5 Books Before Lunch: Your reading list, volume two

"Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us" by Daniel H. Pink

This is one of my favorite books right now. The ability to motivate teams, individuals and small groups is essential both to getting internal organizations on track, and how we communicate to  external audiences. Pink's hypothesis is that everything we think we know about what motivates us is wrong. Autonomy, mastery and purpose is what gets us going. Pink draws on research in psychology, economics and sociology.

"Outliers: The Story of Success" by Malcom Gladwell

Why do some people succeed, living remarkably productive and impactful lives, while so many more never reach their potential? Gladwell suggests that superstars don't arise out of nowhere, propelled by genius and talent:"they are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages andextraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them tolearn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot."An easy, powerful read.

"What Should I Do with My Life?: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question" by Po Bronson

50 profiles of people searching for "their soft spot--their true calling" designed to motivate us in our careers and our lives. Bronson's premise is that "nothing is braver than people facing up to their own identity." Through stories of individuals, he examines the paradoxes of money and meaning, authorship and destiny, brain candy and novelty versus soul food. Also by Bronson: "The Nudist on the Late Shift: And Other True Tales of Silicon Valley"

The Essential Drucker: The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker's Essential Writings on Management

Peter Drucker continuously identified critical principles in management, economics, politics, and the world in general. And this book is the perfect reference book to all of the above. Drucker wrote over two dozen books, and this is an excellent compilation of his most important fundamentals.

Unstuck: A Tool for Yourself, Your Team, and Your World by Keith Yamashita

Yamashita is the leader of the venerable Stone Yamashita Partners business consultancy. In Unstuck, he gives a little taste of what he does for his client list that has included eBay, Gap, HP and Apple. The book concept is a guide to getting out of whatever rut you’re in--whether as an individual or an organization.

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