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The Adaptation Advantage: Let Go, Learn Fast, and Thrive in the Future of Work

Experiment 1: The Cookie Monster
From a group of three people, one is randomly selected to lead. They receive four cookies to share. Each takes a cookie. Almost every time, the leader took the remaining cookie. When a person feels powerful, they stop caring what people think and lose their sense of empathy, fairness and collaboration. It is not surprising, therefore, that CEOs consistently score lower on Emotional Intelligence (EQ) tests. Leaders must learn to let go of the cookie.

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Trillion Dollar Coach by Eric Schmidt

The top priority of a manager is the performance of her people. A good manager is also a good coach: he creates an environment of support, respect and trust. Bill Campbell didn’t separate the working self from personal self. He worked with persons and acknowledged their emotions, struggles and professional achievements.

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Rejection Proof by Jia Jiang

Rejection can be good too. A motivating book on handling rejection. When you are not afraid of rejection and it feels like you have nothing to lose, amazing things can happen.

What you need is not acceptance from others but acceptance from yourself. Being comfortable with who you are is a prerequisite—not the result—of seeking others’ approval.

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Attitude is Everything by Jeff Keller

You see the world through your window of perception. This window often gets smudged by your experiences, the opinions of society, the views of the people you associate with, etc.

We become what we think about all day. What we think plays a vital role in shaping our opinions and actions. Our brains are marvellous. If you strongly think you want something, you will eventually get it!

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