This article originally appeared in the December 2015 issue of 425 Business.
Emerging From Turbulence: Boeing and Stories Of The American Workplace Today
Leon Grunberg, Sarah Moore
Rowman and Littlefield, $38
Written by University of Puget Sound professors Leon Grunberg and Sarah Moore, Emerging From Turbulence examines the relationship between employees and their employer, with a focus on Boeing. The book tackles how entry-level, mid-level, and senior-level workers measure their self-worth within their job. Grunberg and Moore also document the merger of Boeing and McDonnell Douglas in 1997, a move the authors say steered Boeing away from being a workplace “family.” The book examines how the merger changed employees’ social relationships and workplace respect.
Intelligent Disobedience: Doing Right When What You’re Told To Do Is Wrong
Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc., $19
The courage to do what is right isn’t always easy to muster. In his latest book, Ira Chaleff, founder and president of Executive Coaching and Consulting Associates, tackles how a person can respond to poor leadership and make the right choice under the pressure to follow orders. Chaleff makes the case that intelligent disobedience can be taught, just as guide dogs are taught to make judgments that keep their owners safe from harm. Chaleff also writes about how to make your choices clearly heard, and how to restore hope in a world that seems laden with difficult decisions.
The Machine: A Radical Approach To The Design Of The Sales Function
Greenleaf Book Group, $23
Looking to shake up your approach to sales? Justin Roff-Marsh’s The Machine dismisses the traditional tactic of working on individual commission and advocates that salespeople should work as a team. While Roff-Marsh acknowledges that this new method may seem counterintuitive to the sales world, he argues that having an organized system with management setting day-to-day sales targets eliminates the dysfunction when every man or woman is looking out for themselves. With each person filling a specific role, a team can work together and more efficiently, for a better outcome and bigger profits.