Goldman Sachs Fall Reading List


In the annual Goldman Sachs Reading List, the firm’s leaders share recommendations from their bookshelves. This year’s list includes:

– Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach. “I chose this book given its simplicity but with the power to deliver very profound life lessons,” says Vidya Lakshmi, head of Human Capital Management in Bengaluru. “I have read and re-read the book plenty of times since it was recommended to me early this year by a speaker at a GS event. The book reminds me about making the most of the life I have been given.” 

– The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph, by Ryan Holiday is a must-read for Timothy Moe, chief Asia Pacific regional equity strategist. “I read this when it first came out a few years ago and gave copies to my team. It is a compact and impactful summary of Stoic philosophy that is immediately applicable to work and personal life. The key message is that challenges will occur in one’s life but you can choose how you perceive and frame them. Then, you must take constructive action to confront the challenge and have the willpower to persist.” 

– The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives, by Lisa Servon. “Well-researched book about the population that is underserved in today’s banking system and what we can do to change it,” says Chief Strategy Officer Stephanie Cohen.

To see more recommendations from the firm’s leaders across the globe, click here.

BRIEFINGS from Goldman Sachs

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