What We Are Reading

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As the season transitions, we’re busier than ever, but still work to stay sharp on industry trends, continuing education and general learning to expand our knowledge. Here’s a quick look at some of the books, articles and other media we’re into right now.

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
By Nicholas Carr
If you’re like us, and most humans, your everyday internet use is made up of daily — sometimes hourly — browsing. We process hundreds of pieces of information in micro media moments scrolling, scanning and firing messages through texts and emails. Have you considered how our brains might be adapting to these methods of communication? This book asks whether our use of the internet is sacrificing our ability to read and think in depth. More here.

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
By Richard Rothstein
A top pick from Publishers Weekly in 2017, this book chronicles the history of the modern American metropolis and explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation, and instead shows how laws and policy decisions passed by local, state and federal governments promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue today. More here.

Why Are America’s Three Biggest Metros Shrinking?
By Derek Thompson
This story in The Atlantic caught our eye as it highlights trends in development that are making smaller metro areas, particularly those in warmer climates, more desirable than the country’s largest cities and historic population centers on the coasts.

The Conscious Parent
By Dr. Shefali Tsabary
Several dovetailers also hold the title of mom or dad and work hard to excel as parents. We’re into this book, whose approach to parenting teaches us to see our children as our forgotten selves. It encourages us to look in the mirror to establish a relationship with our own inner state of wholeness as a means to communicate more effectively with our children. More here.

The 8-Word Strategy That Will Take Away Your Fear Of Making Bad Decisions
By Laura Garnett
To cultivate a growth mindset, we’re required to view failure as opportunity. But more commonly, failure is seen as the end result of bad decisions. This article in Inc. presents a simple process to retrain our decision-making and focus on learning, change and growth. More here.

Coors may have the best naming rights deal in sports
By Kyle Clark
You may have heard that the Broncos’ stadium has a new name: Empower Field at Mile High. News of the deal and brand implications for Empower Retirement got us thinking about the value of naming rights in elevating a brand name. As it happens, the Coors brand was ahead of the game on this trend. Read more on the naming history of the Rockies’ home stadium.