Administrator Learning Community (Book Club)
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."~ Joseph Addison
"Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life."~ Mortimer J. Adler
"I can not live with out books." ~ Thomas Jefferson
"Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital."~ Thomas Jefferson
2012-13 ~ 2011-12 ~ 2010-11 ~ 2009-10 ~ 2008-09 ~ Order Form ~
Rationale ~ Background
For the fifth consecutive year, every administrator (84) is again invited to select a book to support their personal professional development. This year, best selling biographies, representing multiple walks of life, were chosen in hopes of enriching our lives and inspiring us to become better leaders. Shown below are the 11 books made available during this year's selection window (2/6-3/1).
TECHNOLOGY: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (Barnes & Noble Link)
MEDIA: A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity: A Memoir by Bill O'Reilly (Barnes & Noble Link)
POLITICS: Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela (Barnes & Noble Link)
MEDICINE: Gifted Hands 20th Anniversary Edition: The Ben Carson Story by Ben Carson , Cecil Murphey (Barnes & Noble Link)
BUSINESS: The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner, Quincy Troupe, Mim Eichler Rivas (Barnes & Noble Link)
COOKING: Paula Deen: It Ain't All About the Cookin' by Paula Deen , Sherry Suib Cohen (Barnes & Noble Link)
COMEDY: Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life by Steve Martin (Barnes & Noble Link)
SCIENCE: Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson (Barnes & Noble Link)
MUSIC: Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went from Street Corner to Corner Office by Zack O'Malley Greenburg (Barnes & Noble Link)
RELIGION: Joyce Meyer: A Life of Redemption and Destiny by Richard Young (Barnes & Noble Link)
SPORTS: Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life by Tony Dungy, Nathan Whitaker (Barnes & Noble Link)
All 83 administrators are invited to select a book offered through our 2011-12 Administrator Learning Community. This year's theme was "managing change in a fast-paced world" and the 8 books listed below are available during this year's selection window (3/21-4/6).
* Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath (Amazon Link)
* The Organization of the Future by The Drucker Foundation, Editor
Frances Hesselbein (Amazon Link)
* Leading With Authenticity in Times of Transition by Kerry Bunker and Michael Wakefield (Amazon Link)
* Presidential Transition in Higher Education: Managing Leadership Change by James Martin and James Samels (Amazon Link)
* Life Your Way: Refresh Your Approach to Success and Breathe Easier in a Fast-Paced World by Amy Wood (Amazon Link)
* Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck--Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Jim Collins and Morten Hansen (Amazon Link)
* The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential by John Maxwell (Amazon Link)
* How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age by Dale Carnegie & Associates (Amazon Link)
Fifty-eight (58) of our 64 administrators (91%) selected a book offered through our 2010-11 Administrator Learning Community. This year's theme was "communication" and the five books listed below were available during this year's selection window (8/23-10/1).
* Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently by John Maxwell (Barnes & Noble Link)
* Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication by Andy Stanley (Barnes & Noble Link)
* The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence, and Persuasion Through the Art of Storytelling by Annette Simmons (Barnes & Noble Link)
* How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work: Seven Languages for Transformation by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey (Barnes & Noble Link)
You Say More Than You Think: A 7-Day Plan for Using the New Body Language to Get What You Want! by Janine Driver with Mariska van Aalst (Barnes & Noble Link)
Fifty-nine (59) of our 66 college administrators participated in the 2009-10 Administrator Learning Community. A sign of it's popularity and value-added benefits, this 89% participation rate represents a 15% increase from last year's rate. Administrators selected a book during the selection window (9/16-10/2). Click here to view 2009-10 Participation List. The five books included:
* Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell (Barnes & Noble Link, Author Website)
* Hardwiring Excellence: Purpose, Worthwhile Work and Making a Difference by Quint Studer (Barnes & Noble Link, Author Website)
* How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In by Jim Collins (Barnes & Noble Link, Author Website)
* Talent is Not Enough: Discover the Choices That Will Take You Beyond Your Talent by John Maxwell (Barnes & Noble Link, Author Website)
* The Carrot Principle: How the Best Managers Use Recognition to Engage Their People, Retain Talent, and Accelerate Performance by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton (Barnes & Noble Link, Gostick Blog, Elton Blog)
Fifty-three (53) of the college's 72 administrators participated in the inaugural Administrator Learning Community. This represents a 74% participation rate. Forty-nine (49) administrators selected a book during the first selection window (1/27-2/13) and twenty-eight (28) administrators selected their book during this second selection window (4/6-4/10) - for four of which, it was their first book selection. Click here to view 2008-09 Participation List. The five books included:
* Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee (Barnes & Noble Link ~ Author Website)
* QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability in Work and in Life by John Miller (Barnes & Noble Link ~ Book Website)
* The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization by John Maxwell (Barnes & Noble Link ~ Author Website)
* The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness by Stephen Covey (Barnes & Noble Link ~ Author Website)
* The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World With Kindness by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval (Barnes & Noble Link ~ Author Website)
Click here to view Sample Discussion Questions
Online order forms are used to enable administrators to make their book selection. For 2012-13, book selections must be made February 6-March 1, 2013. The online form automatically routes all submitted forms to Michael Bryan, who then begins the procurement and dissemination processes. Books typically arrive within 60 days.
Reading has many benefits that enhance our lives personally and professionally. For one, it exercises our mind. Similar to physical exercise, there has to be a determination to make reading part of our life. Although administrators are at some time or another overworked and over stressed, if we genuinely understand the many benefits of reading, we’ll have less difficulty making time for this worthwhile activity. Sometimes the lessons learned from a book are enhanced if we have someone to share it with. A learning community (book club) is an effective way to appreciate other perspectives - not only through the books themselves but also through perspectives of colleagues with different backgrounds. Book clubs also provide many opportunities to meet people from across the college and from all walks of life, as well as providing a meaningful addition to one’s professional development calendar.
According to the results from the Administrative Association's July Membership Survey, 84% of respondents supported the Association offering an administrator learning community (e.g., theme-based: book club or study group for an important issue; cohort-based: academic deans, counselors). Respondents to the November Membership Survey expressed a similar high-level of support (84% approved the concept of an Administrator Book Club; 63% would consider participation).
Based on membership support, and in continuation of our strategic alliance with LRC and Employee Training and Development, the Administrative Association researched and designed an administrator learning community. This collective professional development activity, in the form of a book club, is modeled after the successful Faculty Reading Groups sponsored by the Charles Center at The College of William and Mary. The Association, with substantial input from LRC and Employee Training and Development, compiled a short list of national best selling books – of particular relevance to administrators – from which each TCC administrator is encouraged to select one (NO cost, NO obligation). On January 14, 2009, President DiCroce approved the Chair's request to implement the proposed administrator learning community and appropriate funds in support of this initiative. TCC joins the University of Virginia School of Medicine and New York University as 1 of only 3 known IHE administrative associations to sponsor this type of innovative professional development.
The Association's Chairperson originally appropriated unencumbered funds to support the initiative and coordinated the logistics such as purchasing and disseminating books. Funds are now strategically directed to support the initiative. Although the Association will help facilitate book club operations by disseminating membership lists and creating online discussion forums, individual members are NOT obligated to participate in any collaborative book club activities. Members are merely asked to select a book (again, at NO cost and NO obligation) in support of their own individual professional development. To assist members in making their selection, shown above is the book list along with URLs to book information.