Highly recommended reading

The Inner Game of Work - Tim Gallwey

Inner Game

The Inner Game of Work challenges you to re-examine your fundamental motivations for going to work in the morning and your definitions of work once you’re there. It will ask you to reassess the way you make changes and teach you to look at work in a radically new way. No one is talking about the human factor of work the way Gallwey is.

Team of Teams - General Stanley McChrystal

Team of Teams

In this powerful book, McChrystal and his colleagues show how the challenges they faced in Iraq can be relevant to countless businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations. The world is changing faster than ever, and the smartest response for those in charge is to give small groups the freedom to experiment while driving everyone to share what they learn across the entire organization.

Good to Great - Jim Collins

good to greatJim Collins aims to describe how companies transition from being average companies to great companies and how companies can fail to make the transition. "Greatness" is defined as financial performance several multiples better than the market average over a sustained period. Collins finds the main factor for achieving the transition to be a narrow focusing of the company’s resources on their field of competence.

The New Leadership Paradigm - Richard Barrett

paradigm barrettWhat is being called forth in business and politics is a global paradigm shift – a shift from a world focused on self-interest, to a world focused on the common good – a shift from what’s in it for me, to what’s best for everyone. This calls for people to move through the seven levels of leadership. These principles apply to individuals, organisations and nations. 

 

Flow- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Flow Remember the last time that you were so focused, so motivated that you felt at the absolute top of your game -- alert, energized and free of self-consciousness? Chances are you were experiencing flow -- an almost euphoric state of concentration and complete involvement.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi reveals how you can achieve this state of mind at will -- and turn everyday experience into a moment by moment opportunity for joy and self-fulfillment. 

 

The Future of the Mind - Michio Kaku

The future of the mindGain insight into the astonishing research being done in top laboratories around the world—all based on the latest advancements in neuroscience and physics. One day we might have a "smart pill" that can enhance our cognition; be able to upload our brain to a computer, send thoughts and emotions around the world on a "brain-net"; control computers and robots with our mind; push the very limits of immortality; and perhaps even send our consciousness across the universe. 

Predictably Irrational - Dan Ariely

Predictably IrrationalNot only do we make astonishingly simple mistakes every day, but we make the same "types" of mistakes, Ariely discovers. We consistently overpay, underestimate, and procrastinate. We fail to understand the profound effects of our emotions on what we want, and we overvalue what we already own. Yet these misguided behaviors are systematic and predictable--making us "predictably" irrational.

Brain Rules - John Medina

Brain RulesIn Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina, a molecular biologist, shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In each chapter, he describes a brain rule—what scientists know for sure about how our brains work—and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives.