I own a small business, and I'd like for my team to begin reading certain books. What are the logistics behind a program like that?
I believe in reading. In fact, I believe in it so much that I'll sometimes go out and buy everyone on my team a copy of a book if I find one that really lights my fire. It could be just a cool little thing I hope they'll read, but once in a while I'll find something I feel is really important, and it will become required reading for everyone in the company.
We have seven books that all new team members must read within their first 90 days on the job. They're short, quick reads, but they all have values and messages I want my people to understand and take to heart. The company buys these books, and they're all in your new-hire package on the first day. Our leadership team reads books together and discusses them on a regular basis too.
I wouldn't recommend a common library, Scott. I'd just buy the books for everyone. That way, they can highlight things that are important to them, dog ear the pages and fun stuff like that - the kind of stuff that makes a book your own, you know? It's a good way for them to be on top of things, and they can go back and use it as a reference guide in the future.
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