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Another one that puts the “Con” in “Consultant” or spells it “In”
on 24 February 2016
No wonder this guy makes his money doing motivational speaking. That doesn’t give you time to realise how shallow and derivative this is. Unfortunately, reading it does.
If you remember from about thirty years ago a sheet going around aligning workers to characters from Winnie the Pooh- Poohs, Piglets, Eeyores, Owls, Rabbits, then you may think this is simply plagiarising that. Well, sadly the author of that might have fallen foul of the copyright owned by Mouseschwitz Industries, so couldn’t claim a copyright. However, that contained pretty much all that’s in this.
Yes, there are one or two fair quips in here, but mostly it’s pretty much in the area of school playground raspberry blowing and toilet humour. I bet many modern so-called comedians think it’s genius.
Probably two pages worth reading, certainly not the hour and a half it takes. Good job it was on the penny plus postage pile or you’d feel robbed.
The very funniest thing, and this is ironic, rueful funny, rather than laugh out loud funny, is that if you look at the people in your organisation who'll love this book, they will almost certainly be of the groups the author is most contemptuous of, making his an entirely circular and specious argument.
If you want some incisive, in-depth philosophy and life coaching, read “Illusions” by Richard Bach, a hugely enjoyable book by a man who doesn’t promise anything, and all the better for that.
There are very good Management books in the form of fables- “Who Moved My Cheese” and brilliant ones like “Our Iceberg is Melting”. This is a Dorothy Parker follower- not a book to be tossed aside lightly. It should be hurled with great force. I’m not sure if it’s morally right even to pass it onto a charity shop. Avoid this like a neg ferret.