Jill Christensen
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Jill Christensen is a guest blogger for EmpowerPoints, an employee engagement expert, best-selling author, and international keynote speaker. She is a Top 100 Global Employee Engagement Influencer, authored the best-selling book, If Not You, Who?, and works with the best and brightest global leaders to improve productivity and retention, customer satisfaction, and revenue growth by re-engaging employees. Jill’s Website | LinkedIn Profile

I read a great article by Matthew Jones in Inc.com entitled The One Habit All Intelligent People Practice.  Jones, a life coach and licensed therapist, says that from studying the behaviors of leaders in diverse fields while earning his doctorate in clinical psychology, he learned that all pioneers have one thing in common: All great minds read.

Instead of spending time getting caught up in Facebook drama or taking selfies on Snapchat, the real difference-makers have their noses in books,” says Jones. “They are broadening their intellectual horizons, gaining energy, and allowing their minds down time from the overwhelming stimulation of society.”

Science backs up Jones’ findings, as reading increases verbal intelligence and boosts your memory.  Other research that Jones highlights shows that reading can reduce stress as much as 68 percent.  Hence, Jones encourages readers to put down your tablet and phone, and close your computer.

Not to mention the fact that in our world of COVID, many teams are working remotely.  What better way to form a sense of connection between team members than for everyone to read a book and then participate in a book club about the read?  Priceless for team bonding.

WHAT CAN I DO?  The summer is upon us in the Western Hemisphere.  Head to a bookstore online, find a great book, and share the title with your team.  By reading a book alone and then discussing it together, you and your team will bond over new learnings, de-stress, and enjoy quality time as a group.  A read that I recommend? Hillbilly Elegy.  Oh, and there’s always If Not You, Who? Cracking the Code of Employee Disengagement. Thanks for being a great leader.