One Easy Behavioral Trick to Gain Confidence and Power

Research from associate professor Dana R. Carney shows how a small change in posture can go a long way.

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Why Every College Senior Should Read Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal”

Atul Gawande’s latest book, Being Mortal, is about end of life care, how we get it wrong and what we can do about it. But, primarily, it is a discussion about what the function of medicine really is. The traditional view is that medicine exists to preserve life; death is…

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Google’s 11-Step Guide to Interviewing

Have you read How Google Works yet? Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Google adviser Jonathan Rosenberg published How Google Works a few weeks ago. It’s full of insights, including a chapter on finding talent and a subsection on interviewing, which they call “the most important skill any business person can…

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Is Time-Saving Technology Making Us Lazy and Incompetent?

In the late 1980s, the researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi gave electronic pagers to hundreds of workers from five businesses around Chicago. For one week, each pager beeped at seven random moments during the day. At each beep, the workers stopped what they were doing and filled out a short questionnaire. They answered…

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Book Lists

The New York Times’ Top 10 Bestselling Business Books in October

I’ve always thought that the term “business book” is misleading. It evokes notions of self-help and images of used car salesmen. There’s a somewhat woeful association with motivation–people who read business books are, having hit a lull in their career, looking for something more. I like this month’s New York Times business book…

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

1Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel & Blake Masters

Outliers: The Story of Success

2Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

This is an odd pair, but Gladwell’s book focuses on the causes of success that reside outside the individual—and I’ve always thought of Steve Jobs as innately (and idiosyncratically) brilliant. It’s hard to imagine a world in which Jobs wouldn’t have succeeded in some capacity. When couched in these terms, these books do a terrific job of illustrating the nature/nurture spectrum.

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

3This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein

Thinking, Fast and Slow

4Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

This book, written by a researcher I have admired since I was a graduate student, Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman, is a must for anyone wishing to know how our mind works. It reveals the complicated relationship between our analytical and conscious system of thinking and our automatic, unconscious system—demonstrating the prevalent influence of automatic processes connected with intuition. The book is based on years of outstanding research and helps readers understand the wonders of our mind.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

5The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

6The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin

How Google Works

7How Google Works by Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg

How did Google grow from a bullshit search engine into the world’s most valuable company? Two leaders share lessons from the inside out on strategy, decision-making, innovation, and culture.

#GirlBoss

8#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

9Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Think Like a Freak

10Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

The third installment from team Levitt-Dubner. This edition is the most actionable and prescriptive. If you want to “think like a freak,” you’ve got to know how to use incentives to your advantage.

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