Showing Up: How to Make a Greater Impact at Work Paperback – 9 May 2014
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"This book is a shot in the arm for anyone who′s serious about the work they do."
―Sir Clive Woodward
From the Back Cover
When the REAL YOU shows up, it might just change EVERYTHING.
Many different versions of us show up in the places we work, and for a variety of reasons. Sometimes when we′re working, our real selves take a back seat.
The mindset and underlying working mentality of people in an organization goes a long way to defining its culture. The problem is, many of our dominant norms and practices get in the way of us really showing up and bringing the best of ourselves to work.
Showing Up is a powerful update to the way we think, react and operate in the work we do. The opportunity to show up is there for all of us, in any job, in any organization and in any part of the world in which we find ourselves. ′Work′ can be amazing, adrenaline–filled, muscle–stretching and full of possibility, regardless of the sector we′re in. We just need our heads to be in the right place.
Showing Up will show you how to:
- Shift your working mindset from ′School with Pay′, to one where you get stuck in and start making a difference
- Identify your strengths and make the most of all your talents
- Make a real contribution at work and feel better about yourself as a result
- Instil enthusiasm in others and create a team that really makes things happen
Get ready for a book that will spark an update in your thinking, change the way you view your professional life and transform your performance in the process.
"Showing Up will disrupt the way you think while you′re working and help you raise your game in the process. Update now!"
―Steve Backley OBE, 3–time World Record Holder and 3–time Olympic Medallist
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I like the alternatives the author suggests for the above learned patterns of behaviour. He wants us to think, create, believe, connect and believe 'all is well'. The latter idea particularly struck a chord as I feel a lot of miscellaneous paranoia at work. Sure, if there's a problem to be dealt with that's fine, but sometimes I'm worried about spectres of my own devising. I disagree with the author's dismissal of the work/life balance, I don't think I'll ever think 'all is well' enough to want to dissolve the barriers between both sides of my life, but I was intrigued by the suggestion that I should.
There's enough of the author's personality to give the book character, but not so much that it becomes all about him. I got the idea we wouldn't get on in real life, but it's a testament to the quality of the book that I still wanted to hear what he had to say. While I loved the anecdote he shares of sending an automatic email every time he receives a cc'd message saying he doesn't read them, but that his PA would review all these messages once a week. However, I winced when the author shared the fact that he'd told her he'd 'kill' her if she passed any of these emails on to him.Read more ›
These are the central premises of this book. A mish-mash of metaphor, analogy and anecdote that manges to uncover, almost incidentally, some important truths, and then buries them deep within an iceberg. The author's over-reliance on analogy is made painfully clear in the first chapter, which tells you that you are like an iPhone, with dozens of apps that need updating if only you'd visit the App Store once in a while. I read through this thinking "but I have an Android phone. All of the apps update automatically every night. What the hell is this iPhone hell Tim Robson is trying to paint me into?" And then, at the end of the chapter, a scant paragraph clearly written after the rest of the book was put to bed concedes that in recent versions of iOS apps update themselves, which means that this chapter's metaphors are in need of (but have not received) an update.
And this is the biggest problem of the book: it clings so tightly to its analogies that often the real-world application suffers. It concludes with some genuinely useful (though more-often-than-not trite) components and methodologies for improving your presence and performance at work: "Think, Believe, Create, Connect, All Is Well". By this stage in the book, however, I was so tired of the book's clumsily repetitive analogies that, like listening to a teacher in love with the sound of their own voice, I found myself gradually drifting off to sleep.
However - this book appealed as it seemed to have a slight whiff of "wake up and smell the coffee" about it. A reboot for work.
Some of the things I gained from it:-
- A refresh in terms of how I view my work place - and my colleagues.
- A reminder to "be there" - don't just arrive to do the job.
- Look up! See the bigger picture.
- And more besides (read the book...)
Tim Robson comes across as a man who believes what he espouses - and invites you to see the common sense in it with plenty of examples.
I did - particularly initially - find some of the metaphors a little irritating. However I sort of got used to them and in the end found myself to be quite enthusiastic about the way in which messages were being put across.
A lot of what this book has to say is common sense. And that is probably, for me, what actually makes it pretty worthwhile.
Furthermore the book does not labour points excessively - it is a pretty slim tome and moves from point to point pretty concisely.
If you find your workplace stressful or difficult (and you're not in the SAS) then this book may well impart wisdom that will help you deal with things more levelly - indeed energetically. It may also help you be a better manager. It will certainly encourage you to be a team player.
I was prepared to dismiss the somewhat trite approach – the early metaphor of humans being like smartphones (inevitably Apple by name) irked me, with the idea that as humans we have Apps that we often fail to keep up to date. This was a metaphor too far for me. But even this old cynic had pause for thought in places, like the idea that the “work/life balance” by definition carries assumptions that should be deconstructed – are Work and Life in opposition? Maybe they shouldn’t be. I’ve been working at undermining this myself for years.
So, probably some useful ideas for some people who find work a chore and a mere means to an end. But sometimes maybe that’s actually what some jobs are and books like this are just a way of ignoring the politics and economics of life in a capitalist society. Just a thought.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best book I've read for ages! Really helpful model of how we replicate school behaviours in our businesses.Published 15 months ago by Em
I personally thought this book was excellent, it is not the kind of book that I would of normally read but it has made me challenge the way I behave and present myself at work and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Michael Scott
This was a fantastic read! It really makes you rethink your approach and attitude whilst at work.I was left feeling refreshed and ready for a new day. Read morePublished 18 months ago by G Price
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Packed full of ideas by someone who knows their subject this is a worthwhile read - and that's advice from someone who doesn’t normally purchase this type of book. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Dr David Mankin
This book is not a heavy read but sprinkled with just enough useful pieces to make it worth reading if you are really interested in changing your attitude to your workplace or your... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kelly-ann Semper
This is a game of two halves! Get your gameplay right and sort out the team, because this is not a game! Read morePublished 21 months ago by writeallthereviews