I was expecting a book detailing on how to transition to a free agent. This book examines the overall shift to free agents on a macro level. The author is a former speechwriter for Al Gore and Robt Reich(sp?) from the Dept of Labor. The book was published in 2001 at the height of the dot com/the internet will save the world boom and some of the references are out of date. While I agree with the author that for many in corporate life a logical transition at mid to late career is to shift to free agent status, I was hoping for some pracile advice and examples of success and failure. Would have made an interesting magazine article.
Finally a concise easy to understand book on NLP. Author gets right to the point in terms everyone can understand. Please start here if looking into NLP - I almost quit because so many of the books and programs were either too technical with unending references to stuff like sub modalities, etc or the authors couldn't get to the point. That's not the case here.
I liked this book and it is full of good advice. The book is far from concise with many examples and stories. The pledge at the end along with the last chapter really bring it all together. The narration is excellent.
WARNING - there are repeated references to the deaths of children. I was thinking this odd until the author disclosed in later chapters that her first book was on this topic and she frequently lectures on the subject. After the first story or two I couldn't take it and fast forwarded past those stories.
Not much new here - hard to descibe but book is alot of antodotes and not much substane.
Agree it's not self help, it is a 7 hour psychology class - I couldn't finish. After 20 minutes on the concept "does everyone perceive the color yellow the same way?" I had to move on. From what I head the author has some good ideas but is far from concise. For a author narrated book the voice is ok.
I would recommend this book to recent collge grads enteing the workforce. It is really a primer on how to handle office politics. Not of much use to anyone that has been in the workforce for awhile.
Executive Charisma is a better effort by the author and I recommend it highly. I bought this title as I liked Executive Charisma so much - I was mostly disappointed with this work but there is some good stuff here - another contrast between the two works is that Executive Charisma was professionally narrated and this was not. Big difference, the pros are much easier on the ears.
Author spends quite a bit of time off topic and can't seem to get to the point - the list of the authors favorite restaurants by city which is worked in - is self indulgent and proves my point. If this were condensed and consice I'm sur I would have a better reaction but as it is it is a frustrating listen. This title also makes the case for professional narration.
I agree with the previous review - one of the best downloads on Audible. This book is full of practical advice on business life. Cooperation - not confrontation is the key. Narration is excellent - head and shoulders above many of the Author narrated titles.
The best use of this book is to gain an understanding of how the "maximum face time at the office" types think. In one section, the author brags about denieing an employee an "early" departure from the office at about 6pm so he could spend time with his young kids at dinner a couple of times a week. The author pointed out that the employee could spend full time at home as an alternative if he wasn't in the office serving clients - and how in the long run it was better to put in the office time so the family could have a better financial future with the dad employed. The result: a comprimise where the employee went home, had dinner with the family and came back to the office. The author states that he frequently slept at the office if only to set an example of dedication.
This book should have been released in 1970 when these attitudes prevailed - in the age of the Blackberry, etc - this is at best an example of abstract thinking.
The fact that Stossel narrated this himself with some emotion really adds. Hearing his story and the circumstances around his reporting is fasinating.
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