As the Pandemic may wind down, what will the next big challenge be?  Here’s a suggested reading list to help you get ready…

Radical CandorYes, yes, I know it is a cliché.  But the reality is that it is true.

“Leaders are readers.”

So, why is it true?  Because no leader knows enough.

Each leader has the challenge, and task, of keeping up, staying current, staying informed.  And, in this fast-changing era, woe to the leader who falls behind.

I have just finished reading the best-selling book by author Kim Scott: Just Work; her second.  Like in her first book, Radical Candor, if you keep a reading list of all the books she refers to and quotes, you would have a big enough reading stack to last you a long, long time.  Kim Scott reads books!

As do other leaders, and good writers.

So, what books should you read?  At this time, we all have some reading to do.


Books to add to your reading list:

#1 — On thinking about the next big problem.  After the dust settles on the pandemic, there will be the next “I did not see that coming” crisis to face.  Here are some books to help you think about getting ready.

the_black_swanThe Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.  Random House. (2007).

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Random House, 2012)

Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen by Dan Heath. Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster (March 3, 2020)


{#1a — About the pandemic specifically – here are a couple of books about the current crisis:

Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World by Fareed Zakaria. W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (October 6, 2020)

Post Corona: From Crisis to Opportunity by Scott Galloway. Portfolio (November 24, 2020)}


#2 — On The Changing World – kind of “future-think” books.  The future is coming, and we are not ready.  I could provide  a long list of books for this area of concern.  But, here are a couple to get you started.Digital Transformation

2030: How Today’s Biggest Trends Will Collide and Reshape the Future of Everything by Mauro F. Guillen.

Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in an Era of Mass Extinction by Thomas M. Siebel. RosettaBooks (July 9, 2019).


Here’s the point.  Ask what issues you face.  Search for the best books to inform you, and teach you, to think about these issues.  Read the books.  Then, get back to work, better informed, better equipped..


I have presented synopses of all of these (except Just Work, which I will present this Friday).  You can purchase my synopses.  Each synopsis comes with my comprehensive, multi-page handout, along with the audio recording of my presentation.  Click here to search by book title.  And click here for our newest additions.

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