Book recommendations for business leaders: 10/25/18

Oct 25, 2018 | Reading Lists

Stephen King says that if you want to be a writer, there are two things you must do: read a lot and write a lot. This is about the “read a lot” part. I include reading lists and book reviews that will help you do business more effectively and write better for business.

In this post, I point you to reviews of Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, The Deep Learning Revolution, Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations, and Leadership: In Turbulent Times.

From Stephen Lynch: Team of Teams. Business lessons from an Army General

“I have written previously that some authors write dismissively of military leadership and its applicability to modern business. I wonder how familiar they are with how modern elite military units actually operate? They might be surprised to know that military leaders have overcome many of the challenges of managing people in the modern era, challenges that business leaders are only just beginning to understand.”

From Kevin Eikenberry: Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder

“In a world with people from four generations in the workplace, understanding how you can best contribute can be hard. For the older ranks at work, it might be hard to adjust as the ‘digital natives’ begin to lead. Chip Conley suggests that the world for mid-career workers can be more exciting. They can be a more important part of any team with a few shifts in thinking.”

From Angela Chen: A pioneering scientist explains ‘deep learning’

“Sejnowski, a pioneer in the study of learning algorithms, is the author of The Deep Learning Revolution. He argues that the hype about killer AI or robots making us obsolete ignores exciting possibilities happening in the fields of computer science and neuroscience, and what can happen when artificial intelligence meets human intelligence.”

Thanks to Smartbrief on Leadership for pointing me to this article.

From Skip Prichard: Unleashing Passion and Performance in Younger Generations

“Mark Perna is an author, CEO and generational expert. His new book Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose and Performance in Younger Generations, is designed to help leaders awaken the potential of the Why Generation. I recently had the opportunity to ask him about his research and new book.”

From Michael McKinney: Leadership in Turbulent Times

“DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN has spent a lifetime studying the lives of four U.S. presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson. In Leadership in Turbulent Times, she brings them together to study the development of their leadership potential and the mark they left on history.”

Reading recommendations are a regular feature of this blog. Want more recommendations about what to read? Check out my Three Star Leadership blog, Michael McKinney’s LeadingBlog, and Skip Prichard’s Leadership Insights.

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