Optimizing Leadership (Harvard Extension School) Week 1-10

The list of music, videos, articles, and books is recommended from MGMT E-4178 Optimizing Leadership at Harvard Extension School (HES) in Fall 2017, dedicatorily shared by our HBXer – Marvin Hansen

Part One: Music

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1. Stephen Walking – Walkers [Monstercat Release]

2. Heist – Lindsey Stirling

3. Brighter Future – Big Gigantic (ft. Naaz)

4. Skillet – Hero

5. Big Gigantic – The Little Things ft. Angela McCluskey

6. audiomachine – Guardians at the Gate [GRV Extended RMX | Redux]

7. Oscar H Caballero – “Realm Of Infinity” [Epic Hybrid]

8. Ivan Torrent Rêverie Full Album

9. Sons Of Pythagoras – To Leave It All (Epic Powerful Intense Cinematic Action)

10. 2-Hour Epic Music Mix | Audiomachine – Most Beautiful & Powerful Music – Emotional Mix

 

Part Two: Video

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1. Overcoming Laziness from Unconscious Incompetence to Conscious Competence – Mark Divine

2. Listening to Shame – Brené Brown (TED Talk 2012)

3. The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn – Jeremy Howard (TED Talk at TEDxBrussels 2014)

4. Eric Ries, entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School, explains how to find the human causes of technical problems: The 5 Ways (Harvard Business Review)

 

Part Three: Articles

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1. Engaging People Strengths

2. Finding Out Your Strengths

3. Becoming A Leader

4. Talent Engagement

5. Handling Conflict

6. Ethics Artificial Intelligence

7. Leadership Styles

Part Four: Books

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Soar Above: How to Use the Most Profound Part of Your Brain Under Any Kind of Stress

Author: Steven Stosny

Publisher: HCI (April 5, 2016)

Topic of Optimizing Leadership: constructive climate

 

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Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation

Author: Linda A. Hil, Greg Brandeau, Emily Truelove, Kent Lineback

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (June 10, 2014)

Topic of Optimizing Leadership: engaging people strengths

 

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Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

Author: Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace

Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (April 8, 2014)

Topic of Optimizing Leadership: engaging people strengths

 

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Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution.

Author: Brené Brown

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau; 1 edition (August 25, 2015)

Topic of Optimizing Leadership: engaging people strengths

 

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The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Author: Brené Brown

Publisher: Hazelden Publishing; 1 edition (August 27, 2010)

Topic of Optimizing Leadership: engaging people strengths

 

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The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, Updated and Expanded

Author: Michael D. Watkins

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; Revised ed. edition (May 14, 2013)

Topic of Optimizing Leadership: becoming a leader

 

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Sensemaking in Organizations (Foundations for Organizational Science)

Author: Karl Weick

Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 1 edition (May 31, 1995)

Topic of Optimizing Leadership: becoming a leader

 

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Exercising Influence: A Guide For Making Things Happen at Work, at Home, and in Your Community

Author: B. Kim Barnes

Publisher: Pfeiffer; Revised edition (November 17, 2006)

Topic of Optimizing Leadership: becoming a leader

 

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Power Is the Great Motivator (Harvard Business Review Classics)

Author: David C. McClell, David H. Burnham

Publisher: Harvard Business Review (August 04, 2008)

Topic of Optimizing Leadership: becoming a leader

 

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Leadership Presence

Author: Kathy Lubar, Belle Linda Halpern

Publisher: Avery; Reprint edition (October 14, 2004)

Topic of Optimizing Leadership: talent engagement

 

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Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

Author: Amy Cuddy

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition: December 2015 edition (December 22, 2015)

Topic of Optimizing Leadership: talent engagement

 

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Xi Jinping: The Governance of China: [English Language Version]

Author: Xi Jinping

Publisher: Shanghai Press (February 17, 2015)

Comments from HBXer – Marvin Hansen

  • If you want to understand where China is going and how it plans to get there, look no further than the official leadership manual from the most powerful man modern China has ever seen.

Topic of Optimizing Leadership: leadership skills

 

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The Leadership Journey: How to Master the Four Critical Areas of Being a Great Leader

Author: Gary Burnison

Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 1, 2016)

Topic of Optimizing Leadership: leadership skills

 

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Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

Author: Simon Sinek

Publisher: Portfolio; Rep Rev edition (May 23, 2017)

Topic of Optimizing Leadership: leadership skills

 

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Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

Author: Kim Scott

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (March 14, 2017)

Topic of Optimizing Leadership: leadership skills

 

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Humble Consulting: How to Provide Real Help Faster

Author: Edgar H. Schein

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (April 4, 2016)

Topic of Optimizing Leadership: leadership style

 

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Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career

Author: Herminia Ibarra

Publisher: Harvard Business School Press; 47739th edition (January 1, 2004)

Topic of Optimizing Leadership: leadership style

 

(Book photos source: Amazon, Harvard Business Review)

The Americanization of Narcissism

The Americanization of Narcissism

Author: Elizabeth Lunbeck

Publisher: Harvard University Press (March 10, 2014)

HBXer–Jingning Ao’s comment:

  • Narcissism is usually a negative word in psychology, but do you know there is also a healthy narcissism?
  • Professor Elizabeth Lunbeck is a professor in Department of History of Science at Harvard. I had the absolute honor to meet her in person last week, she agreed that healthy narcissism is essential to success. Especially in academia, she said, if you don’t have strong trust in yourself, a belief in your research, you cannot make great work. Professor Lunbeck’s book brings new knowledge to the biased narcissism that “healthy narcissism fuels creativity and ambition”.
  • Here is a link for the video of Professor Lunbeck introducing her book:

The Party & Asia’s Reckoning

The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers

Author: Richard McGregor

Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (July 31, 2012)

HBXer–Martin Ko’s review:

  • I really enjoyed reading Richard McGregor’s book The Party (which is the funniest most informative account I have ever read about China’s Communist Party, and I’ve read them all, believe me)

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Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century

Author: Richard McGregor

Publisher: Viking (September 5, 2017)

HBXer–Martin Ko’s review:

  • I just started reading his follow up book entitled Asia’s Reckoning. It confirms what I have long posted and discussed about, that the Middle East and Russia are but immaterial distractions from the REAL WAR, which will be with China. Evil and darkness are descending from the Far East in the form of authoritarianism and it’s time we acknowledged what should be our priority and #1 threat.

(Book photos source: Amazon)

Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?

Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?

Author: Graham Allison

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (May 30, 2017)

HBXer–Martin Ko’s review:

  • The next entry in the book club: Destined For War, which is about whether the United States and China are on a collision course for either total war or no war at all. I’ve long since said that the Middle East, which generates the majority of media coverage, is but a distraction and immaterial when compared to the site of the Real War: the Far East. Evil and darkness are descending upon the realm, and its time to be pragmatic about the situation.
  • China can have nice shiny gleemy things like high speed rail, but in my home state of California that is considered a pipe dream. I never understood why this could not be built, but my guess is it has to do with the fact that the money is always diverted for bullshit (like more state of the art prison construction, which we excel in) and there are property rights in the United States that do not exist in China where the government in the name of The People owns all the land (in the USA you have to be granted easements from a patchwork of individual landowners). Finally, if high speed rail (HSR) were to be built in California the first rail lines would be established in places absolutely no one aspires to go to like Bakersfield and Merced. Ugh.
  • Table “America and China, clash of cultures” (page 141): It’s a gross oversimplification but makes a broad point about the differences between the contenders, that is America and China, in the REAL WAR and WARS TO COME.
(Book photo source: Amazon)