We believe that part of our individual and collective journey to be the best at getting better includes a continual quest for knowledge. One way we accomplish this is through reading and discussing a range of books as part of our quarterly book club.
We also believe that part of the quest for knowledge includes exercising the creative and imaginative side of our brains so we are excited about mixing in what many would consider traditional “business books” with a fair dose of enjoyable “mental snicker bars”.
“Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson in Q4 2023
Jim led the team on a journey through the cosmos as we slowed down to think about questions like ‘What is the nature of space and time?’, ‘How do we fit within the universe?’ and ‘What is matter and what matters?’. Throughout our discussions, we were reminded that it’s important to live in the known as we look to drive action daily while also maintaining our curiosity about the unknowns.
‘Trust’ by Hernan Diaz in Q3 2023
John led the team through our first novel, a winner for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and a great mental snicker bar for the team as we moved through the summer months. As we read the book we discussed a great range of topics including how you shouldn’t judge a book by the cover…but you can enjoy a good discussion of what the cover means as you read the book! We also discussed how the ordering of events impacts perspective and how the perspective of the character impacts the “facts” around events.
‘Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court’ by Coach John Wooden and Steven Jamison in Q2 2023
Brett led the team through Coach Wooden’s observations on life, with insights that go far beyond sports (we wear socks and/or shoes to work so we better know how to put them on right!), addressing ways to build our lives better every day by investing in ourselves and our relationships with our families and friends. This one is full of simple, though not easy, things to put into action every day!
‘Start with Why’ by Simon Sinek in Q1 2023
Peter led the team through a discovery of why starting with “Why” before getting to “How” and “What” is key for long-term business success as it allows great leaders to inspire organizations to take action. For Unity Partners, our Why is grounded in our desire to build better together, which we believe can be measured by the amount of economic surplus that we create and share with all stakeholders.
‘The Happiness Advantage’ by Shawn Achor in Q4 2022
Hannah led the team through a journey that had us explore ways that we can bring positive thinking to the forefront of our toolkit as we look to support each other and all of our partners. One way we are living this mindset is through frequent notes of appreciation shared amongst our team!
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