What We Are Reading Today: The Euro and the Battle of Ideas

Updated 01 September 2018

What We Are Reading Today: The Euro and the Battle of Ideas

Why is Europe’s great monetary endeavor, the euro, in trouble? A string of economic difficulties in Greece, Ireland, Spain, Italy, and other eurozone nations has left observers wondering whether the currency union can survive. In this book, Markus Brunnermeier, Harold James, and Jean-Pierre Landau argue that the core problem with the euro lies in the philosophical differences between the founding countries of the eurozone, particularly Germany and France, says a review on the Princeton University Press website. But the authors also show how these seemingly incompatible differences can be reconciled to ensure europe’s survival.
As the authors demonstrate, Germany, a federal state with strong regional governments, saw the Maastricht Treaty, the framework for the Euro, as a set of rules. France, on the other hand, with a more centralized system of government, saw the framework as flexible, to be overseen by governments.

— Markus K. Brunnermeier, Harold James & Jean-Pierre Landau


What We Are Reading Today: Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

Updated 25 August 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

  • Leadership is not about titles, status and power over people

In her No.1 NYT bestsellers, Brene Brown taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong and brave the wilderness. 

Leadership is not about titles, status and power over people. Leaders are people who hold themselves accountable for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and developing that potential. This is a book for everyone who are ready to choose courage over comfort, make a difference and lead, says a review published on goodread.com.

Brown spent the past two decades researching the emotions that give meaning to our lives. Over the past seven years, she found that leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations and Fortune 50 companies, are asking the same questions:

How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders? And, how do you embed the value of courage in your culture?

Dare to Lead answers these questions and gives us actionable strategies and real examples from her new research-based, courage-building program.

When we dare to lead, we do not pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We do not see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it and work to align authority and accountability.