Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?: Trick Questions, Zen-like Riddles, Insanely Difficult Puzzles, and Other Devious Interviewing Techniques You … Know to Get a Job Anywhere in the New Economyby William Poundstone. I picked this up at the local Barnes & Noble and looked at it. Very current and relevant advice for any current or future job seeker. The Kindle and Nook editions will be available January 4th, so I’ll be reading it then.
Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman. I recently read a review of this in Scientific American Mind (Jan/Feb issue). I like books that give me an insight to how people think (Like books from Daniel Pink and Dan Ariely). For instance, how the aversion to loss is a greater motivator than the possibility of gain. It’s sure to be an interesting read, if you like to know how people think.
Blah, Blah, Blah: What to do when words don’t work, by Dan Roam. Another book I peeked at while roaming my local B&N Bookseller. This looks like a great resource for speakers on how to make your point with fewer (and more descriptive) words.
Execution: The discipline of getting things doneby Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan. This is one a friend recommended, and I’ve read other titles by Ram Charan. I also read the Executive Summary of the book a while ago, and I especially liked the three building blocks of execution.
These are just a few ideas for books in the coming year. If you have any ideas, or have read any of the books I’ve mentioned, please leave a comment below.