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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.

Format

  • 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. 

Facilitator

Beth Partlow, MA, HR Specialist, Organizational Development

Session information

  • Winter offering

    The following are the exciting book options for the winter session. Please vote and let us know which book you would prefer to read. You also have the option to suggest a book that relates to subject matter.

    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.

     

    New Power

    By Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms

    new powerFor most of human history, the rules of power were clear: power was something to be seized, and then jealously guarded. Under this 'Old Power' we lived in a world of rulers and subjects. Now, we all sense that something has changed. In our new hyper-connected world, ideas and movements can spread and flourish with astonishing force and speed. In New Power, Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms confront the biggest story of our age and trace how New Power is the key to understanding where we are and will prosper in the 21st century.

     

     

     

    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

    By Susan Cain

    quietCain argues that modern Western culture misunderstands and undervalues the traits and capabilities of introverted people, leading to "a colossal waste of talent, energy, and happiness."

    This book presents a history of how Western culture transformed from a culture of character to a culture of personality in which an 'extrovert ideal' dominates and introversion is viewed as inferior or even pathological. Adopting scientific definitions of introversion and extroversion as preferences for different levels of stimulation, Quiet outlines the advantages and disadvantages of each temperament, emphasizing the myth of the extrovert ideal that has dominated in the West since the early 20th century. Asserting that temperament is a core element of human identity, Cain cites research in biology, psychology, neuroscience and evolution to demonstrate that introversion is both common and normal, noting that many of humankind's most creative individuals and distinguished leaders were introverts.

    VOTE

    Dates:

    • 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.

    Dates:


    • 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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