Book recommendations for business leaders: 6/7/16

Jun 7, 2016 | 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 The Industries of the Future, Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise, and The Second Curve.

The Industries of the Future: A book review by Bob Morris

“A rigorous and revealing exploration of the industries that will drive the next 20 years of change to our economies and societies.”

From Wharton: Beyond 10,000 Hours of Practice: What Experts Do Differently

“Whatever your chosen field or avocation may be, if you take it seriously, you probably wish you could become an expert – the sort of person who earns real success, better opportunities or even just more personal satisfaction from what you do. And if you’re not an expert, you may look at those who are and think, maybe they just came to the task with more natural ability. In fact, it may just be that they have been going about the tasks of getting better in a better way. Florida State professor Anders Ericsson – one of the researchers whose work led to the idea of the 10,000-Hour Rule – has written a new book on the topic with journalist Robert Pool called Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise.”

From John McClenahen: The Handy Challenge

“Talk a walk. And after you do, outdoors or inside, settle in to read some Charles Handy. Not just any Charles Handy, although there are more than a dozen provocative books from which to choose.Turn to his latest book, a collection of essays entitled The Second Curve (London: Random House Books, 2015). Let this former Royal Dutch Shell executive and London Business School professor and now self-described social philosopher share his thoughts with you. His thoughts on reinventing society, including businesses and governments.”

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.