Book Recommendations: July Edition

July 15, 2014 Deppy Thompson

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. ” — Benjamin Franklin

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A More Beautiful Question by warren berger book cover

A More Beautiful Question 

by Warren Berger

As Berger shows, the most creative, successful people tend to be expert questioners. They’ve mastered the art of inquiry, raising questions no one else is asking—and finding powerful answers. The author takes us inside red-hot businesses like Google, Netflix, IDEO, and Airbnb to show how questioning is baked into their organizational DNA. He also shares inspiring stories of artists, teachers, entrepreneurs, basement tinkerers, and social activists who changed their lives and the world around them—by starting with a “beautiful question.”

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull book cover

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming The Unseen Forces That Stand In The Way Of True Inspiration

by Ed Catmull

Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first-ever, all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation—into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made. It is, at heart, a book about how to build a creative culture—but it is also, as Pixar co-founder and president Ed Catmull writes, “an expression of the ideas that I believe make the best in us possible.”

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