Summer Reads: New Books to Spark Business and Your Imagination


Summer can be busy, and this one will certainly have its challenges. But when we finally do find ourselves in that lazy, hazy mode, it’s always nice to head off to a quiet space with a good book. Here are some recommended new releases that will have you refilling your lemonade glass while learning about new ways to work, live and dream.

Parents Who Lead: The Leadership Approach You Need to Parent with Purpose, Fuel Your Career, and Create a Richer Life

If you’re a parent, making time for summer reading or any personal activities requires strategic scheduling skills. In his timely new book, “Parents Who Lead,” Wharton Professor and leadership expert Stew Friedman offers up tools and tactics to help parents establish harmony among four key areas of their lives – home, work, community and personal – to create what he calls “four-way wins.” Follow his advice and you’ll experience more quality time with everyone in your life.


Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire

Yes, businesses and economies can thrive while protecting the environment, and Harvard Business School Professor Rebecca Henderson enthusiastically explains how in her powerful new book, “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire.” Henderson’s research and insights offer up real-world scenarios and solutions for every aspect of life, from business and government to individual lifestyles, leaving readers with a solid sense of how we can strike a balance between steady economic growth and a healthy environment.


Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology

Imagine if computers could interpret your feelings. What if the people you communicate with through digital devices could sense your emotions? Imagine no more. Emotion AI pioneer Rana el Kaliouby has created technologies that do that and more, and she continues to blaze her own trail as CEO of tech startup Affectiva. “Girl Decoded,” el Kaliouby’s dramatic story of leaving her traditional Egyptian Muslim life to launch her own company in America, will have you feeling her emotions too – and inspired to chase your own dreams.

The New Long Life: A Framework for Flourishing in a Changing World

Following up on their earlier bestselling book, “The 100-Year Life,” longevity experts Andrew J Scott and Lynda Gratton offer up more exciting news about the many ways technology is poised to help people and businesses “live long and prosper.” In their new sequel, “The New Long Life,” the authors point to the many opportunities businesses will have to serve this growing market segment and/or employ them, as well as all the ways technology will extend and enhance the lives of this aging demographic – which will eventually include all of us. If you’re looking for a story about a brighter future, this is it!

Think Outside the Building: How Advanced Leaders Can Change the World One Smart Innovation at a Time

Great ideas don’t just sell products and services. They can change the world in profound ways. In “Think Outside The Building,” Harvard Business School Professor and leadership and innovation strategist Rosabeth Moss Kanter shares inspiring true stories about the clever ways average people drive innovation to make a difference in their communities and in society. Readers will be amazed at the creative thinking that pushes a spark of an idea forward, and potentially inspired to put their own big ideas into action.

Competing in the Age of AI: Strategy and Leadership When Algorithms and Networks Run the World

The excitement around artificial intelligence (AI), and the limitless ways it’s improving the way businesses operate, is perfectly captured in “Competing in the Age of AI.” Co-authors and professors of business administration at Harvard Business School Karim Lakhani and Marco Iansiti offer readers an inside look at how AI continues to remove traditional constraints that have restricted business growth for hundreds of years. While they caution “it’s a whole new game,” the duo offers valuable strategies for successfully competing in this ever-changing and opportunity-filled new environment. Business leaders looking for better ways to drive growth will be just as thrilled with this book as technology and science fiction enthusiasts.

The Politics Industry: How Political Innovation Can Break Partisan Gridlock and Save Our Democracy

Americans continue to decry the broken political system in Washington. But what if a real solution were on the horizon? In their paradigm-shifting new book, “The Politics Industry,” political reform activist and business executive Katherine M. Gehl and co-author Michael E. Porter, renowned Harvard Business School professor and expert on business strategy and competition, outline a practical and feasible plan that offers hope for a stronger America and a remedy for a system that has been bogged down by gridlock for far too long.

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