Book recommendations for business leaders: 10/19/17

Oct 19, 2017 | 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 Why? What Makes Us Curious, Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World, Face Value: The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions, The Bridge to Growth: How Servant Leaders Achieve Better Results and Why It Matters Now More Than Ever, and No Ego.

From Wharton: The ‘Why’ Behind Asking Why: The Science of Curiosity

“Curiosity is a fundamental human trait. Everyone is curious, but the object and degree of that curiosity is different depending on the person and the situation. Astrophysicist and author Mario Livio was so curious about curiosity that he wrote a book about it. He recently appeared on the Knowledge@Wharton show on SiriusXM channel 111 to talk about what he learned in the course of writing his book, Why? What Makes Us Curious.”

From Shane Parrish: The Value of Play As a Driver of Innovation

“Innovation does not always have to be the result of serious study and agonizing progress. As Steven Johnson so eloquently argues in Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World, many of the activities and endeavors we have undertaken for pleasure have fueled an exceptional amount of innovation and discovery.”

From Theodore Kinni: Why First Impressions Are Often Wrong

“In his new book, Face Value, Princeton psychologist Alexander Todorov explores our predilection for judging other people by their faces.”

From Skip Prichard: How Servant Leaders Achieve Better Results

“I’ve written and spoken about servant leadership all over the world. And so I read with great interest Jude’s new book, The Bridge to Growth: How Servant Leaders Achieve Better Results and Why It Matters Now More Than Ever and asked him to share some of his thinking and research with you.”

From Michael McKinney: How to Bypass Ego-Driven Drama

“THE WORLD IS full of drama. Rather than deal with reality in a constructive way, we engage in drama. It’s easier than working on what we need to deal with. It makes us feel like we are doing something. We like it, and we bring it to work. Cy Wakeman writes in No Ego, that we spend way too much time in the workplace dealing with drama caused by our egos.”

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