What are five books on your night stand?
Nancy Green, the newly-appointed president and Chief Creative Officer of Old Navy, started out as a merchandise manager at its parent company Gap Inc. in 1986. Prior to her shift to her Old Navy role, which was announced this week, she was president and CEO of Athleta, the Gap-owned athleticwear brand that offers women “buttery” soft leggings, as well as a source of inspiration. “The Power of She” campaign, which Athleta launched a few years back, aims to redefine what it means to be a healthy and powerful woman.
- Winning from Within: A Breakthrough Method for Leading, Living, and Lasting Change, by Erica Ariel Fox. I read this one to prepare for a recent leadership training and loved its practical takeaways for continuing to evolve as a leader.
- Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight. I was drawn to Phil Knight’s incredible honesty and intense passion for truly getting to know his customer. There are lessons in this book for everyone—and bonus points: it’s quite funny.
- Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity and the Power of Change, by Beth Comstock. At Athleta, every single day, we are constantly innovating and looking for the “next”–especially when it comes to sustainability. I appreciated how Beth Comstock makes change feel approachable and especially loved learning about her experiences as a strong female business leader.
- The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results, by Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter. I gave this one away to quite a few people on my team. Our people are one of our most valuable assets, and this book was full of actionable lessons for creating a compassionate work space.
- Becoming, by Michelle Obama. I am so inspired by Michelle Obama’s grace and eloquence, while still making her experiences so relatable and honest.
Click here for the rest of the article by Claire Miller writing in Fast Company July 2019