How to Get the Most Out of What You Read

It’s not what you read, it’s how you read it! Great leaders set aside time to develop themselves through reading daily newspapers, weekly and monthly business periodicals, trade journals, and business books.  Not only do great leaders take the time to read these resources, but they also reflect on what they read to determine if the ideas are applicable to their organizations or to them professionally. To get the most out of what you read, follow these steps:  

  • Identify the author’s main idea. Ask yourself, “What is the writer trying to say?”.
  • Search for actionable items. Highlight everything the writer tells you to do. 
  • Ask yourself, “How can I use these ideas? Can I adapt these ideas to my organization? Will this idea work in real-life? How will this idea solve a business issue or problem I have?”
  • Make a list of your conclusions and begin working on the ideas you wish to implement. 

 Work on getting the most out of your reading this week!

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