Books

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


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'Deep Purpose' by Ranjay Gulati: When societal purpose truly defines a business

In this new book, a Harvard Business School professor argues that “convenient purpose” isn’t enough for business leaders, and offers advice for decisions involving tradeoffs between purpose and profit.

'Deep Purpose' by Ranjay Gulati: When societal purpose truly defines a business

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'The Work of the Future': How to build better jobs

Stemming from MIT’s multi-year task force on the future of work and written by David Autor, David A. Mindell, and Elisabeth B. Reynolds, the new book argues that the pace of change might be slower than some fear.

'The Work of the Future': How to build better jobs

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'The Power of Regret' by Daniel H. Pink: How regrets can lead to smarter decisions

In his new book Daniel H. Pink challenges the "no regrets" mantra and argues that regrets can improve your performance if you engage with them properly.

'The Power of Regret' by Daniel H. Pink: How regrets can lead to smarter decisions

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'Compassionate Leadership': How to approach confrontations with care

A new book by Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter contends that willingly approaching confrontation is one of the most important skills of leaders.

'Compassionate Leadership': How to approach confrontations with care

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'Davos Man' by Peter S. Goodman: How billionaires devoured the world

This new book is a lively explanation of how the global economy works, and the turning points that have enabled profiteering by the ultra-rich while undermining societal and democratic institutions.

'Davos Man' by Peter S. Goodman: How billionaires devoured the world

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Find your “unicorn space” to combat burnout

A new book by Eve Rodsky is both an argument for making space for a creative life when it might seem otherwise impossible, and a guide for how to pursue it.

Find your “unicorn space” to combat burnout

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'The Cold Start Problem' by Andrew Chen: The path to launching a successful product

A clear analysis of how to approach building a network product—and of what distinguishes some of the most successful companies of our time from competitors that collapsed.

'The Cold Start Problem' by Andrew Chen: The path to launching a successful product

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'Out of Office' by Charlie Warzel and Anne Helen Petersen: How to fix remote and hybrid work

An elegantly written and helpful catalog of the problems with white-collar work today—and a lucid call for a healthier relationship with our jobs.

'Out of Office' by Charlie Warzel and Anne Helen Petersen: How to fix remote and hybrid work

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'Winning on Purpose' by Fred Reichheld: A manifesto for customer capitalism

The creator of the Net Promoter Score makes a clear and passionate argument for companies focusing singularly on making the lives of their customers better.

'Winning on Purpose' by Fred Reichheld: A manifesto for customer capitalism

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The best work and management books of the past year

We've read more than 10,000 pages to cover 41 books this year. Here are our recommendations and takeaways.

The best work and management books of the past year