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7 Books Recommended by Highly Successful DFW Execs

NTT Data's Bob Pryor on looking beyond gut instincts, University of Dallas' Brett J. L. Landry on creating your "leap," and more.

everything is obvious once you know the answer by duncan j. wattsEverything is Obvious Once You Know the Answer, by Duncan J. Watts 

“It teaches you to look beyond gut instincts, common-sense reasoning, and cognitive biases when making decisions. Although intuitively obvious solutions are appealing, it’s important to remember that complex problems are rarely solved by simple solutions. This book is a great complement to Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow.” —Bob Pryor, NTT DATA Services 


sapiens by yuval noah harariSapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

“As a linguist and storyteller, Harari’s message about the power of words and myths to motivate behavior and build cultures over the centuries really resonates with me.” —Carine Feyten, Texas Woman’s University


type talk by otto kroeger and janet m. thuesenType Talk by Janet Thuesen and Otto Kroeger

“It does a great job of identifying how people approach and react to different situations. I’ve found it incredibly helpful for getting the most out of my teams and meeting them where they are.” —Mike Diamond, Michaels Cos.


the color of law by robert rothsteinThe Color of Law by Richard Rothstein

“It provides a detailed account of the role our government played in segregating America. For those interested in continuing to learn about our country’s racial inequalities, this book is a great resource.” —Isaac Brown, Fidelity Investments


never split the difference by chris vossNever Split the Difference by Chris Voss

“It is a book on negotiation—a critical skill for everyone in business and in personal life. It provides good strategies on negotiating everything from the release of a hostage to bedtime with your kids.” —Biju Nair, HYLA Mobile


hillbillu elegy by JD vanceHillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

“It’s about how conditions in rural America have led us to the political situation we are in today. Everyone should read this book both for context and possible solutions to our current challenges.” —Stacey Doré, Hunt Utilities


Leap: How to Thrive in a World Where Everything Can Be Copied by Howard YuLeap: How to Thrive in a World Where Everything Can Be Copied by Howard Yu

“Today, everything can be copied with little barrier to entry from a global marketplace. Creating your “leap” separates you from the competition.” —Brett J. L. Landry, University of Dallas



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