Here is a list of the books that I would review today if I’d finished any of them.  They’re all on my overly-ambitious summer professional reading list.  I got them from the library but have only been able to crack two.  Recommendations came from Andy Goodman and Katya Andresen at Network for Good.

How we Decide by Jonah Lehrer

How we Decide by Jonah Lehrer

I’ve managed to read the first 100 pages of this one.  It’s popular neuroscience – summarizing all kinds of experiments and the reasons for human reactions.  In a work context, it helps to think about setting up the right incentives for people to join in for success.

Nudge; Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

Nudge; Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

The first 8 pages are incredible.  But not as incredible as Lehrer’s first 8 pages.  This book is apparently about influencing people to make decisions you want them to make.  Or it may be about large elephants and smaller elephants.

Writing for Emotional Impact by Karl Iglesias

Writing for Emotional Impact by Karl Iglesias

Apparently, we nonprofit folk have something to learn from the Hollywood screenwriting game.  That’s what Katya says, anyway.

Immunity to Change; How to Overcome it and Unlck the Potential in Yourself and Your Orgnaization by Robert Kegan

Immunity to Change; How to Overcome it and Unlck the Potential in Yourself and Your Orgnaization by Robert Kegan

Sounds awesome, doesn’t it?

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