What We’re Reading at Spanning

2017 has already been quite a year for all of us at Spanning.

From going independent (again) in April to adding more than 10 new staff members this summer, it should be no surprise that our summertime reading would reflect our changing times.

Here’s what some of our team members are reading—and recommending to friends—as we get through the dog days (pun intended) of summer.

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What we are reading at Spanning

Brian Rutledge, Principal Security Engineer

Managing Risk and Information Security: Protect to Enable 2nd ed., Malcolm Harkins 

“I picked up Managing Risk last year because of the updated information relating to enterprise information technology risk and security/compliance as well as the ways to think about those concepts differently in environments where users need to be more efficient.  Productivity doesn’t have to suffer to have good security-minded employees.”

Lori Witzel, Sr Product Marketing Manager

Known and Strange Things, Teju Cole

“I’m reading Known and Strange Things, a collection of essays by polymath Teju Cole, whose curiosity about the world I aspire to. His interests range from linguistics to art history to photography, and his interests and writing bring me joy, and open my mind to new worlds.”

Heather Malec, Content Strategy Manager

On Living, Kerry Egan

On Living is a nonfiction examination of life by hospice chaplain Kerry Egan. In a series of short essays, she explores the top regrets of the dying, for the benefit of the living. The stories of loss, love and regret inspire me to slow down, to breathe and be present. And, above all, to be grateful. While this may not seem like an obvious good beach read, give it a try. I think you will be glad you did.”

Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble, Dan Lyons

“Since I used to work at a library (the Newberry in Chicago), I can’t stop at just one book! Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble by Dan Lyons offers a look at start-up tech culture that most people don’t see. His tale of a noted print journalist turned content marketer for HubSpot is at times hysterical, discomforting, and, ultimately, is a reflection on the changing nature of the workplace and the role startups can play in making the world a better place, starting with their own employees.”

Jeff Erramouspe, CEO

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

“Not only is this the inspirational story of how an immigrant orphan became one of the most impactful and influential Founding Fathers, it is a cautionary tale of how paranoia, hubris and a lack of self control can lay waste to one’s plans and ambitions. It also clearly demonstrates how our current political, societal and cultural divides have been around since the founding of the United States. It’s long, but well worth the read.”

Mat Hamlin, VP of Product

Fumbling the Future by Douglas K. Smith and Robert C. Alexander

Fumbling the Future is rapidly approaching its 20 year anniversary, but still delivers a great story and lesson on innovation that stands the test of time.  Anyone who is responsible for innovation strategy or participates in innovation execution would benefit from this entertaining and compelling story about how Xerox invented some of the most impactful technology in history, but failed to properly transition it into the market, fumbling their future success.”

Morag Kierns, VP of Marketing

The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein

“Oh where to start with this book?! I laughed, I ugly cried, and I hugged my dog a lot longer than I think she would have liked. Narrated by Enzo, the old-soul dog companion of the Swift family, observing his humans in a way only a dog could. Please read this book, but take this advice: don’t read it in public unless you like shocked glances by strangers as you wipe your tears on your sleeve.”

Nadra Ghaddhar, Senior Manager, Demand Gen

Option B by Sheryl Sandberg

“Sheryl Sandberg’s follow up book to Lean In seems to be more relevant, given the destruction our fellow Texans are facing following Hurricane Harvey. Sheryl opens up to readers about her experiences following the sudden and unexpected death of her husband, Dave Goldberg, and how she and her children carried on. In the book, she also relies on the research of friend and psychologist at Wharton, Adam Grant, to explore grief and resilience and humanity’s ability to continually find hope through illness, job loss, sexual assault, natural disasters, and the violence of war. This book taught me how to take setbacks and failures and turn them into learning moments, and finding gratitude in everyday moments.”

Rehan Hussein, Account Executive

Rework, Jason Fried

Rework is a great intellectual read that gives you a different dynamic and thought process into the world of business. The critical thinking style can also be applied to everyday life.”

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