From strategy+business: For the better part of two decades, Daniel Pink has been skewering conventional business wisdom and transforming complex ideas into practical approaches that his readers can put to work immediately. A best-selling author, popular speaker, and one of the world’s leading management thinkers, Pink is a practitioner of what has become — in no small part through the skill with which he plies his trade — a familiar format on the business bookshelf: the application of behavioral research to the world of work.
From University of Texas: Each year UT professors pick books they think incoming freshmen should read. New students pick a book from the list and then join the professor for a group discussion the day before fall classes begin.
From Knowledge@Wharton: Many of us long to escape during the summer, whether to a beach, an exotic faraway island or into a captivating novel. For others, vacation means having the time to read about current business topics covered in creative ways. Our latest book report offers some examples, ranging from how to break the 24/7 smartphone habit, to how to prepare the next generation of innovators, among other topics.
From strategy+business: Although they cover a wide variety of topics and fields, just about all of the books featured in the seven essays ahead are rife with dissatisfaction. Many of their authors have tracked down root causes of the destruction of economic value and prescribed radical solutions for them. Judging by the fact that the expert essayists we recruited to cull this year’s stack of business books chose these particular titles, it’s fair to assume that they too would welcome change that alters the status quo.
From Gretchen Rubin at Happiness Project: For some reason, in the last few weeks, I've seen a spike in requests for suggestions about how to start a group or about what books to read.
Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in August.
From Gretchen Rubin at The Happiness Project. Her list includes: Christopher Alexander's A Pattern Language; Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics; Virginia Woolf's The Waves; Edward Tufte's The Visual Display of Quantitative Information; Wayne Koestenbaum's Jackie Under My Skin: Interpreting an Icon; Mark Kurlansky's Cod: A biography of the fish that changed the world; and J.M. Barrie's The Boy Castaways of Black Lake Island.
From William Taylor in FastCompany: In the spirit of humanistic studies, I reached out to a diverse and intriguing collection of thinkers, writers, CEOs and entrepreneurs and asked what non-business writing has had a big impact on them, and that they'd recommend others. They sent back a diverse and intriguing collection of fiction, science fiction, and history that is bound to stir the soul and challenge the mind.