Friday, November 23, 2007

The 12 Bad Habits That Hold Good People Back: Overcoming the Behavior Patterns That Keep You From Getting Ahead

Are you wondering why you weren't able to advance in your career? Do you know why you are what you are? Do you really want to break through your career impasse? This is THE BOOK to read.

The authors talk about 12 different behaviors and personalities of people. You can understand the dynamics of a specific behavior or pattern, its origin and ways to overcome those patterns. This book provides deep insights regarding certain behaviors - with stories and characters to illustrate each one of them. When you read about these characters, you can also relate them to people whom you meet or work with.

I feel that some of these habits are possessed only by 'bad' people. I do not understand the rationale behind the title which says "12 bad habits that hold good people back".

I wish they had trimmed down the unwanted content and increased the font size. It was a bit difficult to read and sustain attention because of the small font size.

If you think that you are not advancing in your career - in spite of working hard, in spite of sacrificing all your personal time, in spite of being so passionate about work - this book is for YOU.

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Think Big, Act Small: How America's Best Performing Companies Keep the Start-up Spirit Alive

Have you read "Good to Great" by Jim Collins? If the answer is "Yes", you don't have to spend a lot of time in reading this book. At least, 50% of the book conveys what is already told in Good to Great. Of course, with different stories as example.

I liked two concepts from this book - "Have everyone think and act like an owner" & "Choose your competitors". It is hard to institutionalize the first concept, though.
Choosing your competition is something that many companies forget to do (or) they don't do it right. Many of them aim to reach the sky and at the end, do not even take off from the land.

If you are wondering how to keep the start-up spirits alive in your giant corporation, this is a good book to read.

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