What are you reading for your career?

Seth Godin recently posted: Did you do the reading?

I always “did the reading.” What kind of reading?

First, I read everything I could get my hands on about the construction industry. I read books on civil engineering, road design, and bridge design. I read books on the business of construction. I subscribed to the American Society of Civil Engineering Journals.

I read books about leadership, business, negotiation, successful companies and persuasion. I read biographies of famous lawyers. I read books about famous trials.

Whenever I read a business book of any kind, I underlined, later highlighted and created my list of takeaways. It’s the only way to make reading the book worth the time.

If you are a regular reader, or if you just know me well, you likely know that several lawyers I coached read books together and every other Friday at 3:00 PM Eastern time they send an email to me and the group outlining their takeaways from a chapter and how they plan to implement what they have learned.

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Some of the books they have read include:

To Sell is Human by Daniel Pink

Give and Take by Adam Grant

How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton Christensen

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

They’ve read even more, but I just want to give you a sample.

What are you reading? Will it make you better able to serve your clients, or  lead your lawyers?

Want to start a book group in your firm? Want to be part of one with lawyers I coach?