Category Archives: Books and libraries

Why they do it: inside the mind of the white-collar criminal by Eugene Soltes

Overview: From the financial fraudsters of Enron, to the embezzlers at Tyco, to the insider traders at McKinsey, to the Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff, the failings of corporate titans are regular fixtures in the news. But what drives wealthy and powerful people to white-collar crime? Harvard Business School professor Eugene Soltes draws from extensive personal …
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Principles by Ray Dalio

Overview: Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business—and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals. In 1975, Ray Dalio founded an investment …
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The power of moments: why certain experiences have extraordinary impact by Chip and Dan Heath

Overview: The New York Times bestselling authors of Switch and Made to Stick explore why certain brief experiences can jolt us and elevate us and change us—and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our life and work. While human lives are endlessly variable, our most memorable positive moments are dominated by …
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One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams by Chris Fussell

Overview: From the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Team of Teams, a practical guide for leaders looking to make their organizations flatter and more interconnected. Too often, companies end up with teams stuck in their own silos, pursuing goals and metrics in isolation. Their traditional autocratic structures create stability, scalability, and predictability — …
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The CEO next door: what it takes to get to the top, and succeed by Elena L. Botelho and Kim R. Powell with Tahl Raz

Overview: Based on an in-depth analysis of over 2,600 leaders drawn from a database of more than 17,000 CEOs and C-suite executives, as well 13,000 hours of interviews, and two decades of experience advising CEOs and executive boards, Elena L. Botelho and Kim R. Powell overturn the myths about what it takes to get to …
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Skin in the game: hidden asymmetries in daily life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Overview: From the New York Times bestselling author of The Black Swan, a bold new work that challenges many of our long-held beliefs about risk and reward, politics and religion, finance and personal responsibility. In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to …
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Everybody lies: what the Internet can tell us about who we really are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Overview: THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AN ECONOMIST BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017 Insightful, surprising and with ground-breaking revelations about our society, Everybody Lies exposes the secrets embedded in our internet searches, with a foreword by bestselling author Steven Pinker Everybody lies, to friends, lovers, doctors, pollsters – and to themselves. In Internet searches, however, …
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Americana: a 400-year history of American capitalism by Bhu Srinivasan

Overview: From the days of the Mayflower and the Virginia Company, America has been a place for people to dream, invent, build, tinker, and bet the farm in pursuit of a better life. Americana takes us on a four-hundred-year journey of this spirit of innovation and ambition through a series of Next Big Things — …
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Capitalism without capital: the rise of the intangible economy by Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake

Overview: The first comprehensive account of the growing dominance of the intangible economy Early in the twenty-first century, a quiet revolution occurred. For the first time, the major developed economies began to invest more in intangible assets, like design, branding, R&D, and software, than in tangible assets, like machinery, buildings, and computers. For all sorts …
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The One Device: the secret history of the iPhone by Brian Merchant

Overview: The secret history of the invention that changed everything-and became the most profitable product in the world. Odds are that as you read this, an iPhone is within reach. But before Steve Jobs introduced us to “the one device,” as he called it, a cell phone was merely what you used to make calls …
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