A (non-fiction) reading list – but no descriptions, yet

More or less in order, these have been read in the last three years or so, and have had major impacts on how and what I think:

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1991) Flow: The psychology of optimal experience

Daniel H. Pink (2009) Drive: the surprising truth behind what motivates us

Matt Ridley (2010) The Rational Optimist: how prosperity evolves

Daniel Kahnemann (2011) Thinking, Fast and Slow

Carol S. Dweck (2006) Mindset: how you can fulfil your potential

Jim Collins (2001) Good to Great: why some companies make the leap… and others don’t AND (2006) Good to Great and the Social Sectors

Patrick Lencioni (2004) Death by Meeting: a leadership fable about solving the most painful problem in business

Daniel T. Willingham (2009) Why Don’t Students Like School? A cognitive scientist answers questions about how the mind works and what it means for the classroom

John-Paul Flintoff (2012) How to Change the World

Read a longer time ago, but had a lasting influence:

Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (2005) Freakonomics: a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything

Ben Goldacre (2008) Bad Science

James Gleick (1987) Chaos: making a new science

Jung Chang (1991) Wild Swans: three daughters of China

George Orwell (1949) Nineteen Eighty-Four

…and being considered, as they’re on the reading list for my NPQML course:

Steven Covey (1989) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: powerful lessons in personal change

Susan Scott (2002) Fierce Conversations: achieving success in work and life, one conversation at a time


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