GS&F Bookshelf: Our Top Reads for the New Year

Every new year offers the opportunity to refocus, make goals, and change up our routines. It doesn’t have to be complicated—even simply making time each day to read goes a long way. Need a new read to get started? Browse our team’s bookshelves!

Made to Stick, Chip Heath & Dan Heath

As a client partner and strategist I need to deliver a lot of recommendations, POVs and counter arguments. While reading this book, I realized that I was doing it backwards. Yes, it gave me tips on being more direct and clear in order to drive immediate action, but I realized I was making my case in the wrong order. The lesson: make your point right at the start. If people agree, they’ll listen because they want to support you; if they disagree, they’ll listen because they want to counter. But either way, they’re listening instead of tuning out while you build a case for a point they never hear.
—Brent Barbour, Account Director

The Crowd, the Critic and the Muse: A Book for Creators, Michael Gungor

I have known of Michael through his thought-provoking music for years, so when I came across this 10-year-old book this summer while I was at the beach I picked it up out of casual interest. I expected to recognize many of my artistic friends in Michael’s insights, but instead I found myself in tears at the recognition of myself in his book’s pages: “We are all creators. Whether or not we create is not up to us. We are human, and creating is what we do. Every interaction, movement, and decision is creativity at work. We are all artists. We all order creation around us into the world that we want to make.” Michael’s wisdom not only helped me search myself for ways to think differently and to be a better creator, but it also helped me to better understand why I should.
—David McCracken, Support Services

Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes

I first read Year of Yes right before I moved to Nashville three years ago, and it left a lasting impression on me. I think about its key message of getting out of your comfort zone to make the most of the present each day.
—Andie Tradler, Account Executive

Sum It Up, Pat Summitt

You don’t have to be a big fan of basketball to enjoy Pat’s memoir. Seeing how she advocated for herself while believing in her own skills and abilities, as well as those of the women around her, was inspiring to me—and it showed me that all it takes to change someone’s life is investing in them and what they care about.
—Anne Morgan, Content Writer

The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice, Todd Henry

For me, and I think most creatives, creativity ebbs and flows. When work piles on and timelines get shorter, it’s hard to be “on” all of the time. A lot of creatives operate in a better than average, “get it done” world. This book doesn’t give you the quick fix; instead it gives you practical and logical ways to get back to doing the work you want to do. A lot of it you already know but probably need to hear again, such as organization, pruning things out of your life and how to be prepared. I’d suggest this book to mid-level and senior creatives who have a lot going on in their lives outside of work in particular.
—Jacob Fields, Senior Copywriter

Food Fix, Dr. Mark Hyman

In this book, the author explores the crossovers between our individual health, our economy, our society’s wellness, and sustainability for the planet—and offers solutions that allow us to feed every person on this planet in a green way for many years to come. It’s rather argumentative, but fact-based. I learned a lot about the food industry, but more importantly the author drew a lot of connections between seemingly disjointed concepts that I wouldn’t have seen on my own. I like to think I’ll be able to apply that broader way of thinking to my work and my life.
—Hannah Raleigh, Account Executive, Public Relations

Revolution From Within, Gloria Steinem

I turn to this book often for grounding in self-esteem. While basic in idea, we all struggle to value our unique selves. The importance of our inner voice and the trust we should give it is a lifelong work. A quote that resonates with me from the book is: “We are so many selves. It’s not just the long-ago child within us who needs tenderness and inclusion, but the person we were last year, wanted to be yesterday, tried to become in one job or in one winter, in one love affair or in one house where even now, we can close our eyes and smell the rooms. What brings together these ever-shifting selves of infinite reactions and returnings is this: There is always one true inner voice. Trust it.”
—Emilie Guthrie, VP, Director of Account Management

Atomic Habits, James Clear

I love a book that helps me see new and faster ways to problem-solve. Atomic Habits does just that. It’s a huge toolkit of practical strategies to rebuild your habits, focusing on small steps and measurable improvements. It’s helped me both identify and make more time for what’s important. I’m always trying to improve, and I come back to this book often to re-align my perspective.
—Scott Brooks, Video Production Manager

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