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  • 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)
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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)

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'I would recommend CEOs give this book to every manager in their company' Jim Smith, Vice-President, HR, SmithKline Beecham

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This is a book to read and re-read. It presents a profound and relevant message in the form of stories that speak both to the intellect and the heart. Everyone will read it differently, but as the blurb says, it is important that everyone considers the key issues it discusses -- "What does success mean in the modern world?"
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.
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This is more than just an excellent management text book. The book helps individuals and organisations to understand why both work and life outside work are interdependent rather than mutually exclusive.
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...
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"Listening to Rob Parsons speak is like having a mirror held up to your life" - you see it like it really is and you wonder if it is, in fact, as successful as you'd like to think. This is a quote taken from a delegate at a Heart of Success seminar last November. This book is a great taster for these business seminars which aim to make delegates rethink their lives, priorities, commitments etc without ditching the genuinely important ingredients.
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.
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A very close friend of mine gave me this book recently. Its not too long, you could read it in a night if you really tried, but it doesn't waffle on. Its straight to the point. This book really is something special. It tells you how live a successful life, and how to run (sort of) a successful company. The book doesn't say anything on starting a company and making it profitable, (if thats what you want dont get it) it focuses on the true values of life and how many people ignore them. Its not what you do, its who you are that matters. Rob Parsons writes of how ones family is often ignored, as you put your work first, but the book brings it all into perspective. I have first hand experience at pretending your family don't exist and that your kids football match would be good to go to, but you're either never there, or are on the mobile if you actually do turn up. Time is running out for parents with young kids, and the book mainly focuses on the aspect of having a good family and ALWAYS putting them before all else. It also looks at how CEO's can often be ignorant (sometimes true), how to change that, aswell as how to get the best from your employees.
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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