Based in Washington, Ross is a general manager of a food safety company. His musings explore life, work and every moment in between.

My top three books from 2016

Reading is very important to me. When I give a book I love it’s like I have given part of my soul. A part of me has been through an experience that has had an impact on my life and now I have given it away. Powerful.

Here are my favorite three books I read in 2016:

Great Boss Dead Boss: Guy Parisi recommended this book to me. The book is a fable about a manager on a journey to turn around a company before it is too late. On the way, he discovers things about his company, his team and himself. A fantastic read for anyone looking to lead a team or change.

Designing your life: Life changes in an instant. Some of our concern around the near term are the effects of losing sight of the long term. What do we do when the long term looks fuzzy? When it changes? We redesign our lives. This is a blueprint for those who want to start over, refocus, or fine tune their lives.   

The Name of the Wind: Read fiction. It is important to fuel your imagination and work on your creativity. Few other mediums allow you to understand more fully the human condition. The book Name of the Wind is not a book I would have picked up a few years ago. My horizons have been stretched to include this novel. A must read. My thanks to Tyson Peissig for this recommendation.

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