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    Sumukh Ramesh

    Some great recommendation of books in this thread. Here’s few more that I found interesting:

    I. The professional programmer
    ii. The mythical man month
    iii. Entrepreneur’s “Start Your Own Business”
    iv. Crossing the Chasm
    v. Escape Velocity
    vi. Lean Startup
    vii. Daniel Pink’s “Drive”
    viii. Simon Sinek’s  “Start with Why”
    ix. Simon Sinek’s  “Leaders eat last
    x. Innovator’s dilemma

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    I recommend two books related to improving personal productivity: “Getting Things Done” by David Allen and “Deep Work” by Cal Newport. They compliment each other nicely and advocate for a task-based system while minimizing distractions to reach your goals in a time-effective manner.

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    Megan Klubertanz

    “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg was a fantastic read with connections to IE principles. The book goes through what a habit is and how it is developed, habits on micro levels (personal) and habits on macro levels (organizations/ businesses). Cases included the buying habits of people at Target and how data analysis(ISyE 412) was able to create better targeted campaigns, so much so that their model predicted someone was pregnant before their family members knew. Another case went through how keystone habits greatly impacted a business’s success which started with safety. I found a lot of underlying IE principles within this easy and fun to read book! 10/10

    Here is a nice summary! http://www.deconstructingexcellence.com/the-power-of-habit-summary/

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    Reply to Huimin Ou of #2828: Reply to Huimin Ou of #2828:

    Hi Huimin,

    I would recommend The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt, Outliers by Malcomm Gladwell and Freakonomics by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt. All of these books I found to be not only extremely interesting but also helpful in teaching lessons that can be applied to the workplace and life in general. Freakonomics is one of my favorite books because it makes connections between 2 seemingly different topics and explains how people are motivated.

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    I would recommend The Invisible Gorilla by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons. This book highlights the importance of noticing the little things and how the brain does not detect certain visual aspects of our life.

    I would also recommend David and Goliath by Malcom Gladwell. This book give you perspective on how “improbable” life events are not only probably but possible. These insights help the reader understand how these scenarios can help us become smarter and think clearer.

    Lastly, I would recommend 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. This book give the reader tools to use 7 proper habits to become a more efficient and productive person.

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    Adam Mitchell

    Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by William McRaven.

    Well written, and great message/motivation.

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    I know the topic said to become successful in their careers, but I’d like to add a couple of books I found enjoyable in general. It could be helpful so that when someone asks what was your favorite book you recently read you have something interesting to say rather than “Oh I’m so busy I don’t read.”

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    “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly which I thought would follow the movie but doesn’t so it feels totally new.
    While it’s hard to find the time during school it’s also hard to find that time while working full time. Just find that time because it’s worth it!
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    Alexander Hallquist

    The Toyota Way. It’s a great book that explains all of Toyota’s internal manufacturing and logical systems. I found it to be a great book after taking 315 and reading “The Goal” because of the more complex topics and material discussed in 315. Lastly, you can never go wrong with and of Eliyahu Goldratt’s books they always have a great story and discussion of engineering topics in them.

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    Maxwell Roitstein

    Thinking fast and slow


    Two really insightful books on decision making and behavioral science. Highly recommend both.

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    Vrishabh Patil

    I would definitely recommend Jack Welch’s ‘Straight From the Gut’. It’s a great book on his career at GE and how he ran it to be the successful company it is right now. Welch is also one of the first people in business management to bring six sigma into the limelight, and his books go into great detail on the matter.

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    Peter Christenson

    Two books I’ve read recently:

    • Shoe Dog by Phil Knight – This was the first book that I read this year and it will be very difficult for me to find another book that can top this. It’s a memoir written by Knight as he chronicles how he started Nike. Good entrepreneurial book and goes into some of the stepbacks Nike faced early on.
    • The Everything Store by Brad Stone – the story of how Amazon was started. A little dull at times, but interesting to learn more about Bezo’s background and what makes him so unique.
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    Sofia Noejovich


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    Sofia Noejovich

    I think anything by Malcolm Gladwell is always really fascinating. I also recently read the Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver which offers great insight into predictive modeling.

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    Ben Peterson

    I like reading biographies of people who were masters of their field.  Whether its business moguls, artists, or sports stars, I try to take bits and pieces of the personal traits they had and actions they took to apply to my own life. Another benefit is that their are tons of biographies out there so you can just choose someone who fascinates you.

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