6 Book Recommendations from Industry Leaders: An On Record PR Podcast Roundup
Over the course of season two of our On Record PR podcast, we’ve spoken with some of the most exciting thought leaders in a variety of industries – from journalists to CEOs to policy advisors. As we’ve interviewed this varied lineup of guests, we’ve discovered they all have one thing in common – incredible book recommendations! You can learn a lot about someone from their reading list, and our podcast guests have given us some fascinating insights into their personalities by sharing the books they just can’t put down. Check out this list we’ve compiled of some of our podcast guests’ most compelling book recommendations:
Designing Dynamic Organizations: A Hands-on Guide for Leaders at All Levels by Jay Galbraith, Diane Downey, and Amy Kates
Recommended by Jason Barnwell
Jason Barnwell is an attorney in Microsoft’s Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs department and General Manager for the department’s digital transformation. He’s passionate about organizational thinking and coordinating work among individuals. This book takes an in-depth look at business structures and provides guidance on ensuring maximum impact through strategic organizational design.
Link to episode: https://www.furiarubel.com/podcasts/legal-innovation-why-and-how-with-jason-barnwell-microsofts-corporate-external-and-legal-affairs-attorney/
How to Make Money on the Internet by Rob Hawkins
Recommended by Guy Alvarez
Guy Alvarez is the founder and CEO of Good2bSocial and has advised Fortune 1000 companies and Am Law 100 law firms on all aspects of digital marketing, but he started his career as a practicing attorney. What inspired this professional pivot? This book! Hawkins provides straightforward advice on how to sell wares and services online as well as the ins and outs of creating an impactful digital brand identity.
Link to episode: https://www.furiarubel.com/podcasts/the-importance-of-being-strategic-account-based-marketing-measuring-return-and-a-strategy-first-approach-to-law-firm-digital-marketing-with-guy-alvarez/
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
Recommended by Jennifer Schaller
Jennifer Schaller is the Managing Director and Co-founder of The National Law Review online edition. She started the publication with a very strong sense of purpose – the need for a good, consolidated source of vetted legal news. Sinek’s book is about the importance of staying in touch with the “why” of an organization – how purpose shapes identity and allows a company to differentiate itself in the marketplace.
Link to episode: https://www.furiarubel.com/podcasts/how-to-capitalize-on-trends-in-law-firm-marketing-with-the-national-law-review/
The Partner Track by Helen Wan
Recommended by Nydia Han
Nydia Han is the co-anchor of 6abc Action News Sundays and the station’s consumer investigative reporter. She spoke with us about the challenges she’s faced being the only Asian American in the newsroom and the need to confront anti-Asian racism through initiatives like #ThisIsAmerica. Wan’s novel tackles similar issues – it tells the story of a first-generation Chinese American navigating the boys’ club culture of a venerable old law firm as the first woman of color to make partner.
Link to episode: https://www.furiarubel.com/podcasts/6abc-action-news-co-anchor-investigative-reporter-and-aapi-journalist-nydia-han-goes-on-record/
Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu
Recommended by Vanessa Blum
Vanessa Blum is the Newsroom Innovation Director at American Lawyer Media, where she works to tell the stories of the legal field in new and creative ways. She’s drawn to Yu’s book because he also tells a story with innovation – bringing an Asian American man who’s spent his life in the background to the foreground of the narrative.
Link to episode: https://www.furiarubel.com/podcasts/navigating-alm-content-and-putting-it-to-use-for-lawyers-and-legal-marketers-with-vanessa-blum-newsroom-innovation-director/
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Recommended by Whittney Beard
Whittney Beard is the Master Certified Coach at Volta Talent Strategies. She has extensive experience coaching legal professionals to do their best work. Pressfield’s book isn’t about the legal profession, but it’s perfect for anyone coaching others (or themselves) to succeed – it’s about the inner resistance that blocks artists from doing their art, and how to overcome it.
Link to episode: https://www.furiarubel.com/podcasts/coaching-for-lawyers-with-whittney-beard-master-certified-coach-at-volta-talent-strategies/