New Must-Read Books From LAI Speakers
Looking for some books to add to your must-read list? Leading Authorities keynote speakers are the authors of some of the most talked about titles this year.
Whether you’re in the mood for a gripping novel, self-help book, or poignant piece of non-fiction, there’s sure to be a new or upcoming release for everyone. The following books are currently in the news headlines, at the top of the charts, and on our book shelves this year. We hope this list will help you curl up with the latest page-turner or make note of a highly-anticipated book’s release date. Below, you’ll find some familiar names as well as promising first-time authors.
LAI SPEAKERS WITH NEW BOOKS
- Shellye Archambeau: Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms
- Jonah Berger: The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone’s Mind
- Peter Bergen: Trump and His Generals: The Cost of Chaos
- Pauline Brown: Aesthetic Intelligence: How to Boost It and Use It in Business and Beyond
- Colin Bryar & Bill Carr: Working Backwards: Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon
- Peter Diamandis: The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives
- E.J. Dionne Jr.: Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country
- Annie Duke: How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices
- Daymond John: Powershift: Transform Any Situation, Close Any Deal, and Achieve Any Outcome
- Dakota Meyer & Rob O'Neill: The Way Forward: Master Life's Toughest Battles and Create Your Lasting Legacy
- Trevor Moawad: It Takes What It Takes: How to Think Neutrally and Gain Control Of Your Life
- Tim Peake: Limitless: The Autobiography
- Dana Perino: Everything Will Be Okay: Life Lessons for Young Women (from a Former Young Woman)
- Lindsey Pollak: Recalculating: Navigate Your Career Through the Changing World of Work
- Bakari Sellers: My Vanishing Country
- Mike Steep: First Light of Day: A Cautionary Tale of Our Future Written by One Today's Leading Experts on Technology Innovation
- Rishad Tobaccowala: Restoring the Soul of Business: Staying Human in the Age of Data
- Tracy Walder: The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World's Most Notorious Terrorists
- Bob Woodward: Rage
- Paul Zikopoulos: The AI Ladder: Accelerate Your Journey to AI
Keep reading to learn more about each of these new and soon-to-be released books written by LAI speakers below and click on the links below to check out their individual speaker profile pages for even more information on their speaking topics and watch their speaking video footage from recent keynote talks to get a preview of their speaking style.
Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms
One of Silicon Valley’s first female African American CEOs, Shellye Archambeau’s book Unapologetically Ambitious recounts how she overcame the challenges she faced as a young Black woman, wife, and mother, managing her personal and professional responsibilities while climbing the ranks at IBM and subsequently in her roles as CEO. Through the busts and booms of Silicon Valley in the early 2000s, this bold and inspiring book details the risks she took and the strategies she engaged to steer her family, her career, and her company MetricStream toward success. | See more on Shellye here.
The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone’s Mind
Wharton Professor and Best-Selling Author, Jonah Berger’s latest book, The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone’s Mind, shares a revolutionary approach to changing minds, even in the toughest of situations. This book is designed for anyone who wants to catalyze change. It provides a powerful way of thinking and a range of techniques that can lead to extraordinary results. Whether you’re trying to change one person, transform an organization, or shift the way an entire industry does business, this book will teach you how to become a catalyst. | See more on Jonah here.
Trump and His Generals: The Cost of Chaos
CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen’s book, Trump and His Generals: The Cost of Chaos,explores three Cabinet generals during the Trump Administration – Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, White House chief of Staff John Kelly, and national security adviser H.R. McMaster – and how their departure has affected national security. | See more on Peter here.
Aesthetic Intelligence: How to Boost It and Use It in Business and Beyond
Longtime leader in the luxury goods sector and former Chairman of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton North America reinvents the art and science of brand-building under the rubric of Aesthetic Intelligence. In this groundbreaking book, Pauline Brown, a pioneer in identifying the role of aesthetics in business, shows executives, entrepreneurs, and other professionals how to harness the power of the senses to create products, services, and experiences that stand out, resonate with their customers, and create long-term value for their businesses. The power is rooted in Aesthetic Intelligence—or “the other AI,” as Brown refers to it. Aesthetic Intelligence provides a crucial roadmap to help business leaders build their businesses in their own authentic and distinctive way. Aesthetic Intelligence is about creating delight, lifting the human spirit, and rousing the imagination through sensorial experiences. | See more on Pauline here.
