I am, I have been told, by nature a contrarian.  

I have always struggled with authority, yet my natural leaning is "it's my way or the highway"; I embrace change, but am leery of so many new ways of doing things; I like to buck trends, but am a stickler for things being done correctly; I love reading, but  I have always had an knee-jerk loathing of business books.

So, as am I sure you can imagine, it was with some trepidation that I picked up my allotted business book for our office-mandated mini-MBA challenge. Business books and falling in-line with authority in one fell swoop. 

*Shudder*

I love learning. I love continually learning.  It is truly, for me, one of life's joys. I love the mind-pop of a new discovery, the mental dexterity of implementing a fresh idea, the joy of passing on that satisfaction to colleagues, friends, family. 

So my aversion to business books is odd. 

I think the fear lies in a vague sense of being dictated to from on high; that the author is claiming a superior intellect; or worst of all, that uninspiring, be-suited lemmings will spout the management speak hokum found with in the pages of said books with a glazed-eyed fervor that displays a total inability for original thought. 

So it seems fitting that during Learning at Work Week 2018 I have discovered, at least during my first couple of reads, that my aversion is in fact prejudice. Yes, for far too long I have allowed myself to be blinded by my own pre-conceptions and, in doing so, I have missed out.  

Quite a salutary lesson. 

In just a few quick chapters of the book I am currently racing my way through (Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In BTW, and yes yes yes, I know everyone else read it YEARS ago), I have not only nodded at the sage advice and learnt from the personal insights found in Sandberg's book, but I have started to really question my own MO.  How I do things and what I expect from those around me. Eye opening stuff, not always comfortable, but so far, always interesting. 

So, it was interesting that this list of the 28 top business books for 2018 popped up in my timeline today, at a time when I am certainly more open than ever in investing time and money in learning from the pages of the experts.  

Books 4, 5, 13, 15, 19, 20, 21, 24 and 26 should keep me going until the end of the summer (at least), ready for some "back to school" world class business domination come September.