The Importance of Reading: What Is On My List

by Michael Haberman on October 1, 2010 · 0 comments

One of my favorite “reads” is the monthly newsletter of Alan Weiss called the Balancing Act. It is full of advice for life, consulting and dealing with people. It is educational and often amusing. In this most recent issue Alan makes the comment “The debate whether you’re reading books in hard copy or electronically is immaterial. The question is: Are you reading books?”

I mentioned the other day that I was posting (or trying to post) five times a week and occassionally a sixth time. Another person’s remark to that was “I don’t know how you do it, I don’t have that much to say.” Well part of the way I do it is from reading. Other blogs, newspapers (the actual paper kind), online news stories and books. I actually have two stacks of books on my desk here beside me to be read of reread. Here is what is there.

Well there you have a glimpse into my mind based on my reading list. What is on yours? And more importantly if you had ONE book you would recommend I read what would it be? (other than the Bible.. got that one.)

In summary the importance of reading books is you get NEW IDEAS, NEW WAYS OF THINKING, REVISIONS OF OLD IDEAS, GUIDANCE AND ENJOYMENT. At least I do. I always think of the statement I once read LEADERS ARE READERS.

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Cathy Missildine-Martin, SPHR October 1, 2010 at 12:24 pm

You got an IPad. I am so jealous. Great reading list by the way, thanks for posting.

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Trish McFarlane October 4, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I recommend 'Rework' by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. I was just at HR Tech and received three new books I'll try to plow through. They are:
1. One Page Talent Management by Mark Effron
2. The 2020 Workplace by Jeanne C. Meister
3. What's Next Gen X? by Tamara Erickson

I'm thinking the Gen X will get my attention first.

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Michael D. Haberman, SPHR October 4, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Hey Cathy.. that was a typo.. should have been IpOd.

Trish, the title that strikes my fancy is The 2020 Workplace. Might provide some great fodder for some futurist blog posts.

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