Chertavian, G. (2012). A Year Up: How a Pioneering Program Teaches Young Adults Real Skills for Real Jobs-With Real Success. New York, NY: the Penguin Group.

From book cover flap: There are many good jobs in America - and many urban young adults eager to take them - if they can bridge the Opportunity Divide that keeps motivated workers stuck at the bottom of the job ladder. A Year Up is the inspiring story of a pioneering program that is bridging this divide, with results that have important implications for anyone concerned with rebuilding American prosperity.

Achor, S. (2011). The happiness advantage: The seven principles of positive psychology that fuel success and performance at work. New York, NY. Random House.

Overview: Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This isn’t just an empty mantra. This discovery has been repeatedly borne out by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the globe.