Books

Barkley Deficits in Executive Functioning Scale (BDEFS for Adults)

Russell A. Barkley, 2011

The Barkley Deficits in Executive Functioning Scale (BDEFS for Adults) is an empirically based tool for evaluating dimensions of adult executive functioning in daily life.

What It’s Worth

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco & Corporation for Enterprise Development, 2015

The financial crisis and the Great Recession demonstrated, in a dramatic and unmistakable manner, how extraordinarily vulnerable are the large share of American families with very few assets to fall back on.

Connecting to Change the World

Peter Plastrik, Madeleine Taylor, John Cleveland, 2014

Something new and important is afoot. Nonprofit and philanthropic organizations are under increasing pressure to do more and to do better to increase and improve productivity with fewer resources.

Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits

Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant, 2012

Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant spent four years surveying thousands of nonprofit CEOs, conducting hundreds of interviews, and studying 12 high-impact nonprofits to uncover their secrets to success. Their quest took them to the well-known (Habitat for Humanity), to the less-well-known (Self-Help) and to the unexpected (The Exploratorium).

inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity

Tina Seelig, 2012

Imaginative. Innovative. Ingenious. These words describe the visionaries we all respect and admire. And they can describe you, too. Contrary to common belief, creativity is not a gift some of us are born with. It is a skill that all of us can learn.

Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much

Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir, 2013

The struggle for insufficient resources—time, money, food, companionship—concentrates the mind for better and, mostly, worse, according to this revelatory treatise on the psychology of scarcity.

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman, 2012

Drawing on decades of research in psychology that resulted in a Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, Daniel Kahneman takes readers on an exploration of what influences thought example by example, sometimes with unlikely word pairs like “vomit and banana.”

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

Richard H. Thaler, 2009

In this utterly brilliant book, Thaler and Sunstein teach us how to steer people toward better health, sounder investments, and cleaner environments without depriving them of their inalienable right to make a mess of things if they want to.

We Don’t Make Widgets: Overcoming the Myths That Keep Government From Radically Improving

Ken Miller, 2006

Written for middle- and senior-level managers in state, city and county government, We Don’t Make Widgets: Overcoming the Myths That Keep Government from Radically Improving explodes the myths that prevent dramatic improvement in government operations.

Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

Dan Ariely, 2010

Why do our headaches persist after we take a one-cent aspirin but disappear when we take a fifty-cent aspirin? Why do we splurge on a lavish meal but cut coupons to save twenty-five cents on a can of soup? When it comes to making decisions in our lives, we think we’re making smart, rational choices. But are we?

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

Jim Collins Jerry I. Porras, 2004

Drawing upon a six-year research project at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras took eighteen truly exceptional and long-lasting companies and studied each in direct comparison to one of its top competitors.

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Simon Sinek, 2011

THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO INSPIRE OTHERS, AND ANYONE WHO WANTS TO FIND SOMEONE TO INSPIRE THEM.

Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long

David Rock, 2009

Meet Emily and Paul: The parents of two young children, Emily is the newly promoted VP of marketing at a large corporation while Paul works from home or from clients’ offices as an independent IT consultant. Their lives, like all of ours, are filled with a bewildering blizzard of emails, phone calls, yet more emails, meetings, projects, proposals, and plans. Just staying ahead of the storm has become a seemingly insurmountable task.

The Well-Tuned Brain: Neuroscience and the Life Well Lived

Peter C. Whybrow M, 2015

The Well-Tuned Brain is a call to action. Swept along by the cascading advances of today’s technology, most of us take for granted that progress brings improvement. Despite spectacular material advance, however, the evidence grows that we are failing to create a sustainable future for humanity. We are out of tune with the planet that nurtures us.

The Transparent Accountability Paradigm: An Outcome-Based Management Approach for Government and Nonprofit Organizations

Reginald K. Carter, 2011

The Transparent Accountability Paradigm is a ground-breaking primer on a revolutionary way to bring transparency and accountability to government and nonprofit organizations.

Stumbling on Happiness

Daniel Gilbert, 2007

Why are lovers quicker to forgive their partners for infidelity than for leaving dirty dishes in the sink? Why will sighted people pay more to avoid going blind than blind people will pay to regain their sight? Why do dining companions insist on ordering different meals instead of getting what they really want?

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Charles Duhigg, 2014

In The Power of Habit, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed.

The Distraction Addiction: Getting the Information You Need and the Communication You Want, Without Enraging Your Family, Annoying Your Colleagues, and Destroying Your Soul

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, 2013

The question of our time: can we reclaim our lives in an age that feels busier and more distracting by the day?