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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone; 1 edition (9 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857085417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857085412
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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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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The author's central thesis, that work is 'school with pay', is an interesting one. All too often people do work, without thinking about it - this book is a wake-up call. It starts by comparing people to apps as things that can be updated. The book explores five ways in which work is 'school without pay'. These include automatically deferring to a boss as we would a teacher, doing what we are told rather than thinking for ourselves, not answering back even when we've got a valid contribution to make, not sharing what we've learned, and being unnecessarily agreeable just for a quiet life.

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.
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Your whole life at work is spent in water. You are an iceberg. An iceberg that never left school. And that needs updating. You need to pull the plug, leave school and update your apps as soon as possible.

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.
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I confess that I am not usually a reader of what I would call "self help" literature.

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.
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By Phill Lister VINE VOICE on 11 Nov. 2014
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This is a sort of self-coaching-at-work book, rather quick and easy to read. The blurbs of praise from various people of eminence in the worlds of sport and business are impressive. If you enjoy self-help books and pop psychology books you’ll be comfortable here, and you may find something to give you pause for thought and even to help you make “work” work better for you. There’s an undercurrent of Neuro-Linguistic Programming about the book, with talk of “anchoring” states and Well-Formed Outcomes for example.

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.
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