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PDC Productivity Book Club

Start With Why

A PDC Productivity Book Club for the Fall 2015 Semester

What To Do When There's Too Much To Do book cover

The Professional Development Center is pleased to continue its popular Productivity Book Club. This semester we will be reading Start With Why by Simon Sinek. Facilitated by the PDC's Christopher Taverna, the book club will meet several times over the course of the semester to discuss and learn from the techniques presented in the book.

All materials will be provided for the participants. 

All sessions will be held in the PDC Lounge, 126 Reed Library from 12:00-12:50 PM on the following Thursdays: 9/24, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3, and 12/17.

If you are ready to register you can click here, if you have questions, please contact us at


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About the book (from Amazon):  

"Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty?

In studying the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way-and it's the complete opposite of what everyone else does. People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

Drawing on a wide range of real-life stories, Sinek weaves together a clear vision of what it truly takes to lead and inspire

Past Bookclubs

2014 Fall: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity
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David Allen's Website:

About the book (from Amazon):  

Allen's premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential. In Getting Things Done Allen shows how to: 

* Apply the "do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it" rule to get your in-box to empty
* Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations
* Plan projects as well as get them unstuck
* Overcome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed
* Feel fine about what you're not doing

2013 - 2014: Eat That Frog!

Eat That Frog! book cover

There’s an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that it’s probably the worst thing you'll do all day. Using “eat that frog” as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day—the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also probably the one that can have the greatest positive impact on your life—Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day. You’ll not only get more done faster, but get the right things done." (From Barnes & Noble)



2012 - 2013 and Spring 2015: What To Do When There's Too Much To Do

 What To Do When There's Too Much To Do book cover"Are you tired of productivity consultants—or worse, your boss—pushing you to do more with less? You’re in luck. Laura Stack knows your to-do list is already packed to capacity, so she shows you how to accomplish more by doing less. Yes, you read that right. Stack’s innovative time-management system lets you work less and achieve more.

Following Stack’s step-by-step Productivity Workflow Formula, you’ll organize your life around the tasks that really matter and—this is crucial—let go of those that don’t. Dozens of practical strategies will help you reduce your commitments, distractions, interruptions, and inefficiencies. You’ll shrink your to-do list and save time—around ninety minutes a day—while skyrocketing your results and maintaining your sanity." (From Amazon)


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