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The value of a book club for leadership coaching and mentoring

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The last two years the organization I work for has undertaken a book club. I have been lucky enough to lead the book club discussion for four books. And I'm very excited to hand off the torch to a new organizational leader to take on the next two books. This experience has allowed our organization to reach out to a variety of current and future leaders and discuss current leadership topics in a non-traditional way.

To date we have read the following four books:

  • “Mini Habits: Smaller Habits, Bigger Results” by Stephen Guise
  • “Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results” by Stephen C. Lundin
  • “Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility” by Patty McCord
  • “Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts” by Annie Duke

Books were selected based on recommendations from staff, favorite books by organizational leadership and most recently by choosing recently published books that no one had previously read or engaged.

At Momentum we currently approach the book club in the following way:

  • Book club is voluntary
  • Book club requires only that you read the book and come prepared to share your perspectives
  • Book club is held at two different times of day to allow for the most participation
  • Book club is a safe learning environment ... all perspectives are welcome

 We have had three books that were overwhelmingly enjoyed by participants and one book that most individuals agreed was good in concept but not a favorite. After each book, we challenge the book club team to implement a key positive concept within our organization. This follow up to the book concepts has been extremely positive. Individuals have been able to practice the tenets of each book in a real-life work scenario.

 Why do I like book club as a leader? 

  1. I get to learn what other great leaders think.
  2. I get to implement core concepts that aren’t about ME or MY ideas ... but about experts and our teams’ ideas.
  3. I get to hear what a variety of interested employees think about leadership topics and understand them and their perspectives better.

And, the coaching and mentoring that occurs is a tenet that we at Momentum use in our core services.   We strive to practice what we preach by providing mentoring internally and to our clients through our Management Consulting, Process Improvement, Project Management, and Implementation Support services. 

Jennifer Oswald currently serves as Vice President for Momentum, Inc., a small, women-owned IT and Management Consulting firm based in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.  As a Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®), she leads the Momentum Team in providing services in Management Consulting, Process Improvement, Project Management, and Implementation Support.

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