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Five Must-Read Books For The Chastened CEO In 2009 (Forbes)

image David A. Shaywitz, a physician-scientist turned management consultant in New Jersey has shared a list of Five Must-Read Books For The Chastened CEO In 2009 on From his post:

The economic downturn has brought even the most arrogant CEOs to their knees, and it has created a potentially valuable teaching moment for those would-be masters of the universe. To help them begin the new year in the proper spirit, here are five books to peruse in 2009.

His list:

  1. The Halo Effect: … and the Eight Other Business Delusions That Deceive Managers , by Phil Rosenzweig (Free Press, 2007)
  2. Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know? , by Philip E. Tetlock (Princeton, 2006)
  3. Thinking in Time: The Uses of History for Decision-Makers , by Richard E. Neustadt and Ernest R. May (Free Press, 1988)
  4. Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Random House, 2008)
  5. Happy Accidents: Serendipity in Modern Medical Breakthroughs , by Morton A. Meyers, M.D. (Arcade, 2007)

For brief commentary on each book, check out Dr. Shaywitz’s post on

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Peter A. Mello, Founder/Editor Founder of Weekly Leader and Sea-Fever Consulting, LLC, a leadership development and strategic communications consultancy. Previously, CEO of an international nonprofit organization and COO of a national insurance/risk management services firm. Peter has been leading people and managing organizations for over 30 years, writes a leadership column for MarineNews magazine and blogs about maritime culture at Sea-Fever. Follow him on Twitter.

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