5 Must-Read Books to Kickstart Your Year of Growth

In this episode,  Emma shares her list of must-read books for personal and professional development in 2024. From redefining retirement strategies in “Quit Like a Millionaire” to discovering the power of purpose-driven leadership in “Start with Why,” Emma shares titles such as “Glossy,” providing a behind-the-scenes look at Glossier’s rise and marketing innovations. This episode serves as a comprehensive guide for those seeking inspiration and actionable insights from noteworthy reads.

Listen in as we speak about:

  • Quit Like a Millionaire: Redefining Retirement
  • Start with Why: Leadership and Marketing Insights
  • Glossy Ambition: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Glossier
  • Come up for Air: Streamlining Team Efficiency
  • The Making of a Manager: Navigating Leadership Challenges

And much, much, more!

Quit Like a Millionaire: Redefining Retirement

Emma first dives into the book “Quit Like a Millionaire” by Bryce Leung and Kristy Shen. The book challenges traditional notions of retirement and introduces the concept of financial independence to retire early (FIRE). Emma shares her unique perspective on the book, emphasizing how it prompts her to reconsider her approach to retirement planning. While she may not adopt all the extreme strategies outlined in the book, Emma appreciates the new lens it provides for her financial future.

Start with Why: Leadership and Marketing Insights

Emma moves on to discuss “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek, a book that not only imparts lessons on effective leadership but also explores the marketing aspect of organizations. She highlights the book’s central theme – the success of brands rooted in a clear purpose. Emma reflects on how this philosophy influences her leadership style and marketing strategies. With a focus on Gen Z’s inclination towards purpose-driven brands, she underscores the importance of understanding and communicating the ‘why’ behind a business.

Glossy Ambition: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Glossier

The third book on Emma’s list is “Glossy” by Marissa Meltzer, offering a biography of the beauty brand Glossier and its founder, Emily Weiss. Emma expresses her fascination with the narrative, comparing it to a reality show. The book not only narrates Glossier’s rise but also delves into early influencer marketing strategies. It provides a nostalgic journey through the girl boss era, highlighting the brand’s innovative approaches that shape today’s marketing landscape.

Come Up for Air: Streamlining Team Efficiency

Next on the list is “Come Up for Air” by Nick Sonnenberg, a book Emma considers one of her favorites of 2023. The book addresses a universal struggle – time management and team efficiency. While promising to save a day each week, Emma shares her personal takeaway, emphasizing the critical evaluation of existing processes, delegation, and the adoption of efficient systems. She recommends the book, especially for those building or managing teams.

The Making of a Manager: Navigating Leadership Challenges

Lastly, Emma discusses “The Making of a Manager” by Julie Zhuo, praising its applicability to leaders at various levels within an organization. The book emphasizes that great managers are developed through intentional efforts and explores tangible actions to enhance leadership skills. Emma reflects on how the book serves as a mirror for her leadership qualities and validates the journey of continuous improvement.

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Books Mentioned:

Quit Like A Millionaire

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Glossy: Ambition, Beauty, and the Inside Story of Emily Weiss’s Glossier

Come Up For Air: How Teams Can Leverage Systems and Tools to Stop Drowning in Work

The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You

Rich As F*ck: More Money Than You Know What to Do With

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