose, like Offbeat Escapes, or A Long Climb, but What a View. And its alphabetical arrangement by author assures that surprises await on almost every turn of the page, with Cormac McCarthy and , next to Robert McCloskey and , Alice Walker next to Izaac Walton. ,There are nuts and bolts, too???best editions to read, other books by the author, ???if you like this, you???ll like that??? recommendations , and an interesting endnote of adaptations where appropriate. Add it all up, and in fact there are more than six thousand titles by nearly four thousand authors mentioned???a life-changing list for a lifetime of reading.
Funny because it’s true. ??From the creator of the viral sensation “10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings” (5+ million views and hundreds of thousands of shares) comes the must-have book you never knew you needed, ,. ??In it, you will learn how to appear smart in less than half the time it takes to actually learn anything.,You know those subtle tricks your coworkers are all guilty of? The constant nodding, pretend concentration, useless rhetorical questions? These tricks make them seem like they know what they???re doing when in fact they have no clue. This behavior is so ingrained, so subtle, and so often mistaken for true intelligence that identifying it, calling it out, or compiling it into an exhaustive digest has never been attempted. Until now.,Complete with illustrated tips, examples, and scenarios, , gives you actionable ways to use words like ???actionable,??? in order to sound smart. Every type of meeting is covered, from general meetings where you stopped paying attention almost immediately, to one-on-one meetings you zoned out on, to impromptu meetings you were painfully subjected to at the last minute. It???s all here.
The ultimate gift for the food lover. In the same way that , reinvented the travel book, , is a joyous, informative, dazzling, mouthwatering life list of the world???s best food. The long-awaited new book in the phenomenal 1,000 . . . Before You Die series, it???s the marriage of an irresistible subject with the perfect writer, Mimi Sheraton???award-winning cookbook author, grande dame of food journalism, and former restaurant critic for ,., fully delivers on the promise of its title, selecting from the best cuisines around the world (French, Italian, Chinese, of course, but also Senegalese, Lebanese, Mongolian, Peruvian, and many more)???the tastes, ingredients, dishes, and restaurants that every reader should experience and dream about, whether it???s dinner at Chicago???s Alinea or the perfect empanada. In more than 1,000 pages and over 550 full-color photographs, it celebrates haute and snack, comforting and exotic, hyper-local and the universally enjoyed: a Tuscan plate of Fritto Misto. Saffron Buns for breakfast in downtown Stockholm. Bird???s Nest Soup. A frozen Milky Way. Black truffles from Le P??rigord.,Mimi Sheraton is highly opinionated, and has a gift for supporting her recommendations with smart, sensuous descriptions???you can almost taste what she???s tasted. You???ll want to eat your way through the book (after searching first for what you have already tried, and comparing notes). Then, following the romance, the practical: where to taste the dish or find the ingredient, and where to go for the best recipes, websites included.
The 1 New York Times Bestseller.,”An enormously smart, clear-eyed, brave-hearted, and quite personal look at the benefits of meditation.”???Elizabeth Gilbert,Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable. Now revised with new material.,After having a nationally televised panic attack, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had propelled him through the ranks of a hypercompetitive business, but had also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out.,Finally, Harris stumbled upon an effective way to rein in that voice, something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless: meditation, a tool that research suggests can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain. 10% Happier takes readers on a ride from the outer reaches of neuroscience to the inner sanctum of network news to the bizarre fringes of America???s spiritual scene, and leaves them with a takeaway that could actually change their lives.
There will come a time when people decide you???ve had enough of your grief, and they???ll try to take it away from you.,Bad art is from no one to no one.,Am I happy? Damned if I know, but give me a few minutes and I???ll tell you whether you are.,Thank heaven I don???t have my friends??? problems. But sometimes I notice an expression on one of their faces that I recognize as secret gratitude.,I read sad stories to inoculate myself against grief. I watch action movies to identify with the quick-witted heroes. Both the same fantasy: I???ll escape the worst of it.,???from 300 Arguments,300 Arguments, a foray into the frontier of contemporary nonfiction writing, is at first glance a group of unrelated aphorisms. But, as in the work of David Markson, the pieces reveal themselves as a masterful arrangement that steadily gathers power. Manguso???s arguments about desire, ambition, relationships, and failure are pithy, unsentimental, and defiant, and they add up to an unexpected and renegade wisdom literature.