2018 continues our prior focus on productivity with Maura Nevel Thomas' timely guide how to be an effective and modern leader. Dr. Amy Cooper Hakim shares her lifetime guide how to deal with thirty types of difficult people. Whitney Johnson offers a systematic, seven step process to disrupt ourselves, others or our organizations in pursuit of innovation. We later learn from her how to build a terrific, or A-Team. Father and son team Riggs attempt to jolt Baby Boomers into the 21st century with their breakthrough Counter Mentor Leadership, and Dr. Jennifer Kahnweiler reminds us that the power of opposites in the workplace frequently produces astonishing results.

For endurance athletes, Dr. Alison Eyring enthusiastically links the cadence of company building with long distance running. Next, Sir Ken Robinson takes us on a deep dive into education, as we focus on how we may be more creative leaders. We draft Wesley Middleton and Carla Moore's Personal Leadership Philosophies based on his courageous journey from ordinary CPA to contemporary business leader, and her transformative work/life experience, respectively. Annie Duke, famous for her poker skills, shares the deep intellectual underpinnings leading to improved decision making. Michael Roberto builds on this — teaching us how, step-by-step, we may actually make improved decisions. We revisit Jennifer Kahnweiler and Michelle Gibbings, who offer their continuing leadership stories about introversion and career growth. Kim Scott shares her amazing Silicon Valley leadership journey and a the new term Radical Candor.

We also return to Master Storyteller Carmine Gallo, who instructs us how to go from good to great in Five Stars. Actor turned leader Kimberly Davis shares her transformation in Brave Leadership, adding to a 21st leadership vision. Chris Edmonds look ahead for the most forward thinking leaders who wish to live an organizational constitution. The greatest example of an abundance mindset and recent national leadership is shared by Seth Siegel's story of water. David Edwards also presents a landmark book about Creating Things That Matter. Dan Pontefract, perhaps building on Daniel Kahneman, instructs us how to open our minds to thinking. A great example of leaders opening their minds is shared by Lisette Sutherland in her generational workbook Work together Anywhere. When we open our minds we can become better coaches by asking better questions, especially of ourselves, or as John Miller describes, the Question Behind the Question. We finish off the year with Steve McClatchy’s decide, an immensely practical guide how to prioritize better in our age of continuous business, distractions and interruptions.