Book recommendations for business leaders: 5/30/19

May 30, 2019 | 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 A Human’s Guide to Machine Intelligence: How Algorithms Are Shaping Our Lives and How We Can Stay in Control, The Technology Fallacy: How People Are the Real Key to Digital Transformation, Team Quotient, Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries, and Cracking Complexity: The Breakthrough Formula for Solving Just About Anything Fast. Plus Bill Gates’ suggestions for summer reading.

From Bob Morris: A Human’s Guide to Machine Intelligence

“As I have indicated in several previous blog posts, I am convinced that most of the best career opportunities will be in the fields of alternative energies, and, in AI collaborations with machines. These opportunities are suggested in recently published books such as Paul Daugherty and H. James Wilson’s Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI, Thomas Davenport’s The AI Advantage: How to Put the Artificial Intelligence Revolution to Work, and Ajay Agrawal’s Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence. Add Kartik Hosanagar’s book to that list.”

From Michael McKinney: Is Your Organization Digitally Mature

“Digital disruption is more about the people than it is the technology. People are the focus of The Technology Fallacy by Gerald Kane, Anh Phillips, Jonathan Copulsky, and Garth Andrus. ‘It’s about how to manage disruption, adapt to disruption, and thrive in a world and a time marked by disruption.'”

From Chief Executive: Applying the Eight Core Elements of High Performance Teams

“Excerpt from just released book by Douglas R. Gerber.”

From Adi Gaskell: Creating A Loonshot Nursery In Your Organization

“There have been no shortage of books on innovation over the years, whether in terms of extolling its importance or advising organizations on how to do so more effectively. It’s a pretty crowded market for biotech entrepreneur Safi Bahcall to enter therefore, yet enter he has with Loonshots, his exploration of how the transformative ideas that innovators so often strive for can be achieved.”

From Skip Prichard: How to Solve Complex Problems Fast

“In business, I often wonder if there are any simple problems. We are living in a world that is complex, full of ambiguity and more difficult to navigate. That’s why I was interested to see how David Komlos and David Benjamin tackled the subject. Their new book is Cracking Complexity: The Breakthrough Formula for Solving Just About Anything Fast. David Komlos is CEO of Syntegrity and David Bejamin leads Syntegrity’s client delivery organization.”

From Bill Gates: Looking for a summer read? Try one of these 5 books

“None of them are what most people think of as a light read. All but one deal with the idea of disruption, but I don’t mean ‘disruption’ in the way tech people usually mean it. I’ve recently found myself drawn to books about upheaval (that’s even the title of the one of them)—whether it’s the Soviet Union right after the Bolshevik revolution, the United States during times of war, or a global reevaluation of our economic system.”

Check out my post: “Time to Make Your Summer Reading List.

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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