HAPPY + HALE BOOK CLUB
Welcome to the Happy + Hale Book Club! Below you will find a list of books that we have read over the years as a Senior Leadership Team. We believe in order to reach our full potential we must possess an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. From business to self-improvement to autobiographies - we have found each one particularly helpful along the way. We look forward to discussing with you as you navigate this list and grow with Happy + Hale. Happy reading!
Radical Candor - Kim Scott
Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly. When you challenge without caring it’s obnoxious aggression; when you care without challenging it’s ruinous empathy. When you do neither it’s manipulative insincerity.
This simple framework can help you build better relationships at work, and fulfill your three key responsibilities as a leader: creating a culture of feedback (praise and criticism), building a cohesive team, and achieving results you’re all proud of.
Radical Candor offers a guide to those bewildered or exhausted by management, written for bosses and those who manage bosses. Taken from years of the author’s experience, and distilled clearly giving actionable lessons to the reader; it shows managers how to be successful while retaining their humanity, finding meaning in their job, and creating an environment where people both love their work and their colleagues. Purchase here.
Making of a Manager - Julie Zhou
The Making of a Manager is a modern field guide packed everyday examples and transformative insights, including how to tell a great manager from an average manager, when you should look past an awkward interview and hire someone anyway, how to build trust with your reports through not being a boss, and where to look when you lose faith and lack the answers. Whether you’re new to the job, a veteran leader, or looking to be promoted, this is the handbook you need to be the kind of manager you wish you had. Purchase here.
O Great One! - David Novak
Rather than explain the power of recognition in a typical business book, acclaimed CEO David Novak wrote a fun story that draws on his real-world experiences at Pepsi and Yum! Brands, as well as his personal life. Purchase here.
Setting the Table - Danny Meyer
In this landmark book, Danny Meyer shares the lessons he learned while developing the winning recipe for his way of doing business what he calls "Enlightened Hospitality". This innovative business philosophy emphasizes putting the power of hospitality to work in a new and counterintuitive way: the first and most important recipients of hospitality are the people who work for you andDanny considers it the foundation of every success he and his restaurants have had.. Purchase here.
The Art of People - Dave Kerpen
Some people think that in today’s hyper-competitive world, it’s the tough, take-no-prisoners type who comes out on top. But in reality, argues New York Times bestselling author Dave Kerpen, it’s actually those with the best people skills who win the day. Those who build the right relationships. Those who truly understand and connect with their colleagues, their customers, their partners. Those who can teach, lead, and inspire. Purchase here.
Walk the Talk - Larry Senn
Recommended by Human Resource Executive magazine as a book that should be "read carefully and revisited frequently," this best-selling business book is the cornerstone of the WALK THE TALK philosophy. A staple for business leaders, this compelling allegory shows how to bring new life to your organization and turn values and ethics into value-added results. Purchase here.
The Mood Elevator - Larry Senn
We all ride the Mood Elevator up and down every day. How well we do it impacts our relationships, our personal effectiveness, our career, and our experience of life. Most people take that ride for granted—but what if we knew the right buttons to push to move to the top? Purchase here.
Shoe Dog - Phil Knight
In this instant and tenacious bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” (Booklist, starred review), illuminating his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands. Purchase here.
Delivering Happiness - Tony Hsieh
Tony Hsieh - the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer - explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success. Even better, he shows how creating happiness and record results go hand-in-hand.. Purchase here.
The Four Agreements -Don Miguel Ruiz
In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. Purchase here.
Daring Greatly - Brene Brown
From thought leader Brené Brown, a transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability. Purchase here.
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations. Purchase here.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - S. Covey
What are the habits of successful people? The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators, parents, and students—in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations have benefited from Dr. Covey's 7 Habits book. And, it can transform you. Purchase here.
The Energy Bus - Jon Gordon
The Energy Bus, an international best seller by Jon Gordon, takes readers on an enlightening and inspiring ride that reveals 10 secrets for approaching life and work with the kind of positive, forward thinking that leads to true accomplishment - at work and at home. Jon infuses this engaging story with keen insights as he provides a powerful roadmap to overcome adversity and bring out the best in yourself and your team. When you get on The Energy Bus you’ll enjoy the ride of your life! Purchase here.
The No Complaining Rule - Jon Gordon
Negativity in the workplace costs businesses billions of dollars and impacts the morale, productivity and health of individuals and teams. Based on one company’s successful No Complaining Rule, the powerful principles and actionable plan are practical and easy-to-follow, making this book an ideal read for managers, team leaders and anyone interested in generating positive energy. Purchase here.
Who Moved My Cheese - Spencer Johnson
A timeless business classic, Who Moved My Cheese? uses a simple parable to reveal profound truths about dealing with change so that you can enjoy less stress and more success in your work and in your life. Purchase here.