A short blog post for a Friday…
What do you read to keep learning?
I was asked, in a conference call today, what leadership blogs I read. And, as I thought about it, I realized that I have pretty much quit reading leadership blogs.
(I have to be careful here…I am writing these paragraphs for my blog. And, I certainly want people to read my blog…).
I read a few other kinds of blogs. Some based on history issues; a couple dealing with political issues. I’m beginning to read more and more on racial issues.
But, as I thought about it, I realized my real answer is this: I don’t read blogs in order to learn. I read books in order to learn.
Every month, I read a minimum of three books very thoroughly and carefully, preparing a comprehensive synopsis of these books for the gatherings at which I deliver these synopses. (The First Friday Book Synopsis, and the Urban Engagement Book Club).
Two of the books are business books, and one of the books is a book dealing with social justice issues.
That’s three full books, every month. And it is not unusual for me to add a fourth book which I prepare for a client by request. (And, I also read many, many sample pagers of other books, along with my “escape reading.” These days, I am re-reading the earlier Gabriel Allon books by Daniel Silva).
But, all of these books have this much in common: A book is not short, thus providing a deeper dive.
Though of course I cannot remember everything I read in a book, I learn more and remember more because I am immersed in hours-long interactions with the book and its author(s). What I read in a book lingers much longer with me. And when I prepare, and present, one of my synopsis handouts, it lingers longer still.
I have come to realize that reading short pieces makes for less learning. (I have never seen a book on the world’s great blog posts). Longer readings offer more; more to ponder, more to be exposed to, more to learn and ultimately put into practice.
So, as i have said countless times on this blog, in many different ways: READ MORE BOOKS. Reading more books will do your learning good!