Smart Summaries


July 17, 2018 When by Daniel Pink is a great text and as you will see in this Smart Summary, how you approach when to do something is as important to your success as how skilled you are at doing it. Pink walks us through all the research that demonstrates the importance of leaders, parents

The Power of Moments

February 2, 2018 The Heath Bros. have done it again. This short text by Chip Heath and Dan Heath is a great read for all levels of leadership. Regardless of your role, this text has methods for making the normal events of life more exciting by providing strategies to engage every part of yourself as you go

The Ideal Team Player

October 13, 2017 This book is a must read for anyone who has to develop or work on a team. The text is a quick read because of the nature of the narrative. Lencioni does a great job with the fable of a construction management company and their struggle to design the ideal team. The

The Knowledge Illusion

August 10, 2017 The Knowledge Illusion, by Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach, is a fantastic find and will demonstrate how “we live in a community of knowledge.” This text walks through all the ways in which we can increase our collective capacity in systems by relying on everyone in the organization. The authors demonstrate how


May 19, 2017 GRIT, by Angela Duckworth, is the ultimate guide to changing your own behavior in order to change your life and influence others. Duckworth weaves a formula for growing grit through a wonderful narrative that combines real life stories with research. Her focus on the characteristics of relevant people in professional sports, the military,

The Collapse of Parenting

February 15, 2017 The Collapse of Parenting by Dr. Leonard Sax is a quick read and should serve as a ready reference for parents and school staff. Sax takes the current generation of children and using research, data and his own anecdotal experiences outlines the current challenges of the early 21st century. For more on The Collapse


January 4, 2017 Sydney Finkelstein’s newest text Superbosses, is focused on the development of talent and the behaviors of bosses that help others get better. In the 21st century, school leaders need to be strategic in creating cultures that both promote and expect strong and innovative leadership. For more on Superbosses, click here for full Smart