- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (11 Jun. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0340995629
- ISBN-13: 978-0340995624
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rob Parsons has an uncanny ability for asking life's most challenging questions in an unobtrusive way. (Jill Garrett, Managing Director, The Gallup Organisation, UK)
Before you read one more book on how to climb the corporate ladder read this: it will help you make sure the ladder is leaning against the right wall. (Kevin Kaiser, Adjunct Professor of Finance, INSEAD)
This will be the most talked about business book of the year. It is essential reading for anyone who is serious about genuine business and people development. (Professor Jim Saker)
'I would recommend CEOs give this book to every manager in their company' Jim Smith, Vice-President, HR, SmithKline BeechamSee all Product description
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For me, the overall thrust was similar to one of the themes of Peter Senge's "Fifth Discipline". Parsons is advocating a conscious decision to consider what one's life goals really are, and to seek them determinedly, using all the resources we have, most importantly our time. In doing this we have to understand that all of the different parts of our lives are interwoven with each other and strive for the best possible relationship between them.
Of course, we all tend to put our best efforts in the areas of life which give the biggest reward in the short-term. Why wouldn't we, when that is how we have been trained to think? But in our key relationships, as opposed to our jobs, it doesn't work that way. For example, as Parsons says in the book, the time for getting to know our children as children is very limited. Once it is gone, it is gone for ever.
Heart of Success is based on seven laws, each of which is illustrated by telling examples drawn from Rob Parsons' own impressive business career or his own life. There are some very funny stories -- many had me laughing out loud. The style is light and engaging and it is a quick and easy read.
My favourite law is the one that says, 'Don't settle for success: strive for significance!' The message is that we can change our future if we want to, but we have to think hard about the way we want to go, and we have to begin today. Quite frankly, this little book is a good stopping-place on our journey.
History will show this book is in tune with the changing values and attitudes of our culture at the start of the 21st century. Rob Parsons name will be added to the management reading lists alongside the more familiar names of Tom Peters and Charles Handy.
Rob's clever use of anecdotes makes it impossible for us not to reflect upon our own lives and what success really means. For example Rob quotes the story of the young boy who asks his mother:
"Why does my father come home later than all the other kids' dads?"
His mother said, "Well because he can't finish all his work in the normal time."
The child paused for a moment and said, "Why don't they put him in a slower class?"
It is very true that today's paupers are "money rich and time poor". Rob's book helps us all to put our work into the context of our lives whereas I am one of many who have in the past had difficulty putting my work into the context of my life...
Parsons, the great storyteller, uses an easy narrative style to present the distilled wisdom gained from two decades rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous, the professional and business elite.
Countless anecdotes are weaved into seven distinct but related themes. He urges us not to become money rich but time poor (the time pauper is that sad person with two homes who lives at the office.) He stresses the importance of doing 'a job worth getting out of bed for' - he is all for career success as long as you're not paying too high a price in other areas. Finding your 'Factor X' is another strand - are you training people to do a job they will be lousy at? He invites his readers to dream big and not lose sight of the end goals by getting caught up in the means. Fifthly, and perhaps one of the hardest issues to grapple with in a practical way he describes the trap we can fall into of never seeing the family because we are so busy trying to provide for them. The scope for self-deception is huge if a workaholic tendency is fuelled by the perceived need to guarantee a high standard of living for you and yours. Laws six and seven deal with the need to keep the common touch and yet strive for significance.Read more ›
If you are considering getting this book, please do. It is not rubbish and the contents are essential for one to run a good and successful life. If you're not a business man, buy it anyway, as all of the theories apply to any walk of life.
This book certainly changed my life for the better and i would tell everyone to get it if i could.
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good book worth a read, puts your life in perspective. I will continue to buy from Amazon as they offer a prompt value for money service.Published on 28 Dec. 2014 by Ian Tweddle
This isn't just applicable to the captains of industry but for anyone who feels that less is more or who wants to know how to get it right in the first place. Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2013 by Evelyn Rowland
This is an excellent book - practical, relevant and a 'must read' for today 's leaders. It is equally relevant and more applicable to all parents. Read morePublished on 2 April 2013 by NE
I can't really say that I have had the time to read through this book over christmas however I have managed a littlte sneak and have enjoyed the information read in brief. Read morePublished on 14 Jan. 2013 by PatriciaDawn1965
Parsons' book is so easy to read that you might forget that it is a 'work' book. Filled with stories, anecdotes and interesting quotations, the reader is swept along chapter after... Read morePublished on 12 Nov. 2010 by G. Jones
Rob Parsons delivers honest, straight-forward advice on how to achieve success through your personal life as well as your business life. Read morePublished on 1 Nov. 2009 by Scott Owen
Very accessible, almost too easy (I read it on a short-haul flight). Or maybe, its just so good I burned through it!
Takes a long, hard look at what success means. Read more