I find sharing book recommendations (without even being asked!) with colleagues, family, and friends irresistible. My Development Guild DDI team has been encouraging me to post my recommendations (perhaps to discourage my constant bibliophile chatter?). My criteria is pretty clear: only nonfiction, I like to reread favorites, and it could be a new book I might take on an upcoming plane ride. Would welcome your thoughts and any suggestions for the next list…
So here goes.
By Michael Lewis
The best book about recruiting book ever! It’s all about finding hidden talent (and it’s a fast baseball read too!)
The Warmth of Other Suns
By Isabelle Wilkerson
Epic story of migration of African Americans from the South between 1915 and 1970. Great synthesis of social history and biography.
The Strength of Weak Ties
By Mark Granovetter
A seminal study which invented the field of social network analysis before Mark Zuckerberg was born.
Born a Crime
By Trevor Noah
One man’s coming-of-age story; from the fall of apartheid South African to The Daily Show.
Churchill and Orwell
By Thomas Rick
It’s all about a quest for truth. And World War II is about as contemporary as I can tolerate.
By Carol Dweck
It turns out what works as effective feedback for parents and teachers also works for employers and been used by the Boston Celtics!
The First 90 Days
By Michael Watkins
An indispensable guide for new hires getting a running start—and a must for employers too.
And, I may be sending a new list in several weeks, so if you have new suggestions, please let me know…
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