The Summer Reading Challenge

Summer is a perfect time to disconnect and dive into a good read. Whether it’s on a beach, or on your couch, here are some of our favourite books to curl up with.

Spoiler alert: these reads are from our recommended reading list within the Manager Start Line program – geared toward leveling up your leadership skills.

Our challenge to you: pick a book from this list below and challenge two friends to read it with you before the end of August. Your patio chats will be that much more enjoyable!

Ready? Let’s go!

1. What to Do When It’s Your Turn (and It’s Always Your Turn) by Seth Godin

Seth? Not just an ordinary friend of ours.

This book? Definitely not your ordinary book of his.

The aesthetic has a magazine look and feel and the content is real and honest. It’s all about embracing the tension that exists in your life and doing work that truly matters to you.

2. The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander

If you feel stuck and don’t know what your next move should be, this is a great read to create inspiring possibilities for any area in your life that you want to transform.

3. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story by Dan Harris

We all have that little voice inside our heads. Sometimes it’s friendly, and other times…not so much. Either way, we listen to it. In this book, Dan Harris shares his experience on listening to that voice, having a public panic attack, and finding effective ways to reign in the chatter and live a happier life.

4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

An oldie but a goodie. The title says it all.

5. One Minute Manager Meets The Monkey, Ken Blanchard by William Oncken, & Hal Burrows

The ‘monkey’ is the responsibility or problem that gets passed from your employee’s back to yours. If you’re the manager that solves everyone else’s problems and experiences high anxiety and stress because of it, this book is filled with golden nuggets for you.

6. Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Malone Scott

“When you say um after every third word, you sound stupid.”

Sounds harsh, but Kim Scott shares her experience about getting this straight ‘radical candor’ from a previous manager at Google (none other than Sheryl Sandberg) and how it helped her grow and succeed in the rest of her career.

7. Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations by Rich Karlgaard & Michael S. Malone

Are you building a new team? Or, switching up the current one you have? This book dives into planning, designing, and managing effective and productive teams. Don’t rely on luck, be intentional.

8. Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck–Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Jim Collins & Morten T. Hansen

We live in a go-go-go world, especially when it comes to growing our organizations and teams. ‘Act now’ has become a default and we’re constantly working against time and uncertainty. But how do some organizations thrive in chaos and others don’t? If you like research and data-driven reads, this a great study on how choice, not chance, leads to greatness.

9. The Behaviour Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money by Carl Richards

Do you want to transform your relationship with how you handle money and budgets? Move this one to the top of your list. Learn how to simplify your financial life and stop losing money.

10. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin

This is our second Seth book on the list and with good reason.

Do you have a consistent internal struggle about being a leader? Do you look to others to lead teams rather than looking at yourself? If yes, pick up this book and find your leadership. It’s in you (yes, YOU), so stop fighting it.


So, choose your book, invite two of your friends to read it with you, and ensure your summer vacation is a step (up) in the right direction for your leadership, your team, and your life.

Happy reading!

Matt Corker
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