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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!

Crucial Conversations: Master My Stories [Learning Circle]

By: Cricket Buchler

We all face crucial moments all of the time. Those moments when our colleagues disappoint us, when our spouse is letting us down or when our children are treating us badly. And we know in those moments that we need to confront that behavior. And yet we don’t or when we do, it goes badly. This video explores the cognitive bias of fundamental attribution error that causes us to jump to conclusions and misplace blame as to why people are doing what they are doing. A framework of Six Sources that influence human behavior will be presented as a way to rethink those conclusions to have healthier and more positive outcomes to our crucial conversations.

  • Facilitators: Andrea King, Employee and Organization Development
  • Time and Dates: 12:00 – 1:00pm on April 22
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

How Frustration Can Make Us More Creative [Learning Circle]

By Tim Harford

Challenges and problems can derail your creative process ... or they can make you more creative than ever. In the surprising story behind the best-selling solo piano album of all time, Tim Harford may just convince you of the advantages of having to work with a little mess.

  • Facilitator: Li Guan, Employee and Organization Development
  • Time and Dates: 12:00 – 1:00pm on April 23
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

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

By Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzler

Crucial Converations has revolutionize 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 April 29, May 6 and May 13
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

Create Meaningful Connections While Apart [Learning Circle]

By Priya Parker

In this Ted Connects, Priya Parker, author of The Art of Gathering, shares tools for creating meaningful connections with friends, family and coworkers, and shows how we can take advantage of gatherings that are unique to this moment of social distancing. “We don’t necessarily need to gather more,” she says. “We need to gather better.” Join us as we view the recorded talk, then engage in discussion about her recommendations and how we can use them at Cal Poly.

  • Facilitator: Lanaya Gaberel, Employee and Organization Development
  • Time and Dates: 12:00 – 1:00pm on April 29
  • 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 May 12, May 19, and May 26
  • 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: