At Cybereason, we are finding different ways to stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporting our teammates with coffee breaks, happy hours, and trivia are just a few of the ways we are trying to help.
We have a wide variety of teammates with very different interests, but one commonality among many is that they love to read. In conversations across the team, we realized we have the basis for an awesome recommended reading list we can share with the community.
Below, read our teams recommendations for the best books to read during this pandemic.
Meg O’Leary, CMO, Cybereason
#1: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Why? It’s a historical novel written by a young 20-something author and each chapter follows a descendant of an Asante woman who was part of the slave trade. This captures the reverberations that experience created throughout the generations of her family. It’s a unique take on a well-known struggle that is entertaining and eye opening.
#2: Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind by Ries and Trout
Why? This book shook up the marketing industry back in the early 80s – when I was still in grammar school. Then my first boss made me read it. I was skeptical as it was a decade old then. But it remains the definitive book on how to capture mind share. While it’s dated in parts, I find it hold certain truths that I rely on to devise meaningful positioning. Given that we are looking to reinvigorate our brand, I find this is a useful, inspiring resource for me to go revisit.
#3: At What Cost?: Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools by David Gleason
Why? I am a mom of two teenage girls and I recognize that I can be extremely hard on them when it comes to academics. This book is a look at the hypocrisy of parents and teachers who pressure our kids to be both academically excellent and emotionally balanced. Frankly it’s a look in the mirror at myself as a parent and it’s a worthwhile read for anyone with young kids IMHO.
Sam Curry, CSO, Cybereason
#1: When: The Science of Perfect TIming by Dan Pink
Why? Because it’s a fascinating study of Human circadian rhythms, which is highly relevant in the world of disrupted
#2: 1177 BC by Eric Cline
Why? About the globalization of the 12th century BC and how it parallels today’s globalization with valuable lessons for all.
#3: Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Why? For how we do things both logically and intuitively, fast and slow, to understand decision making better.
Lodrina Cherne, Partner & Services Product Manager
#1: Universal Principles of Design, by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, and Jill Butler
Why? It gives you a way to gain new perspective on the things that surround you every day.
#2: Living with Music: Ralph Ellison's Jazz Writings by ralph ellison
Why? Sometimes we need to escape and into words and music that stop us in our tracks.
#3: The Passion Paradox: A Guide to Going All In, Finding Success, and Discovering the Benefits of an Unbalanced Life by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness
Why? If you've been pursuing a goal and now find the need to change course, this book and the authors' online discussion group are a grounding resource.
Peter Ortiz, Manager, Incident Response & Threat Hunting
#1: How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius by Donald Robertson
Dan Schiffman, VP GTM
#1: Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
Why? Blink is an evidence-based approach to understanding the capabilities of our unconscious processing power vs our conscious processing power.
Guess what? We have more than book recommendations to help your team work through the pandemic. Check out our secure business continuity toolkit for more info.