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Father's Day Gift(s) For the Bibliophile Dad: Books From Biz Leaders' Reading Lists

Stories With Your Old Man
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Stories With Your Old Man

If you have a bibliophile dad, or a career-driven one, wrap up a good book and you've got yourself a winner of a present. But while the idea of gifting a book may qualify as a no-brainer, picking the right book isn't an easy task.

Which is why, we turned to the experts.

What are business leaders - who've made a mark and inspired millions across the globe - inspired by? We followed their reading lists and recommendations to hand-pick titles (across genres) that are sure to be a hit with your dad.

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​Bill Gates - 'The Future of Capitalism' by Paul Collier
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​Bill Gates - 'The Future of Capitalism' by Paul Collier

The world's second richest man shares his reading list as a habit on his blog, gatesnotes, and the list comes with details about each book, along with why he recommends it. While his this year's summer list features books ranging across various genres, they have the idea of disruption as a common theme.

With capitalism a hot topic in today's world, the Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist recommends picking up Paul Collier's 'The Future of Capitalism'. Gates says Collier's 'background as a development economist gives him a smart perspective on where capitalism is headed', and the book is a 'thought-provoking look' at the topic.

For added measure, you can borrow the book after your old man is done reading it, and then engage in some deep, insightful conversation on the topic.

If you want other suggestions off Gates's list, read this.

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Azim Premji - 'Hit Refresh' by Satya Nadella
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Azim Premji - 'Hit Refresh' by Satya Nadella

The book, penned by Microsoft boss Satya Nadella, is recommended not just by one of India's pioneer IT boss, but several others including Kishore Biyani and Manu Kumar Jain.

The former Wipro boss counts it among the books that impacted and changed his life. Premji said that the 'very powerful book' gave him a 'completely different perspective vis-a-vis the priorities of an extremely successful business leader and his sensitivity to the environment, to relationships and to bringing up his children'.

Future Group CEO Kishore Biyani also rates the book high on his list, saying it 'explains how a culture can be reset in a large company, how culture can bring belief, growth and innovation and build a lasting organisation'.

Meanwhile the book compelled Xiaomi India VP & MD, Manu Kumar Jain, to keep his schedule aside and finish reading. According to this boss, the book 'is a refreshing mix of empathy, ideas and inspiring transformations.

So if your dad is awed by exciting ideas, you know you can't go wrong with Nadella.

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​Harsh Goenka - 'Happier' by Tal Ben-Shahar
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​Harsh Goenka - 'Happier' by Tal Ben-Shahar

The RPG Enterprises chairman's recommendations deals with a topic we could all do with more of - happiness. Penned by Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar - who also taught a course on Positive Psychology (read: how to be happy) at Harvard University in 2006, the book traces the secret to 'daily joy and lasting fulfillment'.

The book's many philosophies - 'living with emotions, healthy relationships, expressing gratitude, positive regimen, living in the present' - are simple yet effect ways that create an impact.

Ben-Shahar is considered the 'foremost guru of happiness', and while the book isn't a business read - it definietly is on something that impacts the way you conduct business.

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Satya Nadella - 'Mindset' by Carol Dweck
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Satya Nadella - 'Mindset' by Carol Dweck

While Nadella's book has been recommended by several top bosses, the Microsoft CEO has a recommendation of his own. Nadella has credited Carol Dweck's book as the inspiration for his company’s culture change.

In the book, the Stanford psychologist propogates the value of cultivating a growth mindset. The author says that 'individuals who believe their talents can be developed through hard work, good strategies, and inputs from others (i.e., a growth mindset) tend to achieve more than those who believe their talents are innate gifts with finite development potential'.

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​Kiran Mazumdar Shaw - 'Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup' by John Carreyrou
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​Kiran Mazumdar Shaw - 'Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup' by John Carreyrou

John Carreyrou's book reveals the darker side of biotech start-up, Theranos, founded by Elizabeth Holmes - often referred to as the female Steve Jobs.

If your dad is fascinated by startup tales, the Biocon CMD recommends the book as a great read. Shaw says, the book led her 'to believe that we function in a sinister ecosystem where fortunes are built and destroyed at the whims of influential VCs and investors who hardly do any due diligence'.

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