School’s out and the days are longer. With summer vacation in mind, it’s only natural to think about picking up a good read. To get some ideas, I turned to my A-team.
What follows is a short list of recommendations from friends, colleagues and even my 17-year-old daughter, who is never short of opinions.
GROW - How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World's Greatest Companies by Jim Stengel. "I read this one last summer and I'm actually re-reading it again because I find it so fascinating. Stengel uses well-known consumer brands to illustrate the impact of company culture and fundamental human values on profitability and growth. I shared it with my CFO and now we're both obsessed."
Russ Yarrow, General Manager, Corporate Relations, Chevron Corp. Russ and I have been friends for more than 25 years. A former editor and journalist, he has been my go-to source for good reads for years.
The Circle by Dave Eggers. "A wry, funny and slightly creepy cautionary tale about the dark side of social media and hyper connectivity. The closer these characters get digitally, the farther apart they become emotionally. It is thought-provoking and, like all of Eggers' books, very well written."