The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How

The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How

Author: Daniel Coyle

Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (April 28, 2009)

HBXer–Danah Al Majthoub ‘s recommendation:

  • I would like to share with you great book i am reading now , The Talent Code: Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Sports, Art, Music, Math, and Just About Everything Else for Daniel Coyle. 

  • Some theories mentioned in the book I experienced it through HBX platform and teaching approach … what makes it great learning experience. 

  • One true test for few seconds is more useful than hundreds of observations

 

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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

 

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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:

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.

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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).

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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.

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Everything Is Obvious: *Once You Know the Answer

Author: Duncan J. Watts

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

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

Author: Daniel Kahneman

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

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HBXer–Mike Oren also recommended a useful link for:

 

 

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Influence: Science and Practice (5th Edition)

Influence: Science and Practice (5th Edition)

Author: Robert B. Cialdini

Publisher: Allyn and Bacon; 5th edition (August 8, 2008)

HBXer–Joshua Senne’s Recommendation:

  • I’m taking a negotiation course as part of my executive education at Stanford and wanted to post the recommended readings from the course if your interested in reading more about negotiation and such.
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Negotiating Rationally

Negotiating Rationally

Author: Max H. Bazerman, Margaret Neale

Publisher: Free Press; Reprint edition (January 1, 1994)

HBXer–Joshua Senne’s Recommendation:

  • I’m taking a negotiation course as part of my executive education at Stanford and wanted to post the recommended readings from the course if your interested in reading more about negotiation and such.
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Outsmarting IQ: The Emerging Science of Learnable Intelligence

Outsmarting IQ: The Emerging Science of Learnable Intelligence

Author: David Perkins

Publisher: Free Press (March 1, 1995)

HBXer–Marvin Hansen’s Comments:

  • As for books to review, a true classic is “Outsmarting IQ: The Emerging Science of Learnable Intelligence”.
  • I bet a lot of folks here love the idea of “Learnable Intelligence”. It really doesn’t matter what brain you have, but it is all about how you use it. One of the most transformative takeaways from the book that I got is the “factor analysis” and as such, I use it now every week. That is an accomplishment for a book published over two decades ago.
  • The Author (Perkins) is the co-founder and long-term (~30 years) co-director of project zero at Harvard GSE. There is a wonderful interview in which he summarizes the idea of learning how to understand the unknown and unexpected instead of memorizing the known.
  • Interview with David Perkins
  • David Perkins | Harvard Project Zero
  • Personally, I use meta-cognition almost daily for about three years, but once I combined meta-cognition with actual causality and factor analysis, depths and comprehension of previously unknown topics just exploded within a few weeks of practice. I still try to make sense of all that, but it occurs to me that meta-cognition without factor analysis is essentially useless.
  • There is a lot more to learning to learn. The best source I can think of is Anders Ericsson with his approach of “Deliberate Practice” that consists of just five principles:1) Well defined practice on specific skills

    2) Well defined process towards a long-term goal

    3) Well focused on specific areas to improve weaknesses

    4) Well defined & specific feedback to confront & correct issues

    5) Well beyond comfort zone by constantly pushing boundaries beyond current capacity*

    * Human capacity increases with usage when stretched, thus no increase equates stagnation.

  •  If you combine “Deliberate Practice” with the cognitive development mentioned in the book of learnable intelligence, truly remarkable things happen.
  • Anders Ericsson on the science of expertise | Larry King Now | Ora.TVPeak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

    Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise (Chinese Edition)

     

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Getting More: You’re always negotiating. Get what you want every time

Getting More: You’re always negotiating. Get what you want every time

Author: Stuart Diamond

Publisher: Penguin (3 Nov. 2011)

HBXer–Nguyen T Hong Phuc’s Comments:

  • This is also great negotiation book!!!!
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