Here are six new self-development books on our radar to read this summer:

1. Bulletproof Problem Solving: The One Skill That Changes Everything by Charles Conn, Robert McLean

Bulletproof Problem Solving: The One Skill That Changes Everything by Charles Conn, Robert McLean

From Amazon:

Complex problem solving is at the very top of the list of essential skills for career progression in the modern world. But how problem solving is taught in our schools, universities, businesses and organizations comes up short. In Bulletproof Problem Solving: The One Skill That Changes Everything you’ll learn the seven-step systematic approach to creative problem solving developed in top consulting firms that will work in any field or industry, turning you into a highly sought-after bulletproof problem solver who can tackle challenges that others balk at.

The problem-solving technique outlined in this book is based on a highly visual, logic-tree method that can be applied to everything from everyday decisions to strategic issues in business to global social challenges. The authors, with decades of experience at McKinsey and Company, provide 30 detailed, real-world examples, so you can see exactly how the technique works in action. With this bulletproof approach to defining, unpacking, understanding, and ultimately solving problems, you’ll have a personal superpower for developing compelling solutions in your workplace.

  • Discover the time-tested 7-step technique to problem solving that top consulting professionals employ
  • Learn how a simple visual system can help you break down and understand the component parts of even the most complex problems
  • Build team brainstorming techniques that fight cognitive bias, streamline workplanning, and speed solutions
  • Know when and how to employ modern analytic tools and techniques from machine learning to game theory
  • Learn how to structure and communicate your findings to convince audiences and compel action

The secrets revealed in Bulletproof Problem Solving will transform the way you approach problems and take you to the next level of business and personal success.

2. Get Your Life Together(ish): A No-Pressure Guide for Real-Life Self-Growth by Julia Dellitt

Get Your Life Together(ish): A No-Pressure Guide for Real-Life Self-Growth by Julia Dellitt

From Amazon:

Achieve your goals—no matter how big or small—with these 50 simple challenges that actually fit into your life, using this accessible and self-paced approach to self-improvement. 

Looking to improve your relationships? Be more confident at work? Eat less sugar? However you want to be better, Get Your Life Together (Ish) is here to help with fifty simple, actionable challenges to self-improvement. With reward-based challenges ranging from easy to hard, this book will be with you every step of the way in your journey to the person you want to be.

Try an easy level challenge that can be completed in a single day—like waking up fifteen minutes early to give yourself a little morning “me-time.” Or work up to a harder challenge that you’ll tackle over the course of a month—like signing up for a weekly yoga class and making a commitment to attend every single one.

Learn from easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and track your goals and successes with interactive worksheets. And with manageable, realistic timelines for each challenge, you’ll find it easy to make changes in your daily life—without any added pressure! With this book in hand, you’ll discover everything from how to start saving money to how to develop a cleaning routine, to creating an emergency fund and avoiding burnout at work.

Whatever changes you’re looking to make in your life and in yourself, there’s a plan for you here. Start to change your life…one challenge at a time!

3. I’m Awesome. Here’s Why…: 110 Lists, Activities, and Prompts to Remind You Why You’re Amazing by Sara Katherine

I'm Awesome. Here's Why...: 110 Lists, Activities, and Prompts to Remind You Why You're Amazing by Sara Katherine

From Amazon:

You’re totally awesome—let these creative exercises, cool prompts, and fun activities help remind you why. 

When’s the last time you felt good—really good—about yourself? Between the unrealistic standards of social media, to the Photoshopped images of celebrities in the media, and the constant voice in our head saying we have to be faster, better, and smarter in our personal lives, at work, and everywhere in between, it’s easy to lose sight of your self-worth. Sometimes, we all need a kick in the butt to remind us just how awesome we are.

I’m Awesome. Here’s Why… is that kick.

With prompts, exercises, lists, and activities, I’m Awesome: Here’s Why will help remind you of all the reasons why you are unique, cool—and yes, awesome. Through fun prompts and writing exercises like listing ten things you’re proud of, drawing your idea of the perfect Friday night, creating your own personal affirmations to read out loud, and delivering an acceptance speech for an award of your choice, you’ll learn to celebrate what makes you, you. 

Loving yourself can take practice, but there is no shortage of things to love. Let I’m Awesome. Here’s Why… help you discover each and every one.

4. Folder or Crumpler: Wipe Away Your Misconceptions, Understand Your Strengths & Get the Most From Others by Andrew Groelinger

Folder or Crumpler: Wipe Away Your Misconceptions, Understand Your Strengths & Get the Most From Others by Andrew Groelinger

From Amazon:

Some of you people out there just wad it up and have at it. Others out there take careful time to fold it and go about their ‘business’ as methodically as possible.”

This book is about my theory that there are two types of people in the world; Folders and Crumplers. It’s a reference to how you might actually use toilet paper, but in here we explore how this behavior applies directly to defining the different natures of a Folder vs. Crumpler.

The goal of this book is to help you understand the two personas so that you can identify and embrace who they are. Once you understand your own nature and subsequently how others around you “roll”, you will understand how Folders and Crumplers can cause friction for each other or can create amazing success together.

Everyone is either a Folder or a Crumpler. You probably aren’t 100% one or the other but you are definitely on the F/C Continuum. Follow me on my crazy path and learn how to better enjoy yourself and those around you.

5. Picnic Comma Lightning by Laurence Scott

Picnic Comma Lightning by Laurence Scott

From Amazon:

In Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, Humbert Humbert offers a memorably brief account of his parents’ death: “picnic, lightning.” Picnic Comma Lightning, too, opens with death―that of Laurence Scott’s mother―because, for a philosopher, death raises a profound existential question: How do we know what is real, especially when we have come to question the reality of so many of our day-to-day experiences? Writing from the intersection of philosophy, politics, and memoir, Scott transforms his personal meditation on loss into a beguiling exploration of what it means to exist in the world today.

It used to be that our lives were rooted in reasonably solid things: to people, places and memories. Now, in an age of online personas, alternative truths, constant surveillance and an increasingly hysterical news cycle, our realities are becoming flimsier and more vulnerable than ever before. Scott’s far-ranging examination charts the ways our traditional mental models of the world have started to fray. He ponders how ubiquitous cameras reframe our private lives (an event only exists once someone posts the video), how mysterious algorithms undermine our attempts at self-definition through their own data-driven portraits, and what happens in those moments when our illusions about reality are ruptured by incontrovertible facts (like the death of a parent or a bolt of lightning). “A report from the front line of the online generation” (Sunday Times), Picnic Comma Lightning is an essential account of how we’ve started to make sense of our strange new world.

6. #FutureBoards by Learn How to Create a Vision Board to Get Exactly the Life You Want By Sarah Centrella

#FutureBoards

From Simon & Schuster:

Learn to create the ultimate vision board to actualize the life you want with this essential guide!

A #FutureBoard takes the idea of a vision board one step further—it’s a true visual representation of your desired future life. When utilized correctly, it can be a great tool to help you to turn your dreams into reality—and this book shows you how to do exactly that.

#FutureBoards explains how to identify and create your ideal future with intention, and shows you step-by-step how to create a fabulous board worthy of your wildest dreams and so you can use it to upgrade your entire life.

Get ready to make the life you’re dreaming about a reality with your very own #FutureBoard!


Which of these titles are you most interested to read this summer season?