For much of my daily work, I'm a trainer in communication skills and interpersonal effectiveness. But after so many years of talking about Leary's Rose, the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and much NLP-related theories, I found myself yearning for something more....real.
And that's where Tarthang Tulku's work comes in. Mastering Succesful Work is an amazing book because it teaches peoples the same type of skills that then above-mentioned theories would, but from a more principled perspective. The myriad of meditation exercises all share the same ethical core: first, that we, from second to second, can choose who we are, and second, that the fundamental truth of our existence is, as Buddhism teaches, interdependence - which makes empathy, practiced on a daily basis, the most important and necessary survival skill.
This is what differs Tulku's vision from NLP, for example. Because why would someone who did NLP want to perform a certain meditation exercise, change their behavioral patterns or use certain interaction patterns? Why, to get what THEY want, obviously - that's what NLP promises, that you can 'get the results YOU want'.
Tulku's version of Buddhism has none of this blatant egoism at its core but has the same lure of freedom: you can change, you can become a better person, you can be more effective and efficient and reach more happiness in daily life through all types of exercises. But only if you start from an ethical core and realize this ethical core in daily practice.
In short, an amazing book, but only if you choose to do the meditation exercises contained herein.