Start the New Year “Bright”

Book Club Janis Allen & Blue Cross leaders

Start your department’s new year off with a book club. Learn something new and fun, and make your workplace more positive in the process.

May I suggest You Made My Day: Creating Co-worker Recognition & Relationships, by Michael McCarthy and Janis Allen, available on – just click on "bookstore." 

Here’s an exerpt from the book:

     Recognition and relationships are intertwined concepts that are difficult to separate. We find it similar to William Butler Yeats’ observation, "How do you tell the dancer from the dance?"

     We often can’t tell the relationship from the recognition. A relationship is composed of the feelings created by past actions and words between two people. Recognition is showing how you value another person’s work.

     Recognition (giving and receiving) is difficult or impossible when competitiveness, lack of trust, or insensitivity are part of the way people relate.

The New Year is a great time to transform those relationships into more positive ones!

Below are some ideas for organizing a group "read."

1.  Set a frequent (twice per month works well) schedule for discussing an achievable number of pages to read. Two chapters per two weeks works for most everyone. Ask everyone in your group to place the dates and time on their calendars. Over lunch is a good treat.

2.  Suggest that members (on a volunteer basis, not required) tell:

     a.   A key point or insight they gained from the chapter

     b.   An example they’ve seen in their own business or personal life

     c.   Ways they can apply the ideas within the group, or to other departments

Send your examples or insights to, and we’ll publish them (with your permission) in future newsletters and blog posts.

Happy New Year to all, and to all a bright read!