Retail Leader Book Club

RL Book Club

Designed to cultivate community and thought-provoking discussion, the Retail Leader Book Club aims to inspire retail industry executives with new ways of thinking that disrupt the status quo and drive innovation.

We’ll be showcasing a diverse mix of perspectives, covering the hottest topics and emerging trends in retail, leadership and consumer behavior. Sign up now (it’s free!) to join our Book Club, and we’ll keep you posted with updates on each book/author, plus info on how to attend our virtual “Meet the Author” interactive coffee hour events.

The Retail Leader Book Club includes:

  • Four featured books/authors for 2022.
  • Access to attend a Book Club member virtual "Meet the Author" coffee hour with interactive audience discussion.
  • Trend Talk podcast episodes with each author.

To sign up for the Retail Leader Book Club, click here!


What We're Reading in 2022:

Restoring the Soul of Business

Book #1: Restoring the Soul of Business: Staying Human in the Age of Data”

“Restoring the Soul of Business: Staying Human in the Age of Data” focuses on helping people think, feel and see differently about how to grow their companies, their teams and themselves in transformative times.

The hidden key to successful transformation in any organization lies between human intuition and data-driven insights. Rishad Tobaccowala draws on research and interviews, as well as over three decades of experience as a business and thought leader, to describe how digilog companies—ones where digital tools and analog people are integrated expertly—develop a hybrid consciousness and learn to be proactive when they see warning signs that human traits are being subordinated to technology and data-only decisions.

“Restoring the Soul of Business” provides practical tools and techniques that every organization can and should implement, and challenges readers to move forward with the kind of balance that catalyzes transformation and produces one great success after another.

Grab your copy here.

Save the Date:
Meet the Author Coffee Hour with Rishad Tobaccowala

March 24, 2022  
(Sign up for the Book Club to get access to this event)

Rishad Tobaccowala

About the Author

Rishad Tobaccowala is an author, speaker and advisor with four decades of experience specializing in helping people, organizations and teams reinvent themselves to remain relevant in changing times.

Tobaccowala speaks on change, future trends and transforming work forces to a range of industries, from technology (Google, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn), to media (The New York Times, Conde Nast, Univision), to blue chip firms (Walmart, Procter & Gamble, H&R Block, Bayer) to industry associations (Blue Cross Blue Shield, US Olympic Swimming, Radio Advertising Bureau). He also teaches programs on Change Management, Upgrading Your Mental Operating System and How to Lead with Soul for many firms, and guest lectures at The University of Chicago and Northwestern University.

Tobaccowala’s advisory clients include global firms such as Publicis Groupe and many executives at Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies, private-equity organizations such as Growth Catalyst Partner, Venture Capital firms such as Greycroft and technology platforms such as Crisp, Trendline and many more.

He spent nearly four decades at Publicis Groupe, an 80,000-employee firm comprising companies like Epsilon, Sapient, Digitas, Leo Burnett, Saatchi and Saatchi, Starcom and Zenith, dedicated to delivering marketing and business transformation. Before Tobaccowala stopped being a full-time employee with Publicis Groupe in 2019, he served as its chief strategy and growth officer and served on its management committee.

Gen Z 360 cover

Book #2 "Gen Z 360: Preparing for the Inevitable Change in Culture, Work, and Commerce"

Generation Z doesn’t play by the same rules or wait for permission. They don’t stand for social injustice or splash cash with reckless abandon. They innovate. They influence. They side-hustle. They disrupt. Their arrival is changing everything we know about culture, work, and commerce, and understanding who they are, and how they think and behave will be crucial to educators, business leaders, and policy makers alike.

Born between 1998 and 2016, this 78-million-strong cohort of young Americans is a generation like no other. They have never known a world without a search engine, cell phone, or social media. They grew up amidst constant economic, social, and political changes that have shaped their views and values. The combined effect of the two - technology and values - is creating a new set of norms and behaviors that will not only challenge everything we know about business but will also trickle up and spread to other generations. Getting to know Gen Z is therefore a business imperative and Gen Z 360 is your ultimate guide for what’s to come.

