Spelman Johnson’s 2017 Summer Reading List

We hope you have been enjoying your summer! It’s the best time to kick off your shoes and relax with a good book. Here are a few of Spelman Johnson’s suggested books to add to your summer reading list – they are available online and through your local independent bookseller or public library.

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle
Technology has become the architect of our intimacies. Online, we fall prey to the illusion of companionship, gathering thousands of Twitter and Facebook friends, and confusing tweets and wall posts with authentic communication. But this relentless connection leads to a deep solitude. MIT professor Sherry Turkle argues that as technology ramps up, our emotional lives ramp down. Based on hundreds of interviews and with a new introduction taking us to the present day, Alone Together describes changing, unsettling relationships between friends, partners, and families.



Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win by Fred Kiel
You may think this question was answered long ago. Countless business authors and analysts have assured us that great leadership demands great character. Time and again, we’ve seen that truth play out, as once-thriving organizations falter and fail under the guidance of leaders behaving badly. Why, then, do so many executives remain skeptical about the true value of leadership character? A winning strategy and a sound business model are what really matter they argue, character is just the icing on the cake.



Generations at Work: Managing the Clash of Boomers, GenXers, and GenYers in the Workplace by Ron Zemke, Claire Raines, Bob Filipczak
The authors of Generations at Work present insightful overviews of four generations: Traditionalists–born before 1943; Baby Boomers–born 1943-1960; Generation Xers–born 1960 to 1980; and the Millennials. The authors describe defining events that shaped the generation, the leadership styles and work ethics of members of each generation, and current and future issues. A must have book for the bookshelf!

Ellen Heffernan

President - Spelman Johnson

Ellen Heffernan graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in economics and government. She joined Spelman Johnson in 1996, after a ten-year career in higher education that included positions at Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also a national speaker and writer on topics related to recruiting and professional development in higher education and serves as faculty for several national higher education association professional development programs. Ellen also currently serves on the executive board of the National Association of Executive Recruiters.