We're creating a virtual book club for Indiana Tech alumni covering professional development and personal growth topics related to careers and leadership. The book club will connect through a private LinkedIn Group where people can discuss the current book and network with each other. Joining the book club is completely free for alumni, you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy. The group will read a book every two months so you'll have plenty of time for each book.
There are three main reasons we hope you'll be excited to participate in our alumni book clubs:
1. Connect with Fellow Indiana Tech Alumni: Want another way to connect with Indiana Tech alumni? Joining one of our book clubs will introduce you to fellow Warriors across industries, generations and geographies to help you improve your network.
2. Advance Your Career: A professional book club can enhance your career on two fronts. First, the books you read can help you become more effective in areas critical to success like leadership, communication and productivity. Second, the network you'll be building can help you with career advice, introducing you to new people, and finding your next job.
3. Reading Makes You Better: Did you know business people who read at least seven business books per year earn over 230% more than people reading just one book per year?1 Or that reading improves your intelligence, reasoning ability, and has been linked to reducing the chance of Alzheimer's?2 Joining one of our book clubs gives you the opportunity to read more and enjoy all the benefits that come with it.
Below are a few examples of the kind of books the group may read. The group will vote between several options each period and select a book based on participants' interests.
We plan to start the group by reading a book every two months. The texts selected will be popular business and non-fiction books and take an average of six hours to read cover to cover. If you have between 15 and 30 minutes a week to read you should be fine. Participants are expected to read each book and participate in the online discussions. However, we appreciate that people can become especially busy with work, family and other obligations and may not be able to participate fully for every book. The goal of this program is to create a community of Indiana Tech alumni around reading, learning and discussion so participate as much as much as you're able.
No, the book clubs will be entirely online. You can participate anywhere you have internet access and on days and times that are convenient to you.
Participation is free for Indiana Tech alumni! You are responsible only for obtaining a copy of the book.
Participants can get books for free at their local library or purchase them.
Each book club will have a moderator who manages the LinkedIn group where discussions occur online. The moderator will pose questions to the group, share relevant articles, and facilitate conversation about topics in the book. Members will be encouraged to post and share as well. This format allows for ongoing conversation and makes it easy for alumni to connect with each other through LinkedIn.
We're using LinkedIn Groups to host the virtual book clubs so it's easy to connect with fellow Warriors. If you don't have a LinkedIn profile you can make one for free at linkedin.com. Just signup and follow the easy instructions to make your profile. You can learn more about creating an effective LinkedIn profile by accessing our Career Tools Webinar Series archives on the topic!
Professional Book Club (PBC) Guru is a book club management company that works with businesses, alumni associations and professional societies. Indiana Tech is teaming up with PBC to put this program in place for alumni. You can check out their website at www.pbc.guru if you want to see more of what they do.
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1 Tuesday Morning Coaching by David Cottrell, pg 134.
2 Harvard Business Review, 2012, https://hbr.org/2012/08/for-those-who-want-to-lead-rea/