Based on in-depth research and years of experience advising global brands and retailers, author Hana Ben-Shabat—an award-winning management consultant and founder of research firm Gen Z Planet— not only describes the unique characteristics of this upcoming generation as culture creators, employees, and consumers, but also digs deeper into the “why,” explaining what’s behind the change and thus what it will take to navigate it.

From how to recruit, train, and integrate this hardworking and hungry generation into today’s multigenerational workforce, through to how to market products and services to them — Gen Z 360 is packed with insights and no-nonsense guidance that can make all the difference during one of the most transformative periods in business history.

Believing that if you want to know a generation, just ask “what’s your biggest dream,” Ben-Shabat, in her ongoing research, collected thousands of dream statements from teenagers and young adults. With the help of artists from all around the world, a selected number of these statements turned into illustrations. These are shared throughout the book, providing a unique perspective and a compelling look into the hearts and minds of this generation.

Grab your copy here. 

Save the Date:
Meet the Author Coffee Hour with Hana Ben-Shabat
June 16 at 2 p.m. EDT

Hana Ben-Shabat headshot

About the Author

Hana Ben-Shabatis the founder of Gen Z Planet a research, speaking, and advisory firm helping leaders across sectors and industries to prepare for the next generation of culture creators, employees, and consumers. In this role, Hana combines her passion for turning insights into growth engines with her commitment to support the integration of the next generation into business and into society in general.

Known for her creativity, expertise, and insights, Hana is an award-winning management consultant who was named as one of the “Top 25 Consultants” by Consulting Magazine for her thought leadership in retail. She is a sought-after speaker and commentator on consumer behaviors and trends.  

Before founding Gen Z Planet, Hana was a partner and board member of the global management consulting firm A.T.Kearney where she co-led the firm’s Global Consumer Institute and advised clients around the world on issues of corporate strategy and organizational effectiveness. Before that she held marketing positions at several Israeli tech companies.

Hana holds a B.A. degree in Political Science (major) and Psychology (minor) from Tel Aviv University, an M.B.A from Rotterdam School of Management, and a diploma in Corporate Finance from London Business School.


Book #4 "Good is the New Cool: The Principles of Purpose"

What is purpose? How do you discover it? How can legacy companies reverse-engineer it into their DNA in an authentic and meaningful way? And how can leaders harness its power to create compelling products and services for a new generation of socially-conscious consumers that attract the best employee talent who want to do meaningful work?

In this groundbreaking book, Bobby Jones and Afdhel Aziz share nine revolutionary principles based on their deep experience as co-founders of the world's most inspiring purpose consultancy Conspiracy of Love (with Fortune 500 clients like Adidas, Red Bull, Oreo and Microsoft). Good is the New Cool: Principles of Purpose is the essential handbook for corporate leaders wishing to unleash the power of "The Purpose Flywheel": creating inspired innovation, engaged employees and new frontiers for growth.

Grab your copy here.

Meet the Author Coffee Hour with Bobby Jones
September 2022 (Exact date TBA – Sign up for the Book Club to get access to this event.)

Afdhel Aziz et al. posing for the camera

About the Authors

Afdhel Aziz and Bobby Jones are two of the most inspiring leaders in the movement for business as a force for good. Their best-selling book "Good is the New Cool: Market Like You Give A Damn" was hailed as a groundbreaking manifesto for a new era of socially conscious brands. The book has grown into a global community of thousands of leaders in business and culture, with conferences, podcasts, and upcoming TV shows. Their purpose consultancy Conspiracy of Love, a certified B Corp, advises iconic brands worldwide like Adidas, Red Bull, Oreo and Microsoft and Fortune 500 companies like Unilever, Mars, Mondelez, Diageo, and AB InBev.