Me: “So, have you read any good books lately?”
Co-worker: “Uhhh…. No.”
(equally long pause)
Me: “Yeah, me neither.”
Around the time that I had this short discussion with a co-worker, Greg Friese was issuing the 12 in ’12 Reading Challenge for EMS Professionals. I really liked the idea, and will be sharing a brief review of each EMS book I read this year.
January’s EMS book is The Non-Conformists’ Guide to EMS Success by Steve Whitehead. Steve is a great source of independent thinking in EMS practices, and you may have seen his new video series “Remember Two Things” featured on EMS1.com. At 48 pages, this could be considered a “light read.” However, Steve challenged many of my core beliefs about being an EMS professional, and I found myself re-reading sections and reflecting on what they meant to me. In his book he presents a compelling case for being a non-conformist in the workplace. He explains that non-conformists…
- Think for themselves.
- Expect to have their values expressed in their work.
- Believe that their lives and work should stand for something.
- Desire to be a part of a community and a team and seek meaningful connections with others.
- Hold themselves to a higher standard than the status quo and rally against mediocrity and incompetence.
- Don’t expect their leaders to have the solutions to their problems, embody their values, provide their motivation or direct their career path.
- Fearlessly seek performance feedback and relish intelligent coaching and criticism.