January 8, 2008

News & Opinion: Refocus for the New Year

By: Aaron Schleicher @ 3:15 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Business author and speaker Jeffrey Gitomer had a great post in his recent newsletter about using books to get out of complacent routines. He says:
"Read a book. I've just given away autographed copies of Thinkertoys, by Michael Michalko, to two of my employees who were looking to become more creative. I believe that whatever your job is there is a book written with insightful information that can help you come to a greater understanding of where you were, where you are, and how to get to where you want to be. BUT you can't just read the book; you must also highlight the book and write down your thoughts about how the principles in the book apply to you and your situation in the margins. Read it, underline it, remark in it, apply it, make it a habit, become more proficient at it, and ultimately master it. Reading will inspire you with new ideas, new approaches, and new challenges."

Whether it's Thinkertoys, or perhaps the new Seth Godin book, reading a great business book really can shift your perspective and give you new ideas. And, as we all know, it's the perfect time of year for fresh perspectives.

About Aaron Schleicher

Aaron Schleicher has been the author services specialist at 800-CEO-READ since 2004. You can usually find him hidden under a baseball cap, feet kicked up on his desk, talking with authors, publishers, and businesses. Outside the office you can find him crafting candles, listening to records, and making music with friends and family.