Reader recommended

Posted on Feb 27, 2020 :: 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


Insightful expert

“Sometimes a single concept makes a book worth recommending. That’s the case with Kim Scott’s ‘Radical Candor: Be A Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity,’ which I dog-eared and marked up with vigor. Her central lesson is one leaders must learn and relearn throughout their careers: Results and relationships go hand in hand. Managing people means striking a balance between the personal and the professional. When bosses do this well, healthy employees and a healthy bottom line result.”

 Lisa Strandberg, InterSector, Neenah


Volunteer in your community

“We live in a fast-paced and demanding business world. It’s easy to get caught up with all our ‘to-dos’ that makes each day seem to fly by faster than the day before. It’s important to take the time for activities beyond work. For the past nine years, I have volunteered as a youth coach, board member and currently serve as the president of the Fond du Lac Soccer Association. When it comes to volunteering, I hear every day ‘I would, but I’m too busy.’ It’s all about making the time, and you will see the rewards: relaxation (in an odd way), accomplishment, well-being, new friendships, pride in giving back and the ability to vastly expand your network.”

Chad Collett, Ledgeview Partners, Appleton


Feeding the brain

“On a weekly basis, I try to share interesting resources with my team during our Monday huddle on a variety of topics related to business and personal effectiveness. I find that much of the content I share comes directly from or is recommended by the team at Farman Street ( They produce a weekly newsletter called Brain Food, which has links to their original content and to other resources and books as well. It comes out early every Sunday morning and is the first thing I read when I get up on Sundays. They also produce a podcast called ‘The Knowledge Project,’ hosted by their founder, Shane Parrish, that is a regular go-to listen for me.”   

Dana VandenHeuvel, Associated Bank, Green Bay


 The art of networking

“When I was in school making friends, building relationships and being an ‘includer’ was networking. Now, as an adult, I’m well connected and am the ‘go-to’ person for friends and acquaintances for introductions to people in business and industry. Building lifelong connections is an art! You find that common thing, you seek to understand more than to be understood, and in return, you become more confident. An old professor once said, ‘When you go to a cocktail party and meet someone new, let them talk about themselves. They’ll think you are the greatest person ever.'”

Jamie Voster, Appleton Area School District, Appleton