Leadership by the Book: Summer Reads
You don’t have to turn to mindless beach books for sunny day page-turners! With help from external consultants and UW colleagues, we’ve compiled a list of engaging books that won’t bog you down. The top pick was Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, which was recommended by Kurt O’Brien and Beth Speck of UW Medicine Organization Development & Training, as well as by external consultant Chuck Pratt. Beth says, "I think anyone who reads it will come away with at least one ‘Oh! I should try that!’ idea."
Download a printer-friendly PDF of our recommended summer reads, or see the list below.
- Crucial Accountability: Tools for Resolving Violated Expectations, Broken Commitments, and Bad Behavior by Kerry Patterson, et al. 275 pages. Suggested by Ujima Donalson.
- Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson, et al. 244 pages. Suggested by Chuck Pratt.
- Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink. 242 pages. Suggested by Michele Hamilton-Lane.
- Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. 228 pages. Suggested by Debby Seaman.
- The Likeability Factor: How to Boost Your L-Factor and Achieve Your Life’s Dreams by Tim Sanders. 224 pages. Suggested by Chuck Pratt.
- The Oz Principle: Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability by Roger Connors. 234 pages. Suggested by Michele Hamilton-Lane.
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. 368 pages. Suggested by Kim Delaney and Jessica Hancock (POD).
- Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. 305 pages. Suggested by Chuck Pratt, Kurt O’Brien, and Beth Speck.
- Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen. 348 pages. Suggested by Debby Seaman.
- Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. 499 pages. Suggested by Debby Seaman.