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The Happy Secret to Better Work By Shawn Achor

https://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work

We often see happiness as something we need to work for—but what if we’re getting it backwards? Shawn Achor argues that if we teach ourselves to see the world more positively, we can benefit from what he calls “the happiness advantage,” making us more focused and more productive.

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Forget the Pecking Order at Work By Margaret Heffernan

https://www.ted.com/talks/margaret_heffernan_why_it_s_time_to_forget_the_pecking_order_at_work

Why do some teams full of high-performers can feel like they’re less than the sum of their parts? In this talk, Margaret Heffernan explains that the critical factor for high-achieving teams isn’t the talent of the individual members, but the “social cohesion” between them.

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How Great Leaders Inspire Action By Simon Sinek

https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action

“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” Simon Sinek’s TED Talk shows that Martin Luther King Jr., the Wright Brothers, and Apple all had one critical thing in common: they engaged people with the purpose behind their actions. By starting with the “why,” leaders can inspire their people to accomplish things that defy all assumptions.

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Moneyball By Michael Lewis

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004WZLMTC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B004WZLMTC&linkCode=as2&tag=rioadvislp-20&linkId=d5c0d544aafbcfb97fd4623b11868859

In the early 2000s, Billy Beane developed a statistical and analytical approach to baseball that changed how the game is played. Our clients frequently find insight into how to change their own business through Michael Lewis’ story of the Oakland A’s unlikely success.

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Team of Teams By Stanley McChrystal

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1591847486/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1591847486&linkCode=as2&tag=rioadvislp-20&linkId=9ccf0de4c1d2594c921a1f5737522183

Information equals respect. Based on his experience transforming the Joint Special Operations Task Force in Iraq and Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal outlines a new type of leadership required in today’s world. Chief among the critical skills: increasing the flow of information to your people, and empowering them to make more decisions.

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Thinking, Fast and Slow By Daniel Kahneman

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0374533555/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0374533555&linkCode=as2&tag=rioadvislp-20&linkId=327526a71545326f5bd024929620cf1e

When it comes to making the right decisions, our greatest enemy is in our own brain. Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow explains how our minds actually process information and make decisions, exposing how easily (and imperceptibly) we fall prey to “cognitive bias.” By better understanding their own minds, leaders can avoid decision-making traps everywhere from corporate strategy to their own happiness.

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Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation By Steven Johnson

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594485380/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1594485380&linkCode=as2&tag=rioadvislp-20&linkId=af58a072d6438e6160df6a9f6763516e

Taking a wide view of science, society, and people, Steven Johnson explores how environments from coral reefs to cities to the Internet share certain characteristics that allow new innovations to emerge. This books provides an array of ideas that leaders can experiment with to kick start creativity and innovation in their firms.

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The Power of Habit Charles Duhigg

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/081298160X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=081298160X&linkCode=as2&tag=rioadvislp-20&linkId=e307f33641d70e00a7c4ed513e45b042

“Cue, habit, reward.” Charles Duhigg argues that this simple pattern governs everything from losing weight to corporate growth. Through compelling stories from business and science, he teaches how to create the “keystone habits” that enable successful change. The Power of Habit helps leaders understand how small shifts in behavior can have an enormous impact.

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Understanding Michael Porter By Joan Magretta

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1422160599/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1422160599&linkCode=as2&tag=rioadvislp-20&linkId=3b2870ea03ca9634306ae8c3096e8cf5

What is strategy? Michael Porter’s frameworks are essential for any leader hoping to navigate the tricky waters of competition. In this summary of Porter’s own work, Joan Magretta outlines his key insights about how to build a sustainable competitive advantage.

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The Rare Find By George Anders

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1591845629/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1591845629&linkCode=as2&tag=rioadvislp-20&linkId=90cb335f795f2421fe5628a989c3a22b

One of the most important decisions you make is who you hire. You know the perfect resume is far from a guarantee of a perfect performer. Taking examples from the military, sports, the entertainment industry, and business, in The Rare Find George Anders explores how leaders can dig past the “traditional” indicators of talent to find people who will make an exponential impact.

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