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Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber by Mike Isaac

Think of this as a cautionary tale—the result of not taking company culture seriously from day one. In this book, New York Times reporter Mike Isaac, who reported extensively on Uber, digs into the rise and fall of the ride-sharing company and its controversial founder and former CEO.

 

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the Times reporters behind the Harvey Weinstein exposé, walk readers through the winding investigation that unearthed decades of sexual harassment and assault allegations against Weinstein. One of the most notable takeaways is how employees at the Weinstein Company—along with others in Weinstein’s orbit—helped keep the allegations secret by negotiating confidential settlements for Weinstein’s victims. The book even calls out feminist lawyer Gloria Allred, who helped one woman settle with Weinstein.

 

Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall

The authors argue that many of the things companies hold to be true are, in fact, at odds with what employees actually want or need. They outline what they see as the nine “lies” that companies tell themselves, from “The best people are well-rounded” to “People care which company they work for.” The key issue, Goodall told Forbes, is that companies want to paint employees with a broad brush. “The fact that all of us are wonderfully and fascinatingly different—that the power of human nature is that each human’s nature is unique—poses all sorts of problems for busy leaders who are just trying to get things done.”

 

Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up by Jerry Colonna

Jerry Colonna is one of the most sought-after executive coaches in Silicon Valley, offering guidance to leaders like Gimlet Media CEO Alex Blumberg and former Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson. If you can’t make it onto his client list, this might be the next best thing. In Reboot, Colonna shares his own struggles with mental health—something he says many tech leaders grapple with as their career progresses—and argues that becoming a better leader starts with self-inquiry.

 

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott

Kim Scott, a former Google and Apple exec, recently published an updated edition of her book on the idea of “radical candor”—in essence, how managers can be honest with their employees without, well, being jerks. As Scott describes it: “Radical candor is humble, it’s helpful, it’s immediate, it’s in person—in private if it’s criticism and in public if it’s praise—and it doesn’t personalize.”

 

It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried

Basecamp cofounder Jason Fried is the rare CEO who works no more than 40 hours a week (and encourages employees to do the same). He argues that it’s impossible to get everything done that he needs to get done, but that working longer hours wouldn’t change that.

 

The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You by Julie Zhuo

Julie Zhuo rose quickly through the ranks to become Facebook’s VP of product design. In this book, which is aimed at midlevel managers rather than CEO types, Zhuo shares her experience of becoming a manager at 25 and feeling ill-equipped for the role. Her biggest lesson? “Great managers are made, not born.”

 

 

Google has a lot it wants to teach us. The search giant offers a massive number of online courses, many of them targeted to students or recent graduates through Grow with Google. Others will teach you programming languages or how to work with a specific technologies, or how to become an IT support person.

 

But there are some that can help any entrepreneur or aspiring entrepreneur, teaching you such valuable skills as how to create a product, get a startup off the ground, or perform app marketing. These classes, like many others, are all free. You can find most of them through Class Central. Here are a few of the most appealing.

 

 

1. Get your startup started.

If you've always wanted to launch a startup but aren't sure how to get it off the ground, this course will give you a great overview. In it, you will write a mission and vision statement, learn how to find mentors and team members, and then learn how to find financing for your business and create a pitch deck that you can use to get customers or VCs on board. This self-paced course takes approximately three weeks.

 

2. App marketing.

This course is directed at those who want to create and launch an app. But from the description, it sounds like it would be highly useful for anyone doing online marketing--which is pretty much every business owner. The course takes approximately two weeks.

 

3. App monetization.

This course is targeted to people who want to create apps or free online content, and have them generate income. That may make it a little less useful for some audiences, depending on your goals. But the challenge of how to begin charging money for something that people expect for free crosses many industries and products, so even if you're not specifically selling an app, it could be worthwhile. The course takes approximately one month.

 

4. Product design.

Think you've got a great idea for a product? This course will help you refine your idea, create a mockup, design it quickly, and connect with potential customers to determine whether your product will be viable in the marketplace. That can save you from the heartbreak of pouring your heart and soul into a product, only to find out that no one wants to buy it.

 

5. Strengthen your LinkedIn network and brand.

This course is part of the entry-level Grow with Google curriculum. So if you're a seasoned networker and LinkedIn user and are looking for some pro tips, this probably isn't the right course for you. But if you wish you had a good elevator pitch that you could roll out with ease, if you think your LinkedIn profile and tactics could benefit you more than they currently do, or if you with you were better at making connections during networking events, then this course could be very useful. In any case, it takes approximately one week and has only one lesson, so it's not a huge time investment. Oh, and it promises to teach how to write an email that gets responses. Now there's a skill absolutely everyone needs.

The INC Board has opened the FY21 Funding Application to any organizations that meet funding criteria.

 

The INC Board makes grant funding available to local agencies that provide services to individuals with mental health concerns, development/intellectual disabilities, and/or substances use disorders using local mental health tax dollars.

Organizations interested in applying for funding should go to the INC Board website at www.incboard.org.

 

Funding criteria can be found by clicking on the “Forms” drop down menu

In previous years, the application was made available to those agencies that had programs currently funded through the INC Board, as it focused on strengthening the core services.

Funding is provided for specific programs; not agencies. All requests are reviewed independently.

 

Limited funds present challenges and priority will be given to those organizations that address our core services, our three-year strategic plan, and one-year update. Funds requested must be for service provisions for residents within our service area.

The Funders Application opens at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, and will close at 4 p.m. Friday, March 13.

 

New applicants should contact Dagoberto Contreras at dagoberto@incboard.org for access. For questions or further information, please visit www.incboard.org or call 630-892-5456.