May 19, 2016

Summer Reading at your Standing Desk

by TrueNorth Desks

The words “summer reading” may bring back feelings of dread if you were forced to read during your summers as a child. Or maybe you loved being assigned books to complete in between your school years. Either way, most of us grew into appreciating reading. Even if you don’t choose to read as your downtime activity, there are some books that are worth diving into.

Spending all day working at your standing desk may inspire you to pick up some books on business, personal and professional development, and even entrepreneurship. If you are not completely satisfied with your current career path, use your sitting breaks at your height adjustable desk to learn how you can improve your skills to move up in your career or change paths completely. Maybe you have an entrepreneurial spirit but need some guidance on how to get started with your ideas. Take a few breaks each day at your stand up desk to read a chapter or two in the latest book for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Here are a few books that are recommended for summer reading for those in the business world.

How to Have a Good Day by Caroline Webb, economist and former McKinsey partner. In her book, Webb talks about work-life balance as well as being productive in all situations. She is teaching her readers how to use behavioral economics, psychology, and neuroscience to transform their approach to everyday working life.

Best Job Ever! by Dr. CK Bray Bray is a career development expert who gives a step by step approach to creating your best job ever. Whether you are seeking a whole new career path, or need to reignite the passion in your current job, Bray gives you the guide to find a meaningful career.

Superbosses by Sidney Finkelstein dives into the world of superbosses from many different industries. Finkelstein gathered over 200 interviews over 10 years to find out the qualities that distinguish these superbosses from the rest of the pack.

The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross, former Senior Advisor for Innovation to the Secretary of State, shows what changes in innovation are likely to come in the next ten years. He goes into more detail about how different countries have handled innovation and discusses the advances and stumbling blocks along the way.

The Happiness Track by Emma Seppala points out that striving for success and personal happiness and juggling it all is not creating happiness. Seppala draws on the latest findings from cognitive psychology and neuroscience to show that finding happiness and fulfillment is the way to succeed professionally.


These are just a sampling of the latest professional development books that are being published in 2016. So take a break at your standing workstation and find the books that really speak to what you are wanting to change about your career.

If you are not yet working at a standing desk, True North Desks has a standing desk brochure and many desk styles to choose from. Working at standing desks is one of the best ways to be more productive and energized at work, giving you that extra reading time you may need.

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