Contributors to the April 2018 issue of TD magazine offer their book recommendations.
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant
Adam Grant is always provocative, and this book includes a case study where he looks at an idea his own students brought to him and that he dismissed. He really dives into how we don't know what we don't know and how our assumptions are often incorrect.
The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer
Through the use of “mindful” diaries and loads of research, the authors share how small wins in our daily lives lead to creativity, joy, engagement, and the big wins we all want.
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
I am crazy-passionate about the subject of learning how to learn. So, I decided to read this book and take a deeper dive into motivation and how to be smarter at motivating learners. Since rereading this book, I’ve used Pink’s examples as a point of departure for my own research in teaching. And yes, he has a new book titled When.
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace
I just love, love, love this book because it combines creativity and inspiration with strategic and pragmatic business skills. Who doesn’t want that combo?
Chief Customer Officer 2.0: How to Build Your Customer-Driven Growth Engine by Jeanne Bliss
This book is a great guide to understand why and how customer experience determines the bottom-line outcomes for any company. It has great real-life examples that any reader can easily relate to, whether you are a customer experience manager, a frontline supervisor or employee, or a customer.
The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom
This is a thought-provoking and enjoyable read on the power and effectiveness of decentralized organizations.
Sink, Float, or Swim: Sustainable High Performance Doesn’t Happen by Chance—It Happens by Choice by Scot Peltin and Jogi Rippel
A compelling read that outlines actionable, integrated strategies to achieve sustainable high performance through mindset, movement, nutrition, and recovery.
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.
My all-time favorite.