Julie Zhuo

Julie Zhuo

Building Sundial. Angel investor. Former design VP @ FB. Author of "The Making of a Manager" https://t.co/6HwJhCDWta. I love people, products and words.

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20+ Book Recommendations by Julie Zhuo

  • Let's Talk

    Therese Huston

    A game-changing model for giving great feedback that employees hear and take to heart. Recent studies have revealed 44% of managers dread giving feedback, and 65% of employees wish their managers gave more feedback. But fear of hurt feelings leads managers to bite back valuable insights. Or they rehearse feedback conversations obsessively in advance--only to find the interchange still doesn't go as planned. However, critical feedback, delivered skillfully and frequently, can be a game-changer. For managers, feedback can turn average performers into the hardest workers and stars into superstars. Dr. Therese Huston, the founding director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Seattle University, argues that the key to being listened to is to listen. First, find out what kind of feedback an employee wants most: do they want to be appreciated, coached, or evaluated? All three are vital, but if an employee craves one, they'll listen better once they've been heard. Then Huston lays out counterintuitive strategies for delivering each type of feedback successfully: * Start by saying your good intentions out loud: it may feel unnecessary, but it makes all the difference. * Side with the person, not the problem: a bad habit or behavior probably is probably less entrenched than you think. * Give reports a chance to correct inaccurate feedback: they want a good listener more than they want a good talker. This handbook will make a once-awkward chore feel natural, and, by greasing the wheels of regular feedback conversations, help managers improve performance, trust, and mutual understanding.

    One perk of having written a book is that I get sent amazing new books. One of them is @ThereseHuston's "Let's Talk," perfect for review season! It's a superpower to be able to give any feedback to anyone effectively, and this book teaches it beautifully https://t.co/x2jokFiWIe

  • “Meet Tomi Adeyemi—the new J.K. Rowling. (Yep, she’s that good).” —Entertainment Weekly After battling the impossible, Zélie and Amari have finally succeeded in bringing magic back to the land of Orïsha. But the ritual was more powerful than they could’ve imagined, reigniting the powers of not only the maji, but of nobles with magic ancestry, too. Now, Zélie struggles to unite the maji in an Orïsha where the enemy is just as powerful as they are. But when the monarchy and military unite to keep control of Orïsha, Zélie must fight to secure Amari's right to the throne and protect the new maji from the monarchy's wrath. With civil war looming on the horizon, Zélie finds herself at a breaking point: she must discover a way to bring the kingdom together or watch as Orïsha tears itself apart. Children of Virtue and Vengeance is the stunning sequel to Tomi Adeyemi's New York Times-bestselling debut Children of Blood and Bone, the first book in the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy. Praise for Children of Blood and Bone: “Poses thought-provoking questions about race, class and authority that hold up a warning mirror to our sharply divided society.” –The New York Times “The next big thing in literature and film.” —Ebony “A fast-paced, excellently crafted hero's journey...populated with compelling and nuanced black characters.” –NPR “A debut novel that is nearly impossible to put down.”–USA Today

    Help #BlackoutBestsellerList by buying 2 books by Black writers this week. I'm going with CHILDREN OF VIRTUE AND VENGEANCE by @tomi_adeyemi, WHY ARE ALL THE BLACK KIDS SITTING TOGETHER IN THE CAFETERIA? by @BDTSpelman and THE COLLECTED POEMS OF @audre_lorde #blackpublishingpower https://t.co/cgKAwcXvKL

  • Help #BlackoutBestsellerList by buying 2 books by Black writers this week. I'm going with CHILDREN OF VIRTUE AND VENGEANCE by @tomi_adeyemi, WHY ARE ALL THE BLACK KIDS SITTING TOGETHER IN THE CAFETERIA? by @BDTSpelman and THE COLLECTED POEMS OF @audre_lorde #blackpublishingpower https://t.co/cgKAwcXvKL

  • Every poem ever published by the late poet, who is noted for the passion and vision of her poems about being African American, a lesbian, a mother, and a daughter, is collected in a definitive anthology of her work.

