Hi everyone! My name is Craft Talbot, and I am a 3rd year Business Management major in the combined degree Master of International Business program. I have always loved reading, but some of my favorite reads by far have been from my time in the Warrington College of Business. I have loved furthering my business acumen through reading incredible books on leadership, ethics, emotional intelligence and other business topics like teams and teamwork.
Reading has always been an outlet for me to relax and unwind, and I have my fair share of fiction authors to thank for getting me through classes such as Business Calculus, Finance and Accounting. But some of my all-time favorite readings have come from the classes I’ve taken. One book on my must-read list is “Stand Your Ground” by Evan H. Offstein. In this book, Offstein discusses how to always be ready for ethical dilemmas that may be coming your way. He also discusses other ways to reach the moral and ethical high ground. I cannot recommend this book enough; simply put, it changed my life.
This is just one of the few books that I have read in classes with Dr. Brian Ray, an incredible faculty member in the business school who is also serving as my honors thesis advisor next year. Another book I recommend is “The Business Ethics Field Guide” by Agle, Miller and O’Rourke, which I got to read in one of my all-time favorite undergraduate courses, Ethics in Global Business. This class and the readings prepared me to be the most ethically-focused business leader and person that I could strive to be. Because of this course, I became very involved in the Ethics Center within the business school, where I serve as the vice president and am also a member of the Ethics Case Team. Serving in this capacity gave me the chance to have lunch with Bill O’Rourke, one of the co-authors of the book. It was fascinating to learn all about his perspective on the book and different ethical dilemmas he has faced while in the professional world.
A few other books I would recommend are “The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork” and “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,” both by John C. Maxwell. I read these books in Leading Organizations with Dr. Ray (another course I highly recommend!), and they helped to expand my understanding of leadership and teamwork. A final must-read from my list is “Emotional Intelligence 2.0” by Bradberry and Greaves, which I read in Emergent Leadership with Dr. Alex Sevilla. This book is a great for anyone wanting to understand human interaction and how to better yourself both personally and professionally.
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