SBJ/July 11-17, 2011/People and Pop Culture
Executives and sports figures talk about what they’ll be reading on vacation this summer
Published July 11, 2011, Page 34
COO, business operations, Ticketmaster
“Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization,” by Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright
Our company has always been filled with really good leaders. As we look at who we want to be in the future of an increasingly dynamic industry, we’re always looking for ways to evolve and improve the interactions between our leaders and their people.
“Through My Eyes,” by Tim Tebow and Nathan Whitaker
“We First: How Brands and Consumers Use Social Media to Build a Better World,” by Simon Mainwaring
We’re making big bets and getting big returns in social commerce. Social is here to stay, and mobile is truly the future.
“Petunia,” by Roger Duvoisin
I have a 2 1/2-year old who loves ducks!
EVP, Turner Sports Ad Sales and Marketing
I look forward to reading this book since I’ll be spending some quality time with my family there this summer.
“Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN,” by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales
This should be an interesting read to learn lessons from the positive and negative, while thinking about the potential future of the business.
Chairman, CEO, head of sports practice, Winstead PC
I am a fan of the fictional criminal lawyer Michael Haller, who is forced to deal with the tension between zealously representing his client, accused of a brutal sexual attack, and the moral dilemma when he discovers that his client is not the innocent that he protests to be.
“Twenty Thirty (2030): The Real Story of What Happens to America,” by Albert Brooks
Working in an industry that is always looking into the future to gauge market interest in sports and entertainment, I look forward to Albert Brooks’ somewhat provoking and perhaps scary view of where American society might be headed. We are the victims and beneficiaries of an amazing social experiment and it gives us food for thought as to what type of world we are creating for our children and grandchildren.
“Too Big To Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System — and Themselves,” by Andrew Ross Sorkin
CMO, USA Water Polo
It’s a true story of the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico, their incredible running capabilities, and what the author learned from immersing himself in their culture; sounds fascinating.
“Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are,” by Rob Walker
Need at least one business book. Described as part marketing, part cultural anthropology … sounds good to me!
Compilation of true stories from women about how confidence from participating in sports transformed their lives. Always need an inspirational story in the mix.
“Eden’s Outcasts,” by John Matteson
It’s a biography of Louisa May Alcott. As a kid I was obsessed by her books, Little Women, etc. Interested to learn more about the author.
EVP and executive editor, ESPN
Founder and CEO, Blue Sky Sports & Entertainment
I read a touching article about the author on Yahoo! and am very intrigued to read this memoir. It is by a 22-year-old girl who found herself jobless and homeless in the Great Recession. I have a feeling it will change my opinion about the “homeless.”
I like novels that are set in a historical time period, and this book takes place in post-Depression America and depicts life in a traveling circus. The main character is a 90-year-old man, which ought to be interesting. But the main reason I plan to read it is that one of my best friends said I would love it, which is good enough for me.
Two or three of Emily Giffin’s novels. I have read the first two and found them quick, fun reads, which is just what I like to read on the beach. I love to laugh out loud, and her books usually do the trick; nothing too serious, as I need to be able to stop and start it frequently since I will have one eye on my 4-year-old.