Have you ever wondered how some people have gotten into the position they have? It might be someone you think is really bad at their job, yet they keep getting the plumb assignments.
That is actually what led me to pick up this book. Power – why some people have it and other’s don’t, is a look at what characteristics drive people into positions of power. It isn’t about performance. It is about getting noticed, getting your foot in the right door, and then doing things strategically that keep you there.
This book is a very practical guide to accomplishing these things, whether you are trying to take a power position at the top of a company or within your own department or team. It provides some counterintuitive advice that may allow you to make major gains through small adjustments. It also provides a no-holds-barred discussion of the price you pay for holding power.
Whether your goal is to become powerful or not, this book can provide you with a great understanding of human and corporate dynamics that will make you more effective at getting what you want.
There is no such thing as working for one company for the rest of your career and retiring with a pension. But, what is there to take its place? This book takes a stab at defining the new relationship between a company and its employees.
The foundation of the book is that there is a responsibility on both sides of an employment relationship – and we should treat it with respect. Although we live in a world where neither employers or employees feel obligated to maintain a long term working agreement, it doesn’t mean that they are not both benefiting from it while it lasts.
There are some really good concepts that anyone in business should consider and look for ways to implement within their own organization. For example, the tour of duty concept, which isn’t new by any means, is laid out in a manner that allows you to easily understand how to implement it at your company. As employees are looking for challenges and the ability to make an impact more than raises and bonuses, this concept is easy and cheap to implement and would go a long way toward benefiting both the employee and the company.
This book will help shift your perspective on the way employers should be looking at their relationship with employees. If you have a culture problem, a recruiting problem, or a turnover problem, you will find something in this book that will help you.
It is a pretty well know phenomenon that people who are struggling to solve a problem usually have an insight in the shower. Although this is generally accepted as something that really happens, many of us aren’t really sure about the science behind why it happens.
The Breakout Principle by Herbert Benson and William Proctor explains the science behind it. The book is not for everyone because it does spend a lot of time on science, especially neuroscience, as well as psychology studies. However, if you are curious about why we all have these breakouts, and more importantly, how you can trigger a breakout, it will be worth the effort.
If you have a big presentation coming up, it is a good idea to polish up your presentation skills, and Presentations in Action is a great resource.
A series of 80 two-page chapters, each tip is a combination of a lesson and a real life example that helps you put the lesson in context. I found the book to be a little repetitive, however, at just two pages per chapter, the investment of time is not enough that you will feel like you’ve wasted it.
Presentations in Action is a quick, easy read that will provide you with a solid foundation for improving your upcoming presentation.
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