books

Bookshelf

Favorite Magazines
Inc Magazine
Fast Company

Favorite Book of All Time (or perhaps just this year)
2012 – The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Prior to the Art of Racing my favorite book was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (read again in 2013)

Leadership/Management Books
2012 – Brandwashed by Martin Lindstrom (Something education should consider. If this much influence can revolve around fashion, food, and cars why not education?)
2012 – Buy-In by John P. Kotter & Lorne A. Whitehead (great read for anyone who likes to propose new ideas.)
2014 – The Chaos Imperative by Ori Brafman
2012 – The Consuming Instinct: What juicy burgers, ferraris, pornography and gift giving reveal about human nature by Gad Saad (Very interesting read. Reads like a collection of essays. Loved it.)
2014 – The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
2012 – Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh (Quick easy read, some great ideas for building culture in a company. Love the Face Game idea, the Zappos Pizza story and the Timmy/Jonathon interaction.)
2011 – The Dragonfly Effect by Jennifer Aaker and Andy Smith
2014 – The Dream Manager by Matthew Kelly
2011 – Drive by Daniel Pink
2012 – The Element by Sir Ken Robinson (would easily make this required reading for all first year and graduating students)
2011 – Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions by Guy Kawasaki
2012 – Gamechangers: Education & Technology by Educause
2012 – Getting Naked by Patrick Lencioni
2012 – The Google Way by Bernard Girard
2012 – Join The Club by Tina Rosenberg (Might buy this one. Would love to see her examples in the framework of Dr. McGonigal’s research around epic wins and video games. Could a virtual world include peer pressure to influence “real” world good?)
2013 – Leading at the Edge by Kessler, Perkins, et al. Great applications of leadership using Shackleton.
2011 – Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin
2012 – Leading Change by John P. Kotter (A playbook for how to create change in an organization.)
2011 – Leader’s Legacy by Kouzes & Posner
2011 – Leading with the Heart by Mike Krzyzewski
2014 – Lead with a Story by Paul Smith (gets repetitive after a while but lots of great applications and examples of how storytelling can be powerful in any (and all ) situations.
2011 – Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath
2013 – Making Good by Billy Parish & Dev Aujla (Great inspirational read about making your idea happen.
2011 – Moneyball by Michael Lewis
2012 – Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard Thaler, Cass Sunstein (Very interesting, lots of useful stuff in this one for education)
2011 – Open Leadership: How Social Technology can transform the way you lead by Charlene Li
2011 – Poke the Box by Seth Godin
2013 – The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
2011 – Read This Before Our Next Meeting by Al Pittampalli
2012 – Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
2012 – Setting the Table by Danny Meyer
2011 – Soup: A recipe to nourish your team and culture by Jon Gordon
2013 – Start-Up Nation: The story of Israel’s economic miracle by Dan Senor and Saul Singer
2013 – Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan, John King, Halee Fischer-Wright
2014- The Essential Marcus Aurelius by Jacob Needleman
2012 – The Social Organization by Bradley & McDonald  MUST read for any staff responsible for leading social technology. Great advice and examples, more technical than the Thank You Economy. Fantastic blueprint for starting out a strategy.
2014 – The Story Factor by Annette Simmons (Great read when it comes to the power of storytelling)
2014 – Top Dog: The Science of Winning & Losing by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman
2011 – Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
2012 – The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk I’d consider this a community manager/social media MUST read. Great advice and examples.
2012 – Tribes by Seth Godin (Quick easy read that basically asks, what are you waiting for? Your leadership is worthy. Step up.)
2011 – Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and off the court by John Wooden

Weekend Reads
2011 – After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival by Robin Gaby Fisher
2011 – Bossypants by Tina Fey
2012 – Born to Run by Christopher McGougall 
2012 – Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking has Undermined America by Barbara Ehrenreich 
2014 – Die Empty: Unleash Your Best At Work Every Day by Todd Henry
2011 – Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making it Work by Tim Gunn
2014 – inGenius: A Crash Course in Creativity by Tina Seelig
2014 – Idiots and Icons by Bob Lutz
2011 – Laughing and Learning: An alternative to shut up and listen by Peter M Jonas
2012 – The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick
2012 – Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer (Some great ideas for orientations and classroom exercises in this one.)
2012 – My Start Up Life by Ben Casnocha (Lots of good quotes, okay story, great resources in the back including an extensive reading list and a 1-month planner to being a better entrepreneur.)
2012 – Nerve:Poise under pressure, serentiy under stress and the brave new science of fear and cool by Taylor Clark
2012 – One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon by Richard Brandt
2012 – The Politics of Happiness by Derek Bok (very interesting but not an easy read)
2012 – Socialnomics by Erik Qualman
2014 – The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho
2012 – The Perfect Thing by Steven Levy (The Story of the iPod and how it changed…everything.)
2012 – The Pixar Touch by David A. Price 
2013 – Secrets of Super-Productivity: How to Achieve Amazing Things in Your Work Life by Neen James
2012 – Tension City by Jim Lehrer (all about Presidential Debates)
2012 – The Status Syndrome by Michael Marmot (very interesting read. Your health could be related to your social status. Actually, it is related to your social status. Hope a follow up happens in regards to your social network!)
2014 – The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall
2012 – The Comet and the Tornado by Don Marinelli  
2013 – Secrets of Super Productivity by Neen James
2014 – What Happens in Vegas Stays On YouTube by Erik Qualman
2014 – Unthink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius by Erik Wahl
2014 – Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect by Matthew Lieberman

