The fact that while I was reading it, I could reflect on situations that i had recently encountered that I cold have changed, just by asking different questions of myself. The stories were interesting and easy to follow.
John Maxwell -- Today Matters, 25 Ways to Win with People, the Success Journey; Brian Tracy "Eat that Frog" , and are just a few select titles l would compare this with.
Yes, and i listened to it twice.
I enjoyed this refresher of the original edition of Flawless Consulting. Mr. Block reiterates some of the good advice for having authenticity as a consulting and building relationships with integrity. I did, however, want a little more than what was included in the audio version because I found the original edition so helpful, for example -- overcoming resistance, dealing with potential objections, and engaging with senior executives. It was definitely a good return on the time invested -- it was very valuable, but I think I could have used the unabridged version on audio!
Mr. Gleeson covers some tried and true approaches, and isn't afraid to mention the other authors whose work is consistent with his perspective. I like this, and I like his references to those similarities. What I like most, however, is the fact that he as updated his recommendations with approaches that describe how today's technologies -- e.g., PDA's, PIMs, web based tools -- can be used to help you be more effective. He has a chapter focused on how not to be overwhelmed by email! And another on using electronic task lists and journals. I have read many many books on prioritizing and organizing work so that I can be more effective, but this is the first one that has really talked about how to use the technology to help, and it doesn't require that you buy a tool developed by them.
The book is well organized and comprehensive. Mr. Gleeson provides easy to follow lists of instructions for how to implement the suggestions. There is also a very short executive summary of the book, and an overview of each chapter to describe what will discussed.
One point that I found slightly irritating -- the author starts out pumping his service,and descriptions of he work they have done with companies are peppered unnecessarily throughout the book.
Overall -- good book, good tips, love the technology focus!
Methodical and comprehensive approach to Sun Tzu's rules. She reviews each one, and provides substantive recommendations on how to apply them to everyday working life. Good rules that can apply to all -- not for women only.
John Maxwell is a leadership guru whose rules provide great advice every time. This book is consistent with his other books, and shows why Maxwell is the sage that he is. I especially like the rule to say something positive about people whenever you can.
I have long been a fan of Cathy Black, so I eagerly awaited her book. I don't think she provided anything new, but I loved hearing her version, and the tips she had to offer for women coming of age in executive corporate leadership. Throughout the book, she reveals the rules she has followed to achieve her successes -- again, this is great advice. I loved hearing the various stories about her days with USA Today and with the Hearst Corporation, and how the rules enabled her in different situations.
Good information and approach. But this book has a lot of hard to keep up with technical information that makes it more difficult to follow throughout the book -- focusing on chemical reaction, physiological impact of different foods, etc. I have a friend who has lost weight using the approach, so I know it works. I just wish this was easier to learn and adopt (maybe I should have gotten the abridged version!).
The power of Full engagement is for you. It really helps to recognize the value of replenishing our souls and ourselves in order to bring out our best. We tend to overlook the role that this plays. Loehr/Schwartz not only emphasizes this, but really gives pointers on how to manage your life so that you can optimize your energies, producing even better results than you would see from just working harder. I had heard about this book for a few years before I actually read it. I am sorry that it took me so long to getting around to reading it. It was a powerful book, and will continue to be in my re-read list in the future.
... Is one bite at a time. This book is good, in that it gives you the approaches to addressing things in bite size pieces. In this day and time when we are so easily overwhelmed by the mountain of things we have to do (for me, that is what causes my procrastination), bite sized approaches are priceless. I have listened to this several times just to have a refresher, and will do so in the future.
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