Looking for a good book, Part II: Book Club!

Cover of "Grown Up Digital: How the Net G...

Cover via Amazon

Thank you so much to everyone who replied, either on the comments or to me privately, about great books to read!  I really appreciate the suggestions!

Here are some that were sent to me directly (i.e. they were not in the comments of my last post):

I could go on.  The great thing about everyone’s suggestions was that they were so diverse.  I look forward to my now LONG reading list!

So, besides having a great list of books, I found another way to motivate myself to get through some of these business books – sign up for something that gives me a deadline.  In this case, I signed up to attend the BC HRMA Book Club.

This month, we read Grown Up Digital by Don Tapscott.  The book is quite insightful, I would highly recommend it (and so would my fellow book clubbers!).  However, more importantly, getting together with some intelligent and thoughtful people to talk about the book was the really inspiring part.  By discussing our general thoughts about the book, our likes, our dislikes, our lessons learned, etc., I felt like I got so much more out of the book.

The great thing is book clubs are so easy to find and to set up.  While joining the BC HRMA Book Club is an option, your company might already have one or would support it, you could get a group of friends together, you could start an online forum, etc.

It is so easy, it is great motivation, and it really brings books to life. I would highly recommend joining or starting one of your own!

Krysty Wideen is a learning and organizational development consultant with The Refinery Leadership Partners, based in Vancouver. Failing to leave her day job at work, she often finds herself relating every day, commonplace observations and activities to insights about leadership, business, human resources, and anything, really. Now she has a place to share her observations and insights.


Want to learn HR? Blogging is where it’s at

A recent online poll by HR Executive Online shows that 90% of HR professionals are reading blogs with 48% saying that “HR blogs give me new, fresh ideas about the HR profession and where it’s heading”.  I’ve definitely found that reading HR blogs is a great way to keep a pulse on what’s going on out there on a timely basis, have your thoughts and beliefs challenged, and 9 times out of 10, it’s a very entertaining way to learn valuable HR lessons, such as on HR metrics.  Best of all, blogs are a super quick and easy read if you only have 3 seconds to scan information. 

Case in point, Suzanne Boyd’s Peoplestuff.  Suzanne is one of my fellow bloggers featured by the BC Human Resources Management Association and she is getting a round of e-applause by readers for writing about her beef with processed foods and its impact on employee health and wellness, all done with a pop culture twist.  Fistful of Talent named her blog as one of the “Best of the Blogosphere” for 2009.  Congrats to Suz!

If you’re looking for quick sound (read) bites to stay fresh and inspired in your career, check out the list of some of my favourite blogs in my blogroll.  A special shoutout to The DL on HR – writer Agata Zasada is wanting to hear about your perplexing HR conundrums so she can give you her valuable advice in her blog’s Q&A format.

Hey, I think I just gave you an example of how social networking can be used as a learning tool….