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The Books To Watch Out For In 2015

by Katy Foster
New Must Read Books from Top Speakers

2015 is going to be an exciting year for new books. Both Entrepreneur and the Washington Post featured lists of 2015’s “must read” books, and several LAI speakers were featured prominently. Below are the excerpts from the articles:

Entrepreneur: “8 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in 2015”
Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
by General Stan McChrystal
As head of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Gen. (Ret.) Stan McChrystal faced an enemy that was constantly changing before his very eyes. In a world of both complicated and complex challenges, how do you stay ahead of the power curve while the world and competition change? This book explains how.

True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership by Peter Sims
“This is a great book to discover your personal leadership vision, values and motivations. The authors surveyed 125 men and women on what they believe makes them authentic leaders, and the answers may surprise you. Also of note is the personal leadership development portfolio handbook that accompanies the book, which is a personal guide to help you develop your authentic leadership.”

Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think by Peter Diamandis
“While this book is completely visionary, it raises questions and concerns about current industrial and societal trends and where they will lead in the future. From a startup perspective, the global challenges the authors envision also serve as business opportunities. Of note, the authors have a second book entitled Bold coming out in February 2015 that will ‘teach today’s entrepreneurs the tools, technologies and mindsets they will need to make ‘it’ happen.’”

Washington Post: “12 Leadership Books to Watch for in 2015”
Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
by General Stan McChrystal
“Before Gen. McChrystal was relieved of his duties in Afghanistan by President Obama following an infamous Rolling Stone article, “corporate consultant” probably wasn’t a job most people would have imagined for the hard-charging former special operations commander. Yet that’s exactly what McChrystal has gone on to do as part of his post-military career, teaching business leaders how to adapt to unpredictable opponents. In Team of Teams, he details the military’s adaptation to fighting Al Qaeda, a decentralized terrorist network that has parallels to today’s fast-changing competitive threats in the business world and beyond.”

Leadership B.S.: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time by Jeff Pfeffer
“Always blunt and never afraid to voice his opinion on everything from CEO pay to management fads, Stanford professor Jeff Pfeffer uses his new book to look at what’s wrong with the leadership-guru industrial complex. Despite all the consultants, workshops and books about leadership we have today, most workplaces are still pretty dismal, Pfeffer argues. As he recently said in an interview, “the evidence certainly suggests that the leadership industry has completely failed to improve.” This examination of a field that both fascinates and unsettles us will definitely be one to read.

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