Liane Davey’s Summer Reading List

June 27, 2018

Liane Davey is the co-founder of 3COze, and a keynote speaker, facilitator, and bestselling author. Her newest book, The Good Fight: Use Productive Conflict to Get Your Team and Organization Back on Track (and Regain Your Sanity Along the Way), is coming out in Spring 2019.

Into the Blast Furnace: The Forging of a CEO’s Conscience, by Courtney Pratt and Larry Gaudet
I read this book when it first came out in 2009—back when reading about a failing Canadian steel company was still shocking. I was surprised by what I found behind the cover. This wasn’t just a book about a failing industry, and creditor protection, and obnoxious hedge fund managers. This is a book is about the flawed and fragile humans that inhabit our businesses—the ones that make decisions that impact tens of thousands of lives. I’m going to read this one again this summer. I need a reminder that great leaders have a strong conscience. But I promise, Into the Blast Furnace is as much of a juicy beach read as any murder mystery or romance novel you’ll find. I highly recommend you pick it up. 

Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts, by Ryan Holiday
I’m in the midst of writing my third book and fretting and sweating about making it worthy. I’ve just started Ryan Holiday’s book in search of the secret formula to writing a book that really makes a difference in the world. I’m 100 pages in and enjoying the stories of successful authors, song writers, restaurant owners, and product designers.

The Business of Expertise: How Entrepreneurial Experts Convert Insight to Impact and Wealth, by David C. Baker
I met David Baker while I was in Boston to give a speech. I thoroughly enjoyed his company and immediately wanted more of his wisdom. Thankfully, he’s distilled it into a book, which is now atop my pile. I’m keen to understand the essential elements of building and selling expertise, particularly in a world where so many of the speakers and consultants I bump into could be better classified as entertainers rather than experts.

A Bigger Prize: How We Can Do Better than the Competition, by Margaret Heffernan
I saw Margaret speak at an event and loved her frank and controversial talk. She threw out some doozies for corporate advisors like me. Here’s a taste, “management has science envy,” “Auditors and consultants have become alibis [to our clients]…we have become invested in their success and can no longer be objective,” and “Competition isn’t working.” Now I can’t wait to dig in to her book.

For more summer reading inspiration check out our reading lists from Howard Green, Michael Bungay Stanier, and Allan Dib!


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Allan Dib’s Summer Reading List

June 25, 2018

Allan Dib is an author, serial entrepreneur, marketer, and technology expert. His book The 1-Page Marketing Plan: Get New Customers, Make More Money, And Stand Out From The Crowd has a 4.8* rating on Amazon with over 700 reviews.

Life CEO: Take charge, and start doing your Life’s Work not your busy work, by Dr. Ben Carvosso
In this book Dr. Carvosso takes us on a journey to doing our life’s work rather than busy work. Life CEO is highly actionable and insightful and easy-to-read. Use this book as a framework for helping you reconnect with your purpose and take charge of your life.

Pre-Suasion:A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade, by Robert Cialdini
In what is effectively a sequel to his bestseller Influence, Cialdini delves deep into many of the conditions that set up an environment for persuasion. This book is filled with examples based on his and others people’s research which makes for a fascinating and eye opening read. Pre-Suasion is required reading for anyone who needs to get someone to say “yes”.

How to Get Rich: One of the World’s Greatest Entrepreneurs Shares His Secrets, by Felix Dennis
As the title suggest this book unashamedly tells all about the key concepts that made Felix Dennis a millionaire many times over and his insights on how you can do the same. However, this is no business text book. It’s Felix’s own story about his struggles to become and remain wealthy and it is delivered in an accessible and often  hilarious way.

For more summer reading inspiration check out our reading lists from Howard Green, Michael Bungay Stanier, and Liane Davey!

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Michael Bungay Stanier’s Summer Reading List

June 22, 2018

We asked a few Page Two authors to put together their summer reading lists for your summer reading inspiration! Our second list is from Michael Bungay Stanier, the founder and CEO of Box of Crayons. He’s also the author of several books, including the The Coaching Habit and Do More Great Work. Michael has written for or been featured in numerous publications including Business Insider, Fast Company, Forbes, The Globe & Mail and The Huffington Post.

The Challenger Sale: Taking Control of the Customer Conversation, by Matthew Dixon & Brent Adamson
I’ve read many books on sales, and none of them have got me excited. This one turns conventional wisdom on its end (“build relationships”) and says instead: teach, provoke, lead.

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries of Daily Life, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Speaking of provocative, Nassim Nicholas Taleb never pulls his punches. I’d love his books to be edited a little tighter, but I fully expect this book on balancing risk and impact to be as eye-opening as The Black Swan.

Women & Power: A Manifesto, by Mary Beard
Mary Beard’s SPQR was an epic read. This is a short but I suspect potent manifesto on the roots of misogyny and women’s exclusion from power.

For more summer reading inspiration check out our reading lists from Howard Green, Liane Davey, and Allan Dib!

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Howard Green’s Summer Reading List

June 19, 2018

Howard Green's Summer Reading ListWe asked a few Page Two authors to put together their summer reading lists for your summer reading inspiration! Our first list includes three books and one “summer reading project” from bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster and filmmaker Howard Green. His newest book, Railroader: The Unfiltered Genius and Controversy of Four-Time CEO Hunter Harrison, is coming out on September 18th.

