Nathan Tanner
July 2016

Greetings from Lake Tahoe! I’m excited to share the best content I’ve read and written this month. Let's jump right into it.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
A portion of my job is spent facilitating trainings to help my LinkedIn colleagues work more cohesively. At the beginning of each session, I share Maya Angelou’s quote about how when we know better we do better.

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After quoting Maya several times, and after witnessing the anger and hate that is so prevalent right now, I decided to read one of her books. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the first of her five volume autobiography. It starts with her early childhood in rural Arkansas and ends with an unwanted pregnancy that dramatically changed her life. Angelou’s stories are heartbreaking, eye-opening, and inspiring. Her life experiences brought a different perspective and changed how I see others and the world around me. Reading this book helped me to know better. I hope, as she promises, that it will help me to do better.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
As an HR professional, I regularly think about how to recruit top talent. When I watched Angela Duckworth’s TED talk, I was persuaded that grit is the most important trait to hire for. Earlier this year, Duckworth took her research on grit and published a book on the topic. In short, grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. According to Duckworth, grit is a better predictor of success than anything else. Grit wins over IQ, EQ, raw talent, good looks, physical health, and education. Gritty people view unmet goals not as a setback but as an opportunity to learn and grow. Reading this book will teach you how to develop more grit so you can do the things that are most important to you.

MAGIC: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Employee Engagement by Tracy Maylett
A great read for managers, HR professionals, or those interested in learning how to improve the employee experience. The five keys of engagement include:
  • Meaning: Your work has purpose beyond the work itself
  • Autonomy: The power to shape your work and environment in ways that allow you to perform at your best
  • Growth: Being stretched and challenged in ways that result in professional and personal progress
  • Impact: Seeing positive, effective, and worthwhile outcomes and results from your work
  • Connection: The sense of belonging to something beyond yourself
MAGIC takes employee engagement—an often hard to grasp topic—and breaks it down into concrete, actionable steps.  

Around the web
9 Things You Need to Do to Get Promoted
Great advice from Kevin Delaney, an HR leader at LinkedIn. I found #7 especially insightful.  

Here's Why You're the Only One Who Gets to Define What Success Is
We need to cultivate the humility and discipline necessary to accept that we have only minimal control over the external rewards of our work and effort. 

Companies That Got Rid of Performance Ratings Aren't Doing So Well, Sadly
If there’s one thing workers hate more than being rated and reviewed, it might be not getting a rating or a review. I’m still torn on performance management and enjoy seeing how companies innovate in this space.

My work
Why You Should Start Taking Notes at Every Meeting
Sometimes the best way to learn is to make information harder to absorb.

10 Best LinkedIn Influencers to Follow
An article I wrote for Inc. If you feel like your LinkedIn feed is becoming more like Facebook, consider following some of these Influencers. 

Do you listen to podcasts? What are your favorites? Are any of them career-related? I'm trying to learn more about podcasting and I'd love your input.

Thanks for reading! If you liked what you read, please forward this to a friend. My goal is to keep writing and sharing great career-related content. If you've read anything worth sharing, please let me know. And do let me know if there's anything I can do to help you.  

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