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Revised ‘Brown, Blue Book’ released
The Blueprint: Roadmap to Enlisted Force Development
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
In this book, Marshall Goldsmith shares how successful people can move to even greater heights by addressing certain habits at work that can jeopardize an otherwise-outstanding career. One of the core ideas this book explores is that often the same beliefs that contributed to past success can also hinder future growth.
War Without Rules
In its fight for global dominance, China has thrown out the old rules of war. In “War Without Rules,” retired Brig. Gen. Robert Spalding discussed China’s new playbook and the alarming reality of how they are working to achieve their goals.
Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment
This book shows us the detrimental effects of noise in many professional fields. Wherever there is judgment, there is noise. Yet, most of the time, individuals and organizations are unaware of it. With a few simple remedies, people can reduce that noise, and make far better decisions.
The Transformation Myth
Phillips, and Jonathan R. Copulsky argues that the traditional view of transformation as a one-time event is no longer viable in today's rapidly changing business environment. Instead, organizations must adopt a continuous transformation mindset, in which they are constantly adapting to new technologies, customer demands, and market conditions. The book provides a framework for organizations to develop this mindset and outlines a number of specific steps that can be taken to improve their ability to adapt and thrive in a disruptive environment.
The Age of the Unthinkable
In The Age of the Unthinkable, Joshua Cooper Ramo puts forth a revelatory new model for understanding our dangerously unpredictable world. Drawing upon history, economics, complexity theory, psychology, immunology, and the science of networks, he describes a new landscape of inherent unpredictability — and remarkable, wonderful possibility.
Dare to Lead
Dare to Lead by Brené Brown is a book about the power of vulnerability and courage in leadership. Brown argues that the best leaders are those who are willing to be vulnerable and take risks. She provides a framework for leaders to build courage and resilience, and to create cultures of trust and belonging.
Generation Z Unfiltered: Facing Nine Hidden Challenges of the Most Anxious Population
Generation Z Unfiltered:Facing Nine Hidden Challenges of the Most Anxious Population by Tim Elmore and Andrew McPeak is a book about the generation of young people who were born between 1997 and 2012. The authors argue that Generation Z is the most socially conscious, technologically savvy, and entrepreneurial generation in history. They also argue that Generation Z is facing a number of challenges, including anxiety, depression, and social isolation. The book provides insights and advice for parents, educators, and employers on how to best connect with and support Generation Z.
The Long Game
What does China want, does it have a grand strategy to achieve it, and what should the United States do about it? The Long Game draws from a rich base of Chinese primary sources, including decades worth of party documents, leaked materials, memoirs by party leaders, as well as careful analysis of China's conduct, to provide a history of China's grand strategy since the end of the Cold War.
Chip War: The Fight for the World’s Most Critical Technology
An epic account of the decades-long battle to control what has emerged as the world’s most critical resource—microchip technology—with the United States and China increasingly in conflict.
2034: A Novel of the Next World War
From two former military officers and award-winning authors, a chillingly authentic geopolitical thriller that imagines a naval clash between the US and China in the South China Sea in 2034 and the path from there to a nightmarish global conflagration.
From New York Times bestselling author Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game adapted to film in 2013 starring Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford is the classic Hugo and Nebula award-winning science fiction novel of a young boy's recruitment into the midst of an interstellar war.
In Legacy, best-selling author James Kerr goes deep into the heart of the world's most successful sporting team, the legendary All Blacks of New Zealand, to reveal 15 powerful and practical lessons for leadership and business.
Appropriately named after a Russian super-hacker team, Sandworm is a chilling look into the vulnerabilities of our critical infrastructure and the implications of cyber and information warfare.
The Sun Does Shine
This gripping true story is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope, as it is sustained through even the darkest times.
As leaders, it is not only our role to own everything in our purview — it is our definitive responsibility. "Extreme Ownership" cuts to the fundamental core of why this concept is vitally important to organizations, teams and people.
As human beings, we have an innate desire for dignity. It is a driving motivation in families, communities, organizations and relationships. When there are gaps and violations of that dignity, we begin to see cracks in the foundations of our world.
If you want to go fast — go alone. If you want to go far — go together. Abby Wambach speaks to the heart of that in this book about setting a champion mindset, building a coaching culture, and revolutionizing leadership development.
Effective mentorship is critical to any organization. Athena Rising speaks openly and directly about how men can develop that mindset when coaching and developing women.
JIM KWIK, the world’s #1 brain coach, has written the owner’s manual for mental expansion and brain fitness. Limitless gives people the ability to accomplish more—more productivity, more transformation, more personal success and business achievement—by changing their Mindset, Motivation, and Methods.
Leadership and the Art of Struggle
Leadership is often a struggle, and yet strong taboos keep us from talking openly and honestly about our difficulties for fear of looking weak and seeming to lack confidence. But Steven Snyder shows that this discussion is vital — adversity is precisely what unlocks our greatest potential.
From the acclaimed novelist and screenwriter of The Theory of Everything comes a revelatory look at the period immediately following Winston Churchill's ascendancy to Prime Minister.
Think Again reveals that we don’t have to believe everything we think or internalize everything we feel. It’s an invitation to let go of views that are no longer serving us well and prize mental flexibility, humility, and curiosity over foolish consistency. If knowledge is power, knowing what we don’t know is wisdom?
