Over the years I have found a number of valuable resources from a variety of media that have helped me to navigate the competing (and sometime conflicting,) approaches to leadership development.
These resources have contributed to my philosophical foundation, my intellectual development, and have provided the means to validate information and data.
My objective is to show others a way to think, not what to think. The resources are from people or groups that I respect and who seem to support critical thinking and the idea that truth is a fact-based and not a matter of opinion.
Most importantly, if we are going to be leaders whose decisions will effect other people, markets, or maybe even whole indusries, we have to make those decisions based on the best evidence.
As the saying goes: garbage in – garbage out.
We must learn how to evaluate the sources and quality of the evidence that is the basis of every decision we make.
Finally, we must obligate ourselves to have the integrity and will to change our opinions and decisions in the face of newer, better evidence.
Between the books and podcasts there are thousands of hours of information on this Resource Page. Much like a language, critical thinking and evidence based leadership is an immersive process. As you are exposed to more of the process, it will become a heuristic tool.
In my own experience, my best leadership moments came when I heard something that “didn’t sound right” or in those situations when there was something I didn’t hear – either of which made me go and dig a little deeper.
A shameless plug
Yes, this is my book. But, I wouldn’t have written it if I didn’t think there was something valuable to share
I love books.
I love the way they feel and their heft. I love the idea that they are miniature time capsules that hold the preserved thoughts of people from our near and distant past. I like that those thoughts can infect us with new ideas that can change our lives or, perhaps, our world.
Best of all, you can give book to others and, maybe, change their lives for the better.
This small list is a combination of critical thinking and business skills.
Two things I guarantee:
Engineering Your Start-Up: A Guide for the High-Tech Entrepreneur (2nd Ed) by James A. Swanson and Michael L. Baird
Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me) by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
Power and Organization Development: Mobilizing Power to Implement Change (Prentice Hall Organizational Development Series) Jan 11, 1988 by Larry E. Greiner and Virginia E. Schein
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World Hardcover by Adam Grant (Author)
Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds by Carmine Gallo
Audiobook CD: http://amzn.to/29AeTSk
Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time by Michael Shermer
Audible: Abridged http://amzn.to/29NDUPH
The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths by Michael Shermer
The Moral Arc: How Science Makes Us Better People by Michael Shermer
Audible: Unabridged http://amzn.to/29CucMH
What I really love about podcasts is that they engage me in what feels like a conversation.
I recommend these podcasts because they emphasise critical thinking and apply the techniques over a wide variety of popular culture topics.
Like anything, some of the early episodes were rough in format, but each gained traction and direction as they matured.
Great online reference tools that cover the facts and fictions of about anything you might see, read, or hear.
Before you forward something too incredible to believe, check it out.