SynED Book Club
We at synED understand that we are on a never ending journey of discovery and learning. To that end, we have established a tradition of reading some of the most important books of our time. Our internal club reads a chapter a week, and meets with each team member presenting and leading a discussion on the current chapter. We are sharing our reading list in the hope that you will find these books as inspiring as we have.
Book Club Reading List
"Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It" by Chris Voss, Tahl Raz
A former international hostage negotiator for the FBI offers a new, field-tested approach to high-stakes negotiations—whether in the boardroom or at home.
"Step Back: Bringing the Art of Reflection into Your Busy Life" by Joseph L. Badaracco Jr.
How to find clarity amid the turbulence of work and life
"Think for Yourself: Restoring Common Sense in an Age of Experts and Artificial Intelligence" by Vikram Mansharamani
We've outsourced too much of our thinking. How do we get it back?
"When More Is Not Better: Overcoming America's Obsession with Economic Efficiency" by Roger L. Martin
American democratic capitalism is in danger. How can we save it?
"Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think" by Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Ola Rosling
Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts.
"The Imagination Machine: How to Spark New Ideas and Create Your Company's Future" by Martin Reeves, Jack Fuller
A guide for mining the imagination to find powerful new ways to succeed.
"The Heart of Business: Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism" by Hubert Joly
How to unleash "human magic" and achieve improbable results. Hubert Joly, former CEO of Best Buy and orchestrator of the retailer's spectacular turnaround, unveils his personal playbook for achieving extraordinary outcomes by putting people and purpose at the heart of business.
"Smart Growth: How to Grow Your People to Grow Your Company" by Whitney Johnson
The growth and learning journey comes in three phases: the Launch Point, the Sweet Spot, and Mastery. Compelling examples of successful people will show you when and why growth is slow, how to keep going, what to do when growth and learning are almost too fast to keep up with, and how to leap from one growth journey to another.
"Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less" by Robert I. Sutton, Huggy Rao
Bestselling author, Robert Sutton and Stanford colleague, Huggy Rao tackle a challenge that determines every organization’s success: how to scale up farther, faster, and more effectively as an organization grows.
Turn The Ship Around!: A True Story of Building Leaders by Breaking the Rules
'David Marquet is the kind of leader who comes around only once in a generation . . . his ideas and lessons are invaluable' Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why
The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World
Your personal goals need a long-term strategy. It's no secret that we're pushed to the limit. Today's professionals feel rushed, overwhelmed, and perennially behind. So we keep our heads down, focused on the next thing, and the next, without a moment to breathe. How can we break out of this endless cycle and create the kind of interesting, meaningful lives we all seek?