• Mary Elizabeth Wieder

M7 Book List 2022

Updated: Mar 16

Time to start the annual Book List with my reads for this year!

I don't have a particular method for how I choose my books. I like a mix of professional books related to my career in marketing, entrepreneurship and management, but I also like to throw novels and fiction in the mix as well to discover new authors and literature from other cultures. I also like to train my brain by switching between English and Italian language books!

  1. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov -- LINK

I started this book during winter holidays to expand my foreign literature knowledge. Known as one of the top novels of the 20th century and a classic in Russian literature, this book takes you on quite a fantasy ride through Moscow as residents frequently encouter the devil. Be prepared for a wild ride!

2. Start With Why: How great leaders inspire everyone to take action by Simon Sinek -- LINK

I know I am a bit late in getting to this book, it's about 10 years old now, and I had heard of the Golden Circle before but it was a great read to remind us WHY we do what we do. As a marketing professional and manager and the President of a non-profit, the takeaways from this book allowed me to reassess why I get up and go to work and continue to run a non-profit dedicated do gender equality. I have also started rethinking both my non-profit strategy and consultancy business strategy starting with the WHY.

3. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell -- LINK

Wow, it was difficult to put this book down! It gave haunting examples of what happens when we don't take the time to consider "the other" - or the fact we are talking with strangers. This is basic communication breakdown in our society, but on a much bigger scale with higher stakes and bigger consequences. How can we reevaluate our approach to communication with others to avoid misunderstanding, confrontation or something more serious (or even dangerous).

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