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Give and Take and Extreme Ownership We have two new books added to the AM Transport book club rotation. In addition to those previous great reads still being passed around (such as Hug Your Haters and Good to Great), we have added a few new faces to the book club groups and a couple new titles to the bookshelf. 1. Give and Take Author - Adam Grant For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return. Using his own pioneering research as Wharton's top-rated professor, Adam Grant shows that these styles have a surprising impact on success. Give and Take highlights what effective networking, collaboration, influence, negotiation, and leadership skills have in common. This landmark book opens up an approach to success that has the power to transform not just individuals and groups, but entire organizations and communities. 2. Extreme Ownership Authors - Jocko Willink and Leif Babin This book explains the SEAL leadership concepts crucial to accomplishing the most difficult missions in combat and how to apply them to any group, team, or organization. It provides the reader with Jocko and Leif's formula for success: the mindset and guiding principles that enable SEAL combat units to achieve extraordinary results. It demonstrates how to apply these directly to business and life to likewise achieve victory. Through those difficult months of sustained combat, Jocko, Leif and their SEAL brothers learned that leadership--at every level--is the most important thing on the battlefield. They started Echelon Front to teach these same leadership principles to companies across industries throughout the business world that want to build their own high-performance, winning teams. Do you have recommended reads we should add to our book club? We would love to hear about them! Send them over to me - jmcdonald@amtransportonline.com Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...
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AMT Spring Reads Spring is a crazy time - travel, time change, outdoor activities beginning - so this month we are doing a two-for-one-special of AM Transport Recommended Reads. These books are the new reads for both March and April. We are still passing around some of the same goodies (e.g. Good to Great), but we have some new faces in the crowd as well. 1. Start With Why Author - Simon Sinek Imagine a world where people wake up every day inspired to go to work, feel safe while they are there, and return home at the end of the day feeling fulfilled by the work they do, feeling that they have contributed to something greater than themselves. Fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact in their organizations and in the world, those with the capacity to inspire, Sinek has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act and communicate and the environments in which people operate at their natural best. 2. What to Do When It's Your Turn (and It's Always Your Turn) Author - Seth Godin This one is a repeat from last month. A very good repeat. PS - this is the book that looks like a magazine. 3. Hug Your Haters Author - Jay Baer You probably think you’re pretty good at customer service. After all, 80% of companies say they deliver superior customer service. But guess what? Only 8% of their customers agree. A colossal change in customer expectations is occurring RIGHT NOW, as customers move from private communication with companies to public communication in social media, review sites, and discussion boards. Now, customer service is a spectator sport. Are you prepared? 4. Word of Mouth Marketing Author - Andy Sernovitz In this book, word of mouth expert Andy Sernovitz will walk you through exactly how companies and causes of all sizes create passionate, loyal fans that do their marketing for them, for free. You’ll learn how to use word of mouth to make your company more profitable, how to spend less on marketing, and how to make your customers happier. You’ll learn how to be that remarkable company people want to share with their friends. Looking for a wider variety of recommended reads? Check out NPR's Book Concierge for their compilation of the best books of 2015. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...
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More Reading, More Growing, More Learning With a new month, we have a new round of book clubs here at AM Transport. Check out what we are reading this month: 1. So Good They Can’t Ignore You Author - Cal Newport After making his case against passion, Newport sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving what they do. Spending time with organic farmers, venture capitalists, screenwriters, freelance computer programmers, and others who admitted to deriving great satisfaction from their work, Newport uncovers the strategies they used and the pitfalls they avoided in developing their compelling careers. So Good They Can’t Ignore You will change the way we think about our careers, happiness, and the crafting of a remarkable life. 2. Good to Great  Author - Jim Collins Yes, you saw this one on last month's list - it is just too good not to pass around! Read more about it here. 3. What to Do When it's Your Turn (and it's Always Your Turn) Author - Seth Godin "I'm going out on a limb. Want to come?" Seth Godin has pushed the boundaries again by creating a new book format that reads more like a magazine. The book is in full color and is a collection of short stories and essays that help the reader know "what to do when it's your turn" in life. This is an urgent call to do the work we're hiding from, a manifesto about living with things that might not work and embracing tension when doing your art. As Seth describes it, the book Explores, as directly as I can, the dance we all have to do with our fears, the tension we all must embrace in order to do work that we care about. It pushes us to dig deep inside so we can do better work and impact the things we care about. Is urgent, personal, in-your-face and as honest as I could make it. 4. TED Talks So this one isn't a "read" technically...
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Read more. Discuss more. Grow more. If one of your New Year's Resolutions is to read more, let us help. Last year we started a new tradition here in the office: book clubs. 1-3 people get together and choose a book to read and discuss over the next month. The book can be about the industry, business, personal growth, case studies, or not work related at all. The goal is to do more inter-office mentoring and growing, and book clubs are a great way to get started. With a new year, we have switched up the book clubs so each person is reading with a new group. See what we are reading this month: 1. Small Giants: Companies that Choose to be Great Instead of Big Author - Bo Burlingham It’s an axiom of business that great companies grow their revenues and profits year after year. Yet quietly, under the radar, a small number of companies have rejected the pressure of endless growth to focus on more satisfying business goals. Goals like being great at what they do . . . creating a great place to work . . . providing great customer service . . . making great contributions to their communities . . . and finding great ways to lead their lives. In Small Giants, veteran journalist Bo Burlingham takes us deep inside fourteen remarkable companies that have chosen to march to their own drummer. 2. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...