Even as global literacy rates are high (84%), people are reading less and less deeply- John Coleman – Harvard Business Review



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This is an interesting article from John Coleman in HBR blog.

For Those Who Want to Lead, Read – John Coleman – Harvard Business Review.

The article looks at the decline in serious reading at business leader level.

For me, the decline is just as serious at other levels of society and probably of most concern with today’s youth who are more pre-occupied with Facebook. Of course, television is another reason people do not read as much as earlier generations.

Sadly, everybody is looking for brevity and bullet points, summarized on one sheet of A4, with charts to reduce the words or numbers, reducing the time to digest the essentials. This, of course, emanates from today’s business leaders. So perhaps, if business leaders read more, it will trickle into wider society?

Do you have any suggestions as to how policy makers might reverse this disturbing trend?


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