By Michael Holland –

Great people leaders are life long learners consuming blog posts, podcasts, articles, videos and books to gain perspective and increase knowledge.

Leverage your vacation time this summer with a good book!

Here are 4 books I recommend for this summer.

The Expectation Effect: How Your Mindset Can Change Your World – David Robson

A tour of the cutting-edge research that reveals the many profound ways that our expectations shape our experience.  Bringing together fascinating case studies and evidence-based science, this book uncovers new techniques that we can all use to improve our fitness, productivity, intelligence, health and happiness.

Of course, you can’t just think yourself thinner, happier or fitter, but using this book you can reframe many different facets of your life, and in so doing start real psychological, physiological and behavioral change.

Working with AI: Real Stories of Human-Machine Collaboration (Management on the Cutting Edge) – Thomas H. Davenport and Steven M. Miller

Two management and technology experts show that AI is not a job destroyer, exploring worker-AI collaboration in real-world work settings. This book breaks through both the hype and the doom-and-gloom surrounding automation and the deployment of artificial intelligence-enabled—“smart”—systems at work.

The Crux: How Leaders Become Strategists – Richard P. Rumelt

Strategy and strategic planning in most organizations is mis-labeled and is really just a process for setting goals.

Leaders become effective strategists when they focus on challenges rather than goals, pinpointing the “crux” of their pivotal challenge, the aspect that is both surmountable and promises the greatest progress and then taking decisive, coherent action to overcome it.

The author includes many real life examples which is very helpful.

The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams – Stacy Schiff

Focuses on the activities of Samuel Adams in pre-war Boston. A hero whose star rose while he was middle-aged, Adams plagued the royal governor of colonial Massachusetts, acted as a mentor to John Hancock, and gained notoriety in Great Britain and France.

Be a life long learner and lead well!

Each year, I strive to read as many books as possible while also listening to Podcasts and reading articles that catch my eye.  Here is a list of the books I’ve read in 2023 on my personal blog.