Book recommendations for business leaders: 10/3/22

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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 The Loop: How Technology Is Creating a World Without Choices and How to Fight Back, Solvable: A Simple Solution to Complex Problems, Happier Hour: How to Beat Distraction, Expand Your Time, and Focus on What Matters Most, Smart Leadership: Four Simple Choices to Scale Your Impact, and The Change Mindset – The Psychology of Leading and Thriving in an Uncertain World. There’s also a pointer to Michael McKinney’s list of leadership books scheduled for release in October 2022.

From Jacob Ward: The Loop: How Technology Is Creating a World Without Choices and How to Fight Back

“Jacob Ward is technology correspondent for NBC News, and previously worked as a science and technology correspondent for CNN, Al Jazeera, and PBS. The former editor-in-chief of Popular Science magazine, Ward writes for The New Yorker, Wired, and Men’s Health. Below, Jacob shares 5 key insights from his new book, The Loop: How Technology Is Creating a World Without Choices and How to Fight Back.”

From Albrecht Enders: Complex, ill-defined, and non-immediate problems

“In the research for our new book Solvable, my International Institute of Management Development (IMD) colleague Professor Arnaud Chevallier and I discovered an uncomfortable truth: many senior businesspeople struggle to solve exactly the sorts of problems that organisations face daily. These dilemmas are classed as CIDNI — complex, ill-defined and non-immediate. CIDNI problems are easy to pronounce — ‘seed-nee’ — but fiendishly hard to master. Unless you know how.”

From the UCLA Anderson Review: A Method to Happiness: Tested in the Lab and in Life

“UCLA Anderson’s Cassie Mogilner Holmes insists you can find the time to pull that off. Her book, ‘Happier Hour: How to Beat Distraction, Expand Your Time, and Focus on What Matters Most,’ offers a step-by-step guide to upping your happiness game. “

From Tanmay Vora: Smart Leadership: Four Simple Choices to Scale Your Impact

“Mark Miller‘s book ‘Smart Leadership: Four Simple Choices to Scale Your Impact’ offers excellent guidance on how to escape the quicksand by making right choices that sit at the heart of leadership. This guidance is vital because no team/individual/organization simply drifts towards greatness. It is a result of conscious choices we make.”

From the London Business School: Dream big and trust your instincts

“LBS Programme Director Andy Craggs on his new book about how leaders can navigate change in our post-pandemic, hybrid world”

From Michael McKinney: First Look: Leadership Books for October 2022

“HERE’S A LOOK at some of the best leadership books to be released in October 2022.”

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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