Books You Want To Read This Summer

By Julian Steinforth, Expedition PR

Young woman reading a book lying in hammockAugust is around the corner.  Many of you will escape the city – and the heat – to get some deserved vacation. Downtime is also reading time. To help you recharge and get new ideas, we have assembled a few reading lists to help you make your pick:

Mashable’s list of “24 Must-Read Books for Summer 2014” contains everything from full-length novels to short stories and compelling non-fiction. The list offers beach fun readings such as Emma Straub’s “The Vacationers”, but also in-depth looks at the post-recession economy in Michael Lewis’ “Flash Boys”.

Alternatively, take a look at Buzzfeed’s list of 22 books that you need to read this summer. There number one is “The Lover” by Marguerite Duras, a quick read (little over 100 pages),that tells the true story of her teenage years as a French girl in Vietnam, where she met and proceeded to have a tumultuous affair with an older and wealthy Chinese man.

If you want to use your vacation to improve your leadership skills, Inc. magazine has the right book recommendations for you. The magazine compiled six books, which according to them, will help you improve the above mentioned skills. For example “Imagine: How Creativity Works” by Jonah Lehrer deals with how to be more creative, more imaginative, and more productive. So if you struggle with new ideas and changing your perspectives, this is your book.

Inc. magazine also has got the right books if you want to advance your marketing knowledge. In the list “Top 10 Marketing Books of All Time” you find 10 books about marketing that should be in every business library.

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Summer in the City: Work Outings for Small Offices on Small Budgets

By Andrés Uribe, Expedition PR

We’ve all heard of the lavish corporate retreats that large companies are at times known to take; flying the whole team to Las Vegas or some other resort destination all for the sake of team building and increasing employee engagement. And while there might be some merit to playing host to an office team building event, not every office is equipped to do something quite so extravagant, nor do they need to. As the weather continues to warm up in New York, here are a few things that the city has to offer that you can treat your employees to on a budget:

Mini-Olympics – If you play sports in the city, you’ve probably heard of Chelsea Piers. With the only golf driving range in Manhattan, and host to a wide range of other sports, Chelsea Piers is truly a state-of-the-art sporting facility. While the term ‘Mini-Olympics’ might sound intimidating to some, there’s no need to worry, the staff at Chelsea Piers will customize your experience based on the level of physical activity your team is capable of.

Spring-In-NYCPhoto Scavenger Hunt – First and foremost, New York City is a city known for its sights. People can spend years living here and still not see all New York has to offer. One way to help your employees combat this problem while getting to know each other better is through a city photo scavenger hunt. Although you can find many online, or you can even make your own, I choose this one for the social media component that allows you to see who else is competing in the #NYCScavHunt! And another great perk about an office scavenger hunt is the only budgeting you need to do for this activity is time. Continue reading