The 2022 Porchlight Business Book Awards Longlist is here! 

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The 2022 Porchlight Business Book Awards Longlist

Dylan Schleicher

November 17, 2022

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“This terrific collection of books balances the innovative with the iterative, and champions doing the right things the right way to make our work and our future tangibly better, no matter the industry or the endeavor.”

The past few years have laid bare just how deeply embedded many of the systemic challenges we face truly are. The books we have read and recommended the most over that time reflect that reality, often taking a 30,000-foot view to give us a better picture of the terrain we all go to work in every day. This year, we’ve found ourselves inundated with and immersed in books focused on what things look like on the ground, and how to go about our work with the knowledge we’ve gained during the pandemic and the years that proceeded it. There are, for instance, four books on our longlist this year focusing (at least in part) on restaurants—perhaps the hardest hit industry in the last three years—that provide lessons in resilience, service, and community building.

Our Managing Director, Sally Haldorson, had this to say in our final deliberations on this year's books:

This year’s longlist bears a more practical problem-solving mien than years past. The demands of the pandemic and other ongoing cultural tensions have made us more pragmatic, more hesitant to deal in declarative sentences and idealistic renderings now that we’ve been jarred by several years of intense change to how we work and how we live. This terrific collection of books balances the innovative with the iterative, and champions doing the right things the right way to make our work and our future tangibly better, no matter the industry or the endeavor. We do this, they collectively declare, by valuing progress over perfection, community over collateral, and the well-being of all over the enrichment of the few 

If recent years have reminded us how important it is to pause, to reflect on and reconsider our assumptions and direction, this year is about the need to roll up our sleeves and get engaged in the work. Here are the books we believe can help us do that.

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LEADERSHIP & STRATEGY 

MANAGEMENT & WORKPLACE CULTURE 

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS/SALES & INFLUENCE 

INNOVATION & CREATIVITY 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT & HUMAN BEHAVIOR 

CURRENT EVENTS & PUBLIC AFFAIRS 

NARRATIVE & BIOGRAPHY 

BIG IDEAS & NEW PERSPECTIVES 

Thanks, as always, to all the authors who put their hearts, souls, and time into producing these books, and to everyone else working in the industry who helped bring them to life (and to the many other books we loved but had to leave off this list). We appreciate all of you, and the monumental efforts you put into bringing more books and ideas into the world. 

We will announce our shortlist on December 15th, and the overall winner on January 12th, 2023.

About The Author

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of Porchlight since 2003. After beginning in shipping and receiving, he moved through customer service (with some accounting on the side) before entering into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the marketing and editorial aspects of the company. Outside of work, you’ll find him volunteering or hanging out at his kids’ school, catching the weekly summer concert at the Washington Park Bandshell, or strolling through one of the many other parks or green spaces around his home in Milwaukee (most likely in his garden). He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.

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