Have you ever considered giving everyone on your team a monthly stipend (say $20) for Amazon to purchase books for self-development? Here are the top two reasons why you may want to do it, even if only as a limited time trial:
1. As an avid reader and a lover of books, you know how great a gift this is. It simply implies, “You want to grow, let me/us help.” 2. You’d likely learn new things about your team by the discussions you’d inevitably have about their book choices and takeaways.
Warning: you might learn things you don’t want to learn about your team. :) What if, for example, some of your people never use up their monthly book stipend?
April 3, 2015