There are always more books than time for me.  I really enjoy reading.  Personally, I have a preference for classic fiction.  Professionally, I have a preference for reading in book clubs.  Lately, I’ve noticed my stack is growing and my time spent reading is limited. When I stopped to reflect why, I’m recognizing that the lack of book club opportunities is a direct relationship.

What I gain from being a part of professional book clubs:

  1. Decision. I will sometimes delay starting reading because I’m trying to decide which book is best to read next.  Yes, I will analyze and delay this for the amount of time it would have taken me to just read the book. If I’m in a book club, the decision of which book is made.
  2. Focus. When I’m in a book club, I know I have a responsibility to read the book. To be able to participate fully, I focus on reading only that book. Otherwise, I will easily, mix up content etc.  In addition, we often approach the meetings with 1-2 chapters at a time.  I can focus in always get in 1-2 chapters in the time allocated versus feeling overwhelmed by finishing the entire book.
  3. Discussion. I’m an extrovert. I gain a deeper application by talking through the concepts, discussing questions, etc while I’m reading a professional book. If I’m reading at the same time as others, that means we can discuss what we are reading while we are reading it 🙂
  4. Action. Often, in these clubs, inspiration to experiment occurs.  What could we try? What could we implement? What could I do differently? Sure, I would love to tell you that this always happens when I read and it mostly does – the difference is whether I feel any sense of accountability for telling others what I’m inspired to try.  Once I do that – I’m all in.

What have you gained from book clubs with colleagues?

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick is a leadership and organizational advisor. Her transformational leadership at all levels of an organization, ignites growth of leaders and high performing teams to deliver quality outcomes. Tricia has more than twenty years of experience in the software development industry. She is a highly-rated trainer, coach, facilitator and motivational keynote speaker. Beyond her extensive knowledge and skills, her biggest offering is inspiring people to believe anything is possible.

One Comment

  • Jeremy says:

    Along with everything you listed. I like that I get to hear how others may have perceived a passage differently because their past and current experiences are different than mine. Sometimes they caught something that I missed or didn’t appreciate as much as I could have.

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