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Posted July 9, 2002
A lot of the basics all in one place
This book has many good ideas from multiple sources all combined into one. Yes, he does 'borrow' many of his ideas from other books, such as Win-win or No deal from Steven R. Covey's book. But there are some good ideas and some concrete suggestions for doing something constructive.fWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 30, 2001
Posted August 14, 2000
100+ Business Classics in One Book
This is a great book for someone who doesn't have time or want to read a lot about how to have more business success. It will probably be most appealing to people in their 20s who are trying to make some sense out of how to get ahead, but don't have much education or experience on the subject. Tracy has taken one or more ideas (usually without attribution) from almost every good business book in the last 20 years, and turned them into a list of 100 ideas. Now a 100 ideas sounds like a lot. You should know that Tracy often breaks them into subsets, so the total is really somewhere between 300 and 400 ideas. You'll really feel loaded down before he's done sharing with you. They are all about positive thinking, exchanging value for value, and being persistent. Ben Franklin would approve of the emphasis on improvement. For example, the first set of laws are about Life -- and they read pretty much like a modern version of Think and Grow Rich. Two things bothered me about the book. One was the lack of attribution (except for a list of books at the end). For example, Tracy says that the purpose of a business is to create a customer -- perhaps Peter Drucker's single most famous quote, but you look in vain for quotation marks or a reference to Drucker. The book that Drucker said it in (Management) is not cited in the bibliography. The second thing that bothers me is that in some places Tracy is a little behind the curve. In the Dell-like Internet world, products and service can be customized for each person and that will be the wave of the future. Tracy still talks about segmenting customers rather than individualizing for each customer. So you might ask, why should I read this book? Frankly, it's because you probably won't read all of those books in his bibliography. This way, you'll at least get Tracy's take on what all of this means.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.