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Books Worth the Time

By Digital River Blog Team / March 14, 2014

When you have free time to read, it’s sometimes hard to know which books are actually worth the time . . . so we asked some people at Digital River for their recommendations. If you are looking for a good book on leadership, here are a few that are worth checking out along with some key takeaways. Do you have a good book recommendation? Please share it in the comments field below.

John-Cullinane From: John Cullinane, director of product strategy

Title: Good To Great

Author: Jim Collins

Key Takeaway: It’s important to get the right people on the bus.

To build a successful team or company and maintain that success, you need to ensure you have the right people in the right positions and pulling in the same direction. Not all people are suited to management roles, and length of time in a company should never be a key decision factor in promotion to a management role. Identifying talent and getting the right people in the right positions is crucial to a company’s success.


Eric MoenFrom: Eric Moen, strategic marketing manager

Title: Good to Great

Author: Jim Collins

Key Takeaway: One of the main takeaway quotes for me was about the Hedgehog concept. “The key is to understand what your organization can be the best in the world at, and equally important what it cannot be the best at – not what it “wants” to be the best at. The Hedgehog Concept is not a goal, a strategy, or intention; it is an understanding.”

Sheer beauty and purity often comes in the simplest form. In the context of the Hedgehog Concept, it is understanding what you can be the best at – a principle that we can all apply in business and in everyday life. This allows you to be laser-focused and avoid intriguing distractions regardless of how good they sound at the time. The takeaway is to be agile while keeping focus on what you are passionate about, and most importantly, what you can be the best at.


Melissa FisherFrom: Melissa Fisher, vice president of corporate development, investor relations and treasury

Title: Leadership

Author: Rudy Guiliani

Key Takeaway: Never get too removed from the data.

That statement gets at the way to delegate work while staying connected to the data that goes into making a decision. As a leader, you should delegate but make sure you look at the evidence or data supporting the final conclusions yourself.


Sophanny_340_041813From: Sophanny Schwartz, senior vice president of human resources

Title: Fearless Leadership: How to Overcome Behavioral Blindspots and Transform Your Organization

Author: Loretta Malandro, Ph.D.

Key Takeaway: You should assume positive intent in all interactions. When you do that, your lens and actions become very different as you interact with teams and attend meetings.


Kathy-TomptFrom: Kathy Tompt, vice president of enterprise operations

Title: Fearless Leadership: How to Overcome Behavioral Blindspots and Transform Your Organization

Author: Loretta Malandro, Ph.D.

Key Takeaway:There are many valuable takeaways from this book that can be used daily in business interactions. A memorable one is the definition of Fearless Leadership: “The courage to take a bold stand, act decisively, and engage with others in an extraordinary way.”

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