readingDmitry RatushnystocksnapReading moves you forward – it is a means of communication, a way of increasing your knowledge and a way of connecting to the world.

Reading takes time and your time is precious. How much time does reading your emails and other correspondence take for you in a day? Do you try to read way too much, thinking that you must in order to keep up? Do you use reading as a distraction that does not serve you – aimlessly browsing on the web or reading things that you have no need for? Do you make sure you read the things that will keep your career moving forward? Do you give your full attention to what you are reading?

Be aware of your reading habits. Make sure they are serving you. Reading is central – use it to your maximum advantage.


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Summer Business Reading

Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times has compiled The Essential Summer Wall St. Reading List.  It is worth looking at. Your knowledge and insight about managing can take a leap by reading about the successes and failures of other managers and leaders. Sorkin’s list includes real-life accounts of business success and failure, biographies and modern and ancient analyses of how to succeed and lead. Whether you work in the private sector or not, these books can be powerful aids in developing your management acumen and talent.

The list of  books follow. I encourage you to check out the article for Sorkin’s explanation of why he chose each book.

Den of Thieves by James B. Stewart

Barbarians At The Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar

Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis

The Informant by Kurt Eichenwald

Indecent Exposure by David McClintick

Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamed

Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman

The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas L. Friedman

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller Sr by Ron Chernow

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli

The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing by Benjamin Graham

Wishing you good reading this summer! Are you reading any good books? Let me know.