Books We've Been Reading
We regularly add our list of recommended reading, so please visit this page often. Some of the books below are considered business classics that remain relevant today. Others offer contemporary insights that help us adapt to the constantly evolving business landscape. Yet others offer an interesting perspective on a topic that we should be knowledgeable about.
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Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler provide insights into how rapidly developing technologies are changing all industries and society itself.
"Most [organizations] think the key to growth is developing new technologies and products. But often this is not so. To unlock the next wave of growth, companies must embed these innovations in a disruptive new business model."
Do you have a plan in place to advance your business or career? Patrick Bet-David uses the methodology of chess grandmasters and applies it to business strategy.
"The only think separating use from greatness is a vision and a plan for achieving greatness. When you're fighting for a cause, a dream, something greater than yourself, you will find the enthusiasm, passion, and joy that make life a great adventure. The key is identifying your cause and knowing who you want to be."
One of Silicon Valley's first female, African American CEOs, Shelly Archambeau talks about how she achieved her goals while also providing actionable tips for how to achieve your own.
"The good news is: It's never too early to plan. And the better news is: It's never too late. At any point in your life or career, you can set an objective, research the skills, experiences, or resources you need to go after it, and then map out a plan to achieve it.:
External rewards are not always the best way to motivate others. Daniel Pink looks at years of research and find the three elements key to human motivation.
"People use rewards expecting to gain the benefit of increasing another person's motivation and behavior, but in so doing, they often incur the unintentional and hidden cost of undermining that person's intrinsic motivation toward the activity."
Do you show gratitude to your employees, customers, and clients? Building relationships helps build businesses.
"Gratitude is essential to good business. When you share yourself openly, including giving thanks, you are making a connection with people. You are reaching out to them and making them feel special and cared for. This helps your business stand out."
One of the classic books about leadership, this is still worth reading today.
"Change is the province of leaders. It is the work of leaders to inspire people to do things differently, to struggle against uncertain odds, and to persevere toward a misty image of a better future."