Contributors to the January 2022 issue of TD magazine offer their book recommendations.
Good Business: Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Csikszentmihalyi, who passed away in October, was a pioneer in creativity and innovation. His concept of flow explored the intersection of happiness, purpose, and environment. In this book, he provides practical insights into how flow influences leadership and how they combine to form the basis for meaningful work and interactions with others.
The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander
I recommend this book because it provides two different yet harmonious perspectives for how to achieve a sense of fulfillment in both our professional and personal lives. I like how the book is broken into 12 practices, each supported by relatable stories and anecdotes.
The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't by Julia Galef
Scouts see things around them more clearly and make better judgments. This engaging book encourages us to take off our blinders and shares the psychology of building the capability of the scout mindset within your team so you can adapt more quickly through informed decision making.
Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgmentby Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, and Cass R. Sunstein
The noise around us often distracts us from making good decisions—affecting our time management, thinking, and productivity. This tactical book provides insights on how we can reduce the noise to improve the decision-making process and be more productive with our time.
Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide, 3rd Edition by Linda Suskie
Suskie takes a common-sense approach toward assessing learning, which makes her book relatable and easy to read. It is easy to skip to the chapters or sections most useful to you at the moment, though a cover-to-cover approach lays the needed foundations of building measurable goals and developing effective curriculum before diving into a robust assessment toolbox.