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Book Capsules, July 2021

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Make It, Don't Fake It: Leading With Authenticity for Real Business Success
Sabrina Horn
Berrett-Koehler, 205 pp., $18.95

The book's title is a remix of the popular adage "Fake it ‘til you make it." Through her book, however, Horn challenges entrepreneurs, leaders, and aspiring leaders to answer a higher call of integrity: Make it—don't fake it. Her leadership philosophy is rooted in authenticity, honesty, and reality. She shares useful advice on topics ranging from decision making to building a solid leadership team, and she also discusses the role gender played in her journey to becoming a CEO. According to Horn, the ultimate measure of success has everything to do with how you achieve it.

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Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire In Everyday Life
Luke Burgis
St. Martin's Press, 282 pp., $28.99

Why do we want what we want? To answer that question, Burgis takes readers on a two-part journey of self-discovery. In the first part of the book, he helps readers understand the driving forces fueling and influencing their desires. That establishes the foundation for the second part, where he provides readers with tips and strategies on how to best manage their desires. Burgis posits that understanding the psychology behind our desires is key to avoiding the dark side of imitation and making more intentional choices, which ultimately results in a living a more fulfilling life.

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