Sven Smit

Senior Partner, McKinsey

The Power of Creative Destruction: Economic Upheaval and the Wealth of Nations
by Philippe Aghion, Céline Antonin, and Simon Bunel

A “metapiece” on economic science and data supporting the possibility of inclusive and sustainable growth from one of the world’s leading economists and his coauthors—a cutting-edge analysis of what drives economic growth and a blueprint for prosperity under capitalism.

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion and Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade
by Robert B. Cialdini

The classic on persuasion and its sequel, the science on what makes people take on a point of view, are totally fascinating; the methods to persuade are almost “dangerous” and make you realize when it is done to you.

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