Book recommendations for business leaders: 7/7/23

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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 Leader’s Guide to Storytelling: Mastering the Art and Discipline of Business Narrative, How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, How Big Things Get Done: The Surprising Factors That Determine the Fate of Every Project, from Home Renovations to Space Exploration and Everything In Between, Next! The Power of Reinvention in Life and Work, and Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow along with Michael McKinney’s preview of leadership books scheduled for release in July 2023.

From Bob Morris: The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling: a Book Review

“In his Introduction to this book, Denning asserts that ‘the best way to communicate with people you are trying to lead is very often through a story. The impulse here is practical and pedagogical. [The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling] shows how to use storytelling to deal with the most difficult challenges faced by leadership today.’”

From Tanmay Vora: How To Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: 7 Principles

“I recently re-read the book ‘How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci’ by Michael Gelb and realized how profoundly the book impacted my thinking about creativity, learning and well being back in time. The book offers really valuable ideas into the mind and works of one of the history’s greatest thinkers and my inspiration, Leonardo Da Vinci – a true Neo-Generalist.”

From Daniel Akst: Why do large projects go over budget?

“A study of more than 100 years of infrastructure megaprojects reveals a consistent pattern of challenges at their core.”

From McKinsey: Create your ‘reinvention road map’ in four easy steps

“In her latest book, Joanne Lipman dispels the myth of abrupt transformations and outlines a concrete path to reinvention.”

From Bill Gates: This novel about video games felt personal to me

“Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow resonated with me for personal reasons, but I think Zevin’s exploration of partnership and collaboration is worth reading no matter who you are. Even if you’re skeptical about reading a book about video games, the subject is a terrific metaphor for human connection.”

From Michael McKinney: First Look: Leadership Books for July 2023

“HERE’S A LOOK at some of the best leadership books to be released in July 2023 curated just for you. Be sure to check out the other great titles being offered this month.”

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