Reading Is (Always) In.
As part of our Leaders Inspiring Leaders program, iQor created the Leadership Book Club specifically designed for leaders wishing to invest in their leadership development journey.
Research shows that reading can improve intelligence and lead to innovation and insight. Reading increases verbal intelligence, and reading novels can improve empathy awareness of social cues. All the benefits of reading are invaluable to leaders wishing to improve communication skills, emotional intelligence, creativity – the list goes on. This is on top of the direct lessons you absorb and use from reading the stories, anecdotes, lessons, and self-improvement strategies within the books themselves.
So go ahead and put up your feet, grab that book you’ve been meaning to open, and read it! But first, finish this blog – for inspiration, of course.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body -- Richard Steele
The book, First Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham is a result of an exhaustive study undertaken by the Gallup organization involving 80,000 managers across a large number of industries exploring the concepts of employee satisfaction, selecting and maintaining good employees, and means of measuring employee satisfaction.
Challenging the then status quo, the approach was revolutionary when published (1999) and has become a business classic. First Break All the Rules asserts that the status quo is counterproductive, and encourages management to adopt innovative approaches to employee engagement.
Buckingham shares four key recipes to unlocking potential in your employees:
- Select for talents
- Suggest outcomes rather than direct control of process
- Focus on employees strengths and work around weaknesses
- Find the right fit for your employees.
What is it that separates great managers from the rest? Buckingham tells us it’s not those that think training is a cure all, or put all their time and effort in correcting an employee’s weakness. Superstar managers play favorites and hire employees with more earning potential than themselves. They don’t look for easy people to manage, either, and they make time more than once a year to talk performance.
Eager to crack this book open? We are.
Here are few example discussion questions we use to spark dialogue during our book club meetings. Feel free to use them as inspiration for your own book club session!
- Why is talent more important than experience, brainpower, and will power?
- Do you spend the most time with your best employees? Do you cast for talent?
- Did you set the employee up for success? Do they have what they need to be successful?
- Have you ever put someone in the wrong role? What was the result?
- Do you treat ever position with the respect it deserves? How is that connected to ones level of excellence and experience?
- Should top performers be able to make more money than their managers?
More About Our Club
The Leadership Book Club is a community of leading-edge managers who inspire each other to think outside the box and be the best they can be in their roles. In turn, leaders are creating top-performing teams with better communication, collaboration, and innovation.
The club is a small group (10-12 max) of leaders that meet bi-monthly and deep-dive into the book at hand. Facilitated by a member of the corporate training team and conducted bi-monthly, each session includes a review of the topics covered in the previous chapters and how the lessons can apply to current challenges or be incorporated in to one's own style. Everyone in the book club is encouraged to apply new techniques or ideas and share feedback with the group.
Stay tuned for our next book in the series, Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent by Sydney Finkelstein.
For more about iQor’s Leaders Inspiring Leaders Program, click here.