Newsletter: Our Summer Reading & Podcast Roundup

2021 summer reading roundup

You’ve likely heard about the concept that if you look at the five closest people in your life, you’ll see a rough picture of who you are. I think it’s the same for books (or podcasts, articles, etc.). The books you treasure most, your go-tos, provide a clear reflection of your priorities and your interests. In that vein, I think what we read and the information we take in should reflect not only who we are, but also who we want to be. What are you reading to feed your interests and aspirations?

If you need some ideas, we share a list of our favorites each year in July. (You can see last year’s here, and 2019’s here). This year, we asked some avid readers and listeners on our team and in our network to share some of their favorites.

Here are their recommendations:

Strategy Consultant Rosa Maria Villagomez is a fan of Lenny Kravitz’s memoir Let Love Rule and the podcast Think Fast, Talk Smart: Communication Techniques for practical public speaking tips.

Tom Bacon, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Civicap, recommends James Nestor’s Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art and the Audible Original from Steve Earle, The Moment In 1965 When Rock and Roll Becomes Art.

Executive Coach Robert Friedland cites Ten Steps to Authenticity by Norma Hollis as a must-read.

Tammira Philippe, President & CEO of Bridgeway Capital, recommends Simon Sinek’s Start With Why, Daniel Pink’s DRiVE, and Conscious Capitalism by Mackey and Sisodia.

Productivity expert Holly Uverity loves the book It’s About Time: The Six Styles of Procrastination and How To Overcome Them.

Andrew Dillon, a Partner at Nathan Sommers Jacobs, flagged Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents and Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys as good reads, along with the Jon Meacham podcasts It Was Said and Hope, Through History.

Marketing Consultant and small business owner Claire Holmes counts How I Built This With Guy Raz and My Daily Business Coach in her top 5 podcasts. 

Bryan Sanchez, CEO of Lionstone Investments, enjoyed The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson, a book “about Churchill’s first year as PM during the blitz. It is a story that inspires how to carry on in the face of adversity and uncertainty.”

What are your favorite books and podcasts? 


Precious Williams Owodunni | CEO & Founder of Mountaintop Consulting

This letter was originally published in Mountaintop Consulting’s monthly newsletter. You can read the full newsletter here.

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