Here are some of the books and talks that I enjoyed this week, in no particular order.
Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation
by Tim Brown
"The myth of innovation is that brilliant ideas leap fully formed from the minds of geniuses. The reality is that most innovations come from a process of rigorous examination through which great ideas are identified and developed before being realized as new offerings and capabilities. This book introduces the idea of design thinking‚ the collaborative process by which the designer′s sensibilities and methods are employed to match people′s needs not only with what is technically feasible and a viable business strategy. In short‚ design thinking converts need into demand. It′s a human−centered approach to problem solving that helps people and organizations become more innovative and more creative."
Tipping Sacred Cows: Kick the Bad Work Habits that Masquerade as Virtues
by Jake Breeden
"You should try your best, work well with others, and produce excellent work. Right? But these cherished nuggets of advice, in practice, have a dark side that can lead to career-limiting unintended consequences. And they're not alone. Based on Jake Breeden's experience coaching thousands of leaders in 27 countries, and new research in economics, neuroscience, and psychology, Tipping Sacred Cows reveals how to overcome the dangerous behaviors that masquerade as virtues at work, and how to lead with fewer self-imposed limitations and greater results. It's a guide for curious, courageous people at work."
The First 20 Hours - How to Learn Anything
By Josh Kaufman
"Josh Kaufman is the author of the #1 international bestseller, 'The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business', as well as the upcoming book 'The First 20 Hours: Mastering the Toughest Part of Learning Anything.' Josh specializes in teaching people from all walks of life how to master practical knowledge and skills. In his talk, he shares how having his first child inspired him to approach learning in a whole new way."
The game that can give you 10 extra years of life
By Jane McGonigal
"After suffering a severe concussion, Jane McGonigal expereinced physical debilitaion and suicidal tendencie. She searched the medical research for an answer to her problem. She discovered how to extend your life."