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Obvious, tedious, with errors and full of assumptions.
on 31 January 2014
What a disappointment. I heard a lot about this book and as it was on offer at the time - £0.99 - I thought “why not”. I now realised I should have said “why?”
Who would have thought it: Making plans, setting reasonable goals, checking your progress and adapting it to changing circumstances and building up networks worked! Emmm, well pretty much everyone actually.
The examples in the book were laboured and just fitted too nicely into the points the author was making, which lead me to believe they were cherry picked to fit. Or they could have been constructs of various people he’d met along the way, or real, who knows? The book isn’t referenced so it’s impossible to verify. I also disliked – intensely – the feeling I got from the book about dealing with demanding managers – get into their good books before anyone else does. He also gives an example of a typical working day that last 12 hours! Really?
Also the liberal use of the word “paradigm” begins to annoy one. So much so that every time I read it I substituted “model”. I should have known that if I’m editing a book in my head while reading it something’s wrong.
Rash generalisation also got on my nerves. For instance the frequent reference to Christian beliefs assumes all readers are church goers – I’m not - and after a while I had to skip bible stories to get to the actual point.
The final breaking point was the Left brain / Right brain personality type – it’s wrong. And it was proven wrong 8 years before the book was published. By that time I’d had enough. If you want advice on time management and people skills look elsewhere.
This was not worth the money even at 99p