Motivation and Inspiration
Publishing Information: Lawrence Ragan Communications. A monthly subscription.
Subject area(s): Leadership inspiration and motivation
Type of resource: Wisdom and wit, business communication, leadership communication
Thought leadership = 2. The material is thoughtful and sometimes offers snippets from thought leaders. Stuff to ponder is the fodder. Rather than posit new information, Bits & Pieces draws from the wisdom, whimsy and wit of respected minds, offering pearls business leaders might use to remain motivated personally and then offer inspiration for others.
Accessibility of the material = 2. Material each month is loosely organized by theme and the layout is easy on the eyes. There is no online version of each issue so current material and previous issues are not searchable. It is up to the reader to mark and file what they want to retain for future use. Subscriptions are inexpensive and designed to order in bulk and distribute among one's team members. Printed collections of the best of previous years' issues are available for purchase.
Mix of theory and practice = 3. The purpose of this little, pocket-sized periodical is to have at ready reference, and to fuel more effective inspiration in business communication. An organizational leader can also use the tool to drive additional depth into who they are (their be-ing), as the one doing the communicating.
Look and feel = 3. Smaller than an issue of Reader's Digest, it is designed to be picked up, stowed away and pulled out when someone has a few moments. It is not difficult to imagine it sitting on a waiting room or foyer coffee table. There is nothing particularly compelling about the design, but its spareness does invite investigation.
Engagement of the audience = 4. Anyone at any educational level, experience level or at any place in an organization's heierarchy will find something useful in each issue--an inspirational quote, a pithy saying, a new joke, or an item of wisdom to reflect upon. The person who reads an issue is sure to say "Listen to this," or "I was just reading . . . ."