We’re back once again with your monthly Guest Blogger feature. For our March blog we invited Douglas Marketing Group founder and president, Kay Douglas to blog for us. She shares her recommended books for success in business as well some personal favorites . Kay is also the author of her very own book!
KAY DOUGLAS: READING TO INSPIRE
Thank you for the opportunity to share my reading and library experience. As a business woman I have used the library for data, records, insight, partnership and a place to find solace for enjoyment by myself or with a child. There is something about being surrounded by the wealth of information in the printed word that grounds my sense of faith in people and their quest to share great ideas, experiences and knowledge. I love the feel of paper in a book, the renderings and holding a book open in my hands. Some of my fondest memories are reading, whether quietly in reflection, for relaxation or to gain knowledge. However my most precious times with a book was with my children. I packed them in a wagon as little ones and hiked to the library for story time and enjoyed watching stories come alive and excite my children. Reading out loud to them or cuddling up with a book is the best way to spend time. David’s favorite was Little Bunny Follows His Nose and it had scratch and sniff stickers. Shawn loved Mortimer and his adventures. These wonderful memories with my children are linked to books. I was even inspired to write and publish a children’s book, “Yours for the Dreaming: A Six Step Process to Fuel Creativity”, that was used to raise funds for Executive Women International Detroit – Windsor Chapter for literacy programs.
THREE FOR THOUGHT:
In my career, books have driven data for us and I have used the knowledge of others to constantly strive to improve my best practises. When asked to identify 3 materials that are important to my career, readings include:
1. The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results – by Gary Keller.
Keller’s most recent book The One Thing has been a great affirmation of the value of staying on task and prioritizing the most important tasks that have the most impact toward desired business outcomes. It is one I keep on my desk.
2. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t – by Jim Collins
3. Strength Finder 2.0 – by Tom Rath
ON MY NIGHTSTAND:
My media reading includes: The Globe and Mail, New York Times, The Windsor Star
Kay Douglas, president of Douglas Marketing Group, has been serving clients across Michigan and Ontario since 1991 and established Douglas Marketing Group LLC US, a Detroit-based office in 2007.
A well-recognized business innovator, supporter of a vast array of organizations and community groups on both sides of the Michigan-Ontario border, Kay is also an accomplished children’s author of “Yours for the Dreaming,” as well as being a talented fine artist.
Kay leads a full-service agency that recognizes Windsor and Detroit as a unique International Region with well-established ties to the global marketplace.
This visionary approach has led to the development of her firm’s proprietary software that manages brands and fully integrates return-on-investment dashboards to track results for clients across North America, Africa and Asia.
The firm’s Detroit office has taken the lead in developing innovative marketing strategies linking U.S. and global marketplaces.
Kay and her staff have also developed “The Leading Series” workshops and online blogs designed to create deeper global relationships and allow DMG to reach audiences around the world.
Kay’s book, designed to fuel creativity in children, was launched as a fund-raising initiative for Executive Women International Detroit-Windsor. It has since become the foundation for an educational program already introduced at Cedar Crest Academy in Clarkston, Mich., at seniors’ centers and in schools as far away as Kenya.
Kay was recognized with the 2014 Perfect Pitch Award from Women Business Enterprises and is the 2014 winner of the Athena Award from the Windsor Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Clients she has been proud to serve include Henry Ford Hospital, Cirque du Soleil, Michigan International Speedway, St. John Brighton Hospital, Metrobank, Harvey Hohauser and Associates, Wayne County Community College District, Michigan Epilepsy Foundation, Homes for Autism and Oakland University School of Nursing.