Welcome to the Book Club

book clubAt The Holdsworth Center, we believe that the best leaders never stop learning. That’s why we are pleased to introduce The Holdsworth Center Book Club, a curated list of thought-provoking book recommendations to fuel discussion and inspiration. Each month, we will share our thoughts on titles from this list and beyond. Interested in receiving Book Club recommendations in your inbox? Sign up for email updates from The Holdsworth Center and let us know that you are interested in Learning Resources and Inspiration.

Book Title


The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way

Amanda Ripley

Teaming: How Organizations Learn

Amy C. Edmondson, Edgar H. Schein

The Talent Masters: Why Smart Leaders Put People Before Numbers

Bill Conaty, Ram Charan


Carol S. Dweck

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

Chip Heath, Dan Heath

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

Chip Heath, Dan Heath

The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact

Chip Heath, Dan Heath

Someone Has to Fail: The Zero-Sum Game of Public Schooling

David F. Labaree

The Trouble with Ed Schools

David F. Labaree

Power Up: Transforming Organizations through Shared Leadership

David L. Bradford, Allan R. Cohen

Fifteen Letters on Education in Singapore: Reflections from a Visit to Singapore in 2015 by a Delegation of Educators from Massachusetts

Fernando M. Reimers, E. B. O’Donnell

When Performance Meets Alignment – A Compass For Coaching And Mentoring

Jan Ardui, Peter Wrycza

How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing

Lee G. Bolman, Terrence E. Deal

Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts–Becoming the Person You Want to Be

Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter

Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools

Michael B. Horn & Heather Staker

Learning from Singapore: The Power of Paradoxes

Pak Tee Ng

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Patrick M. Lencioni

The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization

Peter M. Senge

Strategy in Action: How School Systems Can Support Powerful Learning and Teaching

Rachel E. Curtis, Elizabeth A. City, Beverly L, Hall

The Leadership Pipeline: How to Build the Leadership Powered Company

Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter, James Noel

Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do about It

Richard V. Reeves

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

Robert D. Putnam

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

Robert D. Putnam, Don Cohen, Lewis M. Feldstein

A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service

Robert M Gates

End of Average

Todd Rose

Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything

Ulrich Boser