Reading List

Here's a sampling of what we're reading right now. Please let us know what books are on your night stand, so we can add them to a future list!

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink. Recommended by Elisa van Dam, Director of Executive Education. "I am fascinated by how people are (or aren't) motivated to accomplish things both at work and at home. This book provides a thought-provoking look at why traditional "carrot and stick" motivation doesn't work for most situations, and how to create settings that allow people to tap into their intrinsic motivators.

Good Self, Bad Self: Transforming Your Worst Qualities into Your Biggest Assets by Judy Smith. Recommended by Judy Benjamin, Director of the Simmons Leadership Conference. "This book is a must read as we all find ourselves in some sort of crisis during our lifetime. Judy Smith provides a simple plan for everyone to reevaluate the good and bad in each of us, to help us improve our personal and professional lives." Ms. Smith will be speaking on this subject at the Simmons Leadership Conference on April 2, 2013.

Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons. Recommended by Suzanne Carter, SOM Alumna, CEO of Incubatrix and co-Author of "Dreaming Big: What's Gender Got to Do with It?" "Simmons speaks to the particular style of girl aggression - meanness expressed through covert maneuvers like silence, exclusion, and rumor-spreading - that flies under the radar, enabling girls to sustain a Good Girl persona "who's nice to everyone". Particularly striking is how this leaves girls unprepared to negotiate conflict because, in their world, conflict equals the devastating loss of relationship."

For a shorter read, take a look at Simmons College's president Helen Drinan's post on the Huffington Post Women Must Stand Up for Themselves in the Workplace. President Drinan will be posting additional pieces on Huffington Post in the coming months.