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read to succeed

Posted on 31 January 2013

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Books, books, good for the soul

The more you read the more you know.

The more you know, the more you achieve

So read great books, if you want to succeed!

 

Do you know how much reading it takes to make a difference in your life? A few words are all it takes; and then a few more words and pretty soon you’re spouting this stuff off in meetings or to friends and they are marveling at your brilliant insights.

If you are paid to manage people or to lead a team; if you have direct reports; if you are responsible for getting the resources of various people garnered toward one common goal, then listen very carefully: Reading is not an option for you.  Those under you leadership depend on your judgment and your wisdom to lead them to their individual and collective success.

Do you want to improve? Do you want to improve the lives and status of those under you? If the answer is no, my advice is to immediately go to your HR or supervisor’s office and resign. There are two ways to learn at work : through On-the-Job Training and through the influence of various bosses, co-workers, and subordinates. In short, the people you meet and the books you read.

If you immerse yourself in corporate manuals, instructions, and regulations you become knowledgeable and this is good. But anyone who’s ever sat in the leadership chair for one minute knows that productivity has more to do with how you influence people for the good of the company than with any individual interpretation of a corporate document.

I can remember as a young Captain in the Air Force when a crew chief came up to me. I knew the regulations cold and could recite them in my sleep. We had the best statistics of any unit in the Department of Defense. But when he casually told me that people knew that I was really smart, but sometimes the problem was in how I came across, that bullet went straight to the heart.

You see, people really don’t care what they know until they know you care. I used to think such mantras were touchy-feely hogwash for people who weren’t very smart.  Chalk one up to immature leadership skills. Thank goodness I realized that knowing how to do a job let’s you drive it, but knowing why drives you! And once you’re in the driver’s seat, you can take the team exactly where they need to go with a much smaller chance of wrecks and detours.

So here’s a great way of showing your team that you’re not only a smart, but a very enlightened leader that is intent on truly making the work environment a place of growth and encouragement. Check out our Corporate Read to Succeed Program. For ten dollars per month per employee, you can all learn and think together and find ways to take your establishment to a whole new level! And check out some of the comments by trainers, managers, and speakers that have already seen the transformational power of books at work in their organizations!

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  • Mark Armstrong: February 20, 2016

    So true! It’s amazing how we don’t hear much of what’s actually spoken, but hear loud and clear what’s being said thru non-verbal cues!! Wonderful of you to share your experience on that point, Tracey!

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