You have completed four months of the Strategic Reading Challenge to master the job skills list. Have you been taking detailed notes, and extracting the five big ideas from the books you read? At this stage, you have 100 big ideas to play with if you haven’t been combining the ideas yet. Look objectively at your big ideas, how can you combine them into a much bigger idea that connects to a human need?
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The Strategic Reading Challenge is for people who are interested in learning new skills for work. But I think that if you decide to invest the time to read some of the best books for personal and professional development, then you have to take the process one step further to make sure that you get the most from your reading. And that’s why it’s so important to play with the ideas from the books you read.
The books for this month are meant to stretch you creatively and intellectually. Even though the focus is not on the 10 key skills needed for future jobs, the knowledge you will gain from this month’s list of books will make you more valuable and marketable. You are rounding out your list of skills and abilities.
To place yourself in a position of power in the workplace, you have to give yourself more career options. The Strategic Reading Challenge allows you to do this.
Let’s get started on Month Five of the reading challenge. Make sure that you have all your five books handy. This way you will know which books you intend to read, and you can read them one after another without scrambling to find a book to read. It is also a good practice not to read difficult books one after another because that is too draining. Before you buy any books, check to see if you own any that meet this month’s reading criteria.
In This Article, You Will Learn
- Book to read to start developing cultural intelligence.
- The type of book to read every six days to learn key workplace skills.
- How to accelerate the process to learn the list of professional skills.
Month Five: Job Skills List – Read Books for Career Development
Europe, here we come! The continent of Europe includes 51 independent states. Many of the classic literature we know of, and have enjoyed, were written by authors born on this continent. You can have a lot of fun this month because you have a lot of choices.
Strategic Reading Lesson Plans (Challenge Requirements): Month Five – Europe & More
- Read a book written by an author, born in a European country.
- Read a book to help you master social media.
- Read a book written over a century ago, then read a retelling of the book. This counts as two books for the month.
- Read a collection of comics. There are many comic book series that deal with difficult topics.
- Each week, read a technology article from a well-respected journal/magazine.
Month Five: Books for Career Development
ScaramoucheThe Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of MysteryThe Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power UsersSocial Media Myths BUSTED: The Small Business Guide To Online RevenueThe Great GatsbyGreatThe Picture of Dorian Gray (Dover Thrift Editions)DorianHowards End: By E. M. Forster – IllustratedOn Beauty: A NovelBuzzkillBuzzkill #1Buzzkill #4Buzzkill #3
Note from Avil: I have read most of the books listed above.
Final Thoughts on Job Skills List: 12 Months to Master Key Skills Like a Pro
When reading each of the five books for this month, please take detailed notes to ensure that you remember more of what you learn. Take the time to review your notes, extracting the five big ideas. At the end of the month, start combining the 25 ideas in new and unusual ways to generate hybrid ideas that are more encompassing. Is there a way you can connect the combined ideas to a human need?
Take a look at the job skills list, how do your skills stack up? Do you have to take additional action to get back on track? Have you been applying your newfound skills at work? I’ve created some handy guides to help you to get the most from the books you read. If you feel like they can help you, please go ahead and buy them. They are very affordable.