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Career Books: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni

January 5th, 2015 Comments off

Today starts a new weekly series here on Career Opportunities — Career Books. Each week I will highlight a new book or publication that might interest you. If you have suggestions for books I should highlight, please send them along. While most of these posts will simply be introductions to new books, I will also be posting more detailed reviews for those books I find time to read myself. I’ll use Amazon links to provide more information on each book, but many of these books may be available at your local library. Check there first! — Douglas


 

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni

Dysfunctions is structured more like a short story or novelette than a traditional business book. This allowed me to get very involved in the story. Indeed, I believe a good story is always the best way to approach life and business. Whether you are writing a resume or trying to solve difficult business problems, a good story can illuminate the issue better than any combination of charts and reports.

The end of the book contains a more “business-like” restatement of the lessons, for those who want a more traditional review.

More importantly, I saw many aspects of my past business dealings echoed in the book. I think that anyone who is involved in business, in any form, has faced many of these same problems and issues. I requested this book from the library after seeing a short mention, possibly just the title in some magazine I was reading. I had no preconceptions about what I might find within, and I have been pleasantly surprised with the quality and importance of Dysfunctions.

While telling a good story helped to clearly explain the concepts, there were a few times when the characters came around too quickly to the lesson.The main character, a newly minuted CEO brought in to build a better executive team, seems a bit too assured with her process, but yet exhibits some moments of fear and regret.

Overall, this is a great book and I would highly suggest that it be recommended to your employees and your peers as a way of explaining how teamwork can and will develop if everyone is committed to making it happen.

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Empathy…

August 26th, 2014 Comments off

Empathy...

“Empathy is the ability to understand the feelings or situation of another person. As you might imagine, empathy is a very important trait for those people who want to successfully collaborate with others, whether as co-workers, manager and staff or client and consultant. If you are unable to connect with others or truly understand what they might be feeling, you set yourself apart like a modern day Marie Antoinette, giving advice without any real understanding of the world around you. Other people are quick to catch on when you lack empathy or any real understanding of how they are feeling. This diminishes your effectiveness with others and can put your career at risk.”

A Reputation for Empathy
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Don’t deny your own uniqueness… from Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

July 29th, 2014 Comments off

Don't deny your own uniqueness… from Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

“Our businesses want replaceable cogs that they can insert into their industrial machines. Schools want students that sit down and stay silent. It rewards those that “fit in” and often punishes those that don’t. In such jobs, that  drive towards “normal” can lead us to make some very bad decisions about our own careers. In order to fit in we might be denying our unique skills and the knowledge that could lead us to exceptional careers — not just an average one.”

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Midsummer Book Sale — All My Kindle Books 99¢ each for the next 30 Days!

July 24th, 2014 Comments off

That’s right!

As a special Midsummer treat to all my loyal readers, listeners and viewers, all my books are now just 99¢ each for the next 30 days!

Offer expires August 24, 2014

For career-minded types, there is my original book, The High-Tech Career Handbook, Cultivating You Career Reputations and, for those looking to decide where to take their career, Career Compass: Finding Your Career North.

Social Media fans can check out Social Media Self Preservation and learn how to take advantage of social media without losing your mind.

Finally, fans of A Gardener’s Notebook might like my collection of gardening essays, From A Gardener’s Notebook.

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Those who are chronically dishonest are always wary…from Cultivating Your Career Reputations

July 21st, 2014 Comments off

Those who are chronically dishonest…from Cultivating Your Career Reputations

“Those who are chronically dishonest are always wary, always on their guard, lest their deceptions be exposed”

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I believe that we all must be as honest as possible as much as possible…from Cultivating Your Career Reputations

July 8th, 2014 Comments off

I believe that we all must be as honest as possible as much as possible...

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Honesty

I believe that we all must be as honest as possible as much as possible, lest we slip into the delusion that honesty is only some vague philosophical concept that doesn’t really apply to the real world.

From Cultivating Your Career Reputations
by Douglas E. Welch

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There are two types of career builders in the world… from Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

July 1st, 2014 Comments off

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Manage Your Career

There are two types of career builders in the world — those that manage their careers and those who simply let their careers happen to them. It has often been said that if you do not direct your own life, there are plenty of people in the world who will do it for you.

Career Compass
Finding Your Career North
by Douglas E. Welch

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While we often talk about one, monolithic, Reputation – with a capital R… from Cultivating Your Career Reputations

June 24th, 2014 Comments off

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Reputation

While we often talk about one, monolithic, Reputation – with a capital R — I believe that there are a series of reputations that make up the whole — a combination of all that make up your one, overarching, Reputation.

From Cultivating Your Career Reputations
by Douglas E. Welch

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Book: Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon

June 18th, 2014 Comments off

Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon

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I picked up this book during my usual perusal of the sorting shelves at my local library. Each time I visit the library, I let serendipity take a hand and see what other patrons have been reading and returned lately. It is typical for me to walk away with anything from 1 to 10 books depending on my mood. These books range from Fiction to Non-Fiction, cookbooks to poetry, manga to literature.

I was quite delighted with this book and its message. The title uses the word “Steal” to great effect but then clearly lays out that they really mean taking the influence of your favorites and heroes. It is true that nothing new really exist under the sun. Everything new and innovative is a mashup of something that has come before with something else. The “stealing” from the title could easily be “mashup” — a more contemporary term that means taking 2 disparate elements and making something new with them.

This is a small book, but it is filled with interesting and useful tidbits. It is a great book to make you stop and think about what you are doing and what you are creating. Here are a few quotes that made me stop for moment and think.

“Don’t steal the style, steal the thinking behind the style. You don’t want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heros.”

” A wonderful flaw about human beings is that we’re incapable of making perfect copies. Our failure to copy our heroes is where we discover where our own thing lives.”

This is a great book to keep around for when you have a few idle moments and are looking for a bit of a recharge. You might even want to keep it on your desk, so you can refer to it when you are struggling with your creating. We all need a little readjustment at times and this book is full of enlightening thoughts to do just that.

From Amazon.com…

You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech around the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was starting out. The talk went viral, and its author dug deeper into his own ideas to create Steal Like an Artist, the book. The result is inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining. And filled with new truths about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, col- lect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. Follow your interests wherever they take you. Stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring—the creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination.

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“It is nearly Impossible to achieve a straight heading north” from Career Compass by Douglas E. Welch

June 17th, 2014 Comments off

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Career Compass

It is nearly impossible to achieve a straight heading north in any career. One job will pull you to the East, another to the West. Sometimes, unfortunately, you will find yourself pointed deep to the South, moving away from all your professed goals and desires.

Career Compass
Finding Your Career North
by Douglas E. Welch

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