Would you take a day off to read a book?
You’ve been recommended a book.
“A game changer you’re told” by someone you respect and trust. A person who understands your deeper interests, such that you buy or download the book.
Yet the book remains unread.
You are confident that the investment in the reading process will have a justifiable return, benefitting not only you but your organisation, perhaps your family, or maybe your health and well-being.
That book is now sitting under a pile of similarly unread books, or hidden deep in your kindle.
When I ask this question, I see senior people adopt a look approximating shame, as though they are somehow duping the organisation. Those same people will justify time-out to attend any number of personal development experiences…but the thought of taking time out to read a book, even one with five-star recommendations, somehow seems a step too far.
None of this makes sense. In my view, we should be encouraging leaders to dust off the piles of unread books and all of their untapped potential…one book and one day at a time.
Simply, leaders must drive their own learning. No one is going to do it for them.
What book would you recommend for someone to take a ‘day-off’ to read?
This is my first recommendation….
It was a game changer for me, and hopefully for you as well.
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Viktor Frankl saw three possible sources for meaning: in work (doing something significant), in love (caring for another person), and in courage (during difficult times).
Leadership provides us with the opportunity of achieving all three.
Any sincere effort will pick you up somewhere, and leave you somewhere else.read more
About a dozen or so years after my grandfather died, I lost my father Alan. It was sudden and shocking. Dad is the most significant influence in my life. A quarter of a century later, I am four years older than Dad was when he died, and I still go to ring him. What I think about most are the conversations we never got to have. We still had a lot of talking to do.read more
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