Summer Reading – Share a Book Review!

As summer gently rolls along, there’s nothing more relaxing than hanging out on the beach and reading a good book. Especially if that scene is accompanied by a bottle of wine.

I recently finished reading The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz, who left an international banking job in her 20’s to start the Acumen Fund. Today, Acumen operates as a social venture capital fund, investing millions of dollars and providing business coaching to promising enterprises around the world. Novogratz coined the term “patient capital”, suggesting that the problems of the world could be solved through business, but that the approach investors must take to realize success will require understanding, collaboration with local cultures, and most importantly, patience. Definitely a good read if you’re looking for some inspiration!

Just a couple of days ago I picked up the book Five Seconds at a Time by Denis Shackel. Although I’m not usually a fan of business and leadership books, Shackel presents an interesting perspective. He argues that successful leadership is not about a position, but about disposition. What sets successful leaders apart – what enables them to make the impossible possible – is personal character, authenticity, and integrity. I can’t wait to finish this and start working on my personal development plan!

What are you reading?? Share something you’d recommend and maybe provide a quick review.

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