Working Backwards: Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon
Colin Bryar and Bill Carr reveal and decode the practices that drive the success of one of the most extraordinary companies the world has ever known. They offer unprecedented access inside the room as Amazon’s approach to leadership, culture, and best practices were developed, refined, and scaled – providing key analysis and practical steps for applying it at your own organization. Their full insights can be read in their latest book, Working Backwards: Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon, where they describe twenty-seven years of Amazon experience between them. A blend of a practical guidebook and a corporate narrative, Bryar and Carr illuminate how Amazon’s fourteen leadership principles inform decision-making at all levels and reveal how the company’s culture has been defined by four defining characteristics. | See more on Colin and Bill here.
The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives
Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, Peter Diamandis’ latest book with co-author Steven Kotler is a practical playbook for technological convergence in our modern era. A blueprint for how our world will change in response to the next ten years of rapid technological disruption, the book probes the science of technological convergence and how it will reinvent every part of our lives—transportation, retail, advertising, education, health, entertainment, food, and finance—taking humanity into uncharted territories and reimagining the world as we know it. | See more on Peter here.
Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country
New York Times bestselling author and Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne, Jr.’s new book Code Red calls for an alliance between progressives and moderates for the 2020 presidential election. Breaking through the partisan noise and cutting against conventional wisdom to provide a realistic look at political possibilities, Dionne offers a strategy for progressives and moderates to overcome their differences and explore common ground. | See more on E.J. here.
How to Decide: Simple Tools for Making Better Choices
Former professional poker player and bestselling author Annie Duke’s book How to Decide will train you to combat your own biases, address your weaknesses, and help you become a better and more confident decision-maker. Through interactive exercises and engaging thought experiments, this book helps you analyze key decisions you've made in the past and troubleshoot those you're making in the future. Whether you're picking investments, evaluating a job offer, or trying to figure out how to reach your goals, How to Decide is the key to happier outcomes and fewer regrets. | See more on Annie here.
Powershift: Transform Any Situation, Close Any Deal, and Achieve Any Outcome
The bestselling author, founder of FUBU, and star of ABC’s Shark Tank, Daymond John, reveals how to master the three prongs of influence: reputation, negotiation, and relationships. Through never-before-told stories from his life and career, Daymond shares the lessons that got him to where he is today: from how he remade his public image as he transitioned from clothing mogul to television personality, to how he mastered the negotiation strategies that determine whether deals are won or lost “in the tank,” to his secrets for building long-lasting—and profitable—relationships with founders and brands. | See more on Daymond here.
The Way Forward: Master Life's Toughest Battles and Create Your Lasting Legacy
Dakota Meyer and Rob O'Neill co-author The Way Forward: Master Life’s Toughest Battles and Create Your Lasting Legacy – an in-depth, fearless, and ultimately redemptive account of what it takes to survive and thrive on battlefields from Afghanistan and Iraq to our daily lives, and how the perils of war help us hold onto our humanity. | See more on Dakota here and Rob here.
It Takes What It Takes: How to Think Neutrally and Gain Control of Your Life
Mental conditioning expert, Trevor Moawad’s book, It Takes What It Takes: How to Think Neutrally and Gain Control of Your Life, shares his battle-tested, high-performance strategy of neutral thinking to overcome negativity and achieve any goal. Moawad's motivational approach is elegant but refreshingly simple: He replaces hardwired negativity, the kind of defeatist mindset that's nearly everybody's default, with what he calls "neutral thinking." His own special innovation, it's a nonjudgmental, nonreactive way of coolly assessing problems and analyzing crises, a mode of attack that offers luminous clarity and supreme calm in the critical moments before taking decisive action. | See more on Trevor here.
Limitless: The Autobiography
In Limitless, British astronaut Tim Peake shares his inspiring life story from military duty in Northern Ireland and Afghanistan to the European Space Agency and the infinite cosmos. In fascinating and personal detail, and based on exclusive diaries and audio recordings from his mission, Tim Peake takes readers closer than ever before to experience what life in space is really like: the sacrifice that astronauts make in being apart from their families, the sights, the smells, the fear, the exhilaration and the deep and abiding wonder of the view from space. Limitless is a book about the power of following our dreams - however unlikely they may seem - and of striving to reach our potential, even when we might not believe in it ourselves. | See more on Tim here.
