This week I popped into the Lululemon store in Balmain. Now, if you’re familiar with Lululemon you’ll know that it’s the sort of place that sells workout gear, sports bras and yoga clothes. As I’m currently on a health kick, I picked out some pieces to inspire me and headed to the checkout.
An odd collection of books
When I got there I spied a row of books that looked like they were for sale. I was expecting to find books on meditation, health, fitness and mung beans. But instead (as you can see from the picture), the books included:
* Atlas Shrugged, the novel by Ayn Rand
* Focal Point by Brian Tracy about the power of focus
* Outliers, Blink and The Tipping Point, all by Malcolm Gladwell
* Good to Great, the classic business tome by Jim Collins
* First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
* and others.
Not exactly the kind of books you expect at a store that provides free yoga lessons and that has slogans like “Breathe deeply and appreciate the moment” in its manifesto.
Share what inspires you
I asked the sales assistant if this unexpected collection of books was available for sale. She said: “That’s our library. They’re books that the founder of the company has read throughout his journey. So they’re here for us to read as well.”
Great idea. If you’ve been inspired by certain books or experiences, share this with your team. It will help them get an insight into the way you think. And while some books may not resonate with them in the same way, others may be just the message they need to feel inspired.