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Healthy employees are happier, more focused

There’s something going around the office this month. It appears to be a cold; half the staff is sniffling, the other half is coughing, everybody’s sluggish, and you’re not feeling so well yourself. Will this affect your business? Maybe, but in “The Healthy Workplace” by Leigh Stringer, you’ll find ways to minimize it next time.

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Conquer fear, unlock your best ideas

Your mind is a concrete block. Behind it, you’re pretty sure there are ideas — great ones, perhaps — but freeing them, well, good luck. You’re stuck, your brain is stuck, your career is stuck, and you wish you could get out of your own way so you can move ahead. So read “Let Me Out” by Peter Himmelman, and break through the wall.

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Stark introduces ‘The Art of Small Talk’

You had a little talk with one of your employees last week. Her client list has almost no action and few new prospects on it lately, and that’s no good. She blames the economy, says it’s rough out there, and while you know that’s true, you suspect there’s more to the issue: She’s stagnated. With the new book “When Strangers Meet” by Kio Stark, she’ll get back her gift of gab.

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Author ‘pulls no punches’ on workplace discrimination

Nobody just handed you your job. No, you had to strike fast and scratch up a decent résumé that packed a wallop. You knew there were other clock-punchers who wanted that job, too, and you were determined to beat them all. Turns out, though, that the work practically knocks you out every day, but in the new book “Feminist Fight Club” by Jessica Bennett, there are ways to attack your dissatisfaction.

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Author: Embrace diversity, find success

Your business is doing well. It could do better. Just like every other business in America, you have good weeks and bad. Sales go up and they flatten. You have financial feast-or-famine and you’d like more of the former than the latter. Author Lauren Leader-Chivée says she knows how you can achieve that and in “Crossing the Thinnest Line,” she explains.

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Step-by-step approach targets dream, though not unique

There’s nothing left in your reserves, not a drop. You’re done, wondering if this is as far as you’ll ever go, but somehow open to new suggestions. So read “The Full Tank Life” by Ben Tankard. It might just rev your engine again.

Imagine this: You’re driving down the highway on your way to somewhere important, when you glance at the gas gauge and oh, boy, it’s almost on “E.” That’s what your life may be like, but Ben Tankard says you can boost your inner fuel with his “Full Tank Life” method. Since it’s easy to do, you can start now.

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At times, success needs just a slight push

Pick, pick, pick. That’s how you get to success these days. A little win here, a victory there, a couple losses, four steps ahead and two back. So many times, you’ve felt this close to the prize, only to have to start over again. Now read the new book “212: The Extra Degree” by Sam Parker and Mac Anderson, and pick another way to fight.

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“Smart Mom Rich Mom” by Kimberly Palmer

Back-to-school time is almost here, which means back-to-school bills. Your first-grader needs all-new everything. Your third-grader needs a certain kind of crayon. Middle-school requires three different notebooks, and everybody wants new clothes. You’re not sure how that’s going to happen this year, but with “Smart Mom Rich Mom” by Kimberly Palmer, you’ll learn how being financially savvy can help your future.

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“Famous Nathan” By Lloyd Handwerker with Gil Reavill

Mom always loved you best. I can beat you at that. You got more than me, more from Santa and a bigger birthday cake. I was Dad’s favorite, I’m better than you, and sibling rivalry can linger long past childhood. It’s not pretty and, as you’ll see in “Famous Nathan” by Lloyd Handwerker (with Gil Reavill), it can bring down an empire.

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“Born for This” by Chris Guillebeau

You have a job. It’s fine. Really, it’s nothing earth-shattering. You show up, do the work, get paid, go home, and do it again the next time. Sometimes, you’re miserable, but mostly, it’s okay — though you wonder every now and then if that’s all there is. In the new book “Born for This” by Chris Guillebeau, you’ll see that it doesn’t have to be.