Now Available on NetGalley: THE HEALTHY WORKPLACE

Cover art for The Healthy Workplace by Leigh Stringer We talk about health more than ever nowadays, but how healthy can a person be when spending eight hours a day (let’s be real–probably more!) at a desk? The best employers know that employee health is in their hands–and that employee health plays a big role in the health of their businesses. THE HEALTHY WORKPLACE: How to Improve the Well-Being of Your Employees—and Boost Your Company’s Bottom Line by Leigh Stringer takes on workplace wellness and provides solutions for managers reconsidering their team policies, for HR departments seeking innovative health-related employee benefits and incentives, and for executives choosing company-wide strategies and even office designs that prioritize health. Journalists, booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, and media professionals interested in health and workplace wellness are invited to request The Healthy Workplace for review.

When employees thrive, the company thrives.

Is your workplace working for you and your employees? Studies show that unhealthy work habits, like staring at computer screens and rushing through fast-food lunches are taking their toll in the form of increased absenteeism, lost productivity, and higher insurance costs—but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Companies such as Google, Apple, Aetna, and Johnson & Johnson have used innovative techniques to incorporate healthy habits and practices into the workday and into their culture—with impressive ROI. Packed with real-life examples and the latest research, The Healthy Workplace proves that it pays to invest in your people’s well-being and reveals how to:

Create a healthier, more energizing environment • Reduce stress to enhance concentration • Inspire movement at work • Use choice architecture to encourage beneficial behaviors • Support better sleep • Heighten productivity without adding hours to the workday

Filled with tips for immediate improvement and guidelines for building a long-term plan, The Healthy Workplace will boost both employee well-being and the bottom line.

LEIGH STRINGER is Senior Workplace Expert for EYP Architecture & Engineering and is researching employee health and productivity in conjunction with the Harvard School of Public Health, the Center for Active Design, and other leading organizations.

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Introducing AMACOM … Lia

Next in the “Introducing AMACOM” series is Rights & International Sales Assistant Lia Ding. Welcome, Lia!

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Lia with a copy of Talking to Crazy and its audiobook edition

What did you do before you joined AMACOM in November?

I was a graduate student at NYU for a degree in publishing. During my time in school, I interned for Oxford University Press and Sterling Lord Literistic, working on the editorial side of children’s books at both. Before I came to New York, I grew up in Taiwan and then went to Japan for college.

What are some of your responsibilities as Rights & International Sales Assistant?

Basically, I keep track of everything, from contracts, royalties, payments, to options, translations, and rights’ reversions. And since we don’t have a contracts or a royalty department, I’m also responsible for drafting contracts and invoicing foreign publishers. The privilege of being at a smaller publisher is that you get to learn more and be exposed to various aspects of the industry!

My favorite part is corresponding with agents and publishers abroad who are interested in AMACOM titles. Whenever there’s a conversation started between my manager, Therese Mausser, and our clients around the world, I make sure it flows smoothly by getting them the material they need and follow-up regularly. I’m also going to the Frankfurt Book Fair this October, and I can’t wait to introduce our fabulous books to all the agents and publishers.

What are the big challenges you face in your job?

There are so many steps involved in each process. For example, when we receive a contract from another publisher, I log it in 4 different files,  record it in another 3 folders, draft email to author/agent/editor and save it for our record, and mail the contract back with sample copies (record that too!). It’s always good to review again to make sure I did not miss anything.

What AMACOM book are you most excited about right now?

I’m actually most excited about Talking to Crazy by Mark Goulston. Although it’s a title published before I joined AMACOM, we recently sold the Chinese (simplified)-language rights with a pretty good deal. And the audio edition of Talking to Crazy has just won an Earphones Award from Audiofile Magazine! The book teaches you how to deal with irrational and difficult people in our life with practical communication techniques. It’s useful to not only in business occasion but daily life as well.

What else have you been reading recently?

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
Knife by Kiyoshi Shigematsu
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Before that I read:
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Century Law by Muneki Yamada

What would you be doing if you weren’t in your position at AMACOM?

If I weren’t with AMACOM, you would still find me in publishing, most likely in children’s books.
If not, either working on something that’s “international” or working at a café of my own (filled with delicious home-made food and awesome books)!

Thanks, Lia! For more posts in our Introducing AMACOM series, please click here.

Webcast: The 10 Laws of Trust with Joel Peterson

Photo of Joel Peterson, author of 10 Laws of TrustNext month, the American Management Association New Media team will host a webcast with Joel Peterson, author of THE 10 LAWS OF TRUST: Building the Bonds that Make a Business Great. Peterson will discuss how vital trust is in the creation of successful businesses, and how leaders can build trust in their own organizations.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern
Fee: Complimentary
Meeting Number: 17921-00001
Register Here

Trust is the glue that holds an organization together. It turns deflection into transparency, suspicion into empowerment, and conflict into creativity. With it, a tiny company like John Deere grew into a worldwide leader.

