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Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

by Adam Grant In Originals he again addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all? Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced,…

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Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions

by Gary A. Klein Anyone who watches the television news has seen images of firefighters rescuing people from burning buildings and paramedics treating bombing victims. How do these individuals make the split-second decisions that save lives? Most studies of decision making, based on artificial tasks assigned in laboratory settings, view people as biased and unskilled. Gary Klein is one of the developers of the naturalistic decision making approach, which views people as inherently skilled and…

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Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

by Brene Brown “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who…

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

by Benjamin Franklin Born in 1706 colonial Boston, Benjamin Franklin grew up to be one of the Founding Fathers of the independent American nation. A true renaissance man, Benjamin Franklin was an artist, athlete, scientist, statesman, diplomat, and inventor. This unfinished work records Benjamin Franklin’s life events, seen through his own eyes. The autobiography covers many broad themes such as politics, societal discourse, independence, sovereignty, and gender equality, as Franklin plays a crucial role in…

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Adam Grant’s Wondering Blog

Adam Grant has been Wharton’s top-rated professor for six straight years. He is a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers and Fortune’s 40 under 40. He is the author of three New York Times bestselling books that have sold over a million copies and been translated into 35 languages. Read the answers to the Wondering blog here.

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Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

by Adam Grant For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But in today’s dramatically reconfigured world, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. In Give and Take, Adam Grant, an award-winning researcher and Wharton’s highest-rated professor, examines the surprising forces that shape why some people rise to the top of the success ladder while others sink to the bottom. Buy the book here.

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The Wealth of Nations

by Adam Smith The Wealth of Nations was published 9 March 1776, during the Scottish Enlightenment and the Scottish Agricultural Revolution. It influenced a number of authors and economists, as well as governments and organizations. Analyzing the relationship between work and the production of a nation’s wealth, Smith, a Scottish philosopher by trade, wrote the book to upend the mercantilist system. Buy the book here.  

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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow: The Secret to Happiness

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi asks, “What makes a life worth living?” Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of “flow.” Listen to the TED Talk here.

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Martin Seligman’s The New Era of Positive Psychology

Martin Seligman talks about psychology — as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner. As it moves beyond a focus on disease, what can modern psychology help us to become? Listen to his TED Talk here.

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