Book Reviews From Our Book Giveaway

There’s only 24 hours left to pre-order the Start-up of You and in return get a free bookplate and the chance to win 20 other books that we recommend. In this post, I wanted to highlight a few of the books we’re giving away.

Streetlights and Shadows: Searching for the Keys to Adaptive Decision Making
By Gary Klein

One of my favorite books of 2010. Klein opens each chapter with a set of statements describing conventional wisdom on the topic of the chapter: decision making, uncertainty, risk, adaptation, heuristics and biases. Then he proceeds to show why conventional wisdom is wrong. Unlike many books on decision-making, Klein assumes that when making decisions you have incomplete information and high levels of uncertainty—in other words, he assumes you live in the real world, not an academic lab. 

Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd
By Youngme Moon

Moon argues that to have a true competitive advantage in today’s business world means that a company must be fundamentally different from the outset. It can’t bolt on differentiators after the fact. An eloquent exploration of one part of competitive advantage.

Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives
By Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler

Drawing on extensive (if not completely proven) research, social scientists Christakis and Fowler argue that connections up to three degrees away from us have a profound effect on our mind and body. Christakis and Fowler say that we are very much the company we keep–out to the third degree.

Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career
By Herminia Ibarra

This is a great book on career reinvention and transition. A professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD, Ibarra tells the stories of men and women who pivoted into new industries. She observes how difficult it is to shed your old identity and create a new one. She stresses the importance of experimentation. And she hammers home the idea that there is no “one true self ” that can be conclusively discovered. Here’s my post on the LinkedIn Group about a recent article by Herminia.

Working Together: Why Great Partnerships Succeed
By Michael D. Eisner with Aaron Cohen

Eisner, former CEO of Disney, writes about ten notable partnerships. Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken are featured in the book, as are Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger, Bill Gates and Melinda Gates, and others. These inspiring and well-told stories show the power of lasting professional alliances.

Intrigued by any of these books? Buy the Start-Up of You now and you may just get all of them in the mail — for free!

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