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Measure what matters: OKRs: the simple idea that drives 10x growth by John E. Doerr

Overview: Legendary venture capitalist John Doerr reveals how the goal-setting system of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) has helped tech giants from Intel to Google achieve explosive growth—and how it can help any organization thrive. In the fall of 1999, John Doerr met with the founders of a start-up whom he’d just given $12.5 million, …
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Reinforcements: how to get people to help you by Heidi Grant Halvorson

Overview: Imagine walking up to a stranger on the subway and asking them for their seat. What about asking a random person on the street if you could borrow their phone? If the idea makes you squeamish, you’re not alone–social psychologists have found that doing these very things makes most of us almost unbearably uncomfortable. …
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The value of everything: making and taking in the global economy by Mariana Mazzucato

Overview: Modern economies reward activities that extract value rather than create it. This must change to ensure a capitalism that works for us all. Shortlisted for the FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. A scathing indictment of our current global financial system, The Value of Everything rigorously scrutinizes the way in which …
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Wisdom at work: the making of a modern elder by Chip Conley

Overview: Experience is making a comeback. Learn how to repurpose your wisdom. At age 52, after selling the company he founded and ran as CEO for 24 years, rebel boutique hotelier Chip Conley was looking at an open horizon in midlife. Then he received a call from the young founders of Airbnb, asking him to …
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The year’s winner of the “FT and McKinsey Business Book of the Year 2018” is Bad blood: secrets and lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Overview: The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of a multibillion-dollar startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end in the face of pressure and threats from the CEO and her lawyers. In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen …
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Rebel talent: why it pays to break the rules at work and in life by Francesca Gino

Overview: Award-winning Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino shows us why the most successful among us break the rules, and how rebellion brings joy and meaning into our lives. Rebels have a bad reputation. We think of them as troublemakers, outcasts, contrarians: those colleagues, friends, and family members who complicate seemingly straightforward decisions, create chaos, …
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The mind of the leader: how to lead yourself, your people, and your organization for extraordinary results by Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter

Overview: Join the global movement that’s making corporations more people-centric to achieve great results. The world is facing a global leadership crisis. Seventy-seven percent of leaders think they do a good job of engaging their people, yet 88 percent of employees say their leaders don’t engage enough. There is also a high level of suffering …
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Crashed: how a decade of financial crises changed the world by Adam Tooze

Overview: “An intelligent explanation of the mechanisms that produced the crisis and the response to it…One of the great strengths of Tooze’s book is to demonstrate the deeply intertwined nature of the European and American financial systems.”–The New York Times Book Review From a prizewinning economic historian, an eye-opening reinterpretation of the 2008 economic crisis …
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The inevitable: understanding the 12 technological forces that will shape our future by Kevin Kelly

Overview: From one of our leading technology thinkers and writers, a guide through the twelve technological imperatives that will shape the next thirty years and transform our lives Much of what will happen in the next thirty years is inevitable, driven by technological trends that are already in motion. In this fascinating, provocative new book, …
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Digital transformation : B.U.I.L.D your organization’s future by Lindsay Herbert

Overview: As with any large infrastructure project, the costs and risks involved in a major innovation program are significant, and how it is led and managed will directly determine its long-term success and sustainability. The secrets of successful digital transformation are usually tightly held by the organizations that achieved them; this new title unlocks the …
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