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At Hartford Funds, we use our human-centric investing approach to help financial advisors build fruitful and productive relationships with their clients. 

We find that reading, whether for business or for pleasure, fosters creativity, encourages empathy, and provides meaningful insight that advisors can utilize to improve themselves and their practices.

Here are some books that inspire us:

Fiction

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Beneath a Scarlet Sky - Mark Sullivan

"Based on a true story, this novel follows a young Italian teenager during World War II. Besides the riveting narrative, the detail, illustrative writing, and effortless depiction of how the war affected individuals, families, and the world made this one of my top reads."

Liz Fisk, Public Relations and Communications Consultant


On the Road – Jack Kerouac

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern

“The scenes painted by the author are breathtaking, and the magical conjuring battle is highly engaging. Part of me wanted to join the circus after reading this book."

Kylie Baker, Client Service Manager

History

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World – Jack Weatherford

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World – Jack Weatherford

“His approach to promoting the most qualified soldiers rather than relying upon aristocratic structures and supporting religious freedom helped create the largest empire in history. His story teaches lessons that translate to the business world relating to the power of inclusiveness and diversity in a workforce.”

Joe Melcher, Chief Compliance Officer


The Storm Before the Storm - Mike Duncan

The Storm Before the Storm – Mike Duncan

“A history of the Roman Republic in the years before Julius Caesar’s rise to power. The author is also the host of the “History of Rome” podcast. If you’re a lover of Roman history, I highly recommend both the book and Mike’s podcast.”

Mike Morley, Sales Support Manager

 

Biographies/Memoirs

Born Standing Up – Steve Martin

Born Standing Up – Steve Martin

“Between reading two books written by MIT professors, I wanted a fun read I could finish on a cross-country flight. It was interesting, entertaining, and contained relatable insights from a master communicator.”

Ryan Sullivan, Director, Strategic Markets


Slouching toward Bethlehem – Joan Didion

Slouching Towards Bethlehem – Joan Didion

“This collection of personal essays mesmerizes in such a particular way. I admire her quiet insights, her precise descriptions, and her ability to capture the inarticulate qualities of people, places, and time simply and beautifully.”

Amanda Dougherty, Copywriter

Self-Improvement

Mindfulness in Plain English – Henepola Gunaratana

Mindfulness in Plain English – Henepola Gunaratana

“I’d recommend this book to anyone looking to establish or rejuvenate good meditation habits which was written by a Sri Lankan monk.”

Brian Kraus, Head of Investment Consulting Group


When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing – Daniel Pink

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing – Daniel Pink

“Time actually has a pretty big impact on us, and we often don’t realize its implications. Pink delves deep into fascinating research then shows us ways to harness time to improve our lives.”

Pete Beisser, Senior Copywriter


Willpower Doesn’t Work – Discover the Hidden Keys to Success – Benjamin Hardy

Willpower Doesn’t Work – Discover the Hidden Keys to Success – Benjamin Hardy

“This book discusses the notion that things like willpower and discipline are old, outdated methodologies. The new-age key to success is structuring your environment and making it aligned with your goals.”

David Ingram, Advisor Consultant

Business


Willpower Doesn’t Work – Discover the Hidden Keys to Success¬ – Benjamin Hardy

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action – Simon Sinek

“I was inspired by the author’s Ted Talk and wanted to dig deeper into the concept of why we do what we do. This book really highlights the need for each person and organization to have clarity (or find clarity) on their ultimate purpose.”

Julie Genjac, Director, Strategic Markets


Exponential Organizations – Michael S. Malone, Salim Ismail & Yuri van Geest

Exponential Organizations – Michael S. Malone, Salim Ismail & Yuri van Geest

“This is a quick read that outlines the common features and attributes of firms that are innovating their way to unbelievable growth, and how you can use those insights to position your company for more innovative and scalable processes and products.”

Chris Wilcox, Assistant Director, Strategic Marketing

The Holiday Season can mean exaustingly long commutes. Pass the time with a great podcast, recommended by Hartford Funds employees.

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