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Working Out Loud: For a better career and life Paperback – June 10, 2015
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About the Author
John helps organizations create more open, collaborative cultures - and helps individuals access a better career and life - by spreading the practice of Working Out Loud.
John writes about making work better at workingoutloud.com.
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You've then got the right book here. I am truly amazed at what I read, and I think you will be too.
The book immediately captures your imagination by first introducing some "central characters" - similar to a novel, only that these are "real characters". It is riddled with case-studies, and success stories, and also attributes to so many other books and blogs, that you will never run out of them! I find this particularly interesting that John reads (and suggests) so many sources of inspiration!
The subject is introduced slowly - starts with the basics: that of introducing social networks, particularly twitter, because of its simplicity in usage. And then every chapter ends with "key ideas" - a wonderful way to recap what you've read (I recommend that you do not get tempted to directly read this "key ideas" before even reading the chapter). Every chapter also ends with two types of exercises - one that can be completed within 1 minute, and other within 5 minutes. These are so very easy, that they automatically invite you to really do them.
Part-III is the most important one, and I recommend, just as also recommended in the book, to first read the whole thing before re-reading again slowly, to actually perform the exercises mentioned in there. Some of these exercises are a little involved, and it is best that you read the whole thing before attempting.
John also seems to "read" your mind as you read the book :-) The book mentions about all common "ailments" that work against effectively "Working out loud" - initial enthusiasm waning off slowly, unfinished blogs started by you, excuse of "time not available" even for things that are important for you, and so on and so forth. There is no magic potion out there (of course), but the book guides you wonderfully for some "methods" that can help you to overcome these ailments. All this only emphasizes the experiences that John himself has had in his life, and good that he put down his life's experiences and learnings in this book so that it benefits all readers.
Finally, he introduces the "Working out loud circles" - a collaborative and supportive network that one can either join or create, which consists of people who would like to learn and motivate each other to "Work out loud". This is an interesting way to overcome the initial inertia against working out loud, and to sustain the momentum once you have begun. Also, a nice opportunity to get connected to those who are also looking out for networking for mutual benefits.
Enjoy reading this book. It is truly fantastic and inspiring!
As a long-time reader of his blog, the things Stepper writes about have helped me considerably in my career, but don't be fooled; this isn't another dry, business book. Stepper writes with such honesty and artistry that his work is just plain fun to read.
If you want to improve your career (and indeed life), buy this book and take it to heart!
As John explains, WOL is more than just letting everyone know what you are doing today. Rather, you learn how to tap into the power of being authentic and transparent through the gifts of generosity, and even vulnerability.
Whether you are unhappy in your current role or are just hungry to get more out of your career and life, WOL has some of the secret sauce to help you on your journey.
John's passion has positively impacted my outlook to work and has enriched my life in general.
Great book, John! Thank You.
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