Without it, a giant corporation like Enron toppled.

In this webcast, JetBlue chairman Joel Peterson explores how a culture of trust gives companies an edge.

Consider this: What does it feel like to work for a firm where leaders and colleagues trust one another? Freed from micromanagement and rivalry, every employee contributes his or her best. Risk taking and innovation become the norm.

Join us to gain practical insight into ways to establish and maintain a culture of trust.


While attending this program is FREE, reservations are required.

Register for Joel Peterson’s AMA Webcast.

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Joel Peterson is the Chairman of JetBlue Airways and a consulting professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In addition, he is chairman of Peterson Partners, a Salt Lake City-based private equity group with $1 billion under management. Formerly he was Managing Partner of Trammel Crow, one of the nation’s leading real estate developers. He is the author of The 10 Laws of Trust, published by AMACOM.

Introducing AMACOM … Taylor

Next in the “Introducing AMACOM” series is Production Assistant Taylor Pitts. Welcome, Taylor!

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Taylor with a galley of Sell with a Story by Paul Smith

What did you do before you joined AMACOM in January?

Before joining AMACOM, I gained publishing experience through an internship with FinePrint Literary Management, where I assisted agent and CEO Peter Rubie with his day-to-day workload. I trudged my way through the slush pile and alerted Peter to any gems I found, read the partial and full manuscripts of those we requested, drafted reader’s reports, and followed up with editors on various projects. Before that, I completed my bachelor’s in English Literature at Missouri State University while working a remote internship with a small, independent publishing company and tutoring students at the university’s writing center.

What are some of your responsibilities as Production Assistant?

Some of my responsibilities include applying for copyright for each of our titles; corresponding with and sending books to the Library of Congress and Cataloging in Publication Program; processing invoices and requesting purchase orders; helping our managing editor, Andy Ambraziejus, keep track of reprints and general scheduling; copyediting and proofreading manuscripts; and updating our database and corresponding with our outsourcing production company, Neuwirth & Associates. I also occasionally partake in riveting discussions about grammar, the Chicago Manual of Style, and the infamous Oxford comma with the other members in our department, and anyone close by who happens to care enough to share an opinion.

What are the big challenges you face in your job?

I would say one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced in my job so far is familiarizing myself with the timeline of the publishing industry and keeping track of the entire production process. There are so many steps that go into making a book that I never realized before accepting this position at AMACOM. I feel I’ve learned so much already—but I still refer to our production schedule for just about everything.

What AMACOM book are you most excited about right now?

I’m really excited about one of our titles coming out this fall, Sell with a Story. Being a writer myself and a natural storyteller, I can really relate to some of the tips and scenarios Paul Smith includes in his book. Although I would never describe myself as a salesperson, I understand the importance of being able to craft an authentic and entertaining story as a means of connecting with the people you’re trying to reach.

What else have you been reading recently?

Currently I’m reading My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, the first book in her Neapolitan Novels. I’m completely hooked and have hardly been able to put it down. She’s quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors, which is something I haven’t been able to say with fervor since Flannery O’Connor or Faulkner (or, more recently, George R. R. Martin and his A Song of Ice and Fire saga). Before that, I read Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City, Slaughterhouse-Five, and The Luckiest Girl Alive.

What would you be doing if you weren’t in your position at AMACOM?

If I weren’t the Production Assistant at AMACOM, I would likely be in grad school pursuing Comparative Literature or a similar field. Either that or you’d find me satisfying my wanderlust by teaching English abroad.

Thanks, Taylor! For more posts in our Introducing AMACOM series, please click here.

Webcast on Your Own Terms: Taking Charge of Any Negotiation

DaviddsYasmin Davidds, author of YOUR OWN TERMS: A Woman’s Guide to Taking Charge of Any Negotiation (AMACOM August 2015), recently recorded a live webcast with the American Management Association. Negotiation skills are some of the most important tools in any businessperson’s kit–but women are often socialized not to advocate for themselves too aggressively, and when they do, it’s not greeted kindly.

Enter negotiation expert Yasmin Davidds, who has trained and consulted thousands of corporate leaders in over 200 blue chip companies throughout 22 countries in the art and skill of negotiation. To experience some of her wisdom for free, click through to view this AMA webinar. You’ll need to log in with your free MyAMA account.

When women negotiate, to what degree should they disclose what they hope to receive from the negotiation, and how should they go about revealing their desires?  The answer to a great extent depends on the type of person they are negotiating with and how they wish the other to perceive them.

In order for women to position themselves properly in any negotiation, they must learn to identify and adapt to their counterpart’s negotiation style.

By the end of this webcast, women will be able to: 1. identify their own negotiation style; 2. identify others’ negotiation styles; and 3. position themselves for a win-win outcome.

Click here for the webcast Your Own Terms: Taking Charge of Any Negotiation.