Peer Mentor Network

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Try A Book Club!

I had a conversation with one of our vice presidents in Denver recently about a book club she is involved in. Her ideas were inspiring so I wanted to share them with everyone. Once a month, a group of about six mentor/mentee pairs meet to discuss a section of a book they are all reading. Teams take turns leading the meetings which would involve some sort of ice breaker and discussion on the assigned section of the book.

Ice breakers could include talking about the first job you had and what you learned from it.

Some of the books they are choosing from include Political Savvy, Making Network Connections Count, Crucial Conversations and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. To make it easier for people to get involved, human resources is trying to get funding to start a mentoring library.

I immediately thought this was a great idea for a number of reasons:

  • It is a great networking opportunity - meet managers and peers with common interests
  • Proteges can learn from mentors
  • Mentors can learn from proteges
  • You will learn something just by reading

Thanks for sharing this unique form of mentoring Linda!


  • This is a fantastic idea! A book club can definitely hold us more accountable. Also, by discussing what we read with others, we have a greater potential to retain that insight.

    I’ve recently had a few recommendations thrown my way from the a couple executives I work with as well as a peer mentor. The books include “Blink” by Malcolm Gladwell, “The Art of Getting Things Done” by David Allen, “Crossing the Chasm” by Geoffrey Moore (a must read if you’re anywhere near the tech industry) and “My Life” by Jack Welsh.

    I highly recommend audio books if you can’t seem to find the time to read at home. It’s quite evident that these books target proactive, multi-tasking and usually busy individuals because you can find all these books in audio. Some publisher sure knows their demographic.

    By Anonymous big league, at Monday, June 12, 2006  

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