    Help #BlackoutBestsellerList by buying 2 books by Black writers this week. I'm going with CHILDREN OF VIRTUE AND VENGEANCE by @tomi_adeyemi, WHY ARE ALL THE BLACK KIDS SITTING TOGETHER IN THE CAFETERIA? by @BDTSpelman and THE COLLECTED POEMS OF @audre_lorde #blackpublishingpower https://t.co/cgKAwcXvKL

  • The Coaching Habit

    Michael Bungay Stanier

    Coaching is an essential skill for leaders. But for most busy, overworked managers, coaching employees is done badly, or not at all. They're just too busy, and it's too hard to change. But what if managers could coach their people in 10 minutes or less? In Michael Bungay Stanier's The Coaching Habit, coaching becomes a regular, informal part of your day so managers and their teams can work less hard and have more impact. Coaching is an art and it's far easier said than done. It takes courage to ask a question rather than offer up advice, provide an answer, or unleash a solution. Giving another person the opportunity to find their own way, make their own mistakes, and create their own wisdom is both brave and vulnerable. It can also mean unlearning our ''fix it'' habits. In this practical and inspiring book, Michael shares seven transformative questions that can make a difference in how we lead and support. And, he guides us through the tricky part - how to take this new information and turn it into habits and a daily practice. -Brené Brown, author of Rising Strong and Daring Greatly Drawing on years of experience training more than 10,000 busy managers from around the globe in practical, everyday coaching skills, Bungay Stanier reveals how to unlock your peoples' potential. He unpacks seven essential coaching questions to demonstrate how---by saying less and asking more--you can develop coaching methods that produce great results. - Get straight to the point in any conversation with The Kickstart Question - Stay on track during any interaction with The AWE Question - Save hours of time for yourself with The Lazy Question, and hours of time for others with The Strategic Question - Get to the heart of any interpersonal or external challenge with The Focus Question and The Foundation Question - Finally, ensure others find your coaching as beneficial as you do with The Learning Question A fresh, innovative take on the traditional how-to manual, the book combines insider information with research based in neuroscience and behavioural economics, together with interactive training tools to turn practical advice into practiced habits. Dynamic question-and-answer sections help identify old habits and kick-start new behaviour, making sure you get the most out of all seven chapters. Witty and conversational, The Coaching Habit takes your work--and your workplace--from good to great.

    @UdieChima Yes, wonderful book!

  • How Will You Measure Your Life?

    Clayton M. Christensen

    Akin to The Last Lecture in its revelatory perspective following life-altering events, "How Will You Measure Your Life?" presents a set of personal guidelines that have helped the author find meaning and happiness in his life.

    I just read Christensen's "How Will You Measure Your Life" and found it to be powerful in thinking about how to make the most of our time here on earth. Inspired by his lead, we ended up defining our own family values. RIP to this influential pioneer. https://t.co/aoqS9MZEIj

  • Instant Wall Street Journal Bestseller! Congratulations, you're a manager! After you pop the champagne, accept the shiny new title, and step into this thrilling next chapter of your career, the truth descends like a fog: you don't really know what you're doing. That's exactly how Julie Zhuo felt when she became a rookie manager at the age of 25. She stared at a long list of logistics--from hiring to firing, from meeting to messaging, from planning to pitching--and faced a thousand questions and uncertainties. How was she supposed to spin teamwork into value? How could she be a good steward of her reports' careers? What was the secret to leading with confidence in new and unexpected situations? Now, having managed dozens of teams spanning tens to hundreds of people, Julie knows the most important lesson of all: great managers are made, not born. If you care enough to be reading this, then you care enough to be a great manager. The Making of a Manager is a modern field guide packed everyday examples and transformative insights, including: * How to tell a great manager from an average manager (illustrations included) * When you should look past an awkward interview and hire someone anyway * How to build trust with your reports through not being a boss * Where to look when you lose faith and lack the answers Whether you're new to the job, a veteran leader, or looking to be promoted, this is the handbook you need to be the kind of manager you wish you had.

    The Making of a Manager is a contender on the Porchlight Business Book Awards! Amazing to be in such good company and to have so many of these books on my shelf. https://t.co/O9xvRbEeVo

  • Founders at Work

    Jessica Livingston

    I am reading “Founders at Work” by Jessica Livingston and Woz’s interview on the founding of Apple makes me feel like he is the closest thing to a real-life Iron Man without the swagger.

  • The Choice

    Edith Eva Eger

    A powerful, moving memoir, and a practical guide to healing, written by Dr. Edie Eger, an eminent psychologist whose own experiences as a Holocaust survivor help her treat patients suffering from traumatic stress disorders.

    The Choice by Edith Eger. Edith survived Auschwitz and takes the reader through her experiences there with a storyteller's voice, as well as how she learned to overcome her trauma with this lesson: we can’t change the past, but we always have a choice in approaching the future.

