HYPE Book Club - Vote For The Next Book

May 12, 2015

After a successful first HYPE Book Club, it is time to choose the next book! The Personal and Professional Development Committee has chosen to focus on a professional development themed book this quarter and we need HYPEsters to vote on the next title.

* UPDATED- The votes are in, and the title with the most votes is​ So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport. Date and location of the next book club meeting TBD. Thanks to all who voted! *

  1. The Agenda by Michael Hammer 

Dr. Michael Hammer wrote The Agenda with two purposes in mind: first, to offer business people guidelines on how to survive in an economy where customers have the upper hand, and secondly, to give people, whether or not they are business managers themselves, a sense of the real business news - the exciting changes occurring in the business world, largely out of the public eye.

2.  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
by Stephen Covey

One of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators and parents— in short, millions of people of all ages and occupations.

With a balance of theory and practical examples, this guide to personal and professional life describes seven principles of life management. Targeted toward anyone who is interested in personal change, it guides you through private victory, public victory and renewal.

 3. So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport

We hear so much about 'follow your passion' or 'bliss,' but such doesn't actually help find work that matters (to us). One reason the follow-your-passion often doesn't work is we don't know if a job serves our passion before we take it, and, often, we don't
really know what our passion is. To say nothing of the fact that our passions do change, or at least evolve.  This book is about what you can do, especially early in your work life, to explore what matters to you, while advancing yourself professionally -- namely, learning how to learn, in the workplace, and getting really freaking good at whatever you happen to be doing.


4.  Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't by Simon Sinek

Our biology hasn’t changed in fifty thousand years, but our environment certainly has. Today’s workplaces tend to be full of cynicism, paranoia and self-interest. But the best organizations foster trust and cooperation because their leaders build what Sinek calls a Circle of Safety that separates the security inside the team from the challenges outside.

The Circle of Safety leads to stable, adaptive, confident teams, where everyone feels they belong and all energies are devoted to facing the common enemy and seizing big opportunities. The biology is clear: when it matters most, leaders who are willing to eat last are rewarded with deeply loyal colleagues who will stop at nothing to advance their leader’s vision and their organization’s interests. It’s amazing how well it works.

5. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard  by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives? The primary obstacle is a conflict that’s built into our brains, say Chip and Dan Heath, authors of the critically acclaimed bestseller Made to Stick. Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems—the rational mind and the emotional mind—that compete for control. The rational mind wants a great beach body; the emotional mind wants that Oreo cookie. The rational mind wants to change something at work; the emotional mind loves the comfort of the existing routine. This tension can doom a change effort—but if it is overcome, change can come quickly. n a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counter-intuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

6.  Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Research in psychology has revealed that our decisions are disrupted by an array of biases and irrationalities: We’re overconfident. We seek out information that supports us and downplay information that doesn’t. We get distracted by short-term emotions. When it comes to making choices, it seems, our brains are flawed instruments. Unfortunately, merely being aware of these shortcomings doesn’t fix the problem, any more than knowing that we are nearsighted helps us to see. The real question is: How can we do better?

In Decisive, the Heaths, based on an exhaustive study of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract these biases. Written in an engaging and compulsively readable style, Decisive takes readers on an unforgettable journey, from a rock star’s ingenious decision-making trick to a CEO’s disastrous acquisition, to a single question that can often resolve thorny personal decisions.

7.  Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances of worthy ideas? In Made to Stick, accomplished educators and idea collectors Chip and Dan Heath tackle head-on these vexing questions. Inside, the brothers Heath reveal the anatomy of ideas that stick and explain ways to make ideas stickier, such as applying the “human scale principle,” using the “Velcro Theory of Memory,” and creating “curiosity gaps.”

Made to Stick is a book that will transform the way you communicate ideas. It’s a fast-paced tour of success stories (and failures)–the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who drank a glass of bacteria to prove a point about stomach ulcers; the charities who make use of “the Mother Teresa Effect”; the elementary-school teacher whose simulation actually prevented racial prejudice. Provocative, eye-opening, and often surprisingly funny, Made to Stick shows us the vital principles of winning ideas–and tells us how we can apply these rules to making our own messages stick.


Please vote for the book for your choice here by noon on Monday May 18th, 2015. We will then reveal the chosen title and information on registering for the next HYPE Book Club event.


  1. 6 Caitlin T. 13 May
    I vote for So Good They Can't Ignore You! :)
  2. 5 Matthew Hawley 13 May
    Wow! The Heath Brothers are well-represented here!
  3. 4 Melissa Cahill 13 May
    My votes are for Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard or Made to Stick. But all the options look great!
  4. 3 Suzanne Hoyer 15 May
    I vote for So Good They Can't Ignore you and Switch!
  5. 2 Amanda 18 May
    I vote for So Good They Can't Ignore You
  6. 1 Kristen Walsh 18 May
    I vote for So good they can't ignore you


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