Everything Will Be Okay: Life Lessons for Young Women (from a Former Young Woman)
After her years in the White House, Dana Perino went from speaking on behalf of the nation to speaking for herself. Perino’s newest book is Everything Will Be Okay: Life Lessons for Young Women (from a Former Young Woman), a no-nonsense how-to guide to life for young women looking to reframe their thinking, to believe in themselves, to take risks, to understand their power, and to feel better overall through finding serenity and taking action. | See more on Dana here.
Recalculating: Navigate Your Career Through the Changing World of Work
Multigenerational workplace expert and NYT best-selling author Lindsey Pollak’s book Recalculating: Navigate Your Career Through the Changing World of Work provides an inspirational, practical, and forward-looking career playbook for recent grads, career changers, and transitioning professionals looking to thrive in today’s rapidly evolving workplace. Like your personal GPS, Pollak equips you to handle workplace obstacles, helping you see them as challenges to navigate rather than impossible roadblocks. | See more on Lindsey here.
My Vanishing Country
Part memoir, part historical and cultural analysis, CNN political analyst Bakari Sellers’ Vanishing Country is an eye-opening journey through the South's past, present, and future. Anchored in Sellers’ hometown of Denmark, South Carolina, he explores the plight of the South’s dwindling rural, Black working class – many of whom can trace their ancestry back for seven generations. He awakens the reader to the crisis affecting the other “Forgotten Men & Women,” who the media seldom acknowledges, but for Sellers are his family members, neighbors, and friends. In this book, he humanizes the struggles that shape their lives. | See more on Bakari here.
First Light of Day: A Cautionary Tale of Our Future Written by One Today's Leading Experts on Technology Innovation
Strategic leader, Mike Steep’s narrative, First Light of Day, gives a gripping look at how artificial intelligence and digital technologies will fundamentally change the future for every individual and organization. First Light of Day is two things. First, it's a compelling story wrapped around a disquieting look at life in 2045 in the aftermath of a technology revolution that profoundly changed the nature of society. Second, it's a non-fiction look at the technologies available today that make this revolution possible and even probable. | See more on Mike here.
Restoring the Soul of Business: Staying Human in the Age of Data
Named by Time as a top five marketing innovator, Rishad Tobaccowala draws on research and interviews, as well as over three decades of experience as a business and thought leader, to describe how digilog companies—ones where digital tools and analog people are integrated expertly—develop a hybrid consciousness and learn to be proactive when they see warning signs that human traits are being subordinated to technology and data-only decisions. Restoring the Soul of Business provides practical tools and techniques that every organization can and should implement, and challenges readers to move forward with the kind of balance that catalyzes transformation and produces one great success after another. | See more on Rishad here.
The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World's Most Notorious Terrorists
Former CIA officer and FBI special agent, Tracy Walder’s riveting memoir, The Unexpected Spy, details her fascinating real-life story as a young woman in special operations, from hunting terrorists in the CIA to training for the FBI. In high-security, steel-walled rooms in Virginia, Walder watched al-Qaeda members with drones as President Bush looked over her shoulder and CIA Director George Tenet brought her donuts. She tracked chemical terrorists and searched the world for Weapons of Mass Destruction. She created a chemical terror chart that someone in the White House altered to convey information she did not have or believe, leading to the Iraq invasion. Driven to stop terrorism, Walder debriefed terrorists―men who swore they’d never speak to a woman―until they gave her leads. She followed trails through North Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, shutting down multiple chemical attacks. Then Walder moved to the FBI, where she worked in counterintelligence. In a single year, she helped take down one of the most notorious foreign spies ever caught on American soil. Catching the bad guys wasn’t a problem in the FBI, but rampant sexism was. Walder left the FBI to teach young women, encouraging them to find a place in the FBI, CIA, State Department or the Senate―and thus change the world. | See more on Tracy here.
Legendary political reporter and author of 13 #1 bestsellers, Bob Woodward’s newest book, Rage, is an unprecedented and intimate tour de force of President Trump’s presidency, Rage is Woodward’s 20th book to date. Drawing on more than a dozen exclusive interviews with President Trump, the explosive book provides a window into Trump’s mind as he faces a global pandemic, economic turmoil, and racial unrest. | See more on Bob here.
The AI Ladder: Accelerate Your Journey to AI
IBM’s VP of Big Data Cognitive Science Paul Zikopoulos, along with Rob Thomas, introduces C-suite executives and business professionals to the AI Ladder—a unified, prescriptive approach to help them understand and accelerate the AI journey. Complete with real-world examples and real-life experiences, this book explores AI drivers, value, and opportunity, as well as the adoption challenges organizations face. | See more on Paul here.
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