Forget Oprah! Irresistible Beach Reads for Logistics Pros
The summer is winding down, but there are still a couple of weeks left to relax, get away, and read a few good books to get you ready for the rest of the year.
Whether you want to explore ocean freight, learn more about blockchain technology, or discover new and creative ways to grow your business, our reading list has some recommendations to take to the beach with you.
For the Logistics Nerds
Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, Gas in Your Car, and Food on Your Plate
In Rose George’s book about container shipping, the author traverses major trade lanes to discover more about the hidden industry that shapes the global economy. George tackles the impact of ocean freight on trade, the environment, and politics, and offers a deep look at how the shipping industry affects everything.
Box Boats: How Container Ships Changed the World
This exhaustive history of the shipping container by Brian Cudahy tracks the most important invention in modern global trade from its maiden voyage to its use today. Cudahy explores the people and the companies behind the boxes that have become synonymous with freight forwarding. This book will keep logistics people and history buffs alike entertained throughout.
For the Blockchain Curious
Blockchain Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction in 25 Steps
Daniel Drescher’s book is the perfect entry point for people who want to learn more about blockchain but don’t have a technical understanding of the popular technology. Written as a mix of explainer and practical application, and loaded with depth beyond an introductory guide, Blockchain Basics is a must read for logistics professionals.
Blockchain Meets Supply Chain: Rewiring Business Operations for the Digital Age
If you’re looking for a more industry-specific take on blockchain technology, Ken Cottrill and Peter Harris’s ebook is the choice for you. The ebook explains how blockchain tech could revolutionize corporate supply chains, and at a breezy 48 pages, it’s a quick read that’ll take up only a little bit of beach time.
For the Suits
Just Start: Take Action, Embrace Uncertainty, Create the Future
From renowned business authors Leonard Schlesinger, Charles Kiefer, and Paul Brown comes this excellent guide to navigating the high-risk world of entrepreneurship that also serves as a great lesson for life in general. The authors painstakingly plot best practices to approach their difficult central question: in a world where it’s increasingly difficult to predict outcomes, how can you achieve your loftiest goals?
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
Pixar president Edwin Catmull’s book about the importance of innovation and creativity in the workplace is as fun as it is informative. With an inside look on the culture at Pixar, the former New York Times bestselling book is equal parts entertaining, inspirational, and insightful.
The New One Minute Manager (The One Minute Manager-updated)
Read the book that started the One Minute series. The One Minute Manager has been a staple of business bookshelves for so long because of its simple storytelling and clear strategies on developing management skills. It’s a short book that has great lessons for managers and aspiring leaders alike, and the updated version adjusts for changes in the business world in the 30+ years since the book was first published.
By: Fauad on Aug. 17, 2018, 12:48 p.m.