The Hundred-Year Marathon
One of the U.S. government's leading China experts reveals the hidden strategy fueling that country's rise – and how Americans have been seduced into helping China overtake us as the world's leading superpower.
Stillness Is the Key
All great leaders, thinkers, artists, athletes, and visionaries share one indelible quality. It enables them to conquer their tempers. To avoid distraction and discover great insights. To achieve happiness and do the right thing. Ryan Holiday calls it stillness—to be steady while the world spins around you.
The Kill Chain
From a former senior advisor to Senator John McCain comes an urgent wake-up call about how new technologies are threatening America's military might.
The Heart-Led Leader
New York Times bestselling author Tommy Spaulding shows you how looking inwards—and leading with your heart—can transform your life.
No Time for Spectators
Drawing upon a military career spanning more than four decades, General Martin Dempsey, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, examines the limits of loyalty, the necessity of sensible skepticism, and the value of responsible rebelliousness, and explains why we actually should sweat the small stuff.
In this stunning book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"—the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?
The New Rules of War
Some of the principles of warfare are ancient, others are new, but all described in The New Rules of War will permanently shape war now and in the future. By following them Sean McFate argues, we can prevail. But if we do not, terrorists, rogue states, and others who do not fight conventionally will succeed and rule the world.
Everyone knows that high IQ is no guarantee of success, happiness, or virtue, but until Emotional Intelligence, we could only guess why. Daniel Goleman's brilliant report from the frontiers of psychology and neuroscience offers startling new insight into our “two minds”—the rational and the emotional—and how they together shape our destiny.
A powerful manifesto for CEOs and employees alike: Influential and award-winning business leader Margaret Heffernan reveals how organizations can build ideal workplace cultures and create seismic shifts by making deceptively small changes.
From the renowned psychologist who introduced the world to “growth mindset” comes this updated edition of the million-copy bestseller—featuring transformative insights into redefining success, building lifelong resilience, and supercharging self-improvement.
The TechTank Podcast
TechTank is a biweekly podcast from Brookings’s Center for Technology Innovation, explores today’s most consequential technology issues. Moderators Nicol Turner Lee and Darrell West speak with experts and policymakers to share data, ideas, and policy solutions that address the challenges of the digital world.
Your Undivided Attention
Your Undivided Attention is a podcast from the Center for Humane Technology that explores the incredible power that technology has over our lives — and how we can use it to catalyze a humane future. Hosted by Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin, the show features conversations with thought leaders and change-makers about the ways in which technology is designed to exploit our attention and manipulate our behavior.
Leading the Next Generation with Tim Elmore
Leading the Next Generation with Tim Elmore Dr. Tim Elmore shares practical advice on leading the next generation. With special guests such as John C. Maxwell, Dan Pink and Carol Dweck, listeners will get a fresh perspective and tips on how to best connect with today’s young adults.
From incivility for frontline workers to struggles with hybrid work to actual progress made since the murder of George Floyd, HBR IdeaCast spent 2022 sharing impactful management research and exploring the social and business trends that affect workers and leaders.
Viral misinformation influences elections and alters the very fate of nations. Based on the book of the same name, LikeWar explores the ways in which technology, and especially social media, has been weaponized, arming the internet and the billions of people who use it every day.
The Prince: Searching for Xi Xinping
The Economist’s The Prince: Searching for Xi Xinping podcast is a perceptive and compelling eight-episode narrative that lifts the veil behind the PRC leader’s early life and rise to power. By scanning the past for indications and trends, we minimize uncertainty about our present operating environment and use that knowledge help us manage strategic competition and gain competitive advantages.
TED Talks Daily
From inspiration to creativity to overcoming adversity, there is always something of value to be found in this podcast.
Coaching for Leaders
The minute we stop growing as leaders is the minute we stop being leaders. This podcast helps me to recenter and refocus on what's important and move out stronger than ever.
A Bit of Optimism
Join Simon Sinek as he talks with people that inspire him about love, life, leadership, and silver linings.
Simple Life Habits
Need more time? Want to get more stuff done? Join Jonathan Milligan as we talk about productivity, time management, and developing simple life habits in your life.
Kwik Brain is a fun, fast-paced show designed to help busy people learn and achieve anything in a fraction of the time! In this easy to digest bite-sized podcast, you will discover my favorite shortcuts to read faster, remember more, and supercharge your greatest wealth-building asset: your brain.
It is no secret that we are at an inflection point in our Air Force. As Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr. says, "Good enough today will fail tomorrow."
We need leaders at all levels who can think strategically, and execute tactically. To that end, I'm bringing you a reading list that will flex and evolve as we build the Air Force we need to compete, deter and win across all domains.
As a lifelong learner, I am constantly adding to my reading list — looking for new ideas that can challenge my assumptions and help me grow beyond my own limitations. As your 19th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, I am committed to sharing this information with you, in the hope that you will apply it and eventually grow beyond us all.
We are the best Air Force in the world because of our people. I encourage each of you to take up the mantle of a learning leader, who continues to challenge the status quo and take us to new heights.
I am honored to serve alongside you, and I look forward to seeing you all out in our Air Force.
JOANNE S. BASS
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force