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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 p

Oliver Burkeman

Nobody needs telling there isn’t enough time. We’re obsessed with our lengthening to-do lists, our overfilled inboxes, work-life balance, and the ceaseless battle against distraction; and we’re deluged with advice on becoming more productive an

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

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 a

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

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

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 argue

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 a

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 b

Neil Howe

The visionary behind the bestselling phenomenon The Fourth Turning looks once again to America’s past to predict our future in this startling and hopeful prophecy for how our present era of civil unrest will resolve over the next ten years—and wh

Eric Jager

The Last Duel is a true story of the duel to end all duels in medieval France as a resolute knight defends his wife’s honor against the man she accuses of a heinous crime. Based on extensive research in Normandy and Paris, The Last Duel brings t

Susan Orlean

On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire was disastrous: it reached two thousand degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred tho

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

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 th

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

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 bus

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 Goo

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