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Book Worm: Creating a ‘Library’ at Your Gym


This month’s cover subject is Aaron Moore, the director of operations at VIDA Fitness. And one of the things that stood out during my interview with Moore was how much his organization emphasizes education — so much so that each of the brand’s five locations has its own library.

“We’re pretty big readers,” said Moore. “We’ve got a company library that we started at the corporate office, and now every club has one. We’re trying to learn as much as we can, wherever we can.”

Although you may not be able to dedicate space at your gym to the creation of a library, take inspiration from VIDA Fitness and consider keeping books on hand for your staff to choose from that can aid in their development as leaders.  

Following are a mix of classic and newer leadership books to consider adding to your bookshelf.

The Classics

“Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t,” by Jim Collins.

“How to Win Friends & Influence People,”by Dale Carnegie.

“Start with Why” by Simon Sinek.

Newer Books

“Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts,” by Brené Brown.

Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More,” by Morten Hansen.

“When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing,” by Dan Pink.

Readers, what books do you consider to be “classic” leadership books? Or what newer books have you read lately that others should consider? Let us know in the comments.

Rachel Zabonick is editor-in-chief of Club Solutions Magazine. She can be reached at rachel@peakemedia.com.

Rachel Zabonick-Chonko

Rachel Zabonick-Chonko is the editor-in-chief of Club Solutions Magazine. She can be reached at rachel@peakemedia.com.

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  1. Allison Flatley April 4, 2019

    I love this idea! Another resource, littlefreelibrary.org, a 501(c) nonprofit organization that hosts a public directory of all libraries. I have one in my front yard.


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