When my father gave me this book and mentioned that he was tempted to send out the letter found on page 9 to all his folks, I wondered what could be in a letter that would cause him to want to share it with so many folks. Usually, you pick up management tidbits here and there – a piece for this person, a little for that one or maybe a nice catch phrase to motivate the “laggers”. To find something that fit everyone wholesale sounded a bit to good to be true. Well – it wasn’t. As a highly motivated and driven person myself, I didn’t find the book to be revealing as much as it was a reinforcement of my current habits and feelings as well as a good explanation of what factors push me along. While it’s not a cure-all for slackers by any means, it puts in plain terms and examples what makes the difference between a good employee and a great one. It’s formatted for speed reading and an average reader could easily get thru it in a night or two.
I have a confession to make: I’m a very prolific reader but a pretty crappy writer. Normally, I read about 2-3 books a month (although I have been known to go on a “6 book bender” once in a while), about a half dozen magazines, too many blogs to count, and the label of nearly everything I eat. In contrast, I probably only post about a half dozen times in that same timeframe. I’d like to remedy that situation so I’ve decided to play off my strength to improve my weakness (isn’t that what we’re supposed to do??) by…writing book reviews.
Ok, so these aren’t going to be Mrs. Thompson’s 2nd grade book reports or anything, just a short bit about the book and what I got (or didn’t get) from it. I’m going to link to them on Amazon because I really like their reviews and generally use them to purchase my books. I’m not going to rate them because, quite frankly, that’s arbitrary and SHOULD be explained in the short bit about the book. If it isn’t, then see confession above, and leave me a comment so I can work on it.
UPDATE: I’ve also added a sidebar called “Currently Reading” that I’m going to attempt to keep updated so you know what reviews should be on the way – yeah, it’s called “psychic weight” (guilt, if you’re Catholic) and it seems to work for me.