Reader’s Café

New to the Coalition is our Reader’s Café. Just like your traditional book club forums ours is with you, our members. Throughout the year members are selecting book choices (topic options are endless) and we sit down together in a local coffee shop and discuss. We don’t have a set reading schedule, we’ve kept the scheduling of each book rather relaxed. Below are the books read to date and what’s to come. Stay tuned to our LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages for the latest details. And please, if you have a book recommendations don’t be shy to share. The Reader’s Café is for all of us to benefit from, share what speaks to you. Check out what we’ve read and what’s coming up here.

July 26th, 2018: Our first Reader’s Cafe on Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman.

In a nutshell, Seligman argues that, the same way that negative events and perspectives have the potential to harm health and contribute towards a downward spiral, positive events and positive thinking have the potential to enhance health and contribute to an upward spiral. He aims to wrest actions away from dealing only with the outcomes of illness in a disease model and to also direct efforts towards preventative strategies. Seligman declares, “Reliving the states that make life miserable, it seems, has made building the states that make life worth living less of a priority.” Differentiating between “pleasure” and “gratification,” he argues that authentic happiness occurs when people find ways to employ their personal signature strengths into their loves, lives, and work.

October 4th, 2018: How to Build a Thriving Culture at Work by Dr. Jon Robison.

What a treat it was to have Jon Robison, one of the authors of our second Readers Café join us for our discussion!

Jon Robison and Rosie Ward debunk the idea of mind and body as separate in their book “How to Build a Thriving Culture at Work.” They argue that today’s wellness craze hearkens back to the old biomedical model that sprang from the Cartesian days and that today’s wellness focuses on individuals and behaviour change as salves to improve organizations and organizational culture. Robison and Ward argue that real life is more like “chaos theory” where “everything is related to everything” and real change must look beyond the person and also attend to the environment around the person. The authors share 7 points of transformation for workplaces to use as tools to thrive.

OWHC’s Terri Szymanski wrote an article about the book, see below for the neat read.Article for How To Building A Thriving Culture at Work

January 23rd, 2019: A Better Place To Work: Daily Practices That Transform Culture by Deborah Connors.

Deborah Connors joined us to discuss her book “A Better Place to Work; Daily Practices that Transform Culture”

Deborah’s book takes us through some of her most memorable moments of her 17 years organizing the Health Work and Wellness Conference in Canada (later renamed the Better Workplace Conference) that created an extensive community of practice. A Better Place to Work: Daily Practices That Transform Culture tells the story of this conference, its contributors, and the deep pool of collective expertise it generated.

April 10th, 2019: Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas

Wednesday April 10, 5:30 pm at Starbucks 5067 Dixie Road, Mississauga (at Dixie and Eglinton).

Anand Giridharadas’ varied background as a Harvard-educated management consultant in Mumbai, his time as a touring thought-leader, and his years as a journalist, writing in India as well as the United States makes his experiences and arguments in this book unique. The author first interned as a journalist at 17 and then went on to write for years at the New York Times. Giridharadas is currently editor-at-large and special correspondent at Time magazine.

The book’s powerful critique of the “win-win”, “change-by-philanthropy”, and “thought-leader solutions in sound-bytes” makes his hard-hitting work incredibly relatable to workplace health, even though he did not intend to tackle workplace health directly.

According to Ai-jen Poo, director National Domestic Workers Alliance, “The book courageously answers so many of the critical questions about how, despite much good will and many good people, we struggle to achieve progress in twenty-first-century America. If you want to be part of the solution, you should read this book.”Article - Winners Take All

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