April 23rd is World Book Day. Not coincidentally it’s also William Shakespeare’s birthday. We agree with Will that there is nothing so confining as the prisons of our own perceptions, and books are the best way to broaden our world view.

So in the spirit of the Bard we’re using his words to highlight three ways to celebrate World Book Day throughout the year. 

There’s magic in the web of it

What more appropriate way to observe World Book Day than by picking one up and indulging in an afternoon of reading?​ 

 

World Book Day, Barbara Bell, Flight LessonsUS Naval Academy graduate and test pilot Barbara Bell shares the turbulence she encountered amassing 1,600 hours of flight time in her book Flight Lessons: Navigating Through LIfe’s Turbulence and Learning to Fly High. Filled with inspirational stories of grit and determination, Captain Bell’s book is a must read not just for young women, but for all future leaders.

World Book Day,World Book Day, Brandolon Barnett, Dreams Deferred

In another story of determination and perseverance, Brandolon Barnett shares his journey from sleeping on the streets of San Francisco to becoming an entrepreneur and innovator, spearheading national movements that impact real communities. Dreams Deferred: Recession, Struggle, and the Quest for a Better World will leave you feeling hopeful and inspired.

Give every man thine ear

Audiobooks offer the perfect venue for busy readers and even business books benefit from good storytelling and a compelling narrative. Here are some recent releases to consider.

 

World Book Day, Benjamin Breier, Intentional DisruptionBen Breier had plans to play baseball in the majors, but when that didn’t work out he took his game into the boardroom instead.  In Intentional Disruption, you can hear Ben describe his experience as CEO of a multimillion dollar healthcare company and how he replaced old broken rules with new ideas that earned the trust of his team and paved the way for success. 

World Book Day, Jason Randall, Beyond the SuperheroNot all superheroes wear capes, and Jason Randall tells us that so many companies set senior leadership up for failure by expecting superhuman feats. In Beyond the Superhero: Executive Leadership for the Rest of Us, Randall offers candid commentary, real life examples, and practical lessons on how to build and lead a human-centric company. 

The more I give…the more I have….

What’s better than getting a book? We say it’s giving one. 

 

World Book Day, Mark L. Goldsmith, From Madison Ave to Rikers IslandMark L. Goldsmith spent his career in the glamorous world of cosmetics. His work with Revlon, Coty, Shiseido and other world-famous brands allowed him to rub elbows with the likes of Joe Namath and Muhammed Ali. After retirement he founded a nonprofit to work with former inmates at New York’s Rikers Island, reducing the recidivism rate from 65% to 15%. In From Madison Avenue to Rikers Island, Mark, or MG, as his “guys” at Rikers dubbed him, details his journey and his formula for creating a successful not-for-profit organization using c-suite skills. 

World Book Day, Lucinda Baier, Heroes Work HereCEO Lucinda Baier and her team at Brookdale Senior Living were on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Heroes Work Here: An Extraordinary Story of Courage, Resilience and Hope from the Frontlines of COVID-19 you will learn how she redefined her role as a leader during her company’s most crucial hour, and set the new standard for compassionate crisis management.     

 

As the Bard said, “the golden age is before us, not behind us.” 

And we couldn’t agree more.

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