by David Klemt

5 Books to Read this Month: June 2024

by David Klemt

Flipping through an open book

Our inspiring June book selections will give you a new perspective on goal-setting and teamwork, develop leadership skills, and improve your F&B program.

To review the book recommendations from May 2024, click here.

Let’s jump in!

Love & Whiskey: The Remarkable True Story of Jack Daniel, His Master Distiller Nearest Green, and the Improbable Rise of Uncle Nearest

I first had the opportunity to hear Fawn Weaver tell her story, the story of Uncle Nearest, and boldly proclaim the superiority of Tennessee whiskey to Kentucky bourbon six or seven years ago at Tales of the Cocktail. Her presentation, literally kneeling on a bar for nearly an hour so everyone in the room could see and hear her, blew me away. I’ve been a huge fan every since. If you ever get the chance to hear Weaver speak, don’t think about it, just do it. And make sure to pre-order this book today because this story is incredible.

From Amazon: “Embark on a captivating journey with Love & Whiskey. New York Times bestselling author Fawn Weaver unveils the hidden narrative behind one of America’s most iconic whiskey brands. This book is a vibrant exploration set in the present day, delving into the life and legacy of Nearest Green, the African American distilling genius who played a pivotal role in the creation of the whiskey that bears Jack Daniel’s name.”

Pre-order this book here!

A Quick Drink: The Speed Rack Guide to Winning Cocktails for Any Mood

I can’t imagine that Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix need introductions at this point in their careers. Both are icons of the industry, and both have dedicated themselves to not only the crafts of bartending and hospitality but also giving back. Not only will you find more than 100 cocktail recipes in A Quick Drink, a portion of the proceeds are going to breast cancer charities.

From Amazon: “Award-winning mixologists Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero co-founded Speed Rack, a global all-women bartending competition where competitors show off their talents making both classic and original drinks as quickly as their arms can shake and stir—all in the name of raising money for breast cancer charities… Shining a spotlight on the most influential women behind the bar today and their inventive drinks, this hot pink celebration of the incredible Speed Rack community is an unconventional, inspiring resource for home bartenders and professionals alike.”

Order your copy today!

Open Wide: A Cookbook for Friends

Benny Blanco wears a lot of hatsartist, actor, music producer, and now author—and now he’s adding an apron to the mix. This cookbook is irreverent and informative, and I learned about it from a mention on Matty Matheson’s Instagram. If Matheson digs it, that’s all the endorsement I need to pick up a copy.

From Amazon: “I’ve been told some of the finest stories over meals. I’ve laughed so hard I thought I was going to actually die. I’ve fallen in love—sometimes with the food, sometimes with the person across the table. I’ve cried in good ways, and I’ve cried in bad ways. I hope you’ve been lucky enough to have all these same memories and then some. But if you haven’t, I can make you a promise. If you follow these three simple steps, it will all become a reality: Open this book. Open your heart. And open wide, baby.”

Pick it up now.

How to Lead with Purpose: Lessons in Life and Work from the Gloves-off Mentor

Look, you’re going to make mistakes as a leader. We all do, and we’ll continue to make them as life goes on. However, we can avoid some mistakes by learning from others’ experiences. Similarly, we can mitigate the damage when we make those same mistakes by, again, learning from others. Moreover, great leaders can make the world a better place by making a positive impact on the people they lead.

From Amazon: “Liam Black has been supporting social entrepreneurs and purpose-driven leaders for decades, and he understands what it takes to do work that goes beyond the bottom line – and what it can take out of you, too.

“In this no-bullshit, woo-woo-free book, he reveals how to align purpose and leadership, how to deal with uncertainty, imposter syndrome, anxiety and loneliness along the way, how to exercise authority (even in the face of endemic sexism), and when it’s right to walk away.”

Place your order or download it here.

Start Less, Finish More: Building Strategic Agility with Objectives and Key Results

As an entrepreneur or member of a leadership team, you’re likely familiar with the abbreviation “KPI.” However, the abbreviation “OKR” may be new to you. Whereas the former means, “key performance indicators,” the latter stands for, “objectives and key results.” To provide a quick explanation, the OKR approach usually consists of stating a huge goal, then creating a strategy around the measurable metrics that will help an organization know if they’re on track to achieving said goal. There are some people who prefer KPI to OKR. I think both can be implemented by different members within the leadership team.

From Amazon: “Written with senior leaders in mind, Start Less Finish More is an accessible and to-the-point manual that will give you practical, step-by-step tools for implementing OKRs in your organization. OKR leadership begins with the development of a lean, engaging, adaptive strategy that is translated into short term—typically 90-120 day—stretch goals. Leading OKRs is a transparent, engaging process that aligns the whole organization to your strategy, building collaboration, commitment and accountability at all levels.”

Get yours today!

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