We have conducted several 50-second interviews with our thinkers. Here are their collected answers to one specific question: What book are you currently reading?
1944, by Jay Winik – a close look at Roosevelt’s actions during that year. I read a lot of history, particularly looking at leadership.
I don’t really read books, I read authors. I often read fun authors for escape and for passing treadmill time (Lee Child, John Sanford, Jonathan Kellerman, John Grisham, Michael Connelly, Nelson DeMille, and so forth). I read thought leaders for ideas … Gary Hamel, Ed Lawler, Henry Mintzberg, Lynda Gratton, Roger Martin, Ram Charan, and so forth. I read scripture for personal renewal.
Practical Wisdom, by Barry Schwartz. Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson, 2-3 times each evening, out loud.
The Passion of Dolssa, a Young Adult novel, by Julie Berry.
Finishing Little Rice: Smartphones, Xiaomi, and the Chinese Dream by Clay Shirky.
I’m reading Neuroscience of Leadership by Dr Tara Swart, which explains how your brain is more “plastic” (flexible) than you think, and how by some simple brain exercises you can adapt your thinking to different business situations, and also sustain your full capacity until at least your sixties … Lots of water, exercise, and sex, are all parts of her prescription!
Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Superforecasting by Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner.
Roger Martin and Sally Osberg’s Getting Beyond Better, I find social entrepreneurship a fascinating new area of study that fulfills the promises Corporate Social Responsibility first made.
I normally read several books at the same time. One of the books I am currently reading (again) is “The Hungry Spirit” by Charles Handy.
“Raymond Carver, What We Talk About, When We Talk About Love.”