Books of my life | Mike Gallina

Mike Gallina is the Vice President of Outreach Services for the AultCare Health Insurance Plans. He is a motivational and leadership keynote speaker.

Mike Gallina is the Vice President of Outreach Services for the AultCare Health Insurance Plans. He is a motivational and leadership keynote speaker.

Q. What is the last book that you read?

A. The Making of a Man” by Tim Brown and James Lund (232 pages, 2015). Tim’s faith journey and struggles while managing the high profile status of being a star in the NFL resonated with me.

Q. What is the last book that made you cry?

A. The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks (224 pages, 1996). The emotional journey that meaningful relationships require was a reminder that anything worth keeping will challenge us to a soulful depth.

Q. What is up next on your reading list?

A. Dream Manager” by Matthew Kelly and Patrick Lencioni (176 pages, 2007). We all dream. We see what life can be as it relates to our current reality. In leadership, it is our job to harness the organization’s dreams, as well as our teammates’ dreams of what they can become, and turn those dreams into reality.

Q. What book did you have the idea for but somebody beat you to it?

A. The Winner Within” by Pat Riley (272 pages, 1994). I am forever a coach at heart, and this book touches the bias that I have about unlocking the winner within each of us.

Q. What section of the library or bookstore do you visit first?

A. I go immediately to the leadership/inspiration section. The ways that hearts and souls can connect to vision and purpose motivate me.

Q. What is your go-to book recommendation?

A. Lead for God’s Sake” by Todd Gongwer (256 pages, 2014). When we “Lead for GOD’s sake!” and not just “LEAD, for God’s sake!,” we become the best leader possible!

Q. What is the first book that you remember reading?

A. The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkein (304 pages, 1937). I read some shorter and less significant books in my younger years, but “The Hobbit” really raised my level of intrigue because of the journey of Bilbo Baggins and how he had to handle the “forces” that tried to derail him from his mission.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass