Graham🐝 Edwards en Lifestyle, Professions, Workers, Careers, beBee in English Consulting Principal • GPEStratagem 9/1/2018 · 1 min de lectura · +700

Moments — the power and beauty of bookclub.

The reason most people do not accomplish more is that they do not attempt more. The boy who does not read good books, who does not embrace every opportunity to extend his general knowledge, has no advantage over the boy who cannot read books and who does not have opportunity to extend his knowledge. 
"Bulletin" of the National Association of Corporation Schools July 1915

Moments — the power and beauty of bookclub.

Somehow I found myself part of a "bookclub" that reads business books. We get together after each book is read to discuss its major themes and what we gleaned from it — we also drink wine and beer, have something to eat, and discuss the merits of the latest superhero action movie.

The group consists mostly of people working on their MBA part time — although we are not all doing that. We are all there to learn, share our perspectives, meet new people, and build upon the opportunities that come with all of this.

Our last book club involved the merits of "discomfort" for personal growth and development (the book was The Beauty of Discomfort) — we also discussed our dreams for the future, the possibly of moving to China, the serendipity of common connections, a trip to Germany, and how the blockbuster superhero movies of 2018 will be amazing.

These were the conversations of people attempting to do more.

I'd like to thank Adrian, and Laura, and Victoria, and Behnam, and Renée, and Jenn, and Doug, and Robert — I am richer for the opportunity of book club.


Don 🐝 Kerr 16/1/2018 · #11

#6 @Graham🐝 Edwards Good list and there are even some on here that I have in fact read!!!

Graham🐝 Edwards 14/1/2018 · #10

#5 Thanks for the comment @Tausif Mundrawala... you are right... I am fortunate.

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Graham🐝 Edwards 14/1/2018 · #9

#4 Thanks for the comment @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA... there are a couple of people in the club that insist on books in audio. I hear you about time... I struggle to carve out some time to get on social media ... I've been so busy lately I don't get to appreciate a lot of the great content on beBee. I guess I could stop sleeping... lol

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Graham🐝 Edwards 14/1/2018 · #8

#3 Thanks for the comment @Harley King. I also find autobiographies informative at many levels.

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Graham🐝 Edwards 14/1/2018 · #7

#2 Thanks for the comment @CityVP 🐝 Manjit... I hear you with your concern... we have read three books so far a) The Power of Habit b) The beauty of discomfort and c) some gawd awful book on leadership that was so badly written I refused to read it (although some liked it). One of the other things I get out of the book club is the Y generation perspective, their energy and simply learning things I didn't know. I am definitely having fun with it.

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Graham🐝 Edwards 14/1/2018 · #6

#1 Thanks for the comment @Don 🐝 Kerr — it sounds like maybe you are just reading the wrong business books... here's a list

The Art of War ... 3000 plus years old and still does a great job transferring principles to business
On Search of Excellence ... the examples are a little dated but the principles and models hold up after 30 years
Any Six Sigma or lean book (Functional Excellence)
Management of Organizational Behaviour (Situational Leadership)
The Leader who had no title
Who moved my cheese (change management)
The little red book of sales
Anything by Zig Ziglar
Hope is not a strategy (plus it's a pithy saying)
SWAY: The irresistible pull of irrational behaviour (this actually came up at book club)
The beauty of discomfort (which started this buzz)

If none of these books work for you then maybe you just aren't really interested in business (they ain't fiction) — and that's OK.

I also read autobiographies and fantasy/SciFi so any recommendations are appreciated.

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Tausif Mundrawala 10/1/2018 · #5

How fortunate your''ll are to have this wonderful bookclub. It really sound interesting. I wish I could have been a part of it.

Thanks for sharing this buzz with us, @Graham🐝 Edwards

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Chris 🐝R Guest 10/1/2018 · #4

Love business books and non-fiction (bios of entertainers and musicians especially). Unfortunately time to read them is always at a premium @Graham🐝 Edwards - we are all victims to soem extent of time spent on social media with commensurate reduction in quality reading time.

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