I’ve been asked a couple of times recently.
I am keen that all of our people live a value of persistent, ongoing improvement – in order that we can ensure that we achieve our ambitious vision for the business.
I understand that each person will do this in their own style, and want to ensure we support this.
For me, I find reading and reflecting one of the ways that I can achieve this – I know that I am better than I was 11 years ago when I had a hand in starting this business, but I also know that I will need to continue improving, each step of the way in future.
Hence I try to average out at a book every week or two.
To support this we have developed a library that’s probably bigger than those that exist in an average small business – and am happy for others to add their own preferences to our Amazon shopping cart. Reading patterns tend to follow whatever’s of most interest at the time.
Posting about the books we read is another matter, though.
We try to do this for a couple of reasons, including:
1) We believe it helps to reinforce whatever learnings we make in reading the book in the first place.
2) Once written, the posts serve as a ready reference for these key learnings in future (though some of these posts are made restricted, for this reason).
3) We believe that some of our posts will be useful to readers of the blog.
Note that some of the books we read are pretty average – we only try to post about those that offer us (and hence you) something of value.
Full Disclosure – yes, we often use tracked links to Amazon in the URLs linked to book names on the book review pages.
If you did happen to purchase the book from Amazon (by clicking through on one of these links), we’d earn a couple of dollars, which would help us to buy (and hence publish reviews of) even more books.
We believe you won’t mind doing us this service.
PS - it also helps me personally that I have a strong “Learner” predisposition