24 Jan What BM Smith Read in 2016
Taking a page from Bill Gates’s book, we resolved to read more to build on our value of Achievement. Although we can’t claim to attain to Mr. Gates’s 50 books a year yet, we’re working our way up there.
Here are just a few of the books we worked through together at BM Smith this year, in small group study workshops:
by Ken Blanchard, PhD and Spencer Johnson, MD.
(If you click on the title, you can read more about the book and even download a sample chapter!)
Although it might be hard to tell from the photo, this book is short and quick to read. The print is large and the pages small with lots of “white space,” giving you plenty to think about and space to do so.
I won’t tell you everything, of course, but the main point is to help members of an organization learn to be highly productive with minimal oversight, all by virtue of employees setting SMART goals with their supervisors.
Here at BM Smith, we worked for several weeks on practicing setting SMART goals, and sharing our SMART goals to bring a deeper level of understanding of what our coworkers in different departments were actually doing on a daily basis.
Did we become more productive as a result? Time will tell! I certainly feel more connected to my teammates after working through this book with them.
He’s an entrepreneur and a thought leader in the world of leadership, but he’s also an engaging writer and story-teller. You’re bound to be challenged, delighted, and inspired by Simon Sinek’s self-proclaimed ‘manifesto’ on “Knowing your Why.” He explains why you need to start with Why, tells you how to do it, and gives you enthusiasm and motivation to try.
We spent several weeks reading through the chapters and filling pages upon pages of giant white-board sticky notes with ideas on the perfect “Why” for our organization. We learned and uncovered a lot together, and still have more miles to travel with the fuel we got from this great reat.
While we continue to develop as people, our approach to work on a grand scale as well as with day-to-day projects has been permanently changed due to our Sinek encounter, and I can’t recommend this book enough!
If you want a little taste before you take the plunge, check out Simon’s TED talk, here.
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger.
This one might seem a little out there in left field, because it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with business or the workplace.
We decided to read it because this book, by exploring the author’s observations and experiences returning to America after combat, discusses what really makes a place feel like home. He analyzes the traits of communal culture, and what kind of impact a sense of belonging can have on a person’s psychological and emotional well-being.
Because we are in the business of building and maintaining community buildings where people live, we wanted to understand the challenges and benefits of community, and the elements that help foster community.
Tribe gives suggestions and inspiration for reconsidering some of the ways that our modern lifestyles disconnect us in areas where it matters most, and helps us to create some depth and intentionality behind our theory of how to create connectedness.
Excellent food for thought! We think you’ll enjoy it, even if you don’t always draw the same conclusions as the author.