A Holiday Reading List

In Chamber by Saralee Rhoads

If you’re like me, you’re looking at some extra downtime during the Thanksgiving holiday, and a good book sounds just about right. If inclement weather hits, and rain is in the forecast, a good read may be in your future. Here’s a couple good books to consider:

IoT for Dummies, by Lawrence C. Miller

I admit it, I had no clue. The internet of things? The idea that a whole new world of cyber business was evolving in that mysterious, spooky virtual realm took me completely by surprise, but it’s a great read. Here’s a few of the gems I picked up:

50% of business leaders worldwide either have or will be implementing a strategy incorporating IoT services this next year. By 2020, the IoT market in North America and Europe will jump to $1.2 trillion with a compound annual growth rate of 13.1%. Someone stands to be making a great deal of money through all of this.

As it turns out, there is a way to make the digital transition easier. Naturally, it involves pre-planning in three basic areas:

  • Scalability and efficiency
  • Management and connectivity
  • Security and social responsibility

Keeping abreast of shifts in the business culture, whether our businesses implement them or not, is a part of leadership. This book covers what the concept entails, along with how to plan and implement strategies for a successful shift to a more fluid internet commerce. I’d endorse this as a great read for Chamber members.

But let’s say this topic leaves you cold. Perhaps you’d be more interested in some self-improvement? I have another option for you:

The Ride of a Lifetime, by Robert Iger

Writing about lessons learned from 15 years as a CEO of the Walt Disney Corporation, Mr Iger displays a warm, engaging style. His life lessons on talent, optimism, respect, risk-taking and integrity make this valuable for everyone, no matter where you are in the food chain of your company.

Both in business and in life, we lead by example. His top ten characteristics of a good leader include

  • Optimism
  • Courage
  • Focus
  • Decisiveness
  • Curiosity
  • Fairness
  • Thoughtfulness
  • Authenticity
  • The relentless pursuit of perfection
  • Integrity

I loved this book! You, friends, represent the leaders of your businesses and our community, and your willingness to self-inspect, to grow, is what makes you the leaders you are…you’ll love this book as well. I found both books on my Kindle, so give them a look and see what you think!