Instead of wondering, listen to this audiobook and find out how to become a lovecat - a nice, smart person who succeeds in business and in life.
How do you become a lovecat? By sharing your intangibles. By that Tim Sanders means:
Your knowledge: everything that comes from all the books that he'll encourage you to devour.
Your network: the collection of friends and contacts you now have, which he'll teach you how to grow and nurture.
Your compassion: that human warmth you already possess - Sanders will convince you that you can show it freely at the office.
What happens when you do all this?
Here's the real scoop: Nice guys don't finish last. They rule!
©2002 Tim Sanders; (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House, Inc.
"A great business strategy...rich with practical, effective strategies." (Philip C. McGraw, Ph.D., author of Life Strategies)
"Aretha Franklin knew the secret: Respect. Tim Sanders knows how to spin it." (Seth Godin, author of Permission Marketing)
This book could be easily shortened to about two or three pages of text. However, some readers could find stories/examples described by the author as meaningful and entertaining.
I played an abridged version of this book for the staff at our hospital. They really liked it and the model of sharing knowledge, networks,and compassion fits wonderfully into medicine. It has shaped the way we talk and work.
After getting the audio, I just had to purchase the hardbound version as well to take advantage of Tim's suggestions on how to properly "read" a business book! After hearing (and reading) this, I'm going back over my current library. Tim's practical advice on how to build a network alone is well worth the read, not to mention how his tactics can help endure yourself into the hearts and minds of customers. Further, the booklist you put together because of Tim's extensive use of backing-up his ideas with references from others makes this an invaluable book for anyone interested in taking their business further. Sales people, managers, and aspiring employees ALL can get useful and practical information from Tim's "lovecat" philosophy.
This is the least "business" business book you will ever read, and that is a dashing compliment. Tim is the coolest guy in corporate America, a hip hype-meister with a warm heart, and it's the latter message that's the most important. Love is, indeed, the killer app. Don't dis this due to culture shock--there's money in the trails of these lovecats. Robert Smith must be mortified, though.
The author played it safe and was far too wordy - he consistently qualified his strong statements. Go hug someone... if they want it... if it makes sense... if you've worked them up to it...
Yes there are many solid things in here. There are many important things we should be doing when working with others.
However there other audiobooks in Audible better suited to fulfilling business/self-improvement.
Pretty good read. Well written. Keeps a light and enjoyable pace, though it falls short of humorous. More of a self-help book for the high-tech worker, which is refreshing compared to the sink-or-swim think-outta-the-box stuff. It would be nice if everyone we worked with was a Lovecat.
A lot of the suggestions are quite dated (buy a Palm Pilot, for instance).
Seems to be a shill for Amazon (buy everyone a hard-cover book)
The reader performs the content clearly and at the correct pacing.
The concepts in the book are timeless and nothing new, really: be compassionate; work in a win-win mode; serve others. Building and sharing a network and being a connector without a vested interest is a valuable lesson and overall the book is worth reading. I'd like to read an updated version dealing with e-books, facebook, twitter, and other forms of electronic network sharing to see how the author has updated his approach to keep pace with technology - especially since the author worked in the technology sector.
The author describes himself as an evangelist early on, and you get the sense that his success came less from his lovecat principles and more from his highly energetic, highly communicative personality (as well as a large chunk of luck, being involved in Broadcast.com early on). Networking constantly and giving everybody a hug all the time do not come naturally for most people and can sometimes backfire if done improperly. His suggestion to constantly read business tomes, pick up various new theories, and share the knowledge with others by recommending books, reminds me too much of coworkers with the latest acronym and theory to spout off on but little to show in results. Success via being a book club to others? It seemed to have worked for him. Network, learn constantly, and share knowledge strategically: these are not revolutionary new concepts.
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