Saturday, October 31, 2009

Book Review - Cut to the chase and 99 other rules

Cut to the chase and 99 other rules - Stuart R. Levine. A quick and easy to read guide book on managing corporate career. It has 100 rules, each with 1-2 page description with examples from his consulting experience. The rules span about how to manage time, how to deal with difficult boss, stuck careers, be highly productive, strike a balance and so on. I liked rule 59 the most -"Look at the big picture" - which talks about doing a personal SWOT analysis to examine our Strengths, Weakness, which are internal factors, and Opportunities and Threats which are external factors in managing our career, and taking action to move ahead. Another one that I liked suggested we focus on leveraging our strengths, rather than fixing weaknesses, which is right opposite to the typical feedback managers use during performance reviews.

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