The Official Workhuman Reading List

April 24, 2018 Sarah Mulcahy

Workhuman Live bookstore

Calling all book nerds!

Don’t you wish you had all the latest research in positive psychology, building a human workplace, being a better leader, and employee engagement in one place? We’ve got you covered.

Four years of building content for the Workhuman Live conference means we’ve partnered with the brightest minds and best-selling authors – like Adam Grant, Susan Cain, and Brené Brown – who are leading the change in HR and business.

Below are 47 books we sold at the Workhuman Live bookstore in Austin earlier this month. We’ve featured many of these authors in guest posts, Q&As, and podcasts here on the Globoforce blog and will continue to add more voices to the mix as we build the agenda and excitement for Workhuman Live 2019 in Nashville, Tenn.!

Happy reading!


  1. The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor
  2. Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness and Well-Being by Shawn Achor
  3. Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change by Shawn Achor
  4. The Future of Happiness: 5 Modern Strategies for Balancing Productivity and Well-Being in the Digital Era by Amy Blankson
  5. Ripple’s Effect by Amy Blankson & Shawn Achor
  6. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way  We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown
  7. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown
  8. Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown
  9. A Great Place to Work for All: Better for Business, Better for People, Better for the World by Michael C. Bush
  10. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  11. The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results by Jacqueline Carter & Rasmus Hougaard
  12. One Second Ahead: Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness by Jacqueline Carter & Rasmus Hougaard
  13. Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy
  14. Urban Monk: Exploring Karma, Consciousness, and the Divine by Gadadhara Pandit Dasa
  15. Brave Leadership: Unleash Your Most Confident, Powerful, and Authentic Self to Get the Results You Need by Kimberly Davis
  16. Exceptional Talent: How to Attract, Acquire and Retain the Very Best Employees by Mervyn Dinnen and Matt Alder
  17. The Outward Mindset: Seeing Beyond Ourselves by The Arbinger Institute
  18. Disrupters: Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold by Dr. Patti Fletcher
  19. Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist by Michael J. Fox
  20. Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant
  21. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant
  22. What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation by Gary Hamel
  23. Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington
  24. All That is Bitter and Sweet: A Memoir by Ashley Judd
  25. Leading with Happiness: How the Best Leaders Put Happiness First to Create Phenomenal Business Results and a Better World by Alexander Kjerulf
  26. Happy Hour is 9 to 5 by Alexander Kjerulf
  27. Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships by Jason Lauritsen & Joe Gerstandt
  28. The Power of Thanks: How Social Recognition Empowers Employees and Creates a Best Place to Work by Eric Mosley & Derek Irvine
  29. The Crowdsourced Performance Review: How to Use the Power of Social Recognition to Transform Employee Performance by Eric Mosley
  30. A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, A Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home by Steve Pemberton
  31. Open Source Leadership: Reinventing Management When There’s No More Business as Usual by Rajeev Peshawaria
  32. Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long by David Rock
  33. Quiet Leadership: Six Steps to Transforming Performance at Work by David Rock
  34. Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte
  35. Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success by Dan Schawbel
  36. The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance by Tony Schwartz
  37. The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Tony Schwartz
  38. meQuilibrium: 14 Days to Cooler, Calmer, and Happier by Jan Bruce, Andrew Shatte Ph.D., and Adam Perlman MD/MPH
  39. Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for Your and Your Team by Simon Sinek
  40. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
  41. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek
  42. Together is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration by Simon Sinek
  43. Micro-Resilience: Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Focus, Drive, and Energy by Bonnie St. John
  44. The Human Workplace: People-Centred Organizational Development by Andy Swann
  45. No Ego: How Leaders Can Cut the Cost of Workplace Drama, End Entitlement, and Drive Big Results by Cy Wakeman
  46. The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace: Know What Boosts Your Value, Kills Your Chances, and Will Make Your Happier by Cy Wakeman
  47. Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, and Turn Excuses into Results by Cy Wakeman

Looking for more resources? WorkHuman speaker Andy Swann created a Positive Answer deck of cards to help unlock creativity in you and your team. They were a huge hit in Austin!

About the Author

Sarah Mulcahy

Sarah is senior content marketing manager at Workhuman. When not writing and reading about all things culture, leadership, recognition, and appreciation, she enjoys iced coffee, running, and spending time with her daughters, Mabel and Eva.

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