Why another book club?

As an institution committed to preparing a diverse community with the skills and education necessary for success, we all must continually strive to learn, grow, and inspire one another to accomplish this mission. Reading books together can help us combat the human tendency to get stuck in a certain way of thinking and doing, and help us develop a common language that can make it easier to discuss new ideas or think creatively about our work. A book club can also provide a significant opportunity for the building of friendships and collaboration among colleagues, across our campus!

How does the ENMU-R book club work?

Book club groups are for any interested ENMU-R employee who would like to participate. Groups meet at various times each week during a selected cycle during each semester. Cycles normally last for nine weeks. Once interest level is determined, the number of groups will be decided, and participants can then select a group that best fits their schedule, or travel among the groups from week to week. A schedule will be emailed to all participants as soon as it is finalized.

The goal is to be very intentional about facilitating a productive discourse around each selected book, but the guided group discussions are just the beginning. The real value comes from the informal conversations that happen across our campus. So we highly encourage you to talk about the book every chance you get, and to allow it to impact the way we think about our work and interactions with students on every level.

What will we be reading during the Spring 2019 semester?

The Spring 2019 selection consists of two selections:

  • Start With Why by Simon Sinek. Based on the transformative idea that people won’t truly buy into a product, service, movement, or idea until they understand the WHY behind it, Start With Whyshows that the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way — and it’s the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.
  • The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle (for those who did not get a chance to read/discuss this book in Fall 2018). In this best seller, Coyle goes inside some of the world’s most successful organizations – including Pixar, the San Antonio Spurs, and U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six – and reveals what makes them tick. He demystifies the culture-building process by identifying three key skills that generate cohesion and cooperation, and explains how diverse groups learn to function with a single mind. Combining leading-edge science, on-the-ground insights from world-class leaders, and practical ideas for action, The Culture Code offers a roadmap for creating an environment where innovation flourishes, problems get solved, and expectations are exceeded. Culture is not something you are – it’s something you do.  This book can teach you the principles of cultural chemistry that transform individuals into teams that can accomplish amazing things together.

How can I sign up and where can I get a copy of the book?

There are a limited number of free copies of each book for those who sign up early! If you miss this opportunity, you can make a wise investment and order a copy through your favorite online bookstore. Please contact Robert Moore at robert.moore@roswell.enmu.edu to sign up to participate this semester, or with any other questions you may have.