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Winter Reading

I have a busy semester with a very heavy workload, but I do hope to get started on my winter reading - Not textbooks for a change! I have a short list of books that have come recommended by my friends, family and professors that are entertaining, relevant and well-written to cover. Here are a few of the books that I plan to read (or reread) this winter, and why you should too. Already read them all? Fear not, I will have a few more book lists in the future!


First on my list is an absolute classic. Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People" is never out of style. It is no secret that business is formed on strong relationships. But so is university classes, group work, riding teams and really anything you do in your life!

Second is a reread for me, but I never grow tired of "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell. I have enthusiastically read all of Gladwell's books but I see the star of his collection is "Outliers". Perhaps it is the brilliant situations or people presented, but it continues to be a relevant book in all fields of my life. You have to follow up with the rest of Gladwell's works or switch to William Thorndike Jr. to look at "The Outsiders".


How many hours to become REALLY GOOD at something?!


My next book is a new one. I recently attend a DeGroote event with my friend Aysha focused around a discussion between one of our professors, Teal McAteer and another professor named Maja Jovanovic. 'Professor Maja' has a stellar book called "Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing!". Similar to "Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office", the book looks to identify and help common faults that female professionals face.  Both books look at the unconscious mistakes women make and how to but a stop to it!


Some staples of my "Commerce Readings" include "Good to Great" by Jim Collins and "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg. These are MUST reads! Collins explores how good companies become great ones, but a lot can be applied to individuals. Sandberg examines women’s progress in achieving leadership roles, why it has stalled and offers compelling, common sense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential. The Graduates version has a LOT of career advice!



Finally, one of my go-to books over the past decade (I kid you not) is "Art of War" by Sun Tzu. The book is attributed to the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu. It explores 13 aspects of warfare and how each can apply to military strategy and tactics… but some good reading can help you see its relevance in your life!

Fear not! If you have read all of these, there are so many great books that will be in my future reading lists!


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