Inspirational Books and Podcasts In An Economy Of Disruption
Reflective Thinking — Creative Thinking — Lateral Thinking — Convergent Thinking — Divergent Thinking
I am a veteran of the now dying “old school journalism” of “just the facts mam.” The news industry is a case study in disruption and creative destruction caused by the Internet and Web 2.0.
The rapid change in a globalized economy is the norm. Permanent economic dislocation is the norm.
The traditional job model of learning for the first 25-years of your life and getting a job is obsolete.
65% of children in grade school today are predicted to work in jobs that have yet to be invented.
62% of jobs will be in danger within the next 10-20 years.
For example, autonomous vehicles will potentially destroy 2.5 million truck driving jobs.
Your skills can quickly become irrelevant.
There’s only one person interested in your success and well being. That person is you and you alone.
Don’t count on learning on the job. In today’s marketplace, most managers and companies don’t develop talent and leadership.
Can you hear the thundering hoofbeats of the next Google or Amazon coming to eliminate your job or stamp out your business model?
The good news is that Alexa and robots can’t replace creativity — at least not yet.
We need to nurture creative thinking skills and a personal growth mindset to stay attuned and ahead of inevitable change.
Learning is a lifetime pursuit.
This Reflective Thinking reading list and podcast listening list reflects my personal guide to lifelong learning.
I read and listened to everything listed here. I keep it updated.
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Personal Improvement & Attentive Productivity Reading List
Choose To Win: Transform Your Life, One Simple Choice at a Time by Tom Ziglar
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way To Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.
The Right—and Wrong—Stuff: How Brilliant Careers Are Made and Unmade by Carter Cast
Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity by Charles Duhigg
The Holy Sh!t Moment: How Lasting Change Can Happen in an Instant by James Fell
Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman
How To Future Proof Your Career Get Your Self Optimized Podcast featuring Carter Cast former CEO of Walmart.Com and VC.
Personal Happiness and Fulfillment Reading List
Authentic Happiness: by Martin Seligman
Kriegie (Prisoner of War in WWII): by Kenneth Simmons an inspiring story of an American airman who bailed out over German in October of 1944 and was liberated by General Patton in person at the end of April 1945.
Positivity: by Barbara Fredrickson
Mindwise: Why We Misunderstand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want by Nicholas Epley
First Time Entrepreneurs & Business Start-Up Reading List
Burn the Business Plan: What Great Entrepreneurs Really Do by Carl J. Schramm
The Lean Startup By Eric Ries
The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development A cheat sheet to The Four Steps to the Epiphany
Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers By Alexander Osterwalder
Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want By Alexander Osterwalder
Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World by Rand Fishkin
Solo Entrepreneurs And Freelancers Reading list
Company of One: Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business by Paul Jarvis
Rise of the Youpreneur: The Definitive Guide To Becoming the Go-To Leader in Your Industry and Building a Future-Proof Business by Chris Ducker
Business Model You: A One-Page Method For Reinventing Your Career by Tim Clark
Be Like Amazon: Even a Lemonade Stand Can Do It by Jeffrey Eisenberg
Understanding Digital Media Reading List
Liars, Lovers, and Heroes: What the New Brain Science Reveals About How We Become Who We Are by Steven Quartz
Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations by Clay Shirky
Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies by Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink
Patterns That Connect: Social Symbolism in Ancient & Tribal Art by Carl Schuster and Edmund Carpenter
Eskimo Realities by Edmund Carpenter
The Responsive Chord: How media manipulate you: what you buy… who you vote for… and how you think by Tony Schwartz
Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man by Marshall McLuhan
Oh, What a Blow That Phantom Gave Me! by Edmund Carpenter
They Became What They Beheld by Edmund Carpenter and Ken Heyman
Mechanical Bride: Folklore of Industrial Man by Marshall McLuhan
The Story of Comock, the Eskimo as Told to Robert Flaherty edited by Edmund Carpenter
Lessons From History Reading List
Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History by Steven Zipperstein
Seven Ages of Paris by Alistair Horne
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough
The Eternal City: A History of Rome by Ferdinand Addis
The Pantheon: Design, Meaning, and Progeny by William McDonald
The Genius in the Design: Bernini, Borromini, and the Rivalry that Transformed Rome by Jake Morrissey
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King
Following Hadrian: A Second-Century Journey through the Roman Empire by Elizabeth Speller
The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Anne-Marie O’Connor
Appeasement: Chamberlain, Hitler, Churchill, and the Road to War by Tim Bouverie
Principles of Leadership Reading List
My Early Life: 1874-1904 by Winston Churchill
Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts
Hitler and Churchill: Secrets of Leadership by Andrew Roberts
Hubris: The Tragedy of War in the Twentieth Century by Alistair Horne
Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt by David McCullough
Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Dichotomy of Leadership: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4CHAN and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right. By Angela Nagle
Modern Political History Podcast Listening List
Slow Burn: Slate Podcast About Untold Stories of the Watergate Scandal