The seasons are changing and according to productivity experts, so should your routine.

"We live in a world of seasons, but productivity advice seems to always think in terms of the day, the week, the year, or five years, never the season," writer Matt Thomas points out. "To quote Ecclesiastes 3:1, 'To every thing there is a season.' What if we took that adage seriously, not just by buying pumpkin spice lattes but by doing key things in a more fall-like way?"

It's advice Adam Grant apparently takes seriously. Via LinkedIn the bestselling author and star Wharton professor recently suggested that fall is the perfect time to shake up your thinking with fresh, new ideas, offering a dozen new books that can help you do just that. A new season needs new perspectives. These reads deliver them.

1. Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee

"Joy is the most basic building block of happiness, and this mesmerizing book reveals where to find it--and how to create it," says Grant of this title from a former IDEO portfolio director. It was released last week.

2. The Person You Mean to Be by Dolly Chugh

Another book out last week, this one is a "lively, evidence-based book about how to battle biases, champion diversity and inclusion, and advocate for those who lack power and privilege," according to Grant.

3. Farsighted by Steven Johnson

"Our biggest regrets in life revolve around situations in which we made the wrong predictions about the future. A popular science and history writer illuminates why we're so vulnerable to poor long-term decision-making," says Grant. It's out now.

4. The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

Another super recent release, this one is from a First Amendment specialist and a prominent social psychologist. It's basically a manual on how and why not be a helicopter parent.

5. Rule Makers, Rule Breakers by Michele Gelfand

Just out yesterday, in this book "a leading expert on the psychology of culture reveals how political divides, happiness and suicide rates, and the coexistence of crime and creativity can all be traced to a fundamental but neglected dimension of social norms." Sounds fascinating.

6. The Personality Brokers by Merve Emre

Grant describes this one as "a sparkling biography--not of a person, but of a popular personality tool." The book "deftly exposes the hidden origins of the MBTI and the seductive appeal and fatal flaws of personality types." It too is fresh off the presses yesterday.

7. Imagine It Forward by Beth Comstock

"This book is full of insights about how to thrive in a bureaucracy--and then transform it into an innovation machine," explains Grant. Who couldn't use a little guidance on that topic? You can buy it from September 18th.

8. Wisdom at Work by Chip Conley

Also out next week, this one from an Airbnb executive is "an engaging, timely exploration of how to bring more wisdom from elders into our work lives," including "strategies for thriving in mid-career, combating ageism, and coaching and learning from Millennials."

9. AI Superpowers by Kaifu Lee

Due out the 25th, this book is "by one of China's most influential technology investors, who previously did pioneering artificial intelligence work at Google, Microsoft, and Apple." In it "he presents an exciting vision of how the next wave of technology could actually improve our jobs and prevent them from taking over our lives," says Grant. (If you're looking to get a better handle on A.I. generally, these books are a good place to start.)  

10. Thirst by Scott Harrison

"This book does for the soul what water does for a parched throat. Scott Harrison shares his extraordinary transformation from party animal into the visionary leader of charity:water, one of the world's most creative charities," writes Grant. It's out October 2nd.  

11. Blitzscaling by Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh

One for entrepreneurs in the market for hands on advice from a LinkedIn co-founder and VC. Grant calls it "the manual on how to grow a company rapidly--and when that's even worth trying in the first place." Get it October 9th.

12. The Job by Ellen Ruppel Shell

You'll have to wait until October 23rd to pick up this "masterful book about the fundamental role of work in our lives: why it matters, why it's broken, and how we can fix it."

Looking for more suggestions for fall reading? Follow Grant on LinkedIn for his regular, thoughtful book recommendations. Or check out other people's ideas of the perfect autumn read.

Published on: Sep 11, 2018