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2018 Book and Learning Circles

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Employee and Organization Development is excited to announce its spring 2018 Book and Learning Circles. Book Circles participants read a book over the course of three sessions. The first book, "Mindset" by Carol Dweck, illustrates that our perception of our abilities either frees us to achieve our full potential or unnecessarily limits our growth. By adopting a growth mindset, you can undertake more challenging tasks, be prepared to learn from failure and achieve more than you might have thought possible. The second book is "Crucial Conversations" by Kerry Patterson and colleagues. A “crucial conversation” is defined as one in which the stakes are high, the participants have different perspectives/opinions and emotions run strong. The book focuses on mastering crucial conversations to get things done while building relationships. The third book, "Whistling Vivaldi" by Claude E. Steele, uses personal stories and research results to demonstrate how simply being aware of a negative stereotype toward our social group diminishes our ability to perform, and suggests some plans for mitigating these “stereotype threats.” Participants will receive a print copy of the book, with some books available as e-books and audiobooks. Learning Circles involve watching a video or reading an article, and participating in a discussion during a single lunchtime session. Session topics include leadership, diversity and inclusion, and happiness at work. Participants are welcome to join one or all sessions for an insightful and rich discussion. Participants will receive materials in advance of live sessions. To view a full description and register to attend, visit https://afd.calpoly.edu/learn-and-grow/connect/book-circles