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Summer Reading: M5 Networks Staff Recommendations

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Summer is here! In addition to the beach, BBQ’s, and vacations, one of our favorite parts of summer is indulging in a great book. We asked our staff for their summer reading recommendations.  The list they came up with is full of entertaining, informative, and thought-provoking books for you to enjoy all season long.

Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days by Jessica Livingston
Josh, Channel Partner
"This book features great long form interviews with founders of famous tech companies, including Steve Wozniak (Apple), Caterina Fake (Flickr), Mitch Kapor (Lotus), Max Levchin (PayPal), and Sabeer Bhatia (Hotmail). These entrepreneurs tell you in their own words about their surprising and often very funny discoveries as they learned how to build a company."

Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
Ben, Operations
“This is a book all about learning; how people learn and become masters in a given subject, as well as how to create the environments where this can happen.”

Games At Work: How to Recognize and Reduce Office Politics by Mauricio Goldstein and Phil Read
Jeff, Product
“This book brings the subconscious and sometimes overt mind games that people play into focus with specific examples to easily identify game players and their antics, as well as strategies to mitigate office politics in any company.”

Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
Brian, Systems
“After reading this book, it’s given me more of an ability to sit back and just think WHY something happens before I judge it. I feel people can be too quick to judge a situation without understanding the logic behind it, so reading this book might help enhance one’s understanding of events and perhaps even improve their own decision-making as a result.”

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Kim, Sales
“Great for perspective when it comes to not only race lines but also the lines between employer and employee (also very funny).”

Diane, Sales
“Just a great read.  Really fascinating account of what life was like in the south in the late 60’s.  It’s a book I want my children to read when they study the civil rights movement.  I know they’re making this into a movie, but you should read the book first.”

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Brian, Sales
“To remind myself that competence will win out in the end and no one defines my worth but me.”

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh
Kerrin, Operations
“The visionary CEO of Zappos explains how an emphasis on corporate culture can lead to unprecedented success.”

The Art of Learning by Josh Weinstein
Dan, Senior Staff
"A breakthrough book and zippy read that we are using as an underpinning for our M5 corporate learning philosophy.”