Form a Book Club for Laura Stack’s book:
What to Do When There’s Too Much to Do!
Download the FREE Discussion and Leaders Guides below, or use the workbook for your own purposes, reflecting and answering the questions as you read.
Frequently Asked Questions for Book Clubs
- 1. GROUP FORMATION. How should I form the groups?
- Some organizations begin an open enrollment “book club” and provide this program as an optional developmental opportunity. Some target the roll-out to a HiPo or leadership development group.
- Others have focused a concerted effort on developing the Save 90 Minute culture within their organizations and rolled it out to a larger population (virtual discussion groups at multiple sites around the country)
- 2. GROUP SIZE. How many people are in a group?
- The ideal size is between five to seven people per discussion group (if you have 25 people show up for a book club meeting, divide the larger group into five smaller groups).
- I don’t suggest permanent teams, since some people are on vacation or miss a club meeting due to another meeting conflict, etc.
- 3. LOCATION. Where should I hold the meetings?
- If you have logical geographical teams, you can hold them onsite.
- If your teams are remote, you can hold meetings via phone, video conference, gotomeeting, or other virtual platform.
- 4. FREQUENCY. How often should the discussion groups meet?
- The book is divided into six chapters/steps, so six sessions are logical. A weekly meeting may be too much, but a monthly meeting will cause the group to lose interest. Reading the book in one month also seems daunting.
- Twice a month seems to be the right number; the program would run three months using this structure, plus perhaps an introduction or “kick off” meeting. Feel free to adjust to the needs of your groups.
- 5. LENGTH. How long should the meetings run?
- One hour to 90 minutes seems to work best.
- 6. RESOURCES. Does the program use other resources in addition to the book?
- Yes, download the workbook/discussion guide and send to each person, as well as the leader guide for the facilitator(s).
- As participants read the book, the workbook will lead them through a practical application of the material to their jobs and your organization. They answer the questions for each chapter at the conclusion of each.
- At www.save90minutes.com, participants may subscribe to a free, 6-video series of Laura discussing each step in the Productivity Workflow Process (PWF) and watch the correct video prior to the book club meeting.
- 7. SPEAKING. Can you come to our facility, conference, or meeting to “kick off” the program?
- Absolutely. I would be delighted to chat with you about this option. Email me at [email protected] or 303-471-7401. Depending on the number of books you purchase, we offer credits toward Laura’s speaking fee.
- 8. DEVELOPMENT. How do we tie this into development plans?
- The workbook may be part of a developmental plan for participants with these identified performance issues: Burnout; Organizational issues; Reliability problems; Time management challenges; Lack of follow up; Inefficiency; Productivity concerns
- Leaders and co-workers can take the assessment online to evaluate in a 360 fashion the employee’s strengths and weaknesses. See http://www.bkconnection.com/books/title/productivity-workflow-formula-self-assessment for more information.
- Make their mentors aware of the book club, so they can engage in discussions as well.
- Ask some of your more experienced leaders to be a “guest speaker” at a meeting to share their insights.
- Executive coaching with Laura is also available.
- 9. CULTURE. How should we follow up to “hard wire” the learning or provide training?
- You can discuss actual case studies and best practices at staff meetings, project updates, websites, and blogs.
- Post stories and best practices on your intranet.
- Train-the-trainer and licensed WHAT TO DO curriculum is available for half-day and full-day training sessions.
- 10. REWARDS. How can we encourage participation from the beginning to the end?
- If you wish, we have digital “prizes” and bonus resources we can donate (such as eBooks, videos, and MP3s), for any participant who attends all six sessions.