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Simmons College School of Management
Executive Education
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Reading List


Here's a sampling of what we're reading right now. Please let us know what books are on your night stand, so we can add them to a future list!

Little Black Book of Connections: 6.5 Assets for Networking Your Way to Rich Relationships by Jeffrey Gitomer. Recommended by Nancy Leeser, Corporate Relations Officer.  “This is a must read for anyone looking to develop a meaningful network in order to build your business, no matter what that business is.  Its basic premise is relationship driven and focuses on giving value first rather than immediately asking for something.  By offering value you can build trust and relationships to grow your business.  The hitch is, it takes time, but don’t most good things? This easy to read book offers practical advice that you can start implementing immediately.”

Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths and Total Nonsense: Profiting From Evidence-Based Management by Jeffrey Pfeffer, Robert I. Sutton. Recommended by Elisa van Dam, Director of Executive Education. "This book really opened my eyes about so many axioms of business that we take for granted, but that turn out to be seriously flawed. It provides a wonderfully clear-eyed approach to decision making."

Team of Rivals by Doris Goodwin.  Recommended by Patricia Deyton, Director of the Center for Gender in Organizations (CGOs). “Although this is a biography rather than a business book, it is a marvelous book about building and managing a team.”

We’re excited to announce that Prof. Cynthia Ingols’ new book, Organizational Change: An Action-Oriented Toolkit is now available for purchase.

If you’re looking for a shorter read, and you’ve already finished Women Working Together, the newest CGO publication will be available the week of April 18th. You can find it here.