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WDHB Summer 2023 Reading List

April Article-11

Summer is in full swing, and with it are our 2023 book and podcast recommendations! With so many changes in the world this year, we asked the WDHB team for their top picks spanning topics like AI, sustainability and more. As you take this time to pause, reflect and enjoy the warm weather, we hope these 10 publications open your mind to exciting new possibilities and a bright future.

If you’re hungry for even more Learning and Development, why not check out the latest AI and L&D series from WDHB Lab? We’re confident this series will challenge and inspire you to think deeper, just like the titles suggested below.

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“The Six Types Of Working Genius” by Patrick Lencioni

The book could revolutionize the way you understand and structure your teams. Through the assessment in the book, individuals can quickly learn what work brings them joy versus what leads to frustration and burnout. Knowing these frustration areas allows leaders to quickly make adjustments and help teams work together better based on individual strengths. This is a workshop we occasionally implement in a workshop format during our solutions, and the results have been eye-opening.


“Quiet” By Susan Cain

The truth is, our social bias towards extroverts causes us to miss out on the power of introverts. With stories from successful introverts and a wealth of passionate research, Cain inspires us to transform how we see introverts and empowers the quieter of us to own their gifts.

“Everybody Matters” by Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia

This book puts forth the idea that people shouldn’t be simply managed or treated as disposable; rather, they should be treated like family. With personal anecdotes and concrete steps to build compassion with your team, “Everybody Matters” brings the idea of family beyond a mission statement and into dedicated practice.

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“All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis” edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson

The climate movement requires that every voice have a seat at the table. In this thought-provoking collection of essays, you’ll hear from the women and girls at the heart of this movement for change. Nuanced, creative and surprisingly hopeful, these perspectives encourage us to stand up for our collective future.

“Superintelligence” by Nick Bostrom

This foundational book asks us deep philosophical questions about AI: what will the future become if artificial intelligence one day surpasses human understanding? If AI is an inevitable part of our future, how will we ensure the survival of humanity when this technological explosion impacts?

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“Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” by Max Tegmark

This is an interesting read, albeit a controversial one. Tegmark introduces many possible impacts AI could have on our lives- politically, socially, governmentally and personally, drilling down to the very essence of what makes us human. Whether or not his optimism about AI is earned, the possibilities ruminated on in this book are thought-provoking and worth the read.

“Dare to Lead” with Brené Brown

Brene Brown’s podcast Dare to Lead asks us to delve inward and find the most courageous parts of ourselves. In conversations with thought-leaders, change-makers and troublemakers, you’ll discover the bravery it takes to lead at all levels of your life.


“A Bit of Optimism” with Simon Sinek

We love Simon Sinek from a business and leadership perspective. If you’re looking for a burst of inspiration for your week, check out these candid conversations about “love, life, leadership, and silver linings.”

“Practical AI: Machine Learning, Data Science” with Changelog Media

This podcast is excellent for both newbies and seasoned veterans with an interest in Artificial Intelligence and related technologies. Every week, you’ll hear from experts, students, business people and more in these enthusiastic and accessible discussions

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“WDHB: The Brain, Cradle of the Learning Process”

For this podcast, we spoke with neuroscientist Marie Lacroix about what happens at the brain level when people are learning. Be on the lookout for an announcement about the next upcoming episode in our podcast series!

We hope you enjoyed our top 10 books and podcasts for the summer of 2023. Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know on LinkedIn. Ready to thrive this year and beyond? We’d love to chat about our expanded portfolio from virtual, hybrid and on-location programs to L&D consulting. Our solutions are fully customizable and directly address the challenges faced by your organization. Contact us today to learn more.


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