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Recommended Reading: "Rules of Thumb"

Posted May 23 2009 10:12pm

The subtitle lives up to its words: "52 Truths For Winning At Business Without Losing Your Self".

You don't see many book reviews here even though we receive many promotional copies. I do look hard at each one but, given my own business and personal priorities, I only write a review when it's a raving recommendation, like: Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business Without Losing Your Self  

First, author Alan M. Webber's credentials are solid and you are probably familiar with some of his work already.

How so?

Webber is the co-founding editor of Fast Company magazine as well as former editorial director and managing editor of the Harvard Business Review. As such, he is able to deftly combine the best of storytelling with the best of business lessons learned by actually "doing business."

You say, "No, I'm not into one more business success book. Leave me alone!"

I'm glad you said that, because you are a candidate for one of my favorite rules of the 52: "Learn to Take '51Q3Kioxk2L._SL160_No' as a Question."

If your real question is, "Why should I spend my time with this book?" my real answer is "Because it's an investment, not an expense." Really.

Want to know what's important? "Simplicity is the New Currency."

Wondering how to be a real player? Then you'll earn back your small investment with "If You Want to Change The Game, Change The Economics of How the Game Is Played."

Each of the 52 rules could be a book in itself. Webber has chosen to offer up a real-life story, real-life examples, and then a "So What?" for each one. You'll know what to do with the information because he's a practical guy who doesn't make you guess.

If you are a speaker, trainer, consultant, coach or executive. . .

Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business Without Losing Your Self will spark your thinking for the next speech, presentation, or meeting. Leadership, Communication, Technology, and Customer Service-- they are all here in ways that reflect the new economy and new ways of doing business.

For those of you savvy enough to grab Pam Slim's  Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur, your move will receive an extra boost from following  Rules of Thumb: 52 Truths for Winning at Business Without Losing Your Self.

Kudos to both for sharing easy-to-read-and-use nuggets for the success-oriented in all walks of life.

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