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Not Much Here
on June 18, 2012
I didn't find this book useful. The book rehashed a lot of old platitudes that you've probably heard before:
1) sentiment that everyone lives in a "different reality". (Ignoring the obvious epistemilogical and practical difficulties of that attitude.)
2) build relationships with people
3) Dale Carnegie-esque tips on showing interest in other people's personal lives. (If I had the time to chat with everyone about their personal lives beyond a superficial level, how would I have time to get stuff done)
4) try to find win-win situations
5) Freudian pop-psycholgy... is this person sensitive to this issue because of how he was raised (this sort of pop psychology doesn't really help get stuff done)
I also dislike that the book--or rather I should use "I-speak" technique :). "How I see it is that" the author's thoughts are largely unprocessed, academic, and with endless exceptions. He says BS is bad, but BS is also necessary, consider X, Y, Z, ... and be very context-specific about what level of BS to use. He makes splits hairs about pedantic definitions of straight-talk vs. candor vs. truth telling vs. truth-finding--after wading through these paragraphs there is no payoff in practical terms for this exercise.
If you're looking for something practical or useful it's not here. If you want to sound cool around the academic water cooler this may do the trick.