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Friday, May 30, 2003

Career Column

Career-Op: Here it comes again
by Douglas E. Welch, ComputorEdge Magazine

Despite the fact that your job may seem like a chaotic jumble of unforeseeable events, there are certain recurring ones that directly impact your ability to do your job. Managing these events can be a way to exercise some control over your day-to-day work, opening holes of time in which to deal with the unforeseen problems that always arise. Take some time, today, to look into the near future and start planning for some of your recurring events today.

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

More books...

Below are links to the books offered up as "The Ten Must-Read Books for Lovecats" from the book, Love is the Killer App. I have only read one of these, so it looks like my reading list is set to expand even further.

I know it can sometimes feel like you have no time to read, but I try to make time for it whenever I can. I hate to wait in line, so I always have something with me to pass the time. Riding in the car, sitting at the playground with Joe, all of these are an opportunity to take your thinking somewhere new.

The Experience Economy
Corporate Religion
The Innovator's Dilemma
What the CEO Wants You to Know
Simplicity: The New Competitive Advantage
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can...
The Circle of Innovation
The Art of Happiness
Leading the Revolution

Monday, May 26, 2003

What I'm Reading...


Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends by Tim Sanders

I am just finishing up this book and wanted to share it with all of you. I tend to pick up business books by the hand-full, just to keep abreast of current thinking and hoping I can take away 1 or 2 good ideas.

"Love" is a small book and an easy read. I was thrown off early on, though, by the author's decision to call people like himself "lovecats." It seemed such a silly word, but whatever gets the job done, I guess. Getting over this hurdle I found a couple of great ideas in the book.

In the sectioned entitled "Knowledge", Sanders professes his love for books, why he thinks they are so important and his techniques for getting the most out of them. While his techniques are a little extreme for me right now, they can be very useful and I might still adopt some of them.

In the "Network" he talks about how to make the best use of your network to not only help yourself, but also, and more importantly, help those around you. Sanders firmly believe that you do the most for your career and life by constantly thinking about how you can connect people in your network to one another. Secondly, he pointedly says to NOT do it out of some attempt to garner "Finder's Fees" or other benefits. Your reputation grows with every connection you make and it is this, says Sanders that is the true basis of your net worth.