Keeping your mind sharp and expanding your horizons are what reading is all about. Spend this Memorial Day catching up on some well-deserved “me time” and check out this summer reading list!
Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader
By Herminia Ibarra
She offers advice to help you:
- Redefine your job in order to make more strategic contributions
- Diversify your network so that you connect to and learn from a bigger range of stakeholders
- Become more playful with your self-concept, allowing your familiar—and possibly outdated—leadership style to evolve
Ibarra turns the usual “think first and then act” philosophy on its head by arguing that doing these three things will help you learn through action and will increase what she calls your outsight—the valuable external perspective you gain from direct experiences and experimentation.
The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties
By Paul Collier
“Collier wrestles with a tough problem. If you measure by things like GDP growth and lifespan, life is better for more people around the world than it has ever been. And yet many people are questioning the capitalist system that produced those gains. There’s an understandable sense that the system is in crisis.” Why is this happening? Collier says we’re experiencing three big rifts: 1) a spatial divide between booming cities and struggling small towns; 2) a class divide between people who have a college education and those who don’t; and 3) a global divide between high- and middle-income countries on the one hand, and fragile states on the other.” -Bill Gates, Gatesnotes.com
The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters
By Tom Nichols
Technology and increasing levels of education have exposed people to more information than ever before. These societal gains, however, have also helped fuel a surge in narcissistic and misguided intellectual egalitarianism that has crippled informed debates on any number of issues. Today, everyone knows everything: with only a quick trip through WebMD or Wikipedia, average citizens believe themselves to be on an equal intellectual footing with doctors and diplomats. All voices, even the most ridiculous, demand to be taken with equal seriousness, and any claim to the contrary is dismissed as undemocratic elitism.
Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption
By Ben Mezrich
Ben Mezrich’s 2009 bestseller The Accidental Billionaires is the definitive account of Facebook’s founding and the basis for the Academy Award–winning film The Social Network. Two of the story’s iconic characters are Harvard students Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss: identical twins, Olympic rowers, and foils to Mark Zuckerberg. Bitcoin Billionaires is the story of the brothers’ redemption and revenge in the wake of their epic legal battle with Facebook.
Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception
By George Akerlof and Robert Shiller
[Phishing for Phools] strikes a radically new direction in economics, based on the intuitive idea that markets both give and take away. Akerlof and Shiller bring this idea to life through dozens of stories that show how phishing affects everyone, in almost every walk of life. We spend our money up to the limit, and then worry about how to pay the next month’s bills. The financial system soars, then crashes. We are attracted, more than we know, by advertising. Our political system is distorted by money. We pay too much for gym memberships, cars, houses, and credit cards. Drug companies ingeniously market pharmaceuticals that do us little good, and sometimes are downright dangerous.