Short infographic summaries of six great business books

We can't always have the privilege of learning at the feet of the greats but can instead rely on teaching ourselves the wisdom of researchers, innovators, and practitioners by reading books about their work. 

It also helps for us 'eklavyas' to share what we've learnt with each other - in that spirit, here are six infographic summaries of some fine books. You can read these books out of curiosity like we first did, or even find daily applications in work and life, like we now do.


1. A book about how 'human = irrational + rational'

There's no way any summary can do justice to 'Thinking, Fast and Slow', given that it is itself the summary of a lifetime's work of two influential psychologists. Read the book if you can - your System 1 will try every trick to keep you from completing it, but harness every power within your System 2 to do so.

THINKING, FAST AND SLOW

2. Sticking a message to the inside of your brain

Six very useful tips to keep in mind to try and increase memorability of your ideas. There are other, more comprehensive books on the topic, but none that embody the concepts of SUCCES quite as this one.

MADE TO STICK

 

3. Just read this and then pat yourself for being so smart.

We are slaves of habits. Here's a way to turn the tables on ourselves and fight back.

THE POWER OF HABIT

4. A helix for innovation culture

It's rare to have all these traits in a single person. But you can fashion a team that has these traits. Do it and you may have the makings of innovation.

THE INNOVATOR'S DNA

THE INNOVATOR'S DNA

5. What elephants and mahouts can teach us about making change happen.

Change is tough. And making change happen when you lack the conventional levers of authority, reward, and punishment? Don't even ask. Wait, let's ask this this book. (Also see our Highlights video summary of this book.)

SWITCH - HOW TO CHANGE WHEN CHANGE IS TOUGH

6. That elusive 'zone'

Sportsmen and musicians and performers experience it often. What about the ordinary professional?

FLOW


These days, having the inclination to read books is a gift that keeps giving! Sadly, there are many who don't. For them, we've been trying to find interesting ways like infographics and live sessions via 'The Same Page', and help them 'experience' great books and 'download' their wisdom. So feel free to share these with your colleagues and friends. 

Also check out our ever-increasing list of books that have influenced us and our work, and if you've got a recommendation, send it to us.