Optimizing Leadership (Harvard Extension School) Week 11-15

This list of music, video, article, and book is from MGMT E-4178 Optimizing Leadership at Harvard Extension School (HES) in Fall 2017 (Week 11-15), generously shared by our HBXer – Marvin Hansen

Part One: Music


1. Audiomachine – Existence

2. Epic Score – Liberators (Epic Powerful Hybrid Action)

3. Epic Hybrid | Ivan Torrent – The Bounds of the Universe – Epic Music VN

4. Two Steps From Hell – Heart of Courage (Extended Version)


Part Two: Video


1. MIT Sloan Management Review: Why Business Leaders Need an Augmented Reality Strategy

2. The Next Generation of Smart Glasses for Enterprise

3. Uber’s Electric Flying Taxis | NEW Battery Breakthroughs!

4. Amazon Has 45,000 Robot Employees


Part Three: Articles


1. Tasks & Relationships

2. Culture Values

3. Vision Strategy

Part Four: Books


Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times

Author: Nancy Koehn

Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (October 3, 2017)

Topic of Optimizing Leadership: tasks & relationships



First, Fast, Fearless: How to Lead Like a Navy SEAL

Author: Brian “Iron Ed” Hiner

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (September 9, 2015)

Topic of Optimizing Leadership: leadership traits



The Innovator’s Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth

Author: Clayton M. Christensen, Michael E. Raynor

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; 1 edition (November 19, 2013)

Topic of Optimizing Leadership: culture values


(Book photos source: Amazon)

Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys

Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys

Author: Michael Collins

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc; Anniversary edition edition (7 July 2009)

HBXer–Jim Dubela’s Comments:

  • Its old, but good. Carrying the Fire by Michael Collins. It’s a first hand account of his journey from astronaut selection to Apollo 11 command module pilot. Older book, a little technical.
(Book photo source: Amazon)

Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut

Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut

Author: Astronaut Mike Mullane

Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (February 6, 2007)

HBXers’ Comments:

  • Patrick Mullane: It is a very funny book …
  • Jim Dubela: Great story–makes you feel like you’re aboard the shuttle! A truth about aviation: make sure you’re clued-in to the “right answer.” No square pegs, please!
  • Jim Dubela: I loaned mine out and it made the rounds among the pilots at my base. Finally got it back–all dog-eared!
  • Prasoon Tripathi: Wow! I want to read it too!
  • Radhika Bhatia: I was looking for something like this to read!
  • Jingning Ao: Just finished the first chapter! Hahaha I cannot stop laughing. For example: “I was sure I had scored some points. Could there have been a better answer to convey the message that my family came first, that I had my priorities right? In reality I would have sold my wife and children into slavery for a ride into space. I thought it best not to mention that fact.”
  • Nguyen T Hong Phuc: He is still understating. I am sure he would have sold his parents and siblings too.
  •         Radhika Bhatia: Riding Rockets starts today!! (May 31 at 5:03 pm)
  •         ‎Jim Dubela: You’ll feel like you’re strapped in for the launch. Excellent read!
  • Rafael Rosales: Haha so I bought the book today via amazon and got a the first four chapters. I am only in page three and have already laughed three times!! Just read this part and laughed so hard!! I love Patrick Mullane how your dad has written this book in an honest and truthful manner! It is very refreshing. I had a very hard day today and reading this first part has helped me destress! Please pass on this message to your old man. Tell him he has a fan from El Salvador.
  • Rafael Rosales: So I also did the counting backwards by seven and failed at the 50’s. Hahaha got ahead a little bit more. Did it second time with less pressure and performed better.
  • Rafael Rosales: I would love to meet him in person and tell him that he has become one of my favorite authors!

(Book photo source: Amazon)