Updated May 29th, 2019

We’ve all heard of those companies that are just amazing to work at. Or the managers that make such an impact on their teams they inspire them to go above and beyond and deliver incredible results for their company.

Often the secrets of their success aren’t exactly secret – there are countless books detailing the ways companies and managers have nailed the employee experience. Whether told by the employees they influenced or by the managers who blazed a trail with innovative approaches that have since become the gold standard, they all serve as inspiration for any manager.

Employee experience is hotter than ever, and new books hit the shelves daily. Need a shortlist of the recent must-reads? We’ve got you covered. Our team of industry thought leaders voted on popular titles — these are a few of the winners. Download the whole list here and be entered to win one of the books from the list.

1. Dream Teams: Working Together Without Falling Apart

By Shane Snow

What makes great teams great? Why do some groups hit it off while others hit a wall? What is the alchemy of productive partnerships — and what factors lead to failure? You’ll explore these questions and more in Shane Snow’s trailblazing report on the surprising reasons collaboration is sometimes messy, sometimes magical.

Bonus live webinar from Shane Snow: Dream Teams and the Science of Breakthrough Collaboration

2. It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work

By Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

Is it possible to have major success without major stress? Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson have been (calmly) asserting so for years, and this book builds on their crusade against chaotic corporate culture. Banish the burnout in your organization with this proven guide.

3. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

By Brené Brown

Much-loved in HR circles and beyond, Brené Brown delivers a guidebook that is at once full of feeling and perfectly practical. In this work, Brown reviews the four skill sets that comprise daring leadership, reminds us of our uniquely human superpowers, and challenges us to cultivate courage — in ourselves and our organizations.

4. Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity


By Kim Scott

Often, managers act as their manager-selves, instead of just themselves. They step into a boss identity, and leave their humanity behind. Kim Scott insists good bosses simultaneously employ both criticism and caring — both professional leadership and personal empathy — and shows us how to use both to be and develop great managers.

To read about the rest, download here. The first 50 people to download will receive a free copy of one book on the list!

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