- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Portfolio (June 30, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591844029
- ISBN-13: 978-1591844020
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.9 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,910,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Professional: Defining the New Standard of Excellence at Work Hardcover – June 30, 2011
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The chapters of this book are broken into short 3-5 page stories that Bagchi uses to illustrate aspects of professionalism. I've enjoyed reading one or two at a time, taking them as food for thought and inspiration for striving to improve. One of the things I've noticed in the upper echelons of grad school is that tunnel vision and burn-out are pretty common, so it's always a pleasure to find a book that has the potential to rekindle enthusiasm for sticking to deadlines and putting full effort into work every day.
It's not really a groundbreaking boook, as advice like this circulates all the time, but it does a nice job of framing it for the present and lending some perspective to what underlies standards of professionalism.
There is a promise on the front flap to "redefine what it means to be a true professional." I never found this new definition. I certainly can find plenty of books on excellence and expertise and integrity that inspire and teach and define much better than "we follow the rules. Where rules do not exist, we use fair judgment. When in doubt, we do not go ahead and do what suits us; we seek counsel. Finally, faced with a difficult choice, we ask ourselves: Can my act stand public scrutiny without causing embarrassment to me and my family" (p. 24). Gee, thanks Dad. This is not exactly groundbreaking stuff -- and there is no discussion of how to actually learn and execute excellence in everyday operations.
This is an important subject. I just don't think this book is going to help many people on a journey to excellence. I hope that as you relentlessly chase perfection, you will catch excellence (a Vince Lombardi phrase), and I hope you find this review useful.