Organizational Behavior (Harvard Extension School) Spring 2018

This reading list, from MGMT E-4000 Organizational Behavior at Harvard Extension School (HES) in Spring 2018, is kindly shared by our HBXer – Marvin Hansen

 Enjoy Reading!

Happy New Year 2018!

Part One: Organizational Behavior Articles

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1. Intro. How Great Companies Think Differently (Harvard Business Review)

2. Attitudes, Diversity & Job Satisfaction. How to Play to Your Strengths (Harvard Business Review)

3. Emotions & Moods. What Makes A Leader (Harvard Business Review)

4. Groups & Teams. Coach K: A Matter of the Heart (Harvard Business School Case Study)

5. Communication. The Power of Talk: Who Gets Heard and Why (Harvard Business Review)

6. Organization Change & Structure. Zappos.com 2009: Clothing, Customer Service, and Company Culture (Harvard Business School Case Study)

Part Two: Organizational Behavior Books

 

 

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Author: Simon Sinek

Publisher: Portfolio; Reprint edition (December 27, 2011)

Topic of Organizational Behavior: intro

 

 

Essentials of Organizational Behavior (14th Edition)

Author: Stephen P. Robbins, Timothy A. Judge

Publisher: Pearson; 14 edition (January 14, 2017)

Topic of Organizational Behavior: class text book

 

 

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Author: Dale Carnegie (Free Copy)

Publisher: Pocket Books (October 1, 1998)

Topic of Organizational Behavior: motivation

 

One More Time: How Do You Motivate Employees? (Harvard Business Review Classics)

Author: Frederick Herzberg

Publisher: Harvard Business Press (May 14, 2008)

Topic of Organizational Behavior: motivation

 

 

From Success to Significance: When the Pursuit of Success Isn’t Enough

Author: Lloyd Reeb

Publisher: Zondervan (September 27, 2004)

Topic of Organizational Behavior: attitudes, diversity & job satisfaction

 

 

 

Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy, and Understanding at Work

Author: Michael Lee Stallard

Publisher: Association for Talent Development(July 15, 2017)

Topic of Organizational Behavior: emotions & moods

 

 

 

Personality at Work: The Drivers and Derailers of Leadership

Author: Ronald Warren 

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (February 20, 2017)

Topic of Organizational Behavior: personality & values

 

 

 

Smart Choices: A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions

Author: John S. Hammond,‎ Ralph L. Keeney,‎ Howard Raiffa

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (August 25, 2015)

Topic of Organizational Behavior: perception & decision making

 

 

 

The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win

Author: Jeff Haden

Publisher: Portfolio (January 9, 2018)

Topic of Organizational Behavior: motivation

 

 

 

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)

Topic of Organizational Behavior: groups & teams

 

 

 

Talk Less, Say More: Three Habits to Influence Others and Make Things Happen

Author: Connie Dieken

Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 28, 2009)

Topic of Organizational Behavior: communication

 

 

 

Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade

Author: Robert Cialdini

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 6, 2016)

Topic of Organizational Behavior: power & influence

 

 

 

 

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In

Author: Roger Fisher, William Ury, Bruce Patton

Publisher: Penguin Books (May 3, 2011)

Topic of Organizational Behavior: conflict & negotiation

 

 

 

Right Away and All At Once: 5 Steps to Transform Your Business and Enrich Your Life

Author: Greg Brenneman

Publisher: RosettaBooks (February 9, 2016)

Topic of Organizational Behavior: organization change & structure

 

 

 

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

Author: Kim Scott

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

Topic of Organizational Behavior: organizational culture & HR

 

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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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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Negotiation readings recommended by HBX-Managing Your Career Development

At HBX-Managing Your Career Development session 5 (June 13, 2017), HBS Professor Alison Wood Brooks recommended the following supplemental readings:

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Negotiation Genius: How to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table and Beyond

Author: Deepak Malhotra and Max H. Bazerman

Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (August 26, 2008)

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Website: PON – Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

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Emotion and the Art of Negotiation

Author: Alison Wood Brooks

Publisher: Harvard Business Review (December 2015 Issue)

Link: “Emotion and the Art of Negotiation” by Alison Brooks

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How to Negotiate with a Liar

Author: Leslie K. John

Publisher: Harvard Business Review (July-August 2016 Issue)

Link:  “How to Negotiate with a Liar” by Leslie John

 

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Lighting the Fire: Crafting and Delivering Broadly Inspiring Messages

Author: Tsedal Neeley and Tom Ryder

Publisher: Harvard Business Review (March 15, 2016)

Purchasing Link: HBS Case Study

 

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(Case study photo source: Harvard Business Review)

Design-Thinking books recommended by HBX-Managing Your Career Development

At HBX-Managing Your Career Development session 3 (May 30, 2017), HBX Professor Ariel Stern recommended 5 design-thinking books:

  • I wanted to share a few book ideas for folks who are interested in reading more about Design Thinking and its applications. These are not listed in any particular order. Rather, each book considers the principles of Design Thinking in a different way (and/or for a different purpose). I’d encourage you to read through the descriptions of these books and check out any that you think would be interesting to you moving forward!

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Design Thinking: Integrating Innovation, Customer Experience, and Brand Value

Author: Thomas Lockwood

Publisher: Allworth Press; 1 edition (November 10, 2009)

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The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm

Author: Tom Kelley, Jonathan Littman

Publisher: Crown Business; 1 edition (January 16, 2001)

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Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All

Author: Tom Kelley, David Kelley

Publisher: Crown Business; 1 edition (October 15, 2013)

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Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

Author: Bill Burnett, Dave Evans

Publisher: Knopf; 1 edition (September 20, 2016)

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The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design

Author: IDEO.org

Publisher: IDEO.org / Design Kit; 1st edition (2015)

 

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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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The Old School Advantage: Timeless Tools for Every Generation

The Old School Advantage: Timeless Tools for Every Generation

Author: J. N. Whiddon

Publisher: Brown Books (February 16, 2016)

HBXer–Pierre Hough’s Comments:

  • ” … Leaders never stop seeking out and soaking up knowledge. If you want to stand out in an age in which information is everywhere but wisdom is elusive, you need to be more than just technically skilled. You need to be a leader equipped with discernment beyond your years. With these indispensable tools, you can build a life and leave a legacy that will endure. Don’t fall behind, and don’t settle for mediocrity. Give yourself the Old School advantage.”
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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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The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

Author: Eliyahu M. Goldratt

Publisher: North River Press; 30th Anniversary Edition edition (June 1, 2014)

HBXer–Rafael Rosales’ Comments:

  • I have a really great book I think every person in our HBX family should read: The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt.
  • This novel teaches you the concept of “Theory of Constraints” in a way that is mesmerizing! It is very easy to read because the author explains everything in a simple manner. I promise all my HBX colleagues that you will be hooked from page 1 because you will learn about concepts via the interactions each of the characters.
  • You will learn the importance of breaking a complex problem into smaller batches that will enable you as a manager to effectively and successfully solve them.
  • Although this novel at first seems like one that will be read by engineers or business students, i can assure you that my friends in social and science fields have greatly benefitted by reading it. The author makes such a great narrative that the reader doesn’t need to have prior knowledge to understand the information and lessons.
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