8 Purposeful Reads in 2016


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In a recent online social media post, Tammy Staudt, Andesa’s Marketing Coordinator described me as “My CEO, Ron Scheese, reads more than anyone I know!”  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 fast approaching, sunscreen and beach chair in hand, I offer up my 2016 Summer Reading List for your consideration.

Good Profit - CopyGood Profit: How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World’s Most Successful Companies
by Charles G. Koch

Good Profit outlines the management strategy which helped build success at Koch Industries.  The Andesa Board of Directors is reading and discussing as part of its August Board meeting.

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Leading on Purpose: Sage Advice and Practical Tools for Becoming the Complete Leader
by Timothy Thomas and Rip Tilden

Rip will be offering the keynote address at Andesa’s Client Forum in September. Leading on Purpose offers practical tips and lessons on leadership to assist in developing the purposeful executive.

One LOne light still shinesight Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting
by Marie Monville

I was privileged to hear Marie speak earlier this year and had to pick up her book.  There is so much more to life than business, and spiritual readings feed the soul.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
by Stephen Covey

Love to dust off a classic each year, and I haven’t read Covey in quite some time.  As an added bonus, I found a self-study course which qualifies for credit toward my CPA license.

red zone blue zoneRed Zone, Blue Zone:  Turning Conflict into Opportunity
by James Osterhaus, Joseph Jurkowski and Todd Hahn

I am a huge fan of TAG Consulting and enjoy coaching sessions with Jim Osterhaus.  Conflict management has always been a struggle for me, so Red Zone, Blue Zone offers practical tips for greater success.

End of Watch

by Stephen Kingstephen king

I am highly anticipating the June 7th release date for King’s third book in the Mr. Mercedes’ killer trilogy. The psycho-thriller suspense is a “can’t put down, don’t sleep until I’m done” saga.  I’ll likely go back and read Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers again before starting End of Watch. Besides, think how much more boring I would be if all I read were business books all summer.

one click - CopyOne Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com
by Richard Brandt

Similar to Good Profit, I enjoy books about business success and what combination of culture, strategy and leadership drives an organization.  I anticipate One Click will offer further insight into Jeff Bezos, one of my business heroes.

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The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life’s Perfection
by Michael Singer

Recommended to me by a friend, The Surrender Experiment chronicles the author’s journey when, after a spiritual awakening, he lets go of personal references and simply follows life’s opportunities.  Another “there’s more to life than business” book to keep me grounded.

One of these will likely be the next Andesa Services Book Club offering. 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 recommendations – please share.

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