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Finding the Sweet Spot: The Natural Entrepreneur's Guide to Responsible, Sustainable, Joyful Work Paperback – September 15, 2008
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"With a welcome vigour Pollard reinterprets many of the tools of management for the entrepreneur. Straightforward and plain-speaking without shortchanging the complexities of creating value, Finding the Sweet Spot is a book for grown-ups who want their work to make them feel like a kid again."—Michael E. Raynor, co-author of The Innovator's Solution and author of The Strategy Paradox
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Dave Pollard is I think one of the most illuminating thinkers about what is really going on. His book Finding the Sweet Spot is a very practical guide for anyone who wishes to find their own way at last. For the way ahead is often blocked by our belief in the old system. And so seeing any alternative is very hard. Here is is his own synopsis.
Here are 3 snips that I like a lot:
"I believe it's because of the brainwashing we get in the education system, in the workplace, in the media, and in society at large, that we think the lifelong, often joyless and meaningless struggle in the workplace is the only way to make a living. We should know better.
Just because it's the only way we know how to make a living doesn't mean it is the only way. There is a better way. The only thing holding most of us back is lacking the knowledge of that way. This book will give you that knowledge."
"Natural Enterprise: A sustainable, self-organized, self-managed, community-based business partnership in which a group of people agree to make a living together as collaborators and peers, strive to attain what each member needs to achieve for his or her personal well-being, accept substantial responsibility for each other, and respect and help the community or communities in which the enterprise operates and the natural environment.
It is "natural" because this form of socioeconomic activity occurs ubiquitously in hunter-gatherer cultures and in most nonhuman animal cultures."
"Natural Enterprises don't need to grow bigger to survive. They can focus on getting better instead."
A book for our time
For example, can you imagine working in a company where the pay is based on what each person needs rather than strictly on performance? Not saying that this would be your choice or it's the right answer for all, but the examples of the values and operating principles for some new, innovative companies was, indeed, intriguing.
I found the discussion on the intersecting circles of your Gifts, Passion and Purpose to be very powerful. What was particularly helpful is understanding the "pull" towards work that you're good at, but not necessarily all that excited about. It helped me understand why I am tempted to take the wrong jobs - again and again. This one tip alone is well worth the cost of the book!
Of course, this book was written prior to the financial meltdown and before the absolute domination of social media sites, but neither of these things bothered me. All of the core concepts are timeless and, therefore, relevant, valuable and downright practical. Read this book if you are struggling to figure out what to do next and how to get started--you will be glad you did so.
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A simple way to find your sweet spot. You will be happier and more productive doing what you love and making a difference in the world.Published on April 4, 2013 by Wyman L. Crane
My comment is not a review. it is merely an expression of annoyance with reviewers who have the hubris to "review" a book only partially read.Published on July 20, 2011 by Daniel Dashnaw
Bought Dave's book after reading an interview with him in Ode...
I have not just read this book, I am putting the principles he outlines into action and its working! Read more
A guide to finding where your gifts, passions and purpose interact. I could not put this book down. Read morePublished on May 18, 2009 by Reg Nordman
I began reading "Finding the Sweet Spot" with great anticipation, but found it difficult to continue, finally stopping mid-way. Read morePublished on May 13, 2009 by Santa Fe Slim
Dave's apt examples, depth, wide-ranging background and an ability to embody his message enables him to resonate with readers who do not think they would, to quote a colleague,... Read morePublished on October 3, 2008 by Kare Anderson