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 ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results [Book Circle]

By Gary Keller

"The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results" by Gary Keller helps you discover why choosing to focus on only one thing allows you to achieve the success you want. This book challenges you to start small and build your momentum, to stop multitasking in order to increase your productivity, and teaches you when to tackle your most important tasks.

  • Facilitators: Debi Schwartz, College of Liberal Arts
  • Time and Dates: 12:00 – 1:00pm on Oct 7, Oct 21, Nov 4, and Nov 18
  • Location: Room 105 of Building 36 (within UPD Building)

Daring Greatly [Book Circle]

By Brené Brown

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly. Based on twelve years of pioneering research, Brené Brown PhD, LMSW, dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage. Brown explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen.

  • Facilitators: Lanaya Gaberel, Employee and Organization Development
  • Time and Dates: 12:00 – 1:00pm on Oct 10, Oct 24, Nov 7, and Nov 21
  • Location: Room 105 of Building 36 (within UPD Building)

How to Let Go of Being a “Good” Person – And Become a Better Person [TED Talk]

By Dolly Chugh

What if your attachment to being a “good” person is holding you back from actually becoming a better person? In this accessible talk, social psychologist Dolly Chugh explains the puzzling psychology of ethical behavior – like why it’s hard to spot your biases and acknowledge mistakes – and shows how the path to becoming better starts with owning your mistakes. Join us as we view the recorded TedTalk then engage in rich discussion about her stories, her research, and how this might impact our experience at Cal Poly.

  • Facilitator: Lanaya Gaberel, Employee and Organization Development
  • Time and Dates: 12:00 – 1:00pm on Dec 5
  • Location: Room 105 of Building 36 (within UPD Building)

For more book circles, visit the Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology (CTLT).