Books

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


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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

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Is business war? 'The Art of Business Wars' by David Brown

A new book, from the host of the popular “Business Wars” podcast, contends that all business is battle. It sparkles with tales of American business adventure, relayed by a skilled storyteller.

Is business war? 'The Art of Business Wars' by David Brown

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'The CEO Test' by Adam Bryant & Kevin Sharer: How to improve your leadership game

The recent book by Adam Bryant and Kevin Sharer, the former CEO of Amgen, is a structured collection of anecdotes and quotes for leaders or people who aspire to lead companies in the future.

'The CEO Test' by Adam Bryant & Kevin Sharer: How to improve your leadership game

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'Remote Work Revolution' by Tsedal Neeley: Getting remote work right

Researchers have been studying remote work since well before the pandemic. Tsedal Neeley, a Harvard Business School professor, is among them. In her new book, she presents best practices for remote-work arrangements.

'Remote Work Revolution' by Tsedal Neeley: Getting remote work right

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'Listen Like You Mean It' by Ximena Vengoechea: Tactics for listening better

Vengoechea, a user interaction and market research manager at Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, details tactics we can deploy in our own professional and personal relationships.

'Listen Like You Mean It' by Ximena Vengoechea: Tactics for listening better

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'Just Work' by Kim Scott: How to recognize and eliminate workplace injustice

The author of 'Radical Candor' has practical advice for fighting bias, prejudice, and discrimination at work.

'Just Work' by Kim Scott: How to recognize and eliminate workplace injustice