I applied my learning by doing approach to life by taking on work at each step of my learning journey and applying the knowledge I was gaining to do good work.
I like to tell stories about my family. They make a great story to tell because they’re unique to me. And also because they’re important to me.
At the first meeting (or before), to help people get to know each other in the context of reading, a good question to ask everyone is: What do you enjoy about reading?
I think the story told through both the book and the film, captures not only what was going on behind the scenes in the governments, the intelligence agencies, and the press, but also the mood of the public, many of whom were opposed to the war.
For me, the book serves as a reminder to be humble and persistent. To value discipline and results. To recognise and own my ability and my shortcomings. Because that’s where improvement becomes possible. That’s where meaningful learning and development can take place. Through the book, I discovered the practice of seeing myself with a little distance by getting out of my own head. Detachment is a natural ego antidote.
Lacey’s mind was already mulling over how she and the company could help each of them continue to learn, develop and grow personally and professionally in line with what was important to them both in and out of work.
Just as reading great novels can transport you to another place and time, meals can conjure scenes very far away from your kitchen table.”
The feedback from the group was that the experience of reading and discussing a fiction book had helped develop and fine-tune their empathy. This was because they believed having been able to tap into the feelings of the characters in the book, they felt this would help them be more attuned to their colleague’s feelings in everyday WorkLife situations and have greater empathy because of that.
Do You Believe in Love at First Page? February a Valentine’s Month Filled With Book Blind Dates was so successful it not only saved the library from closure, it also created permanent jobs for two new librarians to join Fred. That was just as well, because they continued to run monthly Blind Date with a Book themed events, which are so successful, they are continuously running out of covered books and need many hands to add more to the collection.
The social enterprise went much further than serving up the best coffees. Learning to create that perfect cup of coffee instilled a sense of pride in every single employee. And the parting words from Charlie as each team took their mobile coffee truck on the road, “I trust you, make the call,” gave them the self-belief that they could do this.