Book recommendations for business leaders: 1/18/21

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Leaders are readers. Reading helps you discover ideas to try and expand your mental models. In this post I point you to reviews of recent business books. You’ll find pointers to reviews of Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation. How to Survive: Self-Reliance in Extreme Circumstances, Shapers: Reinvent the Way You Work and Change Your Future, Teams That Work: The Seven Drivers of Team Effectiveness, and Radical Uncertainty: Decision-Making Beyond the Numbers. Plus, there’s Neil deGrasse Tyson’s list of the eight books every intelligent person on the planet should read

From The Alcalde: Alumna’s New Book on Burnout Argues Millennials Are Exhausted—and a Beach Vacation Won’t Fix It

“There’s a chance we’ll all soon be burned out from talking about burnout, defined as physical or mental collapse due to overwork, reaching the point of exhaustion. In Anne Helen Petersen’s new book Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation, she introduces burnout as ‘pushing yourself to keep going, whether for days or weeks or years.'”

From Daniel Akst: Survival of the fittest

“In his new book, John Hudson, a survival instructor for the British military, offers lessons on how to get through the most challenging ordeals.”

From Skip Prichard: 5 Leadership Modes for Team Success

“Jonas Altman’s book, Shapers: Reinvent the Way You Work and Change Your Future crossed my desk and grabbed my attention. Resetting and rebalancing life and career is on many people’s minds during a pandemic.”

From Michael McKinney: Teams That Work

“Teams That Work by Scott Tannenbaum and Eduardo Salas is a comprehensive look at teams and the drivers of their effectiveness—long term. Fairweather teams that crumble when things get tough or can’t recover from setbacks quickly are not effective teams.”

From the Next Big Idea Club: Radical Uncertainty: Decision-Making Beyond the Numbers

“Mervyn King is a professor of economics and law at New York University. From 2003 to 2013, he served as governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of its Monetary Policy Committee. Below, Mervyn shares 5 key insights from his new book, Radical Uncertainty: Decision-Making Beyond the Numbers, which he co-authored with leading economist John Kay.”

Thanks to Smartbrief on Leadership for pointing me to this story

From Brain Pickings: Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

“In December of 2011, Neil deGrasse Tyson — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: .Which books should be read by every single intelligent person on the planet?’ Adding to history’s notable reading lists — including those by Leo Tolstoy, Alan Turing, Brian Eno, David Bowie, Stewart Brand, and Carl Sagan — Tyson offers the following eight essentials, each followed by a short, and sometimes wry, statement about ‘how the book’s content influenced the behavior of people who shaped the western world'”

Reading recommendations are a regular feature of this blog. Want more recommendations about what to read? Monday is “Book Day.” Come back for book reviews, reading lists and other reading-related posts.

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