Take a second to picture your dream professional happy hour.
For me, traffic was reasonable, and I have a glass of something dry and red in my hand. Amongst the crowd is Barack Obama, Warren Buffett, Ariana Huffington, Mark Zuckerberg, and Bill Gates. I am chatting with Oprah and, after exchanging photos of our Cocker Spaniels, I ask her what she is reading. Coincidentally, I had also just finished the title she named and have intelligent points to bring up. Mark Cuban wanders over at this point and I promise to lend him my copy.
While obviously aspirational, this scenario is not entirely unrealistic. One thing all the guests in attendance have in common is they have been vocal about the value they find in the habit of reading. They know that reading makes us better and brings us together.
Beloved books are often so because they have a way of forming feelings and ideas into words we may be unable to, leaving the reader feeling understood and less alone. Discussion around this in the workplace allows us to form bonds with our teammates and seek to improve together. Sendero has hosted a book club quarterly for over five years running and can confirm the lasting effects of camaraderie and inspiration fostered around a good read and good conversation.