Summertime-reading recommendations are usually about escapism -- mysteries, thrillers, melodramas, romances -- meant to stand in for vacations from our everyday lives. And there is no shortage of this kind of list. But I'd like to add a different sort of book to your summer-reading queue. While it's not escapism, it is about a departure from our everyday work lives. I'm talking about The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh, which just came out today. Hoffman is the founder of LinkedIn and a partner at Greylock and has made early-stage investments in companies like Facebook, Flickr, Zynga and Last.fm. Casnocha, in addition to being an entrepreneur himself, was once Hoffman's chief of staff at LinkedIn and his co-author of the bestselling The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career. Yeh is a VP at Pbworks, co-founder of Wasabi Ventures and a longtime blogger. In other words, the authors have a lot of entrepreneurial street cred.
The Alliance shows how the workplace has changed in recent decades, and how these changes have broken down the trust in the relationship between employers and employees, to everyone's detriment. And then it shows a way forward so that all benefit.