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Books Recommended at the Global Leadership Summit


1. Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull

Step into the world of Pixar and get a back stage pass to the meetings, ‘Braintrust’ sessions, creating creative culture and originality. Ed Catmull writes, This book is “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.”



2. Rising Strong by Brene Brown (releases August 25, 2015)

On being brave, falling and getting back up. Brene asked herself, “What do these people with strong and loving relationships, leaders nurturing creativity, artists pushing innovation, and clergy walking with people through faith and mystery have in common? The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they’re not afraid to lean in to discomfort.”



3. Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well by Douglas Stone & Sheila Heen

Why is receiving feedback so important, yet so hard? Authors bring practical tools based on research, neuroscience and psychology.  How to receive feedback even when it’s off-based, unfair, poorly delivered, and frankly, you’re not in the mood.



4. Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant

You are either a giver, taker or matcher. Wharton’s youngest tenured professor reveals a totally different take on success through compelling stories and radical research.



5Live Love Lead: Your Best Is Yet to Come! By Brian Houston (Releases September 15)

Hillsong’s pastor dives into his personal story and shares how people can experience the best life God intends for them and how to ‘live fully, love completely, and lead boldly.’



6. The New Gold Standard: 5 Leadership Principles for Creating a Legendary Customer Experience Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company by Joseph Michelli

Take a tour behind the luxurious name of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and the key principles they used to pioneer customer service.



7. Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great by Jim Collins

Written for those who work in the Social Sectors, this monograph accompanies Collins’ classic Good to Great and is based on specific questions, interviews and workshops pertaining to social organizations.



8. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Lincoln’s long battle to the White House, overcoming obstacles, winning respect and finding loyal friends. Take a close look into an extraordinary leader’s life and political genius.

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