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Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust
Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust
by Chris Brogan
Edition: Hardcover
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118 of 132 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Analysis of important but disturbing trends, September 18, 2009
I've met Chris Brogan several times (who is impressive in person despite a penchant for thinking that foul language is cool), and I have a great admiration for Seth Godin, who enthusiastically praises and endorses this book. Trust Agents is well-written, and the authors certainly are leaders (i.e., trust agents) in social media. The problem is that the book reflects a disturbing philosophical shallowness within our society, as well as a mindless pursuit of celebrity. Hey, it's a good book, and worth reading, but there is nothing profound within the covers. Trust Agents glorifies the current trend toward acquiring great quantities of snippets of relationships, and assumes that the value of quantity over quality in our relationships is the appropriate focus. Yes, this acquisition probably is the most effective means for business success now, however it ignores a fundamental destruction of the true fabric of our humanity. I am surprised that Seth Godin praises this book so highly, since it has so little to do with relationship quality, excellence, and the pursuit of remarkability.
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Winning the Global Talent Showdown: How Businesses and Communities Can Partner to Rebuild the Jobs Pipeline (Bk Business)
Winning the Global Talent Showdown: How Businesses and Communities Can Partner to Rebuild the Jobs Pipeline (Bk Business)
by Edward E. Gordon
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Workforce development problems and solutions, August 9, 2009
Dr. Gordon has written a thorough and very readable book on the upcoming problems with shortages of educated people throughout the world, which is hard to believe (but undoubtedly true) given the current high levels of unemployment. The first half of the book presents the talent availability problems in all of the major world economies, and the second half reports successes and discusses solutions. I particularly enjoyed hearing about the Kalamazoo Promise (which should be copied in thousands of cities), the 1 to 7 ratio of tutors in Finland's elementary and secondary schools, and the workforce development success of the new wine making industry in North Carolina. In my opinion, too many economic developers are caught in the Ready, Aim, Ready, Ready, Aim, Aim, . . . cycle. In his new book, the author provides a very useful model for communities to approach workforce development successfully, and to actually Ready, Aim, and FIRE! If people could just get together and do what Dr. Gordon advises.


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