Relevant. Purposeful. Selected for you.
There are countless books available on improving professional skills, but most of us have little time to read them, let alone sift through all to find the ones worth reading. So, we decided to help with that first step by sharing books we've found very helpful and relevant to our nonprofit sector.
The club is open to all staff at Center member organizations. We know how busy everyone is, so we'll allow plenty of time for each book.
Interested in joining? Contact Patrick Rabiecki.
Our third book has been selected!
We will be having our first Meet & Greet meeting on Friday, September 17th, from 2-2:30pm. I will be sending out a Zoom link prior to the meeting. If you are available, we would love for you to join us! This meeting will be to introduce ourselves, discuss next steps, and answer any questions you might have. If you are unable to attend, it is no problem. I will send out an email on everything that was discussed after that meeting.
If you would still like to join the group, contact Patrick Rabiecki.
Third book: Deep Work by Cal Newport
Deep Work dives in to how to revolutionize work habits in a world where distractions are prevalent and attention spans are short. Newport presents a rigorous training regimen for readers to follow, as a series of four "rules" for transforming your mind and habits.
Cal Newport is a computer science professor at Georgetown University and a New York Times bestselling author of seven books. Newport is also a regular contributor to the New Yorker, the New York Times, and WIRED.
“The Center’s book club is excited to dive into Cal Newport’s book about staying focused in a world where distractions are around every corner.” Patrick Rabiecki, Member Associate and co-planner of the Book Club.
Dig in and join us on our next read!
Second book: For Every One by Jason Reynolds
After listening to Jason Reynolds' inspiring words at the Center’s 2020 Annual Celebration, we are excited to dive deeper into his mind through his book of poems, For Every One.
Jason is an author and poet from Washington, DC. He has occupied three slots on the New York Times best seller lists for children's literature and won The National Book Award in 2016.
“I'm excited to read For Every One, a collection of poems by Jason Reynolds. I have a feeling that the poems will be inspirational and will encourage introspection,” Aziza Rush, VitalHealth Customer Operations Coordinator and co-planner of the Book Club.
Wrap-up on first book
The Center's Book Club is proud to announce the completion of our first book, The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni. Through this book, Lencioni introduces readers to the “3 essential virtues” (humble, hungry and smart), delving into the aspects of each and what makes them so important. Each month, the Center team sent out notes on what they had read that month, and gave others a chance to share their thoughts on what they read. On Friday, April 16, we held our wrap-up meeting to discuss the book in its entirety. A huge thank you to all who participated in our first round of our Center Book Club!