One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by. – Jeannette Walls
Workplace productivity drops nearly 20% in the summer months and projects, on average, take 13% longer to complete. Attendance dips around 19% and employees report feeling 45% more distracted.
While it is important to keep work flows and pipelines pumping, it is equally important to allow the elective time for reflection. As Peter Drucker said: “Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection, will come even more effective action.”
Here are some of my personal recommendations for Summer Light Reading for Leaders …
- “In every moment…we choose to see others either as people like ourselves or as objects. They either count like we do or they don’t.” The Anatomy of Peace
- “The second difference between the introvert and the extrovert is how they experience external stimulation. Extroverts like to experience a lot, and introverts like to know a lot about what they experience.” The Intovert Advangage
- “As usual, there aren’t enough last minutes.” Leadership and Self-Deception
- “The key to knowing joy is being easily pleased.” The Book of Awakening
- “Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate and to connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.” A Whole New Mind
Perhaps in this high-tech, fast-paced day and age we no longer need the dipping light of summer to read by, but perhaps we need it more than ever.