The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

Six binge-reads for the Holidays

The Holiday season is a great time to read new material. Here are six book suggestions from our executive committee. There is something for everyone: current events, management practices, leadership, international trade, etc. You’re sure to feed your curiosity!

Politics

Fear: Trump in the White House
Bob Woodward
2018

All Bob Woodward's books are favourites. This one takes us right into the Oval Office. According to the American publisher Simon & Schuster, the book “reveals unprecedented details about the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump's White House and precisely how the President makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies”.

Management and leadership practices

The first 90 days
Michaël Watkins
2013

A management formula that has worked in one company may not work in another. Michaël Watkins recommends that managers take the time to understand the processes and issues of the organization they have just joined. A book full of tools and advice to help you integrate successfully and gain credibility.

Dare to Lead
Brené Brown
2018

The message conveyed by the works of Brené Brown, a researcher who has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy, is clear: one cannot be brave without being vulnerable. They go hand in hand. Through her books, readers learn to cast shame aside, embrace vulnerability and show courage in everyday life, while remaining authentic and faithful to their values. Her work is imbued with humanism and is disarmingly simple, bringing us back to basics: human relations. Dare to Lead, her most recent publication, shows us how to apply these principles and remain true to our values in the workplace. A must read whether you’re a beginner or an experienced manager.

Womens’ leadership

Les 7 clés du leadership féminin
(In French only)
Janie Duquette
2014

An interesting book about the author's personal quest for new management practices, which differ from the strict principles of hierarchical authority and resulting senior management powers. Janie Duquette defines a form of leadership that welcomes criticism, says “no”, strives for balance in all aspects of life and is comfortable talking about money. Her book also conveys the need to value feminine qualities as a strength.

International trade

Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands
Terri Morrison & Wayne A. Connaway
2006

The best guide to doing business in more than 60 countries. An easy-to-read book with lots of practical advice that is still up to date.

Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2018
Startup Genome
2018

An assessment of 43 start-up ecosystems from 23 countries, based on a dozen success factors and on the opinions of 10,000+ founders. This is an exceptional source of information on the performance of start-up ecosystems around the world. The report is fun to read and makes it possible to compare Montreal with other ecosystems. The book also highlights actions that can make each ecosystem more dynamic, providing clear indicators of what is being done well and what can be improved.

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