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Reasonable enough self-help handbook in an over-crowded genre
on 14 September 2014
Reasonable enough self-help book that works through strong, contemporary metaphors and imagery to get it's points across.
The basic premise is many of us treat work as if it is like 'school that pays' and we have merely projected our early educational experiences to the workplace. That is we accept hierarchy and the commands from above without much questioning and on the whole keep our heads down, wary of innovation both in ourselves and others.
Well as would be expected, the author lays out an action plan for us to break out of this mould and become adaptable, innovative workers capable of extending the power of capital into the 21st century, with the nerve to promote good ideas with a twinkle in the eye and a spring in our step as we continually reinvent ourselves like different versions of employment software.
The book is well presented and easy to digest with some good pointers but ultimately, as with so many of them in this now overloaded genre, there is little new here. In these days of fluid capital it is of course a natural development that the cogs in the machine should be expected to be malleable and adaptable too- although the risk is of course, that you will innovate and adapt yourself out of a job if you're not careful. A increasingly common state of affairs never fully addressed in these business books of course.... so approach with a fair degree of caution and scepticism I'd say. Whatever, if business self-help handbooks are your bag and you have a gap on your bookshelves calling out for another one to fill it, this is a decent enough one to plug the space.