May 29, 2017

MABE Book Club

One of the components of MABE's Leadership II program is the popular MABE Book Club. Just as the title implies, participants are assigned a book to read along with some homework, and then come together for a group discussion. This is open not only to Leadership II participants, but also to graduates of Leadership II.


Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thinking at Work, Home, and School

Author: John Medina. According to Amazon:

Most of us have no idea what’s really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know—like the need for physical activity to get your brain working its best. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? (more)

What did Book Club participants say? Check out our Book Club reviews!


A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas 

Author: Warren Berger. According to Amazon: 

In this groundbreaking book, journalist and innovation expert Warren Berger shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and in our daily lives is a simple, under-appreciated tool-one that has been available to us since childhood. Questioning-deeply, imaginatively, "beautifully"-can help us identify and solve problems, come up with game-changing ideas, and pursue fresh opportunities. So why are we often reluctant to ask "Why?" (more)

What did Book Club particpants say? Check out our Book Club reviews


Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools

Author: Diane Ravitch. According to Amazon:

From one of the foremost authorities on education in the United States, former U.S. assistant secretary of education, an incisive, comprehensive look at today’s American school system that argues against those who claim it is broken and beyond repair; an impassioned but reasoned call to stop the privatization movement that is draining students and funding from our public schools. (more)


How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

Author: Paul Tough. According to Amazon:

Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in How Children Succeed, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter more have to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, optimism, and self-control. (more)


The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop, and Keep Tomorrow's Employees Today

Author: Jeanne Meister. According to Amazon:

From well-respected human resources and corporate training experts Jeanne C. Meister and Karie Willyerd, a must-read guide to the innovative strategies that the best companies are using to create a workplace that the best talent chooses—both today and in 2020. In The 2020 Workplace, Meister and Willyerd offer a battle plan to start winning tomorrow’s employees today. (more)


Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization

Author: Jong Zhao. According to Amazon:

At a time when globalization and technology are dramatically altering the world we live in, is education reform in the United States headed down the right path? Are schools emphasizing the knowledge and skills that students need in a global society–or are they actually undermining their strengths by overemphasizing high-stakes testing and standardization? Are education systems in China and other countries really as superior as some people claim. (more)