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Summer Reading…

July 16, 2016

Summer is well underway and, while my intentions are sincere, I have yet to get very far with my list of books!  

This summer I am reading Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal. McChrystal is a retired 4-star General, who devoted thirty-four years in government service with the US Army. As commander of all US forces in Afghanistan, he managed teams under the most severe of conditions. The book uses examples from recent military missions to highlight the need for organizations to be agile and adaptable.  Much of what McChrystal learned from his military experience is portrayed in the book as solid leadership for any organization.  It points out how old rules no longer apply. Old principles of leadership do not keep pace with the rapid flow of information and the lifestyle of a digital generation.

I am also looking to finish  Brown Dog by Jim Harrison.  Harrison passed away last year and it reminded me that the book follows a character named Brown Dog who rescues a preserved body of an Indian from Lake Superior’s cold waters. He lives a simple life, but overindulges in food and drink while just scraping by in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula’s summer. It’s a novel that is intense and well written, and brings home my love of the UP and the simple things in life.   

The two books that I have chosen to read this summer are in stark contrast to one another, but each has something of great interest to me, first as an organizational leader, and second, as a man that loves the out-of doors and being close to nature. That is the beauty of reading. There is no end to the journeys that we can takeReading through the written word and the mind’s imagination. Summer is a wonderful time for students (and adults!) to read.  The Saline District Library is an incredible community asset – stop by and check out their collection! A young adult fiction section shelves titles that will interest even the most reluctant reader. The District Library has a vast collection of eBooks and downlo
adable titles for those that prefer to listen to good literature. A library card is one of the best investments that you can make in your child’s future.


Everyday is a day to learn something new. Reading gives everyone that opportunity.


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