- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Capstone; 1 edition (14 Nov. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857085565
- ISBN-13: 978-0857085566
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.8 x 21.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 696,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.Read more ›
The problem with these types of book is the upbeat, "YEAH" "WHOOO" "GO GET THEM!"
OK the book doesn't actually have "YEAH" "WHOOO" "GO GET THEM!" but I'm sure an audiobook version would have.
That said it actually has some good advice, is well written and may make you better in the workplace.
Overall quite useful..
As the author so rightly points out, one thing we can never have enough of, is time. Also, as we cannot gain more time, we need to try to gain productivity. Of course, this is mostly about working in an organisation, probably as a manager, and the book gives you lots of practical suggestions about how to improve your personal effectiveness. This book itself, is well laid out, with quite a few diagrams and flow charts, and short bursts of text. Its aim is to get you focused, and the fact that you can read it quite quickly and find the areas which interest you, is a real bonus in a self help book.
Success comes, says the author, from a continuous cycle; planning how you can deliver the results you want and then taking action, reassign and then taking action again. Meeting challenges with energy and purpose. Working effectively with others, responding quickly to change and delivering an outstanding performance. If you do feel in a rut, this will help motivate you and give you practical ways to respond to challenges - at home and work.
As an ex public sector manager and now freelance factual health writer, I suppose I bristle a little at the concept of this book. I work to the highest standards I can attain within the constraints placed upon me - sometimes 'good enough' is acceptable, sometimes only 'perfect will do' eg when publishing an academic textbook. Pragmatism and realistic goals are better counsel for me. I don't think I am personally aspiring to the 'some form of lifetime achievement you can be proud of' other than being thought of as kind.
Setting aside these reservations, and the jargon the author employs ('Master Switch'?, 'Power Switch'?) however, this is not a bad book at all once you drill down to the detail. The suggestions are by and large sensible, and the book is well designed with plenty of graphics, and good use of sub-headings and bullet point lists, but thankfully NO irritating cartoons and NO quotations from the Dalai Lama or Yoda (I am not joking, I have seen these in management books). Chapters conclude with a punchy summary - another welcome feature.
The brisk pace and plenty of content packed into the nearly 200 pages of this book make it a relatively easy and rewarding read, so if you are a manager who wants to work smarter rather than just work harder (my words) then this book would be a sensible investment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There's a very useful approach embodied within this book.The approach is described well in ten short clear chapters. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dr. Peter Davies
The book is split into the following sections, covering the traits that make up what the author describes as a workplace ‘powerhouse’;
Judgement... Read more
The approach which Powerhouse advocates is a direct one, focusing on working towards specific, known goals and removing or deflecting anything which might be construed as a... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mark Thomas
"Powerhouse" is, as it says on the cover, about boosting your effectiveness, most particularly in the corporate world or in the middle to uper echelons of organisations. Read morePublished 16 months ago by R de Bulat
I definitely felt more confident and alert after reading this book. I felt motivated and I've started to look at things in a different way and make changesPublished 17 months ago by Flickering Ember
The Power House metaphor deploys 10 switches that can be used to create in conjunction with each other maximum power to turbo boost our effectiveness. Read morePublished 17 months ago by PurpleBoots
How to rearrange your life to become a powerhouse of success!
Mike Clayton lays it on the line in this time management manual. Read more
This is my kind of book. It talks simply about how to be more productive at the things that will get you reward, and then explains it all in more detail.
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An interesting book which is well worth reading. In places the analysis and argumentation are not totally persuasive but overall this a book which merits a wider audience than it... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dr David Mankin