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Summer reading list for benefits professionals

“Outliers: The Story of Success” By Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown and Company) “Outliers: The Story of Success” By Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown and Company)


Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times bestselling author, asks what makes high-achievers successful in his newest book. The New Yorker journalist recently captivated human resource managers during his SHRM keynote presentation on the Millennial Generation’s new social paradigm.


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“The Employee Engagement Mindset” By Timothy R. Clark and co-authors (McGraw-Hill) “The Employee Engagement Mindset” By Timothy R. Clark and co-authors (McGraw-Hill)

This new book answers the question: Who really owns employee engagement? Clark provides a practical guide for employees and leaders who want to develop the "mindset" of highly engaged employees.


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“A Marked Heart” By David George Ball (iUniverse Star) “A Marked Heart” By David George Ball (iUniverse Star)

This memoir traces the steady decline of defined benefit plans and the rapid growth of 401(k) plans. Former assistant Secretary of Labor David George Ball championed the first large company 401(k) plan when he was with AMAX, Inc. and was later instrumental in pushing through legislation that made the adoption of 401(k) plans easier for private-sector companies. Stay tuned for an in-depth interview with Ball coming in the September issue of EBN.

“Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All” By Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen (Harper Business) “Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All” By Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen (Harper Business)


Based on nine years of research and analysis, this book shows the principles for building a truly great organization in difficult times. The writing uses engaging stories to illustrate its ideas on exceptional leadership. Collins is also the author of “Good to Great” and other titles and recently addressed HR professionals at the annual SHRM conference on this subject.


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“Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts” By Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner (West) “Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts” By Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner (West)

Gain some insight into the Supreme Court through the eye of one its most astute Justices, Antonin Scalia. The Justice’s most recent book (released in June 2012) details some of his past decisions, such as Citizens United, and provides shading around his opinion against the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, which was recently upheld in a 5-4 vote by the highest court.


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“The Invisible Spotlight: Why Managers Can't Hide” By Craig W. Wasserman and Doug Katz “The Invisible Spotlight: Why Managers Can't Hide” By Craig W. Wasserman and Doug Katz


Employees may scrutinize their manager's every word and deed for clues to their own success. Yet remarkably, many managers underestimate the profound impact they have on their employees' effectiveness and sense of satisfaction. This book aims to help managers improve relationships with employees and is filled with real life examples.


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This summer, enjoy some educational reading while relaxing by the beach or pool. EBN has compiled some must-read books that bring insight to the HR and benefits profession.

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