Team Reading

Scott would like his team members to begin reading certain books. What are the logistics of this? Dave tells Scott how he does it.

QUESTION: Scott would like his team members to begin reading certain books. What are the logistics of this? Dave tells Scott how he does it.

ANSWER: I furnish the books. I believe so much in reading that if I have something I want everybody to read, I just buy them all a book. Sometimes, I just buy them all a book and hope they read it. Other times, I buy them all a book and say, “This is required.”

We have five books that are small, quick, 30- or 45-minute reads that you must read in the first 90 days that you work here. They’re easy. They’re quick. But they all have values that we want you to understand that we have here. And we buy those. They’re in your package when you’re on-boarding and starting with us and that kind of thing. That’s fun.

On the leadership team, we read books pretty regularly. We buy those. Sometimes, a friend of ours is here speaking and they’ve got a book and they will give everybody a book. That happens quite often.

If you work here, you probably get five or six books a year given to you, and you may have one required that you read. Or another one might be you really need to read this or I think you’re stupid and that kind of thing. That’s the deal.

That’s what I’d recommend. No, I wouldn’t have a common library. I would give it to them. Let them own them so they can mark them up and put stickies in there and highlighters in there and that kind of stuff. It’s a good way for them to be on top of things, and they can refer back to it and use it as a reference guide—those sorts of things. That’s the best route to go.