One aspect of LJB’s culture that staff members continuously praise is the atmosphere that encourages and facilitates professional development. In that vein, the company started a quarterly book club last year that provides employees an opportunity to learn the latest business trends and discuss how these ideas can be implemented at LJB. The books are selected by group consensus.
“Most of the books so far have dealt with leadership. Usually you can apply ideas from the books to any position in our company,” says Marion Wells, LJB environmental scientist, who is founder and co-chair of the club. “It makes you think how you can be a better leader in your current position.”
One important benefit of the club is that it provides a forum for co-workers to connect and share different perspectives and ideas. It also provides an opportunity for the employees to interact with those outside their typical teams.
“While I always get something out of the books themselves, I have really learned a lot from the book club discussions,” said Kim Messer, LJB’s Corporate Marketing Manager. “Hearing my co-workers’ reactions and viewpoints helps me generate ideas on how to improve our company.”
Members of the LJB book club recently ranked the six books read to date on a five-star rating scale.
• All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results by Adrian Gostick, Chester Elton (4 stars)
• Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results by Stephen C. Lundin, Ph.D., Harry Paul, and John Christensen (4 stars)
• What the CEO Wants You to Know by Ram Charan (4 stars)
• Deadline Busting by Jeffrey Ford, Ph.D. and Laurie Ford, Ph.D. (3.75 stars)
• Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek (3.5 stars)
• Winning the Long Game by Steven Krupp and Paul J.H. Schoemaker (2.5 stars)
Up next, the book club meets on November 2 to discuss Think Like a Freak by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner.