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Book club

This year we will offer two separate book club sessions: one in the fall and one in the winter.

The book club is an opportunity to engage in learning and professional development by reading a book; getting together with your colleagues to explore new ideas; network; discuss the content of the book; and create an action plan to apply your learning at work and in life.


  • Participants will meet three times as a group.
  • Each person receives a personal copy of the book (yours to keep), along with guided questions to consider for discussion with the larger group.
  • Participants read the book!
  • Sessions focus on discussion about the contents and themes of the book, sharing thoughts about how the ideas presented in the book may be applied within the university community. 


Beth Partlow, MA, HR Specialist, Organizational Development

Session information

  • Winter offering

    The most votes for the winter session book went to:

    Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

    By Chip and Dan Heath

    switchWe all know it can be hard to change. It's unsettling, it's time-consuming, and all too often we give up when we see a setback. Why do we see only the obstacles rather than the goal? This is the question bestselling authors Chip and Dan Heath tackle in their compelling and insightful new book. They believe we only need to understand how our minds function in order to unlock shortcuts to switches in behaviour. Illustrating their ideas with scientific studies and remarkable real-life turnarounds—from the secrets of successful marriage counselling to the pile of gloves that transformed one company's finances—the brothers Heath prove that deceptively simple methods can yield truly extraordinary results.




    • Thursday March 28 from 2 to 3 p.m.
    • Thursday April 25 from 2 to 3 p.m.
    • Thursday May 30 from 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Fall offering

    The Culture Code: The secrets of highly successful groups

    front cover of the culture code

    By Daniel Coyle

    Where does great culture come from? How do you build and sustain it in your group, or strengthen a culture that needs fixing?

    In The Culture Code, Daniel Coyle goes inside some of the world’s most successful organizations—including the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six, IDEO, and the San Antonio Spurs—and reveals what makes them tick. He demystifies the culture-building process by identifying three key skills that generate cohesion and co-operation, and explains how diverse groups learn to function with a single mind. Drawing on examples that range from Internet retailer Zappos to the comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade, to a daring gang of jewel thieves, Coyle offers specific strategies that trigger learning, spark collaboration, build trust and drive positive change. Coyle unearths helpful stories of failure that illustrate what not to do, troubleshoots common pitfalls, and shares advice about reforming a toxic culture. Combining leading-edge science, on-the-ground insights from world-class leaders and practical ideas for action, The Culture Code offers a roadmap for creating an environment where innovation flourishes, problems get solved and expectations are exceeded.

    Culture is not something you are—it’s something you do. The Culture Code puts the power in your hands. No matter the size of your group or your goal, this book can teach you the principles of cultural chemistry that transform individuals into teams that can accomplish amazing things together.


    • Tuesday, November 6 from 10 a.m. to noon
    • Friday November 23 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, December 4 from 10 a.m. to noon

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