Books Galore

Crossover Associates would like recommend the following books on the respective topics

Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman.

This is one of the seminal book with lots of research and real life examples.A must read for everybody who wants to develop their self awareness and use EI to enhance their performance on both personal and professional front.

Influence by Robert Cialdini

This book is among the first booked to be talked about and referred when we talk about “The psychology of persuasion” , in other words why people say “Yes” and how to apply this understanding. Influence and persuasion are areas that are rapidly expanding as this is about what moves people to change behaviour and this has wide application.

Drive by Daniel Pink

When it comes to motivation, there’s a gap between what science knows and what business does. Our current business operating system–which is built around external, carrot-and-stick motivators–doesn’t work and often does harm. We need an upgrade. And the science shows the way. This new approach has three essential elements: 1. Autonomy – the desire to direct our own lives. 2. Mastery — the urge to get better and better at something that matters. 3. Purpose — the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.

Exponential Organizations by Prof. Salim Sheik

An Exponential Organization is one whose impact (or output) is disproportionally large – at least 10 x larger – compared to its peers because of the use of new organizational techniques that leverage accelerating technologies. Exponential Organizations offers an expert look into this new, critical form of company organization that the authors contend will soon become an industry standard. You’ll learn exactly what an exponential organization, or ExO, is and how you can build your own. Companies like Uber and AirBnB are some top examples of ExOs; if your company wants to survive, you’ve got to adapt.

Creative Confidence by Tom & David Kelley

Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the “creative types.” But two of the leading experts in innovation, design, and creativity on the planet show us that each and every one of us is creative. David and Tom Kelley identify the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential in our work lives, and in our personal lives, and allow us to innovate in terms of how we approach and solve problems.

Talent Code by Daniel Coyle

What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? In this ground-breaking work, journalist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle provides parents, teachers, coaches, businesspeople—and everyone else—with tools they can use to maximize potential in themselves and others. Whether you’re coaching soccer or teaching a child to play the piano, writing a novel or trying to improve your golf swing, this revolutionary book shows you how to grow talent by tapping into a newly discovered brain mechanism.

Innovators DNA by Hal Gregersen

You can be as innovative and impactful ― if you can change your behaviours to improve your creative impact. In The Innovator’s DNA, authors Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and bestselling author Clayton M. Christensen (The Innovator’s Dilemma, The Innovator’s Solution) build on what we know about disruptive innovation to show how individuals can develop the skills necessary to move progressively from idea to impact.

Think Fast Think Slow by Daniel Kehnemann

Thinking, Fast and Slow is a masterpiece written by the Nobel Laureate, Daniel Kahneman; in here, he is targeting human irrationality. He starts with the book by naming the two parts of a brain as System I and System II, where System I, is the ‘intuition part’, which operates automatically most of the times and is without logic; while System II denotes effortful mental activity, involving logics. It is because of the System I that humans suffer from cognitive biases or the unconscious errors that leads one to jump onto wrong conclusions.

You Are a Brand by Katherine Caputa

When jobs across the spectrum of goods and services production are buffeted by global competition, personal branding becomes an absolute essential for professional career development. You Are a Brand! is a must read for anyone involved in a career today. This book teaches you how to determine your value, promote yourself authentically so it suits your style, and develop the network you need to be successful today. There are lots of mini case studies of various people to show personal branding in action.

Create Your Future : The Power of Strategic Thinking by Stuart Wells

Strategy requires an ability to conceive the future, see and create possibilities, and focus to choose a direction. Successful strategy is a mental discipline consisting of broad ranging, flexible, and creative thinking. Choosing the Future will help you achieve this success by studying fundamentals such as effective group thinking, knowing when to delay a decision for more information, balancing contrasting modes of thought, and transforming thought into action

Mind Your Manners by John Mole

Praised by Business Week as ‘invaluable political and psychological profiles of each nationality…a wonderfully entertaining view of others as well a ourselves’ and named a Financial Times Business Book of the Year, Mind Your Manners has become a 50,000-copy bestseller and the standard guide to European business cultures for over a decade. Covers no less than thirty-three different business cultures including non-EU countries such as Norway, Switzerland, Russia and the USA.

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

This book is about the hidden forces that shape our decisions and Dan Ariely challenges readers’ assumptions about making decisions based on rational thought. His aim is to make the reader fundamentally rethink what makes oneself and the people around one tick. This is substantiated by a wide range of scientific experiments, findings and anecdotes that in many cases are quite amusing. Once we see how systematic certain mistakes are and how repeat them again and again, then perhaps we begin to learn to avoid some of them.

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