What We're Reading: Winter Edition

Yes, it’s that’s time of year again. Time to reflect on the past year and prepare for the new one. In that spirit, Hilary asked the team recently what we’re each reading. The answers were surprising – and led to a few laughs, to be sure. 

Non-fiction. Fantasy. Sci-Fi. Existential. The list came back as varied as we are here at the Rhabit HQ. We’ve summarized them here – would you add any to our list? 

Hilary Wilson

Business Development

Talent Wins by Ram Charan, Dominic Barton, Dennis Carey
Talent Wins is Rhabit Analytics’ Inner Circle first book selection for this simple reason: We believe in the power of strategic alliances. When the CHRO, CFO, and CEO have are aligned, they can effectively lead and train their organization to follow the company’s strategic goals. The authors of Talent Wins agree. The book serves as an insider’s guide on how to create alignment in the C-Suite, identifying your Top 2%, and enabling change as a united front. Using case studies to support their position, an HR Executive or CEO could easily apply the principals outlined in the well-curated chapters. Despite being classified as a “Professional Development” book, Talent Wins is a light read that balances strategy with storytelling.

Talking to Strangers (On Audiobook) by Malcolm Gladwell
I “read” this through Audible, so I had a slightly different experience than if I read it on paper. The audiobook is narrated by Gladwell, peppered with audio of his interviews and soundbites that bring his studies to life. If you’re a fan of Gladwell you know what to expect; Talking to Strangers doesn’t deviate away from offering challenging perspectives into everyday interactions.

The book explores how we do – and don’t – communicate with one another. How we struggle with miscommunication, honoring others at face value and weeding through our own thoughts to understand someone’s message. Gladwell studies historical villains who succeeded in duping entire nations, and how failure to communicate can create catastrophic outcomes. In the end, you’re left assessing your own perceptions on how you communicate, and how you approach talking to strangers.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat
I wasn’t expecting to add a cookbook to the reading list, but after watching Netflix’s Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat I fell in love with Samin Nosrat. When her book popped up on sale on Amazon it made sense to add it to my forever growing collection of beautiful cookbooks. I was not expecting brilliant tutorials, guides, and gorgeous illustrations.

Even as a fairly skilled home cook, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat offered techniques I never considered. This is a great cookbook for anyone interested in honing their skills or for a new cook looking to get started in the kitchen. Treat yourself or a loved one to this masterful work and enjoy the benefits of understanding the simple science behind home cooking.

David Janas

Lead Software Engineer

Dune by Frank Herbert

“Science fiction is interesting to me because it explores the impact of technology on the human condition. After reading all of Asimov’s works, Dune was the next logical step.”

Alexander Schwall, Ph.D.

Co-founder & Chief Science Officer

The Power of Pull by John Hagel III,  John Seely Brown, and Lang Davison

“Early days – jury’s still out but I’ll keep you posted.”

Jocelyn Dietrich

Consultant

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“I just finished The Alchemist after many years of hearing about it, then finally getting a copy passed to me from a friend. It was just finally time to read it for myself. I’ve practiced and studied yoga since 2014 and have often heard of the idea of Personal Legend (from the book) be compared to Dharma, or life’s purpose, in yoga.

I enjoyed the book and its message. It was also nice to return back to some spirituality after months of HR/tech focused reading… it’s all about balance, right?”

Daniel Warrick

Jr. Full Stack Software Engineer

The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect by Roger Williams

“It’s sci-fi.”

Casey Johnson

Digital Marketing Manager

The Plague by Albert Camus

“It’s existentialist.”

J. Kevin Kelly

Co-founder & CEO

Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock

“Definitely recommend it. Lots of great anecdotes and supporting arguments.”