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Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes

by Alfie Kohn The basic strategy we use for raising children, teaching students, and managing workers can be summarized in six words: Do this and you’ll get that. We dangle goodies (from candy bars to sales commissions) in front of people in much the same way we train the family pet. Drawing on a wealth of psychological research, Alfie Kohn points the way to a more successful strategy based on working with people instead of…

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To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others

by Daniel H. Pink Whether we’re employees pitching colleagues on a new idea, entrepreneurs enticing funders to invest, or parents and teachers cajoling children to study, we spend our days trying to move others. Like it or not, we’re all in sales now. To Sell Is Human offers a fresh look at the art and science of selling. Daniel H. Pink draws on a rich trove of social science for his counterintuitive insights. He reveals the new…

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Moving Windmills: The William Kamkwamba Story

Following the award-winning short film Moving Windmills, the feature-length documentary William and the Windmill tells the story of how William Kamkwamba built a power-generating windmill from junk parts to rescue his family from famine, as well as the subsequent changes in his life and village as a result of his invention.

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Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From

People often credit their ideas to individual “Eureka!” moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the “liquid networks” of London’s coffee houses to Charles Darwin’s long, slow hunch to today’s high-velocity web.

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Grow or Die: The Unifying Principle of Transformation

by George Land Grow or Die was originally published in 1973. Dr. Land’s theory of transformation has become a cornerstone in the strategic planning and organizational transformation of corporations. At the root of the principle lies a single concept: growth – the most basic and universal of drives through which all biological, physical, chemical, psychological, and cultural processes are intrinsically equivalent. Buy the book here.

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The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization

by Peter  M. Senge As Senge makes clear, in the long run the only sustainable competitive advantage is your organization’s ability to learn faster than the competition. In The Fifth Discipline, Senge describes how companies can rid themselves of the learning “disabilities” that threaten their productivity and success by adopting the strategies of learning organizations—ones in which new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, collective aspiration is set free, and people are continually learning how…

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The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail

by Clayton Christensen Christensen explains why most companies miss out on new waves of innovation. No matter the industry, he says, a successful company with established products will get pushed aside unless managers know how and when to abandon traditional business practices. Offering both successes and failures from leading companies as a guide, The Innovator’s Dilemma gives you a set of rules for capitalizing on the phenomenon of disruptive innovation. Buy the book here.

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Man’s Search For Meaning

by Viktor E. Frankl Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir of life in Nazi death camps has riveted generations of readers. Based on Frankl’s own experience and the stories of his patients, the book argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward. Buy the book here.

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Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World

by Tony Wagner Harvard education expert Tony Wagner explores what parents, teachers, and employers must do to develop the capacities of young people to become innovators. In profiling compelling young American innovators, Wagner reveals how the adults in their lives nurtured their creativity and sparked their imaginations, while teaching them to learn from failures and persevere. Play, passion, and purpose: These are the forces that drive young innovators. Wagner takes readers into the most forward-thinking…

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