5 Things Business Leaders Can Learn From Engineering Failures

Henry Petroski is a professor of history at Duke University with a dark specialty: engineering failures. His first book, To Engineer is Human, dissects the anatomy of several disasters, from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to the walkways at the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel. If you’re squeamish about flying or driving…

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6 Tech CEOs List Their Favorite Books

I’m always interested in what other people are reading. Yesterday, I searched the web for book recommendations from prominent business leaders. I unearthed a few gems. In a Reddit AMA, Bill Gates revealed that his favorite book of the last decade is Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature. It’s fitting. Gates,…

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The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph

What does it mean to be stoic? In first century AD, the Roman philosopher and Stoic Seneca the Younger began writing letters to Lucilius, the procurator of Sicily. Seneca riffed on a number of philosophical ideas, but he was especially drawn to misfortune, writing at one point that it “has a way of……

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6 Tech CEOs List Their Favorite Books

I’m always interested in what other people are reading. Yesterday, I searched the web for book recommendations from prominent business leaders. I unearthed a few gems. In a Reddit AMA, Bill Gates revealed that his favorite book of the last decade is Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature. It’s fitting. Gates,…

[Gates] The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

1[Gates] The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker

[Mayer] The Design of Everyday Things

2[Mayer] The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman

[Hsieh] Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization

3[Hsieh] Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan, John King, & Halee Fischer-Wright

[Cook] Competing Against Time: How Time-Based Competition is Reshaping Global Markets

4[Cook] Competing Against Time: How Time-Based Competition is Reshaping Global Markets by George Stalk

[Bezos] Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

5[Bezos] Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins & Jerry I. Porras

[Zuckerberg] The Aeneid

6[Zuckerberg] The Aeneid by Virgil

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