Since this blog started a little more than a year ago, my goal has been to bring you items and ideas that might be of use in your business — or at least be mildly interesting. This week, I want to turn the tables.
I’m getting ready to go on vacation in a few weeks, which means I’m stockpiling reading material. Right now my Kindle library ranges from a couple of obscure 19th-century novels (my fun reading) to the blockbuster of the moment, Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the 21st Century” (more on that in a minute).
The Kindle also is loaded with a bunch of books I don’t remember ordering, and some I definitely want to read and forgot about. One-Click, you are a menace!
Why the Piketty? Vacation is supposed to be relaxation, after all, but this 696-page academic tome — translated from the original French — is getting talked about everywhere from the major economic and business publications to the popular press. If you’ve been too busy running your business and earning a living to catch any of the hoo-haw, here’s a summary from The Economist.
The book has spiced up economic cocktail chatter like nothing since Maynard Keynes, and most of the conversations have been pretty interesting. But I don’t like to get my ideas secondhand. When I get back, I’ll let you know how far into it I got.
Meanwhile, are there any business books you’re reading right now you’d like to share? Any recommendations from past reading? I don’t often get a week away from cellphones and email so that I can really immerse myself in nonfiction that takes some effort. I don’t want to totally waste the opportunity.
I’m open to frivolity, though!
It’s our annual Small Business Week special issue, ahead of the SBA’s Small Business Week May 12-16. Our reporting staff has been talking to businesses that bring strong values and strong results to their sectors and the midstate. The nine range from community stalwarts with more than a century under their belts to successful startups and from service companies to manufacturers.
This week’s lists are financial consultants and management consultants.
Find the week’s networking opportunities here.