Book recommendations for business leaders: 7/26/17

Jul 27, 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 The Power of Little Ideas: A Low-Risk, High-Reward Approach to Innovation, Option B, Mapping Innovation, Humility is the New Smart, and Own It: The Power of Women at Work.

From Wharton: Innovation Strategy that Saved Apple, Lego and Disney

“In his book, The Power of Little Ideas: A Low-Risk, High-Reward Approach to Innovation, Robertson talks about a more practical way companies can innovate: by focusing on complementary actions around a key product. He teaches innovation and product development at Wharton and is the host of Innovation Navigation, a Wharton Business Radio program.”

From Leigh Buchanan: How to Gain Strength From Your Darkest Moments

“In 2015 Silicon Valley executive Dave Goldberg died suddenly while on vacation in Mexico with his wife, Sheryl Sandberg. Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, has spent the last two years struggling: to normalize life for her children, to get comfortable accepting the help of friends and family, to regain confidence at work, and to rediscover hope. Adam Grant, the Wharton professor who is Sandberg’s friend and writing partner, has been by her side, offering the comfort of research into resilience and tools for emerging from grief. The two have just published Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, a book that draws on Sandberg’s journey, Grant’s research, and interviews with survivors of the worst. (You can read our review here.) Grant recently spoke in an interview about how to come back stronger on the other side of suffering.”

From Braden Kelley: Go Out and Find a Problem Worth Solving

“I had the opportunity recently to interview fellow Innovation author Greg Satell to talk with him about his new book Mapping Innovation, which is his first book. Congratulations Greg!”

From Michael McKinney: Humility is the New Smart: Are You Ready?

“The Smart Machine Age (SMA) will revolutionize how most of us live and work. In Humility is the New Smart, the authors state that ‘smart technologies will become ubiquitous, invading and changing many aspects of our professional and personal lives and in many ways challenging our fundamental beliefs about success, opportunity, and the American Dream.’ This means that the ‘number and types of available jobs and required skills will turn our lives and our children’s lives upside down.’”

From Jill Priluck: Woman at Work

“In a new memoir, Wall Street veteran Sallie Krawcheck recalls her career and her evolution into an entrepreneur and advocate for women in the workplace.”

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.