One of the many activities Starboarders partake in during non-election year is to sharpen and expand our skills and explore new ideas. And what better way to do that by reading books and gleaning information from experts.
Katie and Kristin are dedicated to each employee’s growth, both personally and professionally. To that end, they are committed to building a Starboard library made up of relevant books ranging from recently published to the classics. Each week during our Wednesday staff meeting time is set aside to discuss what each book has to offer and personal insights are shared.
Right after the last election cycle, we started with Strength Finders. This enabled us to not only identify our own strength’s, but also an occasional weakness. Bonus from this discussion was the ability to know how we can best function as a team.
Next up was Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Successful People. This classic was dissected over 7 weeks and the learned vernacular is now part of our daily usage. The Win/Win habit is one we aspire to practice daily!
Subsequently we moved on to Who Moved My Cheese? This little gem sparked discussion on which character we were most like. We all agreed that change, in any form can be difficult, but now feel that we have additional tools to deal with in our ever changing and fast paced business.
Our next book is How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff. No, we aren’t trying to learn how to falsify or mislead anyone, rather we want to understand and interpret the volume of statistics that inevitably come our way. Soon, we will be conversant in stratified random sampling, law of averages and uncontrolled extrapolation.
With each book finished and hearing the thoughts and opinions of colleagues, I am more and more impressed with the caliber and intellect of those I am privileged to work with here at Starboard.
– Laurie Leprino, director of client services.