Steve Pollack Book Review | Brave New Work by Aaron Dignan

Brave New Work’s author Aaron Dignan is the founder of “The Ready,” an organization design and transformation firm that has helped major companies like Johnson & Johnson, Charles Schwab, Kaplan, Microsoft, and many others change the way they work. If you have ever studied organizational change, you know that overhauling a company's culture and bureaucracy …

Steve Pollack Book Review | Give and Take by Adam Grant

In Give and Take by Adam Grant the author,  a Harvard graduate with a Ph.D. in organizational psychology, lays out his thoroughly researched premise that people differ dramatically from one another in their preferences for reciprocity – that is, in their desired mix of taking and giving. Dr. Grant divides people into three general reciprocity …

Steve Pollack Book Review | Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday

"That quiet feels so unnatural is a sign of its importance. Seize it. We can’t be afraid of silence, as it has much to teach us. Seek it." - Ryan Holiday, Stillness is the Key   Following up on his two ancient wisdom bestsellers The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy, in …

Steve Pollack Book Review | the dip by Seth Godin

“Quitting is not the same as failing” -Seth Godin   The premise of this excellent book by author and entrepreneur Seth Godin, is that with any important endeavor you are attempting, at some point things are going to become so challenging you will ultimately face the decision to stick it out or quit. That critical …

Steve Pollack Book Review: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

In The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg explores the neurological and behavioral science and the psychological reward mechanisms that form and reinforce our everyday habits.  Duhigg presents meaningful examples and useful advice for how to apply the science behind habit to increase willpower and transform our decision-making, but The Power of Habit is much more than a self-help book on …

Steve Pollack Book Review | Why?: What Makes Us Curious by Mario Livio

The author of Why?: What Makes Us Curious, Mario Livio, worked as an astrophysicist for over 20 years at the Space Telescope Science Institute — home of the Hubble Space Telescope. Livio has published more than 400 scientific articles and authored  seven books on topics related to astronomy, mathematics, physics and neuroscience. In Why?: What …

Steve Pollack Book Review | Power Listening by Bernard T. Ferrari

In Power Listening: Mastering the Most Critical Business Skill of All, Bernard T. Ferrari  details the why and the how of becoming an expert listener. One of the best takeaways in Power Listening is Ferrari suggestion that a major key to good listening is being able to “develop a filing system in our heads, and …

Steve Pollack Book Review | The Leadership Mindset by Joe Calloway

The single most important factor in the success or failure of a business is the mindset of its leadership. Even more than strategy or tactics, it's how leaders think that ultimately makes the difference. – Joe Calloway As a  business leadership and management consultant, Joe Calloway’s lengthy client list represents a wide range of businesses of all sizes. His mega-successful …

Steve Pollack Book Review | Rebel Talent by Francesca Gino

“When we challenge ourselves to move beyond what we know and can do well, we rebel against the comfortable cocoon of the status quo, improving ourselves and positioning ourselves to contribute more to our partners, coworkers, and organizations” ― Francesca Gino The author of Rebel Talent, Francesca Gino, is a behavioral scientist and professor at …

Steve Pollack Book Review | The Passion Economy by Adam Davidson

Award-winning New Yorker staff writer and co-founder of NPR’s Planet Money podcast, Adam Davidson is a leading voice on issues related to  21st century business and the economic landscape. "The identification of your unique passion is the single most crucial and often the hardest part of embracing the passion economy " -Adam Davidson Davidson’s new book The Passion Economy: …