If you’re like us, you’re always looking for another book to add to your reading list. Here are 5 books recommended by Aileron’s Board of Trustees.
Portfolio Life: The New Path to Work, Purpose and Passion After 50 by David D. Corbett
Author David Corbett, a thought leader on life transitions for leaders and executives, tackles a subject that is on the mind (or will be on the mind) of seasoned business professionals. Namely, he offers a new way to approach living in “extended middle age.” The book covers a concept called the “life portfolio,” which is a balanced mix of work, learning, leisure, family time, and giving back. For those looking for a thoughtful read that combines content about (re)discovering your calling, the entrepreneurial spirit, spirituality, the role of legacy, and more—this book is for you. On the reading list of Tim Mathile
The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk and Adventure in the 25 Years After 50 by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, a sociologist, has coined the term “Third Chapter” to describe all the possibilities people have later in life. Sara writes about lessons and strategies for those who feel burned out or stressed out, and she describes ways in which people she’s studied have dealt with such issues in their own lives. For readers either looking at a new stage of life, or for readers who feel like perhaps something is missing from their current life, this book has much to offer. On the reading list of Tim Mathile
Small Giants by Bo Burlingham
Veteran journalist and editor Bo Burlingham shares the stories of multiple private businesses (ranging from small to mid-sized) that all choose to intentionally put purpose before profit. In doing this, and having a focus on people development, the companies explored in the book are made that much more remarkable. Although the companies Bo explores range across industries, the leaders all consciously choose to be great at a what they do, rather than just focus solely on endless growth year after year. On the reading list of Clay Mathile
Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide To The Age Of Acceleration by Thomas L. Friedman
Have you ever felt like things around you have…just changed? It’s true our lives have been transformed, across the workplace, in politics, geopolitics, ethics, and even in our communities. In this book, Thomas L. Friedman offers a perspective about what’s reshaping the world today (and why). Just as important, he also suggests what we need to be able to do to adjust, manage stress, continue to build meaningful relationships, and to thrive in this new age of acceleration. Business leaders interested in looking to the future, while re-imagining work and community, should add this to their reading list. On the reading list of Margie Blanchard
The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Thomas L. Friedman
Drawing on his interviews with people from around the globe (from people in the Amazon rain forest, to new entrepreneurs in Indonesia, to Islamic students in Teheran), author Thomas L. Friedman offers a compelling look at the idea of globalization. Rather than seeing it as a passing trend, he explains how globalization has influenced and changed our lives as we know it.
All in a straightforward way, Thomas describes a new lens for seeing how the world really works; he describes the conflict of “the Lexus and the olive tree,” in reference to the tension between globalization and the forces that include culture, geography, tradition, and community. On the reading list of Margie Blanchard
Run Your Business, Don’t Let It Run You
Running your own business can be daunting: long days, a lack of freedom, no time for family and friends, and the unrelenting pressure to keep up the pace.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. You can evolve to become a conscious leader who sets direction, operationalizes objectives, monitors and controls results, and involves others along the way. In Run Your Business, Don’t Let It Run You, you’ll uncover the story of how Clay Mathile, who grew the Iams Company from $500K to $1 billion in sales, discovered and applied proven management fundamentals to his business. Hear the story, directly from Clay, on how he went from working in the business, to working on the business.
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