Category Archives: For BUSINESS PEOPLE

HELPING CHILDREN SUCCEED by Paul Tough

In 2013, the United States reached a sad milestone: 51 percent of public school students now live in poverty. That’s right, 51 percent. More than every other child. In public schools. In this country. Live in poverty. Paul Tough’s previous … Continue reading

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WHISTLING VIVALDI by Claude M. Steele

This amazing book, subtitled How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do, takes its title from a story that Brent Staples (now a NY Times columnist but then a University of Chicago psychology graduate student), told about an experience … Continue reading

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AN ASTRONAUT’S GUIDE TO LIFE ON EARTH by Chris Hadfield

If, like me, you are lucky enough to have a great father, you could easily imagine him writing a book like Colonel Chris Hadfield’s recent bestseller, AN ASTRONAUT’S GUIDE TO LIFE ON EARTH: What Going to Space Taught Me About … Continue reading

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NO ONE UNDERSTANDS YOU AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT by Heidi Grant Halvorson

I don’t have any children (yet), but I have thousands of former students, which is the next best thing because the chances they will do something that makes me proud are greatly multiplied. To clarify: I take zero credit for … Continue reading

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THE SOCIAL PROFIT HANDBOOK by David Grant

From its very title, THE SOCIAL PROFIT HANDBOOK by David Grant challenges the status quo. We should rename “not-for-profit” organizations as “social profit” organizations—because, after all, isn’t that what they are designed to do, benefit society? Yes. Exactly. As the … Continue reading

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GHETTOSIDE by Jill Leovy

In order to solve a problem, you must first unpack it. What is really going on? What are the causes, as opposed to the signs and symptoms? Too often, perhaps, we leap to conclusions without sufficiently exploring the depths of … Continue reading

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THE INNOVATORS by Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson’s latest 500-pager, THE INNOVATORS: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, is a paradox. Much like its predecessor, STEVE JOBS, it’s a dense page-turner. For pages and pages, it made me think about … Continue reading

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BUILDING A BETTER TEACHER by Elizabeth Green

It would be difficult, if not impossible, to capture and evaluate all of the many ways in which people throughout history have attempted to prepare teachers for their profession. If teacher preparation were a pie, you would have to stand … Continue reading

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THE ROAD TO SHINE by Laurie Gardner

Whenever you read a friend’s memoir, you inevitably confront three questions: 1) Is it interesting, period? 2) Is it interesting only because it’s about your friend? or 3) Is it utterly fascinating, no matter who wrote it? If you are … Continue reading

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BROKEN OPEN by Elizabeth Lesser

We live in a society where people often pretend things are fine when they aren’t. There are doubtless many reasons for this, some of them economic (you have to earn a living, and most jobs require a modicum of good … Continue reading

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