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About the Author
Karen James is a former award-winning journalist who has reported at ABC, NBC, and CBS TV news affiliates across the country. In addition to working in communications at AARP for a number of years, she is an accomplished painter and is co-owner of the public relations consulting firm James Nuñez Group.
Karen James is a former award-winning journalist who has reported at ABC, NBC, and CBS TV news affiliates across the country. In addition to working in communications at AARP for a number of years, she is an accomplished painter and is co-owner of the public relations consulting firm James Nuñez Group.--This text refers to the mp3_cd edition.
- File size : 2110 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 242 pages
- ASIN : B00Y4ONDRU
- Publisher : Wiley; 1st edition (May 18, 2015)
- Publication date : May 18, 2015
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0730322467
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
Best Sellers Rank:
#2,889,375 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #5,150 in Motivational Business Management
- #5,354 in Business Motivation & Self-Improvement (Kindle Store)
- #12,011 in Business Leadership
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Great read. Thank you Karen James!
This is a timely book for everyone. Leadership is not for the elite 5% anymore. Everyone should live a life "On Purpose". Parents can use it in their family, teachers can apply it in their schools, individuals use it to build communities and connect the world to purposes that can touch hearts.
So what's in the book?
1, 110 page story of 8 year olds opening a bank. The story is entirely fictitious, and reads like some sort of crackpot manifesto, espousing the virtues of humanity with heavy-handed prose like, "there was a danger that the students could get mixed up and think money is only for personal reward, when a truly successful capitalistic society provides social returns as well." It achieves this at the expense of being remotely readable or interesting.
2, A detailed, but nonsensical description of the real teacher featured in the fable, which turns out to have been not completely fictitious! You can only imagine my unbridled joy at discovering this section is a mere 10 pages.
3, Finally, 123 pages in, we get to the meat of the book: a framework that can best be described as trite and incongruent. I can think of some much choicer ways to describe it, but Amazon would probably bar me from posting such a review. Suffice it to say, I'm not sure if the author would actually claim any of the text is originally hers, since she spends a considerable amount of time quoting other great thinkers of our time, from Dr. Seuss to Yogi Berra, as if this were some sort of substitute for coherent thoughts.
Here's what I gleaned:
Purpose - like a mission statement but more action-oriented
Leadership - folks who "engender the collective," whatever that means
Operations - getting something done effectively, but not necessarily efficiently (who says non-profits are poorly run?!)
Technology - success in IT is like baking a cake, apparently.
Mostly, this book is just one bit of inane buzzwordy drivel after another:
"When you're operating with infused purpose, and the social structure that resonates with it, the collective knowledge and experience becomes institutionalized... You are weaving a beautiful artisanal meaning through the social fabric of your organization."
"To bring purpose into your ring fence ... is all well and good, but to really up the ante, you need to surround yourself with people who live with purpose."
Look, I really tried to like this book and I recognize it is easier to criticize than to create and all of that, but please do not regard it as understatement when I say this book is awful. It's so bad, it might just inspire me to write something myself, because if this can get published, there's hope for anyone. Even me.
Top reviews from other countries
Some of the things that strike me most about this book is the passion and energy in which is written, as well as the strong focus on moral principles. It’s an inspiring book and very easy to relate to.
The book is very easy to read, the concepts are clear and its written in a fun way. The fables and characters are fantastic!
Living life “on purpose” is a fantastic concept that can relate to many different areas of life. Don’t lose the PLOT! I have seen first hand how organisations forget its purpose, or do not have the operational processes or technology to support it. We are in charge of our own destinies and the focus on leadership with a purpose is an important concept. 2 concepts that gave lasting thought were – “leadership requires a genuine connection with communities” and “money is your fuel, an input variable for fulfilling you purposeful purpose. It is not your outcome. Your outcome is achieving your purpose”
Thank you Karen for making me challenge the concepts in my work life and helping to provide focus. Your leadership and focus towards doing the right things and driving the right behaviors is inspiring. Business today quite often forget the very reason or purpose they exist. This books help to reinforce that long term vision, customer focus and ensuring we do the right things are the keys to sustainable business. Success is defined as meeting our purpose.
Through her work, the author reminds us that all aspects of people, leadership, operational execution and technology must come together in order to achieve the greater good – create value and purpose.