April 2018 Recommended Reading List - This month’s topic: Organization Design & Culture


If you have ever been to the Stanford Campus bookstore, you know it’s the only bookstore in the world that has an entire dedicated Design Thinking section for the classic and latest books. Kreatives was down in California last month for a project and stocked up on the latest thinking around organizational design. Check out some of our favorites:


1. The Org: The Underlying Logic of the Office by Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan 

In The Org, Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan explain the tradeoffs that every organization faces, arguing that this everyday dysfunction is actually inherent to the very nature of orgs. The Org diagnoses the root causes of that malfunction, beginning with the economic logic of why organizations exist in the first place, then working its way up through the org’s structure from the lowly cubicle to the CEO’s office.


2. Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough Results by Drew Boyd and Jacob Goldenberg

Dozens of books discuss how to make creative thinking part of a corporate culture, but none takes the innovative and unconventional approach of Inside the Box. With “inside the box” thinking, companies of any size can become sufficiently creative to solve problems even before they develop and to innovate on an ongoing basis. It’s a system that works!


3.The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle

In The Culture Code, Daniel Coyle goes inside some of the world’s most successful organizations—including the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six, IDEO, and the San Antonio Spurs—and reveals what makes them tick. He demystifies the culture-building process by identifying three key skills that generate cohesion and cooperation, and explains how diverse groups learn to function with a single mind.


4. Smart People Should Build Things by Andrew Yang

Smart People Should Build Things offers a stark picture of the current culture and a revolutionary model that will redirect a generation of ambitious young people to the critical job of innovating and building new businesses.


5. Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlo Bock

Bock takes us inside one of history s most explosively successful businesses to reveal why Google is consistently rated one of the best places to work in the world distilling 15 years of intensive worker R D into delightfully counterintuitive principles that are easy to put into action whether you re a team of one or a team of thousands

Do you have any books you would recommend on this topic?

Franzi Sessler