Books

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


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'The Past, Present, and Future of Sustainable Management' by Stephen Cummings and Todd Bridgman: A surprising management hero

This new book is a surprising and exciting work, as it challenges many of the assumptions we have about management, and explores why what is often taught about it is wrong.

'The Past, Present, and Future of Sustainable Management' by Stephen Cummings and Todd Bridgman: A surprising management hero

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'The Power of Trust' by Sandra J. Sucher and Shalene Gupta: Why do we trust organizations and leaders?

'The Power of Trust' shines light on the question of how organizations and leaders can cultivate the trust of employees and other stakeholders. It’s likely especially useful for managers as a reference in times of crisis.

'The Power of Trust' by Sandra J. Sucher and Shalene Gupta: Why do we trust organizations and leaders?

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'Did That Just Happen?!' by Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker and Dr. Lauren Wadsworth: How to get inclusion right

A new book by two clinical psychologists excels in providing constructive, tactical ways of creating workplace cultures that are more inclusive.

'Did That Just Happen?!' by Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker and Dr. Lauren Wadsworth: How to get inclusion right

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What we learned from six months of business books

We read an estimated 6,000-plus pages of the latest business and management offerings—here are our takeaways and recommendations.

What we learned from six months of business books

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'Leading at a Distance' by James M. Citrin and Darleen DeRosa: Remote work tips for leaders

'Leading at a Distance' gives the impression that many top executives found positives in the past 15 months of remote work. Some especially love the ability to communicate easily with staff by video.

'Leading at a Distance' by James M. Citrin and Darleen DeRosa: Remote work tips for leaders

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'Framers' by Kenneth Cukier, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, and Francis de Véricourt: Mental models, why we use them and how to improve yours

'Framers' provides an exciting intellectual tour of how people throughout history have developed mental models that have advanced human progress.

'Framers' by Kenneth Cukier, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, and Francis de Véricourt: Mental models, why we use them and how to improve yours

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'How to Change' by Katy Milkman: The fresh-start effect and how to change as the pandemic recedes

Katy Milkman's book argues that new chapters in our lives are especially ripe moments for pursuing our goals, and America’s emergence from the pandemic and the re-establishment of something approximating normal life is gifting us such an opportunity.

'How to Change' by Katy Milkman: The fresh-start effect and how to change as the pandemic recedes

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'How Boards Work' by Dambisa Moyo: An insider explains what boards actually do

“Boards will become ever more important in a world of interlocking and clashing cultural values,” writes Moyo, an economist and board member at 3M, Chevron, and Conde Nast.

'How Boards Work' by Dambisa Moyo: An insider explains what boards actually do

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'Wellbeing at Work' by Jim Clifton and Jim Harter: A recipe for thriving at work

Wellbeing at Work clearly articulates why and how employers should make an effort to ensure that workers are thriving both in their jobs and in other key areas of their lives.

'Wellbeing at Work' by Jim Clifton and Jim Harter: A recipe for thriving at work

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'The Scout Mindset' by Julia Galef: How to make better decisions

In her new book, Julia Galef argues that we should strive to approach the world as a military scout might, with “the motivation to see things as they are, not as you wish they were"—and she offers tools for doing so more consistently.

'The Scout Mindset' by Julia Galef: How to make better decisions