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At Team Awesome, we are inspired by a lot of good reading and thought leadership. Here are some of our favorite influencers and ideas.


What Makes a Leader?

by Daniel Goleman, Harvard Business Review

Why? Emotional Intelligence is at the core of what we do, and this was the definitive work that brought EQ to the forefront in 2004.

Let Your Workers Rebel

by Francesca Gino, Harvard Business Review

Why? This gets to the core of authenticity. And, no one whispers the “M word,” confirming our suspicions that Millennials aren’t the only ones looking for these things.

Millennials Don’t Want Fun; They Want You To Lead Better

by Mark C. Crowley, via LinkedIn

Why? Let’s suspend judgement for a moment that what Millennials want is a bad thing. Then read this.

Get Over Your Fear of Conflict

by Amy Jen Su, Harvard Business Review

Why? Getting comfortable with addressing conflict is critical to being an effective and authentic leader.

The Three Qualities of People I Most Enjoy Working With

by Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn

Why? This will help clarify whether or not we can work well together.


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

by Susan Cain

Why? Because introverts are undervalued in our workplaces, and raising them up can mean incredible results for your team.

The Happiness Project

by Gretchen Rubin

Why? Gretchen gives you actionable steps to take to focus on what really matters, and being happy makes you a better leader.

How to Be Interesting: (In 10 Simple Steps)

by Jessica Hagy

Why? If there is a diagram for who you are and how you feel, it is likely in this book. And because you should read things that don’t have to do with business too.


Pep Talk – Kid President

by SoulPancake

Why? Because Kid President is our spirit animal. We enjoy this video almost daily.

4 ways to build a human company in the age of machines

by Tim Leberecht, via TED

Why? Authenticity meets transparency meets humanity meets unexpectedly awesome. So simple, but never easy.

What adults can learn from kids

by Adora Svitak, via TED

Why? This talk is by a child prodigy gives perspective on the value of listening to each other, regardless of age.

Cat on a Roomba

via YouTube

Why? Just seeing if you are paying attention.