August 13, 2013

Staff Picks: Take a Day Off: Read a Book!

By: Sally Haldorson @ 12:37 AM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

It is nearing the end of summer, at least in these parts, but there is still time to whittle down that long "to-read-on-vacation" list that you might have created in May, imaging long hot days laying in the sun, book in hand. If you are like me, summer is never quite the vast wasteland of time during which I can read to my heart's content that I always hope it will be. Instead, it is usually a time of rushing around the city from event to event, doing home and yard work, taking my child to a park/pool/playdate, and generally feeling like the summer is going by way too fast. (For those of you who live in warmer climes, your mileage may indeed vary.) But it is only mid-August, so there is still time to take a day off, pull up a deck chair, pour yourself a cold something, and enjoy a leisurely day of reading. If this makes you feel irresponsible, don't worry, we have plenty of books to recommend that you can read while patting yourself on the back for getting smarter while you do it.
In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed by Carl Honore Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova Brick by Brick: How Lego Rewrote the Rules of Innovation and Conquered the Global Toy Industry by David Robertson with Bill Breen Rubies in the Orchard: The POM Queen's Secrets to Marketing Just about Anything by Lynda Resnick, Francis Wilkinson The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli Where the Suckers Moon: The Life and Death of an Advertising Campaign by Randall Rothenberg Bright Lights, No City: An African Adventure on Bad Roads with a Brother and a Very Weird Business Plan by Max Alexander Rules of the Red Rubber Ball: Find and Sustain Your Life's Work by Kevin Carroll (OOP) Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson The Last Lion III: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-65 by William Raymond Manchester, Paul Reid Go-Giver: A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now by Douglas Rushkoff *** Also check out Bloomberg Businessweek's list of "7 Beach Reads with Zero Guilt: Prominent readers on important books to bring you through the end of summer" by Arianne Cohen, and Forbes' "Top 5 Business Book Reads for Summer Holiday" by Todd Wilms.

About Sally Haldorson

Sally Haldorson's job as 800-CEO-READ’s General Manager is to make 800-CEO-READ a great place to work for our employees, and a consistently high-performing customer service organization for our clients, authors, and our partners in the publishing industry. In addition to her General Manager duties ensuring collaboration, integration, and quality, she reads, writes, reviews, curates, and edits for the company. Helping craft The 100 Best Business Books of All Time used parts of both skill sets. Outside of work, she is most likely to be found hitting a tennis ball around or hanging out with her boys (husband, child, dog) at home.