My 2017 Summer Reading List


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A blog post by Ron Scheese, President and CEO of Andesa 

I enjoyed the engagement with my blog readers when I released my 2016 summer reading list, so I had to take the opportunity for lightning to strike twice.  Self-described as an “Omnivorous Reader – Love the Beach” in my Twitter profile, I have had a life-long love affair with the written word.  So with summer again right around the corner, I have stocked up on sunscreen and books for the Memorial Day to Labor Day reading festivities. I offer up my 2017 Summer Reading List for your consideration:

Fares to Friends: How to Develop Outstanding Business Relationships

by Ed WallaFares to Friendsce

Knowing my proclivity for reading, my friend and former colleague Holly Wolf  provided me a copy of Ed Wallace’s Fares to Friends as an influential book in her life in marketing.  Ed’s focus on “Relational Capital” serves to remind us of the importance of moving our business contacts to the “relationship-for-life” level.


The Culturetopia Effect: How successful organizations create high performance and high fulfillment and how you can too

The Culturetopia Effect 
by Jason Young

Jason spoke at Andesa’s 2016 Client Forum last September, and Culturetopia has rested in the middle of a stack of books on my nightstand since. As we emphasize an effective ethical environment  at Andesa, I enjoy reading current thinking on enhancing culture and engagement.  Given Jason’s high energy and passion, looking forward to his latest offering.

The Girl With Seven Names

The Girl with Seven Names: Escape from North Korea

by Hyeonseo Lee

Recommended by a friend as “sad and fascinating.” There is so much more to life than business, and stories of the triumph of the spirit feed the soul.




The Ripperby Patricia Cornwell

One of my favorite fiction writers used her forensic talents to first pen a book on Jack the Ripper entitled Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper – Case Closed in 2002 (it has sat on my shelf unread for far too long).  In 2017, she released an updated and expanded edition in Ripper.  Not letting this edition collect dust.

History of Albright College 1856-1956

albright college
by Wilbur Gingrich & Eugene Barth

I love my alma mater, and I enjoy a good history account.  Published in 1955 with a dedication “To the students, past & present of Albright College, whose lives and deeds bear witness to the worth of Christian higher education,” I feel compelled to spend some time in reflection and gratitude.



by Daniel Pinkdrive

When a book is marketed as “forget everything you thought you knew about….., ”  then that’s a book for me.  A fan of Daniel Pink’s prior books, his latest on motivation promises to be stimulating and thought-provoking.  A recommendation to me by Andesa’s new Human Resources Manager moved it higher onto my priority read list.



Gettysburg & Leadership

by Dr. James Osterhaus
I enjoy Jim’s books about leadership, and his coaching has been a blessing in my life. So while I’m a little spoiled in receiving an advanced copy of his yet-to-be-published latest volume, I would commend his prior works on relationships, leadership and conflict as well.


Blue Ocean Strategy

blue ocean strategy
by W. Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne
Also recommended to me by a friend, Blue Ocean Strategy is one of those classic business books which upends thinking about strategy (there’s that theme of thinking differently – forgetting all that you know). This one has been waiting for me to crack it open, and I look forward to reading Blue Ocean while at the beach.


As always, I might have room to squeeze in a couple more books this summer, and I certainly need to start thinking about an autumn reading list.  Would love to hear your latest recommendations – so please share.

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