Escape into a Book

Everyone needs a getaway from time to time. Tom and Susan are spending a month in Santa Barbara. They’re enjoying the change of pace from New England.

Taking a break, doing something new, changing your mindset can lead you to innovate and create more unique work product. Try to change your mindset occasionally–whether it’s a stay someplace sunny or a warm bath with a great book.

Tom has long contended, “Great fiction beats professional tomes when it comes to management instruction. Why? Enterprises are nothing other than canvases upon which human dramas are enacted.”

Here are Tom’s most recent recommendations for fiction reads:

  • Anthem, by Noah Hawley
  • 2034: A Novel of the Next World War, by Elliot Ackerman and Admiral James Stavridis
  • Cloud Cuckoo Land, Anthony Doerr
  • The Daughters of Mars, by Thomas Keneally
  • The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse, by Charlie Mackesy
    Tom’s current recommendations for non-fiction may include some professional tomes, but also art, history, meditation, and other topics:

  • This Is How They Tell Me How the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race, by Nicole Perlroth
  • The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World With Kindness, by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval
  • The Power of Small: Why Little Things Make All the Difference, by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval
  • Bruegel. The Complete Paintings. 40th Edition. by Jürgen Müller
  • The B Corp Handbook: How You Can Use Business as a Force for Good, by Ryan Honeyman and Tiffany Jana
  • Liars: Falsehood and Free Speech in an Age of Deception, by Cass R. Sunstein
  • Meditation Now or Never, by Steve Hagen
  • Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence That Caring Makes a Difference, by Stephen Trzeciak and Anthony Mazzarelli
  • Midnight in Chernobyl, by Adam Higginbotham