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Powerhouse: Turbo Boost Your Effectiveness and Start Making a Serious Impact Paperback – 14 Nov 2014
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"This no nonsense guide will equip you with everything you need to take on the world" (Erisea Magazine, January 2015)
From the Back Cover
Be a force to be reckoned with
Are you getting everything you want in your life? Are you in control, with a plan, making everything you do count? If not, it′s time to step up and start making a serious impact! Being a Powerhouse is about boosting your personal effectiveness to extraordinary levels, enabling you to meet any challenge head–on with energy and purpose.
Armed with plenty of practical tools and tactics, effectiveness expert Mike Clayton will show you how to:
- Make the right choices about how you spend your time
- Get the best from yourself and others
- Work more effectively with others
- Anticipate change and handle the unexpected
- Make a lasting positive impression on the people around you
A true Powerhouse is one who delivers outstanding productivity and exceptional outcomes, and also elevates the performance and brightens the outlook of everyone around them. Once you lock down your purpose, you will develop the determined focus of a true achiever and completely overhaul your life at work and at home.
′Powerhouse brims with performance boosting strategies. A complete, practical and super–charged toolkit for anyone wishing to optimize their personal and professional effectiveness′
Catherine Bourne, Director, Leornian Consulting
Top customer reviews
Most are written for the US market and do not transfer easily to the UK market. Many years ago I even had the misfortune to have to sit through a two hour motivational speech, courtesy of the company I worked for, with yelling and whooping and cheering going on around me while having to wear a baseball cap and t-shirt with `team gladiator' printed on them. It was purgatory.
It made no difference to the company sales figures. I still believe baseball caps lower IQ. The food fight afterwards said everything there was to say about the event.
So every now and again when curiosity takes hold I'll have a read of one, for perspective if you know what I mean. To be honest most of these books have something, however small that you can pick out and use.
`Paralysis by analysis' and `Bubble thinking takes a lot of effort' are two phrases of the book that spring to mind. Also `Frenzied attack-on your Tiddlers', `high quality bubble mode thinking cannot keep up' and the need to `protect your frontal lobes from over stimulation' is also worth a mention. This is supplemented by plenty of references to this being a Powerhouse product.
Ok, so this is probably the psycho-babble language that we should expect to hear in the corporate world and it leads me to despair, it really does.
However, if you get over the use of this language you may find some quite common sense solutions if you struggle with time, work situations and interpersonal skills. There are glimmers of every day situations and common sense ways to encounter them and survive. The illustrations are a bit hit and miss, some clear and some, well I just didn't get it.
In conclusion, I find that this book is no better or worse than the market it is aimed at. I didn't have any eureka moments and no whoop of yeah. Maybe I have too much common sense or a lack of imagination or that I have been out of the corporate environment for a few eons but I think the price needs to come down to justify the 185 pages of advice. I have read better and I have definitely read worse so its a three from me.
There is a great deal of useful advice in the book, although readers would do well to be wary that the forthright nature of the activities put forward may not be winning you friends any time soon. Still, with the focus very much on boosting one's own effectiveness, there is nevertheless a great deal of value in employing the planning and execution techniques for projects and work tasks.
It is testament to Mike Clayton's breezy, to-the-point writing that I have had moments where notes and bullet points have bounced into my head at work since reading this book. In particular, suggesting that a person wanting to conduct a productive and fruitful meeting should make sure they prepare for it properly is a simple but highly valid proposition which many people could benefit from. Indeed, achieving maximum productivity is the primary aim in Powerhouse and it is a compelling objective for anyone interested in making the most of their job and employment prospects.
Whilst this is a dense resource, full of useful strategies and techniques, what it does lack is specific examples of what to do or say in a given work situation to keep on-track and furthering your cause. With the inclusion of a couple of handy phrases or responses which serve the book's aim, the reader could be armed with a few 'canned' lines ready to open in sticky situations or when an advised response is required. That's not to say that words should be put into people's mouths but, since Clayton advocates face-to-face discussions in favour of, say, email, knowing how to verbally articulate one's intentions and align it with your goals might give the reader a handy bonus.
But that is only a small drawback in what is otherwise an inspiring and motivating read, filled with the kind of information which could help to put some forward-looking pizazz back into your working practices.
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