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Updated: September 5, 2023

Summer reads: Quick takes from 3 Maine business leaders

What are Mainers reading this summer? Mainebiz put the question to three business leaders. 

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Jayne Van Bramer, of Sweetser

Jayne Van Bramer, president and CEO of Saco-based nonprofit Sweetser, recently read “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action,” by Simon Sinek.

“What struck me most about the book was the comparison between the use of manipulation versus inspiration to influence employees, customers, etc. and the unpacking of human interactions to understand the basis behind inspirational leadership,” she says. “When you explain your purpose and the reason you behave as you do, it creates a more enduring and sustaining impact. The takeaway? Start with your why, the reason driving the action, before moving into the when and how.”

Amanda Rand, president and CEO of Spinnaker Trust in Portland, found “The Covenant of Water,” by Abraham Verghese, to be the best book she has read in a long time.

Amanda Rand

“The book tells the story of a family in southwest India over three generations. So much of the work we do as advisors involves helping clients make decisions now that will benefit their families far into the future. ‘The Covenant of Water’ follows a family and examines how decisions reverberate across generations. The book also explores the shifting hopes and dreams of women in India throughout the different time periods.”

Diane Sturgeon

Sticking close to home this season, Small Business Administration Maine District Director Diane Sturgeon says, “This summer I’ve been reading a few things written by Maine authors — the latest Paul Doiron, waiting on a new Tess Gerritsen, and right now, I’m re-reading ‘The Ghost Trap,’ by K. Stephens, in preparation for the movie coming out. The film was shot in Maine last summer and the story is set in the midcoast. It does a fantastic job of capturing the day-to-day struggles of fishermen in Maine and the grit of the working waterfront that I love.”

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