Reading to Change Up Your Thinking

Posted on 03/31/2015

Jumping GoldfishIt’s officially spring and a time when many of us pause to take stock of things, revamp plans and renew our energy and thinking. Along these lines, I’m often asked what I read regularly. While I don’t read a lot of books and when I do, I read mostly non-fiction (I love biographies), I am an avid reader of news and other information. I read mostly in digital formats – anything on my Kindle, online magazines, various websites, blogs and various lists on Twitter. Below are some of my favorite blogs and sites to read that are not part of the mainstream news media. I hope you enjoy them as well and add them to your favorites list this spring.

The Drew Blog: Drew Neisser is the CEO of Renegade and is one of the most connected and articulate experts on marketing. His frequent interviews with CMOs are insightful and great quick reads. If you need ideas, this is the blog to spur new thinking.

Margaret Molloy’s LinkedIn Posts:  Margaret is the CMO and Head of Business Development at Siegel and Gale and a brilliant writer. She can distill key themes, trends and insights into simple posts that anyone can use. Margaret is a well-known thought leader in B2B and digital marketing. She also has a fantastic twitter stream @MargaretMolloy.

The Five Abilities: Rick Wong, a long time master of enterprise sales, is one of those rare people that every time you talk to him, you learn something new.  Whether you are in an official sales role or have a role that requires you to convince executives and others to adopt a plan, this site has solid, actionable advice.

Digital Age of Marketing: This blog by Tami Cannizzaro, VP Global Marketing for IBM, is a must read for current trends and thinking in digital marketing. Tami writes from the front lines of marketing with a style that is pragmatic and engaging. Her posts are both insightful and actionable.

Bryan Kramer’s Blog Posts and Podcasts: Bryan is Social Business Strategist and CEO of PureMatter. Bryan writes about topics at the leading edge of social business and its intersection across digital. Both his blog posts and podcasts (which are often heartfelt interviews with some of the world’s leading executives) are a must read/watch if you work in marketing.

Of course, one must have balance in one’s life and not only read about work or business in general. Here are a few other blogs that I enjoy beyond things relevant to my career:

Stormy’s Corner: Stormy Peter’s blog and site is about life, technology and making each day count. One of the brightest minds in technology, Stormy is the Director of Websites and Developer Engagement at Mozilla and a founder and board member of Kids on Computers. Well read, tech savvy and engaging, her posts are always interesting and thought provoking. Stormy is also a frequent speaker on technology and non-profits. If you have the opportunity to see her speak, make sure to go – it will be great.

The Daily Connoisseur:  A delightful lifestyle blog by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Scott, this site if full of fun and useful information. Her corresponding YouTube channel and books are equally great and useful for those of us looking for a high quality life that isn’t high maintenance or highly expensive.

Mireille Guiliano’s French Women Don’t Get Fat site: Mireille is a best-selling author and former CEO of Clicquot, Inc. (maker of the famous Champagne Veuve Clicquot and part of LVMH). Her writing is to-the-point and unapologetically French with an American twist from of her many years in U.S. If you are a female executive you may also enjoy her book Women, Work and the Art of Savoir Faire: Business Sense and Sensibility. I enjoy seeing how she has taken a long-time passion for quality living and transformed that into a retirement career after an extremely successful corporate career.

I hope you enjoy these sites and add them to your ongoing reading list. What do you like to read for information and inspiration?

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