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Bill’s Book List Part 2

by Bill Weber

Posted October 19, 2017

As I mentioned in my original Book List, I enjoy sharing book recommendations with colleagues and friends and have put together a second list to complement the first. My criteria are pretty clear: only nonfiction, no current politics, 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 suggestions for the next list.

Lab Girl

By Hope Jaren

A curious geo-biologist and gifted writer—Jaren makes the mystery of seeds fascinating and lives through challenges of women scientists in academia.

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
By Marshall Goldsmith

The first half of the book is excellent and provides 20 pithily presented workplace habits. For example, successful leaders are often held back because they try to give “too much value.” If you are looking to save time, the second half could be skipped

The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America
By Andrés Reséndez

I needed to reevaluate my self-perception of being a well-read history major after reading this incredible Bancroft Award winning book. The subtitle says it all…


Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
By Angela Duckworth

We all know that the valedictorians rarely live up to their peers’ expectations—more about why and how overachievers can compete…


Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard
By Chip & Dan Heath

Well-reasoned, easy to read pop social science. Relevant to everyone from community organizers to HR directors, from first responders to UN diplomats.


Dinner: Changing the Game
By Melissa Clark

Now that a McKinsey consultant recommended substituting “a recipe” for “a plan”, I can justify using cook books on this list too.  One favorite is “Pork Scaloppini with Sage, Black Pepper and Apples”!

Bill Weber

Bill Weber is President of Development Guild DDI. Read his bio here.



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