September 3, 2021 | Authored by: Vindicia Team Blogs
Five books that inspired us this summer
While we live in a digital world, nothing can replace the pleasure of a slow, summer read. In fact, despite the huge choice of online channels, people in all age segments still love to consume books and literature – on average around 20%.
Even during vacation time, Vindicia is always looking for inspiration, both in the realm of e-commerce and subscriptions, and in our personal development. So, we thought it would be fun to check in and see what Vindicia’s leaders took down from the shelf this summer. Here’s our recommended summer reading (and they are great for fall, too):
Dying for a Paycheck by Jeffrey Pfeffer
Recommended by: Lana Moss, Head of People
“This book makes the case for wellness within the corporate world and the tangible health impacts that come into play if we do not address our employees’ needs for a healthy work environment. The pandemic gave everyone a moment for pause and reflection, and this book does the same about how we care for our employees. The positive outcome of wellness in the workplace can be seen not only in how our employees feel, but also in revenue dollars. Productivity pays, in health and happiness, as well as in business. Pfeffer’s book is a great read that highlights all this in a clear and direct way.”
The Art of Saying No by Damon Zahariades
Recommended by: Rima Khoury, VP Engineering
“This is one of my favorites, and I recommend it especially for the younger generation and those eager to advance their career. A short book, this little treasure teaches how to set boundaries and not let yourself be taken for granted – without feeling guilty. The author explores his struggle with being a people pleaser and explains the reasons why we tend to say yes when we should really say no. There are some great strategies here of how to finally know how to say no, and some dos and don’ts about how to say no the right way. A must read for anyone who wants or needs to strengthen their boundaries.”
Voyage Around My Room by Xavier de Maistre
Recommended by: Roy Barak, CFO COO
“These past 16 months, we’ve all spent a lot of time sheltering in place, staying home. So, I decided to read Voyage Around My Room, a fascinating and unique travelogue of a man placed under house arrest for 42 days. I definitely felt I could relate to that feeling, and I wanted to reminisce about the ‘good old days,’ when travel was something we all did. It was a wonderful escape and showed that it is possible to visit the most fascinating places, evening without leaving my own living room.”
The Forever Transaction by Robbie Kellman Baxter
Recommended by: Jesus Luzardo, VP Growth
“At Vindicia, we are continually reflecting on how to create powerful subscription models that drive growth for our customers. This book by strategy consultant Robbie Kellman Baxter is a classic in our field, uncovering some of the top inspiration and tools to take subscriptions to the next-gen level. I have been re-reading this book over the summer to refresh my approach in the post-vacation period, and return to work with a solid reminder of the foundations of this industry, why we do what we do, and how to build subscriptions that are ‘forever’.”
Tool of Titans by Tim Ferriss
Recommended by: Jay Deen, Chief Technology Officer
“Which of us doesn’t want to be ‘healthy, wealthy and wise?' While on vacation this summer, I enjoyed this read, with bite-sized chapters packed with interesting stories, anecdotes, and advice about living well and better. I’ve listened to a few of Tim’s podcasts before, so having the opportunity to read his musings in book format was a welcome extension and exploration of some of the things he’s discussed there. Highly recommended for both a professional and personal boost.”
Paperback or Kindle?
There is no better time than summer to catch up on new releases, re-read an old favorite, or brush up on the latest self-help advice. Get inspired by the books that inspired us, and we hope you will have an enjoyable reading break.
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