UDG recommended reads

Most of us have found ourselves with a bit more time on our hands recently so we've gathered some recommended and inspiring reads from around UDG Healthcare. If you would like to recommend a book that you have read, please add it to our Kudoboard HERE.  

Nigel Clerkin - Chief Financial Officer, UDG Healthcare

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (Douglas Adams)

"Not only does it contain the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything (yes, it does!), but it also has the most amazingly simple yet effective advice: Don’t Panic!!!​"


Greg Flynn - Global President, Ashfield Commercial & Patient Solutions
Good to Great (Jim Collins)

"There are so many aspects to this work that I love but my biggest favorite is the principle of ‘First Who and then What’ – Have the right people on the bus and the right people off the bus and make sure that the people are sitting in the rights seats. If you cannot predict the WHAT the most important hedge is the WHO. Be involved in meaningful work with people that you enjoy working with. If I make my minibus a pocket of greatness after a while the bus will get bigger because I am producing great results…​"

Mick O'Leary - Regional President, Ashfield Commercial & Patient Solutions

The Shipping News (Annie Proulx)​


Nareda Mills - President, Patient Solutions, Ashfield

Your Oxygen Mask First (Kevin Lawrence)

This book provides 17 habits to help high achievers survive and thrive in leadership as well as life.  The take home message being - you cannot ‘take care of business’ unless you have first taken care of yourself.

My favorite  chapter in this book is Chapter 2 – Forget Work Life Balance – this is a phrase that has become common place in recent years however the book highlights that balance is not for driven people – we will never attain it and need to focus on work-self life passion instead.


Amy Van Sant - Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs, Ashfield
Eat That Frog

"​Mark Twain once said “If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first.” ... Basics, “eating the frog” means to just do it, otherwise the frog will eat at you, meaning that you'll end up procrastinating it the whole day."

Mike Stout SVP & President, Commercial Services, Ashfield US
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen R. Covey)

"The main idea of the book is to develop your character to become more effective in life. Develop yourself and grow as a person. You’ll learn about 7 Habits that the world’s most effective people live by. These Habits are valid in all life situations. Basically, the book is about self-mastery and ultimately about mastery in dealing with others. Covey claims that in order to succeed in life you need to have a strong character you can rely on."​

Jeff Benedict – Chief Commercial Officer, Sharp

George Washington: The Wonder of the Age.  (John Rhodehamel)

It was the first time I really read a full history on our first President. His life had many challenges and setbacks both at a young age when he was in the English military and also when he was leading the Continental Army. But he always seemed to look at all aspects of the situation and manage to lead through it and also put the right leaders in place during certain timeframes to help support the country's success. He was very humble and I found it refreshing that he could have controlled his Presidency like a King but was truly focused on the future and making real change for America. He left the limelight of the Presidency and went back to his homestead and tried to live a normal life to the end. Amazing book.

I think we could take a lesson from this President and understand that with leadership comes the unique ability to not only lead but to be a good follower as well. Also, take into all account everyone's opinion and thoughts but in the end, make a decision and move forward with it for the best of the group and not the individual. Our democracy is still evolving 300 years later but it is because of great leaders like George Washington who could lead from the front and by the example of his actions.


Rob O’Beirn – SVP Divisional Commercial Director, Sharp

What they don’t teach you at Harvard Business School (Mark McCormack)


Whilst somewhat dated now (published in 1984), I read this book in my early twenties which is a collection of advice and anecdotes from Mark McCormack who is widely credited as the founder of the modern day sports marketing industry. It is a really easy book to read and the core premise (from what I remember!) is that you can have the best education, know all the right models/theory but ultimately you can’t be successful in anything you do without understanding people and what makes them tick i.e. everyone is different but understanding them and finding out what motivates them is key if you are going to work successfully with them. To do this, the most important thing is to listen more than you speak, something I still have to constantly remind myself of! Times have now moved on with a whole host of books/programmes on the topic but I just remember this book striking a chord with me early in my career.

Frank Lis, President – Sharp Clinical Services

Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand)

One of my favorite books is Unbroken. It is about an Olympic athlete, Louis Zamperini, who was drafted into WWII and his plane was shot down in the Pacific Ocean. He was stranded many months at sea, was captured by the Japanese and tortured over a few years. He endured many hardships over this period of time. He was finally rescued and went on to live an amazing life.


The book inspired me because Louis was able to overcome adversity through perseverance, hope, faith, mental toughness, ingenuity and a “never give up” attitude. Many of these qualities are essential in leading a business or managing your way through life. Also, Louis was a Christian, the same as me, and he was able to go back to Japan and find the guards who tortured him and he forgave them. This was unbelievable. Forgiving someone who wronged or harmed you is not easy to do. Louis could have become bitter and spiteful and let the situation ruin his life. He took the high road and forgave his enemies and in turn some of them became Christians and turned their lives around. I am a firm believer in second chances and by forgiving these prison guards he gave them a second chance at life. He had a positive influence on many of the people he encountered during his life. If only we all could be so inspiring to others.


Kevin Orfan, President - Sharp Division

Gold Medal Strategies

I found Jim Craig's book titled "Gold Medal Strategies, Business Lessons from America's Miracle Team" to be a very interesting and inspiring read.  There are excellent, practical and pragmatic tips and life lessons throughout the book that are easy to understand and easy to put into practice.  It's also a great underdog story for both Jim personally, and of course for the 1980 U.S. men's Olympic hockey team.

Ellen Lewis - VP Medical Scientific Services

A Wrinkle In Time (Madeline L’Engle)


Darlene Bressack - Director of HR

What Alice Forgot (Liane Moriarty)


Terri Greenley - Business Unit Head

Becoming (Michelle Obama)


Cheryl Sabetta - Strategic Partnership Lead

Untamed (Glennon Doyle)


Shannon Miller - Head, US Client Services

The Happiness Project (Gretchen Rubin)


Mary Krupinsky - VP, Client Services

Letters To A Young Poet (Rainer Maria Rilke)


Zoila Mora - Vice President, Medical & Scientific Services

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (Don Miguel Ruiz)

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