01 Dec 2017

Ink: Alumni Book Recommendations

Alumni recommend the most inspiring business books they’ve read in 2017


Recommended by
Strategy consultant Vivek Ravishanker (MBA 2012)
Shoe Dog
by Phil Knight

Knight on the idea that became Nike: “That morning in 1962 I told myself: Let everyone else call your idea crazy…just keep going. Don’t stop. Don’t even think about stopping until you get there, and don’t give much thought to where ‘there’ is. Whatever comes, just don’t stop.…Half a century later, I believe it’s the best advice—maybe the only advice—any of us should ever give.”


Recommended by
Entrepreneur Eileen Rudden (MBA 1976)
by Angela Duckworth

Duckworth on the qualities of a leader: “No matter the domain, the highly successful had a kind of ferocious determination that played out in two ways. First, these exemplars were unusually resilient and hardworking. Second, they knew in a very, very deep way what it was they wanted. They not only had determination, they had direction . It was this combination of passion and perseverance that made high achievers special. In a word, they had grit.”


Recommended by
Health care executive Daniel Bowles (MBA/MPP 2015)
Never Split the Difference
by Chris Voss with Tahl Raz

Voss on lessons learned as an FBI hostage negotiator: “Without a deep understanding of human psychology, without the acceptance that we are all crazy, irrational, impulsive, emotionally driven animals, all the raw intelligence and mathematical logic in the world is little help in the fraught, shifting interplay of two people negotiating.”


Recommended by
Manufacturing expert Buckley Brinkman (MBA 1986)
Thank You for Being Late
by Thomas L. Friedman

Friedman on discovering the value of pausing: “Because he was late, I explained, I had minted time for myself. I had ‘found’ a few minutes to just sit and think. I was having fun eavesdropping on the couple at the next table (fascinating!) and people-watching in the lobby (outrageous!). And, most important, in the pause, I had connected a couple of ideas I had been struggling with for days.”


Recommended by
Author Nanette Fondas (DBA 1987)
Unfinished Business
by Anne-Marie Slaughter

Slaughter on the feminist challenge of the 21st century: “Advancing women means breaking free of a new set of stereotypes and assumptions, not only for women, but also for men. It means challenging a much wider range of conventional wisdom about what we value and why, about measures of success, about the wellsprings of human nature and what equality really means. It means rethinking everything.”


Recommended by
Marketing expert Kathleen Harrington Clark (MBA 1990)
by Scott Sonenshein

Sonenshein on recognizing your abilities: “We routinely overestimate the importance of acquiring resources but even more significantly underestimate our ability to make more out of those we have….Stretching is a learned set of attitudes and skills that comes from a simple but powerful shift from wanting more resources to embracing and acting on the possibilities of our resources already in hand.”


Recommended by
Entrepreneur Yong Kim (MBA 2007)
The Hard Thing about Hard Things
by Ben Horowitz

Horowitz on perception: “I was the only kid on the football team who was also on the highest academic track in math….As a result, I ended up moving in multiple social circles and hanging out with kids with very different outlooks on the world….Looking at the world through such different prisms helped me separate facts from perception.”


Recommended by
Marketing director (and parent) Justin Mayer (MBA 2005)
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
by Dr. Seuss

Seuss on choices: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

Featured Alumni

Featured Alumni

Class of MBA 2012, Section E
follow @vravish07
Class of MBA 1976, Section D
follow @eileenrudden
Class of MBA 2015, Section A
Class of MBA 1986, Section D
follow @PBuckley
Class of DBA 1987
follow @NanetteFondas
Class of MBA 1990, Section A
follow @kclarkmba
Class of MBA 2007, Section I
follow @yongkookkim
Class of MBA 2005, Section G
follow @ja_mayer

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