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Developing strategy requires a lot of input – I need to gather all the information and data that could possibly effect the outcome of what I am facing and incorporate it into the long-term goal-posts I am designating as well as the short term twists and turns I want to make to get there quickly and efficiently.

Surprisingly, input doesn’t always come from sources that are obvious.  In fact, as a member of western North American culture and society, I value creativity and the ‘aha’ of inspiration that comes when two or more unlikely bits of input suddenly fit together and provide a fresh, new outlook that would never have been forecast by the most prescient, future-looking vision.

Sometimes, the best input is a good book.  And in order to get the input that I would never go looking for on my own – which will probably have the lowest chance of giving me an ‘aha’ moment – here are some of the best, and least likely sources of input that I will be using to incorporate into my process of developing the right strategy:

Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

Dataclysm, by Christian Rudder

The Rise and Fall of Great Powers, by Tom Rachman

The Paying Guests, by Sarah Waters

The Kills, by Richard House

Puckstruck, by Stephen Smith

MxT, by Sina Queyras

Between Gods, by Alison Pick

My Life in Middlemarch, by Rebecca Mead

Up Ghost River, by Edmund Metatawabin

The Book of Strange New Things, by Michel Faber

Dept. of Speculation, by Jenny Offill