Faster, Higher, Farther

Arrogance, cheating, humiliation, family dynamics—and the near ruination of a global brand. What more could you want in a book, and a business book, at that? Even better, there’s a movie in the works, so you can read first and then see how Leonardo DiCaprio fashions the story for the big screen. The book is Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal. It’s not surprising DiCaprio glommed onto it. Not only is Leo an environmentalist and film force, but the book is a tour de force by a superb reporter, Jack Ewing, who’s been based in Germany for The New York Times. The arrogance of the automaker was staggering, and as Ewing reveals, it could be traced back to the culture of what’s essentially a family business, something you may not have known about VW. If you want a business book that lays bare how family culture, combined with business pressures and human behavior led to the disgrace of a national icon, read this book.

The American Spirit

In this attention-deficit era of social media, if you want a short-ish book that packs a punch of inspiration and wisdom, try David McCullough’s The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For. It’s a collection of his speeches and amounts to a wonderful antidote to all the Trump manure. McCullough, of course, is the master presidential biographer of Truman and John Adams, both of which are beautiful, stirring books, but not short! In this book of speeches, you hear the full timbre of McCullough’s finely-aged baritone, familiar to all who’ve heard him narrate documentaries on PBS. It’s thin in size, but thick in content. Slip it into your carry-on for a gentle, but thoughtful read on the plane.

The Gatekeepers

And here’s one about tough guys. Chris Whipple’s The Gatekeepers—a chronicle of the White House chiefs-of-staff since Eisenhower—is a brilliant, fast-paced read about the hard-headed bunch who’ve worked 24/7 in the post-war presidency. Their principal qualification? They have to be unafraid to speak truth to power, i.e. tell the leader of the free world he’s wrong. Whipple was a producer for 60 Minutes, so he knows how to grab you and keep things moving.

President Carter

Finally, if you want a lengthy summer reading project, then dig into this new and fascinating presidential biography. President Carter is by Stuart Eizenstat, who worked alongside Jimmy Carter at The White House. We get everything in this one. From Carter correcting staffers’ grammar to negotiating a peace agreement between Egypt and Israel, to suffering through American hostages being held by Iran, to beating back Ted Kennedy’s challenge to Carter’s re-nomination in 1980. Frequently viewed as a presidential failure, Jimmy Carter, we learn, did much. Among his accomplishments: appointing inflation-killer Paul Volcker as Fed Chairman and setting aside more land for conservation than any other president, including Teddy Roosevelt. Here’s the review I posted on Amazon:

“For anyone who loves a deeply researched presidential biography in the spirit of McCullough or Meacham, Stuart Eizenstat contributes richly to the form with a sweeping look at Jimmy Carter. Capturing Carter’s range of qualities, from the admirable to the maddening, Eizenstat’s volume is both scholarly in its approach, yet intimate and personal in its touch. “President Carter” is an even-handed assessment, never drifting into sentimentality, although at times moving and frequently human. The author reminds us of Carter’s successes—ones the public seems utterly unaware of—but also dissects the failures, taking Carter to task while accepting his own responsibility for certain fumbles. One is left with an impression of a man who, in frightfully turbulent times, was extraordinarily devoted to the job and tried incredibly hard to do what was right. Unfortunately, his righteous, overworked, molecular style was also a weakness. But in an age of unhinged presidential tweets, an endless series of Oval Office untruths, and a Commander-in-Chief lacking a moral compass, it’s much easier to forgive Carter’s failings. Eizenstat worked on this book over decades, producing a work of quality that will be of value to lay readers, history buffs and historians.”

For more summer reading inspiration check out our reading lists from Liane Davey, Michael Bungay Stanier, and Allan Dib!

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Welcoming Our New Client, Dr. Rumeet Billan!

June 8, 2018

Rumeet BillanWe’re delighted to announce that we’re working with Dr. Rumeet Billan, CEO, learning architect, and award-winning entrepreneur!

The CEO and president of Viewpoint Leadership and Jobs in Education is committed to creating social impact through her entrepreneurial work, and her mission has always been to raise students’ potential by designing experiences that build resilience. As a learning architect, she led the development of a pioneering program in social entrepreneurship at Humber College—the first of its kind in Canada—and is currently the developer and lead facilitator for a new, innovative program in strategic leadership at McMaster University. After speaking about the future of education at TEDx Halifax, the highly-lauded talk was later adapted into a workshop, titled Who do you want to be when you grow up? ™, for students in Ontario.

Billan founded Viewpoint Leadership in 2014 to provide professional and personal development through a series of programs, workshops, and keynote speeches. She has designed and facilitated courses and training sessions across industries and sectors, for clients in Canada and abroad such as BMO Financial, University of Toronto, PDN: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and G(irls)20.

Since 2004, Billan has contributed to various social impact initiatives that improve the accessibility and quality of education in North America, South America, and Africa. In addition to building schools, supporting scholarships, breakfast programs, and soccer tournaments, her vision led to the creation and development of a teacher’s college in rural Kenya. Billan’s professional achievement and the impact of her work earned her the Desmond Parker Outstanding Young Alumni Award from University of Toronto, and the Leaders and Legends Award from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. By the time Billan turned twenty-eight, she has been named—twice—as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network.

The CEO, speaker, and learning architect has written about entrepreneurship, leadership, and education for The Globe and Mail, The Financial Post, Metro News, Professionally Speaking, The Canadian Teacher Magazine, and Global Citizen Digest among others. She is currently a contributor at Forbes, where she is writing about the importance of emotional resilience and psychological capital in the workplace, and writing a picture book about the importance of kids thinking about who they want to become—not just what they want to be.

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