Goldman Sachs Head of HR gives staff reading list

Goldman Sachs Head of HR gives staff reading list

Students nationwide are stocking up on required reading for their imminent return to school.

As such, Goldman Sachs has decided to issue a staff reading list chosen by their executives.  

Sally Boyle, Head of Human Capital Management at the bank, was one of the executives selected, with her choices potentially predicting what HR trends will be prevalent in the upcoming year.

Her choices, as well as those from her peers, can be seen below.

Sally Boyle, Head of Human Capital Management (London)

Half of the Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

“This is my favourite of Chimamanda’s books (although Purple Hibiscus and Americanah are also wonderful). Half of the Yellow Sun combines a beautiful account of three lives in Nigeria in the 1960’s against the backdrop of the country’s civil war. The characters in her book are so well-drawn and Chimamanda writes compassionately about her country’s history and its people.”

A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara

“A Little Life, which has been nominated for a number of book awards this year, is a long but very compelling read. It follows the lives of four classmates from a small Massachusetts college as they pursue their chosen paths in New York City. It is an extraordinary study of friendship and trauma – you are led to understand the minds of the characters in a way that is equally gripping and at times, harrowing.”

Bobby Vedral, Managing Director (London)

Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics, by Jonathan Wilson

“For all the sports/soccer fans out there – this is an excellent book that describes how football tactics have evolved over time. Applicable to our work – as it shows how ‘change is the only constant’.”

World Order, by Henry Kissinger

“Nobody knows the world of politics and diplomacy better than Henry Kissinger – an absolute and undisputed numero uno!”

Richard Manley, Managing Director and Equity Analyst (Hong Kong)

Poorly Made in China: An Insider’s Account of the Tactics Behind China’s Production Game, by Paul Midler

“This book is a look into the early years of China’s rise to become the workshop of the world. It contains first-hand stories depicting conduct that many will struggle to comprehend, but also outlines the cultural and governance challenges China’s manufacturers face as they are forced to compete beyond price.”

Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and South East Asia, by Joe Studwell

“While most listed Western companies are controlled by their minority shareholders, most Asian companies are controlled by a sovereign, corporate or family investors. Understanding the history, objectives and incentives of the tycoons that built many of Asia’s largest companies provides important context for anyone looking at Asia’s markets.”

Liz Bowyer, Global Co-Head of Brand and Content Strategy (New York)

Dispatches, by Michael Herr

“Years ago, when I went to work for Tom Brokaw on his book Boom! about the 1960s, the first thing he told me to read was Dispatches, Michael Herr's essential work of reportage on Vietnam. When Herr died this summer, I decided to re-read it, and was once again struck by how viscerally he captured the war experience. Herr renders Vietnam as at once terrifying and desensitizing, while also expressing the disaffection of a generation.”

The Noise of Time, by Julian Barnes

“The gap between appearances and reality is a theme in another book on my summer reading list, The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes. Barnes constructs an imagined inner narrative of the Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich as he grapples with the idea of truth in life and art under Stalin's regime. It's breath-taking.”

What books would you choose for your workforce? 

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