  • No idea what you're doing? No problem. Good managers are made, not born. Top tech executive Julie Zhuo remembers the moment when she was asked to lead a team. She felt like she’d won the golden ticket, until reality came crashing in. She was just 25 and had barely any experience being managed, let alone managing others. Her co-workers became her employees overnight, and she faced a series of anxiety-inducing firsts, including agonising over whether to hire an interviewee; seeking the respect of reports who were cleverer than her; and having to fire someone she liked. Like most first-time managers, she wasn’t given any formal training, and had no resources to turn to for help. It took her years to find her way, but now she’s offering you the short-cut to success. This is the book she wishes she had on day one. Here, she offers practical, accessible advice like: · Don’t hide thorny problems from your own manager; you’re better off seeking help quickly and honestly · Before you fire someone for failure to collaborate, figure out if the problem is temperamental or just a lack of training or coaching · Don’t offer critical feedback in a ‘compliment sandwich’ – there’s a better way! Whether you're new to the job, a veteran leader, or looking to be promoted, this is the handbook you need to be the kind of manager you've always wanted.

    To manage others better, you must first manage yourself. Get to brutal honesty with yourself. Know your strengths, weaknesses, and how do operate at your best. An excerpt from my book “The Making of a Manager”: https://t.co/XU18STAmiH

  • No idea what you're doing? No problem. Good managers are made, not born. Top tech executive Julie Zhuo remembers the moment when she was asked to lead a team. She felt like she’d won the golden ticket, until reality came crashing in. She was just 25 and had barely any experience being managed, let alone managing others. Her co-workers became her employees overnight, and she faced a series of anxiety-inducing firsts, including agonising over whether to hire an interviewee; seeking the respect of reports who were cleverer than her; and having to fire someone she liked. Like most first-time managers, she wasn’t given any formal training, and had no resources to turn to for help. It took her years to find her way, but now she’s offering you the short-cut to success. This is the book she wishes she had on day one. Here, she offers practical, accessible advice like: · Don’t hide thorny problems from your own manager; you’re better off seeking help quickly and honestly · Before you fire someone for failure to collaborate, figure out if the problem is temperamental or just a lack of training or coaching · Don’t offer critical feedback in a ‘compliment sandwich’ – there’s a better way! Whether you're new to the job, a veteran leader, or looking to be promoted, this is the handbook you need to be the kind of manager you've always wanted.

    My book “The Making of a Manager” is out today 🎉 It’s everything I wish I’d known when I became a manager at the age of 25. Know someone who might benefit from it or looking for a refresher for yourself? Please help me spread the word! https://t.co/h9lcQdaMjb

  • No idea what you're doing? No problem. Good managers are made, not born. Top tech executive Julie Zhuo remembers the moment when she was asked to lead a team. She felt like she’d won the golden ticket, until reality came crashing in. She was just 25 and had barely any experience being managed, let alone managing others. Her co-workers became her employees overnight, and she faced a series of anxiety-inducing firsts, including agonising over whether to hire an interviewee; seeking the respect of reports who were cleverer than her; and having to fire someone she liked. Like most first-time managers, she wasn’t given any formal training, and had no resources to turn to for help. It took her years to find her way, but now she’s offering you the short-cut to success. This is the book she wishes she had on day one. Here, she offers practical, accessible advice like: · Don’t hide thorny problems from your own manager; you’re better off seeking help quickly and honestly · Before you fire someone for failure to collaborate, figure out if the problem is temperamental or just a lack of training or coaching · Don’t offer critical feedback in a ‘compliment sandwich’ – there’s a better way! Whether you're new to the job, a veteran leader, or looking to be promoted, this is the handbook you need to be the kind of manager you've always wanted.

    11 days until book launch! The Making of a Manager — an “everything you need to know” field guide for early career managers. https://t.co/gGjBR7FlWp https://t.co/0T9wB2gdtN

  • THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'MOVE OVER, MARIE KONDO' Washington Post 'EXCELLENT' Telegraph 'YOU WILL FEEL LIKE YOU CAN TAKE ON THE WORLD' Grazia 'WISHING I HAD A RUBIN TO HELP ME MAKE SENSE OF MY BELONGINGS' Red 'DECLUTTER YOUR WAY TO HAPPINESS' Good Housekeeping In the context of a happy life, a messy desk or a crowded wardrobe is a trivial problem - yet Gretchen Rubin found that getting control of our stuff makes us feel more in control of our lives. Ask yourself: DO I NEED IT? DO I LOVE IT? DO I USE IT? With 150 concrete clutter-clearing ideas, insights, strategies, and sometimes surprising tips, Gretchen tackles the key challenges of creating outer order by explaining how to 'make choices', 'create order', 'know yourself', 'cultivate useful habits' and, of course, how to 'add beauty'. At home, at work, and in life, when we get our possessions under control, we can create a more serene environment. With a sense of fun, and a clear idea of what's realistic for most people, Gretchen suggests dozens of manageable steps to help us achieve the lives we yearn for. ALSO BY GRETCHEN RUBIN The Four Tendencies: the indispensable personality profiles that reveal how to make your life better AND Better Than Before: learn how to make good habits and break bad ones, for good AND Happier At Home: a year-long experiment in making the everyday extraordinary

