Zoltan Vadkerti is a work-life expert, blogger and co-founder of the WorkLife HUB.
So here is a list of new and forthcoming reads to serve as further guidance. Below you can find everything from books touching on wellbeing and health to editions that aim to transform your view on the work-life discussion into an opportunity that stretches your limits.
1. Happy as a Dane: 10 Secrets of the Happiest People in the World by Malene Rydahl
Who did not hear it? In 2016 March, once again, Denmark was announced in the UN World Happiness Report the happiest country of the world. What is the secret for ultimate happiness? Why Danes are the happiest people on the Earth? In her book, Malene Rydahl, former executive, Danish writer and public speaker, is about to shed light on the Danish recipe for happiness and well-being. The book, initially published in French, is going to hit the bookshelves in English, with the stated goal of providing us with pragmatic tips that we can all apply to our daily lives regardless of where we live. So, get ready for happiness!
2. Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal
In perfect alignment for those yearning for insight on the success of the Silicon Valley, Steven Kotler, New York Times bestselling author, and Jamie Wheal, neuroscience specialist, serve up a novel about the biggest revolution of our days. The two authors spent four years investigating the leading edges of this revolution and about to unveil their findings. At its very core, the book is essentially about how Silicon Valley executives like Elon Musk, Navy SEAL operators and scientists such as Amy Cuddy have switched everything we thought we knew about high performance. We are already fans of Kotler's earlier book: BOLD.
Mel Robbins is an American TV commentator at CNN, life coach, speaker, author, contributing editor for Success. In her new book we are about to explore the secret to having the confidence and courage to enrich our life and work by simply knowing how to push ourselves. Before you pick up this book it is also worth watching (over 10 million views..) Mel’s brilliant Tedx Talk: How to stop screwing yourself over.
4. The Big Life: Embrace the Mess, Work Your Side Hustle, Find a Monumental Relationship, and Become the Badass Babe You Were Meant to Be by Ann Shoket
Massive debut alert. After scoring a main book deal with Rodale, Ann Shoket has many people attentively awaiting for her novel to be released in March. Having served editor-in-chief at the Seventeen magazine for seven years and being the main engine behind the trendy Badass Babes community we are convinced Shoket will live up to the expectations and deliver a trailblazing book written for - not just - Millennial women. In her book Shoket promises to put an end to the endless conversation on work-life balance and show us how we could, instead, learn to embrace the mess.
5. Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster-in Just Two Weeks by Dave Asprey
Asprey is a divisive figure in the entrepreneurial landscape. He is a biohacker and the creator of the Bulletproof Coffee and movement. He is often criticised for trying to equate homeopathy with chemotherapy, as cancer treatment. Yet, he is a very successful businessman who often travels the world serving up coffee at events as diverse as the World Economic Forum in Davos or CrossFit Games in California. Keep yourself ready for one of the most interesting, and disruptive, writers releasing his new book in springtime.
6. Carpe Diem Regained: the Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day by Roman Krznaric
Roman Krznaric' books are endlessly empowering, pragmatic and razor-sharp. Krznaric, who writes on the art of living and social change, is one of the most celebrated cultural thinkers of our time. His bestselling books, which include Empathy, The Wonderbox and How to Find Fulfilling Work, have been published in over 20 languages. Krznaric’s next book will be the first ever cultural biography of carpe diem; one of the oldest pieces of life advice in Western history: seize the day.
7. Women in Management: A Framework for Sustainable Work-Life Integration by Alan Belasen
Professor of Management Alan T. Belasen’s career is stunning. For over 25 years he has been involved in executive education and development programmes in startups, business enterprises and multinational companies. He has written over 120 journal articles, conference papers and several books on topics such as corporate communication, HR competencies or work motivation. No surprise there. We are eagerly waiting for this book to be published in April as one of our up-coming Webinars will also zoom-in on the Success Framework for work-life integration.
8. Time Well Spent: Subjective Well-Being and the Organization of Time by Daniel Wheatley
Dr Daniel Wheatley, Senior Lecturer at the department of Business and Labour Economics of the University of Birmingham, is a seasoned and passionate researcher of the work-life balance realm. His work covers areas such as well-being, work-related and the household division of labour. The book offers to provide us with a subjective and unique insight into the relationship between well being and time use. Music to our ears.
9. Insight: Why We’re Not as Self-aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life by Tasha Eurich
Here is a book we plan to dive into. Tasha Eurich is a workplace psychologist, speaker and New York Time best-selling author of Bankable Leadership. Drawing on her three-year study of people who have dramatically improved their self-awareness, Eurich reveals why we don’t know ourselves as well as we think - and what to do about it. Eurich’s book promises to be a well-thought out surviving and thriving work-life-guide, that will be surely worthy of your precious 2017 reading time.
10. Gender, ageing and extended working life by Áine Ní Léime, Debra Street, Sarah Vickerstaff, Clary Krekula and Wendy Loretto
Is 70 the new 60? Nations that are raising retirement ages appear to work on the assumption that there is appropriate employment available for people who are expected to retire later. Based on evidence from Australia, Ireland, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States, this is an essential reading for researchers and students, and for policymakers who formulate and implement employment and pension policies at national and international levels. Have a listen to our podcast with Stephen Bevan on the ageing workforce in the meantime.
10+1 The five compulsory books we would require if we taught work-life integration management at a business school:
Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work by Tracy Brower (2014)
Leading the Life You Want by Stew Friedman (2014)
Work-Life Integration by Suzan Lewis and Cary L. Cooper (2005)
Work and Life Integration: Organizational, Cultural, and Individual Perspectives by Ellen Ernst Kossek and Susan J. Lambert (2004)
Dual-career Families by Rhona and Robert Rapoport (1971)
And, if you are still hungry for more reading we recommend you downloading our White Paper: Why every organisation needs a Work-Life Integration Manager?