In “Reading List,” we ask ecommerce professionals to name some of their favorite recent books and blogs and tell us why they read them. For this installment, we corresponded with Amine Khechfe, co-founder and general manager for DYMO Endicia, a leading provider of shipping, fulfillment and U.S. Postal integration services.
Khechfe is responsible for all aspects of the DYMO Endicia business unit as well as managing its position within Newell Rubbermaid, its parent company.
Khechfe co-founded Endicia in 1987 and has held a variety of management roles in engineering, management consulting, software development, marketing, business development and sales engineering that have spanned his career. He is a regular speaker at several industry tradeshows, both in the U.S. and internationally, as well as user conferences and academic settings.
Khechfe earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science in Engineering from Stanford University. He is fluent in English and Arabic, and conversant in French.
Khechfe’s Top Five Recent Books
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
“A new hire at my company shared a link to the YouTube video of Randy Pausch’s 'last lecture' and later a colleague gave me the book as a gift. Pausch’s inspirational story was so moving that I decided to give copies of the book to my entire staff.”
The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky
“I received this book as a part of a class I was taking and found it provided a unique and interesting perspective on how to obtain and maintain happiness in life.”
The Five Temptations of a CEO by Patrick Lencioni
“Recommended to me by a fellow executive, this quick read addresses several challenges CEOs face, including maintaining a harmonious work environment. I loved the straight forward writing style and clear lessons so much that I began reading all of Lencioni’s books.”
Getting Naked by Patrick Lencioni
“Another highly-recommended book from Lencioni, Getting Naked teaches the importance of humility and truthfulness in business.”
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
“Lencioni has perfected the art of the business parable. This tale gives helpful lessons on leading a team in a way to help it overcome what Lencioni refers to as ‘the five dysfunctions.’”
Khechfe’s Top Five Blogs
“Marsha is an expert regarding everything eBay. Her blog covers everything from ecommerce to Facebook tricks and I read it to keep current with trends in online selling. I very much enjoy her perspective on the industry.”
“Mark Taylor’s blog provides me with another perspective on the shipping industry. He is an expert in small parcel shipping and a good colleague in the space.”
“I’ve always been a fan of Motley Fool and the solid financial information on this blog. They do a great job at making the mundane topic of finance enjoyable to read.”
“I read The Wall Street Journal daily to stay current with the news around the world. I love to read it on my iPad when I am traveling.”
“I enjoy all types of sports so the ESPN blogs are what I read for fun. It gives me a good break from work.”