📚 5 books that inspired Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella this year

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Microsoft CEO and executive chairman Satya Nadella’s voracious reading habit has been well-documented. In 2017, he shared seven books that made him a better leader with Fast Company. Today, he recommends five more in an exclusive essay. It’s an eclectic list, some of it predictable (The Alignment Problem: Machine Learning and Human Values by Brian Christian), and some of it (a biography of Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard) less so. Nadella, whose own first bookHit Refresh, is a memoir and manifesto, says that his picks have influenced the way he thinks about leadership, technology, and the future this year. Read more here about the five books that inspired him in 2021.
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books
5 books that inspired Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella this year

From a biography of Kierkegaard to a look at the power of diversity, these reads offer lessons on leadership, tech, and the future.

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tech
Katie Couric, Rashad Robinson, and Chris Krebs say it’s time to pull immunity for social media platforms

In a new report on disinformation from the Aspen Institute, experts propose revising Section 230 and forcing social media companies to submit to data audits.

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co.design
Ikea is raising its prices. That could actually be a good thing

Cheap, disposable furniture is a blight on the planet. Experts believe Ikea’s higher prices could accelerate the shift toward a more sustainable furniture.

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a message from carat
How the pandemic jumpstarted “omnichannel” commerce
As consumer expectations rapidly shift, leading businesses are adapting new technology to unite the best of the physical and digital worlds into engaging new experiences. Read more here.
 
 
Corporate climate commitments don’t mean anything without accountability

Commitments are most valuable as a framework to ensure companies are living up to their goals.

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work life
Here’s what is happening with national paid leave right now

A four-week paid leave policy has been restored to the spending bill being considered by Congress. But what are the odds of it actually passing?

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news
I guess we have to talk about the ‘masculinity crisis’ in America again

What some conservatives see as an attack on masculinity is just the growing pains of a changing society.

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impact
This stunning high-rise would absorb more carbon dioxide than it produces

Hemp and algae could be used to build high-rises that are actually good for the planet. Urban Sequoia shows that it’s possible.

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impact
Corporate climate commitments don’t mean anything without accountability

Commitments are most valuable as a framework to ensure companies are living up to their goals.

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health
Does the world’s first vaccine robot even make sense? We ask a nurse

A new robot has gone viral for its needle-free, automated vaccine delivery. This is how it might actually be used in a clinical setting.

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leadership tools
This science-backed powerful productivity tool is within every leader’s reach

When people feel like they have this in their work, studies show they’re more engaged, committed, and productive.

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These states could be COVID hotspots on Thanksgiving
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On Thanksgiving Day 2021, MayoClinic’s map forecasts that Minnesota and Vermont (both colored dark brown on the map) will have the worst caseloads per 100,000 people.
The state with the best caseload? Florida, colored yellow, which is forecast to have only 5 cases per 100,000 people. Check out the map here to see what your state will look like.
As for what this means for your travel plans, the CDC has put together information on safe ways to celebrate the holidays here.
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