Michelle Constant's Summer Reading Picks

One thing I’ve learned as a CEO is that reading is a currency. When meeting someone new, I’m often asked, “What are you reading?” I love being able to share my response and hear the response of others. What someone is reading speaks to both their priorities and their curiosity. It also demonstrates an ongoing commitment to growth and betterment. Now more than ever, we are in a period of growth as a society and as individuals. To that end, here are my summer reading picks:

The Ride of a Lifetime by Bob Iger
Anyone who knows me knows that I love Disney, so this book was a natural draw. On top of that – and spoiler alert – it starts off with TWO disasters. There are lessons about leadership all throughout the book. I didn’t just read it, I devoured it.

Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
This book is about the power of memory. I’m good with people and names, but lets just say that there are some other areas of my memory that I’d like to improve. This book is about a writer’s journey into learning about World Memory Champs (did you know there was such a thing?) and it is filled with cool tips for improving your memory using techniques that have been around since the days of the great philosophers.

Education of an Idealist by Samantha Power
This book is about a woman who worked on the National Security Council, as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and she’s a mom. Need I say more? Speaking of amazing women, this was a recommendation from our friend, Lorraine Schneider.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
This is an oldie but goodie. It was elevated to my attention by Ryan Dufour – one of our amazing staffers here are CONSTANT. No matter what line of work you are in, having good people skills is a must, and even if you’ve read this book before, being a student of the art of people is always a good idea.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Reading this book served as one of my defining moments as a youngster. I vividly remember the day my mom @Joyce Constant asked me to read this book. I remember her doing one of the exercises in the book with me to entice me to read it. I was hooked and have been marching to the beat of Stephen Covey’s leadership principles ever since. This is a regular read for me, and this year is no exception.

The Great Influenza by John M. Barry
No doubt this is a top pick because of my inner disaster planner, but there is something comforting about knowing that we’ve been through a major pandemic before here on U.S. soil. This happened during my grandmother’s lifetime, which makes it that much more tangible. I feel like I’m channeling my inner @Ashley Slight with this pick.

As a Man Thinketh by John Allen
Ok, so we can debate the title. But there is no doubt that a person’s thoughts shape their reality. This is a fast read but its ability to quickly level set my own lens for viewing the world is tremendous.

Becoming by Michelle Obama
No matter what side of the aisle you are on, this is a must read. There is candid talk about life, juggling motherhood and the duties of a First Lady, and carving your own path.

The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams
This is an enlightening, uplifting discussion between two spiritual leaders about how to find joy in the face of suffering. And who doesn’t need more joy?

Let me know if you get a chance to read any of these picks! Also, be on the lookout for another summer reading list featuring picks from our own Constant Team.