Books

We publish a briefing—including a summary, takeaways, and other context— about a new business book weekly.


Book Briefing

'The Long Game' by Dorie Clark: Being a long-term thinker in a short-term world

The new book by Clark, a business-school teacher and consultant, is a step-by-step guide to setting long-term individual goals and going about pursuing them.

'The Long Game' by Dorie Clark:  Being a long-term thinker in a short-term world

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'Net Positive' by Paul Polman and Andrew Winston: How to make money by solving problems rather than creating them

Polman’s prominence and success as CEO of Unilever, one of the biggest multinationals, make this book important and compelling.

'Net Positive' by Paul Polman and Andrew Winston: How to make money by solving problems rather than creating them

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'The Exponential Age' by Azeem Azhar: The misunderstood dynamic behind tech’s impact on business and society

In his new book, Azhar argues that there’s an “exponential gap” between changes to society and the responses of institutions, such as governments, which tend to evolve in a slower, linear fashion.

'The Exponential Age' by Azeem Azhar: The misunderstood dynamic behind tech’s impact on business and society

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'Masters of Scale' by Reid Hoffman with June Cohen and Deron Triff: Distilled lessons from business successes

A book by a LinkedIn co-founder and former PayPal executive about how to get the idea for a business and then lead it to success.

'Masters of Scale' by Reid Hoffman with June Cohen and Deron Triff: Distilled lessons from business successes

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'Beyond Collaboration Overload' by Rob Cross: How to reclaim your time and make the best use of networking

Beyond Collaboration Overload offers timely cautions about overdoing some of the connection and communication that are hallmarks of modern workplaces and thought-provoking analysis of what high-performing leaders do differently from the rest of us.

'Beyond Collaboration Overload' by Rob Cross: How to reclaim your time and make the best use of networking

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'Reset' by Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.: HR as innovation

Reset hits squarely on the issues that many organizations are thinking more seriously about than ever, amid the challenges of the pandemic and increased worker empowerment during the recovery.

'Reset' by Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.: HR as innovation

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'Power, for All' by Julie Battilana and Tiziana Casciaro: How to think about power

Battilana and Casciaro do an impressive job of providing a simple structure for thinking about how power works and encouragingly suggest that it’s possible to exercise it for good. Along the way they offer insights into how we can better navigate questions of power in our daily lives.

'Power, for All' by Julie Battilana and Tiziana Casciaro: How to think about power

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'Four Thousand Weeks' by Oliver Burkeman: Time management for mortals

Oliver Burkeman's new book contends that conventional approaches to productivity are a trap and that the more you try to optimize your use of time, the more empty your life becomes.

'Four Thousand Weeks' by Oliver Burkeman: Time management for mortals

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'Choose Possibility' by Sukhinder Singh Cassidy: The ‘hero’s journey’ and how to make better career decisions

'Choose Possibility' is an exhortation to take more career risks, a practical guide to how to smartly approach them, and a narrative of the ups and downs of Singh Cassidy’s own professional path.

'Choose Possibility' by Sukhinder Singh Cassidy: The ‘hero’s journey’ and how to make better career decisions

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'Fair Pay' by David Buckmaster: A Nike compensation chief on how to get a raise and make pay fairer

Fair Pay provides both high-level and specific recommendations for how to reform compensation—which is useful reading especially as companies are deploying pay to recruit and retain an increasingly empowered workforce.

'Fair Pay' by David Buckmaster: A Nike compensation chief on how to get a raise and make pay fairer