Reader recommended

Posted on Nov 28, 2018 :: Reader Recommended
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

What are you reading, watching, wearing or doing that’s so great you want to share it with others? We asked a few of our Insight readers, and this is what they said.

— Compiled by Insight Editor MaryBeth Matzek


Find your strength

“Too often, we are caught up in how to fix our weaknesses, instead of taking time to grow what we are good at. To find out what your strengths are, I recommend the book ‘Strengths Finder’ by Tom Rath. This book allows you to identify what your top five strengths are and how to capitalize on using them.”

Kristal Knudtson, Salvation Army – Fox Cities


Creative inspiration

“If you’re a fan of ‘Shark Tank,’ or you get excited by new business ideas, check out ‘The Pitch’ from podcast network Gimlet Media. On each show, an entrepreneur tries to convince a panel of investors to back his or her startup. From interactive mirrors and virtual reality entertainment on airplanes to premium instant coffee and an attempt to make bidets popular in America, these pitch sessions will help your own creative gears start turning. It’s also a great way to learn about the right (and wrong) ways to get buy-in for your ideas and business ventures.”

Kasey Steinbrinck, Element, De Pere


Local thought leaders

“I would recommend ‘The Sponge Show,’ a podcast that my son Brad’s company, BConnected, publishes every other week. It has its own Facebook page for you to review and watch various episodes. ‘The Sponge Show’ exists to learn about thought leaders and business entrepreneurs here in Appleton. I think you’ll like it.”

Gary Cebulski, Appleton


Leading fearlessly

“When Brene Brown recently released ‘Dare to Lead: Brave work. Tough conversations. Whole hearts,’ it immediately became the next book on my reading list. Even though I’m just getting started, I was hooked early on when she said, ‘We started our interviews with senior leaders with one question: What, if anything, about the way people are leading today needs to change in order for leaders to be successful in a complex, rapidly changing environment where we’re faced with seemingly intractable challenges and an insatiable demand for innovation? There was one answer across the interviews: We need braver leaders and more courageous cultures.’ I’m using a lot of highlighter and sticky notes to mark passages and pages!”

Tammy (Williams) Geenen, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region