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


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Artificial Intelligence books & articles (Harvard Extension School)

Here is the Artificial Intelligence (AI) book list from Harvard Extension School (HES), again, generously shared by our HBXer – Marvin Hansen:

Part One: AI Readings


Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future

Author: Andrew McAfee, Erik Brynjolfsson

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (June 27, 2017)



Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Business: A No-Nonsense Guide to Data Driven Technologies

Author: Steven Finlay

Publisher: Relativistic; 2 edition (May 28, 2017)



The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

Author: Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (January 25, 2016)



Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

Author: Nick Bostrom

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (May 1, 2016)



Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization (Leadership for the Common Good)

Author: Robert Kegan, Lisa Laskow Lahey

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; 1 edition (January 13, 2009)




Man’s Search for Meaning

Author: Viktor E. Frankl

Publisher: Beacon Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2006)



Part Two: Tech Learning


Deep Learning with Python

Author: Francois Chollet

Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (January 30, 2018)



Deep Learning (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning series)

Author: Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio, Aaron Courville

Publisher: The MIT Press (November 18, 2016)




The Deep Learning Revolution (MIT Press)

Author: Terrence J. Sejnowski

Publisher: The MIT Press (May 25, 2018)



Part Three: AI Articles


  1. Reshaping Business With Artificial Intelligence (MIT Sloan Management Review)

  2. AI will redefine the role of manager

  3. A sober view of AI will lead to more effective innovation

  4. How to Deal With the Elephant in the Room


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Leadership Books (MGMT-4178, Harvard Extension School)

Here is the leadership book list from MGMT-4178 in Fall 2017 at Harvard Extension School (HES), generously shared by our HBXer – Marvin Hansen:


Multipliers, Revised and Updated: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

Author: Liz Wiseman

Publisher: HarperBusiness; Revised, Updated ed. edition (May 16, 2017)

HES review:

  • Multipliers remains the all time leadership classic.
  • If you ever wondered how to get the most of your smart team, this may help you.


The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations Into Breakthroughs 

Author: Marcia Reynolds

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (October 13, 2014)

HES review:

  • Discomfort Zone helps the most when hard conversation are due and a practical pocket guide is needed to confront and navigate the ugly.


The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever

Author: Michael Bungay Stanier

Publisher: Box of Crayons Press (February 29, 2016)

HES review:

  • The coaching habit is pretty honest about the fact that senior leadership is more about coaching than delegating and as such it shares some wisdom.


Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders

Author: L. David Marquet

Publisher: Portfolio; 1 edition (May 16, 2013)

HES review:

  • Leadership at the military is different, although full of invaluable practical insights.
  • Turn the ship around stands out as a reference whenever distributed leadership needs to be implemented but no field guide is at hand.


Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

Author: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press; First Edition edition (October 20, 2015)

HES review:

  • Extreme Ownership defies corporate management by establishing a counter culture of personal responsibility for the team – taken to the extreme level. Nothing for the faint hearted.


Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World

Author: General Stanley McChrystal, Tantum Collins, David Silverman, Chris Fussell

Publisher: Portfolio; 1 edition (May 12, 2015)

HES review:

  • Team of Teams takes the idea of extreme ownership to the next level and looks how a distributed and networking centered organization maximizes its effectiveness.

Comment from HBXer – Jim Dubela:

  • Leadership is perhaps my favorite subject–after baseball. There’s so much to learn–and practice. But the most important aspect of leadership I’ve discovered is being yourself and going with what your instinct says is right.
  • Saw your book list and wanted to share a briefing by one of the authors on the list. My favorite, btw.


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Book list of Service Design Thinking from HBXer Mike Oren

This is Service Design Thinking: Basics, Tools, Cases

Author: Marc Stickdorn, Jakob Schneider

Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 11, 2012)

HBXer–Mike Oren’s Recommendation:

  • It was one of the most holistic but more academic.


Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation

Author: Tim Brown

Publisher: HarperBusiness (September 29, 2009)

HBXer–Mike Oren’s Recommendation:

  • Change by Design I believe was written by the folks at IDEO (Jingning Ao: Yes! The author Tim Brown is the CEO and President of IDEO) and is one of the more accessible ones. These are mostly focused on physical services and I augmented it when teaching with some paper of SaaS service design work (I’d need to look those up).


Thinking in Systems: A Primer 

Author: Donella H. Meadows

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing (December 3, 2008)

HBXer–Mike Oren’s Recommendation:

  • I also highly recommend Thinking in Systems (I actually argue systems thinking is more important than design thinking in the new data heavy tech world) and The Answer is Obvious* Once You Know the Answer. Also Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow.


Everything Is Obvious: *Once You Know the Answer

Author: Duncan J. Watts

Publisher: Crown Business; First Edition edition (March 29, 2011)


Thinking, Fast and Slow

Author: Daniel Kahneman

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (April 2, 2013)


HBXer–Mike Oren also recommended a useful link for:



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