1. Good to Great, Jim Collins
This book was instrumental in helping me articulate and refine my leadership style – and understanding what makes organizations truly exceptional.
2. Scaling Up Excellence, Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao
When I was scaling the MIT Communication Lab across the School of Engineering this book helped me understand what was “sacred” about the organization and must stay the same, and how to think about “customization” as well. The principles in this book shaped my thinking on leading the scaling process.
3. Alpha Girls, Julian Guthrie
This books follows four women venture associates who were trailblazers in the field. The various models were eye-opening to me about how to approach being a successful professional woman – and balancing life goals as well.
4. The Ten Faces of Innovation, Tom Kelley
I love most content created by Tom Kelley, founder of IDEO. I like the creative approaches and frameworks they offer to think holistically about the development process of a new product or service.
5. Trees, Maps, and Theorems, Jean-Luc Doumont
This book is essential for learning how to communicate technical ideas to a range of audiences. The concepts in this book have shaped the way I think about every form of sharing my ideas with others – visual, written, data. It’s expensive, but definitely worth it.