A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger
This engaging read explains and explores "question thinking," illustrating how it can open untapped creativity, problem-solving and potential in individuals and organizations.
Your Brain At Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long by David Rock
Through a set of characters living through a typical day at work, Rock illustrates the current findings in neuroscience and what they tell us about how the human brain operates optimally versus when under stress, perceived threat or low on energy. He offers helpful practices to improve focus, decision making, empathy and performance.
Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen
After many years of studying and teaching how to navigate difficult conversations with more grace, the authors recognized that often the challenge of feedback conversations is on the receiving end. This book offers a mental framework for characterizing all types of feedback from offhand comments to formal critique. It empowers the feedback receiver to ask for what she needs and take it all in with healthy curiosity.
"How Managers Become Leaders: The Seven Seismic Shifts of Perspective and Responsibility," by Michael D. Watkins
This article offers conventional corporate examples but still translates to higher education. It outlines several ways in which managers need to shift mindset and focus when transitioning from functional area expert to leader across multiple, diverse operations.
"Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey?" by William Oncken, Jr., and Donald L. Wass
While this 1999 article definitely feels dated in its portrayal of workplace roles and culture, its message for leaders is timeless: stop taking on everyone else's issues and instead develop the capacity for decision-making and problem-solving in others.
Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability
This researcher shares how her work led her to understand her own humanity and fear of vulnerability. She shows us how ultimately human connection and a sense of self-worth stem from our willingness to reveal ourselves to others.
Celeste Headlee: 10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation
Most of us don't converse very well and yet our jobs depend on it. This radio host shares what she's learned over the years about listening, being curious and staying present with others.