"Readers are leaders and leaders are readers.” I’m reading all these books and they all seem to blend together in my mind. Now what.
I came across this method from Dwayne Morris. He is a writer, speaker and consultant.
- Read good books. This may be a no-brainer, but I don’t read arbitrary books. If someone hasn’t recommended a title or author, I don’t touch it. This is where crowd-sourcing is a key component to my leadership development.
- Never read without a pen and/or highlighter. If you are reading good books and your intent for reading is to learn, then you need to be ready to mark those nuggets when you find them. Not to mention that studies have revealed that you tend to read faster when you use a pen to help pace your eyes along the text.
- Finish the book and rewind. When I complete a book, I’m only halfway to the finish line. My next step is to go back to the beginning and revisit the principles, illustrations, and examples that caught my attention the first time through.
- But wait, there’s one more step. As I began this process, it occurred to me that I needed a Master Index of the books I complete. This allows me to see all of the books I have read that mention a particular topic. So if I need material on crucial conversation, I can see which books and authors reference crucial conversation.
The bottom line here is that you must have a means to retrieve what you read. It helps you stay sharp and it elevates your value to others who know you are a disciplined reader and can share what you learn.