Reader Recommended

Posted on Mar 30, 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


Productivity hack

“I’ve time blocked for years, most successfully with a traditional paper planner. It really forces me to think about how much time is really needed for each task, and I’m more efficient because time is focused. ‘Plan your work; work your plan’ is a great rule to follow.”

Barb Pandolfo, NeuroScience Group, Appleton


Focused on what’s important 

“One of my favorite books is ‘The Last Lecture’ by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow. It’s based on the last lecture Pausch gave when he was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University. At the time of the lecture — September 2007 — Pausch had recently been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. Throughout the book, he offers his thoughts and advice about overcoming obstacles in life, setting goals for yourself and taking advantage of every moment you have while you’re alive. I listen to the audio version of the book once a year as a means to recalibrate my internal compass and help me remember what is truly important in life.”

Katie Sharratt, Element, Green Bay 


Finding fulfillment

“The older I get, the more I learn to appreciate a good book. That is a sentence I thought I would never say in my life, but it is so true. Being a sports fan and man of faith, I found the book ‘Curveball’ by Barry Zito an amazing read. This book gives you a behind-the-scenes look into the life of a Cy Young pitcher, his struggles and ultimately his desire to find true fulfillment. Trust me, you won’t be able to put this book down. If you like baseball or sports in general, this book is for you.”

Garrett Mersberger, Blue Harbor Resort, Sheboygan


Managing talent

“Allies, tours of duty, network intelligence — these are just a few of the terms in ‘The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age.’ Though the terms may evoke a military feel, the concepts in the book, co-authored by LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, offer valid insight into the need for employers to rethink the employer-employee relationship. It starts with honest and upfront conversations to clearly define expectations for both parties. At times, the book can come across as an advertisement for LinkedIn, which speaks to the book’s effectiveness as a content marketing strategy. However, if readers push past that, they will also find actionable content, creative methods to establish entrepreneurial employees as brand ambassadors and techniques for developing alumni networks.”

Gina Glover, Gina Connects LLC, Menasha