Brain Rules

If you are at all interested in how to improve the performance of your greatest asset: your mind then this book is an excellent place to start.  Written by an eminent brain scientist, but don’t let that put you off: his written style is very easy to read and quite humorous.  This book covers twelve key rules to helping improve your brains performance at home, work and school.  Which I think is of interest to all professionals with a desire to improve themselves and their performance.

This book also comes with a bonus DVD featuring some extra content presented in the form of mini documentaries which are quite useful.

Managing Humans

This is perhaps one of the most readable and humorous books on managing that special breed of homo sapien: software engineers that exists.  The author Michael Lopp (‘Rands in Repose’ blog) draws on his years of experience to describe in his humorous style the different types of software engineers he has encountered over the years and how to manage them;  How to deal with meetings effectively by identifying the key players from the rest;  Your first ninety days at a new company;  Phone screening prospective new hires and more.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is responsible for more than just themselves at work and needs to figure out what to do next.  The authors blog ‘Rands in Repose’ is also highly recommended reading.