Things in the business world tend to slow down a bit over the summer, which means more time for reading (one of my favourite things). I wanted to share with you some business books for summer reading, so I polled the team here at Spodek & Co. and drafted a handy list of their picks!
Whatever your plans this summer, be it an overseas vacation, road trip, or cottage fun — even a staycation with your feet up on the deck — I’m sure you’ve definitely earned it.
So, kick back, savour the break, and enjoy the following list! Hopefully you’ll find something you like.
Business Books for Summer Reading
Lindsay Bell, Content Director: Lindsay chose “Dreyer’s English – An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style” by renowned Random House copy-chief Benjamin Dryer.
“Dreyer is a charming, charismatic writer who clearly loves being a wordsmith, and he takes the rule-driven world of grammar/writing and shakes it up – injecting it with humour while also bringing it into the 21st century. If you’re a language geek (like I am), interested in how the rules around language usage evolved (especially how they are still evolving) or just interested in brushing up on your punctuation skills, this book is for you.”
Sharon Marks, Designer & Developer: Sharon is reading the delicately titled (but definitely worthy) “Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope” by best-selling author Mark Manson.
“In a time when everything around us feels like it’s falling apart — climate change, politics, socio-political divisions — Everything is Effed forces us to check our definitions of faith, happiness, freedom, even of hope itself. Technology has opened up a new ever-connected world for us but has also brought with it a sort of low-level hum of constant anxiety. Manson explores all of the above, along with our relationships with entertainment, money and success – something we all strive for! Toss in some Plato, Nietzsche, and Tom Waits, and you’ve got a book that’s a bit existential and a bit in your face, but also forces you to take a hard look in the mirror and think about what really makes you happy and content.”
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Amanda Lane, Paid Media Specialist: Amanda chose “The Miracle Equation” by Hal Elrod.
“After selling more than a million copies of his book The Miracle Morning, Elrod has decided to share the simple formula that has helped him succeed: unwavering faith + extraordinary effort = miracles. There you go then. Done. (just kidding!) The Miracle Equation is part self-help, part business growth, and sometimes a little over the top, lol. It’s about the two attributes that all successful people have and how to use them in your life and set a mission to drive you toward your goals.”
Alyssa Salmon, Senior Account Coordinator: Alyssa opted for Brené Brown’s “Dare to Lead”
“If you’re looking to brush up on your leadership skills or are just getting started in your career and are curious about what exactly makes a good leader, you should definitely check this book out. As Brown says, ‘Leadership is not about titles or the corner office. It’s about the willingness to step up, put yourself out there, and lean into courage. The world is desperate for braver leaders. It’s time for all of us to step up.’ I think it’s a book that will inspire thought and change for me both personally and professionally… and because her Netflix special hooked me!”
Erica Quattrin, Account Coordinator: Erica’s choice was “All Good Marketers Are Liars Tell Stories” by Seth Godin.
“When I was completing my PR/Communication post grad, a professor of mine recommended reading some of his work. After entering the digital marketing/communications field I learned that he operates one of the world’s most popular blogs and is known for ideas about marketing in the digital age. I’m hoping to learn how to create more engaging content for clients’ social platforms, and much more!”
Wait! We’re Not Done Yet!
While our team mascot Maggie Spodek didn’t weigh in on which business books for summer she would recommend, I have my own addition to this very eclectic list!
I opted for “Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers” by Tim Ferriss.
As a business owner, business books are always a source of inspiration and motivation for me. I’m constantly looking for ways to improve my own performance and that of the team so we can deliver the best results for our clients. Rather than getting into the weeds with a book providing a single lens from one person’s point of view, I decided to tackle Tools of the Titans – one that’s been on my shelf for a while. Ferriss interviewed 200 people for the book, and he shares their insights categorized in three parts: Healthy, Wealthy and Wise.
I like the non-linear, short snippets nature of this book (adapted from and expanded on interviews from The Tim Ferriss Show podcast), especially in the summer when I feel like I need a quick reading break but don’t want to invest in reading anything too heavy.”
So, what do you think? Any of the above titles strike your fancy? Better yet, what are YOU currently reading? I would love your additions in the comments section below!