My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was hesitant about this book but it’s actually pretty good.
Some will criticize it for being too touchy feely and even I can’t help but admit that as someone who is adverse to physical expressions of emotions, I’m weary of a huggy work environment. Aside from all the hugging, it has some pretty good ideas for making yourself marketable and admired.
One of the points that the book makes is the importance of sharing knowledge. It gives you good steps for gaining knowledge to share as well, encouraging you to read books, actual physical hard backed booked (which is ironic since I was listening to it in audiobook format). Once you have a number of books under your belt, you begin recommending these books to people that you think would benefit from them. You then become a comrade of these people as they find useful information in these resources.
One of the other points that was emphasized in the book that I liked was the sharing of contacts and social network nodes. Introduce people of need to people that supply that need. It’s a win-win for everyone involved. This point reinforced ideas introduced to me by How to Win Friends & Influence People
Overall a good book and probably worth a read again when I get into curmudgeon mode. Like I said, a lot of touchy feely concepts and a lot of talk of bizlove and lovecats, that made me uncomfortable but I could see them working in certain situations. The benefit of turning a business relationship into a social relationship is more business and that is clear.