Helen Thorpe on the shortlist for the Lukas Prize

Helen Thorpe has landed on the shortlist for the Columbia University’s prestigious J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Award for her book, The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom, which “Follows the lives of 22 immigrant teenagers throughout the course of the 2015 – 2016 school year as they land at South High School in Denver, Colorado.” [Columbia.edu]

Meredith Wadman review fellow BSG speaker Jonathan Quick’s book at the Wall Street Journal

Meredith Wadman reviews The End of Epidemics for the WSJ.

For scare value, the 2014 Ebola epidemic looms largest in recent memory; while it ended by killing “only” 11,310 people in West Africa, it looked for a time as if it might become a global catastrophe. But for deadliness, the 1918-19 Spanish influenza pandemic, which killed at least 50 million people, dwarfs any infectious outbreak of the past 100 years. Beginning in the spring of 1918, a flu virus that in a rare feat had evolved to be both highly contagious and extremely lethal swept the planet. Most often, it killed healthy adults in the prime of life. [WSJ.com]

Carmine Gallo’s latest for Inc.

Carmine Gallo offers a deeper dive into Steven Pinker’s new book on progress.

If you’re pessimistic about the state of world today, Bill Gates and Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker have a message for you: “This bleak assessment of the state of the world is wrong. And not just a little wrong–wrong wrong, flat-earth wrong, couldn’t-be-more-wrong.” The quote appears on the first page of Pinker’s new book, Enlightenment Now. In a recent blog post, Bill Gates calls it his new “favorite book of all time.” Pinker and Gates are optimists. They see the world differently than most people, and they have the data to prove it. In the first few pages of Pinker’s book, he makes the point that civilization has made “spectacular progress” in nearly every possible way. Here’s the kicker–almost nobody knows about it because most people focus on the negative. Change your thinking; change your life. [Inc.com]

Todd Henry’s latest named an Editor’s Choice at 800-CEO-Read

Todd Henry’s Herding Tigers: Be the Leader That Creative People Need is out now.

If you’ve read Todd Henry’s work before, you know he has a knack for deconstructing complex problems into simple equations. He does so again here, using stability and challenge as the variables …. The best way to help teams thrive, Henry believes, is to give your team focus, function, and fire. You are there to determine what to do and what not to do, when to do it, how to do it, determine what is needed to do it, explain why you’re doing it, and instill it all with meaning and purpose. [800CEORead.com]

WSJ: An Action Plan for Averting the Next Flu Pandemic

Dr. Jonathan Quick has written a piece for the Wall Street Journal.

This year’s flu season is hitting early and hard, the worst the U.S. has seen in more than a decade. Every day more people are falling ill and getting hospitalized, and some are dying, including young children. Though we are not yet at the peak of flu season, schools have closed in communities across 49 infected states. Businesses can expect employee absenteeism to soar, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expect the death toll to rise. [WSJ.com]