Leadership Book Club Coming

The Leadership Development Committee is excited to announce a book club discussion series coming in January 2023. We’re starting with Designing Your Work Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. The book introduces design thinking to living, learning, and succeeding in our work lives. The concept is thinking like a designer. What exactly does that mean?

Design thinking includes:

  • Be curious. When you’re sincerely interested in people and things, people are happy to engage with you.
  • Try stuff. This is a bias to action. When you live in this mind-set there is always something to do. Didn’t work out? You will learn things and be better able to plan your next move.
  • Reframe problems. The problem(s) you confront are rarely ever well-defined or even the right problem. Once you get good at reframing, you’ll never get stuck again!
  • Know it’s a process. Sometimes you’ll generate lots of ideas, looking at all kinds of possibilities. There are times you will need to focus on the best of those ideas. By following a process you’ll make real progress.
  • Ask for help. Get out in the world and talk to lots of different people who are doing interesting things that you are curious about. You’re not alone and improving your work life is a collaborative process.
  • Tell your story. When you adopt a storytelling mind-set, you look for new ways to engage the world. The world will start talking back to you with their stories. Get good at telling your story and see what you’ll learn.

During a time of dramatic change in both our personal and work lives, this approach provides a methodology for one of the biggest challenges – getting unstuck and moving toward a better future. We hope you’ll join us for what is sure to be a thought provoking and stimulating discussion. More details to follow.

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