From the title, you might assume that this a book on how to effectively play the games of ruthless office politics. I purchased it because it was highFrom the title, you might assume that this a book on how to effectively play the games of ruthless office politics. I purchased it because it was highly rated on Amazon, and I wondered what exactly I'd get. I was glad to find that this is a book about how to spot dirty tricks at work and how to maintain your integrity without playing the victim. If you're interested in a good book for being opportunistic and exploitative... well, no one's probably looking for such a book. But still, there are worse books with worse advice out there for handling yourself in the trying world of modern organizations.
The running themes of the book are: - find the courage to do the right thing - don't let your emotions get the best of you (especially fear, embarrassment, and anger) - be fair - be wise
In other words, this is not a book about being a model citizen or a goody two-shoes, but a book about how to maintain your integrity without getting walked on.
The title 21 Dirty Tricks might be a bit of a misnomer, as there are many more dirty tricks illustrated, depending on how finely you want to divide them up. Phipps and Gautrey use 21 tricks for the sake of analysis and clarity, but they could have just as well done 7 or 70. I wouldn't take this as a list to use for diagnosing work scenarios, or use the suggested advice as a recipe for handling them. Instead, I think the fictional story is better used as a case study for what I might have done in that situation, how I've encountered things similar in my own life, and what I can try to do differently next time. The authors are very clear that these are guidelines and that it takes finesse to handle conflicts and crookedness.
I imagine most people reading this and similar books have already found themselves in a nasty workplace and are looking for some fast advice to make things better. Unfortunately, I don't believe that this book, or any book, can reverse your bad luck or bestow social skills upon you. It might give you a greater awareness of what's happening, and bolster your confidence to do something about your circumstances. But sometimes, well, that's life. This books would be better used at a time when you're not in a job/career/life crisis and have more time and perspective to take in the lessons. That said, I think this was a fortunate time for me to read it.
Books that promise success fall into either of two categories: - some merit - no merit
Of course, success is always a relative thing, even when narrow iBooks that promise success fall into either of two categories: - some merit - no merit
Of course, success is always a relative thing, even when narrow in topic, scope, and measure. People are always going to have different ideas of what's good in life, what matters, and what works. So in some sense, this all boils down to personal preference. But with that said, I certainly prefer books that are: - neatly organized - clearly written - accessible to the target audience (no needless jargon or advanced concepts) - on topic (at least, for the most part) - at least occasionally light in tone (a little humor or colloquial expressions never hurts)
Working Wisdom lands on target for each of theses. A friend lent me this book and I knocked it out in a few days. I wasn't particularly interested in the topic, but I took this one over the herbal medicine book and politely turned the cover. I was pleasantly surprised to find an interested, well-written, well-thought out book on making wise choices in business, in your career, in life in general. It's easy to dismiss this whole genre of literature. And most of it is dismissible - a bunch of hokey get-rich-quick schemes, specious reasoning and easy answers. But there is good stuff out there, if you're willing to put in the time to sift through the rubble.
Leonard makes several interesting points and shares perspective he's either earned personally or acquired through relationships over the years. It's nothing to blow your mind, but so often it's not the what but the how - hearing sound advice in a way that makes sense to you. How many people scoff when I tell them Bruce Lee is perhaps my favorite philosopher? They don't want to hear it. Well, it did help that he had no hesitation "borrowing" the ideas of any of the greats. And for all I know Leonard is sharing notes from Business Management 101. But I've heard things like this over the years and he does a good job at making it make sense to me.
The book is a grab bag of this and that. It wasn't written to give any one person an all-in-one package, but to share sound advice for people in all walks of life, all trades, and all points in their careers. This was written in 1997, so feel free to take the stuff about getting involved in the "fun" new internet thing as either dated or clairvoyant. The shelf life of the specific advice has long since expired, but the main ideas (public image, utility, simplicity, accessibility, etc.) are more about public needs than technical means, and so remain relevant. I guess the point hear is that a wise man can learn more from dial-up advice than a fool can learn from Facebook.
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This is the only book I've read dedicated exclusively to SQL, rather than general database concepts, using Access, etc. My goals reading this were: 1)This is the only book I've read dedicated exclusively to SQL, rather than general database concepts, using Access, etc. My goals reading this were: 1) to expand my understanding of relational databases; and, 2) to learn the basics of SQL in case I someday need to use a DBMS other than Access. After reading this book, I feel I have a much better understand of SQL, and I'm confident that, should I need to, I can learn to work with other DBMS's as well (given a little time for the learning curve, of course).
As you'd expect from an introduction, this book won't make you an overnight expert, but it does acquaint you with the key ideas, terms, and pitfalls. Forta has an easy, accessible writing style and the lessons flow smoothly together (at least until the last ones, which really just touch on higher-level database issues). ...more