Recommended Reading List

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This is a work in progress... I am filling in the descriptions of the books as I get spare time

I'm a huge fan of listening to books while traveling (I spend a decent amount of time in the car with all my adventures). Below is a list of books I've listened to and highly recommend.

They have been broken down by category and include a description of the book and why I thought it was worth the time to listen to.

If I didn't think it was worth your time, I didn't include it in the list!

Enjoy and please feel free to reach out with any recommendations!

If you plan on joining Audible, your first 2 books will be free if you use the following link (and I get a small kickback. Why not?)

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(the links below are also affiliate links which means they give me a small amount of money if you buy the book but don't charge you any more)


Business and Entrepreneurial Mindset

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I stumbled upon this book after my dad shared a Wall Street Journal article about how doing less can help lead to success at work. This book was written by the co-author of Great by Choice, the sequel to Good to Great (both listed below).

I found the concept of doing less then obsessing to be one of the key take-aways and is something I have been working hard to implement myself. They also introduce the use of flipped-classroom as a way to increase efficiency which I have been implemented both in the classroom and with my research in general (lookup my YouTube channel for examples). Overall a good read (listen) that should offer advice to those at all stages in their careers.

This book does an excellent job of balancing an autobiography with a business book that gives actionable guidelines. I found many of his principles to be aligned with my own. Specifically: Radical Truth and Radical Honesty. I have always tried to embody these in both my business and work life. It was nice to have a well-articulated manner to describe them.

Coincidentally, I had met a Dean of another engineering university at a conference. Later, at the "after-party," we were discussing our approaches to leadership and education and I had mentioned having just finished this book. He responded: There is currently only one book on my desk to read right now, and it is Principles.

I was not initially sure what to expect from this book, but it turned out to be an enjoyable listen. The notion of startups collaborating with large companies largely parallels my work in startups collaborating with universities (see my work on EMDs - Entrepreneurially Minded Dissertations). While I would not say there was anything too profound in the book, if you have made it through the other books on this list and are in need of something, I'd recommend giving it a go.

Biographies

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The Mind and Social Psychology

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Biographies

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Everything Else

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