Take a Look and Pick a Book: Introducing Our 2023 Summer Reading List

Ah, summer. The time to sit back and relax, hit the beach, or take to the skies—and curl up with a good book or two. In what's quickly become one of my favorite annual traditions at Russell Investments, I survey our associate base for their summer reading recommendations every year around this time.

So, as summer hits its stride this year, I'm pleased to share our associates' top reading choices again—and what a list we have this time. From deep dives on tackling unconscious bias and reimagining higher education to lighter reads on generational differences in the workforce and the power of geography, I'm confident there's something for everyone on 2023's list. So, I encourage you all to take a look and decide on a book to peruse. Because summer is here, and it's time to relax, unwind and broaden our horizons.

Bucking the Buck: U.S. Financial Sanctions & International Backlash Against the Dollar

Daniel McDowell
Oxford University Press

The capacity to understand future financial trends lies at the intersection of governments, global financial infrastructure, and markets, including currency. In addition to providing a unique insight into how our global financial / payments system works in practice, this book argues that the U.S.' increased use of financial sanctions has increased the pursuit of anti-dollar policies. U.S. sanction activity has recently hit peak levels following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. As the U.S. dollar serves as the global reserve asset and the currency of choice for cross-border investment activity, marginal changes among foreign governments can significantly impact long-term trade flows and investment trends.

The Leader's Guide to Unconscious Bias: How To Reframe Bias, Cultivate Connection, and Create High-Performing Teams

Pamela Fuller, Mark Murphy, and Anne Chow
Simon & Schuster

Unconscious bias is something others struggle with, but not you, right? That's what most people—myself included—often think. That's why this book is an important one. The Leader's Guide to Unconscious Bias dives deep into a topic we often don't even realize is affecting us. The guide reads like a candid conversation with seasoned professionals who truly understand the impact of unconscious bias in today's diverse world.

The authors include Pamela Fuller, a former diversity analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense, and Anne Chow, the former CEO of AT&T Business, the first woman of color CEO in AT&T history. The book is a wake-up call that challenges leaders to own up to their own biases and take action to build inclusive environments. Right from the first chapter, the authors get real about what unconscious bias is and how it messes with our decision-making. They paint vivid pictures with real-life examples that hit close to home.

This book isn't just about awareness. It's about practical solutions. The authors dish out a buffet of strategies and techniques to help leaders tackle bias head-on. From simple exercises that make you question your own assumptions to implementing fair hiring practices, they give you the tools to make a real difference in your organization. They include case studies and discussion questions at the end of each chapter, along with other tools, like a prep worksheet and a list of ways to reframe your unconscious thoughts.

The authors also stress the importance of ongoing education and dialogue. They encourage leaders to create safe spaces for open conversations about bias, where employees can share their experiences and perspectives.