Reader recommended

Posted on Dec 30, 2019 :: 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


Making the complex easy

“I cannot fully express how much I admire Brené Brown and her podcasts about the psychology of emotions, vulnerability and joy. She has an innate ability to explain complex concepts in an attainable manner, and it’s clear that Brené practices what she preaches. I’ve recently become engrossed in her ‘Dare to Lead’ workbook, which focuses on behaviors and cultural issues that impede our success in organizations. One of my favorite takeaways? ‘Perfectionism and fear are keeping people from learning and growing.’”

Erin Ehlers, NorthCoast Productions, Green Bay


Worth the effort

“This isn’t going to sound exciting, but truthfully, one of my favorite reads is the American Marketing Association’s Journal of Marketing. It’s as dry as most people might imagine reading about research would be, but the topics and insights are intriguing if you’re responsible for finding a strategic edge in marketing or communications and you’re willing to invest the time to dig in. My copies end up highlighted and underlined every time, and I keep them all.”

Susan Baranczyk, J. J. Keller & Associates Inc., Neenah


All about culture

“After a negative work culture experience a couple of years ago, culture has become a passion of mine. A positive culture can impact so many parts of an organization and truly make a difference in how an organization performs. My recommendation is a podcast called ‘Everybody Matters.’  The foundation of this podcast is built around the idea that when organizations care enough to show their people that who they are and what they do matters, they will uncover a key to success. If you are feeling fulfilled and valued at work, it not only impacts your life but every member of your family, your friends and everyone you come into contact with.”

Darin Schumacher, Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists, Green Bay


Reunite with an old favorite

“I recommend revisiting a favorite author, as I did when I picked up Maya Angelou’s final autobiography, ‘Mom & Me & Mom,’ about the person who, for better or worse, influences her the most. And when I finished, I called my mom. Do both — read Maya and call your mom.”

Megan Mulholland, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Appleton