Book Recommendation for Fall Reading: Business Magnetism

Laura Stepanek, Editor of SDM magazine, has thoughtfully posted this recommendation:

Lately I’ve been exposed to several books, which have been published over the past year or so, about some unique aspect of security — I wanted to share them with you. Admittedly, I’m in various stages of reading each of them, although you won’t find any spoiler alerts here. Just some summaries and observations, should you decide the topics interest you. – Laura Stepanek

Business Magnetism: The Power of PartnershipBusiness Magnetism, by Lars Thinggaard, president and CEO of Milestone Systems, is about the author’s journey at Milestone from its inception through its acquisition by Canon in mid-2014. In a sometimes humorous, oft-times serious tone, Thinggaard discusses business philosophies (Scandinavian versus American management styles, for example) in a deeply intellectual manner. He touches on topics of leadership, timing, technology evolution, and much more — and his writing style is engaging.

From Chapter 1: “A workshop. Two Danish engineers. A coffee machine. They’re beavering away on ideas for products that will change our approach to conventional physical security and surveillance systems. Pioneering a new way for users to interface with their building controls. … These two Danish engineers work for Milestone Systems. The year is 2012. The location is Silicon Valley, the beating heart of the world’s technology industry.”

Laura got her copy of the book at an industry trade show, personally signed by Lars Thinggaard at our booth. Get your own copy of ‘Business Magnetism‘ on Amazon.

You can watch Thinggaard discuss his book on YouTube.

See the choices for Laura’s recommendations for books by other professionals in the security industry.


Courtney Pedersenby Courtney Dillon Pedersen, Corporate Communications Manager, Milestone Systems