Good reads and good gifts in today’s challenging times

The truth is no time is a perfect or imperfect time when it’s a matter of fine-tuning a working professional’s job-oriented skills! Especially when corporate growth is slowing and job losses are given, you can make a meaningful contribution to your colleague’s work life with a nice timely gift.

Why not prompt them to update skills, and reorient themselves to tackle unfavorable situation and turn it to their advantage – personally and professionally. Why not help them draw valuable lessons from other’s success stories? A book you can consider gifting is ‘The Fine Print of Life: How Panna Lal Found Happiness Wisdom and Mishri Devi’ by P. S. Wasu (Publisher: Harper Collins), showing how to live life in the ‘here & now’ with curiosity, energy and enthusiasm.

Perhaps this book will help one of your friends or colleagues help cope with impending job trouble. There is no magic wand to solving life’s problems, an introduction to it states.

“But short of that, ‘The Fine Print of Life’ shows us how we can live creatively and joyously. The book is not about making hard work of life. It is about letting go, effortlessly and spontaneously, and brings our childhood back, showing us how to live life in the here and now – with wonder and curiosity, energy and enthusiasm. Trusting our impulses and acting upon them. Best of all, feeling life is beautiful and it is great to be alive.”

Managers might need something steelier so think of gifting Tata McGraw-Hill’s ‘Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty: The New Rules for Getting the Right Things Done in Difficult Times’, by Ram Charan is definitely worth a look. To help them build virtual communities in the era of Facebook and Twitter, ‘Know Me, Like Me, Follow Me: What Online Social Networking Means for You’ and ‘Your Business’ by Penny & Thomas Power, can well come in handy.

If you believe your struggling friend needs some lessons in influencing people, there’s the timeless ‘7 Secrets of Influence’ by Elaina Zucker. The book outlines how this vital ‘portable power’ can be acquired, implemented, and mastered. Penguin has another book by Subroto Bagchi entitled simply ‘The Professional’.

On the other hand, in ‘You Can Win’ (With VCD), author Shiv Khera tries to focus on personal growth as the key aspect to be successful in life. He asserts the importance of positive attitude for conquering the barriers on the path to success, using several anecdotes to explain such concepts and seeks to dispel the sources of confusion common in one’s life.

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