One of our favorite authors, Daniel Pink (Drive), recently joined forces with three other fantastic non-fiction authors, Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point), Susan Cain (Quiet), and Adam Grant (Originals) to start a curated book club of exciting, groundbreaking non-fiction called the Next Big Idea Club. The club includes two curated book selections per quarter along with bonus course materials and exclusive video shorts, which break down key concepts and help you apply the insights to your own life. Several of us at Stolfus joined the club together and recently received our first two books, Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance by Alex Hutchinson and The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle.
We plan to meet as a group and view the videos together over the next couple of months and see what comes out of it. We’ll try to update our thoughts on this experiment as we go.
June 2018 Update: We met in April to view the videos for The Culture Code and in May to review the videos for Endure. Between these two, The Culture Code was the group favorite by a mile. We found it very accessible, entertaining, inspiring, and highly relevant to our daily experiences. Endure had the unfortunate luck of following The Culture Code. It is a much more focused piece that we thought might be more interesting to runners and endurance athletes that are as interested in the science of performance as the author obviously is. The stories, while fairly interesting, were much less compelling to us than what we read in The Culture Code, so it felt like a bit of a slog and was difficult to relate to our experiences, even those that are athletes.
We received our Spring Box in June, but before we hit those, some of us are reading the bonus book from the Winter, Daniel Pink’s When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing.