There’s an unwritten mantra around here to read every day. At the heart of influence building is storytelling – cliché as that term has become – and you can’t tell great stories if you don’t read great stories.
We’re so serious about reading, our leadership team has a book club, our office space includes a library and our team frequently circulates articles they’ve read so everyone else can learn from them, too. Those messages usually start with, “You should read this…” and end with a link to something about management, creativity, company culture, marketing, the future of work, PR, life in Boston or a fresh way to look at a stale idea.
This book excerpt from Sydney Finkelstein, management professor at Dartmouth, details findings from more than 200 interviews on the value of creativity, flexibility and intelligence in grooming talent.