Stephen King says that if you want to be a writer, there are two things you must do: read a lot and write a lot. This is about the “read a lot” part. I include reading lists that will help you do business more effectively and write better for business.
In this post I point you to three summer reading lists. Check them all out. I guarantee you’ll find at least one book you want to read. You’re sure to discover books that weren’t on your radar before.
“Perhaps you read on vacation to escape the financial services grind, or perhaps you read to hone your business craft. Numerous titles on this year’s list — recommended by American Banker readers, BankThink contributors, our staff and others — fall somewhere in between. Read about the lives of figures like Elon Musk or Barney Frank. Understand disruption, human error and how to manage stress. Or, perhaps you just want some insight into the sociopath’s playbook. It’s all here.”
“The problem, as I see it, is that most of the literature tends to be narrowly focused on a particular approach, leaning heavily on either a single organization’s experience or a limited set of case studies. These can be very helpful if they happen to describe a problem you’re trying to solve, but absolutely useless when they don’t.”
Wally’s Comment: This is an incredible reading list. The oldest book was first published in 1962. The most recent was published this year. There’s history and speculation about the future. There are also books that represent different viewpoints of some of the same issues.
“It happens every summer—CEOs take time off for vacation, and they want to have a good book, or two, or three along with them to provide some mental relaxation along with the physical. Here’s what some CEOs told us they have on their summer reading list, and why.”
Reading recommendations are a regular feature of this blog. Want more recommendations about what to read? Check out my Three Star Leadership blog, Michael McKinney’s LeadingBlog, and Bob Morris’ Blogging on Business.