Books

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

September 8, 2017

by Martin E. P. Seligman Flourish presenst 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…

Read more

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s famous investigations of “optimal experience” have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of consciousness called flow. During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life. Flow teaches how, by ordering the information that enters our consciousness, we can discover true happiness…

Read more

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

by Charles Duhigg In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of…

Read more

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

by Anders Ericsson Anders Ericsson has made a career studying chess champions, violin virtuosos, star athletes, and memory mavens. Peak distills three decades of myth-shattering research into a powerful learning strategy that is fundamentally different from the way people traditionally think about acquiring new abilities. Whether you want to stand out at work, improve your…

Read more

Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious

by Timothy D. Wilson “Know thyself,” a precept as old as Socrates, is still good advice. But is introspection the best path to self-knowledge? What are we trying to discover, anyway? In an eye-opening tour of the unconscious, as contemporary psychological science has redefined it, Timothy D. Wilson introduces us to a hidden mental world…

Read more

Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice

by Clayton Christensen How do companies know how to grow? How can they create products that they are sure customers want to buy? Can innovation be more than a game of hit and miss? Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen has the answer. A generation ago, Christensen revolutionized business with his groundbreaking theory of disruptive…

Read more

Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life

by William Derseiwicz As a professor at Yale, William Deresiewicz saw something that troubled him deeply. His students, some of the nation’s brightest minds, were adrift when it came to the big questions: how to think critically and creatively and how to find a sense of purpose. Now, he argues that elite colleges are turning…

Read more

Most Likely to Succeed

by Tony Wagner & Ted Dintersmith From two leading experts in education and entrepreneurship, an urgent call for the radical re-imagining of American education so that we better equip students for the realities of the twenty-first century economy. Today more than ever, we prize academic achievement, pressuring our children to get into the “right” colleges,…

Read more

Seeing What Others Don’t: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights

by Gary A. Klein Insights—like Darwin’s understanding of the way evolution actually works, and Watson and Crick’s breakthrough discoveries about the structure of DNA—can change the world. We also need insights into the everyday things that frustrate and confuse us so that we can more effectively solve problems and get things done. Yet we know…

Read more

The Power of Positive Deviance: How Unlikely Innovators Solve the World’s Toughest Problems

by Richard Pascale, Jerry Sternin, & Monique Sternin Think of the toughest problems in your organization or community. What if they’d already been solved and you didn’t even know it? In The Power of Positive Deviance, the authors present a counterintuitive new approach to problem-solving. Their advice? Leverage positive deviants–the few individuals in a group who find unique…

Read more