Book recommendations for business leaders: 5/11/17

May 11, 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 EXTREME YOU: Step Up. Stand Out. Kick Ass. Repeat, The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World, Stop Guessing, and The Talent Delusion.

From Lindsey Pollak: Extreme Career Success: An Interview with Sarah Robb O’Hagan, CEO of Flywheel Sports

“EXTREME YOU: Step Up. Stand Out. Kick Ass. Repeat. How could you hear that book title and not want to dive right in?”

Thanks to Smartbrief on Leadership for pointing me to this story

From Wharton: Anne-Marie Slaughter: Why We Need Fewer ‘Tribes’ and More Networks

“In her new book, The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World, Slaughter argues that civic societies all over the world have an opportunity to rebuild their networks of relationships, especially in the digital age. Such networks can bring about change in the long run, supplementing geopolitical chess moves such as checking a Russian invasion. Slaughter, who is also professor emerita of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, recently discussed her book on the Knowledge@Wharton show.”

From Michael McKinney: The 9 Behaviors of Great Problem Solvers

“We need to stop guessing. ‘Every unsolved problem is bottlenecked by not understanding the root cause at a fundamental level.’ In Stop Guessing, Nat Greene explains 9 behaviors that great problem-solvers use to solve hard problems. Here are his behavior summaries:”

From Max Beilby: Overview: The Talent Delusion, by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

“In The Talent Delusion, Professor of Business Psychology and CEO of Hogan Assessments Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic places the blame firmly on existing management practices. More specifically, Chamorro-Premuzic argues that this state of affairs is due to the science-practitioner gap: the gap between what psychological science knows, and what managers practice. ‘Psychology, the science of understanding people, should be a pivotal tool for solving these problems, yet most organisations play it by ear.’”

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 Bob Morris’ Blogging on Business.