For some reason it took me a while to actually pick up and read Bank of Me by Jane Sparrow and Chris Preston (The Culture Builders, August 2018). For right or wrong, I tend to shy away from self-published books that are heavily designed. But I’m glad I finally did take a look.
Bank of Me is a delightful blend of all the snippets of good business advice I’ve heard over the years. I was looking hard for a theme, and some academic rigour…but that is not what this book is about. Bank of Me is a compilation of quotes, (very) short anecdotes, tips and recommendations. It covers everything from why you should consider breakfast meetings more readily, to a reminder that the best leaders ‘stand for something’. It’s sort of like 150 pages of business conversation starters – both for you as an individual, or for a broader group, like a management team. It provides an opportunity to test the areas that pique your interest most, which could easily lead to further reading on a subject.
You can choose to read Bank of Me in a single sitting, or to dip in and out as you find pockets of time in your day. All in all, I think it is worth picking up.