Eyebrow Raising Reads
2012 – Aleph by Paulo Coehlo
2012 – The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
2013 – Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam
2013 – Bursts: The Hidden Patterns Behind Everything We Do by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi (great story telling around data and studies. Very easy read and very enjoyable!)
2014 – Contagious by Jonah Berger (really interesting read with an easy to follow template/tool at the end)
2011 – DIY U by Anya Kamenetz
2012 – The Daily You by Joseph Turow (Are you into marketing? Read this.)
2012 – Food, Inc. by Karl Weber 
2012 – Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Can’t say it was bad, can’t say it was good. What I can say is that it was very interesting and at times entertaining.)
2012 – How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston  (The Rosetta Stone of how to be yourself.)
2012 – Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain by David Eagleman
2012 – Imagine by Jonah Lehrer (Fantastic, informative, and applicable to everyday thinking.)
2012 – In the Plex by Steven Levy (Want to read the story of Google from start to now? This will do it. Awesome book.)
2012 – Mirroring People by Marco Iacoboni (All about empathy and how we mimic others. Really interesting.)
2013 – NutureShock by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman(very interesting read for any future parents and educators.)
2012 – Obliquity by John Kay  (Outstanding, quick, and easy read about achieving your goals by not targeting them)
2012 – OK: The improbable story of America’s favorite word by Allan Metcalf
2011 – The Orange Revolution by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton
2012 – Permission Marketing by Seth Godin
2012 – The Power of Pull by Hagel, Brown, Davison (Started off great, a little dry towards the end. Nonetheless, some great examples for networking and starting a movement!
2012 – Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds (Fantastic advice and tips for any presenter)
2013 – Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford(really enjoyed the writing in this one, pick it up.)
2011 – Smashed by Koren Zailckas
2011 – Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know by David Bornstein and Susan Davis (Found this by randomly looking through the stacks on day in the library, was pleasantly surprised!)
2012 – The Man Who Lied to His Laptop by Clifford Nass (Fascinating)
2013 – The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
2014 – The Reason I Jump – Naoki Higashida (If you want to get inside the head of someone with autism, this is absolutely fascinating.)
2012 – Reality of Broken by Jane McGonigal (Love this lens to view the world. Gaming can inspire, educate, and motivate people to do better. Follow Dr. McGonigal on twitter @avantgame )
2011 – We Are All Weird by Seth Godin
2012 – What You Don’t Know You Know by Ken Eisold, PhD  (very academic read, very interesting but a little heady.)

Guilty Pleasures
2012 – Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
2012 – Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
2012 – Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
2013 – Gone Baby Gone by Dennis Lehane
2014 – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Avoid
2012 – Digitally Enabled Social Change: Activism in the Internet Age by Jennifer Earl & Katrina Kimport (This reads like a dissertation, not a fan. Also, I can’t wait for the sequel  “Activism in the Social Media Age” since the authors point out their research was prior to the advent of Facebook and social media. This is basically akin to a book about transportation using horses while cars are already on the road.)
2012 – The Fall of the Faculty by Benjamin Ginsberg (A professor pleads for universities to stop growing in staff and give power back to professors. If Irma Pelt had a child and left him in the faculty lounge, this is what he would turn out like.)
2012 – The Influentials by Ed Keller and Jon Berry (This book is outdated. Only 50% of their influentials had the internet. No mention of social networking whatsoever. To sum it up, which they never do, the influentials are activists by another name.)
2013 – Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum(You want a read a book about the Holocaust and graphic rape scenes? Here you go, read this. UGH!)
2014 – Against the Gods: The remarkable story of risk by Peter Bernstein. (A history book got married to a statistics book and this was the result. Long, arduous read that I did not enjoy at all.)

Not good, not great, not bad. 
2013 – Brand Resilience by Jonahtan Copulsky
2013 – It Doesn’t Take a Hero by Gen. H. Nomran Schwarzkopf
2012 – The Long Tail by Chris Anderson 
2012 – Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value (and How to Take Advantage of It) by William Poundstone
2012 – All Business is Local by John A. Quelch and Katherine E. Jocz
2013 – The Person Who Changed My Life by Matilda Raffa Cuomo
2013 – Traffic: Why we drive the way we do by Tom Vanderbilt
2013 – A Good Talk by Daniel Menaker
2014 – Likable Business by Dave Kerpen
2014 – Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives by Annie Murphy Paul
2014 – Rebooting Work: Transform How You Work in the Age of Entrepreneurship by Maynard Webb (Eh. Nothing groundbreaking here but a quick read to give you some different perspectives)
2014 – Forms of Ethical and Intellectual Development in the College Years by William G. Perry, Jr

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