If you’ve ever wished for a place where you could connect with like-minded people, dive deeper into topics that interest you and network with a purpose, look no further.
AccessHR is launching its first-ever book club, the AccessHR Reading Room, for HR professionals and anyone who is interested in HR and business topics, with the goal of creating a platform for people to build relationships, explore common interests and stay informed.
“I read a lot – both fiction and non-fiction – and I’m known for being a reader. A book club combines my interest in HR, community and reading,” says AccessHR Principal Janice MacPherson, who is spearheading the club.
“I’ve started a number of book clubs over the years; it fits with my efforts to build community. People have talked to me about developing an HR book club over the years and now is the right time to do it.”
The Reading Room is a pilot project for AccessHR, and it will focus on non-fiction books related to HR, leadership, business, and personal development. Think Again by Adam Grant will be the first book to be discussed.
“Most of the book clubs I’ve been part of read either fiction or memoirs. I’m excited to dive into non-fiction and discuss these books with a group of like-minded people.”
The book club is ideal for people who are energized by facilitated conversation, learn best by reading and are keen for continuous improvement. Each Reading Room member will receive the book well in advance, along with a reading guide and a special gift. A private LinkedIn group will be created for participants to chat with each other between meetings. For members who want to go deeper, there is an opportunity to purchase unlimited integration coaching. These one-on-one coaching sessions will help you to integrate your learnings from the books into your daily work life.
“People put a lot of emphasis on reading as a way to learn, but many people don’t take the time to read – it gets pushed to the edges of the day. I want to give Reading Room members the opportunity to set aside time in their busy schedules to focus on reading,” MacPherson says.
The remaining books will be chosen by AccessHR with input from the Reading Room group.
How does it work?
Registration for the Reading Room opens November 4, with space for 12 participants. The group will meet virtually every six weeks for a facilitated conversation about the book. If the pilot is successful, a second group will run later in 2022.
Reading Room meetings will take place from 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm (MST). The first meeting, where the group will discuss Think Again by Adam Grant, will be held on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.
The following meetings will be every six weeks (February 22, April 5, May 17, June 21) at the same time.
The investment for Reading Room membership is $399 per person. This includes all books delivered to your door, reading guides for each book, facilitated group meetings, and special Reading Room gifts.
You can also add the Integration Coaching package to the Reading Room membership for an additional $500. This package provides unlimited, personalized coaching to help you integrate your learning from the books into your daily work life. This package must be used between January 1 and June 30, 2022.
To register for the Reading Room, please email Janice MacPherson directly. Registration closes December 17, 2021.