My most memorable moments at Davos can be summed up in conversations. Whether about new economic paradigms that put people and planet at their centre, or how identity and mental health intersect, or the future of food in a world expanding its meat consumption, or how we can find meaning in a world without jobs.
Reading is my favourite way to indulge my curiosity. Although I’m lucky that I get to meet with a lot of interesting people and visit fascinating places through my work, I still think books are the best way to explore new topics that interest you.
How to Think presents us with the curious case of John Stuart Mill, famed 19th-century philosopher. His father, a taciturn scholar, took the academic training of young John seriously—John became a respected intellectual figure as a teenager. Despite his success and seeming promise, Mill reports in his autobiography that he felt stunted, purposeless, and unhappy.
What entrepreneur or executive wouldn't give part of their salary to "make people do what you want them to, and make it what they want to do"? Ultimately, this is the aim of the book by IESE professor Beatriz Muñoz-Seca titled How to Make Things Happen: A Blueprint for Applying Knowledge, Solving Problems and Designing Systems That Deliver Your Service Strategy.