Margot’s summer reading list

skinnypasta-blog-booksLooking for a good summer read? Here’s what our CEO, Margot Micallef, recommends on the subjects of health and business:

1. Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers by David Perlmutter, MD, Little Brown and Company, 2013

Dr. Perlmutter makes the case for the connection between what we eat and the performance and health of our brain. He shows how a high carb diet (which most people in North America have been encouraged by our national food guides and by traditional thinking to eat) can lead to neurological ailments including dementia, ADHD and Alzheimer’s Disease.
As the founder & CEO of Gabriella’s Kitchen, makers of skinnypasta™ I am very interested in the relationship between food and chronic illness. Skinnypasta™ provides delicious healthy alternatives to traditional pasta. Dr. Perlmutter’s theories support replacing traditional pasta with skinnypasta™. I am always intrigued to learn the science behind what I have experienced. Replacing high carb food where possible with delicious low carb alternatives is a healthier way to eat and live.

2. Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win by William C. Taylor & Polly LaBarre, William Morrow, 2006

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last decade you would be acutely aware that “business as usual” is dead. This is especially true in the consumer packaged goods world. Consumers are looking for healthy, innovative products that are delicious and contribute to good health. The traditional CPG companies are struggling. 70% of their growth is coming from their better for you divisions which account for less than 30% of their sales.
New, innovative companies like Gabriella’s Kitchen (makers of skinnypasta™) are making a bold impression in the market by empowering consumers to advocate on their behalf to get them on retail shelves in place of traditional products which they are rejecting. As the founder and CEO of Gabriella’s Kitchen, I want to surround myself with innovative thinkers, with people who have the courage to break out of the mold and with those who have the vision to see the way forward without a road map.

3. The Female Advantage: Women’s Ways of Leadership, by Sally Helgesen, Double Day 1990

I read this book over a decade ago when I was starting out in business. I still believe that its fundamental tenant -that the way women lead gives women a distinct advantage in the corporate world. I’m planning on re-reading this book this summer. As the founder and CEO of Gabriella’s Kitchen I periodically stop for a “leadership tune up”. I sharpen my focus on what I need to do to inspire my team to reach for ever greater heights, push boundaries and find the greatness that is within each of them. That’s how amazing companies are built, how great products get to market and how we change the world! (Margot shared this pick with Chief Executive in their story on what CEOs are reading this summer!)