I enjoy opening my Daily Digests from Tech Republic — there’s always something that’s useful or interesting to read, even though I’m not a programmer or high-level IT guru, I just like working with technology and learning about what’s out there.
One of today’s links led to a short list of leadership books that will be published in 2015, as well as a short blurb for each as to why they’re a good read…which, as a Reader’s Advisory professional, I really appreciate (if someone is telling me to read a book, I want to know what it’s about).
I can’t personally vouch for every book since, well, only one has been published so far, but the list covers a variety of interests, and the blurbs have me looking forward to all of them. I love knowing about titles in advance!
Reviewers say this book isn’t just about Marissa Mayer, but about the entire journey of Yahoo! from THE place to go to find things to a company whose future is still unknown.
Explores creation/creative people: how did the “new” come to be?
Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses “No, But” Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration — Lessons from The Second City by Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton; pub date Feb 3, 2014; ISBN 9780062248541
Yes, that Second City…the improv school that’s produced numerous comedic geniuses. I’ve already pre-ordered it. The authors claim that the book is “…aimed at increasing creativity, collaboration, and teamwork.” Since comedy troupes can’t be successful without any of these attributes, I believe them.
Lots of advance praise for this one…talks about how change yourself to positively effect your surroundings and promotes action over introspection. It’s now on my Amazon Wish List.
No, I’ve never heard his name before, and I’m still deciding if I should be ashamed about that, although I now know that he’s CEO of SpaceX and a co-founder of paypal.
Explores the world of underground innovators.
This has gotten good [very] early editorial reviews…and it does seem like time for a re-haul of what it means to be a good leader. There is no title image available yet, but I imagine it will be better than a beige cover.
All cover photos courtesy goodreads.com — an excellent site for book lovers. All titles were available as Kindle books.
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*While the original Tech Republic article listed eight items, I couldn’t find enough data on Amy Cuddy’s “Presence” (described as a book about how your body’s posture can impact your life, due to be published Fall 2015), to include it here.