If you’re scrambling for a last-minute gift for the small business owner in your life, a book may be ideal. Books are often the perfect gift for business people because they can learn and wind down at the same time (after all, reading is an excellent way to relax after a long day at work.) If you’re unsure what book to buy, here are the four suggestions, courtesy of contributors to Bloomberg.com. The titles span genres, so no matter who you’re buying for, you should be able to discover something that they’ll like.
Suggested by Danny Meyer, Founder and CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group
By Katie Couric
“One of my favorite people shares heartfelt stories and observations from a life loved and fully lived. The book is candy: As soon as you finish one chapter, you want to have another. It’s the easiest book to read, you can spend five minutes or an hour with it.”
Suggested by Martha Pollack President, Cornell University
By Ayad Akhtar
Reading great fiction is one of the best antidotes to the all-too-common assumption that people’s opinions are fully defined by a single aspect of their identity. In this brilliant semi-autobiographical novel, Akhtar reminds us that people—like the nations they inhabit—are complicated; that their lives are anything but linear; and that reducing them to simplistic political categorizations is a mistake that does us all an injustice.
Suggested by Dan Schulman, CEO, PayPal
By Matthew McConaughey
In Greenlights, Matthew McConaughey shares advice on how to navigate life’s challenges and how we can take advantage of the opportunities that come to us as “greenlights.” When I spoke to Matthew on my podcast, Never Stand Still, he explained the traffic analogy behind his philosophy: that green lights signify moving forward, but on our “highway of life,” people often struggle with the red lights that can stop us in our tracks. Matthew’s book is filled with helpful insights into how we can remain resilient through those barriers and persist through our most difficult times.
Jim Kavanaugh, CEO, World Wide Technology
Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know
By Adam Grant
The past two years have required many of us to prioritize listening and learning from one another, myself included, as our world moved faster than ever—spurring both societal and digital disruption that is impacting everyone, everywhere. As we work through this global pandemic and heightened social unrest, along with the massive shift towards digital transformation, Grant redefines what it means to listen and learn, requiring us all to challenge our current thoughts, beliefs and open our minds to what is possible.
If you’re looking for gifts for the small business owners in your life, we hope these books will help you check a few names off your list. Please keep in mind that our biggest gift is our clients. Everyone at VersaTel Solutions wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!