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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!

Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril by Margaret Heffernan.  Recommended by Cathy Minehan, Dean. “I really loved this book. It made me reflect on past experiences where I witnessed instances of willful blindness, and gave me a new framework for thinking about avoiding those pitfalls in the future.”

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape our Decisions by Dan Ariely.  Recommended by Elisa van Dam, Director of Executive Education. “This is a fascinating look at how we often act in irrational, but very predictable ways in our personal, professional and social lives. It also provides some suggestions on how to improve our decision making despite these “hard wired” behaviors.”

Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson.  Recommended by Associate Professor Stacy Blake Beard. “This exquisitely written book speaks to motivation, power, and the importance of historical context.”

Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal.  Recommended by Judy Benjamin, Associate Director of the Simmons Leadership Conference. “Through extensive research, McGonigal has found that multiplayer online gaming generates collective intelligence that can be applied to solve complex real-world challenges—including poverty, global warming, and disease. I’m really looking forward to hearing her speak at the Leadership Conference on April 5th.”

If you’re looking for a shorter read, Professor Cynthia Ingols recommends a thought providing article on coaching by Atul Gawande.