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Intellectual Engagement

Our Favorite Books to Promote Intellectual Engagement
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Cal Newport

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there's a better way.

Jim Collins

A management book by Jim C. Collins that describes how companies transition from being good companies to great companies, and how most companies fail to make the transition.

Jim Collins & Morten T. Hansen

Ten years after the worldwide best seller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice, Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times.

Lawrence Katz & Manning Rubin

This book is about Neurobics which is a unique brain exercise program that can be done anytime, anywhere. The simple exercise stimulates brain nutrients to help new brain cells grow. To keep your brain strong and healthy, you need to break routines and use all five senses in unexpected ways.

Simon Sinek

Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders create environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things. Sinek illustrates his ideas with true stories that range from the military to big business, from government to investment banking.

Daniel G. Amen, M.D.

This book provides you the tools you need to optimize your brain power and enrich your health and your life in the process.

Simon Sinek

This book shows that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way — and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with your WHY.

Malcolm Gladwell

How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn't true? Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world.

Patrick Lencioni

When it comes to having a successful business, Peter Lencioni discusses that the advantage is not faster innovation or smarter employees, but rather organizational health. Those that are consistent and unified in management, operations, and culture are more likely to create a positive, hardworking environment that helps them outperform their counterparts. Through the use of stories, tips, and real-life experiences, Lencioni provides a new and approachable model for achieving organizational health and maximizing human potential.

Gary Small, M.D. & Gigi Vorgan

Want to keep Alzheimer’s at bay for years—ideally, forever? Prevention is the key. This book shows how to strengthen memory and avoid everyday lapses. How to incorporate the top ten brain-protecting foods into your diet. How to cross-train your brain, exercising both the right and left hemisphere. And how to reduce stress, a risk factor for developing dementia and Alzheimer’s, through meditation and 11 other relaxation strategies.

Maggie Moon

This book is about keeping your brain 7 years younger. Having a high quality of life is a way of keeping your brain alive. The Mind Diet explains the science about being mentally fit. This book has a step by step eating program for keeping your mind sharp and avoiding harmful foods for the brain. It is packed with delicious recipes that will help improve the memory, concentration and mental acuity.

William N. Thorndike

Author Will Thorndike brings to bear the analytical wisdom of a successful career in investing, closely evaluating the performance of companies and their leaders. You will meet eight individualistic CEOs whose firms’ average returns outperformed the S&P 500 by a factor of twenty—in other words, an investment of $10,000 with each of these CEOs, on average, would have been worth over $1.5 million twenty-five years later. In The Outsiders, you’ll learn the traits and methods that helped these unique leaders achieve such performance.

Joseph Michelli

The Starbucks Experience contains a robust blend of home-brewed ingenuity and people-driven philosophies that have made Starbucks one of the world's "most admired" companies, according to Fortune magazine. With unique access to Starbucks personnel and resources, Joseph Michelli discovered that the success of Starbucks is driven by the people who work there-the "partners"-and the special experience they create for each customer. 

Gino Wickman

It is no secret that all business leaders deal with struggles at one point or another, whether it's team conflicts or inadequate growth. Traction explores The Entrepreneurial Operating System® and shares six key components for strengthening your business and creating a company that fosters more growth and enjoyment. Wickman wants you to get a grip on your business and ensure that your business does not have a grip on you.

Jim Collins

The key to business success is not a single innovation or one plan. It is the act of turning the flywheel, slowly gaining momentum and eventually reaching a breakthrough. Building upon the flywheel concept introduced in his groundbreaking classic Good to Great, Jim Collins teaches people how to create their own flywheel, how to accelerate the flywheel’s momentum, and how to stay on the flywheel in shifting markets and during times of turbulence.