It’s no secret that how we do business is changing. Hours are becoming more flexible, deals are struck via Zoom, and your coworkers might live on the other side of the world. But these fundamental shifts mean that the art of leadership must also adapt—so check out the five excellent books below to discover how to lead in 2024.
The Geek Way: The Radical Mindset Transforming the Future of Business
By Andrew McAfee
Mixing cutting-edge science, history, analysis, and stories that show the geek way in action, an MIT Principal Research Scientist offers a new way to see the world and empowering tools for seizing the big opportunities of today and tomorrow. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Andrew McAfee, in the Next Big Idea App
Glad We Met: The Art and Science of 1:1 Meetings
By Steven Rogelberg
There are an estimated 200-500 million 1:1 meetings held each day around the world, but are they run as transformatively as they could be? Or are they just talk? Glad We Met helps us maximize the potential of these crucial conversations. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Steven Rogelberg, in the Next Big Idea App
Mindstuck: Mastering the Art of Changing Minds
By Michael McQueen
Whether you are a leader trying to help your team keep pace in changing times, a businessperson who needs a potential partner to see your value proposition, or a parent who wants to get your teenager away from their screen, this book will show you how to persuade even the most mindstuck people in your world. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Michael McQueen, in the Next Big Idea App
Brave Together: Lead by Design, Spark Creativity, and Shape the Future with the Power of Co-Creation
By Chris Deaver and Ian Clawson
We’ve been told that working harder and smarter is the only way to succeed in business and life. But it’s not true. Hustle culture is causing burnout and pain in our lives, making us feel divided. What if instead we focused on working creatively with others? Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by co-authors Chris Deaver and Ian Clawson, in the Next Big Idea App
All In: How Great Leaders Build Unstoppable Teams
By Mike Michalowicz
An acclaimed entrepreneur shows readers how to recruit the right talent, transform struggling employees into superstars, match individual abilities to client and company needs, and motivate every employee to care as much as an owner. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Mike Michalowicz, in the Next Big Idea App
The Key Ideas in 15 Minutes
“If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books,” Roald Dahl once famously said. The only trouble is, reading even one book from cover to cover takes hours—and you may not have many hours to spare.
But imagine for a moment: What if you could read a groundbreaking new book every day? Or even better, what if you could invite a world-renowned thinker into your earbuds, where they personally describe the 5 key takeaways from their work in just 15 minutes?
With the Next Big Idea App, we’ve turned this fantasy into a reality. We partnered with hundreds of acclaimed authors to create “Book Bites,” short audio summaries of the latest nonfiction that are prepared and read aloud by the authors themselves. Discover cutting-edge leadership skills, productivity hacks, the science of happiness and well-being, and much more—all in the time it takes to drive to work or walk the dog.
Go Deeper with a Next Big Idea Club Membership
The Next Big Idea App is free for anyone to try—and if you love it, we invite you to become an official member of the Next Big Idea Club. Membership grants you unlimited access to Book Bites and unlocks early-release, ad-free episodes of our LinkedIn-partnered podcast. You also gain entry to our private online discussion group, where you can talk big ideas with fellow club members and join exclusive live Q&A sessions with featured authors.
For a more focused learning experience, we recommend a Hardcover or eBook Membership. Every few months, legendary authors and club curators Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink select two new nonfiction books as the must-reads of the season. We then send hardcover copies straight to your doorstep, or eBook versions to your favorite digital device. We also collaborate with the authors of selected books to produce original reading guides and premium video e-courses, 50-minute master classes that take you step by step through their most life-changing ideas. And yes, it’s all available through the Next Big Idea App.
Learn Faster, from the World’s Leading Thinkers
Whether you prefer to read, listen, or watch, the Next Big Idea is here to help you work smarter and live better. Wake up with an always-fresh Idea of the Day, the perfect shot of inspiration to go with your morning coffee. Then dive into one of our Challenges, hand-picked collections of Book Bites that form crash courses in subjects like communication, motivation, and career acceleration. Later, watch the playback of an interview with U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Stanford psychologist Jennifer Eberhardt, or philosopher John Kaag. And be sure to check the “Events” tab in the app, so that you can join an upcoming live Q&A and personally chat with the next featured thought leader.
If you’re hoping to grow as a person or as a professional, we hope you’ll join us and tens of thousands of others who enjoy the Next Big Idea. Get started by downloading the app today!