Our 2019 Summer Reading List

12 of our favorite reads ranging from business to fantasy.

At Valor Global, we value those that work hard daily to improve themselves and the business. Many of us find inspiration through stories of all genres: fictional and non-fiction, business and memoir, fantasy and self-improvement. This summer, our executives are ready to find inspiration between the pages. We hope you find a title from our list to add to your own TBR (to-be-read) pile.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Valor Global CEO, Simer Mayo, and Chief of Marketing, Vicki Mayo, choose to read this famous fable on an annual basis. One of the core books of the company, the Mayo’s find solace in the transformative power of following your dreams. And who doesn’t like a feel good story?

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Based on one of the most famous men of our generation, Steve Jobs is based on interviews from the Apple founder and CEO, as well as that of family and friends. This deep dive on the entrepreneur is recommended by our own in-house entrepreneur, Simer. A lenthy read, he believes it well-worth the time spent learning Jobs thought process as he built an empire.

Moments of Truth by Jan Carlzon

Another annual read for CEO Simer Mayo, Moments of Truth focuses on a consumer-driven economy. Written by long-time CEO, Jan Carlzon shares how to build your business while putting your people first.

Scaling Up by Verne Harnish

A favorite of many executives at Valor Global, Scaling Up is the second version of the ever-popular Mastering the Rockefeller Habits. Great for every level of employee, the book shares practical tools and techniques for building a strong business. Be sure to order a dozen to share with your team!

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

Owner, Vicki Mayo is ready to take on the 21st century with her pick. Named one of the best books of the year, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, untangles politics, technological advancements, social influences, and existential factors facing humans today. Give yourself time to unpack this one, as your sure to get lost in thought with this must-read.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

A historical pick by Vicki, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a guaranteed tear-jerker. Based on a true story conducted on interviews of the main character, the book follows the journey of tattooist and prisoner Ludwig Sokolv. Have your tissues ready as you journey through Sokolv’s sacrifice to save his fellow man.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulgham

Valor Global President Tom DePoy is choosing All I Really Know to Know I Learned in Kindergarten as a means to rekindling the simple joys. Recommended for every stage of life for those looking for the answers of life with a comic twist. We recommend as a gift to a recent college grad or to read along with your middle-schoolers.

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy

This summer is all about productivity for Tom. Written with Execuition
in mind, Tom’s second pick shows us how to get any job done, while still delivering results. Get ready for a summer worth of goal smashing!

The Scribbly Man by Terry Goodkind

Valor Global Vice President, Matt Johnson, is a self-proclaimed fanatic of The Sword of Truth series. The series characters lives continue on in the author’s latest fantasy about the shadows from childhood. Beware! You may want to read this one with the lights on.

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

Bernadette Thies is in the business of dreams. Recommended to her by our HR Director, Peggi Peaslee, the Slight Edge shares what gives those the edge up. Have your highlighter ready! This book tells the secrets of how to adjust daily activities, proven methods to process information and what you need to make your dreams comes true.

The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni

nVision President, David Stevens, is spending his summer reading up on organizational health using marketing, strategy, and technology. Highly recommended for any leader, nVision is Valor Global’s sister company also led by Simer Mayo.

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

David has a passion for learning and reading about other cultures. His second summer read, The Art of War, is written on the infamous history of Chinese warfare. Translated from Chinese to English, this book takes the reader away to another time and place.

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