This batch of books covers an array of business topics: from the elusive work-life balance, how to be unstoppable, and the benefits of teaching talent the right way.

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Book photos by Rachel Coward

Beyond Engagement: A Brain-Based Approach That Blends the Engagement Managers Want with the Energy Employees Need
Brady G. Wilson | PS Books | $19 paperback

Brady G. Wilson’s newest book, Beyond Engagement, examines the science behind what he calls “the engagement paradox.” That is, the more companies focus on engagement, the more disengagement they produce. Wilson’s main objective is to train companies to energize and fuel their employees. Wilson — the cofounder of corporate training company Juice Inc. — breaks his findings into 10 chapters, each with its own leadership principle that dives deeper into the overall theme that when leaders learn how to partner the emotional and rational parts of the brain, employees can go on to do amazing work.

20150914_BusinessBooks_024The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance
Jae Ellard | Imple Intentions Inc. | $15 paperback

Maybe it’s all the strong, stoic trees of the Northwest that tap into the peaceful parts of people, but Kirkland’s own Jae Ellard knows a thing or two about finding the perfect work-life balance. As the founder of employee-engagement firm Simple Intentions, Ellard has traveled the world teaching multinational corporations the skill of awareness and mindful management. Her latest book, The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance, is a minimalist approach to leveling out, organizing, and prioritizing the seesaw of life. The sparsely worded book focuses on how best to approach life and work situations and how to make the choices that are best for finding balance.

20150914_BusinessBooks_026The Coaching Solution: How to Drive Talent Development, Organizational Change, and Business Results
Renée Robertson | Secant Publishing, LLC | $30 paperback

Founder and CEO of the boutique consulting firm Trilogy Development, Renée Robertson has plenty of firsthand knowledge to draw from. Robertson takes readers step-by-step through her experiences during the MCI-Verizon merger and working as a talent-management executive to coach managers looking to maximize productivity and organize their businesses. This part-autobiography, part-how-to manual dives into the world of finding and keeping talent in an ever-changing business landscape. Robertson taps into the importance of a company to have a coaching culture to encourage and grow employees to win in their fields and what it takes to inspire a positive work community like exists with the Googles of the world.