Culture & Competency

Read More – or Not

I was at a meeting last week where the lead presenter threw out the names of lots of books. They were all good ones too, many of which I have on my shelf. But … it can be hard to find focused time to just read. We all know it’s good for us, perhaps even critical for our careers … but the hurly-burly of day-to-day life can throw the best intentions out of the boat.

When I had a chance to talk to him, I mentioned a couple of ideas that could make the “read this book” concept more palatable:

Soundview Executive Book Summaries. Rather than you buying and reading the books, they read the key business books of the year and summarize them in 8 or so pages. Key points. Highlights. That kind of thing. You can get it to read or listen to. The audio summaries come with the Premium subscription.

Audible. Provides the full length book in audio format – for iPods and other such devices. I used to listen to these while I was gardening on Saturday, or mowing the lawn. Equally, listen while you’re on the tube, train, taxi, plane, or car.

Remember, you’ll be the same person in a year, apart from the people you meet and the books you read. What are you doing to become someone different / better – you.improved perhaps?

If you don’t read it … you can listen to it!

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  1. I like to read and as you mentioned it, the hurly-burly of day-to-day life is well giving us a hard time especially when you have kids.
    I have then bought an iPad and increase my reading by 20 %. By adding as you mentioned the audible s that I read/listen when gardening or my DYI.
    curiously, I also found that writing make you naturally read more.