I’m never quite sure what I will get out of a book when I start reading it. I have a clue; a hunch; an “educated opinion” – I read reviews, read the blurbs. But, as I immerse myself in a book, I begin to realize that there is always something unexpected around the next page-turn.
This morning, I presented my synopsis of Creative Confidence by the Kelley Brothers (the IDEO guys), at the weather-delayed February First Friday Book Synopsis. It was a terrific read. It taught me much (I will post a few reflections, with my takeaways, soon – probably over the weekend).
The book I have selected to present at the March First Friday Book Synopsis, The Second Machine Age, is one of those “so that what’s really happening in our world” books. I am already hooked. It is so clear – it just makes sense.
I do my best in my synopses to let the author(s) of the book speak. And to let the message of the book itself shine through. But, I suspect, what also comes out is this—a little bit about my encounter with this book. After all, books are written to find an audience. And, more often than not, I am part of that found audience. An enthusiastic reader, ready to learn… I generally am so thrilled that I found “this” particular book, time and time again. That’s how I felt this morning, for sure.
So, of course, I get jazzed about the books I select. And my colleague, Karl Krayer, also chooses a book to present each month. For March, he will tackle a work that seeks to make sense of the current financial environment – its fragility, its danger, and also its hope.
In other words, our gathering, meeting every month since April,1998, is a gathering that respects the written word, and what it can teach us.
If you love books – especially business books – our event is one to add to your monthly schedule.
Come join us March 7. All of the details are on the flier. Click on it, take a good look, put us in your calendar – invite a friend or two or three. You will be glad you did.