This post is the first in an ongoing blog series that explores the positive impacts of reading and joining a peer community.
We all love curling up with a book or listening to a podcast when we have some free time. But what you read, listen to and, most importantly, discuss can benefit you when you are at work too. The ideas generated from books and podcasts can have a real influence on how you support your business and your teams.
That’s why we’ve established the Community Book Club – to spark the insights that will inspire a more prosperous chapter for your organisation.
What is the Community Book Club?
We’re introducing the Community Book Club to start valuable conversations among business leaders. It’s a place for us all to gather and share our key learnings and thoughts around such important topics as team building, time management and diversity in business.
How does it work?
Our business leaders have hand-picked a selection of must reads, from definitive leadership texts to bold new perspectives on business practices. Each leader will then chair a virtual lunchtime discussion of their recommended read, giving you the chance to share your thoughts and ideas with your peers.
We’ll be starting with a discussion of the classic leadership manual Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek. This will be led by Rob Harrison, Managing Director EMEA North at SAP Concur, who selected Sinek’s book for discussion.
You can explore the full reading list by downloading the Community Book Club brochure below.
Why should I get involved?
We believe every business leader has something to gain from joining the Community Book Club.
It’s a space for you to connect with like-minded people across fields in a relaxed environment. Joining communities where we can share knowledge and exchange ideas with our peers is a valuable way to forge professional connections and unlock new approaches to today’s biggest work challenges.
More ways to learn and share
Another reason to join in the Community Book Club discussion is the opportunity it offers you to empower yourself and your teams to succeed. When you choose to develop yourself by joining a wider community of thought leaders, you’re showing your employees the power of being dedicated to continual education and development. It’s leading by example. In fact, we’d encourage you to extend the Community Book Club invitation to your colleagues and/or teams to help build employee engagement through the shared experience.
What’s up next
Across the rest of this blog series, we’ll be looking in more detail at some of the other major advantages to joining the Community Book Club, including:
- The productivity benefits of reading
- How reading can have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing
- How staying engaged with new ideas helps foster a growth mindset
- How reading makes you a better leader
- The benefits of adopting an internal book club
- Why joining a wider community of leaders is always a good idea
Be sure to keep an eye out for these subsequent blog posts in the coming months.
In the meantime, why not begin your new chapter today? Click below to sign up for the inaugural Community Book Club discussion, where Rob Harrison will talk about why he recommended Start With Why and the impact the book has had on his leadership style.
Not able to read Start With Why before the Community Book Club Discussion? Don't worry, you can get all the insights you need to join the conversation by listening to this podcast interview with the author.