Our Favorite Thinkers and Leaders Share Their Favorite Reads


"My current favorite book is The Power of Regret by Daniel Pink," says author and Inc. Magazine contributing editor Jeff Haden. “NO REGRETS! makes for a great tattoo, but it’s a terrible philosophy.” In his book, Pink argues that regrets help us learn from mistakes, decide what is truly important to us and make better decisions in the future. “While dwelling on regrets isn’t helpful, learning from them definitely is,” concludes Jeff. He praises Pink for laying out a process for reframing regret into something useful – “something that will make a definite difference in your personal and professional life.” We suggest you follow Jeff’s recommendation and read our summary of Daniel Pink’s argument. You won’t regret it! 


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Daniel H. Pink

‘No Regrets’ Is No Way to Live

Banishing regret from our lives is not just futile, but also, unhelpful.

The Wall Street Journal
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Diversity consultant Tiffany Jana is a fan of James Clear's bestseller Atomic Habits: "It's one of those brilliant books that intersect beautifully across disciplines," Jana says. That includes the author's own area of expertise: "All of James' suggestions for building good habits and breaking bad ones can be leveraged in support of the inclusive behavior I enumerate in Subtle Acts of Exclusion and my other books." Moreover, Jana is convinced that you can apply Clear's idea of habitual skills to anything you find worth pursuing. So we suggest you read our review of Atomic Habits and give it a try!


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James Clear

Atomic Habits

Habit expert James Clear details how you can change your habits by exerting the smallest of efforts.

Random House Business
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Josh Bersin, leading HR analyst and founder of Bersin Academy, is convinced that politics will not fix society’s ills. “It’s today’s me-first culture that has to change. We need a clear understanding of why we, as individuals, have to help society work.” Robert Putnam’s The Upswing gave him just that, Bersin says. “It’s an ideal companion book. I loved it.” To see how Putnam decodes both moral and political issues, we recommend you read our summary of The Upswing.


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Robert Putnam

The Upswing

A timely reminder: America works best when it balances rugged individualism with opportunity for all.

Simon & Schuster
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What does it take to become a giver? Paolo Gallo, a highly successful coach himself – he directed Human Resources and Learning departments at the World Economic Forum, the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development – says he learned a lot from Adam Grant’s big bestseller. Its wisdom has deeply informed Paolo’s own writing and coaching practice. To see why and how, read our summary of Give and Take.


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Adam Grant

Give and Take

Is it better to give or to take?

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“I love Maria Konnikova”, says Selena Rezvani, an accomplished author herself (check out her bestselling books Pushback and The Next Generation of Women Leaders). “She beautifully writes about the ways we can identify – and then harness – strong emotional states to help us make good decisions.” Konnikova offers a number of surprising, often counter-intuitive insights – read our review of the book!


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Maria Konnikova

The Biggest Bluff

New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova explores herself by learning to play No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em.

Penguin Press
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Ken Allen is a CEO at DHL. He’s the author of Radical Simplicity. From Jim Collins' How the Mighty Fall he learned that a good company is more likely to die from indigestion with too many tasks and opportunities than from starvation because of too little. Read our summary of the book!


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Jim Collins

How The Mighty Fall

Best-selling author Jim Collins describes the stages a failing firm goes through – and how to avoid them.

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What difference can an individual make? “A really big one”, says Meredith Taghi, VP Group Learning, Talent and HR Platforms at Deutsche Post DHL. “That is, if the right people are given the opportunity to get things done.” Meredith says it was Michael J. Arena’s Adaptive Space that opened her eyes to the potential of perfect job/people matches. Read our summary of the book!


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Michael J. Arena

Adaptive Space

Disrupt your competitors, or the boldest of them will disrupt you. For “disrupt,” read “kill.”

McGraw-Hill Education
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Is there a blueprint for transforming a company? Nandan Nilekani, Chairman of Infosys, suggests you follow the example of Blackstone co-founder Stephen Schwarzman. One of Nandan’s favorite current reads is Schwarzman’s What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence. Read our summary of the book!


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Stephen A. Schwarzman

What It Takes

Stephen Schwarzman, co-founder of the Blackstone Group, traces its history and the lessons he’s learned.

Avid Reader Press
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To be continued...