By The Book: Learning From Our Office Book Club

 

Our Saratoga Springs office has a book club that meets quarterly. Book selections rarely have much to do with market research or workplace dynamics directly, yet our discussions have undeniably made us better at our jobs.

Group conversation inevitably shifts from the book’s themes to how we work together, and as this shift occurs, our discussions become a springboard for honest dialogue that might not otherwise take place in the office.

Through the lens of a book, we’re able to shine a light on workplace dynamics, leading to a better understanding of each other and a stronger team as a whole.

Ready to give a book club a try in your office? Here are some of our group’s best practices to help get you started with your own:

  1. Ensure diversity. Our best discussions include a pool of people where everyone brings something different to the table.
  2. Comfort is key. We like to keep the environment laid back and comfortable – with food and drink to layer in an element of fun.
  3. Rotate the role of Facilitator. It’s good to have someone prepared to redirect conversation in the event of discussion dead ends.
  4. Conversation before the official meeting is ok. Casual discussion about the book can help excite others to read and join in.
  5. Select books for the audience. Our best reads have been those in which everyone found something of themselves, while still learning some new.

THREE Recommends:

Looking for some good books for a team discussion? Here are some of our favorite Book Club selections: 

The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh

Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull

 

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