Summer Reading List

Greencastle’s 2024 Summer Reading List

By Greencastle Consulting

Greencastle’s 2024 Summer Reading List

Have you finalized your summer reading list for those pool-side lounges and warm evenings?  Greencastle’s own, Rachelle Stoll, caught up with some of our team members to see what they’re packing for their summer vacations. From leadership to marketing and even some personal growth gems, check out the must-reads from your favorite professional problem solvers.

 

Joe Crandall – Chief Visionary, Greencastle Consulting

What I’m reading: Stillness Is the Key by Ryan Holiday

“It’s a valuable read for those seeking inner peace and mental clarity. The book combines wisdom from various disciplines, including philosophy, psychology, and spirituality, to offer timeless advice relevant to modern life. His engaging writing style makes complex ideas easy to understand and encourages personal growth through self-reflection. I’ve found that when I embrace the principles of stillness, it has helped me lead a more peaceful, focused, and fulfilling life.”

 

Eric DiamondChief Integrator, Greencastle Consulting

What I’m reading: The Go Giver by Bob Burg

“It shifts the traditional mindset about success in business from being self-focused to being others-focused. The book’s core message centers around the idea that giving—whether it’s of yourself, your time, your knowledge, or your resources—is the real secret to receiving more in return, not only in business but in all aspects of life.”

 

Adam Holstein – Vice President, Talent Management

What I’m reading: How To Know A Person by David Brooks

“As someone responsible for recruiting, interviews, training, and new hire onboarding at Greencastle, I found David Brooks’ book “How to Know a Person” profoundly insightful. My key takeaways include:

Active listening—truly knowing a person starts with listening—not just hearing the words, but understanding the emotions and intentions behind them.

Curiosity and openness – Maintaining a sense of curiosity and openness helps to avoid assumptions and fosters a culture of learning and growth.

Empathy and understanding – By genuinely understanding the experiences and viewpoints of others, we can create a more inclusive and supportive work environment.

Emotional intelligence – Being aware of and managing our own emotions while being sensitive to those of others helps build stronger relationships and a cohesive team.”

 

Lindsey Foulk – Vice President, Client Acquisition

What I’m reading: They Ask, You Answer by Marcus Sheridan

“It’s a must-read for marketers because it emphasizes a customer-centric approach to content creation, focusing on answering real customer questions to build trust and transparency. The book aligns with inbound marketing principles, providing practical, actionable insights and real-world examples. The book does a great job of talking about how this strategy enhances customer experience, aligns sales and marketing efforts, and supports long-term business growth by establishing authority and credibility. The author simplifies complex digital marketing concepts, making this book super easy to read and accessible for everyone–marketer or not.”

 

Nathan Booth – Senior Director, Project Management Expert

What I’m reading: How Big Things Get Done by Bent Flyvbjerg

“How Big Things Get Done” offers a refreshing mix of data and human psychology to make a case for why projects succeed or fail. The authors validate observations and best practices of experienced consultants with evidence derived from tens of thousands of projects. For project leaders, it provides insights into managing teams more effectively, understanding team dynamics, and ultimately improving project outcomes.”

 

Brad Kenny – Principal, Data & Analytics Expert

What I’m reading: DataStory by Nancy Duarte

“While many of us understand that we need to use data to inform decision makers, many data savvy folks have some skill gaps in the art of communication.  Duarte’s Data Story: Explain Data and Inspire Action Through Story gives the reader several tools that help us create narratives melding together data, language, and visualizations to drive our points and recommendations home.”

 

Pat Curran – Director, Process Improvement Expert

What I’m reading: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

“I appreciate this book because it mixed a fictional narrative into the learning objectives. A new executive takes over an organization, she navigates through observing, putting an offsite workshop together with her department heads, and figuring out how to improve the performance of the organization. As she travels through each core topic, it brings together team members.”

 

Tabitha Ogle – Associate Consultant, Change Management  Expert

What I’m reading: Think Again by Adam Grant

“Written by an organizational psychologist, Adam explores the power of rethinking your way to open mind. He addresses numerous social and psychological theories that limited our own ability to see and interact with others in a meaningful way. He encourages self-reflection and growth throughout the entire book.  

This book holds a lot of ah’ha moments and made me stop and rethink social interactions or emotional responses to others. I love the concept he describes as our typical patterns of thinking and exploring the world. As a consultant this helped me find more compassion and understanding for those who are operating on a heavy bias lens. It also helped me reduce the emotional impact that those people had on me.”


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