By: Tuck School of Business Communications Posted: Aug 14th, 2013

It’s Back to School time here at Tuck and we are gearing up for a fantastic fall schedule with programs on strategy, leadership, general management and innovation

To help you get a head start on the new school year, we asked some of Tuck’s top professors for books on their “must read” list.

Dean of Tuck Executive Education, Sydney Finkelstein’s Recommendation:

Influence by Robert B. Cialdini 
Dr. Robert Cialdini has spent his entire career researching the science of influence earning him an international reputation as an expert in the fields of persuasion, compliance, and negotiation.
His books including, Influence: Science & Practice, are the result of decades of peer-reviewed research on why people comply with requests. Influence has sold over 2 million copies, is a New York Times Bestseller and has been published in twenty-seven languages.

David T. McLaughlin D’54, T’55 Distinguished Visiting Professor of Business Administration, Bob Howell’s Recommendation:

The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder
Here is THE book recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, Warren Buffett. The legendary Omaha investor has never written a memoir, but now he has allowed one writer, Alice Schroeder, unprecedented access to explore directly with him and with those closest to him his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies, and wisdom. The result is the personally revealing and complete biography of the man known everywhere as “The Oracle of Omaha.”

Other Tuck School Book Club Recommendations:

Working in Sync by Whit Mitchell 
Working in Sync tells the stories of eleven former Dartmouth crew athletes who went on to lead exceptional lives. They all have one thing in common: Each credits part of his success to lessons learned during college crew under coach Whit Mitchell. After a 25th team reunion, Whit wanted to find out the secret to their successes. He conducted months of one-on-one interviews, uncovering outstanding insights on life, business, and success, and saw a direct connection to his executive coaching clients. In all eleven stories, the most important lesson is that success is achieved through working together—working in sync—with colleagues, clients, and loved ones.

Whit Mitchell is an executive coach specializing in team dynamics, as well as the founder and CEO of Working InSync International. Over the past 30 years, Whit has worked with a diverse group of executives across Fortune 500 companies, regional corporations, and small businesses, developing dynamic leaders and teams. In addition to his expertise in team development, Whit has worked with top executive development programs at Tuck School of Business, Harvard University, and Columbia University. Recently, Whit sat down with our executive director, Clark Callahan to talk more about executive education. 


“Managers as Mentors: Building Partnerships for Learning” by Marshall Goldsmith 
This latest edition of the classic Managers as Mentors is a rapid-fire read that guides leaders in helping associates grow in today’s tumultuous organizations. Thoroughly revised throughout with twelve new chapters, this edition places increased emphasis on the mentor acting as a learning catalyst with the protégé rather than simply handing down knowledge.
Marshall Goldsmith  teaches in several Tuck Executive Education programs throughout the year. He has also been recognized as the most influential leadership thinker in the world by Thinkers50 2011.  Along with being named as the #1 leadership thinker he has also been listed as the #7 greatest business thinker in the world.  You can vote for Marshall Goldsmith or any of our Professors on the Thinkers50 website.


"Strategic Capitalism" by Richard D’Aveni 
Brilliantly conceived—and sure to ignite passions on both sides of the political aisle—Strategic Capitalism calls for an end to the economic idealism that dominates the national dialog. It also calls for a cold, hard focus on reality, which is this: government-managed capitalist systems consistently outmaneuver and outperform the traditional laissez-faire capitalism of the West.
Richard D'Aveni has been named among the top 25 business thinkers in the world by CNN, Forbes, the (London) Times, Harvard Business Review, and The Times of India based on the rating of the Thinkers50


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