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Book and Learning Circles

Employee and Organization Development hosts book and learning circles throughout the year which are open to all Cal Poly employees. Book and learning circles are great opportunities to engage with colleagues in thoughtful discussion around common themes of interest.

Book Circles involve discussing a book over three sessions. Participants receive a complimentary copy of the selected book with the expectation that they will engage in all discussion sessions. Learning Circles involve watching a video or reading an article, and participating in a discussion during a single session. Please join us for one, or more, of these enriching conversations!

The Happy Secret to Better Work [Learning Circle]

By Shawn Achor

We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.

  • Facilitators: Li Guan, Employee and Organization Development
  • Time and Dates: 12:00 – 1:00pm on June 26
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when Stakes are High [Book Circle]

By Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzler

Crucial Conversations has revolutionized the way millions of people communicate when stakes are high. Gain the tools to prepare for high-stakes situations, transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue, make it safe to talk about almost anything, and be persuasive, not abrasive.

  • Facilitator: Andrea King, Employee and Organization Development
  • Time and Dates: 12:00 – 1:00pm on June 30, July 7 and July 14
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

Cultural Intelligence: The Competitive Edge for Leaders [Learning Circle]

By Julia Middleton

What will the leaders of the future need? Julia Middleton argues that it is cultural intelligence, an evolution - moving from IQ and EQ. But what is CQ, how do you master it and why is it so important in a smaller but more interconnected world? In this TedTalk, Julia shares her passion for helping people develop as leaders and supporting them to make a tangible contribution to their communities and to wider society. Join us as we view the recorded talk, then engage in discussion about her ideas and how we can make a difference at Cal Poly.

  • Facilitator: Lanaya Gaberel, Employee and Organization Development
  • Time and Dates: 11:00am – 12:00pm on July 9
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

Driven by Difference: How Great Companies Fuel Innovation Through Diversity [Book Circle]

By David Livermore

Studies show that diverse teams are more creative than homogenous ones, but only when they are managed effectively. Today's workforce is more diverse than ever before. But despite new perspectives and talents, the promise of increased innovation hasn't materialized to the level expected. In this book, David Livermore suggests that is only when diverse teams truly leverage their differences in perspectives and ideas can their organization reap the benefits of a variety of viewpoints. Join our conversation as we learn how to develop our cultural intelligence (CQ) and identify effective strategies for guiding our teams to innovation.

  • Facilitator: Lanaya Gaberel, Employee and Organization Development
  • Time and Dates: 11:00am – 12:00pm on July 14, July 21, July 28 and August 4
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything [Book Circle]

By B.J. Fogg PhD

The world’s leading expert on habit formation shows how you can have a happier, healthier life: by starting small. When it comes to change, TINY IS MIGHTY. Start with two pushups a day, not a two-hour workout; or five deep breaths each morning rather than an hour of meditation. In TINY HABITS, B.J. Fogg brings his experience coaching more than 40,000 people to help you lose weight, de-stress, sleep better, or achieve any goal of your choice. You just need Fogg’s behavior formula: make it easy, make it fit your life, and make it rewarding. Whenever you get in your car, take one yoga breath. Smile. Whenever you get in bed, turn off your phone. Give yourself a high five.

  • Facilitators: Li Guan, Employee and Organization Development
  • Time and Dates: 12:00 – 1:00pm on July 16, July 23, and July 30
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

How Science Can Fix Remote Work [Learning Circle]

From the Podcast: Work Life w/Adam Grant

The pandemic made remote work an overnight reality for many of us. This feels like uncharted territory, but there's already plenty of knowledge on how to do it well. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside the minds of some of the world's most unusual professionals to discover the keys to a better work life. Learn from someone who has done more remote work than almost anyone on the planet - and find out what science says about how to keep your teams cohesive, fight screen out, and build resilience by mentally traveling in time.

  • Facilitator: : Andrea King, Employee and Organization Development
  • Time and Dates: 12:00 – 1:00pm on July 21
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 [Book Circle]

By Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves

Knowing what emotional intelligence (EQ) is and knowing how to use it to improve your life are two very different things. With 90% of top performers high in EQ and EQ twice as important as IQ in getting where you want to go in life, who can afford to ignore it? Furthermore, empathy, a skill reliant on EQ, is consistently identified as the top skill needed by leaders to lead their teams through change and crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Drs. Bradberry and Greaves offer a revolutionary step-by-step program to increase your emotional intelligence using the four core EQ skills: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.

  • Facilitators: Andrea King, Employee and Organization Development
  • Time and Dates: 12:00 – 1:00pm on July 28, August 4, August 11 and August 18
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT) also hosts book circles each quarter and you can learn more about their offerings by selecting “Book Circles” on their Programs and Services webpage at: https://ctlt.calpoly.edu/programs-services.