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Financial Times, the prestigious English newspaper, has published its traditional list of literary recommendations for the summer. Whether on a sun lounger by the pool or on a sofa under the air conditioning, journalist Andrew Hill advises you these 10 readings that deal with financial history, culture and society.

The Power of Regret (The power of regret)

Daniel H. Pink. February 2022. Only in English.

It is an investigation on the repentance of the human being, based on psychology, neuroscience, economics and psychology. Try to understand why the human being complains about certain behaviors to understand, at the same time, what he values ​​the most. From there he explains how to transform regrets into a positive force to work smarter and feel better.

Andrew Hill: “The book is full of reflections on loss, disappointment, and roads not taken, drawn from extensive surveys of people’s deepest regrets, but it ends with the optimistic takeaway that it’s hardly ever too late to make amends.” the course”.

The Nowhere Office: Reinventing Work and the Workplace of the Future (The office nowhere: reinventing work and the office of the future)

Julia Hobsbawm. February 2022. Only in English.

It is a vision of current and future work, and covers debates such as employee productivity and office stress and how the pandemic has worsened the work environment. It collects different proposals to improve work spaces to promote creativity and explains different ways to coordinate staff so that they enjoy a good balance between their private life and work.

Andrew Hill: “It is too early to say which of Hobsbawm’s predictions will come true, but he makes a compelling case for seizing the opportunity to recast the old way – and place – of work.”

All That We Are: Uncovering the Hidden Truths Behind Our Behavior at Work (All That We Are: Unveiling the Hidden Truths of Our Behavior at Work)

Gabriella Braun. February 2022. Only in English.

In this collection of stories, the writer shares her insights gathered over more than twenty years as a psychoanalyst in work settings. She shows why a board of directors lost their company, nearly caused the company to collapse, and how it ended up coming out ahead.

Andrew Hill: “Braun uncovers truths about what drives workers, and the critical connections to their lives outside the workplace. His insights on stress are absolutely exciting.”

25 Million Sparks: The Untold Story of Refugee Entrepreneurs (25 Million Sparks: The Untold Story of Entrepreneurial Refugees)

Andrew Leon Hannah. May 2022. Only in English.

From the Za’Atari refugee camp, it tells the story of three Syrian refugees who set up inspiring businesses in the midst of tragedy. It is a trip around the world to tell how many people who have fled their homes due to war have managed to get ahead thanks to strength, determination and dignity.

Andrew Hill: “Hanna intertwines the fictional narrative of her stories with a broader analysis of the stark scale of the global refugee crisis which, with the war in Ukraine, has only gotten worse since she wrote the book.”

The No Club: Putting a Stop to Women’s Dead-End Work (The no club: ending women’s dead-end work)

Li.da Babcock. May 2022. Only in English.

It is about four women tired of doing office tasks that prevent them from advancing in their careers, while their male colleagues are promoted. The protagonists begin to say “no” to these small jobs that distract them from their main tasks, while the book unmasks how women are burdened with daily work that hinders their promotion.

Andrew Hill: “Learning to Say is not just one part of the book: they also identify the organizational and structural flaws that subtly underpin gender imbalance.”

Redesigning Work: How to Transform Your Organization and Make Hybrid Work for Everyone (Redesigning Work: How to Transform Your Company and Introduce Hybrid Work to Everyone)

Lynda Graton. March 2022. Only in English.

With more than thirty years of experience, this professor explains how to redesign the work environment to face the new challenges of the company, establish more creative processes and analyze the subsequent results to improve your business.

Andrew Hill: “Gratton lays out a compelling and practical roadmap for the world of hybrid work. Reviewing the book for the FT, Kevin Ellis, chairman of PwC UK, said it sent a clear message: ‘Don’t leave the future of work to chance.’ random’, because redesigning work and the workplace requires rigor and discipline.

Butler to the World: The book the oligarchs don’t want you to read (The Butler of the World: The Book the Oligarchs Don’t Want You to Read)

Oliver Bullough. March 2022. Only in English.

It recounts how the UK has become a haven for oligarchs, kleptocrats and gangsters from around the world and how politics promotes this to continue. The author explains that the British consider themselves a rational, fair society that lives under the umbrella of the law, but in reality, few countries in the world put more obstacles in place to end corruption.

Andrew Hill: “It’s a dark metaphor for Britain’s post-imperial role as lackey of the super-rich. Bullough looks at the variety of ways in which British institutions have repositioned themselves to clean up bad reputations and lubricate financial machinations.”

The Power Law: Venture Capital and the Art of Disruption (The Law of Power: Venture Capital and the Art of Disruption)

Sebastian Mallaby. January 2022. Only in English.

This financial historian tells who are the investors who backed some of the largest companies in the world, such as Google, Alibaba or SpaceX.

Andrew Hill: “The author argues that, despite the occasional missteps of venture capitalists, their risk-taking and vision have helped make the world a better place.”

The Man Who Broke Capitalism: How Jack Welch Gutted the Heartland and Crushed the Soul of Corporate America (The Man Who Broke Capitalism: How Jack Welch Ripped Out the Heart and Crushed the Soul of Corporate America)

David Gelles. July 2022. Only in English.

Jack Welch rose to CEO of General Electric in 1981 and became the country’s first famous CEO, ushering in a culture of multinational bosses rubbing shoulders with politicians and movie stars. The businessman made the company become the most valued on the world stock market by cutting the workforce by 10% each year, in a way that skyrocketed profits, but hurt thousands of American workers.

Andrew Hill: “An ambitious, forceful, and brazenly one-sided critique of the career and broader legacy of Jack Welch, the late CEO of General Electric, once nicknamed the manager of the century. Gelles, a reporter for the New York Times (and former FT), describes how the welchism poison not just corporate capitalism, but the American economy and politics in general.”

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