We’re very pleased that the latest installment in the “Introducing AMACOM” series is our new President & Publisher, Nancy Roberson!
What were you doing before you joined AMACOM?
I have been working in the exciting world of publishing for many years serving in key leadership roles including Executive Vice President & Publisher for the Career & Professional Group at Cengage Learning, Vice-President & Publisher for Williams & Wilkins (now Wolters-Kluwer), Vice-President, Director of Marketing at Scott, Foresman (now Pearson), Vice-President & Publisher at Mosby (now Elsevier) and most recently Director for Business Development for the Americas at Oxford University Press.
What are some business topics you find especially intriguing to read and learn about?
There are so many topics it is hard to select a few to discuss. However, I would have to say I’m drawn to anything that explores organizational leadership and how that differs from management. And from there, what traits are needed to be successful in each of these roles. Who are the best leaders, who are the best managers and why? Can you be both? Without a doubt in today’s business world, many companies are compared, contrasted, and even judged by starting at the top of the organizational structure with the leader.
Another key topic of reading interest of mine is anything about the digital transformation our world is undergoing. I’m mostly focused on the impact this is having on the publishing industry with regard to acquiring and delivering content to customers (and everything in between). As we know, it’s a challenge to keep pace in this arena because things are changing so fast, but at the same time, it’s also a great opportunity to embrace and explore new ways of doing business. I love reading about everything that is going digital and how it’s being done! Absolutely amazing!
What have you been reading recently?
The majority of my reading lately has been focused on keeping current on business topics, people of interest and doing research. I have all the major news apps loaded on my handheld which I try to check daily. And, I still read The Wall street Journal and New York Times in print (so nice to turn the real pages). I also continue to enjoy reading magazines—especially Architectural Digest, Traditional Homes, and Southern Living (yes, even living right here in NYC!). But in today’s environment, I think it’s so great to be able to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the world relating to business, culture, entertainment and life in general, by sitting in front of a computer or device and reading about all these topics in one place! I must confess, it’s been a while since I’ve actually taken the time to read a complete book but I’m sitting in my office staring at hundreds of great AMACOM titles which are right up my alley. That’s where I’m headed next.
What book do you want everyone else to discover?
Of course as the Publisher for AMACOM, our books are the ones I’d like people to discover and enjoy. And, to start with, I’m suggesting some that are on my personal list to-read. Those are Just Listen, Lead with a Story, Stiletto Network, A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens, and the soon-to-be-released, Lead with Humility.
Looking ahead, what opportunities do you see for AMACOM’s publishing program?
We will continue to acquire and create leading edge content in our chosen subject areas to support the overall mission of American Management Association and provide new, compelling offerings to our customers. As the digital transformation continues taking place across the world, we will work to deliver our content in whatever format customers desire, whenever they want it, on multiple devices across the globe.
Thank you Nancy!