Join the K-State College of Business
Alumni Book Club

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How it Works

We have partnered with Kansas State University to create a virtual book club for K-State College of Business alumni and friends, covering professional development, productivity, leadership and other business books the participants are interested in. The book club will connect through a private forum where all participants can discuss the current book and network with each other. Joining the book club is completely free. You just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy. The group will read one book every two months so that you'll have plenty of time for each book.

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Our November to January Selection:


Deep Work:

Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

by Cal Newport

Why Join?

There are three main reasons we hope you'll be excited to participate in our book club:

1. Connect with Fellow K-State College of Business alumni and friends: Want another way to connect? Joining our book club will help you learn and grow with fellow alumni and friends to help you improve your network at work.
2. Advance Your Career: A book club can enhance your career on two fronts. First, the books you read may make you more effective in areas critical to success like leadership, communication and productivity. Second, the network you'll be building may help you with career advice, introduce you to new people and find your next job.
3. Reading is Good for You: Did you know business people who read at least seven business books per year earn over 230% more than people who read just one book per year?1 Reading improves your intelligence, reasoning ability, and has been linked to reducing the chance of Alzheimer's.2 Joining our book club gives you the opportunity to read more and enjoy all the benefits that come with it.

The Books

Below are a few examples of the kind of books the group may read. We will vote between several options each period and select a book based on reader interests.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often will books be read, what is the time commitment and what are the expectations?

We plan to start the group by reading one book every two months. The texts selected will be professional development, productivity, leadership and other business books and take an average of nine hours to read cover to cover. If you have between 1 and 2 hours a week to read you should be fine.

Will there be any in-person meetings of the book club?

No, the book club will be entirely online. You can participate anywhere you have Internet access and on days and times that are convenient to you.

Is there any cost to participate?

Participation is free for K-State College of Business alumni and friends!

How do I get the books?

Participants can get books for free at their local library or purchase them.

How do book club discussions work?

The book club will have a moderator from PBC Guru who manages the forum 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 readers to connect with each other through the forum.

How do I make a forum profile?

We're using a private forum to host the virtual book club so it's easy to connect with fellow alumni and friends. During our sign up process, you will enter the information to auto-generate your free profile. After you complete the sign up, we'll send you a link to the forum and you can begin to post right away!

What exactly is PBC Guru and what do they have to do with the College of Business at Kansas State University book club?

Professional Book Club (PBC) Guru is a book club management company that works with businesses, alumni associations and professional societies. College of Business at Kansas State University is teaming up with PBC to put this program in place for K-State College of Business alumni and friends. You can check out their website at www.pbc.guru if you want to see more of what they do.

What if my question isn't answered?

Feel free to send an email to info@pbc.guru and we'll be happy to help.

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/

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