Books

“Collected Maxims and Other Reflections”

Originally posted in our September 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. No events are ever so unlucky that clever people cannot draw some advantage from them; nor are any so lucky that imprudent people cannot turn them to their own detriment. —Francois de La Rochefoucauld, “Collected Maxims and Other Reflections” We chose this maxim to highlight not only the importance of our interpretation of events but also because it shows the importance of being a learner. And…

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“Self-efficacy”

“Perceived self-efficacy is defined as people’s beliefs about their capabilities to produce designated levels of performance that exercise influence over events that affect their lives. Self-efficacy beliefs determine how people feel, think, motivate themselves, and behave. Such beliefs produce these diverse effects through four major processes. They include cognitive, motivational, affective and selection processes.” This paper breaks down the above and further explores the following concepts: Sources of Self-Efficacy Beliefs Efficacy-Mediated Processes Adaptive Benefits of…

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The Origin and Evolution of New Businesses

by Amar Bhidé What is this mysterious activity we call entrepreneurship? Does success require special traits and skills or just luck? Can large companies follow their example? What role does venture capital play? In a field dominated by anecdote and folklore, this landmark study integrates more than ten years of intensive research and modern theories of business and economics. The result is a comprehensive framework for understanding entrepreneurship that provides new and penetrating insights. Examining…

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Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being

by Martin E. P. Seligman Flourish presents a dynamic new concept of what well-being really is. Traditionally, the goal of psychology has been to relieve human suffering, but the goal of the Positive Psychology movement, which Dr. Seligman has led for fifteen years, is different—it’s about actually raising the bar for the human condition. While certainly a part of well-being, happiness alone doesn’t give life meaning. Seligman now asks, What is it that enables you to…

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Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

by Martin E.P. Seligman The father of the new science of positive psychology and author of Authentic Happiness draws on more than twenty years of clinical research to demonstrate how optimism enhances the quality of life, and how anyone can learn to practice it. Offering many simple techniques, Dr. Seligman explains how to break an “I—give-up” habit, develop a more constructive explanatory style for interpreting your behavior, and experience the benefits of a more positive…

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The Hope Circuit: A Psychologist’s Journey from Helplessness to Optimism

by Martin E.P. Seligman One of the most influential living psychologists looks at the history of his life and discipline, and paints a much brighter future for everyone. When Martin E. P. Seligman first encountered psychology in the 1960s, the field was devoted to eliminating misery: it was the science of how past trauma creates present symptoms. Today, thanks in large part to Seligman’s Positive Psychology movement, it is ever more focused not on what…

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Breakpoint and Beyond: Mastering the Future of Today

by George Land and Beth Jarman The founders of Leadership 2000, an international leadership development corporation whose clients include DuPont, IBM, 3M, and Sony, show how business professionals and organizations can adopt a new design for living in a dynamically changing world through new ways of creative thinking. Buy it here.

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The Person and the Situation: Perspectives of Social Psychology

by Lee Ross & Richard E. Nisbett How does the situation we’re in influence the way we behave and think? Professors Ross and Nisbett eloquently argue that the context we find ourselves in substantially affects our behavior in this timely reissue of one of social psychology’s classic textbooks. Buy the book here.

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

by Daniel Kahneman Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of…

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