Recommended Reading

Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Create Unity and Reap Big Results by Dr. Morten Hansen

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Throughout the book, numerous determining tools, tables and diagrams support premises, provide insight and offer practical advice. Additionally, the book is an absolute pleasure to read … jargon-less, concise and wonderfully free of any attempts to impress us with its belief-shattering, counter-intuitive findings. So, slip the best management book we’ve read in a while into your summer reading, or between your eyes and thumb fad pad.

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The Innovator’s DNA by Clayton M. Christensen, Jeff Dyer and Hal Gregersen

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The book is intelligent, insightful, and extremely well crafted. Chapters and stories flow smoothly; diagrams are immediately understandable; the writing itself is simple, clear and engaging. Even the Appendices (E.g., children opening your mind) and Bibliography (E.g. how the innovation premium is calculated), are excellent. 

Above all, the book is encouraging. Those ‘speak out of turn/questioning troublemakers’, those ‘wild cards’ who take our breath away, those of the ‘truly unruly’ clan, have innate skills we tamer creatures can discover, nuance and adopt. We don’t need ancestry touting its glorious deoxyribonucleic acid; we do need abilities and skills.

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Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B Cialdini

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Have you ever gotten an unsolicited key-chain in the mail, and donated money to the charity that sent it? At Christmas time, have you wondered why it’s suddenly impossible to find that special toy your child wants? At some point in your life, have you found yourself wanting to keep up with “the Jones’s”? Or against your better judgment, have agreed to accept less-than favourable conditions in a negotiation?

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Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook – A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, And Betrayal by Ben Mezrich

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With Peter Hiddema’s launch into Facebook, it seems only fitting we talk about Ben Mezrich’s account of how Facebook itself came into existence. His book is entitled Accidental Billionaires, and tells the story of a genius of an idea, and two best friends: Mark Zukerberg, a computer whiz; and Eduardo Saverin, a young monied scion, both of whom were socially-awkward Harvard undergrads back in 2004.

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Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller by Jeff Rubin

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Transit fares in Canada’s largest city recently increased by $.25 per ride. As an infrequent user of public transit (short distances in off-peak hours), I already do a calculation to compare the cost of parking with the cost of my TTC fare. I don’t factor in the cost of the gasoline my car uses, I figure I’m not going too far, it can’t be that much. If Jeff Rubin is correct, those days are almost over.

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