    Congratulations to @GretchenRubin on the release of her new book OUTER ORDER, INNER CALM! I met Gretchen a few years ago in NYC and was instantly struck by how approachable, curious, and yes, CALM this woman was. Now she's got a book on those learnings! https://t.co/aVfNXULywV

  • The Messy Middle

    Scott Belsky

    Silicon Valley is full of start-up success stories; every day stories emerge of a new company with the potential for a billion-dollar valuation and plans for global domination. But what can we really learn from these stories? How many of these start-ups are genuinely successful in the long term? When nine out of ten start-ups end in spectacular burnout, how can we ensure our own success story? While most books and press focus on the more sensational moments of creation and conclusion, The Messy Middle argues that the real key to success is how you navigate the ups-and-downs after initial investment is secured. It will give you all the insights you need to build and optimize your team, improve your product and develop your own capacity to lead. Building on seven years' of meticulous research with entrepreneurs, small agencies, start-ups and billion-dollar companies, Scott Belsky offers indispensable lessons on how to endure and thrive in the long term.

    Congrats to @scottbelsky for the launch of his book The Messy Middle today! For all builders, beyond the “1. Have great idea” and before “3. Profit” step, this book is your lifesaver. I’ve been enjoying it immensely. Check it here: https://t.co/cr1eMNA77v https://t.co/ViZSlgoEtV

  • A hilarious and heartwarming New York Times bestselling novel—now a major motion picture! “This 48-karat beach read is crazy fun.” —Entertainment Weekly When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor. On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.

    I devoured the book “Crazy Rich Asians” and I *LOVED* this movie, which is coming out in two weeks and which I had the opportunity to see a few weeks ago. It means so much that this movie is a story... https://t.co/QZuXMofZri

  • Revenge is no longer enough for Adelina. Banished, her lover dead, she will stop at nothing to destroy the Inquisition and the Dagger Society - but at what cost?

    A day I have been waiting for for months! Book 2 of The Young Elites by dear @Marie_Lu is out! Evening plans = set! http://t.co/Nd388Osw3J

  • Being Mortal

    Atul Gawande

    Is it time the medical profession rethought its approach to the old and terminally ill? In what way? Should doctors be trained to prepare people to die rather than simply be kept alive as long as possible? In Being Mortal, Atul Gawande addresses these questions and argues that an acceptance of mortality must lie at the heart of the way we treat the dying. Questioning, profound and deeply moving, Being Mortal is a must-read.

    @bchesky Being Mortal by @Atul_Gawande

  • Factfulness

    Hans Rosling

    *the #1 Sunday Times bestseller * instant New York Times bestseller * an Observer 'best brainy book of the decade' * #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller * Irish Times bestseller * Audio bestseller * Guardian bestseller * * Endorsed by Barack Obama, Bill and Melinda Gates and Tom Harford, and Longlisted for the 2018 Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year* The international bestseller by legendary statisticians Hans, Ola and Anna Rosling: inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, Factfulness is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world, and make you realise things are better than you thought.

    New @Medium article -- "The Most Influential Things I Read This Year" https://t.co/bkqLDcC1xh"

  • Make Your Mark

    Jocelyn K. Glei

    Offers insights and advice from twenty-one entrepreneurs and experts on building a creative business.

    "Make Your Mark" from @99u dropped last week! Thrilled to contribute alongside @timoreilly @johnmaeda @SebastianThrun http://t.co/RLZ5iBGWZb

  • Make Your Mark

    Jocelyn K. Glei

    Offers insights and advice from twenty-one entrepreneurs and experts on building a creative business.

    Newest @99u book “Make your Mark” comes out in a week, with an article by me on Invisible Design. Excerpt here: http://t.co/LFnabvI77X.

  • The ultimate guide to human-centered design Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault, argues this ingenious -- even liberating -- book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. The problems range from ambiguous and hidden controls to arbitrary relationships between controls and functions, coupled with a lack of feedback or other assistance and unreasonable demands on memorization. The Design of Everyday Things shows that good, usable design is possible. The rules are simple: make things visible, exploit natural relationships that couple function and control, and make intelligent use of constraints. The goal: guide the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time. The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how -- and why -- some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.

    Thoughts after a weekend in NYC, and inspired by one of my favorite books The Design of Everyday Things. http://t.co/xuLcsR4QFA