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JUNE'S FC READERS' CHOICE AWARD

Bestseller lists? Forget them. We want to highlight the books that really matter, and we want your help. Here's how to play Book Club, Fast Company style:

  1. Purchase and read the FC Readers' Choice Award picked by you, our readers.
  2. Discuss the book with other readers in our online discussions or at a Fast Company Book Club Meetup event -- or start your own face-to-face discussion group.
  3. Vote for next month's book. We'll give you 5 choices that align with our mission: to help you work smarter and lead better. Browse the excerpts and vote for your favorite.

* JUNE'S FC READERS' CHOICE AWARD

Ideas are Free: How the Idea Revolution is Liberating People and Transforming Organizations
by Alan G. Robinson and Dean M. Schroeder

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Scottish shipbuilder William Denny put up the world's first industrial suggestion box in 1886, and thousands of companies have since followed suit. Most of us know what happens to the slips of paper inside them -- and that's the shame. "Every day, millions of working people see problems and opportunities that their managers do not," the authors write. The book presents an outline for establishing an idea-generation program in virtually any workplace.

* VOTE FOR AUGUST'S BOOK OF THE MONTH

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book cover Managers Not MBAs : A Hard Look at the Soft Practice of Managing and Management Development
by Henry Mintzberg
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book cover Super Chef : The Making of the Great Modern Restaurant Empires
by Juliette Rossant
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book cover Unstuck
by Keith Yamashita and Sandra Spataro
4
book cover The Working Poor : Invisible in America
by David K. Shipler
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book cover The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works
by Ricardo Semler