February 10, 2015 § Leave a comment
As an avid reader, I take joy in reading virtually every genre there is when it comes to books. Authors like Charles Dickens, CS Lewis, Roald Dahl, Nelson Demille, Chuck Palahniuk, Stephen King and Dr. Seuss are just a few of my favorite writers who keep me turning page after page. Unfortunately, there is one genre of writing that I typically find myself avoiding, business books.
Business books by their nature tend to be boring and who wants to read something boring. Not me! In addition, after reading a book, I enjoy discussing the book with others who have also read the same book and getting their insights. However, it is a lot easier to find someone who has read Harry Potter versus any business book that is out there.
So last fall, our firm challenged its team members to read more business books and started the MHC&S Leader Reader contest in the office. How did it work? It was easy! Any MHC&S team member could read (or listen to the audio CD) any business book that was available in our firm library during the months of August through December. After finishing the book, the team member would then share 2 or 3 takeaways from the book during any internal firm meeting the team member was attending. The team member was then put into a drawing for a prize to be held at the conclusion of the contest in December. If the team member read more books and shared their insights, the more times the team member was entered into the drawing.
Needless to say, the books in our firm library, which were getting a little dusty, were quickly hopping off the shelves. I even found myself anxiously waiting for a book that had been checked out to be returned to the library. During the contest, a total of 38 different books were read, 7 audio books listened to, and a total of 52 entries into the drawing. Wow! I was amazed at the phenomenal group of individuals I work with at MHC&S who not only read the books, but shared how it made them grow professionally and how it benefited our firm.
So I ask, what’s in your library? Hopefully you have had the pleasure of reading a good business book lately. If so, I challenge you to reach out, share it, and discuss it with others. If you have not read a good business book lately, ask someone who influences you for a recommendation. You may be surprised at their enthusiasm to share a favorite book of theirs. Happy reading!