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Unwrap your Christmas reading list

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2019 is coming to a close and it’s a great time to kick back, relax and enjoy a good read. Whatever your plans are for the summer, we have curated a list of must-reads for you this Christmas season.

Our summer reading list has something for everyone, from inspiring leadership, progress and innovation to confronting change. Whether you have hours of relaxing reading time on the beach or just enough time to take a quick break between visitors, our reading list is a great way to round out the year and prepare for a successful 2020.

Taking a Christmas holiday
The Economists’ Hour. False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society
Binyamin Appelbaum

“Binyamin Appelbaum traces the rise of economists around the globe as their ideas reshaped the modern world, unleashed corporations and hastened globalisation.”
Recommended by Susan Hansen (Facilitator, Finance for Non-Financial Managers)

Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change
Beth Comstock and Tahl Raz

“Confronting change is incredibly hard, both organisationally and personally. People become resistant. ImagineIt Forward is an inspiring and deeply personal book about how to grapple with the challenges to change we face every day. It is a big-picture book that combines Comstock’s personal story in leading change with vital lessons on overcoming the inevitable roadblocks.”
Recommended by the Executive Education Team

The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley
Eric Weiner

“Tag along on this New York Times bestseller as Eric Weiner travels the world, from Athens to Silicon Valley—and back through history, too—to show how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times.”
Recommended by Professor Alex Sims (Associate Professor, Department of Commercial Law)

Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries
Safi Bahcall

“Physicist and entrepreneur Safi Bahcall reveals a surprising new way of thinking about the mysteries of group behaviour that challenges everything we thought we knew about nurturing radical breakthroughs.”  Recommended by Suvi Nenonen (Director of the Graduate School of Management)

Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilisation
John Browne

“A story that provides very strong evidence for progress and innovation. The central premise is that technology and engineering are at the core of our constant increase of wealth, health and freedom by shaping the world around us.”
Recommended by Daniel Vidal (Associate Professor and Facilitator, Strategy to Implementation)

Maximize Your Multiple: The Business Owner’s Guide to the Institutional Money Deal
Jon Taylor

“Understand how businesses are valued, how to build a scalable and profitable business, and how to avoid the 19 biggest mistakes business owners make.”
Recommended by Rob Farmer (Facilitator, Corporate Valuation – Measuring Business Worth)

Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen Author
Rita McGrath

“Paradigmatic shifts in the business landscape, known as inflection points, can create new opportunities. Get a hands-on guide to anticipating, understanding and capitalising on them in this insightful read by Columbia Business School Professor Rita McGrath.”
Recommended by Bryan Travers (Facilitator, Strategic Planning, Critical Thinking in the Age of Disruption)

Sword of Honour
Evelyn Waugh

“A trilogy of novels about World War II, largely based on Evelyn Waugh’s own experiences as an army officer.”
Recommended by Marcus Roberts (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law)

Half an hour to spare

Accelerate Learning to Boost Your Career

How to learn in a dynamic fast-paced business environment that leaves so many of us strapped for time and struggling to keep up. Listen to Scott Young, author of the book Ultralearning, who gained fame for teaching himself the four-year MIT computer science course in 12 months.
Recommended by Executive Education Team

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
Robert Fulghum

“A compendium of time-tested life wisdom from Robert Fulghum in this New York Times best seller.”
Recommended by Executive Education Team

15-minute reads

Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Constantly Changing World

“The less rigid we are in our thinking, the more open minded, creative and innovative we become. Learn how to develop the power of an elastic mind in this 9-minute read.”
Recommended by Executive Education Team

Microsoft adds Māori to translator as New Zealand pushes to revitalise the language
TechCrunch

“Languages are dying out left and right; Microsoft is using AI technology to help make sure that they are both recorded and capable of being used alongside the dwindling number of active languages. Read more about Microsoft’s AI for Cultural Heritage.”
Recommended by Executive Education Team


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