Operations Manager, Dell
We were never told what to think about a particular book, it was more about what we thought ourselves. At first, it was challenging to open up to a new group of people and to actually come out with “this is what I actually think”. That was interesting.
And the challenging of how we think and how we formulate our thoughts, I thought that was really good as well. Trying to go behind the veneer and your initial reactions to get to something deeper underneath. It’s not every day you have conversations like that. Ordinarily you wouldn’t be exposed to those conversations or those books either. One of the take-aways that I got from it was the whole idea that if you have different perspective to somebody else, quite often it’s not that you are in conflict with that person, your ideas are in conflict. Try to see from their perspective and more importantly, or as importantly, think about your own perspective. I think about that more regularly. Why do I have a particular perspective? Do you hold your perspective or does your perspective hold you?—that stuck with me.
I would recommend the book club to people with a curiosity. If you are looking for answers, you will be in trouble, but if you are looking for a method or an approach, that’s key. There might be an answer today, and that won’t fit the question tomorrow. But if you have a well-rounded approach you can adapt. Challenging, enjoyable, insightful, genuinely good fun, I used to really look forward to the sessions. A great experience, would love to do another one.