Books

We are avid readers and the books listed below represent a few that have expanded our views on problem-solving, leadership and people management. Reading increases empathy and improves innovation. This is why you will commonly hear, “If you want to lead, read!” Happy reading.

 

Thinking Fast and Slow Thinking Fast and Slow

Unconscious bias trainings and discussions seem to be everywhere these days. This book will make you re-think how you approach problem-solving! Authored by Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. Get the Book 

 

Inner LevelThe Inner Level

A groundbreaking investigation of how inequality infects our minds and gets under our skin.

Why is mental illness 3x’s as common in the USA as in Germany? Why is the American dream more of a reality in Denmark than the USA? What makes child well-being so much worse in some countries than others? The answer to all this is inequality. Why are people more relaxed and at ease with each other in some countries than others? Get the Book

 

CreativityCreativity Inc.

Is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality. Ed Catmull captures the true spirit of what it means to protect your team and the importance of collaboration, trust, passion, loyalty, and candor. You will learn why it is imperative to balance the conflicting goals of “feeding the beast” while “protecting your baby” to ensure innovation is protected within your organization. Get the Book

 

Black CafeteriaWhy Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria

Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? A renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. These topics have become more urgent as the national conversation about race is increasingly acrimonious. Get the Book

 

 

Invisible WomenInvisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

Built on hundreds of studies in the US, the UK, and around the world. Written with energy, wit, and sparkling intelligence, this is an unforgettable exposé that will change the way you look at the world. Data is fundamental to the modern world. From economic development, to healthcare, to education and public policy, we rely on numbers to allocate resources and make crucial decisions. So much data fails to take into account gender, because it treats men as the default women pay tremendous costs for this bias, in time, money, and often with their lives. Get the book

 

white-fragility_1White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. Get the Book

 

TriggersTriggers, Creating Behavior That Lasts Becoming the Person You Want to Be

Do you ever find that you are not the patient, compassionate problem solver you believe yourself to be? Are you surprised at how irritated or flustered the normally unflappable you becomes in the presence of a specific colleague at work?  This book examines the environmental and psychological triggers that can derail us at work and in life.  Get the Book

 

CHecklist ManifestoThe Checklist Manifesto

Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument that we can do better, using the simplest of methods: the checklist. The use of this simple idea could prevent catastrophic failure in almost every realm of organized activity. In riveting stories, he reveals what checklists can do, what they can’t, and how they could bring about striking improvements in a variety of fields. And the insights are making a difference.  Get the Book

 

Dear Committee

Dear Committee Members

The epitome of servant leadership, the cynical Professor Jay will leave you in stitches as he navigates different personality types and the political environment of a University system.  You will follow him as he attempts to save his beloved English department and works hard to find a paying job for one of his favorite students. A true example of what it means to suffer for what you love.  Get the Book

 


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