Friday, December 31, 2004

Love Is the Killer App, by Tim Sanders

Love Is the Killer App, by Tim Sanders

I started this a week or so ago, but put it down and didn’t finish until yesterday. The basic idea is that smart, nice people do well in business and mean people fail. While I think there are too many examples of where this isn’t true to be considered a universal truth, it did get me thinking of some of the most enjoyable places I’ve worked and why I’m unhappy at my current employer. The anecdotes are engaging and the positive outlook is quite uplifting. There is a section on reading for comprehension that I found particularly interesting, although I could never bring myself to actually deface a book! Interestingly, one of the alternatives suggested was blogging about what you read. What a concept!

I attended a seminar based around this book which was entertaining as well, but I didn’t drink the kool-aid as much as some of the participants. At times the meeting seemed more like a revival meeting than a discussion group—I felt like jumping up and yelling, “Hallelujah!” more than once. The lady sitting next to me actually teared up during a story about the effects of hugging in the workplace (yes, hugging). Like I said, entertaining.

Love is the Killer App reminded me of Who Moved My Cheese? which was popular a few years ago. Both have some interesting ideas that can be applied to your work life, personal life, or both. For me it caused a good bit of introspection; another fellow I know said it revamped the way he approaches sales calls. All in all, I’d recommend it to most anyone.

First Sentence:
Not long ago, after I had delivered a speech on the new economy, a woman entering the job market approached me to talk about her career anxiety.

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