Audiobooks on the Future of Work

As technology advances and a new generation moves into leadership positions, work practices and trends inevitably begin to shift. These changes, along with the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic, can make thinking about the future of work feel overwhelming and unpredictable.

Luckily, there is no shortage of content to help us prepare for the workplace of tomorrow. We’re here to help by sharing audiobooks from Silicon Valley’s top leadership trainers, the Harvard Business Review, and more.

So whether you’re worried that robots will take your job or you’re simply trying to keep up with the workplace trends of companies like Google, we’ve got you covered.

Read on to learn about the future of work in three important categories: Remote Work, Management and Leadership, and Technology.

Audiobooks on Remote Work

Work Together Anywhere by Kirsten Janene-Nelson and Lisette Sutherland, narrated by Megan Tusing

Book cover for Work Together Anywhere, an audiobook about remote work.

In Work Together Anywhere, Lisette Sutherland, an international champion of virtual-team strategies, offers a complete blueprint for optimizing team success by supporting every member of every team.

Packed with actionable advice for cultivating agility, camaraderie, and collaboration, Work Together Anywhere is a thorough and inspiring must-have guide for getting ahead in today’s remote-working world.

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Remote: Office Not Required by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried, narrated by Rebecca Lowman

Book cover for Remote, an audiobook about remote work.

The classic guide to working from home and why we should embrace a virtual office, from the bestselling authors of Rework.

Does working from home—or anywhere else but the office—make sense? In Remote, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, the founders of Basecamp, bring new insight to the hotly debated argument. While providing a complete overview of remote work’s challenges, Jason and David persuasively argue that, often, the advantages of working “off-site” far outweigh the drawbacks.

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The Long-Distance Teammate by Wayne Turmel and Kevin Eikenberry, narrated by Tom Dheere

Book cover for The Long Distanced Teammate, an audiobook about remote work.

What does it mean to “go to work” when you don’t actually leave the house? This is the ultimate guide for remote workers who want to stay engaged as team members, maintain robust work relationships, and keep an eye on their long-term career goals.

Even before the coronavirus hit, remote work was growing at nearly 30 percent per year, and now it’s just a fact of life. The Long-Distance Teammate tackles three important issues: navigating the personal and interpersonal, growing the skills to be productive, and communicating effectively—all from a distance.

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Management & Leadership Audiobooks

Work That Counts by Richard Lee, narrated by Jonathan Todd RossKevin R. Free

Book cover for Work That Counts, an audiobook about Leadership.

One of Silicon Valley’s top leadership trainers distills his proven framework that has empowered teams at the world’s most innovative companies—from Google and Facebook to Cisco Systems and biotech giant Genentech/Roche—to do the best work of their lives.

Work That Counts is a groundbreaking guide, filled with assessments and real-world examples that will empower organizations to make the most of their people and become more than the sum of their parts.

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Virtual Leadership by Penny Pullan, narrated by Karen Cass

Book cover for Virtual Leadership, an audiobook about management in an era of WFH.

Virtual working is an important and growing trend in the global employment landscape. However, unlocking the benefits of virtual work depends largely on the organizational culture, management, and leadership to support it. Without the knowledge and skills to be effective in leading virtually, many managers are reluctant to embrace it.

Virtual Leadership focuses on tried and tested strategies for being a better leader in a virtual working scenario and directly addresses the common challenges of managing a company of telecommuters using real-life examples from organizations all over the world.

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Leading from Anywhere by David Burkus, narrated by David Burkus

Book cover for Leading from Anywhere, an audiobook about Leadership during WFH.

How can managers ensure that their businesses run as usual when the way that we work looks so… unusual? Top business thought leader David Burkus has mined the very best research on virtual teams and case studies of companies that have not just survived but thrived through remote work.

Structured around the lifecycle of working on a team, Burkus tackles the key inflection points and challenges that managers face in this new landscape. If you want your remote team to have a harmonious work-life balance while increasing productivity, this is your indispensable guide. 

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Audiobooks on Technology & Innovation

The Future Is Faster Than You Think by Peter H. DiamandisSteven Kotler, narrated by Peter H. Diamandis

Book cover for The Future is Faster Than You Think, an audiobook about technology and how it will impact the future of a workplace.

What happens as AI, robotics, virtual reality, digital biology, and sensors crash into 3D printing, blockchain, and global gigabit networks? How will these convergences transform today’s legacy industries? What will happen to the way we raise our kids, govern our nations, and care for our planet?

From the New York Times bestselling authors of Abundance and Bold comes a practical playbook for technological convergence in our modern era.

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The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly, narrated by George Newbern

Book cover for The Inevitable, an audiobook about technology and how it will impact the future of a workplace.

Much of what will happen in the next thirty years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In this fascinating, provocative new book, Kevin Kelly provides an optimistic road map for the future.

Kelly’s bright, hopeful book will be indispensable to anyone who seeks guidance on where their business, industry, or life is heading—what to invent, where to work, in what to invest, how to better reach customers, and what to begin to put into place—as this new world emerges.

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AI Superpowers by Kai-Fu Lee, narrated by Mikael Naramore

Book cover for AI Superpowers an audiobook about technology and how it will impact the future of a workplace.

Dr. Kai-Fu Lee—one of the world’s most respected experts on AI and China—reveals that China has suddenly caught up to the US at an astonishingly rapid and unexpected pace.

In AI Superpowers, Kai-fu Lee argues powerfully that because of these unprecedented developments in AI, dramatic changes will be happening much sooner than many of us expected. Most experts already say that AI will have a devastating impact on blue-collar jobs. But Lee predicts that Chinese and American AI will have a strong impact on white-collar jobs as well.

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