Readers Are Leaders: Dos and Don't of an Office Book Club

Read almost any article about the habits of today's most successful entrepreneur or businessperson and reading often is usually found on that list. We know this and probably have been encouraged by our parents and teachers since grade school on the importance of reading. But once those required reading assignments from our formal education years end and we head into this "adulting" life, let's be honest. Making time to read can be a bit of a challenge! Between work life, family life and social life, picking up a book is many times put on the back burner. But what if you created a way to make it enjoyable and worthwhile both personally and professionally? Try starting an office book club!

How to Create One 

  • Make joining the book club optional. Some people may be happy to participate but those who choose not to should not be singled-out.

  • Everyone should submit book choices (anonymously if desired) and select at random the book for that month.

  • Select the discussion lead at random based on those who have agreed to participate.

  • Designate a day and time to meet. Fourth Fridays at lunch or Third Tuesdays mid-morning.

Tips to Make it Successful

  • Keep the discussions to an hour and providing food is always a win.

  • Aim for books with less than 250 pages which is manageable if you commit to read only 10 pages every day.

  • Don't be afraid to mix up the genre: fiction, non-fiction, memoir/biography, business

  • The lead for that month should be prepared with questions to spark discussion between the participants and keep the conversation on topic.

The benefits to creating workplace book clubs are numerous. Not only does it provide an outlet from the day-to-day workload, but it's also a great way to build stronger relationships and communication between team members. Depending on the type of book selected, ideas and practices could be applied to current projects the company is working on.

Book Selection Recommendations to Get Started

  • Strength Finders by Tom Rath

  • Building a Story Brand: Clarify Your Message so Customers Will Listen by Donald Miller

  • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

  • The Healthy Workplace Nudge by Rex Miller

  • Change Your Space, Change Your Culture by Rex Miller

  • Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

What are some great book recommendations you could add to this list? Share in the comments below!