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What are executives reading?

Author: Lydia Nadolski
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The choices of HH Global experts

It is no secret that successful leaders daily set aside time to learn. Even the busiest of business and world leaders discipline themselves to a daily reading schedule. An example for the rest of us -  if the most powerful and influential executives can make reading a habit, so can we.

As an important investment in time, book selection sheds insight into the inspirations of their passions, their commitment to self-improvement, skills to hone and perfect, as well as insight into personal motivations that fuels excellence in the workplace.

At HH Global, our leadership are no exception to the habits of lifelong learning and seekers of self-improvement. We asked our global executives to share what they are reading. Their responses give a glimpse into what has sparked their passion as HH Global marketing execution experts.

Here is the first of our series on books our leadership are reading:

Global CEO, Robert MacMillan

It is no surprise that as a self-made man, Robert’s interests are biographical accounts of people who have overcoming challenges to reach success. Robert’s current selection of  “Will It Make the Boat Go Faster” by Ben Hunt-Davis MBE - the story of the Great Britain's Men Rowing 8 and their journey to win a gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics - is an object lesson that applies to both business and personal improvement.

With a “focus on performance and the results will follow,” the book aligns to the HH Global value to “pursue excellence relentlessly” to capture everyday successes.

Americas, VP Human Resources, Cari Desiderio

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”  quotes Cari Desiderio from Dr. Seuss. Cari is a vivacious reader from the classics to the practical.

The business book that has been of influence to Cari is The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni which identifies the common obstacles and root causes that limit teams as well as the keys to overcome them.

For personal pleasure, Cari is currently reading the classic The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas as well as the works of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver.

Country Manager - Japan and Korea, Paul Jones

Paul is dedicated learner promoting innovative training methods throughout the APAC region.

“My tertiary education was around somatotyping,” states Paul. “I went looking for a business version and found it in The E-Myth by Michael Gerber.” Gerber outlines the growth of the business using the a metaphor of personal growth  - from infancy, through adolescence, to maturity of the entrepreneurial perspective highlighting the guidance by which all successful businesses achieve.

For enjoyment, Paul is working through another work on a highly successful entrepreneurial business - The Google Story - Inside the hottest business, media and technology success of our time by David A. Vise.

Have you been inspired by a recommendation to incorporate into your own daily habit? Ready to learn more from the HH Global experts? Contact us and continue to follow the HH Global’s readers.