An annotated selection of readings and resources to support your professional growth.
Aoun, J. (2018). Robot-proof: Higher education in the age of artificial intelligence. The MIT Press. https://carrollu.on.worldcat.org/oclc/1029804426
Driverless cars are hitting the road, powered by artificial intelligence. Robots can climb stairs, open doors, win Jeopardy, analyze stocks, work in factories, find parking spaces, advise oncologists. In the past, automation was considered a threat to low-skilled labor. Now, many high-skilled functions, including interpreting medical images, doing legal research, and analyzing data, are within the skill sets of machines. How can higher education prepare students for their professional lives when professions themselves are disappearing? In Robot-Proof, Northeastern University president Joseph Aoun proposes a way to educate the next generation of college students to invent, to create, and to discover--to fill needs in society that even the most sophisticated artificial intelligence agent cannot. A "robot-proof" education, Aoun argues, is not concerned solely with topping up students' minds with high-octane facts. Rather, it calibrates them with a creative mindset and the mental elasticity to invent, discover, or create something valuable to society--a scientific proof, a hip-hop recording, a web comic, a cure for cancer. Life-long learning opportunities will support their ability to adapt to change
Benartzi, S. (2012). Save more tomorrow: Practical behavioral finance solutions to improve 401(K) plans. Portfolio. Not currently in Carroll Library
One of the world’s top experts in behavioral finance offers innovative strategies for improving 401(k) plans. Half of Americans do not have access to a retirement saving plan at their workplace. Of those who do about a third fail to join. And those who do join tend to save too little and often make unwise investment decisions. In short, the 401(k) world is in crisis, and workers need help. Save More Tomorrow provides that help by focusing on the behavioral challenges that led to this crisis inertia, limited self-control, loss aversion, and myopia—and transforms them into behavioral solutions. – Taken from Amazon
Benartzi, S. (2015). Thinking smarter: Seven steps to your fulfilling retirement… and life. Portfolio. Not currently in Carroll Library
Although we’ve been blessed with a very powerful thinking machine—our minds—there’s good evidence that we don’t like to think. In fact, one study shows that many people prefer receiving electric shocks to thinking and reflecting. Other studies show that even when we do think, we tend to think in too narrow and shallow a fashion. With these shortcomings, how can we be smarter when thinking about life situations like retirement? For example, once we have built up a financial nest egg, how can we become better thinkers about what to do in retirement? To help us, behavioral economist Shlomo Benartzi introduces the notion of thinking architecture and thinking tools. In this book, he offers one such thinking tool—a unique seven-step system called the Goal Planning System (GPS)—and explains the science behind it. When applied to retirement planning, this system helps readers identify what they value most, what they want to achieve in retirement, and ultimately, who they really are. By going through GPS, readers will then have a solid foundation upon which to build a tailored action plan that can help them attain their goals. – Taken from Amazon
Datnow, A., & Park, V. (2014). Data-driven leadership. Jossey-Bass. https://carrollu.on.worldcat.org/oclc/872253678
School leaders must know how to analyze, interpret, and use data so that they can make informed decisions in all areas of education, ranging from professional development to student learning. This book offers strategies and tools to help launch or fine-tune efforts to become a performance-driven school. Based on the authors' extensive work with 12 schools, the book includes an examination of such essential topics as: establishing a data culture, investing in an information management system, selecting the right data, and analyzing and acting on data to improve performance
Day, G. S., & Shea, G. (2020). Change the work of innovation: a systems approach. California Management Review, 63(1), 41-60. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0008125620962123
To achieve faster organic growth, firms need to change their prevailing narrative about innovation from growth denying to growth enabling. This requires changing the system through which the work of innovation gets done. This article describes the work systems model of organizational change and shows how a leadership team can select the most influential elements of the system to make a desired narrative a reality. Four elements of the work system are especially effective at encouraging a growth-affirming narrative: leadership commitment to innovation talent, prudent risk-taking, customer-centric innovation, and aligning metrics and incentives. – Abstract
Maginn, M. D. (2007). Managing in times of change: 24 tools for managers, individuals and teams. McGraw-Hill. Not currently in Carroll Library.
Mergers, layoffs, marketplace upheaval, political and economic turmoil, organizations of all types and sizes inevitably face major change. Managing in Times of Change helps managers, teams, and individuals take the bull by the horns when it comes to change. The book begins with lessons for managers to face change head-on, by not fighting the inevitable, and being honest about present circumstances and the likely course of events. Next, the book coaches managers on how to lead their teams through the process of change by painting a picture of what is currently going on and focusing on desirable outcomes. Lessons include squashing the rumor mill and holding people accountable. Lastly the book focuses on individual reactions to change and how to best guide people through it. These steps include understanding how people react to change, offering empathy, giving individuals positive things to do, and standing up for people when you think they are right. -– Taken from Amazon
Schoemer, K. G. (2009). Change is your competitive advantage: Strategies for adapting, transforming, and succeeding in the new business reality. Adams Media. Not currently in Carroll Library
Organizations today face a stark choice: change or fail. Transformation has become the only constant of the business landscape, and those companies that cannot adapt are doomed. This book includes practical tools to help managers and employees adapt to change; identify design/defiant/default behaviors; and create a culture focused on the needs of the customer and consumer. – Taken from Amazon