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 CEO Test: Master the Challenges that Make or Break All Leaders, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Big Little Breakthroughs: How Small, Everyday Innovations Drive Oversized Results, The Edge: How 10 CEOS Learned to Lead and the Lessons for Us All, and A Cure for Darkness: The Story of Depression and How We Treat It. Plus there’s Bruce Rosenstein’s pick of 100 books to celebrate the 100th issue of Leader to Leader.
“In their new book, The CEO Test: Master the Challenges that Make or Break All Leaders Adam Bryant, who has interviewed more than 600 leaders across his career in journalism and consulting, and Kevin Sharer, the former CEO of biotech giant Amgen, identify the seven key tests that determine whether leaders at all levels will succeed in their roles. Drawing on the insights, stories, and strategies that they have learned over the years, they also provide an intensely practical playbook for navigating those challenges. We asked them to share some of their key insights from the book.”
“Yet How to Win Friends and Influence People—the title itself has entered the cultural lexicon as the basis for parodies and spin-offs—remains in print 85 years after its initial publication. Translations have carried its message around the world. Revised editions have taken account of changing times. There is even a version called How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age. How could a text so widely reviled retain such enduring appeal? To find out, I decided to read it—and to track down the original, or as close as I could come, the better to grasp what the author was getting at in the first place.”
“When we think about innovation, we often think of the big home-run idea – the kind books are written about and dreams are made of. We get starry-eyed at the prospect – and then discouraged that we aren’t creative enough and could never be that innovative. But what if we thought about innovation differently? What if we aimed not for the stars, at least not with one big idea, but rather focused on creating massive success with everyday innovation? That is the premise of Josh Linkner’s new book Big Little Breakthroughs: How Small, Everyday Innovations Drive Oversized Results.”
“Lurie is profiled in The Edge: How 10 CEOS Learned to Lead and the Lessons for Us All— a book that takes an inside look at how leaders handle adversity. From industry disruption and evolving technology to the global pandemic and shifting cultural norms, there are countless challenges for executives to overcome. But Useem believes there is only one sure way to rise above them.”
“Below, Alex shares 5 key insights from his new book, A Cure for Darkness: The Story of Depression and How We Treat It.”
“I’ll write other posts about the 100th issue in the coming weeks/months, but in the meantime, I’ve curated a list of 100 books written by many of our authors. The concept of our publication is leaders writing for their fellow leaders in a clear, straightforward, almost conversational style. Working with these and so many other authors (and often their impressive teams) has been a continuing joy.”
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