Lifelong Learning and Summer Reading
Summer is a great time to relax, reset, and dive into a few good books. I love reading historical fiction and autobiographies, especially if I’m sitting under a beach umbrella.
I just finished My Life in Full by Indra Nooyi, who was an exceptional leader, mother, and wife. What struck me was her desire to learn about new businesses, products, supply chains, technology, and anything else that was placed in front of her. Reading about the challenges she faced as a woman growing her family and managing her demanding job was inspiring and a call to action for businesses worldwide to allow workplace flexibility. Indra was educated in India and eventually travelled to the Yale School of Management to further her education. She rose to fame as the first woman of color and immigrant to run a Fortune 50 company.
The next book which I am in the middle of, A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell, is also about an amazing, driven woman, Virginia Hall, who worked as a spy during WW II in occupied France. Virginia was the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines. Her courage, heroism, persistence, and ingenuity are truly amazing. Virginia was also disabled; she had a prosthetic leg. Her disability didn’t stop her from being one of the most highly regarded operatives working for Winston Churchill. Virginia grew up in Maryland, was educated in the United States, and then Europe where she learned several languages.
I learn so much by reading. I’m sure you do also. Do you have any suggestions for my summer reading list? I would love to hear from you.
Once summer ends, September is a great time to invest in professional development training programs for your staff. My calendar is starting to fill up for the fall. One of my popular programs is The Seven C's of Leadership, which I'm delivering to a new client in September. If you are interested in offering a training program or looking for a keynote speaker to kick off an event, send me an email today, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy the rest of the summer!
Regina Clark, CSP