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Out of curiosity, as I read each of the 27 chapters, I attempted to formulate a key point or guideline for each, given the chapter's title. I found this to be an especially useful exercise, not because I learned anything new; rather, because I was reminded of what I already knew but tend to neglect. For example, without having as yet read the book, what do these chapter titles suggest to you?
"Rushing Slows You Down"
"Joe DiMaggio Never Bunted"
"Think Like a Beginner"
"Odd Couples Make Perfect Partners"
The chances are that what you come up with in response to these chapter titles is quite similar to what Kriegel recommends.
Of course, you already know that haste often makes waste. Kriegel observes that as a result of the emphasis on speed, "everyone has shifted into high gear, rushing, racing, and running. The workplace has been inflicted with hurry sickness. It's full-tilt boogie time. No slow dancing allowed. What's the problem? You're thinking. You want speed; you've got to speed up." Right? "Wrong! Speed doesn't come from rushing. The opposite is true. Rushing actually slows you down." This is only one example of several hundred observations that Kriegel shares throughout his book.
Note: Presumably William Shakespeare had a Latin expression in mind ("festina lente," make haste slowly) when he has Norfolk express this concern in Henry VIII:
"We may outrun
By violent swiftness that which we run at,
And lose by over-running."
My suggestion to those who consider purchasing this book (currently for only $11.66 from Amazon and Borders online) is that they read various Customer Reviews of Kriegel's books and then take advantage of the opportunity to sample some of the actual material in one or preferably several of them. Kriegel's style is not for everyone, nor is all of his advice immediately relevant to each person's own needs and interests.
We all know that there are times when we have to work "damn hard" and even then, the results are not always satisfactory. We also appreciate the importance of speed while recognizing that haste can "make waste." Of course, Kriegel knows all this. He has worked "damn hard" to develop his own career. I know him only by reading his books. He comes across as a dynamic, hard-charging, and charming person with a lively sense of humor. Never dull. Sometimes enlightening.
As other reviewers of Kriegel's various books have also suggested, however, he offers no head-snapping revelations and tends to recycle many of his unconventional opinions without developing them in depth. Stated another way, Kriegel offers more advice than analysis. If you need some thought-provoking perspectives and cage-rattling opinions on career development and especially productivity, this book could offer what you seek.
But if you need help with identifying and then addressing root causes that are limiting your success in business, there are other, more substantial sources to consider. For example, Tom Rath's recently published StrengthsFinder 2.0. Those who purchase a copy have exclusive access to a Web site (i.e. [...]) at which valuable diagnostic exercises and results analysis are available - at no additional cost -- from the Gallup organization.
In an age where gadgets are designed to create more leisure time and promote convenience, we are working more than ever. Our average work week is climbing higher and higher (I know mine is at least) and, since the proliferation of cell phones and wireless Internet, it has become harder to escape the office.
Kriegel provides us with an out. This book lays the groundwork for a new, more efficient working style with the classic tagline, "Work smarter, not harder."
The book is an excellent source for interesting thinking-points and its easy-to-read teaching style makes Kriegel's ideas very accessible. Anybody will be able to see his points and implement solutions in their own lives (should they so wish).
How to Succeed... is a well-written and helpful antidote to the rat race.