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 work to 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 it work?

Book club groups are for any interested ENMU-R employee who would like to participate. Groups will meet at various times each week, will consist of 10-12 people, and will be facilitated by different leaders. Once interest level is determined, the number of groups will be decided, and participants can then select a group that best fits their schedule. Groups will meet each week for nine weeks, beginning September 10, and then we will conclude with a celebration during the week of November 12.

The goal is to be very intentional about facilitating a productive discourse around the 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?

Fall 2018 Book Club Meeting Schedule
1st Meeting 2nd Meeting 3rd Meeting 4th Meeting 5th Meeting
Week of September 10 Week of September 17 Week of September 24 Week of October 1 Week of October 8
6th Meeting 7th Meeting 8th Meeting 9th Meeting CELEBRATION!
Week of October 15 Week of October 22 Week of October 29 Week of November 5 Week of November 12

The Fall 2018 selection is:  The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle. 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. Drawing on examples that range from Internet retailer Zappos to the comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade to a daring gang of jewel thieves, Coyle offers specific strategies that trigger learning, spark collaboration, build trust, and drive positive change. Coyle unearths helpful stories of failure that illustrate what not to do, troubleshoots common pitfalls, and shares advice about reforming a toxic culture. 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. The Culture Code puts the power in your hands. No matter the size of the group or the goal, this book can teach you the principles of cultural chemistry that transform individuals into teams that can accomplish amazing things together.

Where can I get a copy of the book?

The first 50 people who sign up will receive a free copy of the book, which will be distributed by your group facilitator prior to your first meeting. If you miss this opportunity, you can make a wise investment and order a copy through your favorite online bookstore. Please contact Robert Moore if you have any questions.